168 Tasting Notes

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drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
168 tasting notes

Made this with coconut milk and added a little knob of fresh ginger and turmeric, sweetened it with raw honey.
Yummy. Starting out my Monday right, ya’all!
Have a great day!

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I looked, but this tea did not seem to be entered into Steepster database yet.
If it already is, I apologize.
I am very tired from staying up all night with a sick kitty.
She is currently at the Vet, getting some tests done.
I am pretty sure what they are going to come back with since this has been a reoccurring issue with her since she was young.
She is such a trooper and I hate seeing any of my animals in pain.
So, to soothe my nerves and boost my spirits and get some caffeine in my system, I am drinking this tea this morning.
There is something quite delicate and lovely about this tea from first sniff of the dry leaf.
It has a brisk, dry aroma.
Yet, when brewed I almost get a baked goods note, something warm, right out of the oven, like a fruit tart with honey.
It is also a lovely golden colored tea.
Taste is light and sweet.
Crisp, yet smooth, honeyed fruit notes, maybe a smidgen of toasted nuts.
It ends light and sweet on the tongue.
Quite nice.
This tea is quite good company to me while waiting by the phone for news about my fur-baby.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Roughage

I’m sorry to see that you have a sick cat. It is always terrible to see them not well, or even just ageing as one of ours is (17 and fading). I hope the vets can help.

Hesper June

Thanks, Roughage. Yes, aging kitties can be hard too.
This Vet has been so good to all my animals, I am sure they will come back with something to make her feel better:)

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90

I just love this tea.
Like if it were a fella, I would marry him.
I mainly reordered from Whispering Pines Tea because I had just enough of this left for one cup.
However, when I went to place my order, I did not see Chocolate Oolong.
I immediately contacted Brenden pretty much in a full on panic.
He quickly reassured me that he still carried the tea, he just changed the name.
So, I ordered a whole bunch.
But, still, when I was pouring it in to its special tin, I mumbled to myself that I should have ordered more, this just did not look like enough.
Nutty, Salty, firewood and seaweed with a bit of spice and rich avocado.
Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Skulleigh

That sounds delicious. I really need to try an order from Whispering Pines, they have so many intriguing teas I want to try.

Hesper June

Yes, Skulleigh. You do!
They are an awesome company and their teas are DELISH:)

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85

You know how when you were a kid and you were playing outside in the snow, and you never wanted to stop.
But, suddenly just as your fingers were starting to get cold and your snow clothes soggy, Your Mom magically knew and called you with the delightful phrase “Come inside now and get some cocoa!”
You would come in, cheeks all pink, fingers and toes tingling with cold, and watch as your Mother spooned that magical powder into your mug and set it in front of you, with that perfect final touch of one giant marshmallow bobbing on top?
Well, when you open the bag of this tea and stick your nose deep into the dry leaves, thats the smell you get.
Warm, chocolaty, malt powder goodness.
When you taste it,it goes away from that smell, oh, you still get some chocolate, but now its more rich and plumy and nutty.
Very smooth too.
I could see a non tea drinker being very intrigued by this tea, between the smell and the smooth and slightly sweet taste.
This tea, simply put, is delightful.
Another one hit straight out of the park, Whispering Pines Tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
keychange

I love your tasting notes!

Hesper June

Thank you, Keychange:)

Roswell Strange

Mmmm, that sounds incredible!

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85

Shared a pot of this with my Hubby yesterday.
This was another lovely sample that Brenden slipped in with my order.
Always a hit in this household.
Since LS is one of the only teas Hubby really enjoys, I usually save it to be drunk with him, on a slow Sunday morning.
Which is what we did yesterday!
Delicious, smoky yet sweet.
One of those teas that you wrap both hands around the mug and bury your face deep into the steam.
Its a like a hug in a tea cup.
Although, with this tea, its a little less like a hug from your Grandma and more like a hug from a big burly logger.
But, thats okay, because I am down with that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
keychange

I’m ok with a hug from a big burly logger too! I really need to order from this company.

keychange

Also I’ve added this to my wishlist!

