403 Tasting Notes

I’m enjoying my DW teas today As i eagerly await the new Who. This tea is mostly Earl Grey which is fine but I’m not sensing much of the lovely River Song’s personality. I taste some creaminess but mostly an EG. This is lacking her spicy flare and naughtiness. Dare I put some peppercorns in the basket next time?

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Rooibos

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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New Doctor Who tonight!!! Celebrating by drinking DW teas today. I feel guilty not drinking tea from my TTB but, come on…. Doctor Who!

I think I am over leafing this tea a little bit. In looking at the directions on this page I see that they list 11 oz. which is pretty odd. It’s still good and chestnut-y but somewhat astringent. No one else mentioned astringency, so I think it’s me.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Yah! New DW! I kept forgetting. But excited!

Lariel of Lórien

Only four more hours! Is there a Twelve blend yet?

carol who

I know what you mean, Twelve. What will it be like?

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I got this tea on my trip to Florida a couple of weeks ago. It’s the first chance I’ve had to try it out after being flooded with TTBs. (Oh, what torture to drink lots of tea) The dry scent is hazelnut and black tea. (Duh, big surprise, huh) The package said 1 tablespoon instead of the usual 1 teaspoon. I think it may have been a typo but I tried it anyway. Well… the aroma is hazelnut-y and black tea. With sweetener and milk its a nice enough cup of tea. I think it’s a little strong. I definitely think it was a typo and should have been 1 tsp. I would really like to think that a tea company would know the difference between tsp. and tbs. However it’s not bad. Some astringency that you would expect from a black tea. I’ll try it with a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon and see what happens. I’m not rating it yet.


Yeah, it might have just been a typo, or maybe they think people would like it really strong?


I’ve got the Tea Sparrow subscription box, and they like to recommend teas really strong. The original company will recommend one t, and they’re recommend 1T all the time. Blah.

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I received this tea from the Marco Polo TTB, filled with lovely samples from a huge variety of tea companies. This is my first tea from Mahamosa Gourmet Teas. I happen to like rooibos teas especially in the evening when caffeine is a no-no. The rooibos taste is smoothly present without smacking you in the face. The caramel is smooth and creamy. It has a bit of an aftertaste but it isn’t unpleasant. I added a little sweetener but I have the feeling most people wouldn’t need it. Yummy!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Rooibos

Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Pass the Stash TTB1

Love the name. I’m sure the chai was supposed to be the main “stormy” flavor but it just doesn’t make it for me. There is too much cinnamon in the blend for my taste. I love the scent of the almonds but it there is just too much competing for “top dog” as far as the flavors.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream


I’ve found that the cinnamon in most Adagio blends tends to take over unfortunately, especially if it’s an inclusion. If it’s the cinnamon tea I’ve found it to be vaguely milder.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
403 tasting notes


Okay, I got that off my chest :-)

Golden Honey Dew… yum, yum, yummy. Scent, taste and aroma are very melon-y. When I tried to sip it right away it was too hot and I didn’t get the melon but I did get a burned tongue. After it cooled a bit and I added some stevia I found the most delightful melon flavor. It really fills the mouth nicely and has a very refreshing taste. I am really enjoying this. I could definitely add this to my cupboard! I imagine it is good cold but I really am enjoying it hot. Thanks NayLyn!

Now on to other things… It was the first day of school here. I’m retired but I am helping a friend of mine (who has low vision) with her first – second grade split of 34 STUDENTS!! When she took the job, after two years on disability, the principal said there would be 22 kids altogether. Now there are 34! The air conditioner isn’t working. It’s hot!! In a very short time I had forgotten how noisy, whiny, distracted etc. they are the first day of school. (It must be like childbirth where you forget how awful it is when it is over) If she gets 2 more students and the school board approves they can split it into separate first grade and second grade classes. If you have any spare 1st or 2nd grade students at home please send them to Highland School Elgin, IL.

Flavors: Melon

Roswell Strange

My roommate is flipping out about new Who; and I’m feeling incredibly guilty that I never got caught up with Eleven…


I CAN’T WAIT FOR NEW WHO! Also, Roswell, Eleven is the best one! You must catch up!

Lariel of Lórien

Doctor Who! (With the guy from Fire of Pompeii.)

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I’m not sure what I was expecting but this wasn’t really what I wanted right now. The flavor seemed odd with a bad aftertaste on the roof of my mouth.

I think I’ll try making it with some almond milk in a saucepan tomorrow. Maybe the flavor will blend for me with milk.

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drank Rum Raisin Ice Cream by 52teas
403 tasting notes

This is certainly a strongly scented tea. To me, it is very perfume-y rather than rum raisin. I don’t love it but it is quite drinkable. Probably wouldn’t buy it because of the strong scent.


To me when brewed hot it tastes a little like the classic bubble gum flavour.


Bubble gum tea does not sound appealing

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Pass the Stash TTB

I’ve been bad about giving credit to the several TTBs I’ve had this past two weeks. Sorry! It’s about all I can do is to get some of the tasting notes in on the teas.

The huckleberry is not as strong as it could have been. The black goes well with the huckleberry. I sweetened it a little and I’m enjoying it. I wouldn’t be in my top teas but certainly will enjoy another cup of. I might keep this one from the Pass the Stash box. I think it might be good cold brewed with a twist of lemon.

It’s a lovely summer day and I’m enjoying this as a hot tea. I have to say my decision to drink more hot tea this summer is going well. I don’t find myself over heated or anything. :-)

Flavors: Huckleberry

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Prestogeorge
403 tasting notes

Nice bright lemon flavor. Not a sour lemon. I taste the lemon myrtle most. I love, love, love lemon myrtle. Ever since we went to Australia I have had an obsession with lemon myrtle! Not sure if i taste the chiffon/pastry but it really doesn’t matter to me. :-)

Flavors: Lemon, Vanilla

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats; flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking ;-p
My husband of 43 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say. :-D
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading. I volunteer at my “old” school teaching reading and I volunteer for the blind. I am trying hard to lose weight ( I have now lost 40 lbs and I’m looking good in my skinny jeans, IMHO) I am now walking about 4.5 miles a day and I am trying to do some core work for about 30 min. 3x a week.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 33years. In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send some to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.


Elgin IL

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