414 Tasting Notes


I was expecting this to be pretty bad after reading the other reviews on it. It is true that 2014 was better. It had some nice chocolate notes whereas this one doesn’t but it’s still a nice malty black. I might add some chopped vanilla beans to it to see if I can get some chocolate notes out of it.

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This tea just didn’t appeal to me. I found it was too much like a black tea but not the Chinese blacks. Much more like the black teas in the grocery store. I don’t know- I just didn’t get any other notes off this. The leaves looked pretty though- a nice chocolate brown when infused.

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I got a sample from Liquid Proust and it was hard to read what was written on the sample . I think it’s Fukuyu Sencha from ESP Emporium. I couldn’t find that tea listed here so I didn’t bother setting it up.

Had this one at work and just brewed up western style. Oh, wow, was it ever good. It tasted fruity. Really fruity and sweet. I really want more of this green tea. Soooo good!

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

That sencha ended up in the Blueberry Sandstorm Genmaicha I made…
Sorry about the handwriting :p


So I did have the name right then! That’s good to know in case I want to buy some. Your Blueberry Sandstorm Genmaicha must be really good then if it’s made with this tea.

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I don’t want to be subjective about my own teas… but, being that I used no flavoring for the blueberry taste leaves me with room to improve the overall taste. While I may be pleased with what I came up with, I can understand how others may want more fruity notes in the tea; but in regards to the sencha used, I am rather picky with my greens :p

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I found this one at Loblaws tonight. There were some Dragonwell teas too but just grabbed this one for now. It’s a loose tea (no teabags! Yay!) but they include some teabags with the box that you can fill (made from unbleached paper).

I’m really enjoying this tea. It’s hard to find a rooibos that doesn’t have a bunch of artificial flavouring added to it. This one does have a bit of that vanilla madacasgar taste to it. Now they called the cocoa nibs Madagascar which doesn’t make sense to me. I really don’t get much cocoa from this tea . I do pick up a faint mint and there’s something about it that has probably come from the aging in the barrel. I can’t quite describe it . Maybe it has absorbed some of the oak .

Overall a great tea!

Flavors: Mint, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
414 tasting notes

This was one of those teas on my wish list. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding it in.

I had this one yesterday and should have kept notes. I know I enjoyed it but wasn’t wowed by it. I found the bergamot was done nicely, not overpowering. It was quite mild as was the jasmine. I think I might need to have this tea again to really get a feel of it. I’m glad there was enough for two cups so I’ve still got enough left.

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Wow! What an amazing Jasmine tea. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding a sample in our swap.

I brewed this gongfu. Currently am on steep 3 – or is it 4? I lost track. It’s soooo good. I have always loved a good jasmine green with a fairly strong floral taste and aroma. The one I used to enjoy years ago (way before I got into fine teas) had an artificial flavor to make it that strong. Trying many different jasmine teas over the years I came to the conclusion that infusing the tea naturally with the flowers could just not give such a strong jasmine scent and flavor to it. Well I was wrong.

This tea is jasmine and a bit buttery. Very delicate but at the same time very strong. I’m surprised this is listed as a green tea. When I checked it out on Capital Teas website it is made with first flush peony silver needles. Sounds like a white tea to me. It is tied in such delicate bows. I can imagine that definitely adds to it’s high price because of the labour to make those little bows.

I just can’t help it but would love more of this tea. It would be nice to stock a tiny tiny amount of the bows but to find this tea without the bows to have more often. I wonder if Capital Teas has it without the bows?

Flavors: Butter, Jasmine


Have you had Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine? It is the most floral and amazing jasmine tea I have ever drunk. And it is relatively reasonably priced for such a high quality tea.


No , I never did. I’d love to try it.


Ha ha I checked out the reviews here and I had already saved that one to my wish list.

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
414 tasting notes

I took a sample of this from the GCTTB and was saving it for when I got a day that was a bit more relaxed. Life has been so hectic lately.

I think this sample was put in by Sil. Thanks Sil. I was pretty excited to try this tea.

I brewed for 10 min at 205F. Added just a little almond milk and a tiny bit of sweetner. It’s like having a cup of hot chocolate. Very nice! I can also pick up a bit of vanilla in there. Really enjoy this tea and might consider ordering if they have a good sale on in the future.

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

Boiling 8 min or more 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

you can sometimes find it at the grocery store. That’s actually where i found mine to try haha


Really? I’ve never seen this in the grocery store but I have to admit; I pass by the tea section a lot more now than I used to. Which one did you find it in?


it was one in vancouver – uh…safewat if i remember right


Oh. Haven’t seen one of those in Ontario.

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I had a sample of this The Finest Brew sent me some time ago. I couldn’t find brewing instructions on their website and I couldn’t remember exactly how I brewed the last moonlight tea I have. So I started at 190F and brewed a few seconds.

It was good. Smooth and sweet. No bitterness. Had a bit of that hay taste that I get off of white but was strong and full bodied with a bit of malty flavour. There’s a bit of fruitiness in there too.

I messed up the brewing infustions after the first one and left it a minute or so. It was even better. Sweeter and more flavor.

This one kind of reminded me of the one I got from the Ebay seller Goshopstreet. Both are great moonlight teas.

Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Malt

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drank Roasted Barley by assi brand
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Picked this up at the local Asian supermarket. I am having tea buying withdrawal symptoms since it’s taking since April for my Yunnan Sourcing order to come! lol

I love buckwheat tea so I thought why not give barley tea a try? It came in this HUGE 2 lb bag for $3.99. If I didn’t like it I wasn’t out a lot of money.

On the bag it said to add 2 tbsps. to 2 litres of water and boil for 20 min. I checked out some other reviews and other people had used more tea and about the same amount of water. I just put what looked like 2 litres in a pot, not really measuring. Then added 3 tbsps. and boiled for 20 min.

Mmmm, it was nice and comforting toasty . It doesn’t taste like buckwheat. Definitely has it’s own flavor but it’s toasty with that grain flavor. Hot, this makes a soothing, warming herbal drink in the colder days. I still enjoyed it now and took the rest to put in the fridge to have as iced. It’s supposed to be pretty good cold too.

Flavors: Roasted, Roasted Barley, Toast

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.


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