510 Tasting Notes


As I drank this, I kept thinking, gee this really reminds me of something. what is it? And for some reason I didn’t realize that this was lemon flavored. I’m so used to orange in teas that I forgot about lemons! Well, now that I read the description, it seems obvious. duh. It tastes like those really big vegan cookies, the lemon flavor (the only flavor of those that I like). Despite how much I like that cookie, I’m not sure how I feel about it in a tea. It’s a bit weird. . . like soggy cookie.

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LOL soggy cookie

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You’d think by now I’d stop buying non-roasty dark oolongs. I generally don’t like them. But sometimes I just can’t turn down a catchy name.

This one has the familiar heavy apricot or honey sweetness that I dislike, but with the addition of a nutty undertone.

I’m not rating this one because the problem here is me, not the tea :p

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This green is more sweet the vegetal, but different than other “sweet” greens that I’ve had. I can’t quite explain the difference though. I steeped it according to directions with 160F water for 3 min. There’s a very tiny hint of bitterness, but not bad.

It’s an OK green tea, but I prefer a serious vegetal soup most of the time. I have room for some exceptions for sake of variety, but this one doesn’t quite make the cut.

160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Nothing new to see here, just relocating the note that was hanging out with the non 2.0 version.

I was distracted while preparing this tea and I didn’t use the recommended 170F water. Oh well. It still smelled delicious! I went all out and ate Keebler rainbow cookies with it and got their crumbs all in the tea. . .hey its my birthday!, I’ll do what I want :D (being healthy is not on my list of things to do ;) )

despite the too-hot water and the Keebler additions, this is an enjoyable cup of tea. It’s a little tiny bit bitter, which Im sure is the water’s fault. I’ll do it right next time, I promise. I’ll be finishing this bag off myself, but I think that the Pumpkin Creme Brulee will be my prefered choice next time I order. I like the spiciness of it more than the creaminess of this one, but it’s a close competition.


happy birthday!!!


Happy Birthday :) Hope you have a wonderful day!


silly people. . .thats what the “nothing new” comment was for. but im all for a second bday if you wanna send presents! lol The post was originally in the pumpkin milkshake (not 2.0) section and my bday was last month :D

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A sad, very sad fate for this tea. It was my go-to tea when all else didn’t suit me. But, alas, something was amiss with the most recent batch. I tried to pretend that i still enjoyed it, but I couldn’t keep up the act. I threw the rest away. :( I will mourn its parting for a long time. I’m removing the rating for now b/c I don’t know if this is a temporary problem or if future batches will be the same. I’m going to reorder after a season or two, hoping that it will be from a new and better crop.

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I’m not getting the caramel or malty notes so much. I used boiling water (I was hesitant about doing that for a white tea though!) and I used two teaspoon, but a bit more than 8oz of water.

It tastes like a delicate darjeeling with some of the hey notes expected of a white hanging out in the distant background. I don’t much care for darjeelings, but the similar characteristics here aren’t too intense to scare me away.

I would happily enjoy another cup, but it probably won’t be a repurchase.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Oh man, look at the time! I brewed this tea hours ago, intending to write a note as soon as I sat down, but got hyper focused on editing my paper draft. I didn’t even plan to finish with that before I practiced piano for a while, but when I get focused, there’s no stopping till the end. And I made it too the end! Despite my disappointment in the hour, I am relieved to be done with it!

And this tea, such a wonderful partner it was while I worked. I was worried that it would be like the grape oolong, which was waaaay to floral for my tastes. This is just the right amount of floral and with a hint of strawberry. I <3 it!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I miss Butiki’s peach oolong. My favorite!

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I meant to try this tea again with different preparation and BrewTEAlly Sweet’s note reminded me. I took her suggestion for milk and sugar (rock sugar). It’s sooo much better this way. Sorry BrewTEALLy, I almost had it in mind to send you the rest of mine b/c I didn’t think I’d be drinking much of it. :p

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Ha ha no worries:) I’m glad you enjoy it now! I’m glad to help:) I will have to order some when I get a chance :)


might have to indulge in this one…. i love creamsicles, and guayasa and i don’t get on. any other recommendations from this vendor?


the mountain mint chocolate is pretty good. My note for it might have hyped it up a bit more than it deserves b/c it is a miracle that I like any flavored puerh tea, but its still a good one to try :)


oh, but are you in canada? I cant remember where everyone is. I don’t know if they have international shipping. My mother bought these teas from their brick and mortar store. I was surprised to find that they even have a website.


yup, i’m up in canada =0)

no worries… often a phone call fixes things, serious vendors make exceptions for international callers usually.

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I got this sample with my recent order. I was afraid to try another fig tea after the one that tasted like a stinky shoe, but I did it anyway. Good news is, it doesn’t like a stinky shoe, but I don’t like it. Not because of lack of flavor as some of you note, but because I don’t like the flavor. I guess i just don’t like fig tea. I feel like it could use more spice or more cranberry (for some tartness). It’s a muddy unpleasant flat flavor to me.

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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When I first took a sip of this, I thought I accidentally took the cup of tea that I had brewed for my husband (a hibiscus blend). But, nope. This tea just tastes very much like hibiscus. But fear not hibiscus-haters! It is a very mellow tart-free hibiscus flavor. I suppose it is supposed to be plum, really. The spices are not particularly strong.

Not a bad cup of tea, really, but I don’t know about repurchasing since I prefer not to have a lot of sugary teas in my cupboard. Especially since this tea doesn’t taste sugary, but i can see the sugar pieces in it. If I’m going to have sweets, they had better at least taste like sweets :D

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Thanks for reviewing! I’ve been making DTT mock orders every couple days but keep chickening out since no one has been reviewing the new ones.


I always check for reviews before buying, but sometimes I feel brave. . .or impulsive :)


Sometimes you have to be. :)


and yo, those sample packs?!?!? they are like the most fun ever! sometimes i just close my eyes and pick hah!


I’m not that brave :)

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).





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