1048 Tasting Notes

drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
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Tea Sipper reviewed this tea earlier today, and after reading her positive notes on it I decided it was time to open my own bag of Summer Rose that has been sitting untouched in my cupboard for months now. I ordered it thinking it would help chase away my winter blues, but then I was worried that it would be too rosy. I’m a big chicken that way.

Turns out that this is a really nice tea! The smell is all rose. Strong rose. Once brewed, however, the taste is a nice balance between the base tea and the rose flavor. The base tea is smooth and has a lemon note which makes me think it’s a Ceylon . There is no astringency and no bitterness. The lemon note is light, but it’s undeniably there, and it combines with the rose beautifully. The rose flavor is no where near as strong in taste as it is in smell. In fact, as the tea cools the rose notes become harder to pick up. That was disappointing, but overall I has a very pleasant experience with this tea. It’ll be in high rotation this summer. I may even try it cold brewed.

Thanks Tea Sipper for your great review on this one! :) I’m glad I listened to you and gave it a try.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Very Velvet Oolong by Fusion Teas
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How have I not reviewed this tea? My bag is almost empty, but somehow this is my first time logging this tea.

I really like this one. The strawberry flavor is a tiny bit artificial, but the oolong flavor is great. So incredibly buttery with a slight floral sweetness. It’s light with a nice clean finish. Really, it’s a great spring tea. Subsequent steeps lose the strawberry flavor, but all the great oolong notes remain.

This is one I will reorder, but I’ll get it in a small quantity because it’s not something I’ll reach for during cooler weather.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m sold, I will add this to my wishlist now.


It’s a nice one. I have been really impressed with the quality of Fusion’s teas.


I feel like a lot of people have been saying the same thing lately! I’ll look into shipping and stuff when I get back home.

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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I steeped this in a travel mug and took it to the park with me this morning. As usual, I added milk and sugar so that it tasted like an orange creamsicle. Nothing spectacular, but definitely tasty.

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drank Darjeeling by Whittard of Chelsea
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I made this after breakfast so I could just sit and enjoy. I realized while I was sipping that this tea reminds me of muscadines. More to the point, it reminds me of the large bronze muscadines my grandpa grows on this farm. It is the earthy note combined with the muscatel one that does it. My grandparents also grew zinnias for a while, so the floral note in this tea combined with the other notes really took me back to the days when my grandpa would hand my sisters and I buckets and tell us to, “head on out to the vine.” I loved picking fruit on his farm because he’d tell us stories or let us talk his ears off about all the things that little girls find important. My parents would come out and help us move step stools so we could get the fruit at the top of the vines. Then, when our buckets were full, we’d take them into my grandma, and she’d turn them into muscadine jelly. Now that I’m grown and make jelly of my own I appreciate all of the work she did so much more. While she and my mom were working in a steamy hot kitchen my grandpa and dad would take my sisters and I swimming at the creek, so we’d come home to lots of jars of pretty jelly lined up on the table. It seemed magical to me, and I guess in a way it was.

Happy memories. Lovely tea. Not a bad start to a Sunday.

Here is the Wikipedia page for muscadines if you haven’t heard of them before:

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Such lovely memories to have – its nice that this tea reminds you of that! :)


Thanks! I’m sure I’m looking at them through the patina of time, and there was probably a fair bit of whining from three girls who thought it’s too hoooot out here, but it still makes me smile.


This tasting note is perfection.


Such a lovely review, such happy memories to cherish…i love memory associations with tea, I get them all the time, that’s why tea is so much more than a just a plain beverage. I never had those Haha moments when I used to drink coffee, lol!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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My before bed tea. I love the vanilla flavor of this tea. Even after having cups and cups of it I’m still surprised that it’s decaffeinated. This is easily one of the best black decafs I’ve ever had.


I agree! The flavor of the base tea itself is quite good, along with the vanilla.

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Sipping on the last of this while we wait for the fireworks to start. It’s actually pretty cool next to the water, and I’m wishing I had brought a hot tea instead of an iced one. Oh well.

I still can’t taste the vanilla in this tea. Strawberry and chocolate, yes. No vanilla, not even in the form of creaminess. The floral note that was present the last time I drank this is, thankfully, absent.

This is good, but there are several SBTs I like more.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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My little town is celebrating its 100th birthday, so each weekend during the month of May there is some type of “celebration” going on. Last weekend there was a parade. Today there was a classic car show along Main Street. Along with the really awesome cars there were the typical vendors, bouncy houses, and craft tables. My kids and I had a nice time walking, looking around, and playing games. And then I saw it. A tea table!!! A wonderful lady who owns a tea house is Woodstown brought a variety of her teas to sell at the fair. Among them were several Harney and Sons teas including this one. It was meant to be. I had to have it. After talking tea with my new friend (and getting the address of her tea shop) I bundled up my little tin of the Queen and happily headed home.

It has been years since I’ve had this tea, and I think it is even better than I remember. Perhaps I am just able to appreciate it more now. The cocoa notes are deep and rich, there is a thick malty flavor, and there’s a hint of smoke at the end of the sip. The feel is full and silky. So, so good. I’m so happy to have this back in my cupboard!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Seemed like the perfect day :-)
I received my H&S order this week and had Queen Catherine for the first time. It’s very tasty, perfect tea of the morning.


Our time at the fair was really fun, and tonight they’re having a boat parade and fireworks along the river. :)

I’m already planning on drinking Queen Catherine tomorrow morning. It definitely has the heft I need to clear the sleepiness out of my brain.


Sounds like a lovely day!

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For the first time in what seems like months I have nothing planned for the weekend. Nothing. I am loving the idea of a slow lazy Saturday. I wanted a good Assam to help me kick off my day of nothingness, and this is definitely a good one. It’s biscuity with great malt notes and a sweet finish. Serious yum.

Ok, I’m off to the farmer’s market. I haven’t been since last fall, and I am going to stroll around while finding something to feed my family for dinner tonight.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Nothing Saturdays are rare and precious. Hope you had a great day.

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drank Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi Tea
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This tea is ok. It smells amazing. As soon as I opened the package my entire kitchen smelled like blueberry muffins. Once it’s steeped there’s lots of blueberry flavor, but unfortunately there is also a strange medicinal note and it gets stronger as the tea cools.

I had no problem finishing my cup, but this isn’t a tea I will reorder.


Oh bummer. I’m still looking for the perfect blueberry tea. I think I’ll avoid this one!


i really like serendipitea’s bluberry tea they have… 20% currently in may (code: may savings) though it may not be for everyone. i steep it in vodka lol for blueberry vodka haha


Sounds awesome! I will add that one to my list to try. :)


Design a tea has a really good blueberry nutmeg tea called Renaissance. It’s my favorite blueberry tea so far. You can also make your own tea and use blueberry as a flavor.

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This is actually a better herbal than my rating suggest. It has a nice sweet apple flavor along with cinnamon and a nuts. If the tea were called apple crisp or nutty apple or anything that even hinted at its true flavor my rating would be higher. Alas, it is called Gingerbread Chai, and I taste no ginger, no bread, and the spices are very mild.

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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.


New Jersey, USA



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