732 Tasting Notes

This one came in my Herbal Infusions order today.

The scent is pretty awesome. Warm creamiscle. I have to say the taste is more orange than cream. I wish there was more of a cream aspect to it because I adore creamy teas. My package of this specially says “Orange Lapacho/Vanilla”, but I’m not so sure I’m getting vanilla. I’ll update as I sip away.

On the upside, this lapacho type of tea is great! When I saw a comparison to rooibos/honeybush I was slightly concerned since I generally don’t play nicely with those, but there’s no bizarre medicinal taste here. Yay, lapacho!

P.S. Maybe orange is the flavour that works with these teas that I can get on board with? I loved L’Autome with orange and rooibos, and I’m enjoying this one with orange and lapacho. Hmm.


Ooh, I’ve never heard of lapacho, but I have the same issue with the medicinal quality of rooibos, so I should try it out!


i vaguely recall there being some sort of “don’t drink too much of this” thing regarding lapacho… but it’s totally worth it to me for the delicious orange cream taste… now to find a truly orange and cream sort of tea…since the vanilla seems to have poofed from this one


Haha yes. I started Googling it last night and found that out for myself.


Did you check out the link I sent? It has vanilla!


yes i did! you’re trying to make me buy tea! I think you might be a woozle…



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This smells exactly like banana medicine. The best scent in the world. And one of the best tastes. OMG. Even if this one doesn’t taste to my liking, there’s a very good chance I’ll buy it just to keep around to huff occasionally all the time.

Thanks Sil for adding this delightfully scented treat to our swap. :)

I warmed milk in the microwave (thanks to Stephanie for this tip), then proceeded to dump in 1.2 tsp. of matcha and use my frother (and thanks to a tasting note from someone I can’t recall eep, for reminding me I have one of these bad boys) to mix it up. Probably not the best matcha protocol, but there you have it.

The scent is intoxicating. Intoxicating. More to come on the taste!

Ahh yes. Banana creamy milk. I’m tempted to use more matcha next time. I poured about half my mug full of milk and the flavour is definitely there, but it couldn’t hurt to try and coax a stronger banana-ness.

This one was distinctive flavouring.


This sounds amazing, and may be the only thing that convinces me to delv into the world of matcha!!


LOL i think you could get away with robust with this one as long as you enjoy that sort of smell :)

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drank Coco Chai by Tealux
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I’m not so sure about this one. There’s a familiar scent here that I can’t place – but it’s neither coconut nor chai. I’m not huge on chai teas as it is, but Zhena’s coconut chai is pretty tasty.

There is coconut here, though the taste is pretty subtle. I can’t really say I get a lot of chai flavour at all. Not a bad tea, but not coconut chai. Perhaps a different name is in order.

I finally found a government report on fisheries and bycatch! Now I need to find the follow-up report that was supposedly released in 2011 to really make way on my data research.

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This was another sample sent in my Butiki order.

This one is similar to the Irish Breakfast from the other day, but yes, it’s maltier. They’re both wonderful black teas that can really wake a person up.

Flavors: Malt

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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I woke up bright and early this morning, so we went for breaky at Cora’s, and after gorging myself, only a few teas were options for a full stomach.

This one is light and airy. The colour of the water barely changes. The pine taste is growing on me more and more. I’m not sure I’ll keep this one around permanently, but I could see re-ordering it occasionally.

I’m back to researching today. The sheer data amount is still overwhelming, even after narrowing it down geographically.

Flavors: Pine


I’ve been meaning to try this one… maybe this week!


I was a bit wary, but I’m happy I ended up trying it. :)

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I’ve never ordered this one myself, but jessiwrites sends me some occasionally. I don’t think I love it enough to order it myself, but yet I thoroughly enjoy it the rare times I do drink it. It really does embody a strawberry cupcake with a nice black base.

Now I’m sipping this while making turkey burgers and potato salad for dinner. A nice break from my day of research. :)

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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This one was sent my way by Stephanie :)

This one seems quite similar to Coconut Oolong from David’s. Though I generally prefer darker oolongs, so perhaps someone with more of a palate for green oolongs would say differently.

It’s green oolong-y, it’s coconutty. Overall a tasty tea.

I’ve been researching fisheries and bycatch all day, and I am almost overwhelmed with the data I’ve found. There’s too much! Well, there’s too much to wade through to find what I need to find.

Flavors: Coconut

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

Fisheries…interesting :)

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drank Irish Breakfast by Butiki Teas
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This one I snagged from the Shadowfall stash sale.

It’s bold and perfectly Irish Breakfast. A nice morning wake-me-up.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Cream Irish Breakfast by Tealux
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Having this one again this morning. I am really liking this tea! I’ve been a bit disappointed in the other Tealux teas I ordered, but this one is truly delightful. A wonderful tea to start the day.

I’m determined to be über productive today. I need to get caught up on my research, and I’m already settled into a bit of a nest with the marine life database open.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This was in my most recent S&V order. I find they do dessert teas so well, though granted I also tire of them quicker than other teas. But while I enjoy them, they are delightful.

The scent is predominantly chocolate and black tea. In my initial sip I’m getting some caramel flavour with some chocolate in the background. The chocolate is more towards the end of the sip. With each sip the chocolate seems to become more obvious and melds with the caramel well. I think I’ll try this at a lower temperature next time to see if it coaxes a bit more flavour out.

J asked me to make some tea, and since it’s Saturday night and anything goes (AKA teas with caffeine), he also got a cup of this. He generally only drinks Lemon Chiffon, so we shall see what he thinks.

I’ve also decided to hunt for a great maple tea. I’m open to suggestions. :)

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Have you tried Steam’s Canadian Maple Seduction…? I feel like such a pusher, but it’s SO maple. Think boiled maple candy.


I haven’t! I’ll add it to my wishlist. :)


Was it you who was going to come to Vancouver this summer? If not, I could always send you some, nothing expected in return. :)


I do come out there in the summer! Were you interested in doing a small swap though?


Ohh, I don’t need any more tea. :D But I’ll happily send you a couple things. :)


Haha well, maybe we could do a rain check situation where I can try some of the maple tea and in the future you can request something. :)

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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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