1226 Tasting Notes


Say what, no notes on this tea?
Am I the only one who was super curious of the pop rocks in this tea? OMG POP ROCKS!

DRY: Red hots – super spicy cinnamon smell!
STEEPED: smokey black and cinnamon smell. Yes, I heard the pop rocks going off while it steeped! Sounded more like bubbles popping.

TASTE: Spicy cinnamon, sweet and warm. Nice full body from the black tea base. Tastes just like those spicy cinnamon hearts on valentines day. There is a powerful cinnamon candy finish, with a hit of almost bitter loads of cinnamon just like the candies. The cinnamon tingles my tongue as an after effect.
Quite sweet on its own, does not need sugar I think.

Liquid Candy tea!
This reminds me of DAVIDsTea’s “Hot Lips” but much much better. The sweet finish makes this tea more like a cup of candy than a straight cinnamon blasting. The pop rocks were a fun bonus to this tea.

This would be a fun latte (I always think that). If you like spicy cinnamon and sweet teas, seek this one out!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

I haven’t had time to place an order again but this is on my list to try heh


Pop rocks in tea is genius. +1 for Della Terra!

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I made this tea double strength as a soy latte with a bit of light agave.

Very Very good – Double strength and with milk, the flavorings come out well and not rooibosy at all. Creamy, sweet, hint of caramel and coffee flavor. Actually better than any cups of fancy high calorie coffee I’ve had.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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So mad right now! I was going to do a side by side tasting of Zen Tea’s Coconut Green and Coconut Oolong.. and a huge ugly a$$ fly fell into my cup of coconut green before I could taste both teas together! EWWW! I was almost tempted to scoop out the fly and drink, but decided against it. Eww. Cry.

I chose this Coconut green and their Coconut Oolong from Zen teas – see which one I like more!

DRY: Sweet, natural coconut smell, with a hint of smokey.
STEEPED: Milky coconut, light gold tea.

TASTE: Lightly floral, vegetal and creamy oolong, sweeter from the coconut with a really good coconut aftertaste. The coconut here is very natural tasting – I can almost sense the texture of the coconut flesh while I sip. Creamy taste lingers in my mouth.

Second infusion, I cannot get any coconut flavor but the oolong is still good – sweet, lightly floral and bright. I’d drink this second infusion on its own! No astringency.

COMMENTS: This oolong is pretty solid – a great combo with the bao zhong. The second infusion is pretty good too, despite lacking coconut.

Comparison (copy n pasted to Coconut Green)
Coconut green = More balanced flavoring with coconut and sencha together
Coconut oolong = the coconut melds with the oolong, enhancing the creamy and sweet of the bao zhong, with a coconut finish.

Tough call, I’m leaning on Coconut oolong more as the whole experience is overall fantastic, but coconut green has a really good flavoring as well.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

Ew! I am sorry! (although, maybe he wanted some tea too?:)


I wouldn’t have told anyone it happened but I totally would have drank the tea after I scooped it out!

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
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TY out to Zen Tea for a sample of this!

I do like my coconut – especially these days since my husband and his family hate it, so I’m mysteriously drawn to coconut more and more.

I chose this Coconut green and their Coconut Oolong from Zen teas – see which one I like more!

DRY: Smells like coconut milk with a hint of grassyness. Interesting

STEEPED: Fragrant green, with a creamy smell. Golden green colour.

TASTE: Sweet coconut, like eating a fresh baby coconut – buttery, milky, naturally sweet. All this is balanced with a sencha base. No bitterness.

The flavor has no fancy frills – just coconut and sencha, no chocolate, pineapple or stevia. Actually, from all these Zen teas I’ve tried, they follow that theme – no frills or wild blends, simple flavoring, playing up the tea.

Very good! I like how balanced the coconut and sencha are. If you prefer a green over oolong, I’d give this tea a try.

Coconut green = More balanced flavoring with coconut and sencha together
Coconut oolong = the coconut melds with the oolong, enhancing the creamy and sweet of the bao zhong, with a coconut finish.

