390 Tasting Notes


i received a sample of this from the ever generous angel teavivre a few days ago.

this is an uncommon dragonwell! with a 4 minute steep it packed more punch than many greens. there are hints of a tieguan yin… but also mixed with a fermented aspect of nuts. it also appears to my palate that there is more caffeine in this green than others.

very nice! quite unlike any other green i’ve ever had.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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i just finished the last of this, finally. i am sad to see this go =0(

lovely as a latte, lovely clear… entirely unique, bright and fresh….. hmmm i have 3 14 week classes that have to be accomplished in 7 weeks apiece. (the rationalization begins…..)


Oh god…if I ever get more of this as samples or whatever….you’re getting it all.


i don’t know why i love it so much, lol. bright and bambooey. =0)no BLERGamot.


Go to bed! Lol


yeah- it’s about that time. thinking of you, btw- ordered in some matcha, chucking it into smoothies every day. dropped 12 pounds! =0)


Awesome! Go you!

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this is an interesting blend. i plan to use the last of it in a cold steeping experiment….

very vanilla, with green echoes of tie guan yin…. which always makes me think of lychee… =0)

a nice vanilla green- not outstanding, but i cannot explain why. the separate components are great, together they are less so. hmmm.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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okay 1.5 teaspoons in a new ‘normal’ teacup. 5-6 minute steep….. not melon, full on fig. i’ve been snacking on the fig since the steep….. OMG.


I ADORE THIS…… must buy more. dammit, think i missed your sale too…… sigh. number’s going UP. wow!


Yum. Want!


Oh yum…The name of the tea sounds exotic and delish ;-)


they really did knock the ball out of the park with this one.


Oooh, how intriguing!


i actually have a hard time drinking it- all i want to do is walk around sniffing it. get to the stage where i add water takes me an age, lol.


lol @ Just James ;-)


=0D it’s true!


Ha ha! Funny! It’s kind of like me and with Butiki’s Golden Stars sample I had…they were so pretty to look at. It took me ages to actually brew them.


golden stars? …..oh! now i need to go and look. and seeing as i have’t even heard of that one i bet it doesn’t exist anymore. lol.


This sounds utterly fantastic.


i find american tea room usually has a different approach to blends- i don’t always like them, but i do appreciate the variation. this one is is mind blowing.

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Thanks JJ – we freshly source most of the ingredients for this from our exclusive grower in Morocco – they make some amazing sesame and the dates and figs are the best anywhere.


again, thank you for all your extra work for helping to make this order happen. So much appreciated…. i believe i will be placing an order for this brilliant tea shortly (no intention of waiting as long as i did with tangier, lol)

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i finished off the last bit of this sample i’d been saving for ages from my swap with ifjuly in my new tea cup! well, cupS if you want to be technical.

i was wandering walmart when it occurred to me that although i love the giant size of my teacup (it’s a veritable STEIN) it is narrow at the bottom and has a finish on the inside that seems to invite everything to stick to it. very annoying.

i meandered down the cup aisle and there were tons on clearance! brightly coloured, some that looked very boring on the outside but then had teal glass glazing on the inside all for 2$ (my giant annoying tacky one was 10$). perfect. then my eyes wandered… they were offering whole dish sets (really cool ones) for 40$. i don’t know what’s been going on, but ours have been coming out of the dishwasher broken, have been getting dropped……

so we have a cupboard full of new dishes, lots of new cups too…. all for under 100$ incl. tax? happy day! especially seeing as they don’t look cheap. sorry…. Value Priced. lol. they look really smart. next is cutlery…..

the tea was lovely, i will miss it, but not enough to pay the fortune to buy more. a lovely treat in a fancy cup =0).

thanks so much ifjuly!

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
390 tasting notes

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thank you so much MissB for passing this sample my way!

i’ve had it kicking around since our last swap, saving it for a night when i wanted solid sleep… tonight’s the night!

very coconut, an odd cheesecake flavour thought definitely there. no metallic taste for me… but what i would describe as a ‘curl’ from the honeybush. i think this is a very nice blend! quite graceful, comforting.

thank you MissB, so kind for sharing. lovely indeed.

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my second tea from whispering pines! and i had no idea that breaking into it tonight would come along with another celebration as i sipped…..

i hate waiting for grades; classes are done- I WANT MY MARKS! …..please. but profs get busy, sadly it isn’t a immediate thing. i was just starting into this chocolatey assam-esque tea when the message came that the final grade for the class that had me working my butt off all semester had been posted.

i could see the grades, but the student numbers had been scrambled! i was supposed to write for a code…… was i getting extra marks for this? gimmethecodegimmethecodegimmethecode.

there was a lone 87.3. highest in the class by 6%. mine. Mine. MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there were two others that were close, just a hair under 1% off. my team was 3……. this was us, i was sure. that 87.3 was MINE. i took a real beating this semester….it’s a long story. short story? that number was MINE.


-check email…. wasn’t there yet. sip tea.
-sip tea
-the code was in…..

second time with this prof…. highest mark in the class. he isn’t easy. he poked fun at me this semester about having no life! but he sent me a beautiful letter of congratulations….

this is an excellent celebratory tea. not malty to me, which suits me fine. a dark chocolate assam. lovely and rich…. i used some turbinado sugar and a bit of cream. i don’t miss dessert! very nice.

just waiting for one more grade =0)

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

James, what wonderful news! Many congrats! So well deserved!


=0))) thank you… you know when it’s over, but it doesn’t feel over? as the grades come in i’m starting to feel it. whew!


Congratulations! and this sounds likes an awesome tea moment :)


it was an excellent tea moment…. had it been coffee i’d have needed someone to peel me off the ceiling, lol.


Congrats!!! Im sure you are going to remember that guy.


That’s wonderful – congratulations!




i believe this prof is the one i’ll be mentoring with for my phd. i’ve asked and he’s already agreed. you know when you meet someone that you would genuinely like to be at the end of it all?

thank you for the congratulations! sorry i’ve been so absent lately!


This is the one I selected for the contest.


which contest?


Whispering Pines Butiki combo contest…they were supposed to announce a winner on the 15th, but I have not seen anything about the winner yet.


man…. i really need to come up for air when i’m studying.


I would have missed this too, only I saw something in my FB feed, I think from Cavo about it…

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I am beginning to think i need to consider getting legal advice regarding a tea power of attorney….TPOA…. why? so that when i buy a ridiculous amount of an incredible tea (such as maybe .5 oz which equals 3 of my big tea cups) stacy can laugh at me, up the amount, charge me the extra and simply scrawl across the bottom of the invoice ‘because i knew better’.

dammit. 2 cups left.

lemon. madeleines. lemon curd, but with virtually no acidity. very smooth, naturally sweet. perfectly balanced.

as previously stated- dammit!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
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Hahaha :)


Oh my god. I need to order some soon. It is on my planned order, but I might have to hurry it up. :P


i would advise more than .5 of an ounce. also zero no scent of flowers before you wonder.


Thanks James. I’m partly waiting to order because my last order with Nutmeg Cream and Champagne Cider has a sample of Hello Sweetie. And while I have no doubt I’ll love it, it means I may need to tweak my order to include some. But also, I may be going in with CrowKettle for a larger order to get free shipping.


This is such a lovely tea

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