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drank Estate Darjeeling by Tea Forte
242 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tea a while back, but right now I don’t remember exactly who it was from. Sorry! All I knew was that something different sounded wonderful this morning, as I’ve been sipping down a lot of my teas lately, trying to bring order to the chaos taking over my tiny kitchen.

I did use more leaves than I intended, but I didn’t want to put one teaspoon aside for later, only to have it shuffle around in my collection for who knows how long. I don’t know if it was the extra leaves or the tea itself, but this is a bracingly brisk cup, with enough astringency to make me hunt for my water bottle. There’s also a smoky note that haunts the cup, and paired with the aroma of freshly fallen leaves, it hearkens back to cool autumn mornings.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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A delicious tea for a lazy Sunday! Smooth yet brisk, with some gentle fruity, citrus notes. I’m definitely going back for a second cup!

You can see photos here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/02/golden-monkey-black-tea-by-teavivre.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I made a cup of this before school, and while it was sweet and forthright it quickly became forgotten during the hectic rush of the day! I was pleasantly surprised later by how well it held up despite a terribly long over-steep.

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Tea #5 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!

I had this the other evening and forgot to log it… or the NyQuill kicked in. From what I remember, the rooibos’ carmel notes were pretty distinct, but the lavender and coconut did make their presence known. A nice tea for just before bedtime.

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drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
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Tea #4 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!

I’ve been wanting to try this brand for a while, and this tea was definitely brisk enough to kick start my morning! The cinnamon tastes very light – about half the strength of MF’s Cannelle – and I can’t taste the fig at all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tea #3 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!

My husband and I sampled this one more out of curiosity than anything else! I’m certainly getting the customary carmely-notes of the rooibos, with maybe a hint or two of the pineapple. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the bacon, but I’m not picking it out at all. An interesting blend to try!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
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Tea #2 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!

This was the first time I had a chance to checkout one of this company’s pyramid-shaped tea bags, with the wire leaf at the top. It’s adorable, and did a nice job twining around the lip of my cup for easy removal later. The tea itself was brisk and tasty – my brain wasn’t quite up to par on Friday morning, so the intense jolt of caffeine was exactly what I needed!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cuppa Paradise by Tea District
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Tea #1 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!

My husband made off with my travel mug and used it for coffee… he managed to get the coffee taste out, but what I didn’t know is that he left a little dish soap flavor, too.

What of the tea I could taste – around the Seventh Generation – lived up to the name. A black base that did a quick-stepping little dance with the notes of a piña colada. Interesting!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Mmmm…. yes, a good way to wake up this morning, and to take a chunk out of the chill.

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I had absolutely no idea it would take this long to get over strep. The nose still just won’t stop! Things cleared up enough I was finally able to sample this tea, but it didn’t really spark with me. Maybe we can blame that on messed up sinuses, or maybe it’s just a little… eh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.


Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!

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