1549 Tasting Notes


So it appears the last time I had this, it was awful.
Apparently when sick, and also after this one has sat for awhile… it isn’t so bad? I’ll leave the rating as is for now, but this cuppa was actually pretty decent! Still very vanilla ish with a caramel twist. Also, no sugar required. Or milk. Win!
My aversion seems to have lessened over time. I think I just od’d on the evil berg and my body decided to attack anything that it felt was similar in flavour? Bah. (my own stupid fault for trying to force myself into acquiring a taste for the stuff by drinking it every day not realizing I was sensitive to it!!)

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So the meds I’m on for my adhd have some side effects, at least in the beginning… it reduces my appetite and ability to consume liquid! This has been a problem for my tea drinking ways. And staying hydrated. It was downright depressing!
But!!! being sick seems to have helped that. Arse backwards huh…
I must have lost enough fluid that my body is finally convinced that drinking tea and other stuff is kinda necessary. Wheeeeee!!! I managed to get three cups of tea and two glasses of water down today already. and damn did they ever taste good, despite my muted ’buds. happydance

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Ugh. I so want to be rid of this tea. Whatever flavouring they used makes the brew kinda thick tasting. Today I didn’t mind because well, I just needed to hydrate, but my sense of taste is dampened. The meds I’m on give me drymouth, and I have a head cold. So it went down easy enough! Probably one more serving left. Maybe two.

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drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
1549 tasting notes

I am the sick! with a head cold. So this was perfect to soothe my hoarse throat. I know the flavours are muted but hey, it is delicious either way. Thank you MissB for sending this along. Yum!!
Definitely tastes like a lemon candy, or a lozenge. Refreshing and comforting to be sure.


Tea is an excellent way to handle illness!


hope you feel better soon!


Rosehips, tea is the solution for everything! :D
TeaBrat, thanks!! This is day three so I’m hoping it is my last

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drank Diksam, FTGFOP1 by Lupicia
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Not a bad tea with milk. A little weak on its own. Vaguely fruity with a hint of malt. Not really something I would love to have in my cupboard though, as I prefer a bolder cup.
Quite enjoyable overall, just not my fave so far! Would have been perfect if there’d been more flavour intensity.
Also, I added just a teeny bit of honey for my sore throat and it seems to have taken over much of the flavour. I believe this was courtesy of VariaTEA, so thank you for sending this along! :)

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drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
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I have been lusting after this one since the moment Butiki teas announced it. When it came time to make my morning brew, there was no question what would end up in my cup! except… Whenever I have plans to go somewhere early (ish) on a weekend, I try to make a cuppa tea and ALWAYS end up rushing to be ready in time, even though I feel like I have plenty of minutes left…
So I ended up really rushing consumption of this and ended up dumping the rest in my water bottle. Thus, no time to savour. Sad!! but from what I recall, it was really tasty. Light yet flavourful, with a hint of many different things that I would have had to really sit and think about. Smoke and cocoa for sure. Something vaguely stone fruit like. Sighs. So much yum.

Also, can I just say, getting together with tea peeps yesterday was ahhhmazing. Seriously, what a blast. Loved meeting Keychange and OMGrsly for the first time, and seeing Sil and Kittenna again! So much giggles going on. hehe. I only wish more teaps could have made it out :D
That’s right. I went there. Yup. Teaps!


teaps!! hilarious. And it was so so so good to meet you too! I liked you instantly.


Awww! Keychange, that makes me happy!! You were exactly like I pictured you! lovable n fun :D

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drank Cardamom Tea by Tea4u
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Interesting. Cardamom, yes…. but then also something oddly floral in a natural way. I don’t think it was a separate addition. But does cardamom ever get floral ish? Maybe it was the base black tea… I had to add milk because it was a little spicy and I needed to temper the intensity. Experimenting, I added some sugar and that seemed to enhance the floral. Not what I expected, but I’d have it again for a change.

Something else. Am I the only one who gets sad when reading someone reviews and it says so and so passed…. and then you realize oh, they didn’t perish, just passed on some tea. No matter what, it gives me a start every single time and I’m really not sure why….


Cardamom is totally floral.


