81 Tasting Notes

SSTTB Take 3!

Not sure what it is, but something makes my tongue say NOPE! I’ll finish the cup, but this one is not for me. Ick.

Thanks but no thanks.

Bear With Me

Ended up dumping the last 1/3 of the cup. Nope nope nope.


This sounds so promising…


Sil “made” me get it. When I asked for recommendations, she mentioned it. Better as a latte!

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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SSTTB take 2!

This one befuddled me when I opened the box. Hot chocolate powder? Mixed with cacao nibs and cinnamon bark? WTF? And a note very boldly stating NO paper filters? Well then. Tea Frens – HALP! haha

Threw a tablespoon of “leaf” in a steeper basket and let it steep for about 13 minutes (aka the time it took me to shower and shave, haha).

Oh. Em. Gee. Dark chocolate explosion!!!! The cinnamon takes a backseat and offers a bit of a tingle on the tail end of the dark chocolate goodness. Mmmm, reminds me of the chocolate my sister brought me back from her trip to Ecuador a few years ago!

This is actually a fascinating “tea” and I’d be interested in trying some of the other types if it weren’t for the fact that Herbal Infusions is terrible. I wonder if I could find it anywhere else…..?

Thank you SSTTB frens for the chance to try such a unique cuppa!

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate


Ahahaha… :D Yeah, it’s ground cacao nibs, basically.


That does sound tasty. Noms.


This isn’t from HI – it’s from Crio Bru – so you’re in the clear! It’s the cacao shells that are from HI, and I believe Sil (or someone) found an alternate source, since it’s not a blend or anything.

Afro Dj Yak

Do yourself a favor and try the Maya. Oh. Em. Gee as you would say. So good. The cayenne and the cinnamon and the dark chocolate and I’m drinking it and nobody talk to me because my mind is bending!


Oh yeah, this is Crio Bru. The sample packs online are a good deal, and then I’ve found it at Whole Foods, as well as a lot of the more “natural foods” grocery stores here. So good.

Bear With Me

Sweet! I just assumed that all cacao teas were HI, based on what I’ve heard/read. Glad this one isn’t, I need to get my paws on some! haha


The cacao that HI and some other places sell is the shells. This is just ground beans. Pre-chocolate, if you will. :)

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drank Oriental Beauty by Primula
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SSTTB take 1!

I missed out last year due to my busted ankle, so I’m stoked this time ’round!

This is my first blooming tea, and I’m about 3 pots in and it’s finally all the way open and pretty! I need a bigger tea pot….or more people to drink the tea, haha!

I feel like I could have safely used hotter water (not quite boiling, but hotter than my usual 175 for green teas) because even with the 3 steeps being long ones, there’s not really any bitterness. But ho boy is the jasmine punchy! Yum!

Definitely not the highest quality, but it’d be a great one to have on-hand for entertaining purposes because it is so mild, not to mention pretty. I’d pull it out to serve at a wine or fondue night with friends for sure, because I think that even the non-tea people would appreciate it.

Now I REALLY have to pee, hahaha!

Flavors: Jasmine

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m afraid of the dark, and that fear of the dark has led me to be a total insomniac – sleeping the day away and being stuck awake all night. So if I’m going to be up anyways, and since I’m feeling ballstastic, I might as well have some tea.

I absolutely despised DAVIDs Tea’s Mint To Be which was a coconut and mint black blend, so I’m surprised by how much I love Janet’s anniversary blend!

When she showed me this one, Janet joked that her supplier probably took all their leftovers and tossed them in a bag and shook it up then sent it to her, and she may be right! This is such a random blend, all that’s missing is the bloody kitchen sink!

That said, I love how smooth, creamy, and toasty this tea is! The mint is just enough to add a bit of zing, and the almonds and brazil nuts overpower the coconut (I’m not a huge coconut fan) and make for a creamy but toasty cuppa.

It’s random, it’s sweet, it’s nutty, and it packs a punch – it’s Janet in a cup!

