1489 Tasting Notes


Sipdown!! Just in time for summer… hmm. This is one I really enjoy and like to have in my cupboard, even though I don’t have it often enough. It sounds like one that should be great iced, but half the time when I make it iced, the profile just takes a really odd spin. The lemon note gets swallowed up and all I taste is the tea part but not in a nice way. More heavy and thick feeling (even when I underleaf/understeep!).
This, despite me measuring things precisely etc. Hot, I do enjoy it… so perhaps I’ll give it a rest for a few months to see how I feel about grabbing more at that point?
Unless someone out there has any input on how to do it up iced!


No input here I’m afraid. I went through 100g of it and sometimes it’d be great cold and other times it would be horrid. It wasn’t consistent enough for me.


Yeah same here. 100g for me overall, in multiple purchases. Glad to know I’m not the only one!!

Roswell Strange

I was never able to get this one to really work for me cold :/


I find it so odd! I feel like this one was designed with cold tea in mind, and yet it fails so badly…

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Mint and chai, two flavours I love to have in my tea cupboard. Yum!!
Thank you to Cavorax for sharing!
The blend of spices and mint was perfect in this cup. I really enjoyed it. Though I can’t pinpoint what was in it exactly as the mint seemed to obscure things a tad. Not that I mind, delish is delish and I’ll take it :)


happily headless….. doesn’t sound right lol. nice review though :)


I know right? I think it refers to a cartoon. thanks!!

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I’m sad my review for this has disappeared.
My palate lately seems to have died and a lot of teas have been tasting the same.
But here is my take on it anyhow. This is a really fruity tea. It reminds me of fruitcake in that dried fruit soaked in alcohol way. Quite wine-ey. There is some mild astringency, just enough to be pleasant. Overall, a very good Darjeeling. It sets the bar high!
Too bad I only have a bit left. Would be willing to send it to anyone wanting a taste

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drank Keemum by Sassy Teas
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Mum and a bunch of family came here for high tea today. It’s a lovely shop and the service is great. I’d recommend the place to anyone, no question! Every item served was super yummy. Oh and the decor, love it. Makes me feel as if I’m in a seaside garden.

I chose this tea because I wasn’t sure about any of the other black teas they have (I’m not a big English Breakfast fan and most of their other blacks seem to be of higher elevation and thus best enjoyed on its own to fully enjoy the taste!)
Not a bad one. Pretty standard, and good quality. Nice and brisk, a little smoky with that round sweetness I’ve come to like. Some depth there as well. Maybe some hay? I was too busy chatting, and forgot to pay attention haha. Anyhow. Anyone who lives nearby really should check out Sassy Teas!!!

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drank Cherry Black by Riston
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This was really good today. Perfect balance of tea and cherry. Noms.

As for my meds… All of the bad side effects and none of the useful ones (at this strength). Self aware panic attacks are the strangest sensation. Like I’m high on something. Floaty and panicky for no reason at all… At least I was warned about this! I’ve had them before, but it usually centers around some difficult situation I’m mired in. Oh well. These episodes should pass in a few weeks, I’m told. Small price to pay, overall, :)

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Yup. This is still in my cupboard. Still delicious, but losing serious steam. Starting to taste stale. Gotta finish this up asap!!!

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I keep forgetting to make this in my tumbler.
In my regular mug, its pretty tame. Very mild and unassuming. A summer Assam?
(see previous note for more in depth review)
Blah. I’m tired of wanting Assam milk tea every day. I can’t seem to enjoy anything else until I’ve had it, and sometimes that is all I have time for and then I end up having the same tea every day!(one of two Assams in my cupboard atm). Geeze am I getting old or what! I’m hoping that summer weather will bring about a shift in my preferences so I can move some of the older green teas outta my cupboard!

Personal stuff…. Today is a pretty good day for me. Not exactly bouncing with energy, but I’ve been able to get a few needed things done. Still not at the level I need to be.
I’ve had days like this before. Infrequently though. What I’m not sure of is what influence, if any, my meds have had on that. Would I have had this “up” day without them? Have they merely enhanced an up day? or am I adjusting to the meds finally, despite research saying that on this drug, it doesn’t really happen over time (it IS immmediate, or not at all for the most part). Who knows. Nobody reacts the same to these meds either. Apparently we each have a “genetic code” that dictates which ones work better, and at what dose, and studies aren’t elaborate enough to identify them with certainty just yet… hence the lottery game. Anyhow. Feeling a bit less frantic now about the whole thing. Monday will be a whole other story.

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Wow I love this one cooled down! what a great sample, thank you so much MissB!
Hot I just get a floral green tea. As it cools, there is a distinct menthol like sensation, which I find rather pleasant. There is also a definite drying out of the mouth that others have mentioned. Almost like I just ate a lemon, only it isn’t really sour.
Cooled, I can now taste more cherry, which is funny because I can never taste the cherry in a cherry blossom tea. This is unique, and coveted by me! Wheeeeeeeee!!!

On the meds front- accidentally took two today. Oops! but hey atleast now I know what could happen if doc increases my dose (I can’t OD, I’d need to take 5x that amount to be unsafe). Sadly though all it did was give me the jitters and a few brief moments of concentration about four hours after I took the second dose. No different than one of my “up” days. Hopefully doc will switch me to a different one when I see him next week. The waiting is killing me. Sighs.
Sorry for boring y’all. I just really needed to write.

Flavors: Cherry


Don’t you ever apologize! I really hope they’ll be able to get you on track with something better.


Aww thanks that is sweet of you!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I had this the other day. For some reason I got a strong barley or roasted note. Not what I expected!! No cocoa notes either. Odd. Two infusions, more or less the same. This has happened a few times, but not every time. Has this happened to anyone else? I bought it over the xmas holidays.

On the health front, after jumping through about a dozen hoops… I finally got my hands on meds. Except it turns out it isn’t strong enough to make any difference at all. To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. My doc is on vacay this week and doesn’t take appointments, only walk ins. So it looks like I’ll be in his office waiting next week for about six hours… great… plus now I have to wait a whole week… not impressed I am!!
Anyhow… May the 4th be with ya ;)


Oh no, let’s hope that through the process of elimination, the doctor will be able to prescribe something better on the second try.


Thx Fjellrev! I think he will just bump up my dosage. Doubt he’ll try another med but I’m ok with that :)


hope you feel better soon!


Thx TeaBrat! xo


Some meds need time to take effect— antidepressants for example can take a month or two to “kick in” as your body adjusts. if you are taking a med that is meant to act immediately, then I agree we th Fjellrev. Try, try again!


Sren, I would HATE to have to be on antidepressants, they scare me -ADHD meds are pretty clear cut. They know exactly what it does, and are supposed to work within an hour or so of taking them (mine is slow release so only 22% is supposedly released in that first hr, I just need more of it haha)


But I accidentally took two this morning. Will see how that turns out!!! :/

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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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