126 Tasting Notes

This was actually pretty good. I am not a huge fan of rooibos, but I wanted something caffeine free from the HHTTB Round 3 and this was one of the few that was that also sounded good. It smells very cherry to me in dry leaf form, but doesn’t retain that much of the cherry once brewed. It was nice and the mulch taste was fairly well masked, but not something I would add to my cupboard.

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drank Cantaloupe Watermelon by 52teas
126 tasting notes

HHTTB Round 3

This was the first one I pulled out of the humongous box that is this TTB. I really cannot even process how much tea there in it and how many options I can try in the next week or so.

This was delicious. Very refreshing and the melon is front and center. Definitely not as good as Butiki Cantaloupe and Cream, but I really enjoyed sipping this.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
126 tasting notes

I actually was avoiding trying this tea. It was included in the amazing box of goodies MissB sent me and I just wasn’t sure it was something I would enjoy. I maintain I don’t care for oolongs. Well I will now extract my foot from my mouth because this is now the second oolong I have really liked.

This is delicious and creamy and the hazelnut comes through nicely. I am very much a fan of this now. Glad I chose this rainy Saturday to give it a shot because it is absolutely perfect and perfect for today. I will not be passing this on like I thought I might. mmmmm….

Flavors: Cream, Hazelnut

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I remember not loving this at first, but the more I have had it the more I really really like it. It’s just so smooth and nice. Definitely the predominant flavor is hay, but I think I’ve said before that it has a subtle floral quality to it from my taste buds.

I will definitely consider restocking this one on my next Butiki order.

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drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
126 tasting notes

This is not for me. All I could taste in this was the rooibos, maybe a bit of the lemongrass. I will be passing this one on to someone else.

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BLECH. I tried it… but no no no. This is terrible. Couldn’t muster more than 2 sips before I poured it out. The mint sticks to your mouth in a very unappealing way and the rest of the strong spices just gives me a headache.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Surprisingly, the version of this tea (and by that I mean green tea + mint blend) that I liked the best was Teavana’s Moroccan Mint. I tried DT’s North African Mint, the Teavana one, and Berber by Tay Tea.

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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
126 tasting notes

I made a big pot of this for company yesterday while we played Smallworld and watched the World Cup. It’s was a really nice comforting jasmine. Not overly floral at all. It definitely comes in a close second to the Harney & Sons Dragon Pearl Jasmine on my list.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I am so bad at Smallworld. My husband did the kickstarter that they had and got some kind of special board, but I don’t think I am much fun to play with.


I was TERRIBLE at it when I first played, but I’ve gotten better as we’ve played. We only have the original one, nothing special. I’m dying to get some expansion packs or something to make it a bit more interesting.


We have loads of good board games, but as the kids are growing up and moving out, fewer chances to play them.

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drank Dragon Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
126 tasting notes

Another kind sample from MissB I swear this is the bottomless box of tea!

It’s a very nice Jasmine tea, though seems to have a bit of a bitter finish compared to my other jasmine teas. Not a jasmine I would restock, but not a terrible one overall.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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sad sipdown…

After tasting a ton of jasmine teas and then coming back to this one for the final cup in my tin… I still think this is the best one I’ve had to date. Definitely going to miss having this staple in my cupboard until I allow myself to repurchase teas.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Between my fiance and I… we bought a lot of tea last week at Quintin’s. He chose this one, and I’m glad he did.

I’ve never had a “milk oolong” until this one. If this is any indication of what they taste like, then I might actually like them better than I generally like oolongs. It definitely had a creamy buttery quality. I don’t know that I would call it milky or even think of milk at all if it wasn’t already implied, though. It was a nice cup of tea for the morning, but nothing I would reach for with any regularity.

Also, when it started to cool down, it got decidedly more buttery. The last sip I took was cold and it tasted like someone dropped a stick of butter in my cup when I wasn’t looking!

Flavors: Butter

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I love milk oolongs. It’s probably my favorite kind of tea. Some have flavor added and some don’t; I prefer the ones that don’t. To me, it’s more about the texture and mouth feel. They’re really creamy feeling, like drinking milk, at least to start out. Then they go buttery which is amazing, too. <3

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The first time I tried loose leaf tea at home, I was hooked. I’ve been drinking tea for years now, though I still feel like such a newbie in the world of teas. There are so many things I’ve never tried from so many new to me companies!

I used to be very much a black tea drinker, but have started, in the last year, to realize that I prefer the lightness of greens and whites much more.

That said, I will basically try any tea once (probably twice, just in case)!

My review categories:
100-94: I never want to run out of these!
93-80: Restock please!
79-60: Definitely like, but not a must have
59-50: Not lovin’ it, but I’d drink it again
49 & below: nope, Nope, NOPE.

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