1473 Tasting Notes


The girls (our three cats) conferred and decided to let me out of bed to make tea. When I’m sick, all three pile into the bed with (and on) me, despite their personal issues with each other. But now Earlie (full name Earl Jean Grey) is jealously guarding me and the tea, and I’m not sure which one she’s more interested in.

This tea smells so, so good. My mouth started watering as soon as I opened the package. I had been hoping for a sipdown before I remembered we bought two try me packs of this tea…oh well.

The first sip is wonderful. Cinnamon (my favorite), vanilla, sweetness. But every sip after that is more and more of a let down. I taste no oatmeal and no raisins. Sadness. I’m greatly enjoying the cinnamon, but I have cinnamon crackle. I have no need for other cinnamon teas XD. And I feel like The Glow from DavidsTea is a much better oatmeal tea.

So it will be a pleasure to finish up this cup, but I don’t feel the need to replace it.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 14 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I’ve been sick for days, so there hasn’t been much tea in my world. But my wife made me a cup of this for my morning cup. And it’s a sipdown, YAY.

A big yay because this was not that good. The puerh was very present and did not mix well at all with the artificial raspberry. I enjoy a good puerh, but this was just…blegh.

Also, now I can’t stop singing Prince in my head.


Hope you’ll feel better! Some much better tea should help. :)

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Cold brewed, just okay. I kinda get a peach flavor, but on the whole it’s unremarkable.


Ech, on the bright side, cold-brewing eats up more leaf, so it’s easier to polish it off that way!


I’ve yet to meet a peach tea that I like more then Perfect Peach by Bigelow. A few that have come close though.


My thoughts exactly, Fjellrev. I like it cold more than I do hot, so this will be cold brew sipdown.

Lynxiebrat you know, Bigelow does some things very, very right. I love their French Vanilla.

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Appropriately enough, the end of my alphabetic journey through Night Vale is The Weather.

I will not make the obvious joke.

This smells like thai green curry. I have such a craving now. Unless this tea is amazing, the rest will be used to make rice, because yum.

The tea is very, very good, but it tastes like green curry. So yes, it will be going into delicious rice…yum.

So that’s all the fandom blends! I feel like I’ve lost my purpose now.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

You an always go back through them? I’m happy to see you found a few that you liked. Shadowfall and I both grabbed the WTNV sampler, and she hasn’t found much she liked with hers. I still have to try most of mine, but I’m encouraged.


There are a few good ones, but overall I prefer the Scott Pilgrim set.

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I had a cup of this last night, but I have no memory of it because as soon as I sat down to enjoy it, my laptop decided to start sounding like the unmarked black helicopters seen in the skies of Night Vale.

This area is Not Good For Play. I will mourn you Vanellope.

So I made a new cup today and I rather like Steve Carlsberg (Sorry Cecil!). The grapefruit and the vanilla pair well together, but it’s more vanilla than grapefruit, which is a little disappointing…I love grapefruit.

But he is keeping me company as I fight with my old laptop to back up before she dies. Sigh.

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I am Not Feeling Well (honestly, I’ve felt sick ever since I finished the Sheriff’s Secret Police), so I’m wrapping around a big cup of this beauty. It’s soothing my stomach and helping my headache fade. Very, very nice.

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I have the feeling that this tea will be similar to the Management, but I’m really hoping not.

Sidenote, I have my window open and someone nearby is frying fish, so now I’m dying for fish and chips. Dying.

Anyway! First sip: Yup, this is a tea for the wife, as I’m not too keen on it. It doesn’t make me want to run away screaming like Management did, but it’s still not great. The roasted mate is a saving grace for this one. You can really smell tobacco as it gets near your nose, and then you can taste it as well in the aftertaste. As an ex-smoker, I find it both delicious and revolting and I want a cigarette now. Badly.

So, uh…don’t try this if you’re trying to quit. Yeah, after a few more sips, this is all I can think about. It tastes like drinking a cup of tea right after smoking a cigarette. Or improperly stored tea from a smoker’s home. Which…if the Sheriff’s Secret Police kept tea in their headquarters, this is what I imagine it would taste like. So spot on tea, but it’s not for me.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Haus
1473 tasting notes

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


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