1030 Tasting Notes

90

I did a short steep (2 minutes), and the result was a nice light Keemun that’s full of plum and honey notes. When I say full I mean full. The plum notes were juicy and sweet, and the honey could be tasted throughout the sip but was strongest at the end. It was really, really good!

The deeper notes of grain and malt you can get from a longer steep are nice, but the brightness and fruitiness from a quick steep was delicious, too. I’m starting to think this is one of those teas that’s tough to mess up. No matter what I do to it the flavor is excellent!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Mmm. This is sweet, minty, creamy, and it has a nice soft vanilla flavor. I definitely like this one. I’m hosting a rather large tea party at the end of the month, and I think this will be a big hit there. The flavors aren’t over the top, but the tea still manages to have a dessert tea vibe about it. I do have to remember to not use boiling water with this one and to overleaf just a bit in order to get the best flavor, but it’s worth it. This tea is yum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Rosehips

I love this one!

Veronica

Me, too! I’m looking forward to sharing it with my friends. I think they’ll like it a lot.

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90

This tea makes me long for a fireplace. I want to tuck in next to a nice warm fire and sip this dark, rich tea. It has thick malt notes as well as an earthy tobacco flavor and hints of leather. To keep it from getting too dark there are bright fruity notes mixed in, too. It’s robust, warming, and delicious, and it’s perfect for combating the freezing temperature outside.

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

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82

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I drank this for most of last night. It was slightly sweet and had a clean vegetal note that reminded me of really crisp lettuce. There was also a mineral note that I found pleasant, and again, clean with a really fresh finish. I want to say the finish was minty, but I think it was closer to eucalyptus than mint. At any rate, it was very nice, and the tea withstood seven steeps before I felt that it was starting to lose some flavor. I probably could have continued for a few more steeps before the leaves were truly spent.

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
1030 tasting notes

I’m taking it easy today and drinking some of my favorite teas. I still have lots of samples to try, but I also have a headache that won’t quit, so sampling new teas wouldn’t be much fun today anyway. However, I must have tea, and my faithful standbys are waiting to meet cup and water. Have I mentioned lately how thankful I am for tea? Love this stuff!

Ah, Earl Grey Cream, such a lovely mix of Ceylon, bergamot, and vanilla. The taste is creamy and full of citrus and vanilla notes, both of which I love. There isn’t an overly perfume-y taste that can often accompany Earl Grey teas. Instead the bergamot is well balanced against the vanilla, and it carries much more of a fruity note than a floral one. That, combined with a super creamy vanilla that has no artificial flavor to it, makes this a complete winner for me.

Happy to have this as my first cup of the day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

I’m getting a tension headache, and I feel like this tea helps relieve the tension and eases some of the pain. Plus it taste good. Yay tea. Boo headache.

Anlina

Tension headaches suck. I’m off to physio this afternoon for mine. Feel better :)

Fjellrev

I hope the headache goes away soon!

AllanK

Feel better.

Veronica

Thanks everyone!

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96

Thank you kimquat for this sample!

I’m liking the mix of pine and jasmine in this blend. The two flavors play off of each other nicely while allowing the creamy note of the base tea to come out and play, too. Normally I’d be surprised at the strength of the pine, but this blend is a mix of green tea leaves and tiny pine needles. It’s very pretty, and it smells incredible. In fact, I thought it smelled like spring. While the pine is noticeable no one flavor drowns out the others. It’s a really nice blend. This is another tea I think I would naturally reach for after meditating or when I needed to find some calm. It’s a relaxing, delicious, lovely tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ThainofBuckland

That sounds amazing. I didn’t know you could make tea with pine needles.

Veronica

It’s really good! I think adding pine needles is kind of like adding marigold or cornflower petals to tea. You wouldn’t make an entire tea out of them, but you can add them to a blend. Maybe?

ThainofBuckland

It has to add more flavor than that. I found out that cornflower, for instance, is just used to carry flavors. I feel like a little bit of pine needles would be enough to give it a kick, kind of like adding peppercorn or lapsang souchong to a breakfast tea. But I’ve never had it before. >.>

Veronica

That’s true. It definitely give the tea a nice light pine flavor!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

The way I process the pine makes it taste very similar to a good Tieguanyin, actually :-)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

They are picked in the morning after a rainfall, then cut, lightly withered, pan-dried very very slowly and carefully, and then lightly roasted, giving a buttery, nutty, and very sweet body.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Takes me about 3 hours to make an process an ounce of pine ;-)

ThainofBuckland

That sounds so cool.

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90
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
1030 tasting notes

Lots of sweet almond cookie flavor (milk and sugar added). This is great for when I want something sweet and don’t want to snack. I’m actually going to Wegman’s in a few minutes, and I’m tempted to pick up more of this. We shall see….

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83
drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
1030 tasting notes

I used my last teaspoon of this, and it was so good. The apricot flavor is so fruity and juicy. It’s manages to be sweet without tasting like candy or even dried fruit. I’ll definitely pick up more of this. It’s a bright, happy tea, and I enjoy having it in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

Tea of the morning. This is another sample that came to me from the kind Naylynn via the Christmas Card Swap. Thank you!

When I think Irish Breakfast a few words automatically pop in my head: strong, bold, and malt. Irish breakfast teas are famous for their thick malty flavor that stands up to cream and sugar so very well. Today I learned there are Irish Breakfast teas (or at least one tea) that break that rule. I love a rule breaker.

The first thing that caught my eye was the low water temp for this tea. It’s recommended at 195°F, and since I’ve never had this tea before I followed the directions. I’m glad I did. I took my first sip and possibly gave myself whiplash. You can imagine the double take I did at my mug when I sipped this and found a distinct lack of malty notes. I sipped again and what I tasted was a rich, creamy, wonderfully thick tea that tasted like the French rolls my favorite bakery sells. Oh… holy… yum. As wonderful as the bready note was the texture of the tea was what had me smiling. It was like sipping velvet. As the tea cooled the malt flavor began to appear, and I got more of a traditional Irish Breakfast feel from the tea, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Next time I have this (Naylynn sent a generous sample!) I might add cream and sugar just to see, but this is wonderfully tasty all on its own.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 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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