2351 Tasting Notes

drank Totem by Capital Teas
2351 tasting notes

This goes under the category of “I wish I liked it more because it sure is expensive.”

Note to self: mate and hibiscus = ewww


LOL! I’m sorry to laugh, but I love that category name!


This cracked me up also. Worst category ever!


Hee hee – maybe we should ask Steepster to create an new category!

Michelle Butler Hallett

AHAHAHA! I hear that. Also: hibiscus. GROSS. Me, I’d keep en entire file called ‘Teas and tisanes utterly ruined by hibiscus." One actually angers me: Numi’s Ruby Darjeeling, or something like that. Take hard-to-get Darjeeling … and blend it with hibiscus. Just — no. The liquor looks like BLOOD in the cup.

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Another sipdown… I am all out of this but I really like it so it will probably be back in stock someday. :)

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drank Exotic Pear by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown for me today!
I am not the biggest fan of white teas in general but this is a really good blend, has a great juicy pear flavor and the touch of anise makes it really interesting. See previous notes if interested.

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drank Green Chai by Simpson & Vail
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I’ve been looking for a good green chai for a while so I thought I’d check out this blend from Simpson and Vail with my recent order. You can see small pieces of spice in the mixture and it smells pretty good.

My first impression of this is it’s somewhat light on the flavor. The green tea is slightly vegetal and nutty and I’m also getting some faint spice but it isn’t nearly as strong as some chais I’ve had. I guess this could be a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. I liked this better after stevia was added.

I think this blend needs more cardamom, it seems quite strong on the cinnamon and ginger. I think this will be a good afternoon time tea, especially on a dreary and cold day like the one we’re having. Overall it’s fairly enjoyable but I may use more leaf next time.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! Finished this off yesterday and will look forward to the new spring shipment. :)

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drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
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This tea is left over as part of an ancient Christmas present (I think, from almost 2 years ago). This is one of the only teas I’ve liked that has hibiscus in it. I tried adding a bit of stevia but that was overkill, it doesn’t really need sweetener I guess. Nice combination of fruity and tart, the oolong is hard to detect here but I do like this blend overall. See previous notes, if interested.

ps. also resteeps rather nicely.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Just a quick note to say that I got this back in stock, just in time for the cold weather we are having again. Slightly brisk and malty, definitely good with (soy)milk and sugar. A morning favorite.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had this tea for a while, I can’t remember how long it’s been. It smells so nutty and tastes so sweet and vegetal. I have definitely enjoyed this tea a lot and will consider getting some more if it becomes available (don’t see it on Verdant’s site anymore).

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Lily Duckler

This one just sold out last week. There is no autumn harvest in Dragonwell, but we’ll definitely bring in the 2014 harvest when Spring returns!


Cool, I’ll keep an eye out for it!

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drank Tulsi Immunitea by Simpson & Vail
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Tea of the evening here. The weather took quite a dip tonight in temperature and I was really chilly when I got home. Put on a sweater, some slippers and decided I would make a cup of this tisane from S & V I got a few days ago.

I like the taste of tulsi but sometimes it can be pretty strong. this is a good herbal blend, slightly minty, slightly herby and slightly sweet. the mix of herbs is really well done and tones down the tulsi flavor quite a bit. They added stevia but you could always add more sweetener if you wanted. Personally I don’t find the stevia to be overdone here at all, it’s very mild.

I got a 4 oz. tin of this in the hopes that it would fortify me through the winter cold and flu season and I wasn’t disappointed! This is a good herbal which is comforting and grounding. Nice for winding down here.


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Tea of the afternoon here, this is the 2nd tea I’ve had today that has a cake theme! This is pineapple-y and brown sugar-y, not exactly like a real cake but close enough to satisfy my sweet tooth for now. See previous notes.


everybody needs a cake day per month :)

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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. :)

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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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