619 Tasting Notes

I bought this nearly a year ago and haven’t tried any until today. Bad Christina!

(I’m not a big oolong person, but this was part of the Golden Moon sampler pack I ordered. I remember quite liking their Coconut Pouchong.)

This….is not knocking my socks off. The dry leaf looks really dark and roasted, but I’m getting a really green, floral undercurrent to it. And I don’t think the sweet caramel flavour is playing very nicely with the base.

Meh. Ah well. If you’re reading this tasting note and think you can give it a better home in your belly, let me know – I’m happy to send it your way.

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This tea was lovely. The jasmine flavour was delicate, without any hint of soapiness. Good for resteeps as well.

I will seriously consider restocking this (once I whittle down my cupboard a bit).

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drank Spiced Apple Cider by Teavana
619 tasting notes

This isn’t bad, and I’m sipping it right now. However, I notice that as it cools down, it’s really intensely sweet (yes, I did add a little cane sugar, but it tastes different from cane sugar).

It tastes like stevia, actually. Did they start adding stevia to this?

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I steeped this twice, but I have to admit that the fluffiness of the tea and the vegetal quality of it didn’t make for good tea for me.

Could it be, that, gasp…. my tastes are changing?

All in all, I can see that this is a high quality tea, but it’s not for me. A bit too vegetal for me right now.

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Hi all!

Remember how last time I mentioned I was on a trip? This was another one of the teas I had on my trip, though I’ve had it since I returned.

What I really like about this is that I can taste the smoke, but I can also taste the sweetness of the base tea underneath. It’s not quite a fruity sweetness…but more like when you let some bread or crackers break down in your mouth, and the starch converts into sugar.

This is a really lovely tea. I can’t wait to see how it tastes when I have it some morning with bacon.

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Hello everyone!

I’m back after taking a trip to Ottawa with my husband for our long-overdue honeymoon. We didn’t anticipate that our trip would coincide with some of the coldest weather experienced in that city in over 30 years, though – what timing!

So yes, our trip, while lovely, was cold. We’d return to the B&B after days spent tromping around museums and side streets, and I’d curl up with some tea in the evening.

This tea was one of the ones I brought with me. The leaf is very light and fluffy, and it was so nice to see whole jasmine flowers mixed in. A sign of quality!

The tea was equally light. However, I feel that I didn’t drink it under the best of circumstances – to really enjoy my tea and feel that I’m getting the most out of it, brewing it away from home where I have no thermometer and the water tastes different is not ideal.

I look forward to finishing up my sample under better circumstances. But I will most likely enjoy it, as I’m a big fan of jasmine.

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Backlog from a few days ago.

I got this as a free sample from Angel a few weeks ago – Teavivre is so generous and I really appreciate them for it!

Now, I have a confession to make: I’ve never tried Keemun before this tea. The impression that I got was that it was a really “grainy” tasting tea, and that left me a bit trepidatious. A lot of my teas end up tasting really alkaline, like pretzels, for some reason, even when I use filtered water (I think I may need to seriously descale my kettle). So having a tea that was going to deliberately taste like that left me wary.

I needn’t have worried: although I did get a tiny touch of that pretzel/alkaline note at the back, the strongest notes I got from this tea (steeped at 90C for 3-4 mins, 1 tsp/8 oz) was a sweet note very similar to spiced plums.


I ended up brewing this again the next day, and I experimented by using 100C water instead of 90C water. That was not the best idea – the flavour is much nicer and more complex at the lower temperature.

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drank The New Yorker by CaesarsTea
619 tasting notes

Blech. Sipdown.

I had this a few nights ago and thought it was okay. However, I wanted to finish this so I brewed the remainder of it last night. However, I overleafed it in order to get rid of it all, and the brew was so cloyingly sweet I couldn’t drink it at all.

I will not miss this.

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Another sipdown!

TerriHarpLady’s really given me the urge to clear out my cupboard!

This was a swap sent to me by Ost around my birthday, and there was just enough in the baggie for a pot of tea. I’m on my second steep. I agree with the notes on the WP website about this – the tea smelled a lot like fruit after the initial steep was done. I think the smell I got the most of was plum.

However, the taste was a bit more muted and cocoa-like. Glad I got to try some of this, but I don’t know if this would be a restock for me (especially considering how the CDN dollar has turned the exchange rate into murder.)

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I took this from the GCTTB3 last summer, and the remainder of this has been sitting around since then. Unfortunately, I think I should have finished this off much sooner – I don’t think I sealed the package with the remaining leaf very well, because this tea was very light in flavour. I could smell a great green-bean sort of vegetal scent in the leaf, but the liquor was very underwhelming.

A pity, because I recall enjoying this last summer.

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I’m a writer and editor who, after years of bagged-tea purgatory, has finally seen the light and glory of loose-leaf teas. I’m still just starting my journey, as it’s been only in the last 2 years that I’ve started drinking loose-leaf tea, and only in the past few months that I’ve been trying different varieties in earnest.

Likes: Green tea, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender.

Things I’m on the fence about: Oolong, vanilla (I prefer it mixed with black teas or rooibos rather than green tea), white teas.

Still need to do my research on: unflavoured black teas, pu’er teas.

For those interested, here’s my scoring system, though I don’t score teas as often as I used to:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


Toronto, ON, Canada



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