1413 Tasting Notes


I went in expecting something awful, after looking at the reviews. But hey, this isn’t so bad! I’m shocked. Maybe all the flavouring went to the bottom of the packet I shared with Kittenna? Actually, it was pretty non-memorable until I added a 1/3 tsp of sugar. That seemed to perk things up a bit. Of course it isn’t a crazy level of flavouring, but I can definitely tell it’s grapefruit, with that slight bitterness that sort of folds right into the sweet aspect, in a way that still manages to make both very apparent.
Actually, based on this cup alone I would definitely consider grabbing more. However, based on reviews, I highly suspect this tea is simply a finicky one, and that I happened to get lucky in my brewing. There are enough leaves for one more cup, so I’ll see what happens with that one.
Also, I’m really enjoying the black/green mix. Great pairing of teas.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Rhubarb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I love rhubarb! so much tasty in rhubarb.
So it was a no brainer for me to try this tea. At first I enjoyed it, moderately. It was sweet and a bit spicy, and it actually did taste like rhubarb! kinda.
Then it cooled and became sickeningly sweet, and I think the licorice popped out more and oh goodness… I had to throw out the rest of my cup. My free cup though, that they gave me for promoting tea :P
(handing out tea festival fliers)

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drank Green Quince by The Tea Smith
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Wow. Floral much? Geeeze, this one is floral like the Queen is British.
But I don’t mind too much, I though it’d be more overpowering than it is.
The fruity note seems to cut right through it all in just the right way. Its almost tart, in an apple way, but the way it pairs… well its unlike any other apple tea I’ve had before. Somehow, the crispness is captured, not the sweetness – though there is some sugary aspect, I can’t say that its definitively apple-ish. More vaguely so.
Anyhow, thank you MissB! what a lovely cup :)

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drank Mangalam Assam by Tsaa Tea Shop
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You know whats depressing? I have a cupboard of tea, and almost none of my fave, good ol Assam. My supply is scarily low. So I’ve been scrounging for scraps. Of course, this is part of my sipdown plan… I really want to tidy things up, reduce my samples/stray bits of tea etc. That means I’ve been making a lot of Franken-teas. Homemade blends cobbled together from whatever I think would pair well.
So I had a bit of this left, and decided to add some Darjeeling (Jungpana I think) and Yu Lu.
Overall, it made for a nice brew. Not bad for a last hurrah of my new fave, even if it was just a sample. Of course, I’ll be picking up more first chance I get… which knowing me will be at the Tea Festival. 26 days left. Eeeeeee!!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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I can’t believe its been so long since I first tried the Golden Fleece!
At the time it was the best thing I’d ever tasted, only I didn’t know it, having very little to compare. Now, its familiar and comforting. Still delicious and full bodied as ever, but the shock value wore off long ago.
I hadn’t planned on restocking it, but then I bought some for a friend who loves Jin Jun Mei, and I figured GF is about as close as you can get. So we shared a bag.
As much as I love it, I definitely can’t afford it as a staple in my cupboard. It will have to remain a treat!
The warm, rich hay notes really do take me away to another place…


I haven’t tried Golden Fleece yet, though I have a sample sitting in my untrieds box.

Have you tried The Finest Brew’s Jin Jun Mei? It’s really lovely, though I don’t yet know how it compares to Golden Fleece, except for price – it’s about a third of the price. http://thefinestbrew.com/collections/black-teas/products/jin-jun-mei

I could send you a sample if you wanted to try a couple of cups.


OMG that’t too funny yuou mention it! I got him that one as well!!
My friend loooooves the JJM from Kimicha, but its super expensive. So I’ve been trying to find one that he thinks is comparable at a better price (he drinks it rather differently than I do, very strong and long steeps – to the point of bitterness)


*also, thank you for the offer!!

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First time ever I think I’ve been disappointed by a Verdant blend (that didn’t contain any allergens for me)
I saw licorice and mint on the ingredients and thought – hey I’ll love that, I should get a bag! only to find out it isn’t the licorice I’m used to, much less the licorice Verdant used in their last herbal blend I tried. Or maybe it just pairs with the ingredients differently.
Maybe I oversteeped/overleafed. I’ll try again before submitting a rating

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

first time? haha you haven’t tried a lot of their newer blends have you

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*mistakenly logged over in another section. Oops! Now it has been moved…

Thanks for the sample MissB!
Not a bad black tea. But then again, not a memorable one either. Definitely needed some milk and sugar to boost things up. Next time, I’ll let it steep longer (I went with 3.5m this time)
Overall, its a basic breakfast black. A little bit of everything. Very balanced.
It went very well with the book I’m reading. I did like this cup!

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drank Barrys Irish Tea by Barry's Tea
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Thanks for the sample MissB!
Not a bad black tea. But then again, not a memorable one either. Definitely needed some milk and sugar to boost things up. Next time, I’ll let it steep longer (I went with 3.5m this time)
Overall, its a basic breakfast black. A little bit of everything. Very balanced.
It went very well with the book I’m reading. I did like this cup!


FYI this was their ‘Gold’ Blend – there are three entries for it which I’ll maybe email Jason about merging later, but I’d suggest you move your review there :P


Oh bugger that’s where I thought I posted! thx for the heads up

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Ohhhhh my goodness! Tasty doesn’t begin to describe this. I’m in love, surely!
Thank you MissB for the sample!!!
This is definitely mousse. Not just chocolate, but the texture of mousse, with that extra berry tartness as well.
Towards the end, my cup showed more berry than chocolate, which was nice as well. A little tart since I added no sugar.
Very smooth as well. Excuse me while I go fawn over my cup…


Yum! I’m looking forward to trying this once I’m back home.


told you this one was good! :)


Kittenna, make sure you have time to savour :P
Sil, Oh man I neeeeed more of this one

Second steep was good too!!


i gave the whole bag over to kittenna to do what she wanted with it…


We will see what’s left once it’s parcelled out to everyone I’m sending stuff too. I still have a couple Victoria people plus others, but I suspect there will be some left after that :)


claps hands
I’m excited for everyone to try :D

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drank Lemon and Ginger by Barry's Tea
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Awesome! Thanks for the sample bag MissB!
Sans any sugar or other additives, this tastes just like a lemon ginger candy. The kind you sneak for sore throats. Except I actually really like them and have trouble not having any just because :)
I love how potent yet balanced the two flavours are, without being overwhelming.
Its very comforting and yet energizing in a non-caffeinated way. Five Noms for the win!!!

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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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