882 Tasting Notes

100

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this tea is freakin’ awesome. This is a go big or go home kind of tea which I love in a chai. Everything from the spices, to the fruity note, to the smokey finish, to the over all smoothness of the tea is BIG. And delicious. It’d be so easy for one part of this tea to overwhelm the rest, but it’s well blended and has great balance.

Love, love, love.

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83
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
882 tasting notes

Vanilla- eggnog-creamy tea goodness. Sugar and creamer added ‘cause it’s even more delicious that way. :)

albertocanfly

Just the best! .

Indigobloom

It looks interesting but dessert teas always worry me – they usually have chicory/carob in them (not a fan lol)

Veronica

@Indigobloom – It doesn’t say that it has chicory or carob. The ingredients are: black and green tea, natural eggnog flavor with other natural flavors (soy lecithin), cinnamon.

Of course, “natural eggnog flavor with other natural flavors” could be anything. Vague ingredient lists can be incredibly frustrating.

Indigobloom

Hmm thx! Frustrating yes, but I feel better now about keeping my eye out to grab a box! :)

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68

This came to me from ThainofBuckland as part of the Christmas Card swap. Thank you!

This is a slightly smokey tea. I can also taste a bit of sweetness, but other than that I’m not picking up much flavor. It’s not astringent or bitter, which is good, but there’s not a whole lot going on flavor wise in my cup.

Flavors: Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
882 tasting notes

I’ve taken to drinking bright, fruity, and floral teas in the afternoon as my way of combating the blahs I feel from it getting dark so early. It lifts my mood every time. I should probably add my green and oolong teas to the rotation, too. The rest of the day I’m all about heavy winter or dessert-y holiday teas, but four o’clock is reserved for lighter teas!

I haven’t had this tea in quite a while, but it doesn’t seem to have suffered any loss of flavor. The pear flavor is still really good with the floral notes following. I actually forgot what a nice pear tea this is. It also does an excellent job of bringing an iced wine flavor to tea.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Ooh, a nice pear tea! I should try it, I get so frustrated with pear teas tasting nasty

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91

This. Oh, this I like. I picked up a sample when I placed my last Upton order, and I’m glad I did. The dry leaf smells strongly of roses, and there are rose petals mixed in with the tea leaves. I thought the brewed cup would be all rose, but it’s not. The tea is the first thing I taste – smooth, slightly sweet and bready. There is a hint of spice and something woody. The rose is at the end of the sip, and while it’s light it is clearly rose. It’s clean and floral. No soapy taste to be found. This is simply delightful, and a great afternoon tea.

I’m going to have to pick up some of this before January rolls around. I think my search for a good rose tea is over!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

This is such a great blend. I like the mix of blueberry and nutmeg with the oolong base. It works so well and is full of flavor. One of my favorites from Design-A-Tea.

Flavors: Blueberry, Nutmeg, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ThainofBuckland

I’ve never even heard of Design a Tea. I’ll have to check it out. Does blueberry and nutmeg work together?

Veronica

Design a Tea is a great company! I’ve created my own blends with them a couple of times, and, while I like some more than others, I’ve never been disappointed in the quality. That said, I tend to buy their custom blends more just because I really enjoy them.

Blueberry and nutmeg work really well together! I wondered the same thing the first time I tried it, but it’s a great combo. :)

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86

This came as a bonus sample with my Upton order. It is a very nice breakfast tea, full of malt and raisin notes. I was distracted while it was steeping and let it go a little too long, but even with the long steep I’m not picking up any bitterness or astringency. It is rather robust, but I like that in a morning tea. Since this was my first time having this I didn’t add additions, but this is a tea that could easily handle cream and sugar while still allowing the flavors of the tea to come through.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

I received this from Nicole as part of the Christmas Card Swap. I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while now, so I was excited she sent it my way. Thank you!

This is good. Really good. It’s a sweet, bright Ceylon that’s incredibly smooth. There’s no doubt in my mind that this would make a knockout iced tea, and at some point I’ll have to try that. I’ll pick up more of this for sure. It’s one of the better Ceylons I’ve tried.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
882 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday.

A friend and I took the train up to New York City to do some Christmas shopping and meet up with another friend who was in town for work. I was excited to get away for the day and to hang out with such great friends. I decided to put this in my travel mug for the train ride. The weather was cold, rainy, and windy, and by the time we got on the train I was so happy I brought it along. In fact, I found myself wishing I’d brought along a whole thermos of it because the weather in NYC was awful. Walking anywhere meant getting soaked from head to toe – even with all of our rain gear. We still had a great time, but more of this tea would have been appreciated!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80

My Della Terra order was waiting at the post office, and I was excited to see it! I really enjoyed this tea last winter. It’s a great blend and a fun tea. Perfect for the holiday!

I have to admit that I laughed when I saw the popcorn in the package. Last year the popcorn drove me crazy because it made me think of genmaicha even though it doesn’t flavor the tea at all. I guess it’s supposed to remind people of popcorn garland on Christmas trees. Anyway, I just pick it out and enjoy the vanilla, mint, and slight chocolate flavors here. It’s really good, and I’m happy to have this back in my cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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