2184 Tasting Notes


After having a gongfu session of this on today, I have to give it a big meh. For my tastes, it doesn’t hit all the buttons that I want in an unflavored black tea.

However, if you like Yunnan blacks, and robust teas, you may like this one. It’s a Yunnan that edges toward an Assam in overall robustness (though with a distinctly Yunnan flavor)

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Two-for-one review: I had this tea gongfu yesterday, and now I am drinking a cold brew of it.

I feel like both the cold brew of this tea and the gongfu bring out more oolongy character than the western steep of it. The buttery, snap pea flavors of it are joined by notes of apricot and a fruity sweetness. It really sets itself apart from the Laoshan green tea in these preparations. The iced tea is so delicious and refreshing! It seems like there is almost the lightest hint of roasting in it, but it may be just a buttery cooked-greens sensation. Quite tasty. Thanks again to MissB for sending this sample!

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This morning my steeping basket still smelled like rose from the tisane last night, which made me want a rosy tea for breakfast. But I have no rosy black teas at home! Tragedy! I really need to bring Paris Mon Amour home since it is best as a milky tea. If I couldn’t have rose I would at least have French, so I grabbed this one instead.

Again, I wish this one had more creamy vanilla to it, but its a pretty nice red fruits tea nonetheless. It’s just pretty much only berries, and the promised vanilla is MIA. Still, I happily drank this one up this morning.

Flavors: Berries

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I was writing a tasting note for this one, then Safari crashed on my iPad and my iPad’s battery died. I didn’t want to get my computer out and then I realized I could log it on the app on my phone.

Still, I’m not going to write a long post with my thumbs. This will be a quick note to say that I really enjoyed this tea and it really lives up to the rose and chocolate notes. Yum. Thanks so much to MissB for sending me this one and I will write a more detailed note later.

212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Two at once sipdown so that I can try this recommended combo! I am happy to be drinking these teas again, but sad to be sipping them down right now.

I like this blend of the two, especially since the divine temptation mellows the smokiness of the creme brûlée. However, I still love the divine temptation by itself most of all, and I may seriously have to acquire more of that tea eventually. I am a sucker for a well-done desert tea!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Both are so exquisite. :D


I love these teas! So glad I unthinkingly got 100g of each the last time I was in. :)

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Finishing off my sample of this tea. I enjoy this tea pretty well, but a white tea has to be exceptional for me to really crave it, and this one doesn’t really fit that category. It’s a pretty standard Fuding silver needle, and I do enjoy those a bit more than some others. But this one doesn’t really have the sweet marshmallowyness that they can sometimes get, so it doesn’t really find a place in my cupboard.

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More sample finishing in the lead-up to my drink-through-every-tea-in-my-cupboard-from-oldest-to-newest marathon (I need some snappier name for that, haha). I am thinking that will start Monday.

I like this one pretty, but I don’t think it will be a reorder for me as I just don’t really find myself super excited about it. When I drink it, it’s good, but the smell of the dry leaf (and somewhat the steeped tea) is a little smokier than I prefer. It doesn’t really translate to the flavor (I have a low tolerance for smokiness) but all the same, it diminishes my enjoyment ever so slightly. But otherwise its a nice nutty, figgy tea that successfully gives off a middle-eastern/north african vibe.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Fun project! I’m doing the “try all the new-to-me teas so I know what to give away” project. Or sipdowns. :D

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I had an exhuasting morning, and I am finally getting to the point where I am “catching up” with everything I usually do in the morning. Including drink tea! I finished up my sample of this one from MissB, thanks again!

This is just so lovely, and one I would consider restocking in the future. And this is a tea I thought I wouldn’t be into! Just the right amount of chestnut for me, I think, with a nice oolong base underneath. Glad I got to try this one.

Flavors: Chestnut, Nuts

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

It seems to be a tea of the day… I wonder whether I have some? Must check.


Yay for enjoying it, less so for it being a sipdown. :)


it’s a very lovely tea and as this is the second review in 5 minutes I consider this is definitively it’s a sign for me to rebuy some !


Haha yes it is a sign!

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This time, I’m getting marshmallow. This was a really nice cup of this tea. Bright orange, rich chocolate, sweet fluffy marshmallow, all on a tasty, interesting base tea. Thanks again to MissB for a sample of this one!

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange Zest

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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