767 Tasting Notes

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I’ve been curious about this tea for a while, so I was excited to receive it as part of a swap package from Dinosara. Thank you!

The smell of this tea reminded me of a country store I used to go to when visiting my grandparents during vacation. The woman who owned the store would always have several candles burning. There were one or two strawberry scented candles and then various other fruit scented ones burning at the same time. The smell should have been overpowering, but to me it seemed homey and warm. Plus, the woman who owned the store always called me “honey” or “sugar”, and I loved that. Happy times.

Once brewed the fruity scent of the tea lingered. I was getting lots of strawberry, but the mango was more subtle. The taste was a bit of fruit, not near as much as I was expecting given the smell, and rich, dark, tea with a hint of smoke. The pu-erh was not as earthy or woody as I was expecting, but I do not have much experience with pu-erhs yet. The richness of the tea and the fruit flavors combined to make an enjoyable tea.

It’s not something I can see myself reaching for everyday, but I can see how this could occasionally find it’s way on my shelf.

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96

I had this today with my lunch. It’s such a refreshing and invigorating blend. I like the bite of the pepper up front and then the lingering sweetness of the fennel after the sip. This is one of my “happy teas” that I drink when I’m feeling down (or when I want something yummy to drink with my lunch).

Indigobloom

I love looove this one. So good!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
767 tasting notes

Tea of the morning as chosen by my daughter. I infused it in the french press so that I can make a second infusion for iced tea. This tea is outstanding iced.

Today the tea seems to be more bregamot-y than usual. A whole lot more citrus action going on. I’m really enjoying it, but my girl put a bit more sugar in her cup. The added sugar seems to have done the trick because she happily finished off her mug of tea at breakfast. I’ve had two mugs of this myself, and I must say I’m feeling ready to face the day.

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97
drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
767 tasting notes

Yes, yes, I know it’s supposed to be butter cake, but in reality this is one of my favorite lemon teas ever. The lemon flavor is wonderful, and I love the marigold and the floral note it gives. Then there’s the creamy buttery note right at the end. …Sigh… I’m so glad I have this tea, and I’m going to miss it when it’s gone.

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80
drank Organic Assam by Wegmans
767 tasting notes

A very nice, malty Assam. It brews into a lovely reddish-orange color, and I can smell something sweet (honey maybe?) and fresh baked bread. The taste is rich with a decent maltiness and a subtle sweetness that kind of floats on the tongue. It’s astringent at the end of the sip, but it’s pleasing, not overwhelming at all.

I really like this tea. It’s not the best Assam I’ve ever had, but it’s far from being the worst. Another good, steady tea.

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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I think I am going to track how often I drink this tea during a month. It is easily the tea I drink most often, but I’ve only logged it here a few times. Part of me is afraid to face my massive Earl-Grey-tea-drinking addiction, but my curiosity is greater than my fear. Maybe I was a cat in a former life. :)

The tea. As always, wonderful bergamot vanilla-y goodness. I can resteep this tea once and get a good flavor. Not quite as intense as the first cup, but still perfectly enjoyable.

Kasumi no Chajin

I have a massive sencha and genmai addiction :)

Tea Sipper

Yeah, Earl Grey Creams are the type of tea I drink right on schedule. It HAS to be at least once every two weeks. Luckily, I have a variety.

Tea Sipper

Oh, and this one I found to be the creamiest.

Veronica

Yeah, I’m completely hooked on this tea. If it’s ever discontinued I’m in trouble. I’ve tried a few others, but I love the vanilla in this one soooo much.

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85
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
767 tasting notes

For some reason I have it stuck in my head that I don’t like black currant, but the truth is it’s delicious. Lots of sweet berry flavor and a good black tea to go with it. Not sure why I have such a mental block about it when I’ve had this tea multiple times and enjoyed each cup.

And now I can confirm that this tea is especially tasty with biscuits and homemade marmalade! :)

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93

We have heat! It feels nice to no longer be a popsicle.

This is such a great tea. The coconut flavor is excellent, and there’s no oily film on the top of my tea. I find many coconut teas have this, and it kinda weirds me out. I also really love the base tea. It’s rich and gives an additional layer of decadence to the tea. Good stuff!

gmathis

Yay. Nice to feel your core temp rising from freezing?

Veronica

Very nice! :)

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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So the repair man came to fix our heater. It took him a couple of hours to get everything fixed (the exhaust motor needed to be replaced). An hour after he left the heat turned off… and won’t turn back on. Can you hear me beating my head against the wall? Someone is supposed to be here tomorrow morning between eight and noon to fix the fix. Thankfully one of my sweet friends brought over a couple of space heaters, so we won’t freeze tonight. Hopefully. I need tea.

I went to make tea and realized my husband had thrown away my brew basket, but since he was having the same crappy day I was I let it go, grabbed my tin of Vanilla Comoro (pyramid tea bags), and made myself a nice big mug. It’s wonderful vanilla comfort in a cup. I added a teaspoon of sugar which highlights the vanilla even more. Ah, good stuff.

Now I’m off to figure out optimum placement of space heaters when we go to bed tonight. Tomorrow will be a better day, right? Right?

gmathis

Few years back, we were without power/heat for more than a week; camped out in one room at night, and I nearly choked from trying to sleep wearing a scarf and stocking hat.

Veronica

Yikes! I’ll avoid the scarf, but I’m going to have to wear some sort of hat because I hate being cold. I think with the space heaters it won’t be too bad. I’m hoping everyone will be comfortable enough in their own room. I’m trying to keep the kids out of my bed because they both flail around in their sleep. It would be like a boxing match with me in the middle!

Miss Starfish

Eep! I hope you dream of lounging on a beach somewhere warm!

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drank Masala Chai by Wegmans
767 tasting notes

If there was ever a day I needed a good chai, it’s today. Our heater died sometime during the night, so it’s currently 48 degrees in my dining room. Something tells me I’ll be drinking more tea than usual today. At least until the repair man gets here (some time between noon and four).

On to the tea…

I bought this tea on a whim, and I’m so glad I did. It’s amazing. The mix of spices and black tea is wonderful. (side note: When I pulled the container off the shelf I had to use the scoop to mix up the tea because all of the spices had settled to the bottom.) This isn’t a super spicy chai, but it does have a little kick. There’s a bit of warmth in the back of my throat, which is nice. What I really love is that this isn’t a cinnamon heavy chai or a cardamom only chai. The spice blend is very well done, and the tea itself is good. It is strong enough to hold its own with the spices, but it also has a nice smoothness. No bitterness at all.

This is my favorite chai to date. I think I’ll make some on the stove after I take my youngest to school. Anything to help warm up this house!

gmathis

Brrrrr! Take care!

Veronica

Thanks! I’m currently nestled under my blanket as close to the space heater as I can get with a mug ‘o tea in hand. I don’t plan on moving a whole lot until the repair guy gets here!

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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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