1553 Tasting Notes


Yep, this is a nice one. Not nearly as super fantastic as the Assam, but still good. The lady at the shop mentioned there was some Chinese tea in there. I can’t remember what region but I know it wasn’t one of the standard ones. Actually I keep thinking it was Hubei but I know it wasn’t because I do recall thinking “I wonder if that is near Hubei” for some reason. And yet I can’t recall the name of the place she mentioned. Silly brain.
Ok. So! This one is quite round in depth and profile. A little too focused on the Keemum like notes for my preferences. I’m not a fan of Keemum, personally.
With milk and sugar, it works well enough for me. A nice sipping tea that I don’t need to pay much attention to. Not something I’d repurchase though

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This was a pleasant cup. I quite enjoyed it. A little smokey, a touch of hay, and a nice coppery background with a bare hint of malt and astringency.
Perfect for sipping on while I study for my exam on Friday!

Thanks for the sample Joseph Wesley!!

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I’ve had this a few times and have decided, this is not the tea for me. Either my tastebuds are broken, or the tea is cuz it steeps up far too light for me to get much of anything. Hmph.

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drank Cuba Libre Black Tea by 52teas
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Wow this is exactly what I hoped it’d be, only with less mint. I taste mostly black tea and lime. There is a hint of mint in the aftertaste. Boo. I’m not a rum fan but love the combo of lime and mint. Damn I was really pulling for mint. Ah well, it’s still pretty tasty.
Now this was made hot, and the leaves were ctc (I ordered a bunch of the iced tea bags, fully intending to rip them apart, since I didn’t want to order bags full of the stuff)
Next time, I’ll def make this iced. I can really see it shining that way.
Also I’m not a huge fan of the base but it kinda works here!!

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Something about this tea bothered me and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Something about the mouthfeel.
Reminded me vaguely of a vanilla tea from way back that made me ill once but that isn’t quite it! I’m stumped… though I can certainly see how others would adore it. Managed to finish my cup, and enjoyed it kindof, but had trouble getting to the bottom.
Milk n sugar helped a little, making it more caramel icecream like. Still… Won’t be doing that one again!

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I let this steep a tad too long, distracted by conversation. Oh darn…
but overall, rather pleasant if not a little finicky. I love the mango aroma.

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Had this bare today. With maybe an 8th of a tsp of honey. A bit better than usual. Seems a longer steep time works. I’m surprised!

3 min, 15 sec

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Have you ever been so floored by the deliciousness of a tea that you forget to pay attention to how it tastes and end up utterly seduced, then come out of your trance awhile later only to find an empty cup and you wonder what the heck happened?


Best experience ever!


Love it when that happens.


Hehhee glad to see I’m not alone in this wonder :P

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drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
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I had this at a holiday get together with friends yesterday. Not terrible. I’d certainly drink it again. Might even get some if it was on clearance.
The mint is quite strong. On my first sip, all I could taste was mint. After a few more, I started to get a bit of a pleasant citrus build up.
As for the base, well I’m not a huge fan of Chun Mee so for once the flavouring saved a blend for me. I could still taste that heavy metallic oddness that bothers me very mildly in the background.

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drank Mlesna black by Mlesna Tea
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Ohmygoodness, this is the tea that never ends! I swear I measured it out last time and had enough for two full tablespoons, and then today, it was at two again. I had a cup last time, so it should have been one!

Anyhow, a friend of mine gave me some Chai flavoured sugar as a party favour at her baby shower. Also some Lavender and Vanilla flavour. Not sure what I’ll do with the Lavender, I’m scared to try it. They come in heavy glass jars or else I’d send it out to any takers. Well if anyone local wants it, it’s yours!

Soooooo the chai sugar was tasty! a relatively mild chai note, but comforting and well blended. I have a feeling most of the spices are at the bottom so when I manage to empty the jar a bit I’ll give it a good shake.
I’m really glad my friend gave me chai sugar. It was such a thoughtful gift!!


Lavender is good for night time to relax. Have it with some mint tea. It goes well with peppermint. Also with plain black tea. Try it before you give it away!


Ah I wish I could try it Adora! but I had a nasty reaction to a lavender drink awhile back, I spent the whole day in bed… so I think I may be allergic.


(I also really dislike the smell. It reminds me of chemicals, used to clean floors!)


Ah I thought from your post you just didn’t know what to do with it. Run away then! No getting sick. That sounds like an awful reaction!


Thanks! The reaction I had was from a simple syrup soda concoction, it was actually quite delicious (much to my surprise). But ever since then and even before that to a lesser extent, the scent of lavender turns my stomach. I’m sure it wouldn’t be as bad if I tried the sugar, being that it’d have a much lower concentration. Still, I’m not willing to take a chance :/

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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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