1798 Tasting Notes

drank Tension Tamer by Celestial Seasonings
1798 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of herbals, or Celestial Seasonings really, but I actually quite liked this one! It was a nice cup for the evening, though I can’t say it was particularly relaxing as the name suggests.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Mint

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

Back in my baby-tea days, this was the tea that got me into tea. I still tend to keep a box of it around.

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Quarantine life isn’t much different from everyday life as far as my schedule goes, but I do enjoy working from home. A silver lining in all of this uncertainty. Today is a beautiful day so I have windows and doors open to the back porch, and there are lizards on the sill and bees buzzing around our blueberry bushes. We are truly fortunate to be safe and well at home.

Much like Shanie O Maniac, I find myself lacking the motivation to drink tea lately, though I’m surrounded by it and am working right near the kitchen. I felt determined today to have at least one cup so I pulled this, my final tea from Plum Deluxe, from the bin under our tea cabinet. Yes, we are in overflow.

I’m so grateful to companies like Plum Deluxe who make such an effort to share and introduce us to their teas. They could have done many other things, or nothing at all, but they sent three full-size pouches of tea plus a sample for me to try. This is my last of the bunch.

I’m not sure if this is a chocolate tea, but I taste chocolate. It reminds me of one of those hazelnut-flavored coffees, though I don’t actually taste hazelnut. That’s just the most common nutty flavor I think of when I think flavored coffee. And it is nutty, especially as it cools, but it’s not specifically pecan. I really think coffee drinkers would love this. It’s deep and dark and quite flavorful.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty

Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Housewarming by Plum Deluxe
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When I first received this tea from Plum Deluxe, I had to check the description on their website to see what the flavors are. It smelled so familiar but I couldn’t put my finger on it. It’s listed as a vanilla creme brulee tea, which sounds amazing, and vanilla I could see but I wasn’t getting any creme brulee vibes. Even after having a cup, I still don’t think I experienced creme brulee. Not exactly, anyway.

But oh my goodness, what I did experience was magic. Don’t laugh. This is going to sound pretty ridiculous to most grown-ups – and maybe it’s just nostalgia talking here – but this tea smells and tastes just like Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts. My favorite Pop-Tarts growing up. Maybe even my favorite Pop-Tarts of all time. My brother and I, we would pop them in the microwave for just a few second longer than we reasonably should have, so that the inside was lava-hot and oozing and the crust was bordering on burnt but not and eat them while they were burn-your-fingers (and mouth and tongue and cheeks) hot. I remember like yesterday the chocolate dripping down the corners of my mouth, a molten river of bliss burning down down down.

So like I said, maybe it’s nostalgia, but this tea took me back and I loved every last drop of it. I tasted vanilla and chocolate and even the pastry with its sweet, burnt edges. Maybe that’s the creme brulee I thought I was missing. This, to me, is a true dessert tea. I love a good vanilla tea, but this surprised me and gave me much more than I was expecting.

Many many thanks to Plum Deluxe for reminding me of a happy memory from my childhood and gifting me a tea that truly put a smile on my face.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Chocolate, Pastries, Vanilla

8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog from March 11th:

Disappointed in this one, since it smelled so good before steeping. Now it’s bitter. I get the chai spice flavors but there is something hovering over it. It’s tangy or something, I don’t know.

It’s getting better as it cools, thank goodness.

Flavors: Bitter, Clove, Fruity, Spices, Tangy

7 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Outlaw by August Uncommon Tea
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A generous and unexpected gift from amandastory516.

Bursting with cherry right from the bag. More cough drop on the back end. Once steeped, the smoke from the Lapsang comes thru. Not overpoweringly so. Is overpoweringly a word? The cherry has also become more subtle. Not so Punch You In The Face.

PS – I’ve gotten so lazy with my notes lately. And my tea drinking to think of it. I’m home, sitting mere inches from the tea cabinet and this is the first cup I’ve had in a week. What’s going on here???

Group share – Favorite comfort tea to get you through a global crisis? Which ones were you saving that you’re drinking now?

Flavors: Cherry, Medicinal, Smoke

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

I’ve been drinking a lot of chai lately. I’m considering breaking out some of my really nice Taiwanese oolong, but am worried that I won’t be able to get/afford more. :(

Shanie O Maniac

I’ve been drinking… coffee. (GASP) I know! I KNOW! Take away my login! But I have found that in all the tea I was drinking, I shut off my caffeine response to anything less than coffee, and with things the way they are, I have an overpowering desire to sleep constantly, so I need the coffee to keep me awake.

But when I do go for the tea, I’ve been going pretty indiscriminately thorough my untrieds. I have a bunch of untrieds, plus a whole pack from derk to get through! So I’ve been prioritizing brewing them before any old favorites. Those old favorites are for relaxing. Right now? I crave STIMULATION!


I should be drinking some chai before it gets warmer. Then I always have the Earls. I have plenty of new teas left to try, but I’d definitely like to revisit some favorites. I almost finished my Butiki Smokey banana today, maybe tomorrow.


You know, I haven’t had nearly as much chai this winter as I normally do. And I do love chai. It’s warm here in Alabama lately, so I’m craving some fruity things. Still black teas, but the bright ones.

Leafhopper, I’m still saving some of my favorites too. Though I keep telling myself – if not now, then when? It seems we could all use some extra comfort in these unsettling days.

Shanie O Maniac, I’m not judging!! I enjoy the taste of coffee, but the caffeine is too much for me. Black teas can have that same effect for me sometimes, but it’s not quite so strong. I do like a good decaf cup sometimes, just for the taste. And I’m the opposite right now – I’m so high strung lately, I feel like I need to be drinking all the relaxing teas! We are all reacting to this differently, no doubt.

tea-sipper, Earl Greys are some of my very favorites. The first tea I drank (as an adult) was Twinings Earl Grey and I’ll always go back to it. I’ve been picky with my EGs lately though for some reason. They just aren’t hitting the spot like they normally do. Maybe I’m just in a different season at the moment. But I know they’ll always be there. So mad at myself that I didn’t start drinking tea until after Butiki closed! I love hearing about all the fun flavors they had from you guys.

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I really hope this tastes like cake and jam. Fingers crossed!

I’m not tasting cake or walnuts or apricots or preserves. But it’s tasty even so.

195 °F / 90 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
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This is a favorite at home but I actually haven’t tried it yet. It smells like bergamot but I haven’t looked up the other flavors yet. Good without milk/cream.

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity

195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate & Strawberry Puer by Lupicia
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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lots of popped rice in this one! Fun! Toasty as soon as it hits the water but now I’ve lost the maple aroma that dominates the dry blend. I don’t taste marshmallow or maple. Bummer.

Flavors: Maple, Toasty

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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 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.

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
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.

50-69: 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.

70-79: 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 May 2022.


Alabaster, Alabama



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