1041 Tasting Notes

drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
1041 tasting notes

I wanted a dessert tea after dinner, and the idea of caramel and marshmallow was too good too pass by. I remembered to overleaf, and I ended up with a nice tea. I added some sugar and milk which upped the creamy dessert factor. Perfect for sipping while catching up on episodes of The Voice. I am totally and completely hooked on that show.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Around noon I started flagging and decided I needed a quick and simple tea. After looking through my tea bags I choose this one. With a little cream and sugar this light, citrus tea takes on a creamsicle flavor that I l-o-v-e. Just what I needed to get me up and going again. This is definitely a simple tea, but it’s also a good one.

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…and it’s gone. Actually, I think I can get one more steep out of the leaves in my brew basket, but then I’ll have no more S’mores. :(

I’m going to miss all of the layers of chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, smoke and honey. This tea is so beautifully unique but also fun. (How could a tea inspired by the classic campfire treat be anything less than fun?) I’ve enjoyed it so much this winter, and chances are I’ll be buying it before we start our camping season in May (right after I get my medical bills paid. Eek! ). Until then I’ll enjoy all of the other Whispering Pines treasures I have in my cupboard.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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My before bed tea. I’m already having trouble keeping my eyes open, so I’m guessing I’ll be in dreamland after finishing this cup. In bed before 10… I don’t know if I’m proud of myself or appalled.

This is a great tisane when I want something different from the sweet herbals I normally drink. It’s herbaceous and clean with enough heat from the ginger to keep things interesting. Nice.

I’m almost out of this one, so I’ll have to find a replacement for it pretty soon. Maybe I can find a tea that’ll also help ease my allergies since spring is right around the corner.


nettles are good for that I hear


Thanks! I’ll have to give that a try.

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drank 1st Flush Darjeeling by Unknown
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Sad, sad sipdown. I have enjoyed this little gem of a tea that I received in a swap from Artp. A friend of his brought it back from India, and Artp was kind enough to offer some for trade. This tea has all of the lovely muscatel flavors and a nice astringency that isn’t overpowering. The second steep of this tea has always been my favorite, and today is no exception. The grape-y flavor with and underlying earthiness is good, good, good. Yep, I’m going to miss this one.

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

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drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
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Such banana goodness! It is fruity and sweet with the coconut adding to the tropical flavor and lending a bit of creaminess. Yum. I have enjoyed every cup of this. I find it impossible to be anything less than cheerful when sipping on this tea. It’s fun and playful, whispering of hot sunny days and bike rides after dinner. After this tasty treat I have just enough leaf left for one more cup. I will not hoard it, I will not hoard it, I will not hoard it….

I will not hoard it, but I will repurchase!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
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This was last night’s before bed tea. Yet another tea I “rediscovered” in my swap basket. This is a lovely tisane. The honeybush gives it a creamy taste making it a wonderful peaches and cream tea. The apricot is more noticeable as the tea cools, but I’ll have a hard time think of this as anything other than a great peaches and cream herbal. Thanks again Lariel for this one!

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Peach

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

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drank O' Sullivan's Favourite by Zen Tea
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More snow. I am so thoroughly sick of snow that when I received the phone calls at 4:50 this morning saying that the start of school was being delayed for two hours I wanted to pull the covers over my head and weep. Instead I said some not very nice words about the weather and went back to sleep for a few hours.

Now that I’m awake and have the kids up and moving (hopefully) I need something nice and strong to help us get out the door. O’Sullivan’s Favourite it is. Plus it’s St. Patrick’s Day, so I’ll get bonus points from my kids when I point out that they’re drinking an Irish breakfast tea. And I’ll get to enjoy the rich, malty, bready goodness that I have come to adore.

Okay, so it’s not such a horrible start to the day, but I still hate the snow.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m so sick of snooowww too. :/

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Found this sample lingering in the bottom of the basket where I keep swaps and small samples. It’s been there for a year (in a clear plastic bag), so this tea could be past its prime. Still, it sounds yummy, so into the brew basket it goes.

There is a good amount of creamy vanilla flavor here, but there’s not much blueberry. I get little hints of berry as the tea cools, but this is more of a vanilla tea than a blueberry one. I’ll have to go back and look at my original tasting note to see how I felt about this tea when it first went into my swap basket.

Edit: I read my original tasting note for this tea, and my thoughts about it were pretty much the same. At least I’m consistent. :)

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A friend gave me a chai to sample, but I have no idea what company it’s from. It is really sweet with a lot of cinnamon and anise. This normally isn’t my thing, but in this chai it works. With the additional spices and a nice Assam base it is a nice wintery tea. Not something I’d buy for myself, but I’ve enjoyed trying this one.

1 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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