505 Tasting Notes


I’ve been doing it wrong.

I was pleasantly surprised when this fandom blend tasted decent on it’s own- I really wasn’t expecting much. The Mother had a sip from my cup and approved of it too, but requested her’s to be made with steamed milk. Much to my chagrin, this green based chai tastes even better with milk. The vanilla flavour oozes out like honey, blending seamlessly into the smoky spice of the cloves and cinnamon.

I’ve been doing it wrong and now she’s drinking the last of this sample. Darn.

Flavors: Cloves, Coriander, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Vanilla

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

Hahahaha :P

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drank Gen Mai Cha by Silk Road
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Hmm, this has a lot more rice kernels than I previously remembered. This optimizes the roasty trait, but I wish there was more veggie butter in the mix. Although it’s not my favourite genmaicha, it’s still good after a huge dinner. It didn’t mind me flunking the steeping parameters either.. well, not too much.

Also, happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Flavors: Toasted Rice

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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It seems that I’m always making this up for my mother but never drink it myself. If I drank more of it I’d probably eat less- the steamed milk version is as rich and filling as cake! It made a nice dessert after Japanese food. Some days call for indulgence.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Grass

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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How am I already out of this? It hasn’t even been a month.

Did you know Australian Shepherds will direct you into trees or jump right in front of you if you begin to outpace them? I did not. So much for using friends’ dogs as exercise partners (it was a fun “game” though)!

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Aussie! Looking to possibly get one next year. Do you have a dog of your own?


Unfortunately not, but I’ve been lucky enough to have an abundance of friends and relatives who do, however. :)

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This twiggy looking tea has a nice peppery note, which surprisingly stuck around for the second steep. The faint spice mixes into dash of malty hay and the syrupy sweet flavours of honey and overripe stone fruit. This bright orange tea is fitting on this warm autumn day.

Thanks for the sample, Amariel!

Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Honey, Malt, Pepper

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This one smells so good. It was honestly a bright ray of sun shine in a storm cloud herd of black tea (too much black tea!!!!). I’ll probably pick up more of this to try at some point- potato teas are pretty awesome.

Thanks for all these Teavivre samples, Amariel! There are some fantastic teas in this sample pile, but I wish I hadn’t finished off all the green varieties first..

Flavors: Cocoa, Hay, Potato

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A quarter of the way through WoT book thirteen (so close to splurging on tea purchases!), my kobo file went glitchy and I had to switch to my dad’s hardcover edition. It’s the worst development this series has taken so far- this 800 page behemoth has already tried to maim me twice today! Lots of respect for the people who followed this series as it was released, with the hardcover editions.

This smokey sample from Amariel made up for my failings with physical book copies today. I drank about eight cups this evening and now it’s gone. It has some rough elements (smoke, leather, bitter cocoa) , but this tea presents them in a smooth and easily drinkable way.

Flavors: Cocoa, Leather, Malt, Smoke

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

That sucks about your kobo! Hardcovers are so difficult! i could NOT have read the hardcover,, but I was really disappointed they wouldn’t release the ebook utnil 3 months after the hc release. (I would have paid the hc price or equiv to have the ebook at the same time)

carol who

Okay… What’s WoT?


Carol – It’s The Wheel of Time. I haven’t read it yet because it’s an epic series and a huge time commitment, but from everything I’ve heard it’s really good.


It’s definitely a huge time commitment. I’ve taken over a year, with lots of breaks between the slower middle books, to get to the end. It started off as a way to take my mind off ASoIaS, but I’ve come to love the series a lot. It’s going to be so weird finishing WoT..

That’s frustrating about the release dates for the different formats! It’s so nice having a 10000+ page series fully published and transportable on lightweight ebook devices- I feel spoiled XD


I need to re-read that. I was current up to book…8 or something like that and then I decided to wait until the series was finished before making another run at it.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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I’ve been hoarding this pouch of halfway root beer tea since I picked it up almost two years ago. What’s the point of having tea that I never drink?

This is still my favourite blend from 52teas so far, but it rarely journeys out of my cupboard, except for the odd New Year’s or Thanksgiving party. The smooth, buttery root beer gimmick is something I’d imagine becoming tired of, but it’s been nice to have around. I’m torn about picking up more.

Flavors: Butter, Root Beer

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been suffering from the “tea blahs” lately, which I want to blame on the lack of oolong, dragonwell, Potato Pancake, or white teas in my cupboard. However, it’s probably just my mood because I have this amazing black tea to hold me over between purchases! I’ve stared at the Potato Pancake on the website for the last 10 minutes and it’s not getting any easier. PTA, you are so very raisin-like today!

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Raisins

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

OMG I just made another order and I forgot to grab this one again. This has happened every. single. time. Neeext time.

And I totally agree about Potato Pancake. That one needs to be in the cupboard at all times.


I’ve done that before, usually with the Sparrow Tongue. What did you end up picking up?


Not that I should ask you, as it will further motivate me to place an order sooner than I should. :P


So annoying, eh? It’s been two years and I still haven’t tried it due to my own stupidity.

I picked up the new ones, more Lemon French Macaron, and restocked on good ole Potato Pancake. And sent them to my mom’s to motivate me to finish stuff up here before going there to visit haha.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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I’ve progressed to book 11 of 14 WoT!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. and this tea is gone. If you think those exclamation marks are a sign of a diseased mind just you wait until I hit book 14 AND get my refill of With Open Eyes (yes, I’m going to sync these events up somehow).

Goodbye for now, steadfast tea.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Strawberry, Toffee

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

:O A WoT fan?? :O You have good choice in books. After that series you should read Brandon Sanderson books if you haven’t already! :P


I really dig Brandon Sanderson books!


Yes!! Super stoked there’s another fan on here!!!
He’s seriously my favorite author! :D


Woohoo! :D
That sounds like great planning. Also I really need to refresh on books 11-14. I blitzed them when I was on mat leave and I think I was too exhausted to notice all the details.


Elantris was my fave but I also really enjoyed Warbreaker.


I’ve read the Mistborn series and Warbreaker, and really enjoyed both of them. The rest of Sanderson’s books are in queue after WoT :)

I wish I had made up my own Aes Sedai and nobility spread sheet when I started WoT; I also need to refresh myself with details and I’m currently reading them! Ah.. >.>


Ahh yahh!! Another fan! That makes me so ridiculously happy! ^^
Haha well you could do that with The Way of Kings series, that I’m totally blanking on the name of. xD I have trouble remembering everything too in epic series xD

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!


95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..


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