796 Tasting Notes


backlogging from yesterday.

I am totally bummed out that this is nearly impossible to come by in my town. I’ve looked all over and the other Celestial Seasoning Holiday Teas are here, but I’m not really a fan of any of the others. I’ve resorted to purchasing a few of these from the website (with high shipping, and a guarantee to just squeak in here before christmas). It’s totally worth it, though. :)

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backlogging & updating my rating to match my new system. :)

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Wow there’s a lot of orange in this tea! Natural dried orange, freeze-dried orange, it just seems a bit powerful. I’m not sure what it is (maybe the rose?) but this doesn’t strike me as a christmas tea as much as I expected from the name. It’s okay, but not one I’ll be seeking out again next season.

Update: I’m clarifying my ratings system, and rating the tea now.

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Just now had my first cup of this and My! what a punch it has! It’s far better than I expected!

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I way oversteeped this. I just forgot I was steeping and looked at the mug and realized it was a lost cup. However. Add a little soymilk and sugar and it wasn’t bad. Not at all.

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drank Earl Lavender by Samovar
796 tasting notes

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This is the last of my sample. There was more than enough for my tiny teapot, but not enough for a cup, so I made a super strong tiny teapot and steeped for a shorter time (thinking of Samovar’s recommendations as I did). I have to echo the hint of peanut butter. Now that I’ve read that, I’m totally getting it, too.

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This morning I needed something a little bit special, so I broke out a box of soymilk and grabbed the Sugar in the Raw and whipped up a cup of proper breakfast tea with all the trimmings.

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Just had a cup of this! While it reminds me a lot of other mint chocolate teas, it has a bit of a bite to it. I’m going to have to drink a lot more to figure out exactly what the difference is. ;)

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a tea drinking librarian
& a reading, yoga practicing, mommy

I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


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