Hesper June

They usually give good hugs;)
I highly recommend Whispering Pines Tea Company, they have great tea and the customer service is awesome!

gmathis

Yeah, logger hugs! Hubby’s best buddy is a gentle giant—my ear hits him about belt buckle level. It’s always like getting hugs from Santa Claus :)

Hesper June

Ha! Hugs from Santa! That sounds wonderful:)

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In my latest WP order, Brenden slipped in a sample of this tea.
Apparently, it has been reformulated since my last order.
Sometimes, even though I am what folks around here call a " young gal", I channel my inner old person and grumble a little when something has been messed with.
“What was wrong with it before?” I mumble in my best crotchety voice.
But, Brenden is usually spot on when it comes to tea, so I didn’t get too crotchety just yet.
The first difference I noticed was the dry leaf had a definite sweetness to it.
There was still the smoky-ness, of course, but there was a new little honeyed sweetness.
Now, the other Campfire Blend had a sweetness too, more like a tobacco and plum note, this teas sweetness is more honey and floral.
Which I think compliments the smoky notes well.
I had my old tin out and have been smelling both
Right away, when I smell the old blend, I think of camping out in the autumn.
With this new blend?
Well, its camping out in the summertime.
You are in the woods on a warm summer’s eve and got a nice big toasty campfire going and somewhere upwind is some wild honeysuckle blooming.
The whole tea feels a little brighter and well balanced.
Smoky, sweet, a little spice.
Was there anything wrong with the old blend.
No.
But, this new blend is very nice and certainly worth a re-try if you have not as of yet.
I would happily keep this in my tea cupboard and drink it regularly.
Its very good at soothing crotchety throats as well;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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So, after my last blood test came back with more positive than negative, my doctor (who literally has the largest cup of coffee on his desk constantly that it could be considered a bucket) finally gave me the green light on drinking tea and eating fairly normal food again.
I started back into the tea world drinking genmaicha.
It just appealed to me.
While I was out of the tea world, I drank lukewarm water(and pretended it was tea) and ate pretty much only liquids, wore my husbands sweat shirts and binge watched Primeval and crocheted a weird blanket without a pattern, and wore lots of loud perfumes. (Don’t worry, People I trade tea with, the tea and perfumes are kept on complete opposite ends of the house and never “visit” eachother;)
I think the loud perfumes made me feel somehow more brave.
So, anyway, now that I can drink tea again I made a small tea purchase and bought some of this from Whispering Pines.

The dry leaf smells nutty and almost a bit chocolately.
The tea itself smells just slightly nutty then all I get is a nice green tea aroma.
I am not getting that big, bold popcorny, ricecake odor that most of the genmaicha’s I have tried have.
It smells more muted, gentler. Not so roasty toasty.
The taste is much like the smell, a gentler genmaicha.
The green tea itself is really the star with this tea and not so much the rice.
Its there, just more in the background.
That being said, the green tea used here, is very nice quality, I believe.
No bitterness at all, a very nice bright green tea.
If you don’t like popcorn theater notes mixed with your green tea, or want to start into genmaicha gently then this is the tea for you.
If you like a major popcorn and ricecake taste to your genmaicha than this tea might leave you wanting.

TheTeaFairy

Awesome news Hesper June, so happy for you :-)

Hesper June

Thank you, TeaFairy!

Charissa

That’s good news! And I’m glad you are able to drink tea again!

ashmanra

Hooray! Welcome back to tea land!

Hesper June

Thank you, Charissa and Ash! Missed you all:)

Veronica

Welcome back! I hope you enjoy an amazing meal followed by amazing tea!!!

Hesper June

Thanks, Veronica!

Sil

So glad to hear things are looking up for you! Welcome back!

Hesper June

Thank you, Sil! Good to be back:)

gmathis

Hi, there! You’ll be rediscovering all sorts of new friends!

Hesper June

Hi, Gmathis! I am sure:)

Angrboda

Welcome ‘home’!

Hesper June

Thanks Ang! Its always good to come Home:)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
168 tasting notes

“A happy tea” I mumbled to myself.
“or maybe a comforting tea??”
I stand at my tea cupboard not even seeing the tea inside and not even really familiar with my friends that it holds.
I spot this one and grab it.
Not even sure which category it belongs to, Happy or comforting.
I am not even supposed to be drinking black tea (BLAH!) or hardly any tea at all.
But, I don’t even care at this point.
This year did not open very pleasantly and continues to disappoint as the weeks progress.
Last night, I received more heart wrenching news.
My heart is sad. I need tea.
This one will do wonderfully.
See more in a previous review I wrote on this tea for more on the actual tea.
Just felt the need to reach out to you all and with what better tea to do it with.
Ahhh, feeling more hopeful already…

Sil

hugs

Hesper June

Thanks, Sil. I needed that.

