380 Tasting Notes

drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
380 tasting notes

chocolate, orange, puerh…. these are a few of my favourite things! this creation was very well balanced, with the individual elements blending so that they become a tapestry while still retaining their private presences.

rich, but not overpowering. nicely done.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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i have an appreciation for art. a tea that blooms after a hand tying, that began as a flower and evolves into a peach… that is a description of art. also of effort. the question becomes, is this artistic creation worthy of its exorbitant price?
the peach is delicate, as are the jasmine and chrysanthemum…. but the price made me wonder: do i love this tea? no. not enough for what i paid, and i am a huge white tea and jasmine fan. yes, i understand that white teas can only be harvested 2 days a year, thus a premium price can be exacted… still, i do not love this tea.
i have other blooming teas, green versus white, that had a taste just as subtle and developped into a wild cup of colourful blooms.
not a bad tea, also no where near my top 10.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
380 tasting notes

an interesting tea with an interesting name.

orange and cloves, an inherant sweetness so that it can be taken clear with no regret. i am uncertain as to what name i would have named this little work of art, but the work ‘chai’ likely would have worked its way into the title most likely. not a trace of anise… an excellent tea despite the inaccurate name.

195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Zen by Tazo
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since converting to loose leaf tea it is a rare thing that i drink tea steeped from tea bags anymore, but this tea is the exception. tazo can be a bit hit or miss… their earl grey does not have my loyalty, but this unexpected modern asian fusion is quite brilliant.

this tea has lemon, mint and green tea as the chief tonal contributers, and somehow it all works very well.

i add sugar and nothing else. the bags also make a very nice second and third cup, so it’s money well spent.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
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a good chai is my personal delight. this is a clear and brilliant chai, naturally sweet and perfectly blended with teavana’s maharaja chai. ginger, papaya, mate to give you a jolt in the AM….. brilliant.

185 °F / 85 °C

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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i have been drinking earl gray since i was a child with my grandmother: always nice with cream and sugar, but never without. every time i drank it clear i was disappointed. obviously there was a problem here i needed to diagnose. the verdict? i do not like bergamot.

the earl’s garden is low in bergamot, high in natural sweetness with the berries and awesome with or without cream and sugar. i now consider myself fully coverted!

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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tea can be a funny thing; the ingredients can read as sublime, the smell can transpose the suggestion on the tongue that may or may not reach its potential. this tea has all the things i love: oranges, vanilla, marigold, vanilla. my nose loves it, i love the ingredient list….but sadly, once the water is added all that registers is ‘something is overwhelmingly out of balance’.
i did want it to be a favourite.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Azteca Fire Herbal by Teavana
380 tasting notes

must admit, i had my doubts when i was presented with the idea of jazzing up my ritual pu erh with with this chocolate, raspberry and chilli pepper herbal blend. however, i can hardly imagine not having it at my fingertips now!

the chocolate and chilli are complimentary and well balanced. the raspberry is a quiet note that adds an elegant but not over powering fruit taste.

this tea receives a very favourable review from me, which i don’t give easily.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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this is one of my all time favourites teas anywhere. i fell in love at first smell in the hillside location of David’s Teas as a result of Emily’s savvy suggestion. there are lots of almond teas out there, but i have never had one that so fully embodies an enticing marzipan flavour.

let me be clear: the flavour is well rounded and comforting, not overwhelming. in my opinion it is perfectly balanced and brilliantly creamy, regardless of whether you mix it with cream or have it clear.

this is a truly beautiful blend, and a lovely way to settle down before bed.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.


Victoria, BC

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