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I like chocolate teas, a lot, and I love almond and amaretto anything, so assuming I’m at least partially ok with coconut, it stands to reason that this is a tea I should like. Well folks reason doesn’t fail me.

I the sample pouch from shmiracles I got recently, it smells like chocolatey almondy divinity. Brewed it is a bit more subdued, but still there. I do have it sweetened with a small amount of sugar, but no milk, since I’m out…but this was one I had a feeling would be ok without, but probably amazing with (luckily, I have more of the sample).

If we end up doing a Della Terra co-op order, this is one I will consider adding. It’s pretty good.

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New tasting with the spring harvest!

The leaves on this one are fluffy, but kind of twisted. The dry leaf has a light, sweet smell to it. Brewed, it is a bit more brothy and vegetal. I found that this tea was not as mild as before, but I anticipated that and added in a little more leaf. I am not sure that was wise, but it wasn’t un-wise. I did get a stronger flavour with more leaf, but maybe I had wanted something a little lighter after all. I think I lost out on some of the sweetness I smelled in the dry leaf that way.

I’m not good at describing subtle tastes in tea, so I can’t make out what veggies it tastes like, but it was a little more savoury than the sweet that I was expecting.

This tasting was better than the previous, I think. I’m not sure if it is because it is a different harvest, or the brewing parameters changed.

Many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for providing this sample for review.


Cheerios? That is what I taste in Bi Luo Chun teas.


I agree with you too, it indeed tastes better than the 2012 Bi Luo Chun version. As for green tea, Spring tea is the best. So the more fresh a green tea is, the better taste it will be.


Thanks, Angel!

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Yum, yum, yum! This is very much like Big Apple from David’s Tea, only it is slightly heavier and richer due to the addition of the black tea and chocolate bits. It’s a very very tasty tea(!). It makes me want to try mixing Big Apple with something else, maybe like Love Tea #7 or something.

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Yes, yes, and YES!!!

(thanks for sending this shmiracles)

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drank Black Buckwheat Tea by Tiger Line
627 tasting notes

A little surprised with this one. Not at all what I expected. Well, partially what I expected in terms of flavour, but with a name like black buckwheat, I guess I was expecting something akin to a genmaicha with black tea and buckwheat.

I’m enjoying this mild tea now, though as I wanted caffeine to help my headache, it’s not helping any. I didn’t add anything to this and it’s fine, but I wonder what a dab of honey with this would be like.

Thanks to sil for sending this unusual tea to me to try.


Kittenna resteeped this like 3 times.

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Sipdown, latte style. Thanks to sil for letting me try this one. It’s pretty tasty and has a nice comfort feel. It is a bit of a dessert tea, but that’s ok, I love this kind of tea. Chocolate teas are one of my favourites.

This could have a place in my collection, more regularly, though I have a similar one from Della Terra that just came today, so I will have to see which I like better.


Della terra will be the much cheaper option lol

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
627 tasting notes

Upping the rating some because it is better hot, made by moi at home. I still say it is a very mild tea, and I liked Teaopia’s better, but this one is less bad than before.

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drank Warm Apple Pie by sTEAp Shoppe
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Sad to say that everyone seems right so far. This is a very mild and muted tea. It’s a shame really, since I had high hopes for it.

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Not happy with how this turned out today, cold steeped in my timolino. It was really weak and had a funny taste or smell. Not sure if that was the tea or my timeline though. I only got a small amount of it to try, but there should be enough for a few more steeps.

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Sipdown!! Another sample from sil in my tummy! Ok, well this one is in process of being in my tummy. ;)

It seems that caramel and chocolate make very good companions to pu erh teas. The flavours really stand up to and enhance the rich deep pu erh tones. I don’t really know what difference between toffee and caramel is, except that maybe toffee is more buttery? I dunno.

Just like yesterday, I feel the need to have a caramel or toffee black tea in my permanent collection now, but I don’t know if this is it. I want to look around locally first, before venturing out to thr Internet.

This is pretty good, and pretty close to David’s Coffee Pu Erh (minus the coffee).

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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, 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.

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.

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.

Uh, guess that’s it.


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