2365 Tasting Notes


Forgot to log this one yesterday – drank a second infusion only, as I gave the first to my roommate to hook her (it worked). The tea was good, but not great, but that would be typical of a second infusion :)

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drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2365 tasting notes

I am not feeling well tonight. While heading home from school/work, I decided to pick up some thai food for supper, which was great; I got home and watched an episode of New Girl while eating my delicious food. However, when I went onto Steepster right after, I was having trouble reading/focussing on the words, and noticed my vision had weird wavy lines in it. They lasted long enough (~25min) to freak me out a tad, and make me somewhat dizzy, but thankfully they did go away (but not before I panicked about having a stroke/brain tumour – I should mention that I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg in January, which I initially thought was a charlie horse, so am now hyper-alert about medical issues). Anyways, I am left feeling tired, a little headachy, and a lot pouty. And I have work to do for tomorrow, but no motivation or energy to do it.

SO. In addition to a few re-steeps, I thought spearmint would be a good choice.

The dry tea smells like potent spearmint. Gum, candies, anything. Delicious. Steeped, still spearminty, but more dilute.

Taste-wise it is definitely spearminty (not pepperminty), and it’s good. A bit chloriney though, which is the problem I have with peppermint. I do wish it was a touch stronger; I will add more leaf next time. I think this would be lovely as a latte, or added to a matcha latte. Spearmint matcha latte? Vanilla spearmint matcha latte?

My one irritation is all the leaf bits floating in my cup though. Wish the tea was less crumbly.

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Hope you feel better soon!

Dylan Oxford

Feel better :)


If you are at all worried, get yourself checked out! Even if it is tonight and you call an advice nurse!


I’m feeling ok now (in terms of the vision thing), but was awfully close to calling. I did that in the middle of the night with the blood clot, and am glad I did. If it happens again though, I’m headed straight to emerg… (my roomie will drive me in my car). Sigh.

Thanks Missy & Dylan :) Hoping I just need some more sleep or something.


Call the doctor! Take care of yourself! xoxox


oh dear, feel better soon!! I hope that wasn’t a blod clot, those are scary! ;s


Feel better soon! I think I would have freaked out too…


Thanks guys, had a crappy non-sleeping night but am feeling much better this morning. Hoping it was a one-off sort of thing. Not pleasant.


Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. That would have scared me a bit, especially after they told me I had a blood clot in my leg.


Haha yes, I’m so just so paranoid now. The blood clot is gone, but apparently having had one is a risk factor for having more… sigh.

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drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
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Tried this for a second time with boiling water and sadly achieved a pretty similar result to last time. The smell was lovely and promising, but there was a definite gross soapiness in the sip that hid anything tasty. Amanda, I’m wondering if you got a weird batch – you didn’t seem to like it either, yet everyone else is crazy over it. I do also have a sample from LiberTEAS that I will hopefully test out soon so I can compare the two – hoping for a better result!

(P.S. Those of you who I have received tea from, don’t be concerned if you see me acknowledging someone else for a tea you sent me some of – I have a few doubles, but have kept things separate so I know what’s from whom!)

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Have you tried steeping it at a slightly lower temp?


I first tried it at 85C, then boiling. I think it’s better-tasting at boiling, but I don’t think the soapy flavour is going away regardless of steeping temperature (it was soapy at 85C too). I’m hoping my packet from LiberTEAS is perhaps from a different batch of tea, and doesn’t have that soapy flavour. It might be tasty beneath it…


Yeah, all the more positive reviews about how vanilla tasting it is came from the first time it was made, and I only got it in the 12 Teas of Christmas box. I kind of wonder if the oils soaked more into the label than the tea, I don’t know if you noticed that compared to the photo on here.


I did, but I swear I read something about a printing issue in that regard :P Either way, sucks that this batch seems to be off!!

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DISCLAIMER: Very old tea. Do not rely on this review to judge this tea or company!

