488 Tasting Notes

This is another sample pack from Angel at Teavivre. Thank you!

I wanted to write about this tea again, because my first impression was very good, but then I had this tea again over the past 2 nights and it was AMAZING! This tea is light floral, buttery and no bitterness. I have to have this tea for the spring. No questions asked. This is so lovely. I can’t wait to place an order!

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Tisano
488 tasting notes

This is a sample from donkeytiera. Thank you!

Oh this is yummy! What a treat. Cacao, vanilla, and with a bit of sugar this is the perfect dessert tea before bed. I have one more mug’s worth and will play around with adding some milk to make it a bit more creamy…..


I love this stuff…..almost as much as Peet’s Red Cloud Cacao…

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drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
488 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Zack. Thank you!

So Lychee. I guess I had no idea what Lychee tasted like. We have never really met before. I am going to have to say this is not a favorite of mine. I think the lychee would blend much better with say an oolong or a green. With the black base it was a floral black tea which for me wasn’t great. Not bad, but not something I would go crazy about. Glad I got to try this one, and glad I finally got to try Lychee.

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Well a sample of this has been sitting in my cupboard for a bit. I finally made the last mug of it tonight. The flavors in this one are really hard for me to pick out. It is a lightly sweet, lightly floral, and lightly fruity tea. Not anything to go crazy about, but it is so relaxing and just he perfect cup for tonight.

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I am traveling this week/weekend and packed some of my H&S sachets for the road. I am having this today and it has been great. A nice strong cup that is just the right amount of bitter, yet smooth. Stands up to not so perfect brewing conditions and still puts a smile on my face. I really need to contact H&S to see if this is the same tea as Big Red Sun.

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
488 tasting notes

I received some of this from donkeytiara in our swap. Thank you!

Yum. I had a rough nights sleep last night and I was already starting to think about what tea I would try this morning. I read a tasting note about keemun yesterday so thought I would give one of these a go. I am glad I did. This cup did not disappoint. This is a very light and fruity keemun, maybe peaches/bananas? It is very smooth and almost a hint of spice? mixed in. I can’t quite put a finger on the flavor at the beginning of the sip. It doesn’t have as much base as some of my current favorite keemuns, but it is a great cup. Thank you for sharing donkeytiara.


…i agree…it’s almost a summer keemun, which seems a bit of an oxymoron!

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drank Stone Fruit White Tea by 52teas
488 tasting notes

This is an old sample. I think this is one that came from a box from LiberTeas awhile back. Why I am not just trying this I am not sure. Tonight this is really hitting the spot. Light very fruity and definitely stone fruit. It is slightly sweet. I actually liked it more when it was hot, now as it cools I am thinking about heating it back up. A good cup for tonight.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
488 tasting notes

This tea comes from Zack. Thank you!

This tea was the main reason for reaching out for the swap. I got to try this in the TTB last spring and loved it. I almost fell for the Feb 40% off but I haven’t drank through all of my EGC yet and I am really trying to stick to my tea budget this year. So I will enjoy the few cups of this I have from Zack for now. But this cup, this cup confirms this tea needs to be in my stash. With even more experience in the world of straight blacks a year later this is even more solidly a LOVE. There is a roasty toasty java hint to this black tea. It is malty and chocolaty without the brighter fruity notes that seem to get in the way for me with black teas. I just hope the 2015 crop maintains some of the same characteristics:)

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drank Dong Ding Oolong by Tea Ave
488 tasting notes

This is the last of my sample sachet’s from Tea Ave. Thank you for the opportunity to try your wonderful oolongs.

I had this tea earlier this week and didn’t write a tasting note about it immediately so hopefully I remember all the important details of of this one. I remember being suprised that I enjoyed this one more than the TGY. The texture of this tea amazed me. Like most of the TeaAve teas that I tried it had a creamy smooth, melt in your mouth, kind of texture. It seems to enhance the experience so much. I remember this being slightly fruity, with a slight roasted flavor. This one I would definitely pick up again. I unfortunately only had the opportunity to steep these leaves once. I wish I would have had the time to do more, but such is life sometimes. I look forward to an order with TeaAve in the up coming months!


Thank you for all your reviews and comments Teatiff, We really appreciate it. Glad you really enjoyed a few you’ve tried. Would you mind sharing your comments on our site where you can review and rate the teas you’ve tried?

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
488 tasting notes

I had my last mug of this tea this morning. I finally got it right. I accidentally let it steep for probably 6 mins with quite a bit of leaf. I added sugar and milk and it was a delicious cup. I am not sure I would repurchase this one. It might depend on what kinda shopping mood I was in. It was enjoyable while I had it. Thanks H&S for another great tea.

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.


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