136 Tasting Notes


“I had now swallowed my tea. I was mightily refreshed by the beverage; as much so as a giant with wine: it gave new tone to my unstrung nerves, and enabled me to address this penetrating young judge steadily.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

I’m heading to the library today. I’ve read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Perhaps I’ll look for another book by the Bronte Sisters. I recently read a novel, The Eyre Affair, that stuck with me. I wonder if there’s a sequel.

This is a light fruity black tea. The tea leaves are pretty too look at with bits of papaya and marigold peeking out. I think of spring when I drink it. There’s definite apple and raspberry flavors but not too overpowering and not tart. I like it well enough.

Flavors: Apple, Grass, Raspberry

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

oh there are MANY sequels to The Eyre Affair!! And also a few other books by the Brontes.

Jen vB

It was an accidental check out that I really enjoyed. I don’t often dip into futuristic time travel but this one was very entertaining


I was going to comment that there are many sequels to The Eyre Affair, but tea-sipper beat me to it! That series is wild!


I haven’t read Jasper Fforde in a long time, but just seeing the title made me smile.


Same as gmathis, it has been a long time since I read Fforde. Thoroughly enjoyed the books years ago, so I should look for new ones!

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I had this one at church yesterday with the boiling water that was available and it was bitter but drinkable. I was excited that someone had left something more than the usual Red Rose. I thought I’d try again today at home. Steeped in 175* water for 3 minutes and it still is bitter. I do taste the peppermint but it’s not a strong flavor.

Flavors: Bitter, Peppermint

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

There’s always ample coffee in air pots for the kids volunteers at my church, but as of yet, tea drinkers just get the microwave.

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drank Wild Blueberry Acai by Bigelow
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A friend loves this one and had included it in a mug gift for me. It’s been hanging out in my “to try” bin for a bit, so I snagged it and heated up some water. The tea bag smells quite a bit like blueberry candies. The tea has a purply- red hue to it and smells sweet. I’m reminded of Sweet Tarts candies while drinking it. I don’t quite taste the blueberry but do taste the acai. This would not be a winter tea for me but I think it would be good in the summer months or as an iced tea.

Flavors: Tart

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I had this at a friend’s home this winter and she sent me home with at least 20 tea bags. She loves this tea and was absolutely excited to share it with me. She had purchased the “family sized” order and ended up with far too many for just her. I love chatting with friends who are as excited about tea like me.
The tea is a nice dark color and the scent of cardamom is fantastic. There is a strong rich flavor. I can see why she loves it so much. There is just so much warmth in the mug . My friend doctors her with oatmilk and some clove/cinnamon. I have enjoyed it plain and doctored. My mug today was steeped for 3 mins with boiled water. I did add a dash of cloves and cinnamon.

Flavors: Cardamom

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

I put cardamom in my oatmeal and/or smoothie most days. It is so good. I just ordered some cardamom matcha for Superanna that I am hoping she will like!

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Another family gifted me a sampler pack of Uncle Lee’s this Christmas. I haven’t tried all of them but the ones I have, I have enjoyed.
This morning I made a mug of the vanilla rooibus chai in my new mug. The mug was a surprise gift this week from a co -volunteer and made my day. It’s a beautiful red stoneware clay glazed with blues and greens. It fits well in my hand and is a good weight.
The tea bag was steeped for 5 minutes in boiled water. I like the vanilla with the spices. It needs no sweetener because of the stevia but I did add a splash of milk this time. The cinnamon and cloves really come through. I do catch the scent of the cardamon.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove

5 min, 0 sec

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had this one in my cabinet for quite some time now and only remember drinking it this week. I must have had a cup before though, the package was opened and I can’t imagine anyone else going to the effort of making tea in this house!

We have a lovely spring day here in January and an alleged snow storm on the radar for tomorrow night. This may be another year where my skis go unused. It’s just too warm! I’m ignoring the house cleaning I should be doing and just made a cup of tea to further ignore the cleaning.

This packet is adorable with the little snowflake sprinkles in it. I can easily smell the mint in the packet. 5 minutes of Steeping makes me very impatient today. After steeping, I definitely get a whiff of chocolate off of my mug but not as strong a taste. The mint pushes the chocolate aside on my tongue and makes it’s presence known. I find the mint to be very strong; almost sinus clearing strong. It’s also very sweet.

This is not an every day tea for me but I would definitely drink it occasionally especially in winter. Maybe by having a cup or 2 this week, we’ll actually get some snow storms!

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Local author who I actually enjoy. I’ve toured her home, visited her gravesite, read her works, and watched almost every adaptation on film. The most recent film adaptation (2019) is one of my most favorite movies.

The berry scent off the leaves is very strong. Steeped for 3 minutes at 175. I found it to be a light and summer worthy tea. There is a fruity taste to it that I can’t define- even though I know the ingredient list included strawberries and apples. There is also a slight floral taste as well. My packet doesn’t include the amaretto ingredient but I do get a bit of a nutty taste and I see that it’s listed on the S&V website. I enjoyed this one. Think I’m going to put it in the back of the cabinet for a few months until spring arrives!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Nutty

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jasmine Tea by Harmony Organic Tea
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Pro tip- don’t try to drink tea and cough at the same time

After making a second mug of tea, I got a chance to sit and kick my feet up and sip. The tea bag, like others by this brand, contains leaves that are very very tiny, almost dust. Steeped for about 3 minutes in 175* water. I don’t smell it but I definitely taste the jasmine. The tea is light and smooth, easy to drink. I think this would be good for a spring time or summer tea.

Flavors: Jasmine

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Tea by Harmony Organic Tea
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As with most of these Harmony tea bags, the leaf was ground to fine particles. Steeped for 4 minutes as recommended at 170F. I feel like I should have steeped a little longer but this was my first sampling and I tend to follow directions to the letter. It has a nice yellow color with a leafy scent. It is mellow and light, neither good nor bad, but rather basic.

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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2022 Bird & Blend Advent calendar Day #4

I did not go into work today but my sick time is up for the year and will need to be back tomorrow. As it’s just Noon now and I want a nap, we’ll see how work goes on Friday. Hopefully, I can stay in the office more than be out in the building. It’s snowing! So I picked out Snowball tea to sit and watch the snow fall. I love the cozy feeling of being in a snow globe.

I love the smell of the tea pyramid- dark chocolatey and a sweetness. It tastes a little bit like a dark chocolate Almond Joy. No not a mounds, I do taste a little nuttiness in the mug. Mini marshmallows aren’t included in the tea bag version of this so I do wonder how much they add/detract to the flavor. I think this is a great sub for when we have Hot Cocoa and I want something less heavy. I enjoyed this one and think I might have another mug with some milk added to see if that enhances the cream factor. I definitely would purchase this again for my winter cupboard

Flavors: Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Nutty

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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In the early 2000’s, my brother worked for a grocery company that removed items from the shelves and I ended up with a cabinet filled with random tea.

After I finished that cabinet, I started trying new things and exploring the world of tea. Still exploring, still learning, and loving this community.

I tend to take my tea with no additions and quite hot. Though often I find myself having to reheat my mug due to distractions. I’m partial to herbals, white tea, green, and blacks. But I really will try anything once.

100-80 Love in varying degrees
79- 60 Good, but in the friendzone
60-50 Ok, would drink if offered
49-20 Don’t make me try it again!
19-0 Didn’t finish!


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