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1011 Tasting Notes


Made a pretty strong brew of this for late breakfast (love snow days) and it was pretty good with a splash of milk. I like how mate gives me a very gentle buzz rather than the up and down roller coaster buzz of coffee. This goes very well with a breakfast of buttered, toasted pound cake.

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth


I can’t believe it took me so long to discover all the wonderful toasty, buttery, grilly things you can do with pound cake!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1011 tasting notes

Uh, yes, I did steep the Queen for about 25 minutes on accident while trying to convince my boyfriend to go to the doctor over the phone. Yes, I think I’m feeling colors right now with the amount of caffeine that is entering my system, but I think it will be a good day. The Queen is still drinkable (with just a bit of sugar and vanilla creamer) and she is still trying to whip me into a respectable, productive person today. I love her smokey I don’t care if you want to be lazy, you’re going to do something attitude.

Flavors: Cocoa

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
1011 tasting notes

This tea seemed like the perfect fit for sitting in front of a fire and watching Netflix. I added a pinch of sugar because it seemed a bit tart and astringent on the first infusion, but I think I added just a hair too much – much of the complexity I detected earlier is hidden. I will have to see how this holds up to other infusions in order to give any ratings. Its still pleasant to sip on though.

2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This tea was graciously provided for review by the Teavivre team awhile back now. Thanks!

I think I’ll have to actually rate this tea at another time. I seriously overleafed this pot and although it’s good, it is a bit astringent and strong. Still a nice, full honey and fruit flavor though.

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As always with yunnans, I think the dry leaf of this tea is absolutely beautiful. I love the mix of dark and golden slightly curly leaves. After steeping this up, I would agree with others that there is a definite tobacco smell. Luckily, I’ve had tobacco-y teas before and enjoyed them so it didn’t scare me off. I tried it without additions and it was rich with a slightly creamy texture. The flavor was good, but I tend to like my morning teas with a teensy bit of sugar and a splash of milk. The flavors are still shining through after the additions which proves to me that this is a great quality, richly flavored tea. I’m looking forward to at least one more infusion of this one today.

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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I found this by accident tonight on clearance at .99 cents a box. Tried it – love it. This is probably one of the best seasonal teas I’ve tried. Needless to say, I plan on going back tomorrow and wiping them out of these – I think they had about 6 more. At this price, I can’t resist.


One of my favorites as well. Go for it! (Wish I could be so lucky on clearance price!)

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
1011 tasting notes

This tea is totally cocoa roasted and amazing – as always.

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I haven’t been drinking much tea lately… but I think I’m about to get back into it. I woke up craving a black tea this morning. After carefully considering my options in my cupboard, I decided to give this one a try. This is a nice red-brown amber liquid that has just a little bite, a little smoke, and a tad of sweetness. The fact that I’m enjoying it so much gives me hope that I haven’t completely grown tired of tea, maybe I just needed a break to really appreciate all the nuances again.


I know exactly what you mean about taking a break. It’s fun to come back after a break with renewed enthusiasm.

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Ooh, this I like! I’m not usually too big on green oolongs and I don’t think I’ve had a Four Season oolong before – but this is so good! Light, but flavorful – slightly floral and very creamy. The texture almost reminds me of a milk oolong I’ve had before. Looking forward to several steeps and having this possibly show up on my shopping list.

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I’m not sure I’ve had a Dong Ding before… but I was a bit wary of this one for some reason. I like dark oolongs but many times they smell a lot better than they taste for me. This one isn’t half bad. I’m liking it – there is a roasty coffee taste through the middle of the sip that I’m liking. I’m not getting any grape or coconut, but perhaps they will come out in subsequent steeps. As it is, this is good enough to steep at least one more time. Not sure that its a tea I can’t live without, but its nice.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap



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