1607 Tasting Notes


Bulk Barn. Is a wonderful terrible place that makes me want to buy ALL THE THINGS. Wonderful because I find gems like this beauty and terrible because I did not need to be spending more money on tea, much less anything else! I have a bunch coming in the mail and too much in my cupboard as is. Sighs. But how could I resist?!
Technically, I think I get a pass on this one. As it was one of the only teas on my “may be purchased while on tea buying hiatus cuz it’s so damned good and hard to find!”
Of course I gave away a third of the package in exchange for some Candy Cane Lane! a tea I’ve yet to try… and always wanted to :P
I’m kinda glad my friend dragged me to the BB. What a perfect reward for getting through my exam! (sensory development. best class ever)

Oh and my cup? Deeeeeevine. See previous note.


I love how you can find a lot of hard to find things, especially tea, in bulk barn. It surprises me that they stock those products when no one else does. I love going into that store.


Word, Bulk Barn is DANGEROUS.


Lala, I know right?! It’s like a tiny wonderland for my inner shopping gnome. Could never get tired of going in there!

Incendiare, yes, yes it is!!!! I think I have to ban myself from there for awhile lol

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I don’t know why I made this. It was good… but so not what I was feeling. I guess I wanted to experiment. Somehow fruity teas in the winter are starting to fall off my radar, and the black ones are creeping back in. Interesting.

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Aha!!! I figured it out. Ha!
Two minutes, and an underleafed cuppa = creamy goodness. Not so much on the blueberry, sadly. But then when I have a blueberry cream cheese danish, I seem to remember there being less jelly filling and more cheesey goodness anyhow, so technically it is somewhat accurate to my memory. Oh man I really like it that way.
(underleaf by about %10 to 15- for future reference!)


I had issues with this one too.


I would try to underleaf this one, but that would mean using less tea. :D


Amariel, their greens tend to be that way, I’ve noticed!

Tea Sipper, lol. Try just less time then. That way you can go in for a resteep :P

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Yummy!! Very holiday cheer like. Gingery in the bread kinda way. I could barely taste the Lapacho note in there, and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Great for those who dislike the taste of Lapacho!
A pinch of sugar made it even more cookie like. Very comforting. I’m looking forward to using this up :D

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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
1607 tasting notes

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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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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