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drank Mocha Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1176 tasting notes

Sil, this is WEIRD! It’s coffee, but it’s green, and it’s matcha. My brain doesn’t know what to do!

I’ve made it as a warm latte. It’s pretty good, but the flavour isn’t quite right, nor is the colour. :) I think if I want a coffee, I’ll just have a coffee.

Thank you for sharing, but this isn’t a flavour I’ll be keeping on my list! :)


I have trouble with coffee flavoured teas too haha.



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Tea, you taste sort of like roasting marshmallows on a campfire. When the smoke gets in your eyes, and the marshmallow is aflame, making the air smell so sweet and burnt.

Interesting, but not something I think I’d go for myself.

Thanks for letting me try this, Shmiracles! :D :D

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drank Mandarin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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D for Distinctive, I believe.

This sample is from Sil! Thank you! :D It’s been sent all over, and now I have ALL THE MATCHA in my apartment. My apartment smells like raspberry candy, wow that raspberry flavour is strong.

I’ve made it as a soda, per Roswell Strange. 1/2 tsp matcha and a bit of sugar dissolved in warm water, then mixed with club soda. And some ice.

Surprisingly tasty! Wow. I’m not really getting mandarin from this (all I can smell is raspberry – my WHOLE APARTMENT smells like raspberry!), but it’s tasty all the same. Maybe when it’s had a chance to air out more than just a few hours. :)

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And I will gulp you down, om nom nom.

Thank you, Ceylon Star!!! So much awesome, so many rainbows. :D

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ceylon Star

Never underestimate a Bear with a roll of rainbow duct tape :P

(also, damn you, I had to pick myself up some when I grabbed yours because it smelled sooo good and I somehow had never tried it. ohmygawd YUM!)


Sooo good! I don’t even know what the flavours are, just good. :)

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WOOO!!! Thanks, Ceylon Star!

Smells SO GOOD. Like an Orange Julius, almost.

Yeah. If an Orange Julius were a tea, I think this might be it. Will probably update more in comments later. Must flee!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ceylon Star

Let me know if you’d like me to pick up some more for you :D


I kinda want to visit the store! Maybe once I drink my way back down from almost-300… O.o

Ceylon Star

she’s closed sun/mon but if you come over one day I’ll gladly play taxi :D Janet is freaking AWESOME <3


I need more of this one….it is soo good.


She really is, and you can actually get $1 sample bags. Freaking awesome!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I have the sads.

I got the special edition that was on sale a few weeks ago, but it smells like candy corn and tastes like butter. No caramel to be seen.

What is wrong? I remember the caramel being CARAMEL!!!!!!!

It’s still pretty tasty, but it isn’t what I was craving, really.

(3/4 tsp as a latte in almond milk)

Flavors: Butter

16 OZ / 473 ML

That’s exactly it, Dexter!


(Oh! I forgot to take allergy pills. That might be it.)


Wasn’t that the organic matcha base too? Organic might be a bit more “earthy” tasting.


Ohh nooo. I ordered it too, hopefully it’s not too bad….


I ordered this too. I’m glad it was tasty, though, even if it wasn’t caramel.


I have no idea what it was. I saw ‘caramel’ and ‘matcha’ and ordered. I got a caramel matcha sample from Sil today, that smells way more caramel than this. Idk.

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Wow! Boozy hazelnut rooibos (kinda sorta) tea!

Like! Yes, I do like this one. Very hazelnut, but not an overpowering flavour unless you consider the booziness. That really surprises me, actually. The rooibos lends itself well to a base for this flavour, and isn’t hugely apparent.

I’ve never had frangelico before, so I have nothing to compare it to. But this is good!

For a hazelnut tea, I prefer Zen Tea’s Bossa Nova, but it’s caffeinated and this isn’t. So there is that.

Thanks for suggesting this one, VariaTEA!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
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An exceptionally pleased cat is purring on my lap, there is ridiculousness going on on Facebook, and I have alcoholic tea.


A touch of sugar, almond milk, and the last of the whiskey. Just what I needed. So good. I really like this tea. :)

I also got my matcha order today – the special Caramel, and the Cheesecake sample. I HAVE to try a cheesecake matcha soda tomorrow!

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

Lol, cheers, quite a nice evening you’re having there :-)


I still need dinner. :) Tea with whiskey is not a substitute. Gonna try to convince a friend to go for sushi, mmm, sushi.


Oh, warm sake is my downfall! Kudos on all of that


I ended up making sausages (on theme there) and mashed sweet potatoes.

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… interesting. Definitely black currant, definitely puerh. I think I quite like it, but it’s not what I was expecting (what was I expecting?).

With almond milk.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is actually pretty good, but I think it will shine as a cold brew. :) I have a jar in the fridge just to try out.

I mean, I’ve had this tea for a year. I need to drink it. And it’s kinda sad I don’t reach for greens more, because I actually quite like this one. The only reason I’m drinking it now is because I had coffee when I got home from work, so I needed something with a bit less caffeine.

Also, look what I spent my April tea budget on! (I got a few more nail things too…)
It’s Model’s Own Sardonyx. Matte jelly blue-red glitter. I sandwiched it in LED-set gel, so the shiny bits will last all week, but now I’m wishing for a matte gel top coat.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML



I don’t have this one, but Hubby likes their Roasted Apple as a cold brew.. It’s a green blend as well.


I don’t see doing a Della Terra order in the near future, but I’ll keep it in mind!

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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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