885 Tasting Notes

90
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
885 tasting notes

Yum. Lots of almond flavor with vanilla. It really does remind me of cookies. Great afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
khamilton611

Which Wegmans are you finding these teas at? Do you bag it, or are they pre-packaged?

Veronica

The Wegman’s in Cherry Hill, NJ. I bag it myself. They have several shelves of loose tea that’s stored in large canisters. I just bag it, weigh it, and print off the sticker that has the price and bar code.

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
885 tasting notes

I’ve spent the morning working on a spreadsheet for my teas while sipping on this. I enjoy this blend a lot. It’s smooth with nice deep cocoa notes and just a little bit of smoke at the end of the sip. Perfect for today’s rainy cold weather.

Back to spreadsheets… I’m thinking about having a separate spreadsheet for my samples/swap teas. Does anyone else do this? I’m trying to find a way to stay organized, but I think I might be making this overly complicated.

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

Yes. I have two spreadsheets – one for tea I buy, which contains approx. purchase date and size (samples do still go on there), and one for swaps, because I used to track what I sent people in return. Now, it’s so haphazard that I only track what’s been given to me.

Veronica

Thanks for the reply! Yeah, I think I’m going to use two spreadsheets. I might even use three since I participate in several ttbs and I don’t want to put the same tea into the same box over and over again.

Kittenna

Good idea! I haven’t participated in any of those quite yet.

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
885 tasting notes

My morning cup of cranberry almond yumminess. I’m going to miss this one when it’s gone, which will be soon, but I’m sure I’ll order more next year. This is one of my favorite fall teas.

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

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84
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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Whew! I spent the day planting bulbs and putting my vegetable garden to bed. I also managed to weed my front flower bed and get most of the pruning done. We’re supposed to have a mix of rain, sleet, and snow for the rest of the week, so I’m glad to have a lot of my end-of-the-year gardening chores done.

After being outside for so long I wanted something light for an afternoon tea. This tea I usually prefer iced, but I like the bright pineapple flavor and grassy note of the green tea hot, too. It’s simple, but good.

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90

My first cup of this was fairly sweet with lots of plum and date-like notes. There was also cocoa, malt, and honey. Really nice. The resteep was much more earthy with lots of wet earth and grain notes as well as something else a wee bit dark that I’m having trouble identifying. Again, really nice. I may go for a third steep in a while just to see how the flavors play out. Right now I’m going to go plant bulbs. It’s December 1st and the high today is 60°F. There’s no way I’m staying inside!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

I used the last of my tea bags for this cup. Of course since it was my last cup it was also the best. It actually tasted more like gingerbread this time. In the past I thought this treated like apple crisp, but today the spices were really apparent with the ginger heating up the back of my throat. So, not perfectly gingerbread, but closer than all the previous cups I had.

I can’t see myself buying more of this, but it was a nice herbal to have on hand.

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100

I like the strength of the malt note in this tea. It’s significant, but it also helps to highlight the cocoa and sweet potato notes. And then there is the salted caramel note at the end of the sip which I absolutely enjoy. This is a nice tea to wake up with.

I’m thinking this tea will pair well with Christmas cookies. With any luck I’ll get to find out in the next few days. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MzPriss

Thanks for the reminder Veronica – I just made a huge cup. I love this tea

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92

I snagged this out of one of the ttbs I participate in, and, while I can’t remember which box this came from, I want to tell the sender thank you. This is yummy. It almost has a blueberry muffin flavor to it, and it’s creamy even without adding milk. Rooibos blends are very hit or miss with me. This one is a hit!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
885 tasting notes

From the SanTEA Claus TTB

This is alright, but I don’t love it. It taste like a roasted butterscotch to me, and, while I didn’t have a problem finishing my cup, it’s not something I’d want to purchase.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
885 tasting notes

I ordered more of this yesterday, so I thought I’d use the very last of my current stash in order to make room for the 100g that’s on the way. Merry Christmas to me! :)

This tea continues to be one of my favorites and easily my favorite Earl Grey. I love the balance between the bergamot and the vanilla, and I love the creamy feel of the tea itself. Good stuff.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 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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