318 Tasting Notes


Ah, my favorite. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this one. Cara McGee knows her stuff.

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Terri HarpLady

Yes, she does! I love her blends!


Cara McGee really really is a great blender, i agree with you both. i will never hesitate to add her teas to my shopping cart.

Terri HarpLady

It’s funny, cuz even though I don’t care much for earl grey blends, when it’s a cara blend, like Tardis, I seem to enjoy it! :D

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drank Mystery Oolong by Unknown
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This was given to me by a friend. The package is all in Chinese characters. She gave me about six of these little foil packets, each containing ~3 tsp of leaves. They smell oolongy, but not sweet or floral at all. Very woodsy. There’s something reminiscent almost of a Yunnan black in the scent.

Taste is similar to the smell. It’s a darker oolong, but it doesn’t taste roasted. Just… dark. I may have oversteeped as it was a little bitter, but I still finished a large mug.


Rachel J

I have a tea like that given to me by a Chinese woman. ;)


Does it taste or smell chocolatey or like cocoa at all? It could be a Da Hong Pao.

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The only tea I had yesterday for St Patrick’s day was a bagged Wegmans green – shocker! I was at my roommate’s for the weekend, and that’s all they have in they have. Not that I’m a tea snot or anything :)

So I’m making up for it today. My trip to Ireland in April 2010 was what started me drinking tea, and there’s a special place in my heart for IBs. I need to wake up because (1) I’m about to drive 300 miles home, and (2) I just had breakfast and it’s 1:30 PM. Whoof.

Just tossing this sachet in and hitting the road. Doesn’t get bitter. YAY.

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My future son-in-law is Irish, still lives there in fact. The very first time he came to visit I asked if he liked Irish Breakfast. He said he had never heard of it! He loved it, though, and told me that was just called tea over there.

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Not actually bad for a cafeteria bagged black. A little light on flavor, which I like in an EG. Tealuxe is one of my favorite local tea shops, and they have a ton of EG variations… but their “Extra Bergamot Earl Grey” always terrifies me. This one is solid!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this in a care package from my friend. It’s good! Surprisingly appley, comforting. Doesn’t resteep well, but it’s decent.

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Thanks for the free sample from Teajo!

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It was nice to see this in my mailbox today – such a good day!

In Shakespeare, we all had to prepare the same scene from Richard III. My professor announced today that we were having a surprise “callback” – he was going to pick scene partners out of a hat. We decided that the two best actors would get to pick monologues for our professor to perform for us. As far as I know, none of us have ever seen him act.

I was the last Elizabeth to go, and the universe was on my side – the Richard I was put with happened to be the girl I rehearsed with most often. I won out of all the Elizabeths (and I’m not even really an actor, I just love Shakespeare SO FREAKING MUCH) and so the Richard winner and I performed the whole scene – he was someone I’d worked with too, so we already had a sort of rhythm going, and it was surprisingly different from the first time I’d done it.

And now we get to see my professor do a Don Pedro monologue from Much Ado and a Hal monologue from Henry V… the latter of which he’s never performed in front of people before. Happy spring break, professor! :)

Tea Notes

I smelled this one, and thought “ooh, that’s strong.” I don’t have any straight Earl Greys because I’m not a huge fan of bergamot – I prefer EGCs. But I like to have one in my collection.

I put two heaping teaspoons in my 20oz Amsterdam pot, boiling water, 2 min.

The first cup was surprisingly light. It was a really beautiful Assam base, and it wasn’t overwhelmingly perfumey. The bergamot was supported because the tea itself is of a good quality.

Later cups got stronger, perhaps because it cooled. I thought it might have been due to broken pieces left in the bottom of the pot, but there’s hardly anything there.

It was smooth enough for me to drink straight. I might do milk/sugar next time, just because of personal preference, but it really is a great Earl Grey!

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Cold-brewed this overnight. I was afraid it was wayyy too long (24 hours?) when I looked at it. It’s almost black. When I pour it into a glass, it pours dark, dark purple. It looks almost like grape juice.

It tastes surprisingly light. I definitely get the raspberry and lime. I am tasting a bit of grape, but that could be a side effect of the color. I’m not a huge fan of grape juice.

Still, good!


I ran out of my box. Summer has definitely been warm and long (we got our first 30oC+ day in November last year, and we’re set for more next week afte 34 today), so I’ve been icing tea like crazy. Didn’t end up cold brewing this one, just instant icing, and it goes such a dark red in just 5 minutes I can imagine the black colour from an overnight steep! Glad you liked it.

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drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
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Yup… the way to drink this one is blended with a bit of NMTC’s Cream Vanilla. Even then it’s blah. Eh. Don’t love it, don’t hate it, but I need the caffiene.

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

Dipping Girl Scout Shortbreads into this.

Oh happy day.

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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Eurgh. I do not feel good. Here’s to hoping this settles my stomach down a bit.

Josie Jade

Feel better!


Oh dear! Go to work, peppermint, and make it better!


I hope you feel better!


Thank you guys! I’m a bit better now :)

Rachel J

Glad you feel better!

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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

I really enjoy tea, British television and theatre. I read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot.


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