376 Tasting Notes

hmmm. this one was an odd mix for me. a light, sweet, SMOKEY, green. an interesting experience, although a strange one for me.

thank you to MissB! not my thing, but how could i have known that without trying? =0)

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Somehow I just can’t picture smoke and cream together!


it was a bit…. unusual, lol.


I’ll bet haha

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drank BlueChai's Blue Tea by BlueChai
376 tasting notes

i think this tea is at half mast for me.

the name, ‘blue chai’, with it having no spices let me down.
the dry smell was very mild.
the colour was striking! haven’t checked…. but i think my teeth may be blue, lol.
taste: peppery on the back of the tongue, strongly legume.

the artist in me loves the colour, but i do not know that i like the tea.
……… i have the strangest inclination the steep up the rest and do some watercolour painting.

not the right match for me.

still, thank you blue chai for the opportunity! what a beautiful colour!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
376 tasting notes

this sample came to me courtesy of MissB.

i found this to be a really striking tea! this was ferarro rocher minus the chocolate. creamy with a freshly ground hazelnut taste. i added a half tsp of agave and a drop of cream. at 4 mins i ALMOST steeped too long— it was nearly overpowering. this blend really was a pleasure.

at some point someone told me adagio was rather hit or miss. i haven’t had enough of their blends to confirm or deny— but i will say based on the tardis blend, reichenbach remedy and hazelnut that i will be investing with them in future.

away i go~ i got a polite email from my prof asking ‘did you deliberately skip the last 1/4 of your exam or would you like to come in wednesday?’ sigh. what can you do but laugh and be grateful for an awesome prof?

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Oh, that’s so awesome of your prof! Fingers crossed for you! (When is your reading break? Do you get one? Will you be busy with school and work, or will you return to drinking tea? ;) )

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i do not…. understand.

i got not licorice.
i got no orange.
i got caramel? caramel…. is that you? where have you been? have you been hiding out with adagio playing favourites with MissB? if so, i will admit my feelings are moderately hurt… but really i’m just glad you came back for a quick stop by!

i didn’t smell caramel either…. i have to conclude it really was taste. i had a sense of nuts (nonspecific) and caramel.

maybe MissB put some sort of voodoo over it? lol. sadly i was so distracted by amazement that my entire review consists of ‘I COULD TASTE IT!!!! WOW!’. not much else. (sorry….. but it was very good!)

it also had a warmth that was not generated from heat or spice. riddles upon riddles!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML



agreed. and also strange. lol.


Yes and no. Flavour and scent can be an interesting alchemy and at times are perceived uniquely by each individual. It would be interesting to know what unique combo results in caramel.


yes and true. if i had read the description i may have had misgivings: caramel, licorice and orange does not sound right to me… but somehow it wound up being a genuine, well balanced caramel to my palate? though i tend to be a bit odd, lol.


Maybe the liquorice added just enough sweetness and thickness to the tea to make the caramel jump out? Not sure about the orange unless it tempers some of the notes that licorice can sometimes have?


On my Reichenbach Recovery package I have notes that say it’s hazelnut, caramel and earl grey bravo making it up, not liquorice or orange though she might have changed the blend since then.


i was just reading what was in the description on steepster…. yes, i would guess the blend has changed. it was a very surprising experience!

Tea Sipper

ah! but I loved the earl and hazelnut!

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
376 tasting notes

i did something different with this one tonight, though i don’t know what. however- the point could be made that the world is a better place with a heapload of stress hauled off my shoulder? maybe the world simply tastes sweeter….

tonight i get a hint of citrus in the tea base which gives a very nice spin to the strawberry. lovely lovely. not my favourite nina’s, but still great.

back to work.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
376 tasting notes

very nice, very smooth…. i have to play with steeping to maximize its potential. still quite lovely though.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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on the fly with this one….

thanks to sil, you and i have very similar tastes. sil, do you think that matcha and too loud music can replace sleep? somewhat? possibly altogether? i’ve been performing an inadvertent experiment…… and shortly an exam. yay! there will be irrefutable proof in the paper!

thank you sil!

cold, with xylitol. very nice.

Iced 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

glad you liked it :) i wish you sleep soon!


snuck to you in plain sight while in a lecture, lol.

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drank Mate Chai by Chico Chai
376 tasting notes

booyah! this kicks a three letter word that we all have following us around! beautiful spice balance, gorgeous fresh, the mate keeps me on top of my game….. i think this may be the best i’ve had, chico or otherwise.

i will be buying a tin of this. not a price for the faint of heart, but this works well for me and shines as a saucepan roiled latte.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dark Bittersweet, Molasses, Nutmeg

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
376 tasting notes

steepsterites, i need your help. i received a package in the mail last week. it was pouring, the tea was fine… but the writing was murky. i had thought it was from one person, but apparently not!?

the envelope was filled with ziplock bags of teavana samples. one sample of david’s. it was addressed simply to ‘james’. i don’t know who to thank! =0( i feel bad!

the tea: i saw some pumpkin seeds, smelled plenty of cinnamon…. a nice enough oolong, but i find the name inaccurate: more a spiced brulee. cinnamon, nutmeg and the brulee essence- no creme element….

i think a vanilla element may have added the cream? not bad. thank you to someone =0\

Flavors: Cedar, Cinnamon, Molasses

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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ooh! fancy with the new steepster setup!

i love the smell, i love the swirly chocolate nutty heart chips and the slices of strawberry, i love the packaging and the ever generous spirit of MissB for passing it on to me because of her allergy to strawberries…. but i don’t love the tea!

i have oily dots across the top of my tea and an almost salty/savoury nut twang on the back of my tongue. i don’t taste any strawberry. the oil makes it seem very thin. it was a beautiful idea, and had a very pretty visual, but i do not like the tea and i will not recommend it now that steepster is prompting the question specifically. RIGHT up until the drinking everything was great.

FLAVOURS IN ORDER: SALT, nuts, chocolate (dimly), wood

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

Oooh, that’s disappointing (and good to know). I’m always curious about this one when I go to look in store – it’s just so pretty.

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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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