896 Tasting Notes

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drank 1st Flush Darjeeling by Unknown
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Another tea I received from a swap. This one came from Artp. A friend of his went to India and came home with tea. How great is that?

I don’t have any information on this tea except that it is a first flush darjeeling. What I can tell you is it’s a beautiful tea. It brews into a coppery colored liquid and has mild floral smell. The taste is initially floral before becoming fruity and sweet. The fruity note reminded me of apples or pears – very crisp with a clear sweetness. There is also a caramel flavor as the tea cools. It’s most noticeable at the end of the sip. There is a bit of astringency, but it’s a darjeeling so it’s to be expected. I like the dryness in combination with the fruity flavors in the tea. It’s funny, but even though this is a first flush it reminds me a lot of autumn.

This one is a winner all the way. Thanks again, Artp!

Artp

I wish i had more info on this one, but Chris couldn’t get any. So glad you enjoyed it!

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94

I have been wanting to try this tea for forever, and thanks to Stephanie now I can. Thank you!!!

So. Much. Marshmallow. This is a good thing. The tea is sweet and creamy yet toasty from the rice. I’m loving the balance between the marshmallow and Genmaicha. There’s definitely a marshmallow treat flavor happening which becomes more apparent as the tea cools a bit. Oh yeah, I can see myself enjoying many cups of this one.

Stephanie

So glad you enjoyed it. I passed it along to the right person :)

Veronica

Yes, you did. :) I’ve actually hidden it from my kids so I don’t have to share. They have their treats and I have mine. ;-)

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Backlogging from yesterday.

I received this in a swap package from Courtney, and I have to say after reading the description of it I was excited to give it a try.

Whoa, this is a sweet tea! No additional sugar needed. Lots of banana flavor which I really like. Surprisingly, I’m liking the chocolate, too. I’ve never been a huge fan of chocolate in teas, but it works with this one. It’s a really fun herbal, and I think it would make a great after dinner dessert tea for a dinner party. Or a kid’s tea party. Or a before bed treat….

Thanks for sharing this one, Courtney!

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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We have been working on some major home renovations for over nine months now, and quite honestly, I’m ready to be done. This weekend I’m hoping to get a lot done, so tonight I’ll be staying up waaaay past my bedtime to do the prep work. Ugh. Since I have to be awake I thought I’d drink my favorite EGC. I almost never drink this tea late in the day, so it does feel a bit like a treat.

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My daughter has perfected the art of sleeping ‘til noon, so when she woke up and asked for breakfast at lunchtime I thought I’d join her. I settled on bacon, toast, homemade fig jam, and this tea. This is such a good Irish Breakfast tea. Robust and strong. Lots of malty notes, but not at all bitter. I added cream and sugar and enjoyed thoroughly.

JustJames

breakfast is awesome for any and all meals.

Stephanie

Agreed JustJames! Also, homemade fig jam sounds awesome! Do you have a fig tree Veronica?

Veronica

I don’t, but my grandpa does. He knows I love figs, so he ships them to me every year. Some years I get 2 lbs, and some years I get 10+ lbs. This was a 10+ lb. year. :)

Veronica

And JustJames you are so very right. Lunch was great!

Stephanie

Awesome! Fresh figs are the best!

JustJames

my sister has this huge tree covered with them. she chucks them out because she doesn’t like them!!! i love fresh figs… they’re like a buck fifty per in stores right now!!! i may never recover!

Veronica

Throws them out! … I think my heart stopped for a moment. My grandpa has chefs from New Orleans, which is over an hour away from him, come out and pick figs at his place. Seriously, there’s money to be made in figs. Tell her to look into having someone who owns a stand at the local farmer’s market come out and pick them and then split the profits. Tell her angels cry when figs are thrown away!!! ;)

gmathis

I feel deprived. I have never had a fig that wasn’t Newton-ed.

JustJames

oh, i have mentioned it. literally a fortune to be made from that tree! she’s not motivated though. so the birds eat them or they wind up in the compost.

i can’t prove it, but i swear fresh figs hold medicinal value. but i am predominantly irish…. could just be superstition, lol.

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91
drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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My morning cup. I can’t see myself ever not loving this tea. It has such a wonderful sweet strawberry flavor and a lovely creaminess from the vanilla. It’s beautifully blended and it can be resteeped. What’s not to love?

Stephanie

awesome!

Tea Sipper

I almost had this one last night… maybe today!

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92
drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Backlogging from last night. This was my bedtime tea, and I have to say it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite herbals. It starts off as an almost peaches and cream tea, but as it cools the marigold gives a lovely floral note. The apricot also becomes more apparent as the tea cools. So you begin with peaches and cream and end with an apricot floral tea. It’s absolutely enjoyable from the first sip to the last.

Bumped up my rating a bit to reflect my current love for this blend.

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80
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown!

I’ve blown through this sample pretty quickly. The juicy blueberry flavor and the black tea base are just too good to keep on the shelf. This one will probably be ordered sooner rather than later. As much as I love this tea I’m not rating it any higher because I have to time it perfectly or I end up with a lot of bitterness in my cup. The last two times I’ve made it I’ve used the stopwatch feature on my phone to time the tea as it steeps. Keeping the leaves in for even 15 seconds too long causes bitterness, so I only make Adagio teas when I can be hyper vigilant.

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drank Genmaicha by Zen Tea
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I had a sudden craving for Genmaicha, so I went digging through my samples until I came out with this. I love the samples Zen Tea throws in when you place an order, and I really love that they’re in foil lined pouches. It makes it easy to tuck them away until I can fully enjoy them.

This is a very good Genmaicha. The savory toasted rice flavor is wonderfully strong. The green tea gives a grssy note and a sweet finish to the sip. The tea also resteeps very well. My second steep gave me a cup that had less of a toasted rice flavor, but the toastiness and the grassy notes from the green tea seemed to blend much more. Even though both steeps were good I enjoyed the second one even more than the first.

Genmaicha is something I only drink on occasion, but when I want it I really really want it! I’ll put the rest of my sample away to be enjoyed the next time a craving strikes.

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80
drank Spiked Eggnog by Compass Teas
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Tea of the morning. I decided to finish off this sample that Jackie T sent me months ago. As previously noted the tea does not taste like eggnog or rum, but it is a decent vanilla tea. I added some sugar and milk to my mug which enhanced the vanilla and gave the tea a wonderfully smooth and silky texture.

This isn’t a tea I’ll be ordering, but as a swap tea it was great. Thanks, Jackie T!

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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
- Teavivre

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