1083 Tasting Notes


This is my reward to myself for a full day of house cleaning. It’s possible that I’m a wee bit high on bleach fumes, but I’m still enjoying this EG immensely. I like the lemon-y flavor combined with the vanilla and bergamot. It taste like grown up vanilla pudding. I like.

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My tin of this tea was tucked away in a drawer, and when I saw it I realized I had not prepared this one in months and months. The horror! Fear not though for the situation has been remedied. This tea is full of chocolate and sweet, fruity notes along with hints of peppery spice. Delicious.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Tea of the morning. I over brewed this, (probably a 6 or 7 minute steep) and the result was a cup full of chocolate and smokey flavors. I’m a fan. It was full of body while having no astringency or bitterness. Again, I’m a fan. I won’t over steep this every time because I enjoy all the other flavors this tea has to offer, but on the days I get distracted and let this sit a bit too long I certainly won’t hesitate to sip and enjoy. You know… ‘cause I’m a fan.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Tea of the morning. I’m mostly drinking iced tea these days, but I like that it’s still cool enough early in the morning to sit out on my porch with a cup of hot tea and enjoy. In a few more weeks I may be drinking all iced tea all the time, but that’s ok since this EGC is mighty tasty over ice, too.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

Iced earl grey… I think some money just fell out of my wallet…


Try it. It’s all kinds of delicious.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Halla-Hallelujah my kids are finally finished with school! I am unreasonably excited that my alarm is off and I will not be forced to wake grumpy kiddos up at 6 in the morning. To celebrate I’m getting ready to snuggle into bed with my book (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern) and a huge mug of this tea. My plan is to read into the wee hours of the morning, but I like having a decaf tea that won’t keep me awake should I decide that it’s sleepy time.

Hello summer. I missed you.

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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It’s late, and I shouldn’t be drinking this, but any time I considered getting up to make a cup of tea this was the tea I thought of. Now it’s in my cup and I’m sipping it, and yes, I wanted the baked bread, molasses, malt, butternut squash-y goodness that this tea delivers. So good!

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drank Tropical Black by Wegmans
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Wegman’s had their summer teas out today, so I did what any self respecting tea drinker who has too much tea in her cupboard would do and bought some. This one is nice and fruity – more pineapple than anything else – and I like the Ceylon base tea. It was good hot, but I think I’ll use the rest for iced tea.


Would love to visit a Wegmans! (May I borrow and revise your lead sentence? “Vintage Stock had restocked the 99 cent book shelf, so I did what any self-respecting book lover would do and bought some.” It’s just a cold tea and good book afternoon.)


Borrow away! There are few things that go together as well as tea and books.

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drank Black Dragon Pearl by Teavana
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Tea of the morning. I still like this tea, but it’s not as good as I remember. I was expecting something with a bit more oomph, but this was rather mellow. Not many cocoa notes, but there were malt and floral ones. I’ve only had it since December, but maybe it’s getting old. I’ve moved it to the front of my tea cabinet so I can remember to use it up.

Terri HarpLady

I used to be in love with this tea, & although I still enjoy it, it’s not the same tea they originally offered (at least, IMO)

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All the tasting notes for this tea have disappeared. What’s up with that, Steepster? Argh.

Anyway… I’ve been wanting to try this as a cold brew, so I set that up this morning and will try it out this evening after dinner. Once I had the box open and the wonderful floral honey fragrance was floating out I decided to make a hot cup as well. The taste is mostly chamomile with the vanilla and honey flavors slipping in and out. I enjoy the flavor combination very much. Usually I grab for this one when I’m sick, but it was kinda nice to start the day with something different but comforting.

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I have been traveling a lot over the past few months, but I’m home now with no plans to travel (for work at least) in the near future. Yay! To celebrate I spent the morning relaxing and drinking tea. Again, yay!

This tea is one of my favorites, and even though it’s called December I love it as a summer/ warm weather tea. It’s smokey and sweet with a woodsy pine note. Oh, it’s soooo good. I can’t wait until we’re back to cookouts and bbq to go with my tea. I’m all about the smokey flavors right now. It could be 100° outside an I’d still make a cup of this and enjoy.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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