1048 Tasting Notes

drank Gong Fu Black by Zhi Tea
1048 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. Today this tea is full of dark chocolate and baked bread notes. It’s making my mouth very, very happy. While the tea was steeping I smelled a strong hay note, but I’m not detecting it anywhere in my cup. That’s ok though. I’m satisfied sitting here with this tea and enjoying it just the way it is because the way it is is amazingly delicious.

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

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I was feeling rather dissatisfied with my caffeine free beverage options this evening until I remembered that I had this deliciously creamy coconut-y treat in my cupboard. Win! Tonight I’m even getting a hint of pastry as the tea cools which adds a fun twist to the tea. It does taste a little bit like coconut cream pie. I kind of want to add cream to my cup, but I’m afraid I’ll lose the pastry, and possibly some of the coconut, flavor that way. That would be a shame, so I’ll just sit here and enjoy this one just the way it is.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Coconut milk might be able to add the creaminess to this one while keeping the flavor, I’d been adding it to similar teas lately so it might be worth a try!


I’ll have to try that!

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drank Pomegranate Pizzazz by Bigelow
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Even though this is a very nice apple flavored tea I do kind of wish it tasted even a little bit like pomegranate. You know, since it’s called Pomegranate Pizzazz and all. That said, it is still a very decent herbal, and I always enjoy it. The apple flavor is sweet and fruity, and there’s no tart hibiscus flavor. And really… Apple Pizzazz just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So, this is me finally jumping on the matcha bandwagon. I’ve read reviews for a while now, and I’ve been very curious about it. Unfortunately, I’ve had a couple of really bad matcha experiences (both in restaurants) that kept me from placing an order, but I decided it’s time to give matcha a try at my home where I have control over the quality of the tea I drink.

I tried this hot, and I tried this as an iced latte. The hot tea was incredibly creamy and smooth. There was a cheesecake note, but it wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. Instead, the flavor of the matcha itself really came through, and it was lovely. I’m having a hard time finding words other than ‘clean’ and ‘green’ to describe it. That said, it was a creamy, smooth, green, clean tasting cup that I found super comforting.

As an iced latte the cheesecake flavor really came out. I used skim milk, and I did add two teaspoons of sugar to the 12 oz latte. The result was a wonderfully yummy drink with creamy cheesecake notes. I also liked that I could still taste the matcha even though the flavor wasn’t as easily detected as it was in the hot tea. I can see why this matcha would be fun to add to smoothies and frappes, and I’ll probably do the same once the weather warms. I really liked the cheesecake flavor, and I can see myself mixing it with other flavors in the future just to have some fun (and tasty!) lattes.

I’m still really new to matcha, but I can see myself totally falling in love with it.

Name: Cheesecake Matcha
Size: 30g
Flavor: Distinctive

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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This is my running-around-trying-to-get-stuff-done tea. It holds up well in a travel mug with the creamy eggnog flavor coming through beautifully. I like the amount of cinnamon and nutmeg added to the blend. It’s just enough to enhance the vanilla flavor while giving the tea a bit of a kick. Plus, this is a perfect tea for this super cold winter’s day. Brrrrr.

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drank Tropical Coconut by Rishi Tea
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This is a yummy coconut oolong. The addition of pineapple makes for a sweet bright note to the creamy, smooth tea. As far as coconut oolongs go, this is a good one.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple, Smooth

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Cool, it’s hard to find a oolong with both pineapple and coconut.

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning. I had a little pot of this all to myself, and I enjoyed every little sip. This tea has an earthy sweet potato flavor and a light dry hay scent at the beginning of the sip. After a moment the warm caramel notes open up. It’s a darker caramel flavor with a hint of molasses, and it blends well with the sweet potato note. I’m really liking this. As the tea cools there’s a bready note which is nice, but I have to say I enjoy this tea the most before it cools. There are so many wonderfully tasty flavors in those leaves!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love this tea


People always say good things about this version. :)


It’s the best version of GM I’ve ever had. I know the quality of a tea can change from season to season, but H&S is consistently good.

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I still love this one. Tonight I tasted a toasty note that I don’t think I noticed in this tea before. I still get lemon and rose as well as the muscatel flavors as the tea cools a bit, but I liked the slightly deeper roast-y toast-y note added to the mix. It works especially well with the sharp wine-like finish.

Basically this tea is amazing.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

I love this one!


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

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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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