614 Tasting Notes

drank Unknown Samples by Various
614 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #13
Side by side comparison with Sample 14, 15 July 2014

Dry: Nice, bright, and lovely! It looks so similiar to #14

Straight: A darker shade of green for the liquor, but it has a nice bright froth. Both froth and liquor are lighter/brighter compared to #14. Hmm grassy. That’s it ahha. Not super gitter, but really grassy! Very matcha-esque haha

Latte: Nice and smooth but hmm… it’s just /okay/ right now. Not the best matcha I’ve had. The good ones don’t need extra sweetener on top of my vanilla almond milk to pull the flavours out, but this one tastes a tad bland. Good, but slightly bland on its own.

Colour: 85
Flavour: 78
Bitterness: 876
Suggested Price: $11

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
614 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #14
Side by side comparison with Sample 13, 15 July 2014

Dry: Nice, bright, and lovely! It looks so similiar to #13

Straight: This one has a darker liquor and a darker froth as compared to #13 as well as others. Now this one does have a bit more bitterness and grassiness to it. Not the best, but still good. #13 is better in this round.

Latte: Oh so this one is just okay. It does taste a bit more bland compared to #13! Huh, maybe it’s me? But the two matcha bases were just okay so that carried onto the latte.

Colour: 83
Flavour: 72
Bitterness: 70
Suggested Price: $9

((and with this, I’m finally done with all the samples!! Dang, that took a long time, but at least I’ve finished!))

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drank African Solstice by Tea Forte
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Definitely one of my favourite teas from TeaForte!! They’re an.. okay tea company. I LOVE their tea pyramids since they’re just so darn cute, but they do tend to run on the pricier side so I very rarely purchase from them. But this is one of my favourites, and I have to thank my sister for sending me some of their teas. That tea trio that she got me is all finished up now! Goodbye African Solstice, you will be missed.

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Mmm one of my favourites!
Thank you QueenOfTarts for sending me this sample! And now it’s time to say goodbye :)

This is a lovely tea. I love tasting the orange and it has a nice creamy taste to it as well. One of the better rooibos teas I’ve had!

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
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I was intrigued by this tea a while back and decided to get a half an ounce of this when I visited their store. The lady ended up nearly doubling what I asked for :/
I know this didn’t have the best reviews, but wow this tea tastes super gingery. Well, my throat hurts so much so I figured I’ll try to make this soothe my throat! But oh it smells so gross… like old damp socks freshened up with ginger…

Hmm, well at least it doesn’t taste that musky! It just… yeah I’ll like force this down my throat, but I’ll probably throw this into tea boxes and whatever and give it to people to rid this tea from my stash

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My first sipdown in SOOOOOO long!
I’ve been busy with Disney okay haha.

But thank you QueenOfTarts for sending me a huge sample of this. I think I was able to get like 5 cups!! I love it so much and I definitely cut a ton of corners with this tea. If I know I need energy to last me through the day, I just throw it and some vanilla almond milk into my timolino and then I’m out the door :)

In other news, I worked a 6am to 1pm shift today and as I was driving home, I decided to grab some chipotle. I was already getting a lot of stares since I was still in costume. The lady at the counter told me to have a nice day, and I responded with “Thanks! And you have a magical day as well!!” ha. IT HAS BEGUN.


It’s funny how easy some things become habitual. One of my jobs where we always greeted and thanked/ goodbye to guests was like that. You would rotate between phrases. When we had a contract in another country, I quickly found out that one of those phrases had a completely different meaning;).

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Another backlog from a couple nights ago.
I do so much talking at work and my throat isn’t used to it. It like hurts a lot whenever I talk, but luckily I haven’t lost it yet! I’m down to my last bag of this and I might need to replenish.
This tea, I really don’t like the taste of it at all. It tastes way to medicine-y and licorice-y and gross, but it’s the only one that helps soothe my throat.

I’d happily drink jugs of this tea if it means that my throat will get better, but alas, I think I can only take a single 12oz mug of this tea every once in a while.

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Backlog from last week from when I worked a super long shift and was still not used to everything Disney! This is such a quick tea bc I’m lazy haha. I literally just measure like a tablespoon of this into my timolino and pour cold vanilla almond milk on top and just shake it as much as I want all day long! I love this tea tons :)


Does adding milk and shaking only work with the “matchaccino” blends? I know next to nothing about matcha but I think it would be a wonderful thing to start my mornings off with or have when I need a boost in the afternoons.

carol who

I use regular matcha in almond milk with a bit of chocolate stevia or hazelnut stevia. Awesome! I think the difference between matcha and matchaccino is sugar.


Thanks! I don’t think I have the space to buy the utensils to make matcha the traditional way but I LOVE the idea of adding some almond milk, shaking, and heading out the door.


I read a thing from Red Leaf that they put something in their matchaccinos that helps it froth more. And you need to use nearly 3times as much matcha!
In my head, I feel like the shaking bit would froth it up a bit, while if I did it with regular matcha it’d stay flat.
My brain just has weird logic, that’s all ahha


Thanks :)

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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Is that a raisin in my tea!??! Ahhaha ahh well, anything to get the best flavours out!!

Oh, it smells very rooibos-y, but sweet and caramel-y. This reminds me a whole lot of Oh, Canada from DT! Good tea. Not so much carrot cake, but more like rooibos with a touch of cinnamon and caramel :)

Thank you VariaTEA for sending me a sample of this. It was lovely :)

I haven’t been drinking a whole lot of tea lately mainly because Disney :( But I try to drink as much as I can on my days off!!

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Tropical Hibiscus unsweetened iced tea from Panera Bread this morning!

At first it was weird, but then I kinda liked the fact that this tea is unsweetened. Like if it was sweetened, it would have been super sweet and medicine-like.
Good tea. I’ll probably try the Açaí Berry tea when I’m there next time!

Dude. Now I’m craving an Açaí Bowl now! Just looked it up, and there’s one right across the street from Panera. Welp. Looks like I’ll have to go there soon!


I used to work at Panera, and after I was told that the Green Tea and Lemonade weren’t included I the free drinks we could have, I started drinking a lot of the Acai Berry. It’s not bad, the only bad thing is that they don’t always clean the container very well and sometimes all the built up residue turns the tea sour. I would always get so mad when I would go in to close, and des over that the tea is 9 hours old and hasn’t been cleaned all day. I don’t know if you location is as lazy and disfunctional as mine was though, haha.


Oh wow. Well.. that’s just such a wonderful thought to have whenever I walk into a Panera…


Seems to be true of a lot of places, it’s easier to cut corners than to do things right. But it might not be true for your Panera!

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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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