1743 Tasting Notes


This is the other tea I’ve been drinking today, besides the Ceylon Spring. Been resteeping both and taking it slow. It’s Friday.

Not much to say except Cantaloupe is a tricky one to spell. I keep trying to type it as Canteloupe and then I wonder why there are no entries.

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drank Ceylon Spring by DAVIDsTEA
1743 tasting notes

This really tastes grassy, with a bit of honey and caramel. It says there are tobacco notes too and that may be the case – there’s something dark and heavy amongst the other flavours, and the honey notes coat your tongue at the end of the sip. It doesn’t walk a fine line between bitterness and astringency; it dances along it. It teases. But mostly stays on the favourable astringent side.

I think this is a tea that would grow on you, until you find it absolutely essential for your morning routine, and then you realize with sudden sadness that it’s limited edition and you will never get any more.

Yeah. It’s one of those teas. Good thing I’ve got 40g. That’s better than 10g. Or 0.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

Mm, honey. I’ll have to put this one on the list for my next trip to David’s; haven’t been there in a couple months. :)

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Tasty! It’s mint and a little bit of chocolate mixed in, much like a chocolate bar where you wish there was more chocolate to mint in the ratio, but are still grateful to have something.

I’d ramble on more, but I’ve got 30 min until I head to bed and I’d like a little bit of minecraft time, pretty please and thank you. :) I’m building an underwater house!

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I finished this up today too! All the teas I packed for today were sipdowns! #sneaky

I probably shouldn’t have brewed it because I was feeling a bit meh while drinking it, but I THOUGHT it sounded good.

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drank Raspberry Nectar by Red Leaf Tea
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This was not the best tea for me. I really only bought it because I wanted to add something to my order when I did the $1 matchacinno sample and the shipping was $8. I figure I’d get something else to help justify the shipping and that I could share this with the baby. I didn’t realize how strong the hibiscus would be though. We drank some of it iced, but, I just can’t bring myself to finish it.

I had enough left to make 3 cups but I… accidently… threw it out.

I have enough tea to make me happy – I don’t need this one, and the hibiscus makes it unlikely anyone would have swapped for it anyway.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

haha i don’t mind hibiscus. so remember that for future things. :)


Will do. I don’t mind it in small amounts but this was just tart and awful, and I don’t want to think about it.

But, I’ll keep you in mind if I end up with something else that’s awful.


I actually think hibiscus gives certain teas the right quality. Definitely don’t mind the tartness from it.


I’ve done that. :) Cheers to accidentally throwing out teas you don’t like!


Phew! Glad I’m not the only one!

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Sipdown! Thank you Courtney for the sample!

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this that I’m not keen on. Maybe it’s the almond? Something lurking behind the chocolate coconut. Yeah, it’s probably the almond.

It’s not for me, but I’m glad I didn’t buy an oz to find out!

205 °F / 96 °C

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Goodbye, goodbye!

That’s one less Murchie’s tea in my cupboard. I’ve learned my lesson. It’s not really for me now that I’ve seen what else is out there!


(Woo – down to 125. Maybe I can get to 100 before my Verdant order arrives! I think it ships at the end of the month so that gives me some time).


Ehehee! I have so much of this left!

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown, and thank you to Courtney!

I’m happy I was able to try this because I tried Lime Chiffon and Lemon Lime Tart but not the original. I have to say that the Lime Chiffon is by far my favourite. I’m just a bigger fan. The Lemon IS good though, and I can see why people enjoy it. Now I no longer have to wonder about it!


I still need to get around to doing my comparison of the three! I think Lime Chiffon will win out for me (I also have the most of it, so that would be good!)


Lime Chiffon won for me too. My fiance preferred the Lime so now we have both in the cupboard. Win, win.


Yessss, agreed. I need to get more of that. I have 1 cup from you left & I keep forgetting to drink it before it goes stale!! (Same with the cantaloupe, augh, I don’t want it to enddddddd.)

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drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
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This is pretty refreshing, although I oversteeped it a bit and the rooibos is really strong. Noticeably stronger than the black tea at least. Aside from that I do get a bit of creamy coconut and mint and it’s quite enjoyable.

I should really try this iced though. I have a feeling drinking it warm isn’t doing it justice.

ETA: The creamy mint notes linger long after each sip…. Mmmmm…

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

I was fantasizing about Mint Julep the other day and since I didn’t have any I steeped North African Mint hoping for similarity. I mean, it’s mint, right? WRONG! So didn’t do the trick for me. (It’s probably like saying all blue cheese is the same)


After trying this tea I sorta wonder what REAL Mint Julep would taste like! Just so I know what the tea is going for. :)

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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmm… Thanks again CrowKettle for getting me to try this tea! :O Now I know I love Yunnan teas. I even over-steeped this one and it was still great, albeit a bit malty. (Sidenote: albeit is a pretty sweet word eh? :P)

So this was a sipdown. I know I’ll need to replace it, but maybe not with this one. I have had better Yunnan’s, although not from companies that are as easy to buy from as DavidsTea. Yunnan reminds me of Zen’s Phoenix Pearls, which reminds me of Verdant’s Laoshan Black. Yunnan is the poor man’s Laoshan Black?

Oh – I’ve spent more time here than I have on facebook/twitter combined. I

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

Oh, I love Zen’s Phoenix Pearls way more than Laoshan. I don’t really see a comparison.. the Laoshan seems completely different to me.. maybe I should try another cup.


I should’ve ordered some Phoenix Pearls when I went to stock up on coconut oolong. Everyone seems to love that tea.


I prefer the Phoenix Pearls, probably because they are “laoshan black lite” – less strong, less earthy, less roasty. :) Every time I check, they’re out of stock. Makes me so sad!


Has anyone found an alternative to Zen’s Phoenix Pearls? Just curious as I thought it was a fairly common type of tea.

Glad I’m not the only one who considers it laoshan-black-lite. :)

CrowKettle – have you tried it at all? I might have enough to send you a sample.


(I’d send some to OMGsrsly but if you’ve had it before, my meager sample won’t go far!)


I have some! I’m just scared of running out and then not being able to find it again. I’ve never seen them offered anywhere else, and took a chance on the tea and love it.


Yes! I know that feeling! I was hoping to find a replacement too, just because I’ve heard a bit about their poor customer service and I don’t like to support that if I can get the product elsewhere!


I totally forgot about this tea: http://steepster.com/teas/teavivre/26683-fengqing-dragon-pearl-black-tea. My impression was that it was just as good, if not better, than the Zen Tea.


Looks like the phoenix pearls might be an iron goddess. It’s so hard to tell because we don’t have all the information.


those teavivre ones are the ones i am trying to see if i want as a staple…versus teavanas or possibly the other company that nicole recommended


OMGsrsly -it IS hard. All I know is its made with Yunnan leaves, like the teavivre ones. Ilu Yunnan!


Sil – I’ll keep an eye out on which one you choose. This should be a staple for non-Laoshan Black days!


I have yet to try them but I’ll get around to it in a few months.
I still have sample of the Teavivre pearls too, to try.

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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)


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