1049 Tasting Notes


I have had so many cups of this tea over the past week or so. I made pots of it when friends came over. I made cups for myself when I needed a comfort cuppa. I’ve made this fairly weak, and I’ve been distracted and left the leaves steeping for ten minutes or so. No matter what this has been exactly what it claims to be – damn fine.

Everyone I offered this to enjoyed it. Some drank it with milk and sugar, but my favorite way to drink this right now is plain. It’s malty, super duper rich, and has great fruity notes. When I let the tea steep too long I did add some cream because, um, strong.

I am down to my last few servings of this, so an A&D order is imminent. There must always be a tiger in my cupboard.


Hm. Maybe in the latter part of the year I need to pick up some of this. I really like it, too.

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
1049 tasting notes

Dear Veronica,

The next time you get a fruity tea craving at ten o’clock at night please refrain from drinking a tea with the word ‘jolt’ in its name and the word ‘energizer’ printed in large block letters on the bag (even if that tea is in fact very tasty and full of passion fruit and raspberry notes). While the tea might be delicious, being wide awake at three in the morning is not. Of course, being awake at that hour does give you lots of time to reflect on some of the less than brilliant decisions you’ve made in your life. For example, drinking a tea called Passion Berry JOLT right before bed….



Great tasting note. :)

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drank Black Dragon Pearl by Teavana
1049 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. This was the first unflavored black I laid my hands on when I went to my cupboard, so this is what went in my cup. I do like this tea. There was nice malt and chocolate notes. It’s a medium body tea, and I did wish there was a bit more of a kick to it for my first cup of the day, but it was tasty nonetheless.

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Warning: Depressing tea note to follow. If you just want to read about the tea skip to the last paragraph.

I’m behind on my tea notes, so I’m going to start with what I’m drinking now and work backwards from there.

Oh guys, it has been a rough past few days. My daughter’s boyfriend’s father passed away unexpectedly late last week, so this week has been filled with helping young teenagers try to understand the unexplainable. The funeral was yesterday, and it was hard and so, so sad. My daughter and I both came home and slept for hours because we were emotionally drained, and then today I woke her up, made her tea, and watched her walk to the bus stop because life goes on. I’m sure there will be more tears and many more questions, but there will also be more smiles and more joy in the coming days.

Since one of my joys (and comforts) is tea I have been taking my time and enjoying the process of making each cup. This tea has beautiful tea leaves that have a bright jade color while steeping. The flavor is also beautiful. It’s a mix of vegetal and nutty with a bit of dryness at the finish. The nut flavor is a bit like chestnut, but there is another note in there as well that I can’t quite pinpoint. The tea is smooth, slightly creamy, and hints at sweetness. The resteeps are consistent with the first cup but with an even creamier note. Delicious.

To life and the simple joys that make that life beautiful. Cheers.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

so sorry for your loss. I’m glad you can take small comfort from the tea


Thank you.


Your daughter is blessed with a very special & supportive Mom!


One of the hardest truths to convey to kids is that things break, life is hard, and sometimes chaos rules. Aren’t you glad God eases the path with small comforts like good tea?


I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Bright blessings to you all in this difficult time.


There is so much wisdom in this post. During such a sad time for your family you are able to offer them, and us, such a meaningful perspective. What a lucky daughter you have. I’m sure she knows it.

As gmathis so aptly put it – “Aren’t you glad God eases the path with small comforts like good tea?”

Thinking of, and praying for, your family on this day.


I’m sorry to hear about this


Thanks everyone. I appreciate all of the encouragement and kind words.


@gmathis – I want to take everything you said cross-stitch it, frame it, and hang it on the wall. Every word is so true, and I’m very grateful that God allows small things to help heal big hurts.


I’m so sorry. Death is such a hard thing to have to deal with when you’re a teenager. It sounds like you’re doing a wonderful job of supporting your daughter.


That’s a hard time to loose a parent. I’m glad that he has you and his daughter to help him through this time. Hugs and best wishes as you all go through this difficult time. My mom died when I was in university and I went through a period of shock for 6 month after which a period of deeper grieving set in, be watchful and realise that he may need more support later on.


Veronica, I’m so sorry to hear this, but I love your approach. Thinking of you and yours.


@yyz – Thank you for the advice. I’ll keep that in mind. Hugs to you, too!


I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
1049 tasting notes

I think I would have liked this one more if the clove wasn’t so strong. There was a definite pumpkin flavor, which I like, but it was hard to pick out at times because of the clove. I think if the other spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and black peppercorn) held the same weight as the clove this would be an absolute winner for me. As it is, this is just ok.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
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I needed something high octane to get me moving this morning, so I grabbed my little canister of East Frisian, and I’m thinking it was a wise (and tasty) decision. Even though the dry leaves don’t look like much – broken Asssam leaves and CTC tea – it steeps into a thick malty tea with honey notes and a light lemon-like finish. I decided I wanted a nice builder’s tea today, so I added cream and sugar, and all of the flavors were still noticeable with the additions. Nice.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon, Malt

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

I’ve always wondered about this one. Sounds like a perfect gloomy-January-I-don’t-wanna-get-out-of-bed tea.


That’s exactly what this is. :)


I’ll take a 50-pound sack, please. :P

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drank Darjeeling by Whittard of Chelsea
1049 tasting notes

Last tea of the day. I was in a Darjeeling mood, and this one sounded nice. There is a dry hay note that carries a faint spiciness to it at the beginning of the sip. Then there is the lovely muscadine flavor that I like so much in this tea as well as a light honeysuckle note. A slight dryness comes at the end of the sip.

It’s not a perfect Darjeeling, but it is a very comfortable and comforting one.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Obukucha by Steepster
1049 tasting notes

Oh, this is nice. It’s grassy and sweet with a strong mineral note right at the end. There’s a hint of a seaweed note, but it is soft and just barely noticeable. The sweetness of the tea is nice. It’s sweet the way spring grass or new hay is sweet. It’s a soft but lingering taste, and I really enjoy it.

The resteeps of this are even smoother than the first cup. Very, very nice.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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There is a strong artificial taste to the blueberry, and while I can sometimes handle artificial flavors this one is just too much. There’s also a bitter/tart aftertaste, and I actually had to eat a couple of crackers to make the taste go away.



The pineapple was too much for me on this one.


I couldn’t even taste pineapple. My cup was all blueberry!

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Thank you TeaBrat for sending me this sample! I am very curious about flavored pu-erh, and I have enjoyed the teas I’ve sampled from Nature’s Tea Leaf in the past, so I’m looking forward to giving this tea a try.

Well, this tea pulls no punches. I get the earthy taste of pu-erh and a burst of orange flavor. I’m not getting any other notes. Earth and orange. It works, and I’m enjoying my cup. I really like citrus flavored teas, but I also like how the deep earth note of the pu-erh keeps the orange from being too much. As the tea cools I keep trying to find a chocolate note in here even though there isn’t one. My mind is trying to pin this tea down as something it recognizes, but these flavor combinations are new to me in a good and interesting way. I’m grateful that TeaBrat gave me such a generous sample because I want to try this tea again.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 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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