828 Tasting Notes


I think of this as a tea that I’ll drink if I want something with nocaf, if it’s around. But forever going forward I will think of it as THE TEA THAT HOOKED MY CHILD ON TEA! Over the weekend he saw me drinking tea as always, and asked for a sip. I let him have the tiniest amount and he said he really liked it. So I asked if he wanted his own cup and made this instead. With half a teaspoon of sugar (so much less than comes in juice or the almond milk he normally drinks), he kept saying “I LOVE tea!” and asking for more as soon as it was out. So now, there are two tea drinkers in my house. Me and my three year old. :)


Oh, mercy…how did your little one get that big so quickly??? Hang on tight! He’ll be taking SAT’s before you know it!


I know! I can hardly believe how quickly the time is going!

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Excellent cup. I don’t always like white teas, but this one is just the right mix of floral, and somehow fruity, that it’s the perfect afternoon cup.

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This is one of those that stands out to me as special, so I don’t have it that much. Today I decided to go for it, and am having several cups. What a nice start to the day.

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Having a cup this morning, and since I anticipated the smokiness, it’s far less overwhelming. Also goes well with Biscoff cookies!


This is a lovely tea.

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This morning I set about making teas and I realized the Steven Smith Teamaker sampler I got was not a sampler with four teabags of three teas, but rather 12 different ones! I gave this one a go, since I really love darjeeling, and it was a good cup. It had a thick feel to it, and was clearly a darjeeling, but as others noted: it’s solid but not a showstopper. Decent cup.

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Lovely cup of tea! Excellent hot and also iced.

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Smokier than I would have guessed, but an interesting cup. More notes with future tastings.

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drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
828 tasting notes

I had a cup of this the other evening, at my mother-in-law’s house. It was a good tea. I think it would probably be excellent with sugar. And I see from the reviews a lot of folks turn to it when they’re not feeling well—which seems like an excellent idea. Good cup.

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I picked up a sampler of Steven Smith Teamaker teas to give a few a go, and getting home late in the evening, this was the first I’ve had a chance to try. I don’t normally love hibiscus. It’s something I have for the color more than the tea, but in this case I quite liked it. The flavor profile shifted as the tea cooled, and I enjoyed it throughout the cup. Looking forward to the next evening that requires something herbal!

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


Seattle, WA



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