644 Tasting Notes


This is the last of my box, but I’m sure I’ll pruchase more in the near future. This is a really nice Darjeeling, and while I’m usually a fan of the fruity and flower-y notes I have to say that the toasty flavors have become some of my favorites. I went from thinking the resteep was the best cup because of the lovely muscatel flavor to not-so-patiently waiting for the first cup to finish steeping and then happily going back to my pot for the second cup.

So basically I enjoy this tea. A lot. The end.

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I don’t know if I would have necessarily thought of a s’more if someone had handed me a cup of this tea and not told me the name. What I would have thought is Oh. Holy. Yum. This is delightful!

This isn’t a tea that screams s’mores! (despite its name). Rather it gives you all the notes of a s’more – nice dark chocolate, sweet honey, a touch of bread, smooth marshmallow, and light pine smoke – into something infinitely more sophisticated than your run of the mill campfire treat. I particularly like the honey and pine taste together and then the lingering chocolate at the end of the sip. So good.

My husband saw me lurking on Whispering Pines web site and surprised my by ordering this for me (he’s a good guy). I’m so glad he did. This is easily one of my new favorite fall/winter teas.


Yay for your husband! This is the one tea from my two orders from them I’ve yet to try. Will do so later today, and thanks for the reminder.


Yeah, it was a nice surprise. Looking forward to reading your tasting note. This is a fun tea.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Aww what a nice guy! Glad you enjoyed it, Veronica! =)

Tea Sipper

This sounds GOOD.

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drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
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This is not a tea for me. I have to admit that I have never tasted lychee in any way that I’m aware of, but I’m believing it is the super sweet note in the tea. There is a touch of coconut, but unfortunately it does taste a bit fake. Also, there is a bitter taste at the end of the sip that really threw me off.

Thanks, VariaTEA, for the chance to try this tea!


This was actually sent to me by JennyFur but when I realized it was not for me either I thought I would pass it on in hopes of sending it to someone who would enjoy it more. I guess I have yet to find that person. Perhaps you can pass it along again but with more success.


I definitely will. I am not a big white tea drinker, so maybe someone who really likes white tea will enjoy this more. I did appreciate you sending it though. It’s always fun to try a new tea.


may i suggest (before entirely writing the cool fruit that looks like an eye ball, lol) trying butiki’s first? wars have been fought for less. just my opinion. =o)

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drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
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This one is ok. I think I’ll like it more cold brewed or as an iced tea. That said, my kids love it. They were just about giddy to have it in their cups. Both of them said it tasted just like cotton candy. To me it just tasted like sweet tea. It does have a nice strong base tea that I appreciate. The Assam lends body and strength that helps balance out the sweetness. Thanks to VariaTEA’s generous swap I have plenty left, so I’ll keep playing around with this one.


I just got sweet tea too but I am glad your kids found the cotton candy flavor.


I’m glad I’m not the only one! My kids told me my taste buds are broken. I ordered some of the SBT Cotton Candy, so I think I’m going to compare the two. Should be fun!

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Thank you VariaTEA for sending this sample my way. I love mint teas, and this is a nice one. I really like the cardamon and the pepper in this blend. It gives it a kick that’s quite enjoyable. I do prefer gunpowder green over the Hojicha because I think the smokey note goes so well with the mint. Still, this is a good blend, and I’m happy I finally got to try it.

Also, this is my first DAVIDs tea!


YAY! I am glad you enjoyed it!!


This is a nice one to start with! My friend doesn’t like DavidsTea at all because of all the weird flavours, but this one was a complete winner. It’s a serious tea for them, compared to all the fun and sweet dessert teas. (Which I enjoy too. :P) Anyway I’m happy you tried it in case you’re like my friend and didn’t like the other teas. She was prepared to write off the entire company until she found this one.


The main reason I don’t order from Davids is that I keep reading about the oily film on top of the tea. I guess it’s not uncommon in flavored teas, but the fact that it’s mentioned so much with this company kept me away. So I’m glad this was my first Davids tea, too ‘cause it’s good!

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drank Assam by Wegmans
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Used the last of my leaves for my morning cup. I ordered a tin of Tiger Assam from A&D, so I thought it would be wise to make space in my pantry.

This is a good Assam. It has the taste of fresh baked bread with lots of crust. I almost always take it with milk and sugar (like today), and I can sip it mindlessly while still enjoying. It’s not mind blowing or anything, but it is nice and steady.

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drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
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Oh wow, this is good! A nice sencha with creamy vanilla and sweet mango. The sencha is fully present, not hidden by the flavoring. There’s a light grassy note and a vegetable flavor that is nice and clean. The vanilla doesn’t have that wacky artificial flavor. It’s smooth and creamy and blends very well with the green tea. The mango is the lightest note, but it lends a fruity sweetness that definitely takes this tea up a notch.

I only had a three or four sips of the first steeping before my daughter asked for my cup. Mango and vanilla are two of her favorite flavors, so she’s currently in tea heaven. Anyway, I can say that this tea resteeps well. All of the flavors are still there. The vanilla is slightly less, but it’s an equally yummy cup.

