519 Tasting Notes


Thanks to Cameron B for this sample. It smells so awesome, malty cocoa. Not sure why, but I get a lot of Smores in the flavour. Very good. I’m really liking their black teas.

After having the black blends, I like this one even more.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Graham Cracker, Malt

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Cameron B.

I can honestly say that I love all of their straight black teas. :D

Lariel of Lórien

I love straight black tea. I hold you totally responsible for my future orders. ;)

Cameron B.

I am okay with this. Don’t forget the wee snaily yums!

Lariel of Lórien

What about snails?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I totally get graham cracker, pine, cocoa, and marshmallow in this one. Its awesomely smores :)

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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mj sent this to me as a sample. This smells nicely like mangoes. I’d call the flavour fruit-tastic, or fruity if I need to use correct words. So very fruity. Mostly I get a mango flavour though, and maybe some peach.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango

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Wanted to try this when I was the shop last week, then I remember I had some. It smells nicely minty. The flavour is kinda bland though. Perhaps I made it wrong (or let it cool too much during my shower), but I prefer plain mint herbals.

Flavors: Mint, Spearmint

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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The nice people at Lupicia gave me this sample to try when I visited last week. It smells really nice, kinda like a snickerdoodle. There is a flavour of cookie as well- sweet, buttery, and a bit of spice. This tea makes want to bake and/or get more.

Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Spices, Sweet


I love this tea!

Lariel of Lórien

It’s good, but might be even better in a different season.

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Thanks to mj for this sample. Mmm… chocolate. I get a very nice chocolate scent. The berry is more subtle. This reminds me of Della Terra’s strawberry sundae.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Strawberry

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I had too many Chinese black teas, so I decided to try this. Though it does remind me a little of Chinese tea. It has a nice sweet, malty scent. The flavour is either malty or honey, with subtle hints of cocoa. Now for another cup and an episode of Star Trek.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt

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Finally got to try all five. This smells malty with citrus notes. The flavour is on the smoky side, which I don’t mind. Since I normally dislike that strongly, it just makes me like Teavivre more. There are also some malty orange flavours.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt

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This was one of the teas waiting for me when I came back from trying tea in SF Chinatown. Since I still don’t have a gaiwan, I brewed this in the Western electric kettle method.

There is a kinda malty cocoa scent in both the dry leaves and the brew. The chocolate comes out more in the flavour. Went well with Ghiradelli minis.
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Cameron B.

I need to try my sample of this and see where it fits between Gold Tips and the regular version. :D

Lariel of Lórien

I haven’t tried the regular version yet, but the Gold Tips has more fabulous sweet potato flavour.

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Tried this iced in the store. According to the little recipe card, it had two or three teaspoons of the rock sugar. So it was a bit too sweet for me. It did taste like blackberry and mint though. Decent, but I don’t really want to own any.

Flavors: Blackberry, Citrus, Mint, Sugar


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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Tasting note number 350. Exciting, isn’t it? The nice people at Lupicia brewed me a sample after I told them it was so recommended to me.

The dry leaves smelled so good. Very fresh and like I was going to pick out melons in the farmers market. I got slightly more honey dew. When brewed the green oolong came out more. It went well with the melon flavour. Different, but I’ll likely get this if I ever go a Lupicia store again, or maybe order online next summer.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Green, Honeydew, Melon

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple

95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure


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