644 Tasting Notes

95

Tea of the morning. I wish I would’ve made a pot of this instead of a cup. It is absolutely delicious. Very malty with a honey finish. I added a little sugar but skipped the milk. This one is a keeper. I’m thinking I’m going to blow through my sample bag of this in a day or two because – yum.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

I definitely am getting a sample of this soon!

Veronica

It’s a good one. I’m planning on ordering more when I place my next Upton order.

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10
drank Turmeric Lemon by Rishi
644 tasting notes

Yuck. This herbal is a strange mix of sweetness from the licorice, heat from the ginger, and bitterness from the lemon and orange peel. I think what comes off as bitter is supposed to be tart, but the aftertaste is all bitter.

Anna

This sounds completely terrifying, hahaha.

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94

I was getting a swap package together and realized that after sending some of this to kimquat I only had one serving left. Must mean it was meant to be finished off today!

The combination of rice and marshmallow is really good. It’s kind of hard not to smile while I’m drinking it because it does have that Rice Crispy Treat kinda flavor going on. The green tea is there, but my focus is on the toasty rice and marshmallow sweetness. Yum.

As good as this one is I’m not overly sad to see it go. I’m trying to quit hoarding teas, and I can see this tea losing some of its shine if I held on to it too long.

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

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80
drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
644 tasting notes

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve had this one, and I forget how nice it is. It’s fairly basic. Vanilla and tea. The white tea stars are mostly there for show. They don’t lend much to the tea itself, but they are pretty. My guess is that the black tea is Assam. There is some malt and a thickness that I tend to associate with Assams. The black tea is strong and a good base for the vanilla which is sweet but not at all artificial. Add a touch of milk and sugar, and this is a tea I can easily enjoy.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

Tea of the morning. If I have to wake up and face a Monday then this is the way to do it. My mug is full of coca, malty goodness. Today there’s also an ever so slight woody note and some sweetness with the smoke at the end of the sip.

I love this tea.

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

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83

A friend gave me some peach ginger iced tea bags as I was leaving her house the other day. I decided to brew them up this morning, and now I’m sitting here with a really nice glass of iced tea. I wish I knew the name of the tea company, but she just left for a two week vacation in Hawaii, so I doubt I find out the name any time soon. :)

The tea has a strong peach/ginger flavor, but the base tea is also really good. There is a woody note and also a bit of grain. Both flavors work well with the fruit and spice. The tea is fairly robust. I think it would be excellent at a barbecue where lots of foods with strong flavors were being served. This is an iced tea that could hold its own against anything that might come off the grill.

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
644 tasting notes

Tea Sipper reviewed this tea earlier today, and after reading her positive notes on it I decided it was time to open my own bag of Summer Rose that has been sitting untouched in my cupboard for months now. I ordered it thinking it would help chase away my winter blues, but then I was worried that it would be too rosy. I’m a big chicken that way.

Turns out that this is a really nice tea! The smell is all rose. Strong rose. Once brewed, however, the taste is a nice balance between the base tea and the rose flavor. The base tea is smooth and has a lemon note which makes me think it’s a Ceylon . There is no astringency and no bitterness. The lemon note is light, but it’s undeniably there, and it combines with the rose beautifully. The rose flavor is no where near as strong in taste as it is in smell. In fact, as the tea cools the rose notes become harder to pick up. That was disappointing, but overall I has a very pleasant experience with this tea. It’ll be in high rotation this summer. I may even try it cold brewed.

Thanks Tea Sipper for your great review on this one! :) I’m glad I listened to you and gave it a try.

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

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90

How have I not reviewed this tea? My bag is almost empty, but somehow this is my first time logging this tea.

I really like this one. The strawberry flavor is a tiny bit artificial, but the oolong flavor is great. So incredibly buttery with a slight floral sweetness. It’s light with a nice clean finish. Really, it’s a great spring tea. Subsequent steeps lose the strawberry flavor, but all the great oolong notes remain.

This is one I will reorder, but I’ll get it in a small quantity because it’s not something I’ll reach for during cooler weather.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anna

I’m sold, I will add this to my wishlist now.

Veronica

It’s a nice one. I have been really impressed with the quality of Fusion’s teas.

Anna

I feel like a lot of people have been saying the same thing lately! I’ll look into shipping and stuff when I get back home.

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81
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
644 tasting notes

I steeped this in a travel mug and took it to the park with me this morning. As usual, I added milk and sugar so that it tasted like an orange creamsicle. Nothing spectacular, but definitely tasty.

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84

I made this after breakfast so I could just sit and enjoy. I realized while I was sipping that this tea reminds me of muscadines. More to the point, it reminds me of the large bronze muscadines my grandpa grows on this farm. It is the earthy note combined with the muscatel one that does it. My grandparents also grew zinnias for a while, so the floral note in this tea combined with the other notes really took me back to the days when my grandpa would hand my sisters and I buckets and tell us to, “head on out to the vine.” I loved picking fruit on his farm because he’d tell us stories or let us talk his ears off about all the things that little girls find important. My parents would come out and help us move step stools so we could get the fruit at the top of the vines. Then, when our buckets were full, we’d take them into my grandma, and she’d turn them into muscadine jelly. Now that I’m grown and make jelly of my own I appreciate all of the work she did so much more. While she and my mom were working in a steamy hot kitchen my grandpa and dad would take my sisters and I swimming at the creek, so we’d come home to lots of jars of pretty jelly lined up on the table. It seemed magical to me, and I guess in a way it was.

Happy memories. Lovely tea. Not a bad start to a Sunday.

Here is the Wikipedia page for muscadines if you haven’t heard of them before:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscadine

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

Such lovely memories to have – its nice that this tea reminds you of that! :)

Veronica

Thanks! I’m sure I’m looking at them through the patina of time, and there was probably a fair bit of whining from three girls who thought it’s too hoooot out here, but it still makes me smile.

Anna

This tasting note is perfection.

TheTeaFairy

Such a lovely review, such happy memories to cherish…i love memory associations with tea, I get them all the time, that’s why tea is so much more than a just a plain beverage. I never had those Haha moments when I used to drink coffee, lol!

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- 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.

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