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1392 Tasting Notes


Oooh, thank you CrowKettle! I have a few matcha samples to try out and I decided to start here! I took about half a tablespoon of matcha and mixed with 2oz hot water, then added ice, 5oz of milk and I shook it like crazy.

The result? This is pretty good. And different. And strong. I can definitely taste the matcha, and the creaminess. Did I get the proportions right? I don’t know. I do know this was easy to make and quite tasty so I think that that’s the important thing here.


I like 1 tsp matcha in 12-16oz, but everyone has different proportions that they prefer! :)

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Oooh! CrowKettle sent me a sample of this! (thank you!) After seeing how quickly it was snapped up when it was reblended, I felt I needed to get my hands on it!

I love the smell. It’s like vanilla blueberries. When I taste it, I lose the vanilla notes but I get a nice bit of creaminess. It’s not quite as creamy as I had hoped for though. I’ve had fruity teas that were so friuty that it felt like I was eating actual berries. DT’s Pom Tango does this. This tea does not. I’m still really happy I was able to try this though! You never know with the 52Teas blends. It makes me nervous knowing they are limited time only…

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Hee! I’m just craving this tea every day now. Looks like I’ll be out of it next week at the rate I’m going. I placed another order with Bluebird last week, but that was for the Rhubarb Custard and the Terry’s Chocolate. Should have added this one too, but I’m not sure I’d even tried this at that point. :P (Too impulsive)

I’m just enjoying my tea while I share lunch with the baby. She’s eating ham, avocado, cheerios and fancy cheese, and I keep snacking on the pieces she doesn’t want. Win win! I wish I’d realized how tasty avocados were years ago!

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Oh yeah, I did it! Once I saw the free shipping I realized this would probably be my only chance to order from AD&D and so I picked this tin on impulse.

It’s such a pretty tin too!

Happily the tea is also very nice. To be honest I expected it to be a bit bolder from the description but it’s not SUPER bold. It’s quite strong but drinkable with a slight astringency at the end of the sip. There are a few fruity notes in there too, which I associate with Assam tea.

This is very good. I think I prefer Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam, but this is a close second! (It really dries out the mouth though!)

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

This one for me is a complement to the others in my cupboard if that makes sense. I find it to be a really nice assam that’s slightly different from the others that i love.

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That’s the end of this – sipdown!

Della Terra threw this in as a free sample which is great because I was curious about it, but not really willing to actually buy it. It’s so sweet and tart!

When I first sipped it I immediately thought of wine, which is odd for a “kid’s” tea. Then I got hit with the hibiscus backlash. Yowza!

All in all, it’s an interesting experiment, but it’s not for me. Della Terra can make some great blends, but this isn’t one of them…

(Oooh – I’m at about 85 teas in my cupboard. I’m hit by a sudden impulse to buy a billion samples from Teavivre or Upton but that’s irresponsible and also, I’m afraid to. Seriously – when you’ve got 20 types of Assam to choose from how do you know what to buy? I might just do it randomly if I do it).


I vote for random sample buying if you must buy more teas… :D With Upton, their site says orders going to Canada are $11.20. Is that true?


Hmmm… looks like! Guess I might be better off with Teavivre. Shipping is $4 but it could take a month to arrive. But I’ll have forgotten what I ordered by then so I’d have so much SURPRISE TEA.


Upton sampling might be another group order.


Upton is a good group buy if you guys want to try lots of things. Their samples are generous and cheap and 2-3 people could share 1package if everyone is ok with one-two cups max. Most of their flavoured teas that ivetried are meh but their straight teas are pretty good, there are lots to choose from AND if the finum brew baskets are still on sale, that more than makes up for shipping….

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
1392 tasting notes

Goodbye, goodbye! I had such high hopes for you, sweet little tea. I’m sorry, but I don’t think it will work out for us.

This is my last cup, so I guess I’d better rate it once and for all. I used extra leaf this time around as I didn’t have enough for two full cups, and that made a difference. I can taste the marshmallows a bit more, and a slight chocolatey note at the end of the sip, but I’m not blown away.

I am enjoying this last cup but there are so many teas out there to enjoy that I feel no regret moving on.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is my fourth day in a row drinking this tea! Is it love, or just a passing fling? I will savour it either way. (Mmmm….spongy berry cake)


I had some today too! :)

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drank Tiger Eye by Adagio Teas
1392 tasting notes

I drank this while I was out on a walk and I had to note that this tastes great in my timolino. I need to remember that!

Terri HarpLady

I enjoy this one too! :)

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This tea is just amazeballs. I wish I could describe it better but it blows me away every time I have it. Ideally I would have it every morning, but my little bag is already half empty… I’m also afraid that I’d take it for granted if I drank it so often so I rotate it in for a treat!

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drank Chocolate Mint Rooibos by Zen Tea
1392 tasting notes

Mmmmm. This is perfectly balanced between the chocolate and the mint. Is there rooibos in this? I love it. I think I’ll need to keep this in my decaf drawer forever…

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Tea Sipper

DEFINITELY one of my decaf must-haves!!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


Markham, ON

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