1485 Tasting Notes

drank Osmanthus Green by Ten Ren Tea
1485 tasting notes

I bought this because I needed a bagged tea that would be nice for the afternoon when I haven’t got time to worry about filling/washing steeping things. So I wasn’t expecting super high quality. But ya know what… I am quite pleasantly surprised. Seriously! Nice!
The balance is great, it’s pretty smooth, and I didn’t get any throat scritches. Love it!
I may raise the rating even more. This is biased me talking of course, the lover of osmanthus!!

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This is one of those teas I hope to never tire of.
It even has a tin in my cupboard. But I really do prefer it hot, where the orange shines through. Cool, citrus kinda fades away. In fact, I couldn’t find a spot of it anywhere in my tea today! Though it did help get me through my first day at work. What a long but glorious day (happy sighs)


Yay work! Hope it goes well for you.


Hehe thx!! Day 2 was even more entertaining. I really do love my job! :)

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I’m not sure what went in there. The packaging is in German.
But I know there was chamomile and maybe lavender. Something green ish. Mint?
Overall, I found it calming. Invigorating. A little soapy. A nice sweet aftertaste.
Thanks MissB!

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drank Toffee by Harrods
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Lots of hmmmms these days. Not a bad one. Just… Hmmmm.
This is good, and there IS toffee there. But it takes some getting used to. At first I felt as if there was something missing from the toffee, as if it was hollow. Adding a bit of sugar helped. I didn’t think milk was necessary. It’s somewhat creamy on its own. It is a bit sticky tasting, so I suppose that part is apt!
Would I have this again? Yes, as a treat! Would I buy a whole box of it? I’m honestly not sure. Maybe. Ok so a tiny box.
Thanks MissB!

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This is certainly a different tea!! Not what I expected. High on the licorice, and that slight burning sensation when I have the candies. It’s sweet as well, though not overly so.
The other day I had a blend with licorice in it and I got an annoying fake sweetness there that I can barely see here.
No additives or anything, though with the amount of licorice imitating ingredients I expected to need it (help cover some of the overpowering notes).
Now, about this mushroom business. I do seem to taste a tiny bit of that, but only if I focus. Otherwise it just kinda hangs in the background and as a mild aftertaste. But then the licorice is there too so I’m noticing the menthol effect up on the roof of my mouth and the mushroom down mid tongue. Very odd indeed.
No white powder as yet, though my steep was relatively short at about two minutes.
Also, I didn’t like this hot very much at all.
Something tells me this’d go over really well if I had a head cold.
Thanks MissB!!!!!


No idea why I didn’t post as having drank this, but I do vaguely remember something mushroom-y as well. Bah. Glad you got a chance to enjoy it!


Thanks MissB! I quite liked the experience

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Hmmm. I ordered this expecting to love it to bits! but strangely I’ve been enjoying my other Mandala one more.
Here, I’m not getting a lot of the complexity that others are finding. Instead, I get a lot of the heavier, more metallic notes. Mushroom and clay with a bare hint of fruit.
I’ll try it with my gaiwain and if that doesn’t work, this baby is destined for another home…

Bear With Me

Mm, Special Dark! But, I can see where you’d taste what you do. I found it to be best when steeped in glass vs ceramic, but that’s just me. Which is the one you like more?


I’ll have to check the name when I swing back downstairs. Thought I’d reviewed it already but apparently not!!
I’ll see if glass makes a difference as well

Bear With Me

I may have missed it if you did review it. I’ve been pretty MIA after all!


bah, I’ve been missing here too kinda. Right now I’m on a “steepster” kick :)


Agh tried drawing a heart but the format program here wont let me

Bear With Me

Silly formatting :P


yep. I bet its Markdown shakes fist at formatting

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I had a teeny bit of Pancake Breakfast left and wanted to use it up, and I’m running low on black Indian teas so I added a bunch of this! First time I ever tried it with milk. Not bad at all. Kinda like chocolate pancakes :P

Thomas Edward(Toad)

i love this one :)


I liked this one too, and chocolate pancake tea is a great concept haha.


Thomas, it certainly is worthy of the love!!

Fjellrev, I was just sad I didn’t think of it before :P

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Oh wow this is good! Malty and a bit fruity. Somewhat drying. I am a fan!!! So much yum. There is a bit of breadiness as well. I had a migraine at the time so will have to write a more detailed note another day :)

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Picked up at the tea festival. Thank you Capital Teas!!
A rather interesting Assam, I must say. Not quite what I expected. First impressions are of stone fruit and cocoa or maybe sweet potato. Somewhat reminiscent of white wine in the way the flavours are profiled (not in the way it tastes, just how they present the fruit aspect).
Let me rephrase. When I drink wine, the flavours hit my palate in a unique way more at the back of my throat, whereas with teas it is usually more of a full/front of mouth experiences. Atleast with black teas, which I gravitate towards. Am I the only one who finds this?
I think this may be why I find the tea to be so unique.
Also, there is a sweetness here that reminds me quite a bit of Lover’s Leap or Margaret’s Hope, only instead of raisin notes, I see sweet potato.


I totally got the wine notes and sweet potato with this one as well.


Awesome, I was kinda worried. I’ve never had an Assam like that, wasn’t sure if it was just me!

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1485 tasting notes

The first time I had this, it didn’t impress me much. Then I picked up a sample to play around with and from one cup to the next I never had consistent experiences. Today, it was quite nice overall. I still need to go in for a second brew so I’ll see what happens with that.
Atleast this is a sipdown! I’ll probably pick some more up at some point, but not for awhile. Well, til my cupboard gets down to a reasonable level. And definitely not until my finances recover from the tea festival :P


pineapple… bleh :( great review though


Aw thx Kirk!


no problem :)

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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!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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