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Have you ever felt SO happy but because you had no specific reason to BE happy, your brain pulled a 180 and left you feeling miserable instead? I’m having one of those nights…

I made another trip to Janet’s today. I had to pick up a couple things I promised to send a few people, this included, but I grabbed enough for myself to enjoy too and tonight I’m sure glad I did.

This is a slightly malty black with lovely maple flavour. Not sweet maple like syrup, but unmistakably maple nonetheless. It feels like waffles in a mug and is getting me through this bit of a slump.

I predict another sleepless night. Bah.

Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Maple


Ah that sucks, I’m sorry. I hope you can get those happy-stealing brainweasles out of your head.


“waffles in a mug.” MMMMmmmmm!

Bear With Me

I have some set aside for you vwinsloe :)


You rock!

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I took Amariel down to Janet’s today so she could pick up samples of some of the teas she’d been eyeing up (and I set her up with some healthy sized samples of the rooiboses I already had in stock, in hopes of helping her find a rooibos or two that she actually likes). Of course I was more than happy to take her down there, because really, I can ALWAYS use an excuse to go see Janet ;)

Last time I was in, I’d mentioned the Grapefruit Earl Grey I have from Bayswater, and she was VERY excited that such a tea exists because she LOVES grapefruit, but her suppliers haven’t been able to source grapefruit :( So today I took her a little bag with a few cups’ worth and she was SUPER excited about it!!!!! I’m thinking of getting either my sister or one of my mainland friends to pick up more for me (250g, I think), and giving Janet a full 50g of the grapefruit goodness! She’s always so kind to me, it’s the least I could do!

So, of course, I couldn’t leave empty handed, and as my Visa cried I ended up with more pumpkin pie rooibos (because between me and the lovely people I’ve been sharing it with, I was almost out already), more boysenberry black (because I can see myself drinking a LOT of it in the near future with the way the weather has turned), lemon rooibos, cranberry rooibos, a lovely oolong, and this red goodness.

I’m honestly not a rooibos fan, but Janet does flavoured rooibos right! It tastes like yummy things, not just sticks!!!

A friend of mine picked this one up last time we were in, gave me a bit, and I was instantly addicted. Sweet cherries, a pop of goji berry, and a slight tang from the hibiscus, this is a really refreshing cuppa hot or iced!

I LOVE cherries and cherry flavoured things. I’ve struggled to find a tasty cherry tea since Teaopia went away and took Wild Cherry (a cherry fruit tisane) with it, but this is actually even better! It’s sweet, but the hibiscus cuts the sweetness enough that it doesn’t just coat your mouth like cherry syrup. I almost want to make some double-strength and add soda water and vodka and make my own version of Mike’s Hard Cherry (a vodka cooler available in local liquor stores, and one of my favourite coolers)…

Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Goji, Sweet, Tart


Pumpkin pie rooibos… drools a la Homer Simpson

Bear With Me

hehehe, I have a BIG tin of it now (and it’ll be gone in no time flat, haha)


My BFF, who really hates rooibos, actually said she’d consider drinking it. So that’s pretty high praise!


I’m totally going to have to try her rooibos blends then. :D

Bear With Me

My biggest recommendations are pumpkin pie, rainbow, plum, and bon rouge. The chocolate honeybush is also worth a try. :)


Awesome, I can’t wait to check them out. And it’s so great that she offers those sample sizes too.


I miss Teaopia! Darn you Starbucks… I mean Teavana…

Bear With Me

Her sizes are ridiculously generous, even the “samples” are enough for a good 3+ cups. And for $1 a piece? Hard to beat it.

I miss Teaopia too :( it was infinitely better than Teavana!


I was just there and she told me that you’re lovely, btw. ;)

Bear With Me

Oh Janet <3


It really was loads better! plus I have a sentimental attachment, I friended one of the girls who worked there and she introduced me to the Tea Guild! sighs

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Holy crap, today has been go, go, GO! Finally have a moment to settle down, add a few of my most recent Janet’s finds to the database (and my cupboard), and make a cuppa!

I LOVE Janet, she is a total hoot and I always come out of her shop with way too much tea even if I didn’t actually spend that much money. Seriously, almost 500g total for under $40? Hard to beat that!

