2705 Tasting Notes

drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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I unearthed this ancient sample from my stash – I have no idea why I didn’t try drinking it before now. I believe this was one of their spring teas and it also looks to have been discontinued but maybe they’ll bring it back.

This isn’t quite as terrible as I was fearing it would be. I actually like the raspberry here in this blend but I don’t think the coconut goes so well with it. Kind of sickly sweet somehow & might be better iced. I guess I haven’t been missing much. :-/


It’s now a permanent tea since winning a voting contest to bring back old teas.


Amy, don’t you normally like raspberry flavoring in teas??


@Dorothy – well I would not have voted for it that’s for sure!

@Scott- it was just the raspberry coconut combo I did not really care for

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This was another sample pack I received when I placed my order with Upton. I really wish I had ordered more of these, they are so awesome and cheap!

This assam was steeped with boiling water in an infuser mug for 4 minutes per the company’s recommendations.

This is a delicious smelling assam – very dark, fruity and malty. It has a lot of pungency towards the end of the cup and I fear I may have steeped it a little too long or I should perhaps use a little less leaf next time because I brewed it up very strong! I love the flavor but am wishing for slighly less pungency so stay tuned, I may need to adapt this one out of sheer necessity. Soymilk is definitely helping to tone it down a bit.

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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Here’s my tea “nightcap” for tonight. I did notice tonight I felt the cinnamon in this blend was pretty strong so I may have oversteeped it. See my previous tasting notes. Still it’s great with soymilk as a nice treat :)

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drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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my tea notes are probably getting repetitive but at some point I will break down and just buy an entire pound of this since I drink it almost every day. =)

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I am sure I will want to keep ordering this tea forever. I’m tired today and the weather is grim but this is tea is so delicious, smooth and strong. Chocolate malt perfection – Perfect for a long, cloudy day. See my previous tasting notes. :)

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drank Vanilla Black by Rishi Tea
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It is today’s first tea. Steeped this morning at boiling for 4 minutes. It’s nice but not destined to be a favorite, see previous tasting notes. I will try adding a pinch of cardamom or dried orange peel next time.

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yum, it’s a tea “nightcap” – hoping there is not too much caffeine in this one. Definitely a dessert tea, great with some soymilk. I don’t see it as a coconut cream pie as much as a coconut banana cake made with whole wheat flour. Anyway it seems to be hitting the spot at the moment.

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I’m going to have to go back and taste mine now that you mentioned wheat flour! O.o I think that you hit that one on the nose!


SO jealous!!! My favorite teas from Frank are the coconut and banana ones, and yet I didn’t jump on this one. Your description of it sounds lovely!


I liked it more than I thought I would have…

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drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
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working late tonight, this tea is a nice boost and is very soothing and rich as well. A guiltless indulgence. :)

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drank Autumn Laoshan Green by Verdant Tea
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This came as a sample in my last order from Verdant. I was very surprised to find that this does smell a lot like cocoa – intriguing! I steeped it for around 3 minutes at 175 F or so. I may have used a bit too much leaf however.

I am finding this slightly less sweet and more vegetal than the spring Laoshan green. It has a full and rich flavor, definitely green beans are the predominant note here. I felt it got a bit pungent so I may need to revise my steeping parameters. I like it though…

Second steep here at 2 minutes was a lot better, I guess you don’t need much with this tea!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This is a great black tea to lift your spirits and start the day right – see my previous tasting notes. :)

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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

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