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1011 Tasting Notes

92
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I fell in love with this decaf tea after trying one of Harney’s sachets. However, I wanted the loose leaf form so I sprung for a pound of this beauty. From what I remember, the loose leaf has a much stronger caramel scent, seriously yummy. I almost took a spoon and ate the leaves before steeping. I also remember this having significantly less vanilla in the sachet form. This tea is just so awesome! Don’t get me wrong, I love honeybush, rooibos, and herbals, but sometimes I want a REAL, fortifying tea in the evenings. This tea nicely fits the bill while allowing me to sleep easily.

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5 min, 0 sec

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96

I love Earl Grey and my purchase of this Earl was a great decision! I’ve noticed that Harney’s teas (at last the ones I’ve tried) have an air of sophistication to them that I haven’t come across often in my tea adventures. This Earl is not heavy on the bergamot and the bergamot is not like perfume. It is a nice, light citrus flavor that is paired with a delicious tea base. This is one of the best tea bases I’ve had, especially for an Earl Grey since it seems many versions pair extreme amounts of bergamot with a tea base that has much to be desired.

This tea is very relaxing and smooth. I am noticing very little, if any, astringency and I am so glad that this tea arrived at my door today.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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Absolutely delicious pot of evening tea with honey and a splash of dark chocolate cream. This is a great ending to a Wednesday!

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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This is another tea from the lovely JacquelineM! Thanks again!

This tea was one that I was a bit afraid to try. I am just beginning to appreciate smoky notes in tea, but I am always worried that the next smoky tea will be the one with too much smoke going on. This tea is strong, slightly smoked, and has a smooth dark cocoa aftertaste that lingers after the sip is long gone. This tea helped me get a lot of work done today – Catherine does not allow you to sit around and wallow about being tired. She demands that you get over it and get to work – which is exactly what I needed today.

I really do like and perhaps am growing to even love this tea. Queen Catherine will definitely stay on my shopping list!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Long live the Queen!

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87

2nd infusion: Perhaps a bit less malty, but taste is more caramel and honey than before. There is a note of astringency that I didn’t notice earlier, but I also added a bit of milk to the previous cup. I am still really enjoying this tea.

Thomas is also really great with cookies! Perhaps it is a good thing that I don’t have a whole tin of this lying around….

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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87

For the last year that I’ve spent on Steepster, I have read numerous posts raving about Thomas Sampson. Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to give him a try…until now! Many thanks to JacquelineM for sending me a generous package full of teas that I’ve been eying!
This tea has a gorgeous aroma and the taste is completely full-bodied and malty! This is definitely a tea worth waiting for. There is caramel, malt and honey all mixed with a hearty, balanced black tea. This has truly turned my day around. I love when tea packages come on days that you need them the most!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Amen to serendipi-tea in the mailbox after a rotten day.

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88
drank Gingerbread Orange by TeaFrog
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I was a bit apprehensive of this tea because honestly, orange and gingerbread don’t necessarily sound like a good combination to me. However, after brewing this for a good long time I actually like this tea! I don’t know if I love it, but with a little honey it is smooth, rich, and only slightly citrusy. I’m not getting a ton of gingerbread but I am getting just enough to understand the name of this tea. The orange is really juicy and delicious though! I would definitely recommend at least trying this tea.

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98
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m winding down my night with a big cup of Neapolitan Honeybush. I let it brew for an extra long time and it is now almost thick like real melted ice cream. It is just yum!

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96

Well, I just had to make this tonight! I found a Dark Chocolate Breve Creme at the store earlier and when I saw it, I knew that the creamer and this tea were a match made in heaven. This is really good. The mint is still prevalent, but now there is an extra dose of chocolate. Wow, I’m really enjoying this tea tonight!

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100
drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
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I decided that a day like today called for the Emperor. Unfortunately, I probably only have enough for one more pot of this delicious tea after today. But, I’m determined to enjoy it while it lasts.

This tea is, as always, a true delight. Very much a roasty, chocolate, and tangy tea that is amazingly unique. I would never have imagined that the combination of those flavors could create a tea that was so delicious.

On a side note: I used a bit of this tea yesterday to make tea eggs. I’d never made them before, but I have to say they turned out pretty tasty. There is a definite chocolatey, tangy presence in the eggs that I’m attributing to this tea.

Preparation
4 min, 45 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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