1480 Tasting Notes

Sad sipdown!

I decided to have this one (I found it when I was organizing my cupboard. I seriously need to go through EVERYTHING again to make sure my spreadsheet is up to date!) because my tummy is angry and the rest of my body is angry and it smells so good. Tulsi and cinnamon and puerh, OH MY!

I steeped it for some unmeasured amount of time, and added some honey. Mmm… I’ll definitely have more steeps of this today. And it’s on my list of Blends To Get from Verdant.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Tulsi

195 °F / 90 °C 6 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Star Spangled Chai by The Devotea
1480 tasting notes

SSTTB #14.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m out of cream and having this with almond milk, or what, but nope. This is very drying, and the spice flavours have blended together to be quite licorice-y, with a bit of burnt flavour. IDK.

If I really needed another chai, I’d try it again once I got some cream, but this one is going back into the box for someone else.

Flavors: Anise, Drying

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

I could’t imagine this with either almond milk or cream, so I bought both and tried it. Not good with either.
Works best as a straight black, particularly iced , or made up on a stovetop with 100% milk and some honey.


I’ll have to try it iced. Just an FYI, cream is 18-35% pourable milk here. I usually use 18%. I can’t do milk, definitely not 100% milk in a tea! It’s why I prefer almond milk for most tea-applications. :)

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
1480 tasting notes

Sipdown.(Yay, since I bought more teas and stuff… :) )

This morning I got up, not feeling well at all, made some tea, sliced some GF bread for breakfast, and took it all back to bed… and fell back asleep. I was glutened over the weekend and I feel so incredibly awful. I even slept on the bus/ferry yesterday on my way home, which is something I wouldn’t normally do.

So now I’m drinking this cold, with almond milk in it. I do like the tea, but I don’t know that I’d get it again. It’s not a flavour that I crave often, or feel a strong need for. That being said, I really did enjoy the 2 oz I got. Yum, tea.

Flavors: Fruity

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I loved this one iced!


I don’t care for most black teas iced, so I didn’t even try it. Oops. :)

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
1480 tasting notes

Iced. With cream. Again.

I hung out with my mom this weekend, and it was awesome. I ate way too much good food (Gluten free crab eggs benedict! Triple Sec (hah! wrote “Triple Sex”) creme brulee!), went to the farmer’s market, bought cherries, visited a bunch of fruit and artisan stands, went shopping in Courtenay, convinced mom to buy a really nice shirt, bought more tea. :)

I also got loads of herbs and spices, and a gluten free lamb pie. Also gluten free pizza hand pies. Now I am home. And exhausted. And will probably be woken up in the morning by the sweet sound of jackhammers outside my bedroom window, as the back parking area is being repaved this week.

So. Yeah. How’re you doing? :)

Boiling 8 min or more 6 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Hmmm, back to reality. Sounds like a great weekend. I just had a pretty interesting discussion with an aliexpress dealer about a whole bunch of other teas from Shandong quite a few that I hadn’t heard of and some that I had, but he gave me a better understanding of. It was pretty interesting.


Whenever I have a great weekend, it makes it that much harder to return to work on Monday. Cause I just want more Sunday. Don’t we all…


What are these things you call week ends?


Lol. Sil, that makes me think of Downton abbey. “What’s a week end?”




Yeah, I don’t wanna go to work today. Can I just take the whole week off? :) Sil, weekends are occasional times when you don’t have to work. ♥

The tea store was too busy to geek out, so I just got a couple different ones. They carry purple tea but at 50g minimum it’s really expensive.

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drank Blend 103 by The Tea Emporium
1480 tasting notes

SSTTB #13.

haha. First review, what?!

Ok. This tea brews up such a brilliant, pretty red colour. I was hesitant to “ruin” it with milk, but it’s so good this way! A milky rose tea. :) It’s actually pretty tasty, although sniffing it before milk it struck me as one of those teas that could easily go very unpleasantly bitter.

I like it this way, but due to that potential bitterness (even with milk as it cools, I can tell it could be bitter) I probably wouldn’t get it.

It was fun to try a rosey tea, though. I haven’t had any rose blacks, but now I’m thinking it might be a flavour I would want to have in my cupboard…

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Rose

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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SSTTB #12.

Yes, another chai. :)

This one had coriander seeds and orange or lemon peel in it. Not so great on its own, better with milk. Due to the coriander seeds, I would not buy this one (I didn’t notice them until I added water, and by that point I just wanted my tea!).

The flavour was interesting, though. Slightly different than the usual. I’m just not a fan of coriander. :)

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

Lots of Chai in the box.


I’m tempted to go through and count them… We’ll see if I do. I need to make some more clothes tonight, so I don’t have a lot of time. (Tea break right now!)

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I have a general apathy towards warm things right now, so I’m not making much progress with The Box. Sorry, tea frens. I’m gonna need it another week I think, since I’m hanging with my mom this weekend.

Anyways. Bear With Me posted about a root beer tea pop float, and although I didn’t have any ice cream, I had cream. I also don’t have any soda water, so really it’s just turned into an iced tea latte.

So good. Do it. I added 2 tsp maple syrup to 1L of “tea latte” because things taste less sweet when they’re cold. And it’s delicious.

I made 12 oz strong tea, and let it sit in the fridge till cool. Added almond milk, cream, maple syrup, and a bunch of ice to make 4 cups (ish). Yum.

(Right now I hate the restaurant next door because it’s a seafood restaurant and they were doing something with their garbage and now the whole area stinks of seafood garbage. Ugh. And I had all the windows open with fans in them to try to cool the apartment down. That backfired just a bit.)

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Oh! Box. This tea sounds good enough to warrant a trip to David’s


BOX. :D It’s MASSIVE. I’m really enjoying this tea! I love it iced with a bit of milk or cream. So good.


Mmm, cream.. yeah, carnival teas are definitely happening next weekend. I held out for a month or so, and that’s good enough.

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SSTTB #11.

This is a nice chai as well. No chili, but lots of chai flavours with a strong base. This was a good choice this evening, even though it’s hot and hot tea is not exactly what I’m craving. I might make up more of this and ice it. There’s certainly enough in the box. :)

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

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SSTTB #… IDK. Oh, 10.

This was a really unremarkable chai. About what I would expect from any chai, really. Maybe a little fruitier than others? Not my favourite, but definitely drinkable.

There are a lot of chais in this box, and it is SO WARM here right now. Well, not at work, but in my apartment during the evenings. I might need to make some iced chai lattes to try some of these teas.

It doesn’t often get very warm here, but I got mild heat stroke on my hike Saturday (It was 38C at one point, ugh. Thank goodness for swimming in glacial water and also a shirt that cools as you sweat, somehow. I know. Weird, right?). This, combined with ongoing heat and afternoon sun at home, means that going home to a hot apartment = sitting around in underpants in front of the fan, not cooking or making hot teas to drink. :D

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

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Yes! I got it! Well, I got it Friday. :D :D

WOO! Tiger Assam!

So I’m sipping it with some almond milk. It’s delicious. I like it. And so I shall leave you with this.


Flavors: Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Thank you. Reblog forever.
Oh, wait. Wrong site! :P
I’ll try to post this link the next time I drink Tiger Assam too. It’ll be a thing.


Woohoo! Awesome. :D (I can’t help it! It’s too hilarious!)

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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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