886 Tasting Notes

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This is a very good blueberry green, but the water temp and timing have to be exact. If the water is too hot or the leaves are allowed to steep for longer than 90 seconds the tea becomes horribly bitter. Brewed properly this is a wonderful tea. Lots of blueberry with a great green tea base. I like how the vegetal flavor of the green tea pairs with the blueberry flavor. I tried it with and without sugar, and I prefer it without because the tea is wonderfully balanced on its own.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
886 tasting notes

It’s raining and cool today, so I decided to make myself a cup of this for breakfast. I forgot how much I like the cranberry in this tea. It lends the perfect amount of tartness to the sweet almond flavor. Love this tea!!!

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
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Another tea from the tea box. I swear I’m almost through my small mountain of samples!!!

Moment of truth, I don’t like sweet potato pie. It’s a texture issue. So I was excited to try this tea because I could enjoy the taste of sweet potato pie without having to eat it. That’s a win, win in my book.

The tea is nice. Rich and earthy with just a hint of sweetness. I thought at first that the sweetness was honey, but now I’m thinking caramel. I’m not getting anything that says pastry. Added a bit of sugar which heightened the sweet potato and caramel flavors. It’s nice, but I think the tea was just as nice without the added sweetness. If I were to have this again I’d drink it straight and just enjoy the deep mix of flavors.

gmathis

To this day, my family makes fun because I can’t stand mashed potatoes—the texture thing. I totally understand what you’re talking about. And bananas. Same reason. (Hmm…sweet potato and banana tea?)

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drank Blood Orange by Zen Tea
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I received this as a sample with my last ZenTeaLife order. Blood oranges are one of my favorite fruits. I’m also big fan of citrus flavors in tea, so I have high hopes for this one.

Mmmm. I really like this. Plenty of orange flavor, but not so much that it hides the base tea. I wouldn’t swear that this is blood orange, but it does leave a nice tang on the tongue in much the same way orange juice does. I added some sugar and milk which turned this into a wonderful orange creamsicle treat. So good!

Oh yeah, I’ll definitely enjoy the rest of this sample, and it’s more than possible that I’ll add this to my next ZenTeaLife order. Which will be the next time they have a sale (sssh, don’t tell my husband!).

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
886 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I am sad, sad, sad to see this one go. Every cup, from start to finish, was a joy. I signed up to be notified if this tea is ever reblended, so maybe someday it’ll find its way back into my cup. For now, I’m enjoying one more cup of lemony, cake-y, yummy goodness.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Another “have to have” tea for me. I tried it iced for the first time, and while it was good I like it more hot. The wonderful bergamot and vanilla flavors become muted when it’s iced. They’re still there, but – blah.

As a hot tea this is easily my favorite EGC, so I’ll save this one for my mug and find a different EG for my iced tea glass.

Kittenna

Yeah, I think I iced (or chilled) an ECG once, and the creaminess just gets so muted. Much tastier warm.

Tea Sipper

Yeah, this will definitely be the EGC I buy when I run out (probably sooner than many other kinds of teas).

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drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
886 tasting notes

So, I’m thinking this tea was reblended. It’s spicier than I remember. That’s not to say that it’s spicy, but it’s definitely more balanced between the tea, spice, and chocolate than what I previously had. The chocolate in this tea is great. The pieces of chocolate are nice and big, so once the tea has steeped there is no doubt that it’s a chocolate chai.

Bumping my rating up a bit. This was quite a bit better than the last time I had this tea.

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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Made an order to ZenTeaLife for staple teas and this was one of them. Good grief this is some good stuff! Lots of strawberry and creamy vanilla. I love this hot, but as an iced tea it’s perfect for summer. So glad this is back in cupboard!

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drank Italian Almond by Dilmah
886 tasting notes

I think this is from the tea box, but I’m not positive. If I received this in a swap from someone, thank you!

This morning I was in a rush to get my son out the door and to camp, but I really needed one more cup of caffeine. I went digging through my tea bags and came up with this. While the tea was hot it was difficult to taste the almond. However, the base tea was excellent. Very smooth and rich. When the tea had a chance to cool a bit the sweet almond flavor arrived in a big way. It became something close to a dessert tea. The taste reminded me of biscotti or pastry. Delicious!

For such a little tea bag this is a big tea. I’m going to have to hunt down more of this one.

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Sipdown (sort of) -

I brewed this for iced tea. I ended up overleafing in an attempt to use up the last of this tea. On top of using too much leaf, I also got distracted and allowed my infuser basket to sit in the water too long. Not surprising, I ended up with a rather bitter cup. This really was a nice tea, so in an attempt to do it justice I’m going to resteep the leaves in a larger container and see if I can make one last glass of iced tea that has all of the peach, apricot, and woodsy flavors I like. So a sipdown, but not.

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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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