1015 Tasting Notes

drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

This tea is totally cocoa roasted and amazing – as always.

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I haven’t been drinking much tea lately… but I think I’m about to get back into it. I woke up craving a black tea this morning. After carefully considering my options in my cupboard, I decided to give this one a try. This is a nice red-brown amber liquid that has just a little bite, a little smoke, and a tad of sweetness. The fact that I’m enjoying it so much gives me hope that I haven’t completely grown tired of tea, maybe I just needed a break to really appreciate all the nuances again.


I know exactly what you mean about taking a break. It’s fun to come back after a break with renewed enthusiasm.

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Ooh, this I like! I’m not usually too big on green oolongs and I don’t think I’ve had a Four Season oolong before – but this is so good! Light, but flavorful – slightly floral and very creamy. The texture almost reminds me of a milk oolong I’ve had before. Looking forward to several steeps and having this possibly show up on my shopping list.

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I’m not sure I’ve had a Dong Ding before… but I was a bit wary of this one for some reason. I like dark oolongs but many times they smell a lot better than they taste for me. This one isn’t half bad. I’m liking it – there is a roasty coffee taste through the middle of the sip that I’m liking. I’m not getting any grape or coconut, but perhaps they will come out in subsequent steeps. As it is, this is good enough to steep at least one more time. Not sure that its a tea I can’t live without, but its nice.

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This was a very generous sample from KittyLovesTea – Thanks!!

I didn’t have very high hopes for this, but it isn’t half bad as an accompaniment to an evening of Netflix.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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My 1,000th tasting note and the beginning of my Harry Potter marathon. I found the movies for $2 each at a Black Friday sale :)

This tea is great, as always!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I mixed this up in a giant mug with a little hot water, a bit of sugar, and milk. Pretty good, though I should have used a whisk – its a bit clumpy at the bottom. Still tasty. Hopefully this will help get me out of my tea funk. I’ve been drinking tea lately, but nothing is really tasting that great to me. Maybe a Black Friday order needs to be planned – maybe I just need some new flavors to rotate…

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
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Starting my day with this cup of roasty, toasty deliciousness! I’m glad this tea is very reasonably priced because I’m going through my tin at an alarming rate. Really nice and full-bodied, no additions needed.

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A longer than normal steep time and a good shake of the bag tonight resulted in the pumpkin coming to the party! I’m sipping on a delicious, rich gingered pumpkin cheesecake tea that is a great accompaniment to my Hulu marathon.


May I add – a Hulu marathon of random things…Grimm, Once Upon a Time, etc.

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drank Palace Breakfast by Tea Palace
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I found a little bit of this tea tucked in the back of my cupboard and it is turning out to be a delightful morning tea. There is a fair amount of malt and heft which I love in a breakfast blend, but there is also a fair amount of astringency – even after adding milk. Hmmm, its good, but I like some of my other breakfast teas better.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap



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