2353 Tasting Notes


Sipdown – just finished off a tin of this. It’s been convenient having the teabags at the office but I don’t think I need to repurchase this again. The tin is quite pretty and I’ll be keeping it.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

(Love the tin.)


I have that tin, too. The tea is long gone and I didn’t buy more, either!

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I had to work late tonight and decided to brew up a pot of this tisane when I got home. This is a really good rooibos and I need to remember to drink more of my tisanes in the evening. I love the apple and spice flavor here, it tastes so natural and almost decadent. It’s pretty good alone but also nice with a touch of coconut sugar. See previous notes for more details.

Now to start some yoga!

Boiling 8 min or more

A whole pot of tisane! I’ve never done that… Hmmm. I should!


I recommend it. :)


Maybe tonight I will!!

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drank Philosopher's Brew by Silk Road
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This was part of a tisane sampler I purchased at Silk Road Teas when I was in Victoria. The predominate note is lemongrass, the rosehips and citrus provide a slightly tart note and the lavender is very relaxing. I might have liked this more without the lavender, it seems like something of a strange combination but I’m sure I will finish off the mini tin that I have. I like the way it smells more than the way it tastes.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Tea of the morning here – My sweetie has a headache and we thought some caffeine might help. I set this out last night because I really wanted to drink it today. Such a lovely chocolatey/malt goodness here…


I just killed mine this weekend… Laoshan Black really is my go-to black tea. 4 more oz. on the way!


I always seem to have it around myself…

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drank Moonlight on the Grove by Silk Road
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I purchased a few sample tins when I was at Silk Road in Victoria recently… still haven’t tried them all!

I’ve been having a relaxing evening, I took a shower with some lovely jasmine scented soap and then decided I would try this tea. I’m not a huge fan of jasmine teas, when I drink them I normally go for a jasmine pearl.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the tin was the presence of some dried jasmine flowers. I steeped this for around 2-3 minutes.

For a jasmine tea it’s pretty nice, the flavoring seems very natural and not as soapy or bitter as some jasmines I’ve tried. I’m not sure about this fujian green tea, it doesn’t have a lot of flavor in and of itself but it makes a nice backdrop for the jasmine. I like the name of this tea, it’s very poetic and the effect is light and dreamy. I’d consider getting some more of this if Silk Road wasn’t so far away!

…hopefully this is the start to a lovely relaxing weekend

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank White Winter Chai by Art of Tea
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I was feeling a bit bummed that I have no decent dessert teas at the office – why is it that no matter how many teas I bring with me I always want more? :)

I managed to find the sample tin of this, it satisfies my craving for something sweet and the flavoring is fairly delicate but you will pick up the clove and cinnamon here. Tasty alone or with soymilk.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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Backlogging – this is a yummy dessert tea I enjoyed last night after yoga and before my homework for art class. Good on its own but I also enjoy this one with soymilk which makes it kind of creamy and dessert like. I’ve been so busy lately that my tea obsession is falling by the wayside!


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Tea of the morning here, this is losing some of its flavor but I’ve had it for over a year so I’m keeping the rating where it is. I should go back to Asha for some more oolong once this runs out. :)

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2nd tea of the morning (ok, right now I am having a green tea latte from Starbucks so that would be the 3rd tea).

I’ve been having problems with insomnia lately so I think I’m going to try cutting out coffee for a while and drink tea exclusively and maybe green teas should be a focus due to the high theanine content.

This is a delicious banana oolong that also happens to be good with almond milk.

185 °F / 85 °C

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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I’ve enjoyed this tea a lot, I bought two pouches of it and am nearing the end of pouch #2. I brewed some up and then accidentally spilled it all over my pants, my desk and the floor. :-/


That’s too bad!


I hate when that happens. :(

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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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