1425 Tasting Notes

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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Iced. With almond milk and some cream.

SO GOOD, people! So good!!!

Now to finish up some chores and get some sleep before hiking and SWIMMING tomorrow. :D Woo, cold lakes! (I’m going to be very tempted to submerge myself and then hike, and then submerge myself every time I pass water. Which should be often as it’s a hike around a lake. Ha.)

(I made 1 L (4 cups-ish) with the ice and everything.)

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

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YES. Perfect.

(Below, plus ice to make about 34 oz.)

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Strawberry

Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Yes, a black tea at 8:40 pm. I’m living on the wild side, apparently. Actually, it’s just starting to cool down in my apartment, so I wanted to get in a small cup of something else from the box before I turn to the un-cafs or make something from my cupboard.

I put cream in it. I’m eating some freeze dried strawberries on the side, because I found a packet while I was searching for a tin of cat food (my apartment is a disaster as I’m refinishing some furniture in the living room). Consequently, the tea might be somewhat overshadowed.

It is a nice black tea. It’s not astringent, or bitter. It’s pretty strong, but not as strong as I like my breakfasty teas (mmm, ctc assams). Perhaps a little thin. Nice and malty, some stone fruit flavours maybe, but they’re being taken over by the strawberry bits I have lodged in my teeth.

That’s super sexy, amirite? :D

Would try again. Would get if I ever placed an order. Not a favourite, but as far as I can tell, is really nice.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lemon candy. This smells like lemon candy. I don’t really see much ginger in here, though. Here’s hoping it’ll taste at least a little gingery.

Ok, this is a decent lemony tea! Much better than the other one I tried from Acquired Taste. This isn’t dry, it has a decent base and would definitely make a good iced tea. I added a little honey, because lemon and honey just go together, but I don’t think it was necessary.

The only thing that’s missing? Ginger.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

I put half a giant mug of this into the fridge this morning (because I caffeinated mostly with iced coffee) and it IS an excellent iced tea! Not sure I’d like it much cold brewed, but it’s lovely brewed hot and chilled.

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
1425 tasting notes


To compare the new one to the sample Sil sent me a while back. This just isn’t spicy. At all. And there’s more licorice, I think… or at least more of that sweetness. The result is a blend that I’ll drink, but not a blend that I really like.

I think I preferred the previous iteration, even if it was old. :) Not a tea to keep, but I really wanted a puerh (and honestly I thought this was a different tea until I looked at the package after I had already scooped it out).

(First steep 2 minutes, second steep 4 minutes.)

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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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