79 Tasting Notes


Another Downton tea! All four of us tried this tea at the same time. We all agreed that it wasn’t our favorite. I actually loved the ginger in it, paired well with the food. I served pumpkin walnut scones, crackers with sundries tomato cheese, chicken and mushroom tartlet like things and finished with cream puffs.

What I disliked about this tea was the black base, which says its Assam. I’ve never been unhappy with an Assam before. Makes me wonder what black base/combination they used for the other two we tried because they were good!

So, I think I’ll share this one or try cold brewing it to use it up.

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I spent the day with Downton Abbey! I’m in the process of planning a tea party for next May. We have our entertainment which is a vintage fashion show. It was perfect to pair with my idea for a Downton Abbey tea. The others hadn’t seen the show so I invited them over for a tea party and to watch an episode.

Two of us started off with this tea and two started with the Bates tea. This one was my favorite out of the three I tried. It has a nice smooth, flavorful black base with caramel and vanilla notes. I think I had about three cups of it! Lol

Since the Downton teas were a hit, I ordered a set for our party…could have about 100 people attend.


I really need to get this one soon!!


I can send you some!

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Ack! So I read the reviews before buying….but I like sweet so thought I’d be ok. I get a very nice spice smell with the dry leaf and after brewing. I don’t think it tastes like it smells though. My first sip was actually pretty nice! The more sips I took though the more I disliked it. I’m guessing the stevia is giving it a weird aftertaste.
Oh well, not a huge loss money wise so I’ll just pass this on to friends to try.

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drank Chateau Blanc by Teavana
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Hadn’t had this one in awhile so I pulled it out from the back of my cupboard. I was actually looking for the Citrus Lavender Sage but didn’t get that far. This just smells so good! I leafed it on the heavier side for a white but figured it could handle it.

This is nice, on the sweeter side so I don’t need to add sweetener. I think it’s been discontinued but I would definitely have purchased again!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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Just got this from the Harney free shipping deal. It’s a nice smooth fruity tea. I was actually expecting more of a tart cranberry flavor. It’s also suppose to have orange, but I didn’t get too much orange from my first cup.

Overall it was still pretty good, not being what I was expecting. Those that don’t like a tart cranberry would love this one.

It’ll be nice to bring this to Thanksgiving dinner, everyone should love it.

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drank Oriental by Mariage Frères
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Picked this up while in Germany and finally had time to try it.

I don’t really get a lot of jasmine but I do love a strong jasmine so maybe that’s why I don’t get much of it.

I get a nice smooth black flavor, perfect for the morning. I do get a bit of the bergamot too. I’m glad it’s nice and subtle as it just adds to the black jasmine instead of overpowering it.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Have you tried MF’s mandarin jasmine? It’s pretty amazing! I never thought to combine the two, but man it works!


I haven’t yet but I do have that one. That’s a great idea!

I’m on my second cup of this now.

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Used two bags for a 16oz cup.

This isn’t bad, but I don’t think I’ll go out and buy it. Has a nice spice to it but I think I’d prefer a heavier/more flavorful black base.

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I have about 2oz of this to go thru! Ack!

This was not good. I didn’t get any maple. It had a really weird chemical/medicinal smell/taste. The dry leaf smelled really good! I tried without and with sugar and the taste didn’t change. I’m not sure if it’s the black base or what!

Very disappointed in this one though…hope Snickerdoodle is better.


Sorry to hear that you didn’t like this one..:(… If you see something in my cupboard of interest, I’d be willing to swap for some, though!…I have yet to try this.


LOL – I think Maple Sugar is one of the worst teas I’ve tried. I agree with you Darby, it has a weird “chemical/medicinal smell/taste”. It contains monk fruit (a sweetener), and I think that is the culprit. I’ve tried a sample of monk fruit (sugar) at a farmer’s market, and it is crazy sweet with the strangest aftertaste.

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Pulled this one from the cupboard. I really like their Ginger Peach Black so should like is one. I used one bag for about 10oz and it tastes good, but weak.

Before I give this a number I’m going to make a second cup and use two bags.

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Sat down to a chicken dinner tonight and was looking for something quick without caffeine. I hadn’t tried this one yet so it was perfect timing.

The dry leaf smelled nice. As we’re getting colder here in Minnesota I’m starting to think fall and Thanksgiving! Once brewed I was not impressed. Heck, this reeked of cough medicine! I has a small sip, not impressed…another sip….better….another sip…..not bad! I don’t usually have a tea creep up on me like that. By the time dinner was done I’d finished half my cup and was pretty happy with this tea! Had to run to the store and by the time I got back it was cold. It tasted just the same and now I’m about to make another cup…or two.

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