344 Tasting Notes


Be forewarned! I’m harsh in this review!

Ew… I don’t care for this one at all. I know I added too much milk (really full milk container threw me off) but honestly, this one tastes bad. I don’t like it. It doesn’t have any real flavour from what I’m gathering. Normally milk doesn’t kill all the flavour with my looseleaf, so it’s very disappointing to me that it did with this one. I don’t know why I keep trying these ‘bagged teas.’ They are always saddening for me. I don’t think I’ll be finishing this one.

I’m starting to realize I really am picky with my teas. I haven’t mastered the love of some of the simple straight teas fully yet, but the ones I have, it’s got to be looseleaf. Otherwise, like with this one, I just think puddle water.

Sorry tea, this one isn’t for me!

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
344 tasting notes

Again trying this… cold steeped.

Should have used something other than a metal infuser. It made the tea slightly metallicy. I didn’t notice it in the first few sips but about half way through I did and it wasn’t good. I also should have sweetened it. Cold steeping made me not hate it. I’m going to try it yet again as a cold steep but witha ddifferent filter and sweetened. Maybe then I’ll finally like it… here’s hoping anyway.

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I think time’s effect is starting to take its toll on this one. Its very light flavoured. I think I should have added another tsp to my cup of this one.

I do like it tho. It’s sweet and apple cinnamony deliciousness

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drank Swiss Chocolate by The Tea Haus
344 tasting notes

Sipdown! On my last bit of this one, I felt I should probably just go ahead and drink it on its own as I haven’t done that yet. I always drink it when the hazelnut like I mentioned in my last tasting note.

So, I’m having this one on its own. I’m finding that I definitely put more sugar in than what I meant to. It was kinda an accident. But, meh.

Anyway, I prefer this one mixed with the hazelnut. Something about the combo is delicious. On it’s own it feels like it’s missing something. But I will say this, it definitely tastes like a mellow hot chocolate, with milk and sugar added.

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
344 tasting notes

I made this again but iced. I don’t like it. I should have made it stronger but I didn’t. This tea is so lackluster… wouldn’t get this again.


As a side note, I’m glad that I’m starting to realize that I don’t care for the Teavana teas. Now I just need to remember that when I get tempted by the interesting sounding teas from them.

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I gotta say, tea is such a wonderful thing. Every day it’s something different, even when you think it’s not going to be. And it’s amazing that sometimes all it takes for it to be different is for the water temp to be too high or too low, or if you let it steep a few mins longer or shorter… This world of tea is really something you can experiment with and never get bored.

And even when you think you might be getting bored, mix it up!

Hate that one kind of tea? Try different flavours or mix them together.
Try different amounts of sweetner or no sweetners.
Try that rooibos with milk! Try it straight up!
Try that black tea with honey! Try it with lemon! Try it in sipping cups instead of a mug!
Try a tea variety that you’ve never had before like white tea or pu’erh, or Oolong!
Try a plain tea instead of a crazy flavour, or vis versa.

Tea is really an expression of yourself, I’m finding. And depending on what tea you grab, can really share your mood and feelings about things.

I am constantly asked what teas I have that are good. What is the definition of good? I think all my teas are good in one way or another. And I know that my teas don’t appeal to everyone either. But, I know what I like, and I try to figure out what others like to help them along the way… which is another reason that I love giving friends samples of my teas.

Anyway, I should really get onto the tea!

Steeped this one for 2.5mins today. I’m finding it a lot more subtle and delicious. I almost wonder if I should stick with the shorter steep time for this one so it doesn’t turn bitter and it stays yummy!
I definitely recommend this one. It’s a very nice black tea with a flavour that isn’t too subtle. It’s lets you know that it’s there. It doesn’t get lost when you add things to it either. Very good!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Dark Chocolate Chai by Tetley
344 tasting notes

Another one that work has. I didn’t taste the chocolate at all. If anything it tasted more like the Vanilla bean chai than it did chocolate. Wasn’t impressed by this one at all.


I get that all the time!!! A “chocolate” tea that tastes like vanilla! uncool :/


lol it really is!

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drank Vanilla Bean Chai by Tetley
344 tasting notes

I don’t drink bagged tea anymore… and for a reason. The quality isn’t there, the flavour isn’t there, and I always end up disappointed. I’ll drink it when I’m out and about or if I’m at work, where I don’t want to leave any of my good loose-leaf, but that’s about it.

But, that being said, this tea isn’t terrible. The vanilla flavour is the main flavour. I add milk and sugar and it makes it like a sweet, creamy tea. The only thing is, the chai flavour is almost not even there. I can pick up the smallest amount of it, but it’s really not much worth even mentioning. I wish that it was stronger. I love chai.

As I’m getting closer to the end of the cup, I’m just so disappointed with this one. It really leaves me wanting to go home and make a proper cup of chai tea.

It’s definitely not one that I would own. Maybe I’m just getting too fussy… or… do I dare say it…? Maybe I’m turning into a… tea snob…? Say it ain’t so! But I think it is! I won’t say snob… maybe just a tea connoisseur of sorts? Or maybe I just like the quality loose-leaf has to offer :)

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Today it is CHILLY out!! It’s like -23C with the windchill! BRRRR!!! But I must say, I’m loving it! We have so many flu viruses going around that it’s nice that finally the cold is here to zap them all to death. Take that bugs! mahahahaha

And what better to have on a freezing morning in beautiful Ontario Canada, then a cup of Canadian Breakfast! Delish! I think this is one of my absolute favourite black teas. Malty, warm, comforting tea. I’m in love :)

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I’m finally trying a Darjeeling!

This one I definitely get the mushroom and floral parts. It’s a nice strong black tea. I’m really liking it. I added milk and sugar, and it seems to be very nice. I didn’t add too much sugar though. I didn’t want to overdo it. I’m not much of a mushroom fan, but I like this tea and how it has that flavour to it. This is one that I wouldn’t be able to drink too much.

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I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon. Currently I’m actively looking for markets and avenues to get published.

I’m also looking to finish a novel that I’ve been writing for the last several years.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer and “mom” to two adorable “fur babies” (I have two awesome cats). I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.
Soon I’ll have a sweet baby boy too! I’m due March 6 so I might be on here a bit less than usual at that point.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream) and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too). White teas are rapidly becoming a favourite too. But, they must be flavoured white teas.

I don’t care for mate, green, oolongs, matcha, or puerh (although the puerh cake tea I have may convert me to a puerhs). And greens are kind of growing on me too. I’m starting to realize just how important steeping times/temperatures/amounts of tea make all the difference in the world for them!

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D


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