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820 Tasting Notes


Ugh. What a week. I can’t wait for it to be over haha. I need a strong cup of A&D’s Double Knit blend today, but I am still going easy with caffeine (trying max 1 cup a day of black) so I am having decaf EG this morning. It’s good, but I need some strength for today. Gahhh. At least it tastes good lol. See previous notes!

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I’m breaking my caffeine hiatus tonight, today was just too much for me to continue it. Thank goodness for good tea tonight! This tea is also very appropriate for the weather this week, – 20C with wind chill making it like – 37…So cold! I made this western style in my giant mug with honey… Absolutely perfect. So happy I have 2 more oz of this on the way! This tea might get its rating bumped to 100 yet haha, definitely one of the best I’ve had. See previous notes on this amazing tea!


Oh man today I absolutely froze! I am living in a down parka and snow pants 24/7. I miss the island weather :(

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I want snow here right meow! :D


Yes it certainly is cold! I’m so grateful for my automatic car starter :D and the fact that I don’t have to walk to classes this year!

@Whispering Pines – I would gladly send you some snow, we have way too much of it here haha

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Ugh. Worst. Migraine. EVER. last night. And it’s a mild, muted version of it today. Thank goodness for mint. I had a cup of this last night and a cup this morning, and it is helping ease the pain. Man, I really need straight peppermint tea, or spearmint. Which have people found more effective against headaches? I’m pleased with this tea because it also has a rich creaminess. I will have to stop by Davids for a few mint teas, and some Cold 911 again as well. See previous notes.


oh….. feel better. not fun!


So sorry for your migraine.
Thank the Lord this tea is easing it :-)


This is pretty much the only mint tea I like. I hope you feel better soon!


Oh, I hope you feel better. That always sucks. When I could do mint in quantity, I found peppermint to be better for headaches, but really, go with what you like best. :)


Migraines are the worst. Feel better!


Thanks everyone! I’m having a pretty miserable day at work too, so that isn’t helping. Thank goodness for tea!! My head feels a bit better at least, and knowing all you guys care means a lot right now :)

@OMGsrsly – thanks for the info! I will definitely pick up some straight peppermint tea soon :)

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Mini sipdown..because I have another oz on it’s way to me from the Black Friday Sale! Yay! I need to try mixing that batch with some cider, this one I’ve just had either plain or with honey. Today it’s with honey, not as much leaf as I’d like, as the liquor isn’t purple haha, but still tastes very good. Going without caffeine this week is going well so far, I need a break again from it sigh, too much on the weekend lol. See previous notes on this tea!

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A sipdown from this afternoon! I tried Sil’s steeping parameters of 6 minutes with a bit more tea, and it turned out quite good! I still don’t think I found the full potential of this tea, but it was dark and creamy vanilla spice today at least! I did get pretty caffeinated from it though, which was a bit bad haha, so I’ve been drinking herbals to calm down haha. See previous notes!

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Glad you got it to work a bit better!


Oh, I’m going to try this six minute steep next time too!


You really taste the base tea with that long of a steep :) I’m still missing the citrus, but it was quite good, a hefty amount of caffeine it felt like though haha.

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I haven’t had sheng in quite a while, and it definitely was calling out to me today, so I’m having a gongfu session with this amazing tea. I’m debating ordering a few more shengs during verdant’s cyber Monday sale, and eventually want to try mandala, but I really do not need more teas at the moment lol. But we will see :) anyways, this is sweet and pure today. So much honey! I love how this one changes, I will continue to enjoy quite a few more steepings this afternoon. See previous notes :)


I really, really, adore this one! The leaves keep on giving…


Agreed, it lasts so long, with so many flavors! Such a wonderful tea!

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drank Orchard Spice by Verdant Tea
820 tasting notes

First cup of the day! I debated trying more new teas today, but I have the day to myself (boyfriend is working) and, well, I just feel like having some old standbys, relaxing. And this tea seemed like the perfect start to the day as I await the giant storm on its way. Might make some cookies, read.. One of those days. :) oh and it feels like a puerh day too, maybe some sheng later.

This is a very good tea. I should pick up some more, I only have enough for one more cup. It’s sweet and soothing and soft. Vanilla, apples, light cinnamon. I really enjoy this tea. Having it in my handmade green mug as well. Lovely! See previous notes.

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3rd 52teas blend of the day! I’m getting sleepy, had an excellent dinner out with the guy, but soo much food, so I’m sleepy haha, but I had to log this. This tea is so good. Creamy coconut with the cheesecake tang. Rich yet not too heavy. So good. I’d probably get more of this. Rating 87 for now.

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Second tea of the day! Mmm this one smells soo good dry. Cinnamon and frosting! I steeped this one for 5 minutes (or 6?) with boiling water. The resulting tea does indeed smell like a cinnamon bun! It also helps that my boyfriend is making bread, so the whole apartment smells of fresh bread and this tea! :P

As for the flavor, this is a very good cinnamon tea. Wow. I am usually not a fan of teas that the main flavor is cinnamon, and if it is too strong, it’s not for me. This one, cinnamon is definitely the main star, but it’s a fresh cinnamon, and reminds me of a cinnamon bun again. I get a bit of a buttery texture and there’s an underlying creaminess that definitely is the cream cheese frosting. This tea puts me in the mindset of eating a cinnamon bun, so I’d say it’s well done! Near the end of the cup, the cinnamon does get a bit stronger and a bit drying, but not overly so. That is probably because I used a wider strainer with not as fine of a mesh, not my Finium that I usually use for rooibos/honeybush blends. Ah well, I’ll know for next time! This one is pretty good I must say!

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52 teas tasting day! I want to try a bunch more samples from the bestsellers today, and this is the one I started with. The dry smell, first whiff was rice crispy squares, then it turned pretty strongly chemical. I let it air out for a bit and it seemed to help :) however when brewing, the chemicals disappeared completely (Huzzah!) and the toast rice smell took over. I brewed for 3 mins with about 180 degree water. After steeping a mild sweet marshmallow scent was present.

As for the taste, it’s pretty good. The toasty genmaicha flavor is definitely the strong point, and the marshmallow sweetness comes on afterwards. An interesting tea, but the sweetness seems a bit weird haha, my brain has a tough time figuring it out because it’s a genmaicha lol. Overall I think I prefer graveyard mist for a marshmallow tea tho, but it is love mint, so that could be why lol. Happy to have a bit more of this one to try though!

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When I had this the first time, I thought it was good but not great. However, the second time I made it, something about the blend just really worked and it just tasted sooo good. I ended up ordering 2 oz of this.


Hmm good to know, maybe it just needs to air out a bit, it was good but just a but different for me so far haha, it won’t take long for me to finish it though!

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)



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