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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
397 tasting notes

This tea is.. quite interesting. It doesn’t smell like the tea that I would pick up. It smells very fruity and fruity black teas just.. don’t sit well in my stomach.
Steeping and it still has that weird medicine-y smell that I associate all fruity black blends with.
Oh. Not good. It just tastes like a weak black tea with weak flavours of weak fruits. I decided to re-add my leaves for just a couple more seconds to see if I could pull a bit more flavour, but it’s just starting to go bitter. I’ll probably just use the rest of the leaves as a cold brew or sipdown and share them with my roommates.


tis one was not for me either, sadly. and i felt horrible about it because my sample came from a friend in paris =0(


I know, I got this tea from shmiracles last month and I loooove trying new teas! But with that, you’ll also try teas that just aren’t for you.
This tea was good enough to finish the cup, but now I have leaves that I’ll just give to friends. At least it’s going to a better home :)


true… it is the responsible thing to do, to rehouse an unwanted tea =0)

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The only reason why I am at my cousins this morning is because my aunt and uncle had to go to a conference this weekend and IT’S FINALS NEXT WEEK AND I’M TAKING CARE OF MY COUSINS.
But it’s all good. I love them, but I never get anything done at their house.

This morning, I had to bring my cousin to school because she’s going to a music festival/fair so I made my cousins walk with me to bring her. On our walk back, I could smell the Sampaguita and I was all I NEED THIS TEA IN MY BELLY.
I think one of the reasons why I love Jasmine teas so much is because we’d always have Sampaguita flowers growing in the backyard. We needed Sampaguitas and Calamansi trees in our garden, no matter how many times we moved :) So yes. Jasmine is like… my life :)

Dude. So I just looked it up on wikipedia, and Sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines! Being born in the Philippines, one should know, but I was raised in America so my knowledge of the Philippines is very… minimal..

Flavors: Flowers

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Another one from my swap with shmiracles from last month!

I’m a lazy butt and I don’t want to look up what is in this tea, so I’m just going to say that it smells a whole lot like coconut and… nuttiness? Like Almonds. Just from the name, I’m assuming that it has Almonds and amaretto. What exactly is amaretto? I’ve had it in 2 teas already and my roommate last year was freaking out like crazy over my Apricot Amaretto from way long ago.
*to google I go!!

Ahh well. This tea is interesting. I put boiling water in for 3 minutes, like I do for all black teas, and this ended up a bit sour? Not bitter, but sour. I’ve never had that happen to me before, but it’s interesting.
Definitely not a go-to tea for me, and not something I’d throw into my shopping cart, but it’s a nice tea to have if I’m ever craving these flavours :)

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I got this from shmiracles like… last month? Ahh so many teas to drink, so little time!
Spending the weekend with my cousins because I have to bring my younger cousin to school tomorrow for a field trip and her parents are gone sooo PARTY AT THEIR HOUSE!!! **Tea party, that is :)

I brought a whole lot of teas with me, and I just brought my wee little teacup with the infuser because they do not drink tea at all and they don’t have tea equipment, so gotta bring my own stuff with me! All the teas I brought with me either has never been drunk before, or has only been drank once.

So today, I’m drinking this very chocolatey tea WHICH I FORGOT TO TIME SO I THINK IT’S DONE AHH Darn. I think it was getting a smidge bitter ahh well, it’s all good. It smells fine! If it’s bitter, then I’ll just think it’s dark chocolate, not sweet like milk :) I wasn’t the biggest fan of chocolate teas before, but now I’m starting to love them! I freakin love my toffee and marshmallow and cream and caramel teas though. Those are so good.

At first I thought this was going to be a nice cup from the smell, but I just tried it and yep, it got bitter aww :( Aww well. Maybe the second steeping might be better, and I’ll remember it this time!

Boiling 2 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold steep from last night!
Tasted a wee bit bitter with nothing, but I added a bit of honey and now it tastes like magic :) Kinda like it a bit more cold than hot :)
Not a tea that I love, but definitely a nice tea to have on hand. Now that I have no more of it, it’s time to try some other herbals from DAVIDs!

So I’m like super crazy excited for my trip to DAVIDs okay. Is it so weird to be excited to go to a tea place? I literally haven’t been to a tea store since last summer and I’m just so excited and I’m totally going to splurge and I don’t even care right now because I just can’t wait to go to San Francisco and BE BACK HOOOOME.
First I gotta finish my two finals and two essays though. Yeah that still needs to get done.


