670 Tasting Notes

We had a tea party today! I always have small ones with just a few people and we keep it casual. Everyone enjoys trying stuff out of my cupboard. Haha! I decided to introduce them to puerh today and steeped up special dark by Mandala. Everyone liked it and it was actually everyone’s favorite of the day! We drank lots of different teas. I personally drank snow view by Lupicia, special dark, TeaVivre’s white tea cake, and caramel & rum by Lupicia. It was a great chance to rediscover teas I had forgotten about. We had quite a spread too. My caramel apple scones were a hit, and we had goat cheese, shallot, and habanero sauce tea sandwiches, caprese kabobs, strawberry and goat cheese on crackers, and a lemon curd macadamia nut crust tart. Here’s a pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/15621636997/in/photostream/

So fun! :)


Incredible looking tea party!


That looks great! And sounds very tasty!


Oh wow! That looks awesome! I could eat that whole picture right now. Sounds like an awesome tea party!


Looks delicious!


I am in awe of anybody who can make food look that pretty…especially that many kinds simultaneously! Two dishes at once just about kill me :)


gmathis- I can’t take the credit…my friends all chip in, so it’s not so hard. I usually make the scones, provide the tea and host it, while others bring sandwiches, sweets, etc. Works really well! :)

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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
670 tasting notes

This morning was a chai morning. I wanted something spicy to get me going and this did the trick! This is a great spicy chai. I don’t make it that often though because I follow the recommended brewing procedure and make it on the stovetop. I’ve never made it the usual black tea way. I could really use another chai in my cupboard, one that steeps up well the usual way, like Verdant’s laoshan village chai, but I’ve been trying not to buy tea lately. The only other “chai” I have right now is pumpkin chai, and that doesn’t qualify as a chai to me. Hmmm, maybe I’ll get some birthday money that I can use for tea!

Today I’m hosting a small tea party with a few coworkers. So excited! I better get going and make those caramel apple scones! Fingers crossed that they come out good! I don’t know what we’re going to drink this time. I was thinking to share some puerh…maybe I’ll just take everything out and let them decide what they’d like to try. :)

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Garret included this as a free sample in my last order. Thank you! I enjoyed a nice long session with them. Notes I could detect included leather, earth, and bread. This is truely an everlasting gobstopper tea. The nuggets still looked held-together even though I was tired of steeping them! That is, assuming they’re supposed to come apart…not sure as this was my first nugget tea. Very cool.


i dont actually fall apart for me. i usually double the amount because its so tight.

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Mmmm, this tea was so sweet today! Yummy stone fruit sweet. Now I’m starving! Haha! Good thing we have leftover pizza! :)

hippiechick 42

Sounds wonderful. :)


It’s a great tea! Plenty of infusions from those leaves.

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Woke up with a headache this morning, so thought a tea with a bit of a kick might be good. In this case, the kick I was thinking of was the hint of smoke and that came through nicely. This has a smooth fruitiness too and notes of chocolate. Definitely yummy. Didn’t quite get rid of the headache, but that’s what Advil is for, right?

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Still one of my favorite teas ever. I started two of my mornings last week with this fabulous tea and now there’s maybe 1 small cup left! Uh oh! Time to restock! Definitely on the list for my next order. I really like these golden tips and noticed that YS also has a lot of golden black teas…hmmm, maybe I should take the plunge and order my first teas from there too! Man, I really need a tea budget!

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This is JalamTeas’ November offering. I just got it in the mail yesterday. I can’t help trying new teas as soon as they arrive!

This is a very clean tasting puerh, especially for a young one. The notes are not very strong, but I think I detect some unsweetened cocoa and cherry notes. The aroma is a wonderful caramel. I could just inhale it all day! Very relaxing! I think there is a bit of a stimulant effect even though they said it could be enjoyed at night. Hope this doesn’t keep me up tonight!

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Decided to try this one today, since I won’t be having any puerh tomorrow because I have to go into the office rather than telework. :P I was a lot more careful breaking pieces off this cake and as a result, no blood! My pinky is still bruised from that slip on Wednesday. :/

So, this tea is really nice. Very clean tasting with nice viscosity. It’s woody and citrus-y and has a nice honey-like sweetness in the later steeps. Very enjoyable! I’m glad to have a cake of it! :D

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Mmm, this tea never disappoints. I really should try it gong fu style, but it’s just so easy to make it western style and it’s consistently delicious. It’s a great first tea of the morning too. The hint of smoke gives you that kick you need to wake up. I’m having some friends over for tea next weekend and trying to decide if I should try a new scone recipe or do everyone’s favorite. It gets so boring to make the same scone every time, but I know it’ll be a hit, whereas I don’t know what the reaction will be with a new one. Hmmm.


I make raspberry white chocolate scones that are always a hit.


Ooh, I’ve made those before and they’re good. My friends always want the Jamaican banana scones mostly because of the yummy glaze, but I feel like I should do a fall-themed scone, like pumpkin or apple.

Cameron B.

Jamaican banana scones? Spill it. ;)


Lol, Cameron. I’ve given that recipe out before. I can PM it to you if you like. It’s basically banana scones with a brown sugar, rum, lime, coconut and pecan glaze. :)

I just found a recipe for caramel apple scones. I think I’ll give that a whirl!


Oo, oo! Me too for the Jamaican banana scones, please! :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, PM please! :D Sounds amazing. Caramel apple sounds super tasty too!


Okay, will do!

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These were in the mini tuocha variety pack, I think. They are definitely larger than the other minis. I enjoyed a nice session with one and I think I can say it is the oldest puerh I’ve had now, as Mandala’s page says they are from 2004!

These are yummy!! So smooth, and absolutely no fermentation funk. There’s a little cocoa and a little wood. Nothing really stands out, but I think that makes it a nice starter puerh or an everyday drinking puerh. Really nice! I might have to pick some more of these up as the variety pack only had two!


What paper are these in? I’m trying to figure out which kinds are which in the variety pack lol most of mine are fairly close in size, I am thinking this one has white paper with red and is a bit bigger?


Yes, mine are a little bigger, wrapped in white paper with red writing.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)


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