The third of the ancient teas. Dry, this one does have a bit of a fruity smell, different than the mango tea. Somewhat promising, but it’s unlikely to be any different than the first two :P

Steeped, there’s a definite fruity smell as well.

Argh, I let this one cool too much, and all I can taste is cardboardy, astringent black tea. I think there was potential at a warmer temperature, but it’s too late now. I really don’t want this cup. Into the sink you go…

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DISCLAIMER: This is very old tea. Please don’t judge this tea or company by this review. (No rating for this reason.)

Due to lack of a tea ball, I figured ‘why not try to use up some of these ancient teas’? So, round 2 of ancient tea. Round 3 coming shortly (well, you see, I also took home one of my mugs, so only have one…. what’s this one-tea-at-a-time thing?!)

This might be the least appetizing of the bunch. The teabag smells like… oldness. Haha. There are also more of this type than either of the others, because I guess I was more enamoured by passion fruit and mango (not too surprising).

The smell of the steeped tea has a bit of light fruitiness. I wouldn’t identify it as pineapple, but it’s definitely different than the mango tea. I’m also smelling some black tea maltiness. I think I do like the black tea base that was used for these blends.

Oh wow! There’s actually some pineapple flavour! At least initially. I was not expecting that. Like, we’re actually talking a flavour that I identify not as mere fruitiness, but pineapple. It is very subtle though, and mostly in the beginning of the sip, before the black tea moreso takes over. Given it’s age, I’m pretty impressed though. Another tea that I’d like to try a fresher version of. I think I might like it :) One more to go…

ETA: Blagh! I let this cool down, had a yogurt, and then finished it, and somehow it tasted like it had developed a fair bit more astringency. Ick. Oh well, it was nice when it was warm!

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DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for reviews of this tea prior to purchase, do not read this one. My tea is so old as to be completely non-indicative of the actual tea. Hence the lack of rating, as well.

Ooook, so this is an OLDIE. I mean, it’s probably 10+ years old. And not stored well. I have low expectations (although got some nice fruity mangoey smells just now… perhaps it won’t be as bad as I think?) My mom brought these back for me from Hawaii forever ago, and I drank a few bags’ worth, but that’s it, and have kept them around until now out of guilt. Perhaps if there’s a bit of flavour left, I’ll finally use them up! I have two other flavours as well, Pineapple Waikiki, and Passionfruit Na Pali. The last time I recall trying one of these (a few months ago), I recall much cardboardy flavour… but there was likely oversteeping then too. fingers crossed

Ok. It smells a bit fruity in the cup now. Just a bit. Flavour-wise, I can definitely taste the black tea, and although somewhat astringent, I feel like it’s a touch malty as well, which is nice. Sadly though, this does not taste much like mango. And sure enough… there is a bit of a cardboardiness as well. No real surprise there.

It’s definitely drinkable, given that I brilliantly only steeped it for 3 and a half minutes, and without additions, even. I’d love to try a fresh batch of this (and the other) teas. I’m probably missing out, given TeaEqualsBliss ’ review & rating below.

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drank Pomegranate Delight by Twinings
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Ok, they must have renamed this tea at some point – my tea bag clearly says just ‘Pomegranate’, with no mention of ‘Delight’, although the description is identical. Anyways…

The teabag smells deliciously fruity, tangy, and juicy. Yum!

I can’t recall what I thought of this one the first time or two I drank it… probably steeped it incorrectly too, so we’ll see what this round brings!

Steeped, it smells fruity but with a definite black tea base. Taste-wise it is much the same. Quite pleasant actually! I suspect I brewed it for too long the other times I tried it, because this is pretty good for a fruity black tea blend. And if there’s hibiscus (which I don’t think there is), it’s behaving nicely.

Not a tea I’ll likely try again (will just finish off what I do have), but mostly because there are just so many others out there! A nice afternoon cup. Now, I have to get my butt off Steepster and do my damn presentation that I’ve been procrastinating on all week!

