181 Tasting Notes


This is like breakfast in a cup. Toasty and malty in both flavor and aroma. It smells more chocolatey than it tastes to me, especially before brewing, but is very, very delicious. Drank with a bit of cream. Yum!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
181 tasting notes

Brewed up the last of my tin. Delicious nutty cocoa flavoured tea – best brewed with extra leaf.

I enjoyed drinking this and would possibly repurchase sometime, although I think I do prefer the Soho blend for a H&S chocolate tea as I love the coconut in that one – Florence has a darker, more subdued chocolate taste, which is still very nice.

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I drank numerous cups of this throughout the afternoon.
Crisp, sweet and nutty with a hint of buttery spinach. No bitterness.
Delicious, and a pleasure to drink even when cool.

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This is one of my favorite teas, and so delicious on this wintery day.
Buttery sweet potato with orange and pepper. So rich and tasty!!
Going to re-steep for another cup as this one went fast!

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
181 tasting notes

This was free with a recent purchase when at the store. Since I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to try and my spouse had sniffed this in the display by the cash register and pronounced it “good”, decided just to try this since it was free and I hadn’t had it before.

It smells quite nice and chocolatey but the flavor doesn’t quite seem to match. There is some chocolate and some heat from the peppers, but somehow there is something lacking. It is very similar to read my lips but the mint in that one seems to give it that little something extra that this doesn’t have. It is an OK tea but not my favorite. Better with cream or milk and when cools a bit.

Probably would be a good base for hot chocolate!


The scent totally sucked me in too but was really disappointed in the flavour. Hope you can make the best out of the free tea, though!


Yeah, glad it was free. I’m sure it won’t be too hard to use up.

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Drank up the last little bit of this yesterday and it was pretty good. Sweet chocolate with strawberry in both aroma and taste – very smooth. Nice as a once in awhile treat.


I haven’t tried this tea before but always wondered. Hopefully its in my advent calendar.

Roswell Strange

It’s a very nice dessert tea. I often drink it after a large supper or as my breakfast tea if I want a really ‘decadent’ start to my day.


I’m sure there will be lots of nice things to try from the advent calendar – hopefully this will be one!
It would be yummy for breakfast!

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drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
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Beautiful long leaves with an immense jasmine fragrance – gorgeous to watch brew.

Taste is silky soft jasmine with a refreshing coolness that must be the pine needle reference, and is wonderfully delicious.

Sweet cinnamon, cool pine, incredible jasmine – a soft, fragrant and extraordinary tea.

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
181 tasting notes

I have been drinking this every morning the past few days. Simply delicious and sweet, and perfect with a dash of cream. Best brewed at the recommended lower temperature.


Agreed, this is a good one. I also like it steeped at a lower water temp, but then I’m finding I’m steeping a lot of my black teas at a lower temp. :))


Yeah, I usually steep everything at a bit lower temp also. Probably doesn’t matter so much mostly, but this one really is better that way – otherwise a wee bit bitter or something. :-)

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Makes quite a nice smooth cup of tea. It is earthy and sweet, with floral and fruity cocoa notes.

Re-steeped once – delicious.

200 °F / 93 °C

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So, I thought I didn’t like green tea. In the past I’ve had the random bagged green tea which was always terrible and bitter, and the odd cup had in restaurants was OK but nothing special.

Then I recently received this sample pouch from Verdant. I wondered if it would be the usual bitter, finicky tea like I’ve had before and wasn’t sure if I’d even bother with it, but finally decided to give it a try.

I brewed a teaspoon or so in a small glass – a few steeps poured into another glass for drinking. Well…wow…this is like nothing I have ever had before. Incredible! No bitterness or anything unpleasant that I always associated with green tea. This is buttery and nutty with creamy, fresh and sweet green beans. So fragrant and absolutely delicious!

I love this tea and am very much looking forward to having this again. My tea world has been expanded!


Good that you didn’t give up on green tea!


I know! I can’t believe how good this was!

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice


MB, Canada

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