1099 Tasting Notes


Mmm I needed this after a long, frustrating Monday. Luscious, creamy caramel, burnt sugar, a bit of berries and rock, this oolong seems to be improving every time I have it. It’s soothing and making me think of sprung tonight. Now time for some x files and relaxing with tea for the evening! See previous notes on this tea :)

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It must be springtime…I am on the white tea train :) so fresh, light, sweet..jusr reminiscent of the season. I had a gaiwan session of this yesterday and I am finishing the packet off today with another session. This is also a sipdown of the free samples Angel so generously provided, thanks again!

This tea is quite good brewed gongfu style. The first steep had almost a sugar sweet, vanilla marshmallow flavor. Later steeps become more hay like and a bit more grassy. It has pretty good staying power and is a nice compliment to the overcast sky this afternoon. Quite enjoyable!

Oh and I went for a run/jog/walk/hike lol. It’s still too icy on the trails to be able to run, in spots it was so bad we had to hike up the steep slope in the bush to avoid it lol. But once it melts it will be a really nice trail, seems pretty safe too so I’m excited to hopefully get in a routine :) yay for spring, running and tea!

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love running too! I hear you, icy is no fun when you have to keep stopping and circling around ice patches. looking forward to april running weather :)

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Having a lovely, milk chocolatey cup of this from the morning still. It is cold now but still has that hint of marshmallow and lots of milk chocolate flavor. Yum! Thanks again Angel for this sample!

With the weather improving here and my 5 days of skiing last week, I am finally getting up the will power to start running again. This tends to happen a few times a year, where I go for a bit then for some reason stop. I’m hoping that I can keep it up this year with spring starting so early here. I am only apprehensive of how my asthma will hold up, as I am on quite a few more medications for it as of this past Friday to try to control it. As long as I take my inhaler with me in case I need it, I should be fine! Here’s to trying to get fit (again lol)! And I am going for a run right now!

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drank Earl Grey by Tim Hortons
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Tea! I haven’t had tea for the past 3 days and have had only a few herbals over the past week – i have been on a skiing extravaganza in the states and Banff and am just heading home now. Got this for somr much needed caffeinated goodness after a few weeks of none. Lol, you know you are tea deprived when Tims tastes amazing haha. But it was an excellent week away with 5 total ski days (hello non flabby legs lol). I will drink more tea and get back to regular logs when I’m back!

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drank Mint Earl Grey by Thay Tea
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Happy Friday the 13th! I am drinking another herbal today, and a tasty one at that. I did try a cup of pu’erh last night and it was good for my anxiety, I actually fell asleep drinking it, but the only major problem is that our water is full of additional chlorine currently (the city added a bit more due to spring runoff), so the puerh tasted like woody, rich goodness…with dishsoap. YUCK. I couldn’t finish the cup lol and I haven’t even been drinking water at home, it tastes too much like pool water for my liking. It is safe and all, just an odor and mild taste, the city has been sure to emphasize that, but I don’t like it at all lol.

The water at my work for some reason is still normal (probably because it’s not clean or something haha) so I made my tea at work today and it is good. Minty, citrusy goodness. I quite enjoy this tea, and need to place an order from this company for more Nettle Chai. Soon! See previous notes on this tea :)

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Another sipdown of this tea, which I will probably restock. This last batch seemed a bit scratchier, so must have had a different ingredient mix. Still tasty with honey today. I haven’t logged many notes lately as I’ve just been drinking herbals that I’ve already reviewed. I broke down and had a cup of white tea yesterday because going without caffeine sucks. I miss my puerh! Ah well, it seems to be helping with my nerves. Now I just need to get my lungs fully on track and I will be good to go! :D sitting on the new side of the office is helping, but my lungs are still angry, particularly in the mornings. Sigh. Hope they improve more and are not permanently scarred. But at least this tea helps my throat and tastes yummy, especially with the addition of honey! See previous notes on this tea!

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I have good news! Today, I get to move over to the other side of the office that I previously sat on and never had any asthma problems. I’m hoping my asthma goes away with this change, as I am tired of inhalers and allergy pills and have to go to the doctor now at the end of the month for an assessment of my lungs. Sigh. And I’m not the only one who has noticed a weird musty smell in the office..ah well, lets hope that the move helps!

