1027 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
1027 tasting notes

Needed an afternoon pick-me-up, so I made a big mug of this and am enjoying every sip.

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I am planning a tea party for a ladies’ group that I belong to, and one of the sweet ladies there gave me a bag of this tea telling me it is her favorite “company tea” and that she would love to have it served at the party. I told her I adore a good Moroccan Mint, so I’d give it a try and then see about adding it to the tea list. I mean how in the world do I say no to that?

So today after lunch I decided to give this tea a try. It’s a bagged tea which didn’t bother me, but the directions for steeping say to pour boiling water over the bag and allow to steep for five minutes. It’s not in me to pour boiling water over sencha. I can’t see how the tea could be anything but a bitter mess, so I lowered the water temp and steeped it for two minutes. The result? Not bad! It was nice and minty, but I could definitely taste the green tea which was a little vegetal and grassy. For a bagged tea I actually think this is pretty good, and I’m glad I got the chance to try it.

Looks like this will be making an appearance at the party.

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Yay! A tea party! :)


Yeah, I’m looking forward to it. My only concern is there will be almost 30 people there. That’s a lot of tea and and treats!


Have fun! :)

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Yum. Toasty rice and lots of marshmallow. This was exactly what I need to keep me from snacking all morning.

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I was almost out, so I picked up some more of this last night. As soon as my daughter saw me pouring it into a tin she asked if we could have it as our morning tea, so this is my tea of the morning. The blueberry flavor is sooo good, and it’s nice to have a lighter cuppa to start off the day every now and then.

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You know that feeling when you meet someone for the first time and you hit it off right away? You have lots and lots to talk about, and even the moments of silence are easy instead of that uncomfortable dead air that leaves you grasping for something to say. Meetings like that, for me at least, are rare and special, and I treasure the handful of people I have met that way. It’s the same way with certain teas. Every once in a while you have a moment when you take the first sip and think, “Oh, this is the ____ (chai, earl grey, milk oolong, etc.) I’ve been looking for”. For me this is that chai.

Probably my favorite thing about this tea is the blend of spices because it is done so well. No one spice drowns out the others, and while the spices have strength and boldness, they don’t mask the smooth, sweet flavor of the tea or the smoke-y note. I also like that the smoke is much more subtle than I was expecting and is used as a way of enhancing the flavor of the spices than just being one other flavor in a chai. That’s not to say that the smoke isn’t there. It definitely is, but it doesn’t over power the tea. I’ve had a few smoke-y chais that ended up tasting like smoke and clove or smoke and cinnamon. Thankfully, that is not this tea. Lastly, the black tea base is good. Really good. There is a sweetness that took me a while to place, but I think it reminds me of wildflower honey. More than anything the overall blend is beautifully done and after two resteeps I can say I adore this tea even more.

So basically this is crazy delicious and I will be drinking insane amounts of it for the foreseeable future because it’s just that good.

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awesome :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This review made me smile :)

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Wow. This is everything a breakfast tea should be. It’s very malty and rich. There is also a light floral note that is just hinting at something citrus. Then there is the dark, and again rich, cocoa note at the end of the sip with a light touch of smoke.

I could get used to having this in my cup. Also, this tea pairs incredibly well with a veggie omelet. Yum.

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Tea of the evening. Sipped on this while watching old Veronica Mars episodes. I love that she’s a kick butt detective and her name’s Veronica. :) Anyway, this was a nice creamy mint vanilla tea. I like the mellow flavors but that it still taste like a dessert tea. One of my favorites from DT.


One of the series I’ve been meaning to watch for ages!


VERONICA MARS OMG! Sorry. I just really like the show and the movie is coming out the day before my birthday and I just realized I wasn’t punctuating but that is mostly because this is one long, excited sentence in my head. Sorry. I REALLY like the show.


Ooh, I just looked up the release date of the movie, and it’s a few days after my birthday. Yay for March babies! :)


Haha! Yay! It is like the world is giving us a birthday gift :)

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drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
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This was really good. A great cup of vanilla yumminess. I added some sugar and a bit of milk, so it was wonderfully sweet and creamy. It was exactly what I wanted for an afternoon treat.


I like the sound of this, and the name of the tea company. I’ve never heard of them before!

Terri HarpLady

I used to order from Art of Tea a lot, before I discovered that there are hundreds of other companies out there!


I actually buy it form my local tea shop who buys it wholesale from Art of Tea.

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drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
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I needed a bit of sunshine this morning, so I chose this tea. It’s light, floral, and fruity which is helping me combat the crazy cold weather we’re having. Every time I have this tea I tell myself to hunt down other good pear teas. I like the juicy feel the pear lends to the tea. Yum.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
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I couldn’t decide between hot chocolate and tea this morning, so I chose this thinking it would be the best of both worlds. Lots of spicy chai and melted chocolate which is exactly what I was looking for.

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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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