2194 Tasting Notes

After going through all my teas yesterday, I put a few I need to work on finishing out in a bowl. This is one of them.

I’m sad, because I love the Hattialli Assams, but my parents tea shop hasn’t been able to get it in. That was my only other source!

Anyways, this is delicious and strong and fruity and malty, and an eggnog latte. :)

As far as Christmas Teas, my dad got me 2 African teas (both quite different!) and more Rungagora – so now I have 200g of that. LOL. Disregarding duplicates, I’m now at 268 teas, with about 70 (estimated) of them being gongfu capable samples – puerh, black teas, oolongs. Of course, I have two other small bins of samples as well as all the other larger quantities. The only ones I have ~100g of are Rungagora, So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice, Chandernagor, and Noel a Paris. :) Oh, and the puerh bricks and cakes. But we’ll just ignore those since they never go bad… right?

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

What! I had no idea your parents had a tea shop. I knew they were also into tea, but…

So glad I’m not in your position in terms of volume! I feel overwhelmed as it is with my 60-ish teas. Keep putting off a damn Bayswater order because I want to be down to 50 before that happens.


Sorry, their local tea shop I guess? Although I do shop their stash when I visit. :)


Also, well over half of the teas are samples, and many more are within sipdown range. So it feels like a lot (I weighed tins too btw and didn’t bother subtracting them, if you saw the weight on FB), but I don’t think it is. The samples are overwhelming, but my actual collection is much less overwhelming than what it was.


trade you lol


Nope! I’m happy with what I have! :P

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2194 tasting notes

This didn’t work for me cold, but I’m having it hot today, and it’s alright.

The flavours are “tropical”-ish. I added a bit of blackberry honey because it needed some sweetening, and I need to use up some of the things I have in the cupboard.

I thought I’d like this a lot more, based on the smell. But I don’t.

Thanks so much for sharing, MissB! (I think I’ll be giving this away. Anyone whose address I have interested?)

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

It’s always so disappointing when the smell doesn’t transfer to the taste.


It does, but not in a way that works for me. I thought it was a green rooibos base like Golden Honeydew, but it steeps up quite a different colour. So I’m thinking the base is changing the taste of this one more than the green rooibos changes the taste of the other.

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3g of this left, so I mixed it with 3g of the Li Shan Black.


I do prefer the Li Shan Black, I just feel the flavours are more in line with my personal tastes. It’s rich and dark the way I’ve steeped it though, with no bitterness and only a touch of the good kind of astringency. :)

I’m updating my tea spreadsheet tonight. OMG. So many teas to add to it. D: Hopefully there will be a lot of teas to remove from it at some point as well…

205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

how does it compare to the DT honey black?


I still haven’t tried it! UGH. On my list for tomorrow. I have 2 things I need to get – a new card for my camera, and THAT TEA!


Honestly for the Green Terrace Teas, the Li Shan is way more rich and thick and sweet than the honey black. IMO. :)


Wow where did this Green Terrace come from! I haven’t been paying attention, apparently. Looks like they have some good stuff


Yeah, there were samples available a WHILE back. And VariaTEA dropped off a couple packets when I was in Toronto. I kinda yoinked them. :D I would totally buy the Li Shan Black, but I couldn’t justify it. And now, after inventorying, I can’t justify it even more…


Ah. Yes. I was kinda absent from tea world for awhile last year. Makes sense now!
Same here. Esp with the tea festival coming up. Eeeeek

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Hmmm…. not bad. Fairly hazelnutty, but not like the coffee syrup. More like the cookies my mom used to make out of the hazelnuts we gathered from the back yard.

I do like this, but it’s not an absolute favourite.

I think it came from MissB…. thank you! :)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thank you, MissB!

Sadly this isn’t for me. I was really careful steeping due to the greenness of the leaves, but alas, that didn’t work.

It’s actually quite green tasting, maybe a little like spinach water. And it’s pretty astringent, making my teeth and tongue feel weird. The lemon is fairly bright and citrusy, but also reminiscent of lemon cleaning products. I think it would have been helped by some lemon peel pieces in with the leaves, to make the lemon a little more truly lemon.

Unfortunately, I tend to not like darjeelings because of the fact that they can be so finicky and they are so green and astringent. I was hoping this would be different for me, as the dry leaves smell like lemon and spring.

Oh well. I’m glad I got to try. Thanks so much for sharing!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Tummy is upset, possibly glutened at the pizza lunch today (there were special pizzas). It’s not too severe, so I’m treating with puerh and pineapple.

I finished my Special Dark off with a couple of really long steeps, to squeeze all that I could out of the leaves. And now I’ve moved on to this tea.

Om nom. So good. (PS. I measured my favourite kyusu, and it’s 145ml, though that’s with a tea that doesn’t expand as much. I’d get much less water in the pot with an oolong or a loose moonlight white.)

I rinsed, then forgot about it (I’ve gotta pack for tomorrow!), and now I’m doing steeps just until it “looks right”. Haha.

So good. It’s quite thick. A little wet wood tasting, but not much. Just what my tummy needs. I think it gets sweeter as it gets steeped. And I’m pretty sure it’d take a long steep if I really wanted to. And it’s a little floral, I think. And slippery. Interesting.

Honestly I don’t remember what I thought of this at the Tea Festival – only that it was tasty and I needed to buy it. I have no regrets!

205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 5 OZ / 144 ML
Crimson Lotus Tea

Post Pizza Puerh Pineapple Party.


Pretty perfect! :)

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drank Andalusia by Lipton
2194 tasting notes

This is weird, and I don’t think that I like it.

Citrus, cinnamon, licorice root. It would be nicer if it was indeed CITRUS first, but it’s weirdly not. It’s sort of cinnamon/licorice/pith.

It’s nice that it’s something hot to drink and I’m cold, but… Hmm. Not exactly sure.

Anyways, thanks very much for sharing, MissB! :) I will have to think on this some more.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
2194 tasting notes



Today, this is fan-freaking-tastic.

And it’s the last of it. I’m pretty sure. Unless there’s another wee sample packet hiding away somewhere. (There might be.)

SO GOOD. Like Mexican chocolate. Mole. Deep chocolate with spices and a little sweetness.


Thank you, Dexter!


Did you do anything special to it or are you just in the right mood?
I am going to miss this one soooooo much. Might need to try the Streetshop88 one Western for about 10 minutes and see if it works at all like this…..


I’m just short steeping it. Did a rinse and let it rest. I think this might be the second time I’ve had it, I never thought to order any. :)


Oh man…. I’m so sorry you hadn’t tried this before….in time to be able to order some. I have been hoarding mine….really should break it out this weekend or maybe the weekend after the dog eventually goes home.


This is the second time I’ve had it. OMG, all shou will be but a poor reflection of this tea. SO GOOD.


Did many steeps. Time for bed. Will steep more tomorrow…

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
2194 tasting notes

Om nom nom. This tea is just with cream, not eggnog. I bet it would be GREAT with eggnog.

But still, it’s tea. And I made it at work. And I’m drinking it while sitting on my computer looking busy during this super quiet holiday time. So that’s super exciting.

And I’ve been extended through January which is pretty rad. So there will be more work-tea-drinking in the future!

(2 tea bags in 16 oz water, hot water from the water filter system thing…)

2 min, 45 sec

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So delicious. OM NOM NOM.

Actually not too bad as an accompaniment to the pineapple I packed for breakfast.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 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.

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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