1485 Tasting Notes

drank Calming by Teaopia
1485 tasting notes

Well, after my terrible experience earlier today, I needed something to replace the terrible taste in my mouth!! and this seemed to do the trick.
It’s nice, I did quite enjoy the brew, however there was nothing particularly memorable about the flavour. A little lemon, a little fruit, maybe a teeny bit of floral something-or-other… but not enough to “wow” me. Then again, this IS a calming tea, it’s not supposed to get me excited!

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drank camomile infusion by Lipton
1485 tasting notes

This was terrible. Even with honey added, it was more like juice than tea. Never again…
That is all.


Chamomile juice sounds terrifying.


Oh it certainly was!!! and I’m not sure how it happened that when I lifted the bag out to cease the steeping, it splashed some red onto the side of the pot! red tea dust in a camomile bag!!!!


I had lipton chamomile many years ago, vile stuff, horrid, and definitely not worthy!


ugh! blegh!! I shudder at the thought of ever having it again. In fact, I think Lipton Camomile is the reason I “thought” I hated it for years! before I turned tea-manic that is :)


I’m done with Lipton, except for the accasional cup at Grandma’s house-it’s all she stocks. In that case I do add sugar. It is so bitter {sour face}.


yes, sugar will save many a tea! though not lipton, for me… evil evil “tea” that it is!


Yeah ….honestly, I haven’t had that poison in years. I do occasionally have a cup of Red Rose, when remembering my Grandpap.


ah yes red rose… it served me well for many years!


as a matter of fact, Paps used to go up to Toronto to visit his Cousin, and he brought back Canadian Red Rose teabags. He always said they were better than the ones sold in US (agree). That’s how I was introduced to RR tea.


haha really?? that is awesome :)

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Ever since I got most of my ‘buds back, I’ve been revisiting old favourites… and I thought I had finished the last of this one, but surprise, I still have a few tbsp’s left! Yipeeee!!!
I tried a different strategy this time, going with shorter steeps. The green oolong is really coming out, and despite that I am still in love! (I prefer darker oolongs)
It’s very fresh tasting, and bursting with coconut flavour.
On another note- it seems that I react badly only when there are coconut shavings? this has only the essence and I only have a sense of heaven to report on my end!! x sighs x

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This tastes like more of a “chai” than it does a chocolate tea. The gingery fennel taste overpowers the chocolate by so much that I would never name it as such!! I’ve always disliked fennel. It’s so pungent and what a bully!
Anyhow, when the cup is lukewarm, the chocolate comes out a bit more, but only for about five minutes.
I resteeped it three times, and took out the fennel on the last one… which seemed to make it a bit easier to bear, but not really enough to purchase any for the house. I mean, it was ok… but nothing special in my books. shrugs
Oh well. Watching the fennel puff up like a balloon was fun!


I like fennel so, on this point we shall have to disagree. :) I can’t imagine fennel in a chocolate tea though, that sounds like a yucky combination!


I love fennel too, but never had it in tea. I love going to local Indian restaurants. Sssoooo good…….


It is an interesting combination!! Not something I would have dreamed up myself.
and Indian? Oh my, I looooove Indian!! I just put up with the fennel and gorge on everything else lol


Uh oh. Don’t like fennel/licorice at all! Good thing I got just a small amount to try. Not sure when I will try it. Seems like Oh Christmas Treat is he way to start the day off tomorrow, even though I’m Jew-ish.


I was hoping they’d throw in some seasonal teas for other holiday events… I guess Kanpe could be for Kwanzaa but what about Hannukah?? :)


This one is going back, if I can find the receipt, though I don’t need it if I’m exchanging. It isn’t like chocolate at all.


good idea! if enough people do the same maybe they will rework the blend to make it more chocolatey and less medicinal :)

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Sooooo many things going on with this tea!
First of all, the ginger is edging on too harsh for me. I don’t mind it too much, but really, I think it could do with less.
Second, the pu’erh adds a slightly fishy taste that is ok but not great… again with the goldilocks effect. I don’t remember my sample having so much pu’erh. Every batch is different, apparently!
and third, it doesn’t resteep well!!!! an oolong that doesn’t resteep? the horror!
and thus, as a regular ol’ tea I would give it an 82, but the mediocre aspects bring it down for me… so I’ll settle at 78.
Now, I was full but not overly at the time. Perhaps this would be tastier when I really need the digestive aid?

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drank English Breakfast by Second Cup
1485 tasting notes

Ack! Second cup changed their blend. It’s not as tasty as it once was… bleh.
Or maybe my tastes are more refined now? ha, I wish. I’m lowering the rating a tad here.

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Holy Shamoley!!
I finally tried this at home… added some sugar, and steeped it with regular non-coffee infected water and it was so very yummy!! I want more now.
I’m raising the score way up… this was seriously done wrong the last time I made a cuppa.
The strawberry is much stronger, and the rooibos perfectly balances it out. Mmmmm. I will definitely be buying more when I run out! xx

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drank Oolong Salima by Sanctuary T
1485 tasting notes

What a treat!! Thankyou QuiltGuppy for so generously sharing this sample with me. I quite like it.
The Oolong comes through very nicely, but also takes on the accent of tangerine quite well. I’m on my second steep now, and noticing the orange flavour more and more. It’s very delicate and reminds me of a white tea in some ways.
The sweetness is also very round, lasting until long after I’ve taken a sip.
I wouldn’t want this one all the time but when in the mood for a fruity oolong tea, this will definitely be on my “to crave” list.
I think I’m most impressed by the fact that it’s a fruit oolong. Most that I have tried are overpowered by the added ingredients.
Oh and it’s very smooooooth. The consistency (not the taste) of butter!!!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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agh why does vanilla do me wrong?! I want to like vanilla… and I don’t mind other vanilla flavoured tasty things, but somehow in tea it just turns me off every time pouts
The second steep was better, I have to admit… I didn’t mind it too much. The fact that it was so very smooth made me forget the vanilla hanging in the back after every darn sip. I also felt like the vanilla did something to the black tea base that made it taste “green” to me, which made me wrinkle ma nose even more… gah.
I didn’t mind the sample in the store, and I got mine with milk, but it’s not worth paying for a whole cup just to find out if that makes enough of a difference for me.


Vanilla and I have a love-hate relationship too. It can be wonderful, but when it’s bad… it’s REALLY bad.


yes, I agree!! It’s got a bad rap in my books. Blech!

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drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1485 tasting notes

INTENSE Is how I would describe this golden brew. and refreshing!! but certainly not oolongy. Not even on the third steep! At that point, I got bored of searching for the “tea” in my cup. Oh and when it cooled, the minty lemon somehow started tasting like ginger. Ick! which was worse since it was unexpected :/
I’m getting over that cold still, and despite that I still find this overpowering-again, on the third steep!
If this were billed as an herbal tea, I might go for it… but the darn stuff is caffeinated xSighsx
Maybe if they dial down the pep on this one, I could learn to love it…
Oh and besides all of that, they used a “green”-er oolong than I prefer, which is usually kinda meh in my books.

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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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