1366 Tasting Notes

drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
1366 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!

Whoops! This is a black-green blend, and I didn’t actually realize it. Good thing I like caffeine, right? Especially considering the amount of tea I’ve had over the last few hours. (I escaped work early.)

This is yummy! I love genmaicha, but generally don’t care for the green tea versions as they’re too green. The toastiness mixed with the different tea flavours and the caramel are just. Yum.

Would get again. (Although a green tea only version would be nice because it would be less caffeinated for evening. For some reason, toasted tea = comforting after dinner drink for me!)

Flavors: Caramel, Toasted Rice

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

Yay! I am glad you liked it.


I did, thanks! And it looks like I totally missed putting it into my spreadsheet. Foiled again! :)

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Not terrible. Not fantastic, but definitely not terrible. It’s a black tea (brew carefully) with hibiscus and berries and things in it. Unless it performs amazingly as a cold brew, I wouldn’t get it again, but IDK why I was scared of this tea.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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(259) Thank you for the sample, Shmiracles! :)

Sadly the Lapsang Souchong overwhelms everything else in this blend. It is quite nice, but there’s no point in having a bunch of fandom blends that all have LS, as they all taste exactly the same!

Oh well. I do enjoy a smoky tea with some maple syrup and cream. :)

(1.5 tsp in 10 oz)

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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(Whoops. Still 260, I already removed this from my spreadsheet!)

Cold steeped overnight to make juice to take to work today. Pretty tasty! It’s a nice, simple tea good for cold brewing, although it is heavy on the hibiscus.

4 tea bags in 4 cups water, 12 hours-ish.

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drank Assam Golden Tips by Harney & Sons
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(260) A nice, light assam. Not super fabulous, but nice. I had it plain today, in my travel mug. It works well.

However, I do prefer stronger and maltier assam teas. So while I might pick up another sample of this at some point, it’s not anything I feel I need to chase down and keep stocked in my cupboard.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Fireside Chat by Zen Tea
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(262) Another sample from MissB. :)

I have to admit when I pulled it out and saw the word ‘peppermint’ on the label, my first thought was “OH HELL NO!” But then I saw ‘cinnamon’ in the ingredients, and a little known fact about me is that I LOVE cinnamon and peppermint together. So I had to try it. (Note: My BFF is very allergic to peppermint, and spearmint can upset my tummy like none other. I don’t consume a lot of minty things!)

It is very very cinnamony. There is a touch of peppermint. And also rooibos. It’s not bad. I’d never get it, because my favourite cinnamon-and-peppermint tea is Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Black Tea Blend (Their description is cinnamon and orange, but that is such a lie. It’s dominated by cinnamon and peppermint.), and also I’d rather not keep any peppermint teas in the house unless they’re well-bagged (like the Good Earth, in individual foil packets) just in case.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Peppermint

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Xue Ya by Camellia Sinensis
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This one is from MissB. Thank you for sharing!

Sadly, not for me. It’s the green pea and spinach flavours that just do me in with so many of these green teas! I’m sure that it’s a lovely example if you like those flavours in your teas, but unless I’m pouring the tea over rice and salmon, I’m not interested.

Now, I wonder whose bag I can put the other half of the sample in. :)

Flavors: Peas, Spinach

160 °F / 71 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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(264) I actually really like this tea. A good sour cherry flavour, with some sweetness and juiciness from the fig.

I will definitely get it again, but probably not from this company. I just haven’t been wow’d, and it’s easy enough to add a bag to a Tealux order (it’s Cherry Fantasy). If I find I’m craving this tea then I can go pick up a sample pack, but I’ll probably just wait.

(1.5 tsp in 10 oz water)

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Yep, this is as expected. Yum! Thanks, Ceylon Star! :)

I added a little sweetened condensed milk because it’s in the fridge.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Uhh, sipdown, and pour out.

So extremely astringent with a side of bitter. I even steeped at 185F.

Too bad because it smelled SO GOOD dry.

Now to find another tea to drink!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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