257 Tasting Notes

drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
257 tasting notes

Om nom nom!
I get salted caramel brownie every time I drink this.
I adore this tea

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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Steeping this up with a touch of stevia. I’m craving sweets and am wanting this to curb it!
It’s way better with a touch of sweetener! It tastes like flat dr.pepper almost. But then a burst of butteriness fills my mouth. I wish it was somehow cold and bubbly slightly.

Not too shabby


That’s why I was iffy about this! I figured it would taste like a flat type of pop, which to me, would mess with my brain. Maybe add some club soda to it?


Haha I know I felt the same worry when I ordered it. I was thinking about adding club soda, but then I would have to remember to pick some up.. I only have 1 steep left. I’m adding club soda to my grocery list!

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I’m having this for my mid-afternoon tea.

I just got home to the biggest bouquet of flowers I’ve ever gotten in my life! It was full of two dozen tulips and one red rose. It made me smile to no end.
Some days you get just what you need to make you smile and trudge on with the knowledge that things will get better in the end. (Sometimes it’s hard to see that when you spend weeks locked away studying..).

So here I am, sipping this tea that has a lovely creamy maple edge, supported by a nice strong black. I’m not sure what the blend is made of as it didn’t come with any information at the store, but it’s delicious. Not malty, but thick and supportive. Terrible description but I do my best.

Anyways, this is definitely a tea I really enjoy on the random occasion. I am slightly hoarding it away as it came from the interior of BC and I doubt I will be able to get any anytime soon if I run out (small scale business). For that reason – it’s a special occasion tea that I adore.

Happy tulip season everyone =)


2 dozen tulips! I am so jealous. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers.


Definitely my favourite flower. I love all flowers.. but tulips are just so varied in form and colors that they capture my adoration more than any flower. :)

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Trying to get some energy and enthusiasm to do homework when it’s so lovely outside… So here I am trying this tea and gluing my bum to my chair.

After a rinse, the leaves smell so good! Like dark miso and bonito flakes – though the nice side of bonito, not uber fishy or any fishiness at all. Just sweet dark miso and the savouriness of bonito.
1st, 5s, 208F: very faint custard smell, the taste is mellow, but definitely has a sweetness and creaminess on the sides of the tongue, followed by an electric buzz or energy. Interesting.. I am having a hard time gathering initial flavours from the first steep.
2nd, 5s, 207F: Again, mild. I am getting a sweet cheesiness at the forefront, but it develops into a a sweetness at the center of my tongue that is similar to dates. Yum
3rd, 6s, 207F: Astringency is building in this steep, then fades slightly to give a milder sweetness than the previous steep.
4th, 13s, 208F:oooh bitterish. Dang. too long of a steep I guess. There is a linger of creaminess once the bitterness burns off. I do enjoy this steep now that i’ve diluted it with some water. Perhaps some comparison to an aged balsamic could be made, with the sweetness and thickness associated.

I’m not sure about this one. Nothing in it really stands out to me. I did get a good feeling from it, but.. it left lots to be desired.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
257 tasting notes

I am trying this iced today..
I have to say though, I like it much much better hot. There seems to be an artificial perfume flavour that comes out when it’s cold steeped. I dont like it very much.

I did notice when it’s hot steeped that it tastes like pastries and berries with bergamot flavoured sugar. I only wish that would have transfered through when I cold steeped it. It would have been so delightful as a summer drink!

Win some and lose some I guess.

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I’ve had this before, but had a hard time deciding if I liked it or not. So here I am doing another steeping :)

The dry leaves are beautiful – black and white..or silver? silver maybe…
It does smell musky.. like a musky forest with damp leaves.
After a rinse, the leaves smell like sweet potato pie.

10s, 200F; It definitely has a silky mouthfeel. Like taking a mouthful of whipping cream – coating, but smooth. The taste is interesting- all I keep thinking is mushrooms and musk. Though with a small edge of sweet potato (though not sweet really) and cream of wheat.
11s, 200F; Still musky woods, though maybe with a touch of dark agave? Something dark and sweet… I get a lingering finish of vanilla marshmallows on sweet potato pie. Interesting…
12s, 200F; This tastes like rice crispies with some white sugar, or possibly puffed wheat with brown sugar? Yes puffed wheat and rice crispies.. though with brown sugar. A lingering tingle/ feeling of sunshine remains on the tongue after I swallow (a brightness).. which then turns into a caramel flavour. This is by far my most favourite steep! I’m out of the musky woods!

Well, I have to admit – this has been one of the best days of my life and I’m not wanting it to end… though I must sleep. Or try.

Edit.. Day two steeps.. 4th is back to musky woods. Bah. that is my least favourite part and it seems to be the most consistent flavour. Maybe I will try doing two washes and steep it at lower temperatures. Who knows. EIther way, I’m lowering my rating due to the reappearance of the wood.

I don’t like drinking musky wood.

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I am not the biggest fan of this tea… but iced is not bad.
There is a sweet bread flavour that comes out more when it’s iced I find. Nicely sweet with caramelly notes and possibly a licorice edge which is surprising.

I like it best this way, which is good because I still have about 75g of it to go!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Yum yum yum.
I got my stock back in this tea FINALLY!.. So excited. I have been gongfu brewing a couple times, but last night I did a Western brew on it. SO much better in my opinion.

It tastes much sweeter, and has a salted caramel chocolate brownie flavour. I adore it. I’m saddened by the fact I have to brew it in that method though. I love gongfu brewing.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Beautiful tea!
I put this iced in my mason jar with a bombilla straw which I got from DT… but the filter part fell off into my drink today. My attempts to secure it back on ended with me just about busting my teeth. So silly and dumb on my part. I won’t be doing that again. But le sigh.. I don’t live by a DT and therefore can’t replace it soon without ordering online! GAH Fail….

Anyways.. I really enjoyed this tea. When I run out, I’m not going to scramble to replace it, but I would add it to an order if I needed to reach $50 for free shipping. It is beautiful, and tasty.

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea took me a while to drink, but I did it! And I loved it. You know when you get into the straight tea only periods? I was in one.. and happened to just get my sample prior to going into that stint.

Anyways, I really enjoyed it. Delightful raspberry and coconut cream. I had it iced in my mason jar and it was divine! I’d pick this one up again for sure.

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I am very excited to delve into as many different types of tea as possible… so this should be interesting. I am really looking forwards to tasting all the wide array of flavours that can come from pure tea leaves.

Currently, I am having a love affair with oolongs. Mostly green, though I am stretching out into more oxidized oolongs. Black teas are also in my love fest as they can be so surprising sometimes (I used to drink bagged red rose x.x)
I would really love to get to know green tea a lot more and white tea.. all tea to be honest. I want to know them all.

Tea rating system:

0-50: Do people actually enjoy this?
50-60: Slight improvement, not recommendable.
60-70: Alright, though easily forgettable.
70-80: Good flavour, though not a ‘go to’ tea.
80-90: Great tea – complex and memorable.
90-100: Extremely delicious and complex teas that leave me craving more.

On top of tea, I have a love for music. Generally all music, though I am partial to indie rock/folk/pop/electronic. Follow me if you also enjoy indie music and would like to trade some artists!

I’m always open to new tea and music suggestions. Happy tea drinking to you all.



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