2809 Tasting Notes


I still can’t taste much but I know these are still yummy – lol. See my previous notes. :))

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Treating myself to this today in the hopes that it will rev up my immune system… and I finally got a thermometer from Sur La Table so I know I’m steeping this one correctly at 175 F.

it’s one of the things I would actually repurchase again from Teavana and $12 is not a bad deal for a tin of this.

It’s sweet and vegetal with a brothy, nutty quality – yummmy! (see my previous notes)

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This tea came in my gift set from Palais de Thes – I could not find it on the American site, only on the British one. Is the name too risque for us yanks?

In any case my taste buds are off today so I’m not going to rate this one for now. I started taking MSM which is working wonders for my foot pain but has also given me something of a dry mouth this morning, and I might be getting a cold which isn’t helping either. This is a nice blend of green and black tea along with a very strong fruity element. This one smells great in the tube. I don’t have much experience with green and black blends but so far I am really liking it. The fruit seems good in this blend, it’s refreshing but not tart.

I hope to post a better review if and when I am feeling more normal! :)


Hope you start feeling better soon! When I was taking MSM it was suggested that I take a glucosamine supplement because it helped with the side effects. It helped me a bunch! I think they sell MSM and Glucosamine as a single supplement now. It might be worth a try! : )


Thanks – I will check out the glucosamine as well. :) I can’t believe my doctor didn’t recommend it but MDs in this country only want to give you things you need a prescription for.

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
2809 tasting notes

I forgot I had a sample pack of this lying around… I steeped some this evening for my nightly treat and I still think it is very yum, almond & cardamom are some of my favorite things.

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drank Cran-Blackberry Rooibos by 52teas
2809 tasting notes

My second time trying this… it leaves a big tart aftertaste which I am not really loving. I’d be glad to swap for some of this… I am sensitive to tart things due to stomach problems but I’d imagine it’s fine for most people.

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drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
2809 tasting notes

Thanks to LiberTeas for sending me this, I’ve been wanting to try it. I love ginger and white tea so my hopes were high….

I read over some of the other tasting notes and was thinking “oh no, bergamot!” I don’t like a lot of bergamot especially Earl Grey type of teas.

I actually liked this, a lot! It’s very gingery and definitely reminds me of a cocktail. There’s a bit of bergamot in here but it’s slight. It’s difficult to taste any white tea in here but I was kind of expecting that… Definitely is hitting the spot as my after lunch tea. I bet this would be an amazing iced tea as well…. and no calories!

I’m buying some today! =)

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I really think I might buy one of these cakes after trying the sample. It’s nice to find a sheng that is mild like this and has a nice sweet aftertaste instead of bitter. I upped the rating a few points today.

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I accidentally let this steep for too long, it went to 2 minutes or more. Now it is very strong! Reminds me a bit of coffee, dark, robust but still drinkable. Smells awesome and is very woodsy but a tad bit too strong for me here. Good lesson learned – do not oversteep pu-erh! :)

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Ceylon #1 by thepuriTea
2809 tasting notes

Thanks to SimplyJenW for letting me try this one!

It used to be that I thought I didn’t like Ceylon teas but I think previously I’ve had the cheap-o ones either used in teabags or in breakfast blends. It came as somewhat of a revelation to me that I could really enjoy a Ceylon tea.

I steeped this for 4 minutes with boiling water. It is very dark, rich with some brown sugary and chocolate-y type notes. It has a tiny bit of briskness and a tad of pungency at the very end but very enjoyable. I was able to drink some of this plain (just to do a proper tasting) but then I added some soymilk to it and it’s very good both ways. This would be a great breakfast tea, or even an afternoon tea with some biscuits and jam. A solid YUM. I’m very glad I got to try it and I can see that more ceylons are in my future! :)

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Oh man, that sounds fabulous. I frequently am in the mood for a good black tea with chocolatey and sweet notes.. : )

Charles Thomas Draper

I have to explore some Ceylons….


I also recommend the Sam Bodhi from Le Palais de Thes – it’s gooood!

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drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
2809 tasting notes

I don’t have too many flavored white teas but I do like this one. Very peachy, with citrus and just a hint of flowers. I got 1/4 lb a few months ago and I need to finish it in the next few months since I don’t think white tea has a very long shelf life. This is a great iced tea, too.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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