1049 Tasting Notes


I don’t have access to my computer at the moment, so I’m attempting to catch up on tasting notes via my phone. I ask your forgiveness ahead of time for all of the autocorrect errors I’m sure I’ll miss. :)

This was my morning cup. It was heavy and filled with malt and earthy notes along with some smoke and a touch of sweetness. So basically it was awesome.

I know this was a limited edition tea, but I’m really hoping A&D will reblend it next year. This is an excellent fall/winter tea!


I loved this one! Tippy’s Early Bird is pretty close.


That’s good to know! I don’t think I’ve tried anything from Tippy’s yet, so I’ll have to check them out.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1049 tasting notes

I saw Ost’s tea note on this tea and decided I needed a cup of my own. This is such a nice vanilla cuppa!

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I really like the roasted chestnut flavor of this tea. There is also a sweet note at the end of the sip while the tea is fairly warm, but as the tea cooled the sweet flavor disappeared, and a bitter note took its place. I’m not sure if the water I used was too warm, or if my two and a half minute steep was too long. I have some of my sample left, so I’ll give this another try with slightly cooler water. If I could keep the chestnut flavor and sweetness throughout the cup this would be an easy favorite green of mine.

I’m withholding my rating until I give this another try.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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This tea has firmly cemented its place in the ‘old friends’ tea category. I first tried it years ago and instantly liked it. It has come and gone from my cupboard over the years, but I’ve never had a bad thing to say about it. It’s consistently delightful with its malt and cocoa notes as well as hints of dry hay and smoke. As much as I love trying new teas (and I do!), I also love having a set of teas that I can always turn to with great results. This is one of them.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you Angel of Teavivire for sending me this sample.

I have never had Tai Ping Hou before. I found the long flat leaves pretty, and since they were too big to properly fit in my infuser I steeped them in my french press. The tea has a green bean flavor with a little sweetness. There was a hint of a grassy note, but the flavor was mostly bean. The liquid was thick. In fact, the consistency reminded me of a thin syrup. Overall I thought this was a nice tea. The flavor was clean and crisp, and there was no mineral note or lingering aftertaste.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Oh my, this is a lovely tea. It taste has a light cantaloupe flavor and is also creamy. I drank the first steep far too quickly because I was enjoying it so much. The second steep wasn’t quite as sweet and had more of a hay flavor. Both steeps were delicious, but I have to say the first was my favorite.

Another really nice tea from Single Origins Tea.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Assam by Chai Diaries
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I believe this is the first time I’ve had a Chai Diaries tea. I’ve been curious about their teas for a while, so I’m excited to finally try one.

The dry leaves are small and broken. They look like a standard Assam. Once steeped the tea has two very strong characteristics: malty notes and astringency. The malt note is nice, but wow! that dryness hard to handle. I added cream and sugar, and that helped quite a bit, but there is still a fair amount of astringency especially at the end of the sip. The tea is pretty smooth, and there is no bitterness. As the tea cools I get a bit of a bread note as well.

Not my favorite, but not a bad tea either.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This sample came to me from Flyawaybirdie, and I’ve held on to it until I had a day where I could sit down and appreciate it. Today is rainy, cold, and I’m taking it slow and easy. It’s a perfect muti-steep tea sipping day!

The dry leaves are fluffy, soft, and tiny. Little baby tea leaves are so cute! Once steeped there is a pale liquid with a soft melon-like scent. I wasn’t expecting melon, but I like it. The taste is more oat cake than melon although there is a honeydew note as the tea cools. Otherwise, I get oat cake and a bit of a grassy note. The tea is soft, clean, and very pleasant.

The second steep is much like the first, but the melon note is more pronounced. I’m really liking this a lot. It’s like a moment of summer in the middle of winter, and a tasty moment, too! There is still a good amount of oat flavor, but the grassy note is not present. The steep is also slightly creamier than the first steep.

I’ll keep steeping this throughout the day. It’ll be fun to see where this tea takes me.

Thank you, Flyawaybirdie for sharing this with me!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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My only set in stone plan for toady is to drink tea. Other things may or may not happen, but there will be tea. For my first tea of the day I chose this because I wanted something that was both fruity and malty. There are a nice apricot and berry flavors as well as a good malt note here, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s sweet with a kind of jammy goodness going on in my cup. I approve!

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

“Other things may or may not happen, but there will be tea.” That sounds like an excellent motto for the year. :)


Awesome plan!


Sounds like my plan for today too!

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Tea of the morning. This is a tried and true favorite. I love the chocolate and stone fruit notes together. They make me a happy, happy girl. I also love that this resteeps beautifully and holds up well in my travel mug because I have lots to do today and zero desire to step out into the cold. The fact that this is called North Winds is not lost on me…. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 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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