2309 Tasting Notes

drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2309 tasting notes

Tea of the morning… it seemed like this was better than I remember it, anyway it was pretty yummy with a bit of soymilk. Good for waking up (or trying to, anyway)

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Finished this one off but am trying to resist buying any more. I need to put myself on a tea diet. :)

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You & me both!


Terri! We’re doing ok….we have resisted tazo! Baby steps!

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Tea of the morning here!
Somehow I was in the mood for something slightly decadent this morning and I love the flavor of this one. You’d think I might be more in the mood for something summery but it’s cold and foggy here today. ;)

I am TIRED after going to a 3 hour long yoga and dance session yesterday but it was FUN!


Ah, SF in the summer!

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Now I want to make a pumpkin pie…or maybe a sweet potato pie…with a pecan crust. I wonder if I could make mini-pecan crusted sweet potato or pumpkin pies in my silicone cupcake cups, & then freeze each on (that I don’t eat) for some occasional tea time treat…
Or I could just drink a cup of Bilbo brew…& pretend…

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Tea of the afternoon here. I am so happy it’s Friday!

I just woke up from a nap and decided I needed to have some tea before I go out to get my haircut. This is a delicious matcha but I really like it as a latte! TGIF Steepster!

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Thanks to Stacy for sending me a free sample of this tea. I’ve had it for a while but forgot about it until now.

It seems like licorice is one of those things people either love or hate but I definitely belong in the love camp, at least with natural licorice flavor and not those nasty “Red Vines”.

I wouldn’t drink a chai plain but I sipped on this and it seems mild enough that you could drink it that way if you wanted to. I added about 1 tsp. of sugar to mine as well as one of those little creamer doo-dads from the office.

I’m wondering what this would have been like with an asssam tea base, because MAN the spices are strong! I actually love fennel but this is knocking my socks off. The star anise & cinnamon is also pretty strong here but I’m not picking up on the cardamom. It definitely lives up to its name, I’m just not sure I need anymore. I’m finding this to be a bit overpowering for me, it is pretty tasty though. I also love the fact that Stacy’s blends are all vegan.

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drank Organic Mao Jian by Butiki Teas
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This teabag came in my black tea sampler from Steven Smith and it’s the last one I have yet to try. I admit I peeked at the reviews and it seems nobody is terribly impressed with it so far.

I didn’t want to steep this for too long because ceylons can go bitter rather quickly. My brewed tea color is a medium orangish brown.

I’m finding this to be rather smooth with a lot of brightness and citrus notes. It seemed to be there was some pungency and astringency in the finish I didn’t quite appreciate, although it is drinkable. Intense, yes. I prefer my ceylons to be more on the mellow side I guess.

This was a lot better with (soy)milk and sugar to temper the intensity. Not really destined to be a favorite of mine.

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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I had a very busy day yesterday after being at work all day and then going to drawing class in the evening. I got lots of homework! I haven’t had homework in ages. It’s fun though.

So here’s the tea of the morning to try and revive me. I’ve liked this blend for a few years now, the tart rhurbarb seems to go so well with the strawberry. I am dragging a bit in terms of energy. Have a great morning everyone!

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I feel like all I did yesterday was stay at home and drink tea, not that I’m complaining because it’s time to go back to work… :-/

This is one of my favorite teas currently, the tin is slowly disappearing while my other teas languish on the cupboard shelf. Will repurchase more for sure.

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This is a little bit better than I remember it being so I raised the rating slightly. Still I feel the apple flavor is way too artifical tasting and overwhelms everything else.

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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