896 Tasting Notes

drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
896 tasting notes

I had this earlier today. It’s so creamy and vanilla-y. Bigelow did well with this one!

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I used my last three pearls, and while I’m sad to no longer have this tea in my cupboard I really enjoyed this today. Wonderful dark chocolate and baked bread flavors. It’s as tasty as ever, and I enjoyed this cup from start to finish.

Cameron B.

Ugh, they need to get this back in stock! :)


I’m proud of you for braving it out and actually using yours! I’m still hoarding my last two packets.


@Cameron B. – Yes, they do. It’s been out for a while… at least it seems that way!

@Fjellrev – I’m trying to break my pattern of hoarding teas. It’s entirely possible I’ll be crying into my tea cup at some point because all of my favorite teas are no longer in my cupboard, and my pocketbook says I can’t buy any more! :)

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I enjoyed this one so much last night that I’m having it again this morning. It’s incredibly smooth and delicious. It morphs from steep to steep with some cups tasting deep and earthy while other cups are full of chocolate notes, hints of bread and honey, or leather and leaves. Every steep has been nice.

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The cooked apple flavor in this tea is yummy. It’s not exactly apple pie, but between the apple and the spices it’s pretty close.

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drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
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From the SanTEA Claus TTB

I think this is the last tea I need to review from this ttb. It’s taken me a while, but hey, I got it done. :)

I’m not a huge fan of white teas, but this one was a treat. The toffee flavor was light but present throughout the sip, and the tea itself had a clean – almost sweet – flavor. It was nice and refreshing while also feeling like a dessert tea.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is good. This is so good. It’s incredibly silky with a woodsy/nutty flavor that morphs into something chocolaty as I sip. There’s earth and leather as the tea cools. Yeah, this is a good one.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Jamais Vu by Nina's Paris
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This came to me from the very kind Blodeuyn. Thank you!

This is a fairly light and fruity black tea. There’s lots of citrus as well as tropical flavors. I definitely taste pineapple and mango. A floral note is also present though it is much lighter than the fruit. Overall a really nice blend.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So this has turned into a sipdown Saturday for me which is a good thing since I have quite a bit of tea on its way to me. Finishing off teas that I only have one or two teaspoons of seems like a good idea.

This tea is earthy and fruity. There’s a wood note along with leaves and wet earth as well as a sweet general fruitiness. The combination is very nice.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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Earlier today I read bluebelle’s review of this tea, and it reminded me that I had one serving left that I’d tucked away. Yay! This is very nice. Deep chocolate, malt, and grain notes in a thick tea. As happy as I was to have it in my cup, I’m also glad I had that last serving because it made me realize that I have several teas in my cupboard with the same flavor profile, so saying good-bye (for now) to this one isn’t so hard.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Drinking my last bit of this. This is one of the only Assams that I drink straight. There is a nice fruitiness to it that adds some sweetness. It is also full of wonderful malt notes as well as caramel. The last time i had this I noted that it was a touch astrigent, so I lowered my water temp, and that fixed it. No dryness, just a nice smooth sip.

I’ll definitely pick up more of this at some point. It’s a very reliable and tasty Assam.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Malt

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I agree with you on this estate’s assam! There is a smoothness to it…almost a creaminess that makes it very easy to drink…and then look in your cup and see it’s gone! I think I got mine at Leaf & Kettle….

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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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