177 Tasting Notes

I couldn’t help myself last week when American Tea Room announced free US shipping on any order and so I bit on some teas I’ve been eyeing off for a while now (sample packs only I swear!!) and have been desperate to try. First out of the package was Brioche and let me tell you, scent wise, this tea is intoxicating!! Both the dry leaf and brewed liquor smell heavily of almond croissant however the taste doesn’t quite live up to the promise in my opinion… Although the almond and pastry notes are present they’re a little too weak and all this tea has done is make me crave real almond croissants!! Tasty but a little disappointing…maybe i’ll try more leaf in my next cup to see if this solves the problem and so I’m holding off on rating for now….

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This is a nice breakfast / morning tea-tea! Its got nice malt, sweet potato and plum flavors and is going very well with my avocado on toast!

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Tea number two in my lucky dip bag from Banff Tea Co. I brewed this one up this morning and stuck it in my tumbler to take to work not realizing it was a rooibos… I need caffeine on Monday morning!!!! Anyways this is quite tasty – I get a cinnamon raisin flavor from the tea which is very enjoyable even in the warmer weather of Southern California in May! And as an added bonus… one more cup and this will be a sip down!! Yay!!

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drank Cougar Tea by Banff Tea Co.
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I was in Calgary almost a year ago doing a visa run and between the visa appointment and waiting for the processing and return of my passport I did what most people do when they find themselves in Calgary with spare time…. I jumped in the car and headed straight for the Rockies!!

Walking around Banff I discovered the cutest little tea shop with walls and walls of large glass jars containing some of the most insanely delicious smelling (and sounding) blends I had ever come across. After picking out a ridiculous number of teas to purchase, I realized I couldn’t take home everything and decided to throw a sample pack of their exclusive blends (5 small taster packs of some of their signature blended teas) in with my already ginormous purchase…

So fast forward to today and I’ve rediscovered this ‘lucky dip’ pack at the back of my cupboard and have decided today is the day I’m going to finally work my way through it!!

First on the list, Cougar Tea which is an orange, licorice, rooibos blend. So honestly, I’m not really a personal fan of orange teas and this one has a slightly weird aftertaste to it that reminds me of artificial sweetener and although the ingredients don’t list sweetener they do include ‘natural flavoring’ which could easily be stevia. The orange and licorice are well balanced and neither overpowers the other however that aftertaste kinda ruins it for me. Booo… 1 tea down, 4 to go….

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drank Mango Sticky Rice by ETTE TEA
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There’s a storm a’brewing here tonight.. the winds are swirling the dirt around and whipping the palm trees and the sky is quickly darkening… its actually a really nice change from the blue skies, no-weather-weather we tend to get here every single day! I really miss living in Texas and watching the storms start like clockwork from the balcony each day in summer!!

Storms, tea and books – is there a better combination? Since this was the tea I was most looking forward to trying in the Ette group order it seemed like a good choice to sip and watch the storm with. Thai Sticky rice is one of my absolute favorite Asian deserts and Ette does it amazing justice with the mix of genmaicha, roasted barley, mango pieces and coconut… the only thing missing is that sticky glutinous feeling you get with sticky rice. Looking forward to drinking a whole lot more of this tea!!

One more day til the weekend peoples!!!

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Almost a sip down…. This isn’t something I find myself reaching for very often as its a very specific flavor but I’ll definitely miss it once its gone… smoky banana maple-ee goodness… I miss Stacy’s tea blending genius!!

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Yawn! What an insane couple of days at work (ok.. seriously…complain much??? This feels like its becoming a common theme). This was a nice relief this morning from the crazy, like a 10 minute oasis from insanity, seriously!Big thanks to Maddie Barone for the swap! The tea is soft in flavor and has a pretty mellow maltiness which isn’t overpowering or too in your face! With milk its tasty but really nothing to special…Enjoyed tasting but probably not something I’d end up ordering.

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drank Guit-T by T Bar Tea Salon
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The last two days the hubby and I were backcountry camping in the Sierra in an attempt to escape the heat of Southern California and to start my training for our two week Alaskan backcountry adventure in August!! My reward (apart from the gorgeous scenery) for two days of hiking is laying in bed this morning reading a book and drinking tea! Unfortunately this is a sipdown for me… I brought 50g back with me from Oz a month ago and have managed to quickly drink through it because it’s just so darn tasty!! Not quite a chocolate tea but instead more of a hot cocoa tea, it’s delighted me with its tastiness and is very aptly named – a sinful tasting pleasure with none of the guilt!! I’ll miss you!!

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drank Lychee Konnyaku by ETTE TEA
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Phew what a week… thank goodness this week is a short one and I have a three day weekend starting… 30 minutes ago!!!!

I came home to the arrival of my Ette Tea Group Order package and was all prepared to open up a bottle of wine and drown my sorrows in a glass or two until I opened up the envelope protecting my teas all the way from Singapore and Nicole … I can’t resist this…On the kettle went!!

Although they all smelt amazing, I decided to start with the Lychee Konnyaku since I’m a big fan of Lychee and I feel like its not something I see a lot of here in the US unless I’m in an asian grocery store… The bag contained some very juicy looking dried cranberries and smelled like light summer fruits with a hint of lychee. Upon brewing and sipping, this tea has such a strong and delicious lychee flavor to it that I’m kicking myself for only getting 10g .. oh this isn’t going to last past the weekend…. I’m already off to brew another cup!!!


I hear ya! We have all been saying that at work. It has been a crazy week!


I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to have a crazy week.

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drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
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Why do weekends go so quick and Mondays go so slow?? Its one of lifes mysteries!!!

Tea always helps me get through a slow and tedious Monday and since I have this insane box of mouthwatering french tea it made complete sense that I dig into another tasty sounding offering… This tea smells pretty darn delicious and is super pretty with the different flower petals floating in the tea leaves… Taste wise it has some serious maraschino cherry flavors going on with a touch of vanilla and chocolate… another win for my sneaky French tea order!!

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Wife, hiker, backcountry explorer, snowboarder, scuba diver, reader, amateur photographer, wine snob, traveller, student, workaholic and tea addict….

I’m partial to straight oolongs and strong blacks but will drink almost anything if it’s good! I’m also a sucker for coconut, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, raspberry and chocolate flavors and I’m starting to dabble in pu’erh but haven’t found my feet yet….

I’m a displaced Aussie who loves a good cuppa!


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