1014 Tasting Notes

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Am I having this tea for breakfast with a delicious peanut butter cookie? Maybe :)

I’ll probably have an everything bagel later on – but no worries because this tea is amazing with just about anything. I love the sweet smokiness. It is definitely filling my craving this chilly, windy morning.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Mmmm! This is amazing as always. I have LOTS of little specks in my infuser tonight. If you get some of this tea, the specks are where its at! Yum~ really helping my stress levels right now.

ashmanra

The first time I saw the specks, I thought it was dregs and braced myself for a bitter final swallow. Nay, nay! Those are vanilla bean specks, and now we all jockey to be the one who gets the last cup from the pot!

mpierce87

I’m getting to the end of my pound bag so there are TONS of tasty specks!

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drank Tilleul by Harney & Sons
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Wow, after reading these reviews I was terrified to try this, but as I’m having trouble being the least bit tired tonight I decided to give it a go. It really reminds me of CS Original Sleepytime but without the slight mint. With a bit of sweetener it isn’t that bad and if it helps me get to sleep sooner rather than later I’ll probably throw this or the mint version in the cart next time I order from Harney.

mpierce87

Actually, the more I drink this – its alright, but I’ll probably just stick with my bagged CS Sleepytime Vanilla that is so easy to come by.

mpierce87

Plus, I’m still not the least bit tired… :(

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I have no idea how long this steeped for – the online timer I use had an error so it didn’t start and I didn’t realize it for awhile. However, the Queen is just that awesome! I don’t think you can ruin this tea – delightfully strong, slightly smokey with a hint of caramel/fruit today. Maybe she will give me the energy I need to finish reorganizing my classroom (I decided to completely rearrange yesterday, which has become a much bigger project than I anticipated…)

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I love how the Queen gets me up and going, not accepting any excuses. I have lots of school stuff to do today (not due soon, but I’m trying to get ahead so I’ll have less to worry about during the crazy holiday season with 6 year olds). I just may have put a drop or two of this amazing Red Velvet Cupcake creamer which is going quite well with the smokey cocoa of the Queen. Love it!

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
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This is SO good! You really need to get some of this tea. It is rocking my socks tonight. Just what I needed after 10 parent conferences in a row (and that’s after 3 no shows and 3 families that couldn’t make it today – so I still have more conferences next week :/ ) This is making everything better though.

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
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Oooh, this is good. Really, really good. It smells and tastes just like my beloved Emperor’s Red (which I couldn’t find online anymore) and this is a much better price. It is slightly smoked, unsweet cocoa with a hint of fruitiness. So good I am lost for words.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Yes, I can’t find Emperer’s Red anymore either!

JacquelineM

Emperor – whoops!

mpierce87

I know, its so sad! I was going to order some. I guess it’s better to have loved a tea and lost it, lol.

Donna A

Really like this one too. Could drink it every day.

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I’m not getting much pumpkin, but the ginger and cheesecake are definitely there. It is a nice, slightly spicy, and warming tea that is much appreciated after a long, stressful day at work. Maybe I’ll actually get some sleep tonight also since it is honeybush. I’m usually horrible about drinking black tea late at night.

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Crazily, I added a pinch of 52teas’ Butterbeer to the leaves for my third and probably final steep of this pu-erh tonight. As soon as I added the pinch to the infuser I started kicking myself – Rose Congou would have been a much more reasonable choice. Luckily, the addition turned out pretty good and didn’t result in an undrinkable cup of tea. Its definitely growing on me!

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I’m back!!! I’ve been lurking for awhile, but it is finally getting to be tea weather again down here in Texas. I went home early from work today almost doubled over in pain because of some stomach bug I probably caught from my students. If I hadn’t made up this tea earlier I’d probably still be in pain and having to call in to work tomorrow – but pu-erh to the rescue! I seem to be getting everything the kids have this year which is strange because after teaching for a few years your immune system is usually pretty strong. It was strong last year at least. So glad I got a flu shot because otherwise I’d probably get the flu also.

Anyways, on to the tea. After a thorough 30 sec rinse in boiling water, I steeped it for 3 min 30 sec. I added a little sugar (just a tad) and this lovely, earthy tea was ready. I don’t crave pu-erh super often, but I’m always asking myself why I haven’t had it in so long once I get around to making it. Unfortunately, I only have one cute little bird’s nest left so I’ll probably be saving it for another bad tummy day. This stuff is a miracle when it comes to that.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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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

Location

Texas

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