714 Tasting Notes

drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
714 tasting notes

I ordered this one a while ago, in place of Vanilla Citrus Spice being gone. I’ve learned to steep this one longer than the first time I ever had it, which must be at least a year ago now.

The cinnamon comes through clearly, along with the ginger. It’s a delightful second option to Vanilla Citrus, but ultimately I’d take that one over this, because it seems to have more body with the black tea.

Regardless, I just put in a Verdant order and threw in an ounce of this one, just because. It’s never a bad idea to have a tasty herbal around.

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We have officially open our last bag of this delightful tea. I’ve no idea what will happen when it’s gone. It seems as though this guayusa has ruined me for all other guayusas.

The blackberry and lime is so juicy and delicious together.


I know, what are we going to do without Butiki Guayusa?? panics a little


Ahhh, I know! We must find some sort of replacement. This was a genius idea.

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“Whoo this is an interesting smell. Whoa. I smell bread. It’s unsettling. Like, right when it comes out of the toaster before we put cashew butter. Unsettling. This is bread. It’s fine. It’s fine to drink, but I don’t know about the scent.” – Alexa

In case you guys didn’t know, I really enjoy Soba Cha. Perhaps she wasn’t ready for this type of tea. I made the evidently fatal error of thinking she had tried genmaicha before.

I find this one comforting and delicious. Whenever I get around to another H&S order, this will be part of it.

Thanks for the sample VariaTea!

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For the comparison I’m really getting the stonefruits in this one. Very clearly. I prefer the Tippy.

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We decided to each make a different cup to do a comparison of sorts. I put this one in my cup, and Alexa has Golden Dragon Black, Lot 241.

This one reminds me quite a bit of Bailin. It’s light, yet not, with a malty, nearly light syrupy flavour. The syrupy-ness could almost be a light honey flavour, though I am so picky about my honey flavours. It is definitely tasty though.

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I originally enjoyed Mi Xian from Stacy, but quickly realized it wasn’t my favourite straight black, as far as straight blacks go. I ordered this one anyway, and it is tasty, but again, it isn’t going to become a favourite anytime soon.

It has a crisper flavour profile than the Wild Mountain Black I’m finding. Maybe clearer? That’s difficult to put into words. It doesn’t have the same intensity of honey-like sweetness that I so love. It’s far more subtle, with oats taking a more prominent position.

It is tasty, and I will more than enjoy the wee 25g sample we ordered. I’ll see if, by the end of the sample, I feel the need for more. Perhaps Alexa will love our sample, and it will become what will eventually be an amalgamated cupboard of our teas.

I went off the Steepster steeping parameters for this and the Yuchi WMB last night. I do wish TTC would include steeping parameters on their website.

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whatshesaid wrote such an enticing note for TTC that I decided to order a few black tea samples for Alexa and I. We rescued the teas from the post yesterday and had all intentions of drinking this one last night, but ended up having it tonight instead.

I so wish I still had a wee bit of TWMB to compare, because I think this is it. This is as close as she’s going to get. I must order more. This one has that awesome natural sweetness I so love in my straight black teas. I am thoroughly enjoying this cuppa.

I may now have the TTC website open…

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That’s a good thing to find out. I have been wondering about a TWMB replacement…


Sooooooo gooooood!!

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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I hope I’ll always love this one. It managed to turn around my short-lived repulsion of tea the last few weeks. Though it’s not technically tea, it seemed to do the trick.

I managed to shatter my French press the other day, but finally made it today to pick up a new one. Even so, I brewed this tonight in my regular mug infuser. Silly, silly.

I love the dark chocolate taste, and the more I drink this one, the more the coconut comes through. This one is by far my favourite of all the Crio Brüs I tried, and the one I’ll continue restocking. I picked up the regular size (massive) bag some months ago, and it’s really dwindling quickly. Truly a delightful cuppa.


Are you pregnant!?!? ;)

lol. that’s what happened to me when i got pregnant, i had a very sad tea revulsion period that probably lasted a year or so.


Hahah! Definitely not pregnant. Thank goodness! :P

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drank Bai Hao Yinzhen by beTeas
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whatshesaid sent this to me quite a while ago now and I decided to whip up a cup before settling down to finally study this afternoon.

It’s a lovely white tea. I’m not always in the mood for a straight white, but this one is great today. It’s soft and slightly reminiscent of hay. It’s almost as fuzzy to drink as it appears in dry form. I’ll save the rest for my girl.

Thanks whatshesaid!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I made this one in my teapot tonight for A and I to share. I can never decide whether or not to reorder this one. Sometimes I’m sure I want more, and others I’m sure I can live without it. Decisions, decisions.

It’s tasty tonight in the teapot. I’ll always enjoy the lightness and fresh taste of this one.

Also, we did an order to Taiwan Tea Crafts the other day! Thrilled!


so happy to see your notes in my feed again


Whatsilsaid :)




Thanks guys. I’ll try to be more present hah. And yes, so excited for TTC!

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.



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