Huh, I had no idea. Figured all this time it was just a spice!! :)

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drank Grilled Pineapple by DAVIDsTEA
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I had this iced from the store today. Walking around downtown after a docs app I was so parched and really needed a beverage!
Somehow I knew this would hit the spot. SO my review may be biased. But I was right, it was perfection.
Great pineapple notes, with that slight burnt taste. A little too sweet for day to day, and there was something in there that wasn’t exactly what I wanted(artificial almost, but it didn’t mention that in ingredients) but I didn’t really care because I found it so tasty. Shrugs…
All of that said, I did kinda want more of the popped rice flavour!


I liked this one, but there is an artificial note that develops as the tea cools.


Yeah I know what you mean. That is why it won’t be added to my cupboard. Not that I need more in there heh


I might get is again next summer…maybe 50g for the whole summer, maybe less. I dunno.


Yeah I could see myself getting just a bit, to spice things up once in awhile. There are a lot of DT blends like that for me. I guess that is how they get most of my money. Ha!


Same here…


I got more of this today, to try again, seeing that I think I liked it last year. I have now identified what that artificial taste is…I have tasted it in other teas from them…pretty sure it is the blackberry leaves. Sadly, the new mango black has it in it and I missed that, and I misses it being in this one til I looked at it again. Blech. I might just go return this straight away, but I feel like I ought to give it another chance. Should have gotten half of what I got though. I think…


Hmmm I’ll have to keep an eye out. Thanks for the tip!! :)
How much did you grab?

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So apparently Twinnings does OP in a k-cup. I had no idea…
Being my first day at work though, I gave it a try. Not terrible overall, I’d say. I don’t mind overly strong black tea as long as there is milk and sugar around. It always reminds me of the way my friend who descends from Ireland makes tea. Ie he lets tetley steep forever. and ever. ha. Wait, did I just compare Twinnings to Tetley? Ooops.
Anyhow. Always feels like bad luck bringing tea from home on my first day. It never goes well when I do, people look at you funny.
If you do it once settled in, nobody pays attention. But on the first day? yeah, not a great first impression, though I haven’t figured out why just yet!!


Tea has an inherent aspect of coziness for me. Maybe we’re not supposed to feel so cozy on our first days somewhere? Hope your second week goes well and you settle into bringing your own tea.


Hmmm that’s a fair point CelticBrew! They have free coffee at the very least :)
I’m only there for three weeks, sadly. It certainly has been interesting so far!!

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drank Vanilla Rose by DAVIDsTEA
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Looks like another polarizing blend here. I so didn’t expect to be in the like camp!!
I was curious about how vanilla, cinnamon, rose and raisin would blend up, but I just assumed it would be somewhat wretched. My bad DT!
It was actually quite nice. I was shocked. Very warm, smooth and comforting, but not overpowering in any of the flavours. and familiar in a way I really can’t put my finger on. Perhaps I’ll figure it out next time. Grandma’s soap? Not quite… soap meets cookie? Hmmmm.
Of course, given the nature of the varied ingredients, I’m guessing each cup will turn out to be slightly different. Also, so much raisin! Makes for a heavy, and thus expensive blend.
So while I do enjoy this one a lot more than I expected, it is something I can live without. If it sticks around for awhile, I may grab some more down the road, but I won’t be crushed if it’s gone by then. shrugs

On a more personal note, I start a one month temp job tomorrow. In the suburbs, which I despise, but well I really need the money.
Unfortunately I haven’t seen the specialist yet(3 referrals and each one got screwed up/rejected for different reasons!), and last I checked my GP wasn’t comfortable writing the initial script. But I really do need it to function all adultlike at work so I have a hail mary plan – call the docs office tomorrow and BEG for a one month script just to tide me over until the specialist app comes through. GP was on vacay last week when I found out about the job, and my latest referral had just been rejected that day(because the nurse never specified my need for meds on the fax) so not like I could have planned this to be less rushed… anyhow, I’m not sure what else to do at this point. Between a rock and a granite place I am…


This sounds lovely to me apart from the raisins especially given how much you noted their presence. Still Grandma’s soap meets cookie has me curious. Good luck with the new temp work.


Actually I didn’t notice them so much in the taste, more in the scent of the dry tea. Wet, it all blended together and I really couldn’t identify raisin per se.
Also thanks for the luck!! I’m going in to see the doc tomorrow.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


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