1015 Tasting Notes

93

I am sure this has caffeine, but for some reason Silver Needle is always comforting and relaxing. This tea tastes especially good tonight – very honeyed and smooth.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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For some reason I was extremely tired today and fell asleep around 5pm…and didn’t wake up until around midnight. I definitely wanted some tea but didn’t necessarily want to stay up for the rest of the night so I pulled out the Vanilla Comoro. This tea is so smooth and flavorful, I almost can’t believe that it is a decaf tea. I’ve had so many poorly done decaf options, but this is so good!

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

It is yummy, isn’t it? If you haven’t tried it, their Decaffeinated is also good. It is decaf Ceylon OP and maybe some Indian tea as well like Ceylon and India but in a decaf. It has lots of tea flavor and you can add other flavors to it. I tried the decaf assam and a different company’s decaf Irish Breakfast and they were TERRIBLE! No flavor.

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95
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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This is yet another tea from the awesome JacquelineM! Thanks again!!

I’ve tried this sample previously, but didn’t pay enough attention to it as I took it as my work tea (it can be tough paying attention to anything when teaching 6 year olds). I am revisiting this tonight because I’ve wanted to try it and would like to know if it is worth the somewhat hefty (in my opinion) price tag that this tea carries.

While I’m sure this tea is amazing on it’s own, I am really enjoying it with a pinch of sugar and a splash of milk this evening. The first infusion had a definite malty earthiness which reminded me quite a bit of the Golden Bi Luo from Chicago Tea Garden. I was hesitant to try a second infusion because the first one was for such a long time, but I went ahead and gave it a shot.

I am glad that I tried this second infusion! The earthiness is not very noticeable now, but there is a honey sweetness that has taken over. I definitely think that my pinch of sugar has something to do with it, but I can tell there is a natural sweetness lurking below my additions. I am really loving this tea and it will be on my shopping list for sure!

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I love that I can have this before bed and still sleep soundly. What a great treat while sitting in bed reading a good book!

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96

After spending my day sipping on the lovely Organic Black with Coconut, I didn’t want to end my day of fine, delicious tea. I decided to pull this out because I feel that it is a very sophisticated tea. It is definitely not a “wake up” tea but more of a “quiet night with a good book” tea. I made this as a tea latte, which I didn’t think would work, and it is just so good and welcome tonight.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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94

I took this as my tea of the day to work this morning and it was absolutely delicious!! I love the toasted coconut flavor and aroma of this tea. I am quite fond of the tea base used also, it is very smooth which blends well with the coconut. I really think this smells like GM’s Coconut Pouchong, but I like this WAY better!

A big thank you to JacquelineM for sending me a sample of this tea! It will now have to go on my shopping list.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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98
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
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Another tea from the box of goodies courtesy of JacquelineM! This is a greatly blended floral tea. I love how the jasmine and rose mix together while not clashing with the bergamot. Everything is just perfectly girly and perfect for a relaxing evening.

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87

I needed a tea to help me get through the remainder of my homework today so I reached for one of my new favorites – courtesy of the amazing JacquelineM! I have to admit I was a bit surprised that she decided to share a bit of her main man with me, but I am sure glad that she did. I am taking this pot without additions and Thomas is strong, yet smooth. I am enjoying the rich, honey covered biscuit flavor of Thomas today and I am still not finding any astringency. I wish I had got on board with Thomas earlier when I could have secured an entire tin for myself. But since that was not meant to be, I’ll be cherishing what is left of my sample on special occasions.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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The only tea that I could think of tonight was Vanilla Comoro. I finally drank enough out of my very firmly packed pound bag to be able to shake up the leaves a bit. I was looking for the mysterious specks that JacquelineM has been raving about. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what she was talking about, until I saw the specks!! I made sure to include a good amount of specks in my measuring spoon and I was rewarded handsomely for my efforts. The tea seems to have even more vanilla and is even richer than before. The specks really do make a big difference – I would never have guessed that!

There is just so much vanilla in this tonight! I even added a small amount of my favorite dark chocolate creamer for fun – fully expecting the chocolate to take over. However, the vanilla is definitely overpowering the chocolate! I am in vanilla heaven! Okay, I need to attend to this delicious pot of tea now!

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec
Uniquity

I want specks! I even made up 4 T-sacs of this stuff to give to a co-worker and I still don’t have specks. I wonder if I could add some, : )

JacquelineM

May the specks be with you!!!!

gmathis

OK, I’m going to have to investigate this further. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a review of this that isn’t a rave. A friend tucked a tin of the decaf version into a gift box and truthfully, I wasn’t exactly enchanted. But all the smileys and exclamation marks make me feel sure I’ve missed something!

ashmanra

I thought the specks were dregs the first few times I made this so I poured them out of the bottom of my cup thinking they would be bitter. Then I tasted them. Now I am sneaky and I time it so that I pour the last cup from the pot in MY cup, then I lick my finger and get all the little specks just for me! Heehee! :) I guess it is bits of vanilla bean or vanilla seeds!

teawing

I agree with Gmathis, too many race reviews out there, I am going to have to try it!

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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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