1035 Tasting Notes

88

Tea of the morning.

This is a nice blend. I taste malt and a hint of orange with some generic nuttiness at the end of the sip. There is a hint of astringency, but it is only a hint. Out of curiosity I added a bit of sugar and milk to my cup. The orange note is highlighted a bit more, and the nutty flavor taste more like pecan. Nice. Really nice.

This isn’t a super bold blend. It’s more of an English Breakfast rather than an Irish Breakfast. It’s kind of a soft nudge to get you to wake up instead of a loud alarm clock and bright lights. Since I’m one of those people who needs a loud alarm clock I think this tea will become an afternoon pick me up. The flavors are so nice I’m thinking this tea might give my beloved Darjeelings a run for their money as my go to late afternoon cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Sipped on this while making dinner. There was a fair bit of pepper in my infuser this time. At first it was nice, an interesting twist with the mint and the tea. By the end of my cup, however, it was all I could really taste. Drinking black pepper tea is not the most pleasant of experiences. This was the last teaspoon of this tea, so I guess most of the pepper settled to the bottom. If I ever order this from DT I’ll have to remember to shake the tea up before using it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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86

Since I’ve lowered the water temperature I use to steep Darjeelings to around 190 degrees I have been so much happier with them. This particular tea is greatly improved by using less than boiling water on the leaves. I get all the wonderful flavors in the tea and while cutting the astringency in half. Being that it is Darjeeling tea I would be disappointed if there weren’t some dryness, but now the other flavors have more of a chance to shine.

The first thing I taste with this tea is a bright floral note mixed with pear. Then there is the muscatel flavor which becomes more pronounced as the tea cools. It is so nice. Much better than the last time I tried it. I definitely reached the bottom f my cup too soon.

Upping the rating on this one. I put it at 79 before.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Yay for finding your sweet spot with this tea :-)

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83

I like this one. The main flavors are rose and lavender with the pu-erh giving an underlying earthiness to the tea. The base tea also gives off the hint of spice. It’s something that is hinting at cinnamon but isn’t. It actually reminds me of the smell of the air in the mountains early in the morning. There is a clean, spicy scent that I love. It sounds like this tea should not work – rose, lavender, earth, spice – but it does. The blend of flavors works very well. I’m not tasting the jasmine, but I’m not missing it either.

I’d like to pick up more of this tea. It’s not something I’d drink everyday, but I would enjoy a cup every now and then.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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78

Thank you Just Organic Tea for sending me this sample!

This is a nice and delicate chai. It is not super spicy. I like the balance between the tea and the spices. One does not drown out the other which makes for a nice sipping experience. I did add the organic sugar packet that JOT sent with my tea samples. It was just the right amount of sweetness for my cup.

This isn’t my favorite chai, but it is a chai I’d would happily serve at a tea party or with friends who may be uncomfortable with super spicy teas.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Christina

I just got my Kickstarter survey from them last night, and this was one of the teas I requested 2 oz of. This tea can’t come fast enough!

lolainred

This was my favorite of the bunch of samples, definitely on the top of the list of teas I’ll be requesting on my kickstarter survey I just got from them!

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76

My before bed tea. I popped my last tea bag into my mug and am happily sipping away at this while reading other tasting notes. This tea has a nice flavor. It’s mostly chamomile and vanilla with just a touch of sweetness from the honey. The smell is amazing. I need to find a way to make my house smell like this all the time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I’ve only got one or two bags of this left. I’m being very careful about spacing them out, because I’m still not allowed to buy anything. Not even something such as this. I find the honey really comes out with a long steep like you did. Shorter, it’s more vanilla-y.

Veronica

I have never tried a short steep with this one! In fact, I often leave my tea bag in the mug. When I am sick, which is when I often drink this tea, even taking the bag out is too much work. I like it because the last few sips are almost like honey syrup which is comforting on a sore throat, but I’d love to try this tea with more vanilla notes. The next time I pick up a box of this I’ll have to remember to try a shorter steep time. Thanks!

Angrboda

I prefer the long steep myself.

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76

I took this tea with me while I ran errands this evening. I over steeped it, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as last time, but it was still a drinkable cup. Most of the apple flavor was lost, but what was there was tasty.

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96

I needed a break from all the caffeine, so I made my very last cup of this lovely blend. I like the combination of basil, fennel, and mint. It is invigorating and soothing at the same time.

I’m going to miss this one.

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91

Finishing off my last bit of this tea. It’s been a while since I’ve had this one, but I still give it a big thumbs up. I like that this is a Ceylon tea with notes of jasmine and lavender rather than overly strong floral notes and little to no tea flavor. Premium Steap did a great job with this blend. If I ever make it to their store I’d happily pick up more of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

That sounds delicious.

Veronica

It is! I was never a fan of floral teas until I tried this one.

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87

I’ve been organizing my tea stash for most of the morning and early afternoon. My new goal is to drink each tea I have at least once a month. I stole the idea from Terri because it’s brilliant and will (hopefully) keep me out of my tea rut. After finally getting everything the way I want it I decided to celebrate with a cup of Earl Grey.

This EG is good, but it’s different. There is a strong lemon flavor, and the bergamot is fairly weak. The vanilla is present in the form of a creaminess to the tea, so the result is a tea that taste like lemon pudding. While this was not what I was expecting I am really enjoying my cup. Good lemon teas are hard to find, and this one is very nice. Next time I’m going to add a bit of milk to my cup. I’m thinking that will make this even better. Also, iced! Oooh, I’m going to have fun with this tea.

Thanks Dinosara for introducing me to this one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dinosara

I’ve been trying to drink my way through every tea in my cupboard once (before repeating) but it’s taken me like 4 months! Too many teas, I guess. :)

Veronica

Eek! Four months of no repeat tea drinking… that is impressive. :)

I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself. I know I’ll drink most of my basic blacks more than once per month because I love them too much and I honestly don’t have a whole lot of them. My two big goals are to drink down all of the little one serving samples I have tucked away in tea boxes and to stop drinking the same teas over and over while the rest of my stash languishes.

Dinosara

Well, I haven’t totally done that, as there are a couple I have drunk more than once. :) But by and large it has been no repeats. It’s taken me that long partly because I’ve taken trips and such with not really any tea drinking. Luckily I have a lot of favorites in my stash because it keeps me happy!

Sil

i’m afraid of how long that would take me…

Veronica

Sil – Maybe you should think in terms of years instead of months. ;)

Sil

hahahaha

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

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