287 Tasting Notes

92

Even better to finish this out – sweet and full bodied, a great tea. Will order more when I have a chance.

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80

A good, caffeine free fruity tea with a fun color. Matches the name. A tea I have to be in the mood for, not something I’d enjoy every night.

And again kudos for the artwork on these teas from Simpson

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72

Going to reduce rating in further drinking. Still nice and sweet with cinnamon well done and the apples, yum - but the tea base is a bit weak for me. When this is done, probably will not be a re-order.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Going with 73 on the rating. A good tea but not my favorite from this company

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70 rating . Not my favorite but adorable part of their new fairy tale set

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80
drank Lights Out by The Tea Spot
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87
drank Reindeer Fuel by Adagio Teas
287 tasting notes

Will definitely need more of this in December. Gave some to a friend. It is one that can bear over five minute brews and Reindeer Fuels is sure super charged for me with some extra sugar to enhance the flavor.

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81

The background story on Simpson & Vail’s website about George the customer, and the inspiration for this tea, was heartwarming. As usual, Simpson and Vail has a good hand with blending their teas and for a good price. It’s a nice brisk breakfast or afternoon blend with black tea and oolong. There is a touch of fruit in there but I didn’t pick it up really. It mainly comes across to me as a straight out tea blend but a good one.

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75

A fun, almost astringent, fruity black tea. I’m not actually a huge fan of tart and this doesn’t go overboard at all with it for me, so I think they did well with a pleasant balance. The raspberry is brighter than “puckery” and the almond in the background is always a nice touch to black tea when it’s not too artificial or heavy. So far have drank a few cups and will mark this one as a keeper, almost done with my one ounce order.

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I have a drink obsession in general – daily lattes and coffees, and of course teas of many varieties. I mainly drink hot tea in Florida, but still enjoy the occasional southern sweet iced.

My preference is black tea, although I’m open to trial and error with others. I like the old fashioned English style tea cups, tea parties, food pair-ups, mini desserts and pies, cubes of sugar, small collection of Rose Red tea pets, you get the idea. I will always have an old fashioned tea kettle on the stove, but have recently purchased an electric tea kettle that I absolutely adore. I’m lazy by nature, so I have switched to stuffing tea bags for the loose teas to save on clean-up and disposal with other strainers.

I love smokey teas, non-bitter, not overly astringent, strong tea background mixed with flavored teas, no artificial sweetener tastes, balanced florals IF there must be a floral. I used to love spice, but it has to be done right. A former chai fan – now it reminds me of colored pencils. Cinnamon sounds good but so many teas have it artificial or odd tasting. Same goes for chocolate, some things have to be done just right to work.

Primary Tea Companies currently in 2022 – Harney and Sons, August Uncommon, Simpson & Vail, Fusion, Tea Spot, English Tea Store for odds and ends, The Tea Table

Most missed tea place and tea: Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki

Very picky with anything Roobios, and Darjeeling/Oolong are hit or miss depending on the blend and my taste buds. Mint works in a mood but I’m not a big fan. Gravitate toward good name blends and fall themes when doing yet more sampler orders.

I like adding a cube of sugar to almost all teas, not usually milks. I don’t like stevia or any artificial sweetener taste. I adore honey, but to me it doesn’t suit tea unless I have a sore throat as both the tea and the honey change their flavor profile quite a bit if I mix them.

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Lakeland, Florida, United States

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