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So thankfully my office mate a) has T-sacs in our office and b) was willing to lend me a couple, because I took my tea balls home for the weekend (hence the marathon tea sessions), and neglected to bring them back this morning! The horror! I do have bagged tea in my drawer, but I brought this tea and another along special cuz I wanted to try them as a treat.

Anyways, thank you LiberTEAS for this sample! Fruitcake is not my most favourite thing in the world, but in a tea… who knows! The dry tea doesn’t remind me of fruitcake; mostly I smell nutmeg. The tea is filled with big nut chunks, full pretty sunflower petals, and big, whole white tea leaves – looks delicious!

Fruitcake is definitely not the first association I’m making when I take a whiff of the aroma from the freshly brewed cup. However, the aroma is incredibly familiar. It reminds me of holidays (likely nutmeg), but most of all makes me think of a tropical greenhouse! You know, where it’s all humid and hot and filled with wonderful plants and blooming flowers? That is what I’m smelling. Since I’m a plant agriculture student, and I’m at work, there’s actually a tropical greenhouse downstairs that this reminds me of. Were I not so lazy, I’d head down there now just to confirm my thoughts.

Anyways, I love tropical greenhouses (I love plants…), so this is really kind of neat, not unpleasant at all! (Oh, a note – I dumbly let my water cool down too much so I know I steeped this one at too low of a temperature. I have lots left so will correct that in the future, but wanted tea now so just put the bag in anyhow)

Sipping the tea, I can taste nutmeg… and greenhouse. Oh – late in the sip I am definitely getting apricot! I think there’s some initial nuttiness too.

Oh man, I’m kind of loving that apricot. Why can’t you be more prominent?! Perhaps had I paid more attention, it would have come out more. I can’t say I’m really tasting any white tea either, but we’ll blame an absurdly low steeping temperature (yeah, that’s right, just under 70C) for that.

I’m finding this one very different and intriguing. Tentatively rating it now, but I expect an increase upon trying again with proper conditions. I may try a hotter re-steep shortly… I am drinking this one quite quickly! A sign of enjoyment :)

ETA: I lied, getting a hint of white tea aftertaste. Looking forward to cup #2!

ETA again: Well, the re-steep, which was at 163F (yeah whoops again), and for aaaages, was pretty meh. The tasty apricot flavour was gone, and it just tasted like greenhouse. That’s ok though – I wouldn’t have expected much after such a long initial steep anyhow. (I still drank it though! It wasn’t bad, just not terribly flavourful.)

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
2365 tasting notes

I’m too tired to review this properly.

Smells sweet, ice creamy, and delicious when dry, same deal when steeped.

Same delicious sweetness that the other cake teas had. Definitely getting strawberry ice cream (from neapolitan). Like both the others, it’s tempting to keep this in the cupboard in a small quantity for those days when sweet-ish teas won’t do. I truly think any of these three could kick a dessert craving. Chocolate Cake is probably my favourite though.

ETA: Apparently forgot to finish drinking this one last night, so drank the rest tonight (yes, probably a bad idea. Whatever. Anyhow – holy doodles is it sweet! Definitely still tasty though, haha. I also re-steeped it, and it tastes slightly of strawberry now, with a definite cakey flavour. Interesting; tasty.

ETA again: The third infusion has more flavour than I expected. But like everything else I’m logging today (Tuesday April 10), it tastes weak. I’d probably take the tea to this point again in the future; I think happier taste buds would enjoy it.

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I’ll need to review this again (it has completely cooled and sat for a fair while), but figured I should write a quick note.

The dominant flavour is definitely jasmine(?!), but I’m getting pomegranate flavours as well. I can taste the green tea, but not the black tea or green rooibos. It definitely makes me think of a typical jasmine plus some fruitiness, although the jasmine isn’t too fruity.

Pretty good, but not special enough for me to likely keep around. We’ll see though.

ETA: Second infusion predictably a weaker version of the same. Worth it.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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