969 Tasting Notes


UGH! I hate being sick! On top of that, the new office addition I moved into was having more work done on it today with the vents, so dust dust everywhere, and with my terrible cough/cold and the dust I had an allergy pill to keep breathing lol. So now I can’t smell or taste a whole lot because my sinuses are right plugged up and drying as well from the antihistamine. GAH! I made this tea in hopes the caffeine would help clear some stuff out, but all I smell is this vague honey scent and taste a tiny bit of malt. And sadface, this tea is amazing when I am not sick! Well, at least I know it does taste good and it’s just me. See previous notes on this tea! I hope I get unsick soon!


I hope you feel better soon :)


Sounds like you need something with mint or eucalyptus. Either that, or it’s a perfect time to finish off teas you can’t stand, since you can’t taste anything. ;-)

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drank Soothing by Epicure
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Le sigh. I caught a terrible cold from my bf this weekend..luckily his is subsiding, and mine is about 2 days behind, so I should be out of the worst of it by Thursday. Today wasn’t the best day though. Hacking up my lungs at work=not fun. So now I have been guzzling tea and am ready for bed from good ol Tylenol cold/flu. And my cough has slightly subsided from this tea with tons of honey and the tylenol lol. Also had some Sichuan Caravan earlier and it was stellar as usual, but am too tired to write a note on it. Off to bed to fight this terrible cough! See previous notes on this tea, it’s really quite good with honey :)


Worst. I do hope you feel better soon. :)


Thanks! I’ve gotten sick far too often this winter :( must be the crazy weather, hot one day, snowing the next..my body can’t figure it out! And I stopped taking my vitamins for a week..that seems to have an impact lol :(


Eep. The weather does wreck havoc on that sort of thing. J gets everything like that too. Thankfully I seem to have the immune system of a Viking or something haha.


Feel better!


I used to have a better immune system haha but I have been pretty run down lately with work and other commitments, so that could have contributed lol, my cough seems to be getting a bit better today at least!

@Kaylee – thanks, hoping it’s gone by the weekend at least!

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drank Matcha by Unknown
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Hello Steepster! I have been away from you for a few days, with the business of last week’s moving to the new half of the office plus a 2 day conference for work, and yard work on Saturday. But I have returned, and had a wonderful tea experience yesterday!

I found out that the botanical gardens near my city host Japanese tea ceremonies. This year they are only offering them on 4 days, and yesterday was the first 4, and on top of that, the only day that offered ceremonies in the small tea room (Ro ceremony). Only 5 people are allowed to partake in this ceremony due to room size restraints, so me, my boyfriend, and 3 other people partook in this special event. Matcha tea was prepared in the traditional method with a whisk and a unique bowl for each person, and we ate a sweet (wagashi) before drinking the tea to complement the tea. We were also shown the way to drink matcha in a ceremony, with the turning of the bowl so as to not drink from the front of it, and the etiquette of drinking tea before the person to your left. It was a truly beautiful experience, and the room was absolutely lovely and simple, one scroll on the wall with a simple flower arrangement as the only focal points in the room other than the kettle, a large cast iron one that was sunk in the middle of the floor (in the hearth). This room also had authentic Tatami mats, while the larger one for larger ceremonies had synthetic.

Oh, and the matcha was fantastic! Enough for 3.5 gulps, and it went perfectly with the wagashi! I thought about asking where they sourced their matcha, but was enjoying the ceremony too much to want to bother with questions that might infringe on my sense of tranquillity.

Overall, a beautiful, relaxing experience that I highly recommend if you ever get the chance to experience a tea ceremony. I would love to do one again sometime, and feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to partake in such a lovely event! My boyfriend also enjoyed it immensely. I also learned the 4 principles of Japanese tea ceremonies: harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity. I felt all 4 of these principles and it was wonderful! Afterwards we wandered through the botanical gardens, even though it was snowing, and a lovely feeling of peace settled over me. A great way to spend a Sunday morning!


That sounds wonderful.


Oh how I I wish I was there with you…


That sounds lovely!


It really was amazing! If you are ever around the Edmonton area, check out the schedule at the Devonian Botanical Gardens, they are having 3 more days with ceremonies this year :) happy I was able to cross that off the bucket list!

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Hmm, looks like I haven’t reviewed this tea yet! I will make it short, as I am at work and it is fairly busy, but I made a cup of this for the morning, not the first cup of this tea I’ve had either lol. In a nutshell, it smells rather tasty, steeps to a orangey yellow color, smells peachy and creamy steeped, but has a bit of an artificial flavor to it unfortunately. The artificial cream note is why I don’t really drink this tea that often. A shame, as it smells so good, but just doesn’t taste quite as good. It’s a very spring/summer-esque tea though, so I might have a few more cups of it as the seasons progress. Not too bad this morning!

