1699 Tasting Notes

This looks like coffee.

But does NOT taste good with eggnog.


I did 2 short rinses, and now I’m doing few-second steeps. So far they are all REALLY strong. It’s like I’m digging through a decomposting tree but it’s hot. Mulch, earth, and autumn leaf pile are good descriptions.

So far it’s tasting too much like tree and bitter for me. I’ll come back in a few steeps.

4 (shorter): Fishy. Hmm.

5: More earthy and mulch like. Wet forest is here too.

6: A little sweeter? Interesting. Still earthy and wet foresty though.

7: I think this is it. I steeped a couple minutes this time, and it’s significantly lighter in colour and flavour.

OMG, I could not imagine steeping this for one to two minutes straight up!


LOL! I gave my son a big bag of this for Christmas and he was so happy! It is his favorite. To each his own is grandly apparent in tea tastes! :)


It’s not bad, it’s just REALLY STRONG (and not so great with eggnog!). :) I have a forest floor puerh I love, but it’s a lot lighter.

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I went into a Teavana today to check out the sales and totally got sucked in. Everything was 50% off, so I didn’t feel too bad. 100g of this, 100g of the lime one they always mix it with, 100g peach tranquility, and one of the wee iced tea jugs (Rebranded Takeya.). Yay restocking juice teas for hydration! I’m more likely to drink something like this than plain water…

So I’m having this iced, mixed with the lime one. It’s actually really nice, although I know that a lot of the flavour is from, well, flavourings. At least I’ve never had any ingredients issues with them, unlike DavidsTea. And I got amazing service today as well.

2 tsp each tea, 12 oz hot water, 5 minutes, then over ice.

(I’m actually thinking of getting more. Juice teas FTW!)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
The Cookie Lady

I got this one today, too! It smelled really good when the lady wafted it at me like they always do!


Sounds interesting. Might check this out once I’m back in an area with a Teavana.


I’m not sure I’ll drink this plain and hot, but it’s really tasty cold and mixed with the limeade tea. :)

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A lovely sample from Dinosara! Thank you.

Sadly I did something bad and the tea has turned out really bitter and quite astringent. My first thought was to add milk, but all I have is eggnog…

Anyways, it’s worked! I didn’t toss the leaves right away so I’ll try a second steep. It is indeed very caramelly, and the rose is present but not in your face. And the rose petals look so lovely floating at the top when you steep the tea. :)

Here’s hoping Take 2 works a bit better.

(3.5-ish tsp in about 24 oz.)

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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With soynog. Or… “Noel Nog”. Whatever you want to call it.

Really good. I love all the licoricey flavours with no actual licorice root. There’s no lingering gross sweetness. It’s just POW! Licorice! And then it’s supported by the other spices.

It’s not a one-note licorice, either. Star anise, fennel seed, licorice flavour, etc. It all works together to make one of my favourite teas. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Mmm, fabulous tea, for sure. And I LOVE Noel Nog. I need to track more down before it’s gone. :)


I was scared to go to the store today. :) Maybe tomorrow!


Haha me too. I mean, I went to the mall (scaaaaary) but I can’t imagine how busy the grocery stores are too. And the lineups. Ech.

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1699 tasting notes

I’m home from a whirlwind trip to my parents, where I ate ALL the foods and tried to drink all the cider. It was lovely. I also drank many many cups of my mom’s selection of pretty basic black teas. They are delicious and high quality, but I do like to mix up things with flavoured teas.

I’m easing myself back in with a chai. :) Delicious, with some soy nog. Oh, I also have bacon, sweet potato, and eggs. Yum yum yum. Recovery breakfast FTW.

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

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This so good too omg.

A friend came over to hang out and wrap presents and drop off her car for me (yay!) since I’m driving me and my brother all the way to my parents tomorrow.

We had this tea. Two steeps. Then I put cold water in the steeper and set it in the fridge for an overnight steep. It’ll be about 8 hours, because I have to leave by 5:15/5:30 in the morning (ouch) so we can make our ferry reservation.

This tea is divine. Not too flowery. Delicious green oolong base that isn’t too “oolongy”. Ahem. Really nice juicy yet delicate pineapple flavour. It takes multiple steeps well. Seriously, this is the best pineapple tea I think I’ve had. I thought that the DavidsTea version was OK, but it does not hold a candle up to this one. Not at all.

Yum. Tea.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Ohhhhhhh, so good! I am so glad I snagged a bunch of this tea. I don’t reach for it all the time, but when I do I really REALLY appreciate the flavours. I love the base tea, and the caramel and vanilla flavours compliment it so well.


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

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Nommity nom.

I’m doing a bunch of shorter steeps with all the sample packet and about 6 oz water.

Really tasty. Like. Not sure I really need more, but it it a good one. Very bready and malty. Yum.


They really are nummy little things, aren’t they?

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1699 tasting notes

I think that next time I need to have this as a latte. It would make SUCH a good latte.

In other news, my travel tea set has shipped! WOO! Now to wait impatiently for its arrival. (I ordered F.)

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

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I set up a kettle on my desk, so maybe I’ll drink more of the oolongs and puerhs I have that require short steeps and multiple steepings.

This is one of those mandarin oranges, with (I’m pretty sure) ripe puerh in it. I’ve used about 1/4 of the orange and loosely packed tea for a 60ml cup.

1 rinse, steeps for 10-30 seconds.

I much much prefer the ripe stuff to the raw stuff I’ve tried recently. Much prefer.

This is OK. I don’t think it’s fabulous quality now that it’s been sitting in its tissue paper wrapper in my cabinet for (mumbledy) years. It’s not as scary as I thought it was at first, so this is cool.


205 °F / 96 °C

Nail polish powah!


LOL. Yeah. I need to decide what colour to do for Christmas. I was thinking red, but I’m really not a red nail polish person. So I have a couple glitters (purple and red, but IDK this one is a good red), and a burgundy with red shimmer, and a gold-beige.


i love deep red toe nails. always. my hands – i forgot when i did manicure last time. they chip the same day because of cooking;(


I’ll probably do a gel coat over top for longevity. But I found a base coat that actually works, and I get about 5 days wear now, where before it would chip overnight. I use Orly Bonder.


I mean, I still get small chips and tipwear over the 5 days, but it’s not like missing half the polish on a nail or something anymore.


i have to get it ! is it in pharmacy or you order it fr somewhere ?


I’m in Canada so I order it. :) nailpolishcanada I think?

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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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