SimplyJenW

hugs from me, too. I hope you find a bright spot, soon.

caile

Sending you hugs and comforting thoughts.

Fjellrev

I hope things will be looking up for you soon.

Hesper June

Thanks you guys! Your comments are doing my heart good. Steepster folks are the best:)

Charissa

Hope things get better for you!

TheTeaFairy

Huge hugs…we miss your poetic notes…but even more so, we miss YOU :-) :-) :-)
Good thoughts heading your way…

Hesper June

Thanks, Charissa and TeaFairy! I missed you all too:)

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83
drank Temi Sikkim by Harney & Sons
168 tasting notes

This is my first Temi Sikkim.
I was hesitate at first since this is a Darjeeling style tea.
I have not quite mastered my way around Darjeeling.
But, upon first sniff, I became quite excited.
The odor of toasted nuts, baked bread and leather come out in the steeped tea.
Taste has a nice little bite, but not too astringent, with some notes of the previous mentioned toasted nuts.
I really enjoy drinking this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

oooh sounds good! esp if you’re not a darjeeling lover, it might be up my alley heh

Hesper June

It is yummy, Sil.
I am not a Darjeeling hater…just have not been able to find my rhythm yet with one.
I blame myself not the tea;)

Sil

haha i’ve found a couple darjeelings that work for me, but overall i just never seem to do right by them

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I decided to get all my Christmas cards done this morning.
Got the cards out and found my address book, and then went to fill up my tea kettle.
No water. What!??!
Apparently, my landlord came to fix some issues with our well and turned off the water.
Well, thought I, it should not take long, I will just get at these cards.
After a bit, when my card stack grew and my hand had a cramp in it, I thought surely they must be done.
It had been two hours and he was still out there.
I was starting to have a full on panic. You know…when you realize you have no water, suddenly the things you want to do most involve water usage.
Anyway, here it is, edging onto 1:30 pm and I am finally having my first cuppa of the day.
All my cards are written up and addressed and ready for the mailbox.
I have not had a genmachia in awhile, and when I placed an order with this company I realized I had a real hankering for Genmaicha, and I had not tried Mark T. Wendell’s as of yet.
Genmaicha is not a tea I drink every day, and sometimes a week or two will go by with me not even thinking twice about it, but I like to keep it on hand, because when I want some, I do not like to be without.
Mmmmm. When I poured the water over the leaves that cozy, toasty, nutty odor enveloped my nostrils.
Gosh, I missed this stuff.
Taste is more delicate than some of the genmaicha’s I have tried.
And the green tea is more sweet than a bit of a bite at the end, like in the others.
Tea color is a bright yellow.
Overall, very happy to have some of this tea in my cupboard as well as most of all in my cup:)
Will drink this more and see if it grows on me, at this point there is some other genmaicha’s I have tried that I enjoyed a little better than this one. This is still quite good though.
Happy Monday, Ya’all!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

heh and that is why there is always enough water in the fridge at my place for at least 6 cups of tea :)

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A Farmer’s Wife who drinks her tea to forget the din of the world.
Love all tea, from black to herbal concoctions.
Usually start my day with black tea and then move on to Oolong or Green in the afternoon, then finish the day with a tisane.
Loose Leaf teas are my preference, I say “Free the Leaves!” :)
When I am not drinking tea, I enjoy knitting, baking, reading, playing with one of our rescue animals or working along side my husband on our farm.

My rating system is rather relaxed:
50’s or under- Um, is this tea or did I get this from the slop bucket?
60’s- Not really my thing, certainly will not be purchasing again.
70’s- I will give this tea a few more tries to see if it grows on me , right now it is okay but not thrilling me.
80’s- Like this tea a lot. It might be a tea that I have to be in a certain mood for and therefore not a daily drinker, but try to have on hand for those “moods”
90’s and higher- ADORE! Will never be without!

I most always drink my tea plain.
No sweeteners or milk/cream.

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