545 Tasting Notes


Backlogging. 3 days ago. Late Wednesday night.

This one was my late night cup of tea at my parent’s while studying then doing Conquer Club. They have mostly black teas. This being one of the few less or no caffeine options. Generically green and orange. Nice enough for a hot cup to sip on.

I do not have a thermometer there so I watch the water for barely steaming/bubbling. Nor do I remember my steep time. I think it was about 2-3 minutes though.

I’m rating this one a 55 (nice bagged tea range is 50-60).

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Backlogging. 2 days ago. Tuesday night.

2 mugs while studying. Thought drank half of the second steep cold the following morning. Even though I only have slightly less than half of this left, I’m already starting to hoard it a bit. It might be my fave 52teas blend, but I don’t think it’s one they’ll ever reblend.

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oh I love this one too — more teas should have walnuts & dates!

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Backlogging. 2 days ago. Tuesday morning.

I had been thinking the previous day about trying to make a cowboy earl grey again since I was starting to run low on Caravan. My previous attempts came out more smokey obscuring the bergamot. So this time, a normal amount of leaf of earl grey and a pinch of Caravan.

First steep came out like earl grey and a cigarette on some sips and I’m-just-not-sure-what-this-tastes-like on others. Second steep came out more like I thought/expected this combo to taste like. I will have to experiment more.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

I played around with blending Andrews & Dunham’s Caravan and Earl Grey a few years ago. They’re definitely two teas crying out to get together.

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Backlogging. 3 days ago. Monday morning.

I remember that I wanted something strong to wake me up and this is what I picked. And that it was good and did the job suitably well. I steeped it a second time. But that’s all I remember.

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Backlogging. 4 days ago. Late Sunday night.

I had a mug of this while taking my turns on Conquer Club before bed. I drank about half of it then put it down for too long and it cooled. I never ended up heating it up again and found it too sour for my tastes cold.

On a side note, I may just never have paid very much attention to them but did the little ratings smileys change? Or did the green one and red one always have tongues?

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They have always; though they are small and not easliey seen at first.

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Backlogging. 4 days ago. Sunday morning.

This is also a tea I am hoarding. But I gave myself permission to go ahead and have it that morning for no special reason at all. I think I only have one serving left now. =(

It was extra rich, hearty, and delicious. Possibly because it’s nearly gone. The second steep was fulfilling as well.

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

You know I have heard people talk about how great this tea is and I still haven’t tried it. I really need to correct that gross oversight and quick. :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

It’s amazing but it was limited edition and you can’t get it anymore unfortunately.

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Yesterday morning, I wanted a strong cup to kick me awake and was thinking A&D’s Holiday Blend. But I woke up coughing and with a stuffy nose. Not sick, don’t worry. It was really cold over night and even with the heat turns down, it ran a lot and I think really dried me out. So I wanted to add honey to my tea to sooth my throat/cough. This one goes better with honey I think. So I went with this. Though I think I remember the Holiday Blend being okay with honey too. But wasn’t in the mood to try it and be wrong. This hit the spot and I drank it all up.

I drank the second steep later on while studying.

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This was the tea I was craving yesterday after Harney & Sons’ Peaches & Ginger black tea. To be fair, I was wanting it the day before too.

This tea, I crave at times. It tastes like dark rich chocolate and earth and I like it so! If I didn’t have only 4 bags left, I think I’d drink it more often. But I tend to do that hoarding thing when I get low on teas I like. I’ve told myself that I can buy it loose leaf once I’m out though. So I don’t know why I’m hoarding and I’m sure the loose leaf is even better. If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d prolly start trying other flavored (gateway) puerhs. I did not expect to like this one at all, let alone so much.

This one is getting bumped up to a 74 (great bagged tea range 70-80).

I’ve found that due to The Great Unlogged Period I have a bunch of teas that I’ve either finished or drank more of and haven’t changed the ratings accordingly to align with how I ended up truly feeling about the day. So I’ve been changing them as I drink them again. I keep meaning to just go through my cupboard and do them all at once but never seem to have the time and sit down and do it.

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Peggie Bennett

My son got this for me for Christmas and I have been drinking it at work this last week! I swear I am getting a hint of mint in there! It’s good! Numi’s Magnolia Puerh is good too!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I haven’t notice the mint on my own. But I’ll look for it next time I drink this and see if I can detect it. Is the Magnolia Puerh very floral?

Peggie Bennett

It is floral (coming from someone who loves jasmine) but I think it is tempered by the earthiness of the puerh.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

hmm.. jasmine is very yay or nay for me.. some I really like, others not so much.. I might snag a box of tea bags of it next time I see Numi on sale tho..

Peggie Bennett

I have had some bad jasmine, so I know what you mean! If you don’t like it, I’ll send you some money for the rest of it!

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Yesterday, after the Harney & Sons’ Peaches & Ginger black tea, I knew exactly which tea I wanted next (Numi’s Chocolate Puerh) but it was also time to cook dinner. Since I wanted to enjoy that cup and not mindlessly drink through it while cooking, I looked for something quick and easy to drink instead. I chose this one because none of my other bagged black teas were calling to me and I need to use it up. Plus I thought it sounded just fine with a touch of milk and honey.

So this tea, I’ve had an odd time with. At first, it was way way too strong. Then tastelessly weak. So I switched to two bags in a larger mug. Which was fine the first time or two. Then too strong that way. I can only assume it’s been me doing different steep times/water temperatures and not keeping track as well as I usually do of what worked. But I don’t know. I kind of think the tea is changing on me.

This time, I went one bag, standard size mug. I steeped it longer, knowing I was going to be adding milk to it and wanting it to come out on the stronger side. But after adding the honey, I sipped it and realized the milk would weaken it too much for my tastes so did not add it.

The cup was fine. Spiced with honey. But not all that enjoyable. Just something warm to sip on while I cooked. I’ll be glad once the box is done.

I’m actually bumping my rating down on this one to a 46 (drinkable range 40-50) because of the irregularity between mugs and because, while I don’t dislike it, it doesn’t really do much for me.

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As promised, Peaches & Ginger black tea. This was my first tea of the day yesterday. I had a bagged ginger peach black tea at my parent’s on Tuesday. I knew I had this one and that it would be better but hadn’t tried it yet. So that was my inspiration to try this tea.

The peach was like a fresh just soften real peach. Not super ripe dripping juicy peach nor still quite firm peach. But that point in between the two. A nice sweet peach. The ginger is the warming type of ginger, not the spicy type of ginger. And the two pair well. If I had to say, I’d say the ginger was slightly more predominate. But it melds right into the peach. I can tell it’s a black tea base, but the base fades right into the background.

The second steep was weaker but fine.

My initial rating is a 74 (good range is 70-80). This tea is solid and enjoyable and I happily sipped through my two mugs of it.

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We have a tin of this we just got from the sale they had. Can’t wait to try it.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Looking forward to reading your tealog on it!

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no


Charleston, SC

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