1351 Tasting Notes


Cold brew….unremarkable. Not bad, not great. Just…there. Bumping down the rating a bit.

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I love this one, but for some reason this was weak. I cold brewed it and I guess I underleafed it. Oh well, it’s still super tasty!

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I’m kind of torn on this one. I just don’t know. It’s…okay. It would likely be very good as a latte. But it’s just…okay. It tastes just like a slightly creamier Pumpkin Chai from DavidsTea. I dunno…I’m not wowed, but maybe my wife will be.


I plan on trying this one soon. Hmmm.

aisling of tea

If you like pumpkin chai, I would recommend it, it’s just not for me.

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This tea is like a summer picnic in a cup. The fresh veggies, the juicy peach, and of course, tea. I remember when we had a garden in the backyard, Mom would send us out to pick peas and beans and corn…not to mention the sweet fruits as well. Though I’m more familiar with strawberries and blueberries, peach was a perfect pick for this tea. I’m dying to make some pulled pork and have a southern barbeque with this tea.

This tea inspires me and takes me home.

1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The smell coming from this package is just heavenly. Just a few nights ago, I made cornbread and told my wife I wish we had some molasses. It was her first time having cornbread….how do you Yankees survive without cornbread?

The scent brewed up is the gorgeous molasses with apple and just a hint of mustiness.

The flavor is very dusty and musty at first, but then mellows into a yummy baked apple. It’s very yummy. It’s a dark sweetness and it does remind me of molasses.

It’s delicious, but if the mustiness is through the whole bag, it’s not something I’d restock.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Not this Yankee! lol.

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drank Toronto Nights by RiverTea
1351 tasting notes

Full disclosure: We asked to sample this one simply because it is named Toronto Nights and we live in Toronto. So again, no rating because this isn’t a tea I’d reach for normally.

But, as has become the usual for RiverTeas, I am pleasantly surprised! It’s a creamy, nutty orange almond flavor. I’m not entirely sure I’d order again, but it’s certainly going to be a pleasure to finish off the rest of the sample. Which was rather large, by the way. There’s more than enough for both my wife and I to make a cup, and then for me to cold-steep in my mason jar.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I thought about getting it for the. Saaaaame reason lol


Oooh. Now that it’s up on my feed, I think I want to grab that as a sample too!

aisling of tea

It is definitely tasty, and it’s not something I would ever reach for. I’m very glad to have tried it!


Well it’s on its way to me now! :D

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drank In The Jungle by RiverTea
1351 tasting notes

The scent of the dry leaf for this tea is the juiciest pineapple you could ever imagine. Like you just cut in to a fresh pineapple and can’t wait to eat it. Lordy, the scent alone is amazing.

Brewed, the scent carries over, which is killing me. I don’t drink my teas super hot, I usually wait until they’re on the edge of lukewarm, but I might risk burning my mouth on this one.

Oddly enough, I wasn’t that interested in this tea, it’s one my wife picked out to sample. Ginger and lemon usually aren’t my bag, nor are greens, but I’ll be damned if this one isn’t calling my name. If the taste lives up to the scent, this would make a gorgeous sangria in the summer.

Okay! Okay, so this is good. Not as juicy as the scent, but that would be just about impossible. It’s still juicy as hell, but the ginger and lemongrass round out the sip a little. The pineapple is definitely present, but it’s playing well with the others in this jungle. This is definitely a hit for me and I think my wife will like it even more than I do.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Oh my God.




This is so good. So. Good. At the beginning it’s raspberry with a hint of lemon, but as the sip fades it’s creamy vanilla. It definitely needs sugar to tone down the hibiscus, but with the sugar this is amazing.

Ooooh, maybe I should add a splash of Vanilla Schnapps…

Edit: Very, very good call on the Vanilla Schnapps. OMG yum


Wow. That sounds really good.
Also, with a name like that… wow… it had better be good.

aisling of tea

Oh it is amazing. I am very much in love with it.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have four live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put sugar in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


Scarborough, ON



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