1036 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
1036 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.

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

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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.


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


I hope the headache goes away soon!


Feel better.


Thanks everyone!

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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.

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

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


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?


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. >.>


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 ;-)


That sounds so cool.

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drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
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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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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
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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.

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

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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.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
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My before bed tea. It’s a simple chamomile and mint tea. Nothing too outstanding about it, but it’s soothing and nice to sip on while reading a cheesy mystery novel.


What cheesy mystery? (I like ’em that way myself, sometimes.)


The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters. It’s the second book in the Amelia Peabody series. It’s complete mind candy, and I’m enjoying it thoroughly. :)


I love Amelia and Emerson! Have read almost all, but the earlier ones are the best.


Please tell me Ramses is in the later books and a holy terror! He cracks me up.


He grows up! Holy terror evolves into a hero/daredevil.

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Thanks, Cameron B., for sending this my way! It taste like vanilla orange custard, and I want it in my life forever and always. Amen.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cameron B.

Ooh, I’m so glad you like it! Sorry the sample of this one was a bit smaller than I intended, I gave you all I had left. :(


Thank you for sending me the last of your tea. That was very kind of you! It was the perfect amount to know that I like it. :)

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drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
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The two ounce tins of this were on sale for $3 at my Wegman’s last week. I like ginger and pear, and while white teas aren’t my favorite they are growing on me. Long story short, this came home with me, and tonight seemed like a good time for the two of us to get acquainted.

I’m pretty sure my eyes doubled in size when I took my first sip because it was all ginger. White hot, how-ya-doin’, ginger. After the spice settled into my throat the pear flavor sort of bloomed around it. The flavor was more poached pear rather than fresh and juicy, but it worked well with the ginger. I took another (tentative) sip. This time the ginger wasn’t so shocking, and I found that I liked the hit of ginger followed by the cooked pear note. As the tea cooled I could taste the base tea which was slightly floral and a tiny bit sweet. Nice.

I’m glad I picked this up. It’ll be something a little different to add to my cupboard.

160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was thinking about this tea earlier today, but I didn’t have time to make a cup. Now that my day is starting to wind down it’s nice to sit here with this beautiful tea. I love preparing this and admiring the bright green, tiny, flat leaves. I love the soft green color of the liquid. I love the flavors of chestnut and clean sweet grass. I love being able to sit and enjoy having something so pretty in my life.

It really is the little things.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Agreed! :)

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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.


New Jersey, USA



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