Design a Tea has thoroughly impressed me with the blends they keep in stock. It’s great quality, and their customer service is amazing. And yes, I want to spread the word about them! Good companies deserve high praise. :)

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Gingerbread house are done, and fun was had by all. For the first time my son didn’t make a house. We ended up having way more snow than the weatherman was calling for, and my son was desperate to play in it. Much more fun to a ten year old than putting candy on a little house.

So, I’m tired and desperately wanting a cuppa without the work of making one. I started looking through some tea bags I have collected from trades and almost empty boxes, and this one leaped out at me. I’ve always enjoyed it. Lot of citrus and bergamot flavors. Yum. I added a little sugar and cream to my cup and enjoyed this wonderful treat.

This is something I would pick up again.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Today is our annual gingerbread house building, so I’m sipping on this while cutting out templates and doing some other prep work. My kids have been decorating houses for eight years now, and it’s a lot of fun to see how their houses change from year to year.

There’s not much for me to say about this tea that I haven’t said before. It’s still my favorite Earl Grey Cream. It’s kinda like Marry Poppins, practically perfect in every way. :)


That sounds like a great tradition!


Sil, it is! We get together with friends, and there are about 15 kids that all decorate houses. Every year it’s a blast. At least until the clean up starts. ;-)


Ooooh! I really want to do that now!


Cavocorax – Do! It’s so much fun. Every year I think it would be fun to have a gingerbread house decorating party for adults, but I never take the time to plan it.

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We put up our Christmas trees tonight, and now I’m celebrating by drinking, um, Eight Candles. What can I say? It works for me.

This is pretty good. Lots of marshmallow and caramel. Actually, the caramel comes across more as a creaminess in the tea rather than a flavor, but it’s still nice. I did add one and a half perfect teaspoons to my brew basket to increase the flavor, and it worked nicely. Lots of flavor in my cup and no bitterness from the tea.

On a different note, any cat owners out there with tips or tricks for keeping kitties safe during the holidays? I’m a little worried that my cat is too obsessed with the tree lights. I’m scared she’s going to chew on them when we’re out of the room.


Sorry – our cats leave the bulbs alone and try to pull off needles instead.


Heh, cats and Christmas trees are always an interesting challenge… Aside from not putting lights on the bottom row, you could try spraying the wire with diluted Tabasco sauce, or bitter apple.

Before needing to have a cat free home (my in-laws are allergic to cats :( ) we had one cat that loved to eat tinsel, and another that would climb, yes you heard me climb, into the tree and sleep about two boughs up. White cat in a white tree; we couldn’t figure out where he had gotten to.. :S


Ha! Cats crack me up. :)

My husband is sure she’s going to be too busy toppling the entire tree to bother with the lights or wires. I guess we shall see.


We stopped putting lights on the tree once we noticed some of the bulbs chewed off. Yes, we have a chewer. My cat actually believes our artificial tree is her personal seasonal jungle gym.


Oh no! That’s not good. Maybe I’ll have my husband take them down. Better safe than sorry.

Thanks for the advice and cute stories, everyone!

Josie Jade

We have a little 4 foot tree that we actually put on a small table this year to try to keep the cats away. Didn’t quite work since now they’re launching themselves at it from a nearby chair and knocking the whole thing over. Between the cats and the lights going out, I figure I’ve redecorated the tree about 5 times now. No chewing though, thank goodness! I hope your cat loses its appetite for tree. Maybe try some of that bitter spray so she doesn’t like the taste of it?


Does your cat have a history of being interested in cables and such? If not, I don’t think you need to worry. Pull the plug out of the wall when you’re not using it and only have it turned on when you can keep an eye on it. That way at least she won’t electrocute herself. With our cats the lights were never a problem. They were only strung around the top 75% of the tree just to be safe, but other than that, it was left alone. It was the other decorations on it that were in danger. We are avoiding any that are made of glass, so everything on our tree is made of metal, paper or plastic and can stand being played with. Well, the paper things can only take so much playing, obviously, but those are homemade, so they are easy to replace. :)


Turn off tree when you aren’t in the room. Hang bells down low so you know when the cat is messing with the tree. Give kitty a shiny non glass ornament to bat around the floor. Mostly be prepared to grab the cat and tell it NO when it acts up. Don’t stress and just enjoy the antics.


After watching her for a while I figured out it was the blinking lights that were the problem. She loves chasing and eating bugs, so maybe the lights reminded her too much of insects. So I stopped the blinking and she quickly lost interest in the lights. Now she’s more into batting at the ornaments, but that I can handle. :) I will still unplug the lights when we aren’t in the room just to be safe.


Hooray for tree decorating!


Tazo has been wrapping himself around the base of ours. Makes it a little challenging come evening eviction time.


I ran across a video earlier that had me immediately thinking about this thread. Enjoy the cat antics!

Cats vs. Christmas Decorations – http://www.dump.com/catschristmas/

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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