I also get unusually excited and crazy when I have a chance to go to any teastore (and David’s tea is only a few blocks away from me) so I totally get it!!


i really like Butiki Mango Lassi, but havent tried DT


I am oh so very lucky to live in a state where DAVIDs exists, even if it’s however many hundred miles away. But I’ve been buying tea blind online for so long, it’s just going to be so nice to actually SMELL it before buying!

How busy/big are the stores in Canada? I’ve only been to one location in San Francisco since it’s the easiest to get to, and it’s actually fairly tiny. It’s definitely super busy all the time, while the Teavana and Lupicia in the same mall is fairly empty.
You can literally walk into any mall and expect a Teavana there, Lupicia is a bit more spread out, but DAVIDs, there’s only about 5 in the western side of the US (all in California!) So like I’m definitely making a trip out of it :)


boychik, it’s pretty good! It’s tart in some places, but decent :)
I’ve only had one of Butiki’s teas, but that’s definitely a company that I want to try more of :)

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From MissB and I am definitely a matcha newbie!
I’ve always been interested in matcha and I figured that the mystery pack that she was doing was the perfect way to get just a small amount and IT’S GREAT.

Yes. Matcha newbie. Definitely don’t know how to prepare matcha and it was a total fail this morning but IT’S ALL GOOD I STILL ENJOYED IT SO I AM FINE.

This tea is great though. I could really smell it from the package and it was super nice and I definitely don’t know how to make this tea so I’m going to shut up now.


lol, how did you prepare it? Do you want/need some tips? :)


i need tips:) got my sample and afraid to try


Oh my gosh, yes please!
So I totally don’t have a matcha bowl/whisk/scoop so I had to make do with what I had.
I read somewhere that if it’s your first time, you shouldn’t have more than 1/2 tsp because of caffeine and things and I was like.. Okay then. And I read that people had it with milk and I thought that was pretty cool and I totally had no idea how much milk to use though.
SO MY PROCESS (I give you permission to laugh. I seriously had no idea haha)
1/2 tsp of matcha through my strainer to get rid of clumps, straight into my mug.
Boiled a bit of milk and I let it sit to cool down
Poured 8oz(ish) into my mug as I stirred with a fork beause I like… Had nothing else.

Dude. Matcha is just… FREAKIN WEIRD, MAN.
But I’m going out in a couple weeks to buy some matcha essentials (mainly the whisk, possibly a bowl?) and actually figure out how to prepare it and things haha.


Seriously, this entire morning my roommate and I were just laughing at each other because KNEW this wasn’t how it was supposed to be done! But it tasted decent at the end so at least it wasn’t a complete waste!


LOL…ok, well first off, I (and most people around here) tend to like flavored matchas with milk. For a hot latte I recommend microwaving the milk until it is warm (NOT hot or boiling, it’ll scald the matcha!) and then using a fork or small whisk if you have one to add 1/2 tsp of matcha and between 1-2tsp of sugar or honey depending on your tastes. An iced latte can be accomplished by either shaking the same amount of matcha, milk and sugar with 3 ice cubes in a mason jar or cocktail shaker, OR putting these things in the blender to make a frappe! Good luck and let me know how you like it as a latte :D


Oh okay, so I kinda //sorta did it okay hahha.
How much milk do you usually put it? I’ll probably try again Tuesday morning :)


Yeah, you didn’t do it wrong really. I do 8oz milk for 1/2 tsp matcha and 1-2tsp sugar or honey :) Just made one myself, actually, with Rich Berry Pie flavor matcha :D

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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So I love my rooibos teas oversteeped (especially this one) so I put this tea directly into my timolino and attached the mesh infuser and now I’m just drinking out the top so I don’t end up drinking all the rooibos.
Dude wait. I could have just put it into the mesh and drank out of the timolino itself! I just thought of that now wow.

But class hasn’t started yet and someone exclaimed “It smells like brown sugar!!”
And I’m just.. yeah that’s me.

Boiling 8 min or more 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

Sounds delicious!

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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
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Tasting note #300!
Dude. This is one of the teas that I’ve been eyeing for so long since I love jasmine so much and this one is just dang GORGEOUS!
I was going to wait till the end of the month when I visit DAVIDs, but MissB decided to throw this in the mystery pack I bought from her and I squealed when I saw it!
The leaves dry are just bursting with flavour. Not like overwhelming, but just great and mellow and beautiful and delicate and they’re rolled up in the shape of butterflies which makes it even better and ahhh it’s the best tea ever okay.
The Jasmine just comes out beautifully as it steeps and the leaves unravel and they’re huge and gorgeous and oh my gosh this tea is just the best tea in the entire world.
I’ve got about 10g left and I’m going to make this last as long as I can. I’ll just inhale it and then tell myself that I shouldn’t have some because there are other teas in my cupboard that needs some love.

