2466 Tasting Notes

drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Tea of the morning here! I’m going to resist rating this for now because I woke up this morning with some bad allergies which seem to be affecting my sense of smell and taste. I’m noticing this is a smooth and mild black tea base. The toffee flavor seems light to me but does become more pronounced upon cooling.I’m drinking mine with a bit of soymilk and it’s good this way. Hopefully my sinuses recover soon so I can do a proper assesment.

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This was part of my latest order from S & V… I think this tea is YUMMY!

The green rooibos provides a nice base for this blend. It reminds me of the famous Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings but I like this blend better. In my opinion, it has the perfect amount of sweetness for a Candy Cane tea and is very minty. This is a knock your socks off kind of mint, not a wimpy mint. Sometimes stevia teas are so sweet that they are downright revolting but this is good. I used about 2 tsp. of tea for a 10 oz. mug but I might try cutting that in half… it’s pretty strong.

I got 4 oz. of this and I’m very glad. It will be a good blend for the holidays. I happen to like green rooibos but you don’t find a lot of blends made with it, S & V has a few and I’m drinking my way through them.

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drank Green Almond by Simpson & Vail
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Steepster is acting weird today, I just added a bunch of new teas but I can’t find them when I do a search on them. I tried re-adding this one and it said it was already in the database. Hopefully the problems sort themselves out.

Anyway this is a standard Chinese green tea that smells kind of almondy and contains slivered almonds in the bag. I was hoping for something a bit more marzipan-y after tasting it, so I decided to add a pinch of stevia. That did help make it more dessert-like. The almond flavor seems natural and not overwhelming. It’s a nice every day afternoon tea, I think. Not too bad with almond milk, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. ;-)

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Amy – my daughter, Superanna, is planning a future trip to San Francisco. Can you recommend some tea shops and other places for them to visit?


Sure! What else are they interested in besides tea? Feel free to DM me.


I had that steepster thing happen to me before… the teas showed up the next day, so they should be up then.

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Tea of the morning here. This is one of my favorite flavored teas and I really should have checked my supply because I am almost out of it and I am getting a new order from Simpson and Vail today! Yay for new teas!

I like the almondy goodness here and I also like mine with soymilk which makes it a bit more creamy and dessert like. Of course I am having it for breakfast but you could really enjoy this any time of the day. See previous notes for more details.

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drank Just Green Tea by Honest Tea
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I had this tea today with my lunch. It’s amazing that I still feel the need to buy any bottled tea with all the teas I have in my stash. Still, sometimes this is nice for convenience.

It does have a mystery ingredient which seems kind of citrusy to me. I have to wonder if it’s ascorbic acid powder or something of that nature, which would also serve as a preservative. This is a good basic iced tea because it’s calorie free and doesn’t have a lot of flavorful additions. I also like the Moroccan mint iced tea by this company.

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drank Coconut Cacao Puerh by Art of Tea
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I’ve had this tea for a while now and haven’t felt terribly inspired to drink it. I don’t care that much for flavored puerhs and this tea has a funky smell after brewing. I’m hooping now that wintertime is coming soon I’ll want to drink more of my puerhs in general, I’ve been ignoring them a lot lately. This is kind of nice to drink after a meal but I know I won’t be ordering more.

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Tea of the morning here, I had a fabulous weekend with my Sweetie but now it’s back to real life…

This is a really great blend of black teas esp. for a teabag! I accidentally oversteeped it but it still seems good to me. It reminds me of my lovely vacation in Victoria B.C. Hopefully I will go back there someday. See previous notes for more details.

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And when you come back, we have tea together! :)


That would be nice!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here, and it’s a sipdown!

I have enjoyed this particular Irish Breakfast tea. If you like assams it is definitely a good one to try. I take mine with soymilk and a bit of sweetener and it definitely has a bit of a winey flavor with lots of malt. Probably will be a repurchase the next time I order something from Harney.

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drank Apple Pie by Art of Tea
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I’m finishing off my small sample tin of this tonight. I can’t say I am crazy about this particular tea since it just reminds me of a watery apple cider with some spices thrown in. When it comes to a dessert tea, I prefer something more creamy and decadent. Not horrible but not wanting to buy any more either.

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons
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The days are getting shorter and our much beloved Indian summer in San Francisco seems to be drawing to a close; by November it will be back to fog and rain all of the time. We are going on one last camping trip tomorrow before the winter cold starts setting in.

It’s been ages since I’ve had any lapsang! This is from a sample bag I got from Harney and Sons last year and I still have enough left for about another cup. I really like lapsangs in the late afternoon/early evening. This is a good one to sip on plain, it reminds me of smokehouse almonds but it has a sweet finish almost like molasses. There are a few other lapsangs I like a tad better than this, but it’s certainly an enjoyable tea.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Ooooh, nothing beats a good smoky tea time of year.

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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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