So last time I was in, I was curious about two flavoured blacks – boysenberry, and elderberry. She immediately said that elderberry is “shit” (god I love her crass sense of humour) and that boysenberry is infinitely better. Took a sniff of each and she was right! Elderberry had some weird sour/bitter smell to it, and it just wasn’t appealing. But boysenberry? It was like smelling fresh homemade jam! Sweet, fruity, with a nice rich black base. I went home with a 50g bag and I’m already planning to pick up more.

I feel like the base is a Ceylon. It has that richness I love in a good Ceylon, and the liquor is not that dark. The berry just shines through and makes me feel like I’m sipping jam on toast!

I’ve also made this one iced and it’s perfect cold too! I’m contemplating making some popsicles out of it once there’s room in the deep freeze again. It’s currently full of fresh farm raised chickens we got off a friend of mine, haha!

Yep, really like this one, even more than her Blueberry black I had a cup of while shopping!


I am jealous both about the tea, and about the chickens. :)

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Received a sample from Fjellrev a while back, but for various reasons am only getting around to it now.

I don’t get vanilla or cinnamon from this, I actually get bourbon! I love a good bourbon, and the rich base black gives the tea the mouthfeel I like when sipping bourbon.

I’ve had a fustercluck of a weekend, so this is a really comforting cuppa to get me through the day til I have to head back to another insane night of work.

Thanks Fjellrev!

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Such a good way to kickstart these early mornings, especially now that my tastebuds are back to normal! Seriously, what kind of med has a side effect like “rusty metallic taste”?! Yuck! Sooo glad to be done with it.

I got a generous sample of this one from Roswell Strange and I’d been dying to try it once the metallic taste went away. I really like guayusa, and I LOVE a good citrusy tea in the summer, and boy does this deliver!

I’ve had some issues with appetite loss lately, another med side effect, so I’ve been trying to sneak healthy stuff into myself in ways that don’t end in nausea. That’s how I discovered the epicness of chia seeds! I tried a chocolate chia pudding with protein powder, almond milk, and chia seeds, and boy was it tasty! That got me thinking of other things I could do with chia, since it’s so high in protein (4.4g per serving) and it quickly poofs up and gels when added to liquid. So I decided to try adding it to some iced tea as a pseudo bubble tea and OMGYUM!!!!! SO tasty! Perfect texture, and it fits through a normal straw!

So that’s what I had for breakfast. Good Morning Sunshine chia seed bubble tea. yum!

Roswell Strange

Ooh, sounds good!


That’s an awesome idea.

Zopiclone as the worst taste side effect I’ve ever experienced. Bitter and metallic and impossible to rinse out or cover up. Kinda ruins everything you put in your mouth.

Bear With Me

Zopiclone was the culprit and it didn’t even help me sleep! It just made my mouth gross and my mood extra crappy. So uncool


Aww that sucks. :( I find it really helpful for a good night sleep, but that side effect… occasionally worth it, but I really have to consider the balance of a good sleep vs everything tasting awful.

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A pot of this and my Ativan-on-steroids strength meds and I was down for the count last night. Not a restful sleep though, lots of nightmares.

It’s not my favourite tea, but boy does it do a good job at knocking me out!

Now to shower, change, and head back to the youth clinic to see the doctor, tell her the meds aren’t helping the way they’re supposed to, and if she has no other suggestions I’m off to the psychiatric emergency ward. Bah.

Sorry tea frens if I disappear again for a while.


I hope things turn around for you…

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Part of the Heffalumps and Woozles brigade!
I’m a tea addict. Oolong, Pu’ehr, and Lapsang Souchong are my favourites. I share tea with my pony, Java (Competes under the name “Bear With Me”). I’m pretty sure I’m the only person ever to buy matcha JUST for their horse, haha!

I’m on the hunt for the PERFECT peach tea. Something juicy that screams “I am PEACH!” when you take a sip. Ideally a Green, White, Oolong, or Yellow base (I find peach black teas to be too much tannin not enough peachy goodness). Suggestions are appreciated!

Bear with me (haha) while I update my cupboard. I recently did a huge reorganization and my cupboard is no longer accurate.


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