This may be one of my favourite jasmine teas out there. Just because it’s rolled up so nicely, it’s like… ahhh I love this tea so much.
Thank you TONS MissB!!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

Congrats on 300!!


Congrats on 300! I’m getting close myself. Isn’t it exciting?


Thanks!! I knew that 300 was coming up and I was waiting to try this tea just for #300 haha.
Dude. Great tea. And it resteeps like no other :)


Congrats on 300 notes!! :) and this tea sounds quite good, might have to pick some up, I love jasmine teas!


300 notes and an amazing tea! Win win win! This tea does sound wonderful. Lately, I’m all about the jasmine.

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drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
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From MissB!

I’ve never had Guayusa before. With exploration on the DAVIDs site, I feel like it’s in the Mate family? I don’t even know why friends think I’m a tea expert. I just drink tea and I really don’t know much about it haha.
I’m just assuming that it has like natural caffeine in it. DAVIDs say it is a stimulant soooo I kinda need the energy since we’re cleaning the kitchens today! Aww this is the last time I’ll ever be in the kitchens this year :( I’ll be in them again in a bit over a year though :)

But dry, this smelled nice and bright! It smells like… a thing.. But I can’t remember what that thing is though.
Now it’s steeping and it’s picking up a smokier/toastier flavour?
And now.. dude. It’s like smoky, but tastes fresh. Like it’s so weird, but IT WORKS.
I actually really like this, wow. Probably not an everyday kind of tea, but a tea where I’ll utilize its caffeine content for days like today :) Definitely a morning tea. I don’t know if my body can handle this after Dinner hahah
I do get the faint cider flavours though! During new years, my aunt makes sure to buy a costco pack of apple cider because my cousins and I always drink a whole lot ahha. I love all versions of cider and looks like this is going into my cider-love list :)

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lemon Grass by Adagio Teas
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Oh my gosh. So I was drinking tea earlier and my roommate dropped her pretzels and I exclaimed “FOOD FELL!!!” right when our other roommate and her boyfriend walked in! And both of them were all “Kyra, are you drinking caffeine again?” and I was all… no…
I told them that it was 7pm and so no more caffeine for me and I held up my package of Lemongrass. And then Levi decided to give me some chocolate and Laura was all “Levi, no. She can’t have any more sugar”
I’m seriously laughing right now because I totally act like a 5 year old. We totally had this conversation with another one of my roommates last night ahha.
But Laura and Levi left and Laura said she’ll be back sometime around midnight and I was al “You bet I’ll be up :))”
So yeah. Caffeine turns me into a 5 year old.
Luckily Monica and I are going to have a matcha party right before her 9am class.

I’ve never had straight lemongrass. I’ve blended this into my chamomile or minty teas, but never lemongrass alone. It smells like… curry? No. Like some sort of zesty spice that’s really good but I can’t put my finger on it right now.
It tastes really good as well!
I didn’t know how to make this tea though. I thought that 3g would be a bit much since it’s so light, but Ido tend to like my herbals and rooibos more flavourful. So I just did 2g in my smaller teacup, that way if I want more, resteeping it would be easy peasy, lemon squeezey.

I AM LAUGHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW. I really didn’t want to make dinner tonight. Like it’s dead week so I’m just worried about school and it’s already 8pm and I don’t have the time to make dinner! If I can live on tea and air alone, that’d be great.
I remembered that I had a slice of chocolate cake in the fridge so… looks like it’s cake for dinner :) I’m the definition of a 5year old child right now.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Tea lover.
Chef in training.
Hospitality Management major.
DCP Alumni/Participant (starting June)
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so swappable teas are listed here:
(last updated: 11 Apr 2014)
Likes/dislikes here:

Tea rating guide:
100-90: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
89-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with Jasmine because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Queen Tea for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk with the exception of chai. I like chai with just a wee dash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar! This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess. I have friends who think I have a problem with tea, but I really don’t. Everything is good in moderation.
I also have a mug buying problem and I’ve got Disney to blame for that. At least all my mugs are being put to good use!

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I’m an avid fandom blogger on tumblr we have some weird way of talking to each other and sometimes I forget that this isn’t tumblr oops


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