708 Tasting Notes


So, I am trying this one again, because the last time I had this it was a tea to go, and it was bitter, and I thought maybe I’ll just get a small amount and try it again, because it really smells great.

I did kinda forget the water after it boiled, but it was still hot/warm so I used it anyway. Steeped about 4 minutes. It is considerably less bitter. It is a better cup than last time, for sure. I’m finding the mixed base kinda of hard to describe. I am getting a slightly floral fusty taste, and it is a little juicy tasting, too.

So, I would say, I’m still not incredibly seduced by this tea, but I am more seduced than I was the first time. I got 18g, so I can easily drink this down. Will decide after that if it deserves a restock or not.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Feeling sick today, so I opted to have this one finally, to help push away what I know is coming, and I don’t want. It’s DH’s birthday this week, and I would rather not be snotty and sick. :( So hoping this helps my system and aids in clearing up my sinuses some.

I used the whole packet and about 8 oz of water, but ended up diluting it a little more with a few more ounces. It’s still pretty strong and burny, but more tolerable now. I feel like having these crystals on hand is something I would like. Where does one get them when not sent as part of a swap?

This one is from OMGsrsly and I’m grateful she sent it. It’s been waiting for a while for the right time to use. :)

Flavors: Ginger, Honey


:) I got them at T&T, and found more at Superstore. There are lots of varieties, just check the ingredients. I prefer ones with honey and sugar, rather than just sugar.


I find these at Whole Foods. I like to mix half a packet with a cup of black tea. It’s a great drink when I’m feeling under the weather.


No Whole Foods here. What’s T&T? We have a Stupidstore, but it’s in Langford. I’m in James Bay. I wish we had one closer. We don’t go out that way much except for Costco which is the opposite direction, but I’ve been aiming to get there lately.


T&T is an Asian grocery store. You could go to the bigger grocery store in Chinatown, they might have something like this. Check the bags of individually packaged hot drinks, the latest package I got was in with the “cereal” drinks.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this iced when I came home from work today. Yup! I still love this one and wish it was still around to buy.

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I have to say, I don’t love this. I don’t hate it, but I’m just not a fan of eucalyptus. This infusion is about 2 tsp for 12 oz. I’m getting a minty taste for sure. And a little cedar, but that I can kind of handle. This is less dessert like than last time. I mean, it is still a little sweet, though I added a little bit of raw cane sugar.

I thank CrowKettle for allowing me to try this one. I feel like Golden Orchid resonates with me more though.

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

It’s kind of hard to beat Golden Orchid though

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This one comes from the ever so lovely CrowKettle along with a few other WP teas and a few other odds and ends. This one caught my interest when she said recently that it tasted like marzipan, or somewhat dessert-like. Then today when she gave it to me, she also mentioned the cedar and eucalyptus notes. Colour me intrigued and confused.

So I went to look at steeping parameters, and it said to use 1 tablespoon for 8 oz, and I was like, huh? Thinking it was a typo and that it was 1 teaspoon, I opted to try the smaller amount. I’m not sure if it is in fact a typo, but that is how I made it.

The liquor is much paler than I was expecting. Which maybe is under leafing? I don’t know. I went into drinking this one with the hopes I got a more dessert-y feel, and I did, though I can kind of pick up that slightly minty-ishness of the eucalyptus. It is sold of like a coolish feeling going down, but not like peppermint or spearmint or anything really strong. I can kind of pick out the sweeter vanilla note, but not sure on the saffron or really what that should taste like.

I did use sugar for both of my steeps which makes it less woodsy to me. I’m not the hugest fan of woodsy, to be honest, and that part of the description is what threw me off on wanting to try this, until it was compared to marzipan. I can’t quite say it is like marzipan, but I can get a sort of dessert note, probably from the vanilla and saffron. Marzipan is a bit more almondy.

I’d have to say this feels like a masculine tea, playing a bit of dress up, and trying on a little bit of a feminine feel. I have to say I am a little confused and mystified about this one. I have enough for another serving, and I can probably get one more steep out of this. I might look at cold steeping the last bit, or a steeping from the last bit, as was suggested.

I can’t say whether I would recommend the to anyone because it is such a peculiar yet specific note that the person really has to like more woodsy notes in their tea. But that’s just not my thing. For what it is, I like it more than I thought I would based on the description alone. Thanks again to CrowKettle for sharing this with me, and pushing me out of my comfort zone.


I think it smells like marzipan more than it tastes like it, in a David’s Tea Alpine Punch kind of way, but yeah.. lots of interesting things going on in this cup, for sure!


I can pick that up, with you having said that, but not sure I would on my own…but def a dessert quality.

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Just updated the steeping info on Steepster. It should have read 1/2 tablespoon in 200ºF water for 3 minutes. If you’ve got enough for another steep, I’d love to hear if your opinions change at all! :)


I used a heaping teaspoon, so that should have been about 1/2 tablespoon, but it was for 12 oz. I have a little sample left, so I’ll how much is left in that.

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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Still a fave. Had the last of this today. I pre bagged it for our trip to Vancouver yesterday to see Kraftwerk. I had this and Movie Night. FTR, my entire travel bag smelled like Movie Night even though it was in a tea bag wrapped in plastic wrap in a ziploc bag with the Fantasy Island.

Anyway, sad sipdown for this one, but I will get more soon. Love that it is a little more coconut than raspberry, but still there is a little fruit in the mix.

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drank Peaches and Cream by Teaopia
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At long last, I’m having this one from Ceylon Star and while it was mild, it is actually nice and not too cloying fake.

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drank Sheng Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been bad about logging teas, but decided to do this one. It’s one I like a lot actually, but I feel like I need to be in the right mood for it. Unlike the black pu erh teas, this one is green and much lighter, and I get no fishy taste. I do get sweet caramel and honey, with a little roasted note not too dissimilar from genmaicha.

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked some of this up yesterday, when I picked up the new Cotton Candy and Caramel Corn teas (later swapped the two for Movie Night when I had realized I was not liking either as TTG). I opted to try this one today as I had hoped that a straight tea might reset my buds after all the artificial garbage from yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ok with artificial flavouring, usually, but it seems like some of it I just can’t handle. Such was the fate of the aforementioned teas.

This is not the darkest oolong I have ever had, but it is far from the greenest. I’m actually surprised it brewed lighter than expected but it may be that my water may have cooled too much. That said, I definitely get some mineral plummy notes. Not sure that I know how shea butter is supposed to taste, but there is a sort of smooth and slightly roasted nutty note, so maybe that is it?

I’m doing a resteep, so I’ll see how that goes, but so far, it is a nice and pleasant, but not amazing oolong. I’ll probably refill and get 50g or so (maybe 100g?) and when it is gone, it is gone, and I will be sad, but not devastated. I may change my mind on it. We’ll see how the rest of my 10g sample goes.

Flavors: Mineral, Plums

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Opted to do a cold brew on this, and it came out good, but a little mild/weak so it could have stood to steep longer. In the end, I had about half of it cold and then heated the rest but it got rainy and cool outside.

It’s very honeydew melon, and the green rooibos base makes it easier for me to tolerate. I think I will have this one hot next time. I think it is good, but not magical, as some have, but maybe it would have been better refreshing if I’d had it iced when it was actually hot out. Thanks for the sample, Courtney!

Flavors: Melon

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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