626 Tasting Notes


Can’t go wrong in the morning with a cup of Dragon Well. It’s a mystery to me why I never seem to keep a solid supply of this stuff around the house (and all my friends’ houses).

Flavors: Butter, Roasted nuts, Spinach

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Theoretically I should love the grenadine, raspberry, coconut blend but I suspect rooibos prevents this from being achieved. Or it could be the coconut, which is not an ingredient that likes to sit around in my cupboard for a year. Anyways, it’s not bad; I don’t get much raspberry but definitely taste the grenadine and coconut.

Oh well. Mom doesn’t seem to mind hers with milk.

Flavors: Coconut, Grenadine

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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Lots of leaf in a little pot, rinsed and short steeps (5, 10, etc).

Has anyone here ever smelled or tasted cream of mushroom ice cream? Because I have, and I’m going to vouch that today’s first steep smells just like it. There is a pleasantly rich and sweet umami vibe going on with this shu. Another way to think about it is rice pudding and raisins with essence of mushroom-hay. Yes, mushroom-hay is a thing I just invented today. The finishing note of sweetness gets more jam-like the longer I sip at it.

Anyways, I really like this one. It always turns out savory, earthy, and with a hint of dessert, making this shu filling and well rounded.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Mushrooms, Nuts, Raisins, Rice Pudding, Spices




Cream of mushroom ice cream! Sounds intriguing – did you make it?


I have yet to try making my own ice cream! Cream of Mushroom was sample from La Casa Gelato, in Vancouver- famous for its 518 flavours of ice cream. They have garlic, kimchi, wasabi, balsamic vinegar, etc., plus all the popular ones, depending on what 218 they’re currently selling that day.


Whoaa, that’s a lot of flavours! Cream of mushroom sounds tame compared to some of the others.
I have never made ice cream either – just eat it. ;)

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drank Wedding by Lupicia
626 tasting notes

I know I haven’t had this tea but it feels like I have. Probably something to do with that sour-sweet fruit flavouring Lupicia seems fond of using. Think fuzzy peaches.

It’s a nice tea, but I just don’t find it particularly distinctive.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Peach

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I finished this sample off last night, along with The Everything Box, by Richard Kadrey. The book wishes it were Good Omens, and a few other humorous things, but it’s not. I may now be resistant to the blockbuster and pulpy trends of urban fantasy though, if the Dresden Files run-through earlier this year didn’t set that in stone already. There’s been too much urban fantasy in 2016 and not nearly enough green tea.

The mellow, sweet, and almost creamy notes in this smooth green tea probably deserves better. I’ll have to order more of this and green tea in general when the cupboard is running lower and Canada Post isn’t nearing a strike.

Flavors: Green Beans, Mineral, Peas, Powdered sugar

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Steeped, it smells like banana split but it’s more pear to taste. Despite the convincing flavour, the broth is on the watery, weak side- it’s a tactile thing which adding milk and sugar did not help at all. To sum it up, it’s a surprising yet typical flat Lipton. And the snobbishness takes over.

Thanks OMGsrsly and Anna for passing this along! It’s definitely a fun novelty.

Flavors: Chocolate, Pear

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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Pleine Lune is probably one of the tea’s I was most excited to try from OMGsrsly. Vibrant almonds, marzipan, spices- what’s not to like? Mom agrees and even went so far as saying this is best tea she’s had; up there with her favourite various Pumpkin Chais brands and Red Leaf Matcha Lattes.

It was a tea bag, there was milk and life was good. I’d possibly look into getting more of this, if only for the Happy Mother vibe.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Marzipan, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Happy-making post makes me happy.

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And this beloved tea went out, “not with a bang but with a whimper.”

This is a very sad tea day. Goodbye, my desert island hopeful. You were perfect. Arguably better than bubbly.

Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Floral, Malt, Rose, White Wine

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
626 tasting notes

It came across as generic fruit to me but at least it was green rooibos, which is always a treat.

Oh, well. The search for my true Mango Tea continues.

Flavors: Fruity

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

Word! It’s nearly impossible to find a realistic mango-flavoured tea.

Evol Ving Ness

I like Capital Teas natural mango with black tea base.


I will have to check that out then!

Evol Ving Ness

Capital Tea Ltd. The one in Canada.

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Possibly the most divine thing I’ve smelled in the last few months (mother even called it ambrosia), sniffing the dry leaves in the heated pot made me do a double take on the “raw Puerh” sticker. I don’t know to describe that pre-steep, post-ziplock aroma but it was good. Very good.

The aroma of the 15 second steep isn’t quite as fantastic, but it is pleasantly reminiscent of the grapefruit and cinnamon-like qualities of petunias (that’s what the ones in our garden smell like). The taste is floral, sour, somewhat vegetal, and slightly sweet. My brain is also stuck on cinnamon so I’m getting that too. NOTE later steeps didn’t come out as dynamic, which was disappointing after that amazing first impression.

Now I’m off to steep this to death for the rest of the day (and evening, and potentially tomorrow). It looks like me a Puerh are best friends now, thanks to OMGsrsly.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Flowers, Grapefruit

200 °F / 93 °C

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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.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, rose, vanilla.


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.

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