280 Tasting Notes

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Getting reading to leave town so I had to finish up my vanilla almond milk. I had about 16 oz. of almond milk. Gosh, I’ve got a great idea! Mix in some French Vanilla matcha and pour over ice. Yum, yum, yum!

Flavors: Creamy, Vanilla

Cheri

Now that sounds good.

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75

Pass the Stash 2.0

The dry leaves are an interesting blend of teas and fruits. The scent was good: nice raspberry and chocolate. The taste did not completely follow through. Would have loved a bit more chocolate flavor. The raspberry was good but missing the chocolate made it more of a white/green raspberry tea. Still not bad. I have more to drink so many I’ll pick up more flavors on re-tries.

Flavors: Raspberry

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85
drank Mandarin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
280 tasting notes

Pass the Stash 2.0

Okay first thing…This is the FIFTH TTBs for the month of August. !! Are all the planets in the solar system aligning to bring together. All the TTBs started with different people, different order and different times.

I made this with vanilla almond milk and it was delicious. Not really orange, more just a fruity flavor but still really tasty. I can taste the matcha and it is definitely the distinctive matcha.

Flavors: Fruity

Cheri

I know what you mean! Over the last two months I feel like I’ve had a TTB almost constantly. It hasn’t quite been that often, but I’ve had several.

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90
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
280 tasting notes

I’ve had several good and several not so good teas from Harney and Sons. I am delighted to say this is definitely a good one. I have become a chocolate and hazel nut fanatic and this fits the bill so well. Lovely chocolate, creamy hazelnut, black tea base. The dry leaves smell wonderful and they do not disappoint. The aroma is even more lovely than the dry scent. It has caffeine to help start the day or have that pick-up we need mid afternoon. Something to keep in the cupboard!

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Hazelnut

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90
drank Wedding by Lupicia
280 tasting notes

This is a very enjoyable Keenum tea. There are just enough fruity/floral/chocolate to make it interesting. The flavors meld together very well. Unfortunately this was a fairly small packet and now i don’t have enough for a cold brew.

This is one i might have to order, in the far distant future as my cupboard is full. I really have to add the rest of my purchases from my trip to Florida.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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80

Well after watching the new Doctor Who, I think the 12th Doctor should have a Lapsang Souchong base because I see a smokiness in his character. I’m not sure what else it should have but I think the Doctor will reveal himself and we can add more.

I’ve enjoyed the first of the new season and looking forward to more Twelve.

Flavors: Smoke

Lariel

He could have Scottish breakfast?

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80

Okay in a flurry of activity before Doctor Who starts, I made Rory, Amy, and Eleven. Okay, well, way to much black tea!!! The teas were good but not as exciting as they should be! All in all, the DW 6 pack sampler was not really totally impressive. I bought and drank it for contact with Doctor who during the hiatus. Still good enough for a cup now and then. Even good enough for 6 cups in one day. But I am glad they are samples not the full size.

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85

I’m enjoying my DW teas today As i eagerly await the new Who. This tea is mostly Earl Grey which is fine but I’m not sensing much of the lovely River Song’s personality. I taste some creaminess but mostly an EG. This is lacking her spicy flare and naughtiness. Dare I put some peppercorns in the basket next time?

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

New Doctor Who tonight!!! Celebrating by drinking DW teas today. I feel guilty not drinking tea from my TTB but, come on…. Doctor Who!

I think I am over leafing this tea a little bit. In looking at the directions on this page I see that they list 11 oz. which is pretty odd. It’s still good and chestnut-y but somewhat astringent. No one else mentioned astringency, so I think it’s me.

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

Yah! New DW! I kept forgetting. But excited!

Lariel

Only four more hours! Is there a Twelve blend yet?

carol who

I know what you mean, Twelve. What will it be like?

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I got this tea on my trip to Florida a couple of weeks ago. It’s the first chance I’ve had to try it out after being flooded with TTBs. (Oh, what torture to drink lots of tea) The dry scent is hazelnut and black tea. (Duh, big surprise, huh) The package said 1 tablespoon instead of the usual 1 teaspoon. I think it may have been a typo but I tried it anyway. Well… the aroma is hazelnut-y and black tea. With sweetener and milk its a nice enough cup of tea. I think it’s a little strong. I definitely think it was a typo and should have been 1 tsp. I would really like to think that a tea company would know the difference between tsp. and tbs. However it’s not bad. Some astringency that you would expect from a black tea. I’ll try it with a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon and see what happens. I’m not rating it yet.

Cheri

Yeah, it might have just been a typo, or maybe they think people would like it really strong?

Cheri

I’ve got the Tea Sparrow subscription box, and they like to recommend teas really strong. The original company will recommend one t, and they’re recommend 1T all the time. Blah.

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats. Flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking :-p
My husband of 42 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say.
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 32 years. It’s almost new DW time!!!! In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send them to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.

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