Tough call, I’m leaning on Coconut oolong more as the whole experience is overall fantastic, but coconut green has a good balance I enjoy.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
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I bought a lot of stuff online for black friday and cyber monday (with me being the only one of my friends circle buying stuff, everyone was on the “no buy” bandwagon. I cannot resist deals, especially tea deals.)
My della terra order is the first thing that came out of all the stuff I bought! WOOOOOT!

DRY: strong, liquor like smell with a mix of spices scent. Very cute snow flake sprinkles!

STEEPED: similar to dry, liquoury spicy smell. Inviting and not smelling like ack rooibos!

TASTE: Warm, well rounded spices – lightly cinnamon and nutmeg? The spices are not overly strong or overpowering. Slightly sweet and creamy. Warming on the tongue from the spice. A touch watery, but very good considering I’ve had many watery rooibos blends. Not very red rooibosy tasting, in fact, I forgot I was drinking rooibos!

COMMENTS: I’m thinking this tea as a latte, this would be killer!
I quite enjoy this Winter nog – it’s a great evening, winter tea. The spice level is perfect, it’s kinda sweet. Yum. I don’t know if I’d order more after the sample is done as it’s not making me go crazy yet, but I’d highly recommend peeps to try this tea out if you are into a good winter themed tea.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Rose Organic by Zen Tea
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Totally having a floral tea day.

Tried this tea steeped at 175 = no bitterness at all. Bright, maraschino cherry flavor (not sweet) over loads of florally rose. Good, savory sencha background. Very good. I killed off my sample, I wish I tried it iced, the cherry would be pretty good, but I’m not sure about the floral being good iced.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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Turns out I’m sinus infectioning out right now – better than the strep that’s now contained with antibiotics in my house, but still sucky.

I did 175 and 2 minutes – less weird floral bitterness and much better of a cup. Less peachyness though, but still very floral tea that came out quite mellow. I want to love this tea, but it’s just too finicky to make perfect it seems.

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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Do not have this tea while eating fresh pineapple!

I found it out the hard way, during lunch eeeeeeggg! They just do not go together at all and it’s quite awful.



Fresh pineapple actually temporarily disables your taste buds do best not to eat when you want to taste other things.


Eeeekk. I only eat Pineapple as a standalone snack or as a dessert. Unless it is combined with other foods (Like a fruit salad.)


Hahaha, I have discovered multiple foods that do not go together, but this isn’t one I’d encountered yet! Notable are mint preceding orange juice (but everyone knows that one), and smelly cheese preceding juices of most sorts. How people can drink even wine paired with such cheeses is beyond me.


thanks for the friendly advice :) But on the same token, I feel bad you had to find it out the hard way. I love this tea so much but cannot buy it becuase it was part of the fall collection :( I really need to get a credit card so I can buy on line.

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I’ve been craving this tea for awhile now, and finally gave in. I love white teas, but it’s another tea I tend to conserve and not drink too often.

This pot will not last long. I was up most of the night sick with I don’t know what, but I feel like my head is going to freeze off. I’m chugging this tea to stay warm. I like the sweetness here, but since I was impatient, I just chucked in the leaves so it’s getting oversteeped and weird bruised fruit tasting.

I’m going to sit with my rabbit and drink tea. He’s nice and warm.

Hesper June

I am sorry:( I hope you feel better soon!


Get better soon!

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What can this tea not do? Hangover cure, morning pick me up, great iced, cold killer! I drank a pot of this, killing off the rest of my bag – rest assured, I have another bag, MUHAHAHAHAHAAA!

I guess it’s not a great bedtime tea.


Hahaha. I’m about to get aboard the GMS train… just bought my first 1 oz. bag! Only had a sample before, so I’m pretty excited…


I have never tried it, but I bought some because I always read your rave reveiws!


I really gms….especially cold resteep after the hot steep

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


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