1185 Tasting Notes


Okay, I’m not sure if I can talk in detail about it or what, but something I got from Lauren that is awesomely sweet. It’s a black tea that I could speculate on, but won’t. I do get white sage and sweet rhaspberry…I can dig it.

And it has a really powerful yield. 4 strong cups from a flavored tea? Dang.

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

That’s officially dropping this this week! I’m glad you liked it :)

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Still love this one. Now I sipped down what I could before a potential swap. This really is a favorite.

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Friend lent me one and said it was too earthy. I got green, woody, and grassy, but it was actually kinda nice. Surprised this was a decent bag.

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Preworkout dessert to keep me awake and I’m again pretty happy with this tea. I got everything but the chocolate which I’m starting to think that it was due to the way I was brewing it. I do get a chocolate undertone from the flavoring though. Again, not a problem for me because I attack the strawberry and pistachio parts of the ice cream anyway.

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Okay, it’s been near perfect lately. I’ve had at least two 16 ounce servings of this in the past four days not including resteeps. This and the Mexican Hot Chocolate have kept me happy and awake.

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The smell is lovely. Rose and bergamot all the way, drizzled with slight chocolate smooth like satin. For when I drank it, I got an incredibly smooth rosy Earl Grey. It is malty, but not overly malty as others that I’ve had. I think I have the rose and thank for that and what was left of the chocolate that was hiding into the black tea. But the rose more than makes up for it.

The lack of chocolate in that cup was my only drawback. Otherwise, I do think that this tea was incredibly successful in being a Valentines day tea. I kinda wish I have more because I cannot get enough of its smell.

Obviously, I’m going to try this again for what I have left of the sample. But I do wonder if there are any other good chocolate Earl Grey’s out there? If not, I’m still pretty happy with the taste of this tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cocoa, Earl Grey, Malt, Rose, Smooth, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Rosy Earl Grey teas are nice! With chocolate? That sounds splendid!

Daylon R Thomas

I know, right? I’ve been looking for this EXACT combo for a while. Just a hint more chocolate and this would be perfect.


Chocolate teas seldom work for me. They just can’t get enough to satisfy. Rose and Earl Grey together? Mind blown. I would never have thought of this combination. Is thee enough bergamot to please a EG junkie? Sounds interesting.

Daylon R Thomas

All of Quarter to Tea’s Earl Greys have strong bergamot, and I can overwhelmingly taste it in this cup with the roses. I’ve actually found rose Earl Greys pretty often on French tea vendors. A French Earl Grey itself is Earl Grey with rose petals thrown in. Chocolate is where my mind is blown, and what I’ve been looking for. I’ve also been searching for Earl Grey Hot Chocolate.

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Okay, I’m not tasting the chocolate as much this time. I get the anise, spices and oolong, but only a chocolate undertone for soaking it for three minutes. It actually tastes different from the times I’ve written about it before. Oddly enough, the bag still smells very chocolaty and when I brew it with a certain amount of water, the chocolate aroma boomed in my face, then disappeared as I added more water. Specifically, it was going from about 10 ounces to 16. So, I need to use more leaves or less water.

I now totally get what Fjellrev and Evol Ving Ness have been getting. It’s actually more like a oolong chai to me right now. Again, totally different from before. But I still really like it without the chocolate. Considering this cold weather, I need any spicy comfort I can get.

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Glad I sampled it. A good black tea and what needed to keep awake, but a little bit too much on the strong end for me. Cream and sugar would give this one superpowers, though.

Overall, I get MEGA pumpkin spice with a really nice maple flavor blended in the bitter and malty tea. This would probably be a good latte, or a replacement for the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte for all you white girls.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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With lots of papers, assignments, exercise, and the constant snow fronts, I’ve utterly failed my goal in savoring and budgeting my teas. The following are snippets of me drinking down Quarter to Tea Tea’s.

So, glad I tried this one. Peachy and sweet through and through. I really can taste the raspberry, but it translates as fruity over all with the tea. A sugary texture pops up every now and then. I could also be imagining it.

The Eggnog remains as my favorite White tea from Lauren, but still good.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Urban Tumbler Test and it is really good this time. I used generous portions of this tea. My tumbler is for 15-16 ounces of water, so I would estimate that I put two heaping tablespoons of the tea in it. And I brewed it two times: first being 15 ounces, the latter closer to 9 or 10. The last one I might make into a 4 or 5 since I can taste the flavor leftover strongly at the bottom.

After I spent a huge portion of leaves for liquid motivation going to work, I get the chestnut more after 3 minutes to five. Then it vanishes into the concurrent caramel taste with a strong creaminess coming in. A little bit buttery, but more caramelized and candy like. After a while, it essentially tastes like butterscotch. No fancy note talking, jut straight up butterscotch. The leaves remained in the water the entire time. The same with the second steep at 9-10 ounces, 180-190 degrees.

I really, really liked this tea and could see myself getting more of it. The only thing I think it needs is more chestnut like Sil. I also continue to think this would not do badly for a chocolate tea. The tea remained light overall, but I’m personally thankful for that since I love lighter black teas. Some people actually found this tea bitter which I can see with less water. I did use 15 ounces which is a lot. It might have been bitter for me if I had more leaves too. How much water and leaves you want to use is more up to you, the reader and maybe drinker. I can accurately claim, however, that this tea is for butterscotch lovers and people who drink lighter teas.

Also, I was actually pretty close to giving this a 90. I’ve just been spoiled by Lauren’s other awesome teas. I hope she makes more like this one in the future.

Flavors: Butterscotch

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Jasmine Black Tea
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong


I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.


Michigan, USA

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