374 Tasting Notes



I am pretty picky about my black teas. Greens, light oolongs, whites, & shengs are my first love but I’ve come to love a few blacks. I think my favourites are one with malt and chocolate notes. This one is pretty amazing with great chocolate notes. Thanks Dex for throwing this one in. So glad I got to try it.

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drank Juicy Peach by Cornelia Bean
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I loved how this one looked dry but when I brewed it up it was just too much hibiscus for me. Maybe someone who loves hibiscus would enjoy this one. I just couldn’t get past the heavy hibiscus taste.


I loved your comment on another tasting note about how we all experience teas different. I don’t think this one is hibiscus at all – I read this and my first thought was – there isn’t any hibiscus in that? The Citrus Hibiscus Herbal for me was WAY MORE hibiscus than this one. That’s what I love about Steepster and swapping is hearing all the other opinions on the same tea. :))

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea smelled so good dry and even better brewed up. I was really looking forward to tasting it. However the taste did not live up to how it smelled. It certainly didn’t taste like apple cider to me. I just couldn’t get it down.

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This is delicious. Love the chocolate notes. I don’t think I could tell this one apart from my Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong of Wu Yi Fujian Black Tea Spring 2014 from Yunnan Sourcing. Both are excellent teas!

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This sencha is okay but it’s lacking the nice spinach and body of some of the richer sencha’s. I think I prefer those senchas that border a little bit on the gyokuro side.

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drank Strawberry Blush Rosé by Teavana
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I got a heap of this tea for Christmas along with the tea tin and beautiful travel mug:

I think if I love artificial flavoured teas I’d probably be raving about this one. It certainly does smell and look delicious. The dry mixture is sooo pretty. Loads of fruit & rose buds in there. The oolong is a bit hard to find.

Brewed up it does taste strawberry & rose. I couldn’t get much oolong taste in it but I think it was mostly just meant as a base to give it some body. Yes, the strawberry flavour is somewhat artificial but there are actual strawberry pieces in there (along with apple, pineapple, tangerine, peach, grapes, grapefruit, rhubarb). The artificial flavouring is not too strong and I could definitely pick out the citrus and grape with the other fruits. The rose petals mixed in with it all giving it a natural rose aroma.

Did I love it? I don’t really know. It was a bit strange for me. Fruity and floral at the same time. I would have liked more oolong , less artificial flavour but overall it’s pretty good. It seems like one of those teas that would be amazing iced.

The tea tin and travel mug are sooo pretty.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Grapes, Rose, Strawberry

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drank Cacao by Tisano
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This is one of those teas I’ve read great reviews on for ages. Then one day I just decided to order some anyway. It came just before Christmas and I’m having it now. The instructions say 1 tps to 8oz of water at 210F which I did. However, I notice that most other people here used a lot more tea for the 8 oz.

It definitely is hot chocolate like (without the milk and the sugar both of which I can’t have). I think this brew is a little thin so might try it with more tsps. next time like others have had. I also want to try this with some black teas I have. Is it worth it just ordering the one tea? I’d say so. This looks like a versatile tea to have on it’s own when I want a hot chocolate or to mix with other teas. I’ll enjoy trying out some different things with it.

Flavors: Chocolate

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drank 7th Heaven by Tealux
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Here I am sick with a cold before Christmas and I can’t taste any of my teas. What a bummer especially since I got those nice teas from The Finest Brew yesterday. So yesterday and today have been all peppermint or medicine teas. I’ve even had the dreaded ginger tea which I hate.

Today I’m having my Lapacho tea. Even the flavour on this one is a bit lost on me today. It’s coming through kind of dull. I’m picking up the citrus (which is the added flavour) but not the woody flavour of the lapacho. I changed the rating on this tea. I still think it’s pretty fantastic because of the health properties of lapacho and it tastes pretty good but it’s not a 100 rated tea. I would love to find other lapacho teas out there. Anyone know of other lapacho teas?

Terri HarpLady

Bummer that you’re sick. Sending hugs & good vibes to you :)


I’ve had a mild cold for a few days too. Tea makes it better even if you can’t taste it! Feel better!


Thanks so much Terry & Tealizzy. Tealizzy, hope you’re feeling better too. December is always such a busy month. I almost always get sick at this time.

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I love this tea! I didn’t really leave a proper review last time so I’m doing it now. Just finished my kickboxing workout this morning so it’s nice to relax with a wonderful cup of tea.

Dry the leaves are tiny twisted dark green and I could smell spinach from the dry a bit.

Brewed at 185 , 8 oz, 2 min, 1 tsp. Mmmmm. Sweet, buttery and spinach. I can smell the spinach in the aroma. This tea to me seems like it borders between some Japanese teas and the Chinese teas. The spinach seems to give it that umani that the Japanese greens have. Then there’s the rich nutty, butter flavour. I only have one little package left of this which is 2 cups so this is one tea that I will definitely have to order more of. It’s like a cup of heaven.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Spinach, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Yay! Rizhao’s are my favourite green hands down:-)

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I’ve had this tea twice but have held off leaving a review. That’s because I think it’s strange I get chocolate notes off of a white tea. Yet I do.

Dry, the leaves are a bit fuzzy with white green to light green colour. It brews up a honey yellow and has a good body for a white tea. I picked up hay, honey and of course the chocolate notes. I really quite like it but I’m curious if anyone else gets chocolate notes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hay, Honey

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yummy! :)

The Finest Brew Co.

This sounds tasteful, thanks! There is indeed a frail note of chocolate that I too pick up.

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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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