419 Tasting Notes

92

I think the owner of the WK is making his own now as I’m pretty sure it used to be billed as “Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai” and was from one of the bigger wholesale companies. But this year it tastes much different and much better. More pumpkin that’s for sure! And let’s be honest tis the season for all the pumpkin. Plus the spices are on point…almost like drinking pumpkin pie with more spice to it. I am so here for that!

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

It was FINALLY cool enough here to make up a hot cup of tea. And since I’m only allowed 200mg of caffeine a day (isn’t pregnancy grand) I thought I’d make a cup of this one. It does in fact taste like a cinnamon roll complete with gooey frosting, but that migh just be my own wishful thinking. Either way it is a yummy treat tea to kick off my day in the best possible way. The cinnamon give just enough bite to wake me up and get me moving.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

I don’t know how I haven’t already reviewed this tea…seeing as I’m down to half a bag! I clearly must have had some of it. Anyway I love this tea. It smells very dark and rich and malty to me…which as you know I LOVE. While the taste has hints of cocoa and…bread. Weird but so darn good.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole/Tea-Historic

This is a really nice one. I love the teas with bread notes.

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80

I happened to pick up a sample rooibos cube when in was in over the weekend. Today’s weather called for a large mug of tea after work and I chose this. I didn’t know what to expect from it as I’d never had it before or noticed it on the menu. To my surprise the orange flavor is nice and light and I do note hints of creme. It’s really a lovely cup on a dreary rainy day.

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Orange and rooibos are a good fit, aren’t they?

IllBeMother221B

I wouldn’t have thought they would be, but they so are!!

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85

Just an update I made what was left of this tea into a nice half carafe of ice tea and OMG perfection. I only have half a cup left and will be sad to see it go. :(

Preparation
Iced

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85

I was happy to see this months Steepster Select box had a mix of tea types. I was nervous that each month would be one type of tea after the first month was ALL green teas. So the moment I saw an assam (my favorite) I knew I had to try it first! The dry leaf smelled pretty malty. Just how I like my assam teas. I let it steep for the suggested five minutes. Which I first thought was a bit much, but then realized it was actually just right when I took my first sweet sips. So much malty goodness in this tea and the aroma is to die for with hints of honey and fruit! It’s a good thing you get two steeps out of this one as I think I’m going to need another pot!

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

I thought I had reviewed this AGES ago…seeing as it’s almost gone. I love this one as a morning latte. The lavender isn’t overpowering, but it does add a little something extra to the earl grey and that something is awesome. All the flavors mix so nicely together. Hmm, maybe I’ll go make myself a latte right now…

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

Wow no one has logged this yet? This was the tea of the morning here in my house. I loved the cute little heart shape of the tuo cha. As with most pu-erh’s this one smelled really earthy, with hints of sticky rice. I employed my handy little mouse yixing pot for the honors. I also managed to spill some of it all over the place as I tried to record pouring my tea…it’s harder than it looks!

The tea itself smells and tastes like the yummy rice used in sushi making and I am in heaven. My only complaint is the directions call for a steep type of 6 minutes…which I thought was pretty long for a pu-erh. So I opted for 2 minutes and I thought it came out perfect.

Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Mushrooms, Rice

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

My husband says rice pu-erh smells like stinky socks. Can’t seem to get that imagery out of my head when I taste one.

IllBeMother221B

This one did not give me that impression and trust me my sniffer is in full working order. :)

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88

One of my favorite H&S teas! Reminds me of a liquid fire ball. Full of spice/flavor! I love drinking this one fist thing in the morning as it really gets me moving.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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75

Ordered this one from Upton as I needed a decaf night time tea. I was a little nervous seeing other’s reviews of the tea. But I kept an open mind here. The dry leaf smells like vanilla and very yummy. While the steeped leaves (in a natural tea bag) smelled a bit like a drink with booze in it (then I remembered there’s bourbon vanilla in it). But I liked it. Very soothing and slightly sweet, perfect for an evening cuppa.

Flavors: Alcohol, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am a tea lover, a wife, and mother of three cats (all rescues). I love to read and write (NaNoWriMo takes over my life every November). I’m also a BIG fan of the following shows: BBC Sherlock, Doctor Who, Law and Order, Twin Peaks, Bones, and more – bless Netflix.

I started drinking and enjoying tea when I was 7 (sure it was bagged Lipton, but it got me started) with my grandmother. As I said it was Lipton with milk and sugar (and peanut butter and jelly on toast) and my love just grew from there. I was brought to loose leaf through a trip to Teavana. But my taste has expanded to many different types of tea since then. Sometimes I even write about tea on my blog – Gal In The Grey Hat (see the link).

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