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I haven’t had a cup of this in ages! Well, tonight was the night. I went through my stash and made a list of teas I would like to work on sipping down due to age, amount left, etc…and I have also been compiling lists of tea orders from various companies lol. Trying to organize which ones I want to order from first, I haven’t been ordering tea much lately, and when I do start ordering again I want to do it in an organized manner to watch budgeting and such. Haha such a responsible side of me came out this weekend, what with all the yardwork, cleaning, laundry, and coursework I have been doing (must be because my guy is coming back from working 2 weeks tomorrow..want everything to be clean and perfect for him to return to :D).

So anyways, long informative rant aside, this tea is on the sipdown list. Not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s just getting old and I want to drink it while it still tastes good! And tonight it is very good. This is like a fresh walk in the woods by the coast, with the saltwater air and fresh breeze rippling on your face, and that damp mossy smell underneath your feet. Takes me to a nice place, like somewhere on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I want to go back there soo bad! Haha, anyways, see previous notes on this tea :)

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Second tea of the day. Haha I really do enjoy this tea, so much dislike for it, but here I am, one of the few black sheep who quite enjoy this. Fresh, bright, buttery, and calming, an excellent morning tea. See previous notes!

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Hooray, another tea time that I knew exactly what I wanted to have! I read Veronicas note on the base tea for this one and decided I am having this chai this morning. I was originally going to try frothing it up with coconut milk, but decided to do a stovetop with coconut milk and honey instead. I added far too much honey though, so it’s super sweet lol, but the chai still shines through. Shows just how bold and wonderful this tea is! The coconut milk is pretty much drowned out by the honey and tea, I did only use 1/3 of a cup, so that could be it as well. Nonetheless, a cozy and bold morning cup accompanying my toast on this grey Sunday morning. Also, I don’t drink this tea nearly enough due to it being so bold and caffeinated, but still not dropping the rating. Because every time I do have it, I remember how amazing it is. :D see previous notes on this tea!

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There are some times when I want tea and I have no idea what one I want..I ponder over it and take out one, put it back, take out another, repeat…but tonight that wasn’t the case! I very clearly knew I wanted to have this tea before bed, with it’s savory spiciness and rich, earthy flavor. The tulsi really brings a lovely savouriness to this blend, I know it’s the tulsi as it’s the same kind of savoury that my beloved Rooibos Tulsi Herbal has. Hmm, I should have a cup of that one tomorrow, and break into my new 2 oz of it haha. But almost bed time now. It was starting to rain outside and might even wake up to snow, so a cozy tea sounded perfect before I hit the sack. Had a productive night too, of laundry and the take home exam for my class. Should be able to fully relax tomorrow! See previous notes on this delicious tea :)


Finding the perfect tea is the best. And yay for finishing those exams. :)


It is so nice when you know exactly what you’re in the mood for :) and same to you!! Happy you made it through all of them and can relax :)

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Taking a break from my lovely white tea gaiwan session for a cup of this. Fruity and grainy, I like this tea quite a lot. It fits the bill as a perfect afternoon (well, late afternoon) tea. This is an easily drinkable tea as well, I might have to dabble in a few more Keemuns to see how they compare. When I get around to making a Teavivre order, this is a strong contender for a black tea to have in my cupboard, as it’s a refreshing change from all my honey dripping Yunnan black teas haha. See previous notes :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

Keemuns can be sooooo good.


I haven’t tried any except this one haha but I am tempted to try a few more.. :D


So glad you like this tea. Hope you have a comfortable afternoon accompanied by our teas.


Thanks!! I definitely enjoyed it :) I’ve actually been compiling a list tonight of my favorites for my order I will place with you guys! So tough to choose :) I still have a few more to try before ordering as well!


Thanks for your supporting,and hope you will find your favorite teas:)

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So I have had a wonderful morning doing yard work!! Cleaned out all the flowerbeds, working carefully around the plants popping up, raked the dead grass in the back, raked the garden boxes, and dug up a pail of parsnips from last fall!! So excited! I love being out in the garden, it’s so therapeutic, and it reminds me of the days when I worked in a vegetable garden picking veggies for farmer’s markets, my summer job for 4 summers in junior high/high school. So nice being outside all the time!

Alas, it became cloudy and started spitting rain, and is getting much colder out, oh and my foot cramped lol so I had to come in for lunch and some tea. What better tea to have on an early spring day such as today than this Early Spring Fuding white? This is also the fanciest tea I own, and is also very therapeutic and relaxing.

Again, a wonderful tea. Having a gaiwan session for the majority of the afternoon with this gem. I feel so privileged I was able to pick up some of this while Verdant had it in stock. Creamy, honeyed, marshmallowy and light. A soft blanket to wrap yourself in while watching the rain. That is this tea to a T. Absolutely wonderful. See previous notes!


It really was, so nice to relax!

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Hello all, I am a happily employed electrical engineer (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 was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

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 have 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.



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