506 Tasting Notes

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

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.

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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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In previous notes for this tea, I commented on its sweetness and lack of hay flavor. The current batch that I just opened today tastes different. There are definitely hay notes this time and I cannot find that apricot.

I’m not changing my rating, however, b/c I had more than one batch previously that was superb (so this isn’t a case of the way-to-numerous teas that I dislike after the second or third cup, and anyway I don’t dislike the current cup, it’s just more basic-white flavored)

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Bonnie I’m glad you like this. I unfortunately can’t drink their tea’s until they list all the ingredients. I’ve told them that people with allergies have to know and they don’t even list everything online. Hope they change their advertising.

yeah, that is annoying that they won’t do that. I ordered from them originally because of the donation they send to cancer wellness/research. You’d think the company of a cancer survivor would especially be detailed about ingredient lists.

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Another tea from my sampler cube. Smells good out of the package. Brewed up smelling artificial/generic. Tastes better than it smells. I can hardly detect the oolong base. Not a bad cup of tea, but probably not a reorder.

Yes, I included a collection of sentence fragments in this review. What are you going to do about it? ;)


The grammar police have been alerted. Hopefully, it will divert attention from others (read me) ;)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
506 tasting notes

I got one of the sampler cubes full of tea sachets from H&S. There are a few in there that I definitely won’t try and have given them away already.

This one, I was afraid to try, not wanting to crash another trendy-tea party. But, I did it anyway. And, as usual, this über-popular blend does not suit me. I dunno, maybe it’s the bergamot. If there wasn’t bergamot in it, I’d say it was the caramel, but as it is, the caramel isn’t causing any trouble as it often does for me.

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I used the last of my sample from staphanie with a greater leaf-to-water ratio. I had just under two teaspoons and I used exactly 8oz of water. I remembered to rinse first this time and then i steeped the leaves for 4 1/2 minutes, trying to bring out some of those dark and chocolate notes everyone else gets.

But bleh. It taste like rotten green beans this time. Strange though that I get very little aroma from this puerh.

Apparently, I was not ready for the “full power of the dark side” according to the description :p

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LOL to each her own, I guess :)

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Graduate Student and 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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