175 Tasting Notes

Grabbed a mug of this while waiting for the preschooler to dress. From the sounds of toys hitting the floor upstairs, I don’t think that is going to happen. But hopefully the mug will fortify me for the trip to the market. This tea was a gift but it’s not for me. Maybe the market will have something to replace it in my shelves.

The package said to use boiled water and steep for 4. As with others in the sampler box, the tea bags have fine ground leaves in them. From past experience with this one, I steeped for 3 minutes at 175. I don’t have much favorable to say about this one. There is a mint aftertaste but also a flavor that reminds me of dust. I’m reminded of chewing on wintermint while hiking in the forest. Sadly not a winner but hopefully my afternoon tea will make up for it!

Flavors: Dirt, Dust, Mint

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
175 tasting notes

A friend brought me a most generous T2 package from her trip to Australia this winter. I’ve tried some of the teas in the sampler she gave me but definitely not all. Super excited to try them.
I had the Melbourne Breakfast this morning pre-breakfast. I’m generally haven’t cared much for the English Breakfast teas, so I went into this mug with some hesitancy. Steeped the pyramid in boiled water for 2-3 minutes. I really like this one. The vanilla adds a sweetness but not overly so. I’m reminded of a sugar ice cream cone or waffle cone. I could see this one being a favorite for me.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Vanilla

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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2022 Bird & Blend Advent calendar Day #7

This is light and fragrant. I like the spiciness at the end. It’s just enough to warm the throat. I didn’t add anything to it. It has a creamy taste already so no need for additional milk. I get ginger and chili and possibly some cardamom.

Flavors: Cardamom, Chili, Creamy, Ginger

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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2022 Bird & Blend Advent calendar Day #3

I’m a rhubarb fan. So I had high hopes for this one and I think it hit the mark. It reminds me of cooked down rhubarb. I think the rooibos is definitely a good base for the rhubarb and cuts down the sour taste. It’s creamy, not super tart. I would say it’s my favorite rooibos so far.

Flavors: Creamy, Rhubarb, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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“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!

Jen vB

Tea and reading seems to go hand in hand. :-)

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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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