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505 Tasting Notes


Tasted pretty much like a good strong pu erh should, in my opinion, though I can’t really say I noticed anything that set this one apart from the others I have had. It tasted fine, and deep and rich and only a little bit fishy. I should add that I did not rinse the leaves, nor did I steep this one gong fu style. Perhaps I’d have a different tasting experience with this that way, though as this is just a small sample, I won’t really have the opportunity. I’ll see if I can save the leaves for a third steep tomorrow.

I’m not sure who to thank on this one…it comes from OMGsrsly but the package has stuff Sil sent her to pass on to me, so it could be either.


Haha. I tried it and decided to share because I was doing an order! But then I didn’t end up buying this one. :) So it IS a Sil-tea.


heh as long as it’s not a SIL-E-Tea


It was tasty, and worth another shot with steeping differently. I have some Verdant Pu Erh I can try that with.

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
505 tasting notes

Sipdown…last steeping was mediocre, and I got very little praline nut or eggnog spice. It was just sort of bland. I may have not had enough leaf or steeped right.

Considering this is one I did not expect to like, but did, I’m still happy to have tried it.

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Sad sipdown….but oh was this ever good today. I might need to bargain with OMGsrsly on getting more of this….

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Backlog-this one was strange. And I think a bit too floral. I’ll have to do a more through review when I try this again, which may not be right away.

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drank Sheng Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

Definitely getting honey and caramel notes with this one today, over a light grassy note.

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Liquid gold in a cup this morning…

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Think I oversteeped or ocerleafed this one today, as it was a bit astringent. But it is still pretty good. I do think that ATR Brioche is better than this though. That’s ok, as there are plenty of stellar Butiki teas about, including one I hope to make as a custom.

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Having this due to tummy issues and not wanting caffeine in the evening. It’s definitely minty, and there is a hint of rooibos, but no throat weirdness, but also no chocolate unless you consider the vanilla like flavour like white chocolate.

I’ll probably finish the sample from Amoda, but it isn’t something I’m likely to buy again. I have other similar options here.


Hope you tummy feels better…When I get a stomach or belly ache, I always have straight pu’erh , a mini tuocha most of the time, it’s amazing how good it does…

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drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
505 tasting notes

Finished the last of this today and it was good, though not as good as in the past. I’m not sure if it was simply the time/age of the actual tea, or just me not remembering how it was or whatever. Glad I got some of it when it was reduced.

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Having this as my evening tea, as it’s a caffeine free blend. Part of my New Years resolution is to reduce my caffeine and increase my water intake. It’s going ok so far, only I have very few non-caffeine blends to choose from, and I dislike a lot of herbals. I’m also not a huge rooibos fan, though I seem ok in this and the other DT blends.

I do definitely get nut, with sweet apple and spice.

I have just a little left. I do like this, so I might order more of this for my evening drinking, but I think I might prefer the straight honeybush from Champagne Cider. I’m not sure if I like this as much as I used to, so I have dropped the rating, but I do still like it.

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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.


Victoria, BC

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