I am having this tea as my lungs, as usual, were terrible this morning. It seems to be helping a bit, although I’m sure my inhalers are what actually made me feel better lol. At least this tea tastes good and is fresh and cool to drink. Happy I have a tin of this! See previous notes on this tea.


I’m glad they’re trying to accommodate you and I really hope this will fix the problem!


Me too! I’m sitting at my new spot now and I can tell you the desk was much less dusty when I went to it. My old spot had a TON of dust and junk! Ugh, and the guy who sat across from me had no dust on his computer and mine was literally coated. I think it was an unlucky spot being underneath the vent haha. Hope I improve!

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
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I broke into this month’s tea budget and went to check out the spring collection at davidstea. I picked up 25g of the nectarine one without trying it because it smelled so good (and I will probably break my no-caffeine rule with this yummy smelling tea lol) and I got a to-go cup of this for tonight because it’s herbal and smelled very tasty too. I can’t say how long it steeped, maybe 4-5 mins.

This tea is pretty good! It reminds me of my beloved honeydew melon from the spring collect a few years ago sans rooibos and caffeine. Yum! Not picking out specific fruit flavors tonight as I’m not paying enough attention, but it’s tasty enough and non caffeineated that I will probably pick up more of this. Happy this is in the collection!

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This tea!! I forgot I had a big bag of this tea, and as I am earnestly cutting out all caffeine (had some crazy anxiety this week, including a panic attack..could also be related to time of month..) this tea will be back in my repertoire for a while. Man I realized I have only about 20 herbals of my mass number of teas! I might have to break my hiatus to restock some..ugh how I will miss my caffeine, but until I get my anxiety sorted out, this is how it will have to be.

Anyways, this tea is as delicious as ever, maybe it benefited from ageing? Buttery, lemony goodness. Smooth and tasty. Yum. I am happy I rediscovered this tea in my cupboard :D see previous notes!

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drank Nettle Chai by Teafarm
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I am finishing off this awesome tea at work today. I will definitely, 100% be ordering more of this, and probably in March. My nose is going crazy today, and I even had an allergy pill yesterday..I also finally asked if the HVAC system can be checked at my work as I have been so sick with my asthma at work that something must be wrong. I suspect mold, as I also have a mold allergy, and haven’t had asthma symptoms prior to last summer in about 15 years. Hopefully they find something and can fix it! In the meantime, I will continue taking allergy pills about every 2nd day and drinking teas such as this, caffeine free and good for allergies. And it tastes awesome! Until we meet again, my friend. See previous notes on this one :) upping rating a bit too.


Awe no, I hope they’ll be able to fix the problem so you won’t have to suffer so much. And thank you for verifying that you have a mold allergy. When I went to the doctor last year because my allergies were really bad from living in a moldy basement, he basically just scoffed at me and said that mold allergies don’t exist. And a former landlord in the basement suite before that also scoffed at me and said that you can’t be allergic to mold. What the hell is wrong with people?


I actually only found out I had a mold allergy from my allergy test a few years ago, I can’t remember what strain it is, or if it is specified, but it definitely said one on there. Yeah allergies/asthma is a tricky thing..not many people understand them unless they have to cope with it themselves lol. My mold allergies are the worst in the spring from the snow mold blarg. I hope they at least look into it and if all is good, then I can figure out what else could be the trigger.


What kind of allergy test did you get? By that I mean, from a physician or a more homeopathic one? Because there are different methods. I should do the same but I’m not sure what’s out there.


The latest one I had was at an allergy clinic, I was referred there by my doctor, they did the skin dot test, I believe the method was oils placed on the skin and then after about 10 mins the hive size was measured. I can’t remember if they pricked the place that they put the oil too, but it definitely seemed accurate (peanut allergy of 7/10, with 10 being most deadly, and I do have quite a severe peanut allergy). I can’t remember the reading on my mold one either, I believe it was between 2 and 5 but not sure on the number. It was tough to actually get a test though, it sounds like the older you get the less common it is to get a test done…kind of annoying, since I wanted to know if I had outgrown my peanut allergy when I went haha.

When I was little I had the one where they scratch your back with the allergens, that one apparently was freaky lol. My mom also has had the injection type one and it also seemed accurate, but I couldn’t handle that many needles lol. Hopefully you can get a referral if you want to get a test done!

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Hello all, I am an 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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