1444 Tasting Notes

89
drank Mixed Berry by Arbor Teas
1444 tasting notes

This tea when dry smells of figs and menthol. It seems like a strange combination but it works. The tea liquid is strong and bracing. I’m fighting off a headache this morning so maybe this will clear it out. Like I said before, this is a good tea but since it’s not my favorite and I have other similar teas in my cabinet I won’t reorder after I finish this cup. It was good for a sample though and I’m glad I was able to try it. It was my favorite of the samples I ordered.

Second Steep
8 ounces + 200 degrees

I’m not even sure how long this one sat on my desk before I remembered it. Not a great second cup.

Flavors: Fig, Menthol

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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20
drank Ginkgo Clarity by Yogi
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Wow, this is MINTY! Mint is really all I smell when I open the bag, and I’m honestly glad. I saw licorice on the package and was worried because it seems like all of the Yogi teas I’ve tried have either licorice or sarsaparilla. I’m really not a fan of either of those. The taste of this tea has the cooling effect of mint but not really the flavor. It’s more of an herbaceous flavor and definitely artificial tasting like it has an artificial sweetener in it or something. It is also a little bitter, but I did steep it a little longer than recommended. Honestly, it’s like chewing on a backyard weed. Whether or not it helps with memory, I don’t know, but I know I won’t be drinking more of it to find out.

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Herbaceous, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Mixed Berry by Arbor Teas
1444 tasting notes

I do like this one but not yet enough to replace my favorite berry black tea so I’m not sure I’ll be buying more. They are just a little too similar to keep both around. I do like this better when made with 6 ounces of water rather than today’s 8 ounces. It’s a good strength for me that way, but today’s is still quite enjoyable.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 9 minutes

A little watered down but still satisfactory.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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It’s a dreary, rainy Monday. This morning’s tea was a good cup but I’m not sure it’s exactly what I wanted today. The bergamot flavor and aroma was really there and it’s a pretty strong cup, but it still wasn’t quite as satisfying as it could have been. I’m sure it’s just me having an off day. I brought an herbal tea to drink later today so maybe that’s what I need.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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78

This tea smells wonderful and reminds me a lot of the coconut chai I already have from Satori Teas. There are large slivers of coconut, pieces of ginger, and whole cardamom pods and peppercorns. There are also pieces of what I think must be cinnamon bark. It just smells so spicy and warm, like a freshly baked loaf of spice cake. I love it.

I added honey and cream so it’s sweet and rich. The tea on its own is good but a little weaker than I normally like it so I think next time I’ll do six ounces of water instead of eight. I’ve been doing that with a lot of my teas lately, and I think I might enjoy this one prepared that way as well.

Second Steep
6 ounces water + 212 degrees + 8 minutes

This second cup is even better than the first. I used less water and steeped a bit longer and it’s just right. After 80 degree days this past week, the weekend has decided it wants to have one last fling with winter so this is nice and warming and perfect for a cooler afternoon. I just finished my second cup and I want another. I think that’s saying something.

Thanks so much to Amariel for letting me try this one!

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Mixed Berry by Arbor Teas
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I’m really enjoying this tea today. It’s sweet and fruity and strong – perfect for this sleepy Friday.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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89
drank Mixed Berry by Arbor Teas
1444 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells mostly of dried fruit, specifically figs. It actually smells a lot like Fig Newtons. I know some people don’t, but I really love fruity black teas. With the strawberry this reminds me of my favorite tea, Strawberry Slender Pu-erh by Teavana. If it tastes similar then I’m buying a ton of it!

The leaves have opened large and the fruit has melted into pockets of puree littered throughout the basket. The aroma is lovely, a slight bit of menthol which fits nicely here. I steeped this a few minutes too long because someone came to my desk before I could take it out. Hopefully this won’t negatively affect the flavor. It smells strong. The flavor is good unsweetened but I love honey and cream in my black teas so I’ll add those here. This is fruity and a little bit tangy. I can taste the strawberries.

Second Steep
6 ounces + 212 degrees + 8 minutes

I wonder what types of black teas are in this blend. I think soon I may do a taste comparison between the basic types of black tea available so that I can differentiate between them and find my favorites. Right now, I couldn’t tell you the difference between two types of black teas. I don’t know what each tastes like on its own.

This second steeping has a nice color to it and still smells a little fruity though I’m guessing it may not taste as fruity as the first go ‘round. I may have put a touch too much honey. It’s very sweet but still very good. I would say that this is definitely worth the time for a second steep. I should mention that the cream I added didn’t really want to mix with the tea in either cup. It didn’t necessarily curdle or get lumpy, but there is some ingredient that must be a little acidic because it didn’t turn out as creamy as I thought it would. Not pleasing to the eye maybe, but certainly still tasty.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Fig, Fruity, Menthol, Strawberry, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1444 tasting notes

I’m having this tonight as an after dinner drink. It’s the perfect dessert.

And it’s gone.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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Another Earl Grey this morning. I’ve been enjoying this for a breakfast tea. Today’s cup tastes strong and full of bergamot flavor. I’m sure at some point I’ll be ready for something new, but for now this one seems like a natural choice for my mornings.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated July 2021.

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