1413 Tasting Notes

drank Key Lime Pie by Cha
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Come on Cha, I know you can do better than this!
Maybe it’s just that I’m not a fan of the base, or something in the flavouring, but this just did not do as key lime pie.
Lime is dominant here, along with an odd background note that I think is supposed to be coconut. (only it reminds me more of dirty socks)
With a little milk, it was sour, not as in milk sour but more of a too much lime pucker sour. Oh well, I’m sure their other teas are fantastic!

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drank China Green Tips by Tazo
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I’ve really been in the mood for vegetal (non smoky or metallic) greens lately. Colour me suprised!
So when I ordered this at “coffee” with a friend the other day, I found this oddly satisfying. Perhaps it was a better quality batch than the last one I had, as I don’t recall it tasting so fresh or intense.
Either way, this may just turn into my go to caffeinated beverage there, atleast until they bring in some Teavana products.
What a relief, considering I’ve been avoiding their standard black awake tea! Now I haven’t indulged for quite some time now, but I remember disliking it, which is a serious annoyance for me given that black tea with milk is what I crave most… even after all these years of being on Steepster! I mean, I assumed I would outgrow that preference, and yeah I sometimes drift away… and then always end up right back at it again. I suppose that’s partly why I’m always surprised at how much I enjoy a solid green. Well, that, and growing up, all I ever knew of green tea was Jasmine and Sencha, which I can’t stand… so when I discovered the Chinese side… I did a little happy dance.
Long story short? My tastes are evolving, again! Go figure.


this is a pretty nice tea for Tazo. :)


it really is! Tazo gets a bad rap but I think it’s better than most :)


I have heard so many people rag on this tea… how much do you want to bet they brew it in boiling water for like 5 minutes? I assume you brewed it as a green :)

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Caramel, oh yes there is caramel! and vanilla. Followed by rice.
Hot, I wasn’t really feeling it at all. The rice aspect was overpowering in an odd uncooked way. Now that it’s cooled a bit, the flavours mesh together much better. What I don’t like now though, is the astringency! Hmph. On the other hand, its very smooth, and creamy. Will see what infusion #2 brings.

Edit: 2nd steep reminds me of marshmallow genmaicha from 52teas. If this was the first steep, I’d have given it a much higher rating!! I don’t know if I’d want to buy some for myself… mostly because I’d prefer the Frank version any day :)

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Ha!! So I have tried this before. Too funny. This was a to go cup in the store.
I quite enjoyed my it this time, was very lemony and smooth, in a good way. Not sure I’d want some for the house as I’d only ever want a cup every few months or so but it’d certainly be interesting to try iced, as was recommended to me in my last note, and by the girl at the cash.

I met up with Raritea today, and we attended the grand opening of Cha, they had treats and tea cocktails, and of course… free tea! It was alot of fun, I wish it was an annual event :)
So Cha is a monthly subscription where you take a quiz and based on the results you get a monthly tea set. Great for people who are just starting out and have no idea what they like. I’d recommend it. AND they are affiliated with a clean water charity.

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drank Kick In the Cup by Red Leaf Tea
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Somehow though, watching teas dwindle cup by cup is immensely frustrating. I’m the type that needs to finish things if they are on my plate, asap, for some reason. I’m ocd like that it seems(or rather, in my cupboard) and so when I do actually manage to finish a tea supply, it’s more of a “FINALLY!” than it is an achievement.
So while I really enjoyed this tea, I’m relieved to see it done.
In fact, I’ve been itching to purge my cupboard and just get back to a core tea supply that I can rely on. Is that strange? I really like my variety so it really makes no sense to me. I find it a little contradictory of how I am. Gah!
Anyhow, on my way out the door now, so I’ll finish that thought later


I understand completely.


A library of staples—wonderful for the luxury of not having to think about what to steep.l

A menagerie of “goodies”—wonderful for the luxury of getting to experiment with your steeps.

Hard to say whech benefit outweighs the other, eh?


Thx Lindsay, it’s nice to hear that! :D
Gmathis, seriously!! which is better, and how do you keep them straight? haha


I like the idea of 15 staples, and maybe 15 sample sizes for variety. And work down from there.


15 staples sounds about right but I doubt I’d ever get down to that many samples lol

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I taste coconut!! and pineapple. The white tea part hovers around the edges. Not bad. Reminds me of pina colada, and now that I’ve read the other reviews… sun tan lotion. ha!
This would likely do well iced, I imagine. Maybe I’ll save it for summer. With a splash of rum or vodka… oh my goodness yes that will be good. I just hope I remember!
Many thanks to Sil for the most generous sample!


Hey I’m just glad you liked it. Happy when tea finds a good home :)


Hehhe thanks Sil! no surprise you didn’t like the coconut blend :P

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drank Assam by Nina's Paris
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No way!! my tea palate is not normally that attuned in black teas. But here, I could actually taste the fruitiness. Like… banana perhaps, or some sort of medley. What a trip. I’ve never had an Assam like this before.
Asides from that, it’s nice and strong with some awesome malty backing. It’s been awhile since I had an intensely malty tea, and this seriously hit the spot.
Really nice for a change, but not something I’d want permanently in my cupboard. Well maybe if it didn’t go stale!
Thank you Nina’s Paris Teas for this sample!

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The same thing usually happens to me with blacks too. Cool that you tasted all the fruitiness!


It was pretty neat! A nice surprise because I tasted it before looking at the description. Thought I was imagining things

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You make everything better. That is all.

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I made a veggie smoothie! parsley, cucumber, frozen green beans, chlorella, oj, ice, and hemp seeds. Pretty darn tasty, I gotta say. Only issue is that now I am freezing and need a tea to warm up :)

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So I’d never had buttered rum before. But last night… my neighbour made us buttered rum cake! and it was amaaaaaazing. Not at ALL like this tea. In fact, know that I know what it’s supposed to taste like, I need to lower the rating here.

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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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