917 Tasting Notes


So it snowed in my hometown and at my parents today lol. It’s a mere 3 degrees C here today, so out come more cozy teas! I am very close to finishing this one off, I keep saving a little bit to have one last hot toddy, and then don’t feel like making myself one lol. Maybe tonight! Anyways, having this just as tea at work today and it helped warm me up while it was warm, now it’s all cold but still flavorful. Citrusy and chocolatey, with the bergmaot noticeably present today, so it actually tastes quite EG-esque. Have to decide if I want a cozy rooibos or EGC this afternoon to ward off the cold. See previous notes on this tea!

ETA – now I really want just some plain Zhu Rong Yunnan Black. Le sigh. I should have brought that to work. Oh well, I can have it when I’m at home lol. Might be a black tea day..hopefully I don’t overcaffeinate!


Sorry, but doesn’t ETA mean “estimated time of arrival”? lol


“Edited to add”. :)


Thanks! ;-)



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It started storming this afternoon and this led into steady rain, again! Man we never get this much rain, the rain barrels are overflowing! Supposed to rain all day tomorrow too. So out come my cozy teas haha, I had EGC last night but tonight this one called out to me. Malty, lightly sweet, delicious. Warming and a bit heavy but like a soft flannel blanket heavy, not too much, just enough. This is such a good tea, and when I finally allow myself to order tea again, this will probably go on the Teavivre order. Loving this on this dreary night of completing online courses for work that I have procrastinated on for almost a year. #winning See previous notes on this tea!

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Andd another sipdown of a wintery tea! This was very good while it lasted and I will look forward to it next winter, if it comes back! Minty with a sweet and smooth white chocolate note to keep it cozy yet refreshing. Tasty, but becoming a bit out of season for this time of year. See previous notes!

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drank Soothing by Epicure
917 tasting notes

Haven’t logged a note in a while..the yard is keeping me busy and went to the lake this weekend with no internet..and I really didn’t drink much tea this weekend either haha. Well now it’s Monday and tea is in order..had a cup of this in the morning as I had a terribly upset stomach last night, no idea what it was from, but it was short lived and so far no after effects are present today. It was very spicy and clogged up my steeper, but worth it. Now onto peppermint tea, as my head is feeling strange (probably from my allergies lol) so I will try to straighten it out with tea before resorting to a darn allergy pill. Happy Monday! See previous notes on this tea.

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So to be honest, I grew to love this tea. It’s just so good and calming and brings me down to earth. Sadly, I am at a sipdown due to liking it so much :( it reminds me of my beloved Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend with more tulsi and pu’erh added! I bet I could make it by blending some teas, although I need more GSWSB soon, my last batch seemed to be missing rose petals :/

Anyways, let’s talk about this tea haha. As this is the last cup, it’s full of floaty bits and brewed up quite dark. Smells spicy and rose petally. Mmmm. But since it’s an at-work sipdown, I need to get back at it haha so won’t be able to log the taste. I’m sure it will end on a high note! Love this tea, and so happy I could try it! Upping rating a bit. See previous notes :)

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Oops lol here I am at a sipdown and I haven’t logged this tea yet! Well, it was tasty enough to be sipped down in 4 months out of all my teas lol, so there’s that! Its a very soothing tea, I drank it a lot when I had that terrible cold as it feels amazing on the throat. It’s a herby, cinnamon, licorice blend, with the mint being cooling but not sharp, more of a cozy mint. The licorice smooths everything and really makes for a lovely mouthfeel. I like that the flavors blend so well! I remember when I first had this tea, I wasn’t overly impressed, but it grew on me and has ended on a good note. I might (probably) will reorder this at some point, especially because my mom really likes this tea, she had one or two cups while visiting me :) a nicely done herbal, nice for evenings!

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Ahh this tea is still quite tasty, citrusy and bright with chocolate notes from the excellent base teas. At first when I had it out of my travel mug today it seemed weak with a strange flavor, but as it cooled off and was exposed to air it seemed to get back to it’s original goodness. It’s still much better brewed in a mug, or as a hot toddy, but it’s still tasty from the Timolino. Now I want a hot toddy at work, haha, definitely not happening. At least it’s warmer in the office after the lighting contractors turned up the heat with an Allen key :D +19 rather than +12 in the office today. Let’s hope the rest of the day flies by, it’s already almost Friday! (/optimism) See previous notes on this tea which I am close to sipping down and will miss!

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This is what I needed tonight! I’ve had an awful headache due to the intense rain showers throughout the day..and the guy at work that talks NON-STOP throughout the day. Ughh headphones at work tomorrow! This tea is quite sugary tonight, there’s a tasty brown sugar note that is hitting the spot. I also had waffles for dinner lol so got my sweet, cozy fix tonight! I also was productive and made a list of my teas that I want to sipdown in 2 weeks, as I really want to try some new teas I’ve seen reviews on and need to stock up on some old favorites for myself and the bf, but I need to clear out some room first. This one is on the list, as it’s definitely a fall tea, and while it works for chilly rainy nights, there will not be as many in the coming days of summer lol. So I will finish off this one and a few other older teas as the new season rolls in :) and they are mostly teas I enjoy too, so it should be a good couple weeks of tea! See previous notes on this one :)

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Ugh it is a miserable, depressing Monday. It’s rainy out, it’s freezing in my office, it’s not the weekend so I’m not at home, and my bf leaves for another 2 week shift up north for work. Le sigh. Oh, and I forgot my daily work tea selection at home, so I just have this tea in my travel mug and a tin of chrysanthemum flowers for the afternoon. I want cozy teas!! :( anyways, enough woes..at least this tea is tasty this morning. A bit perfumey for some reason though, and a bit drying. And it’s cooling off far too quickly lol. Well, at least the cold rain outside is good for the newly planted garden and the lawn. See previous notes on this tea!

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It’s been a busy weekend of gardening, yard work and cleaning haha and finally we got our first couple thunderstorms today! And rain :D finally don’t have to water the flowerbeds, garden and lawn today lol. Anyways, May showers called for some rainy day tea..this one (April showers, but close enough lol).

I read the ingredients list and was a bit apprehensive about how many ingredients were listed. Also, I keep thinking I’m going to have a terrible allergic reaction to the birch and dandelion in the teas, as both of these make me sneeze horribly in the spring AKA right now haha all the pollen :( but as they use the root of the dandelion and birch bark, I seem to be ok so far with teas including these ingredients lol. I will also be trying chicory later with the other blend club tea this month, Cask Strength. Anyways, rambly aside over, onto the tea!

Dry, this smelled, well…intense. A bit overpowering. My nose didn’t know what was up lol. Cinnamon and cacao and wood..definitely wood. I also looked at the leaves and thought hmm! Roasted oolong or black tea?? Decided to steep and see if I could figure it out.

I steeped for 2 minutes with boiling water, as it also has Yabao in it which usually needs boiling water. The steeped smell is woody like crazy. I was unsure if it was all Yabao or something else…so I quickly searched Zheng Zhan Xiao Zhong on Verdant and found out it’s a smoked black tea!! Ahhh a type of Lapsang??? I have had bad experiences with the one Lapsang I tried (DavidsTea, highly do not recommend lol) so I approached this with a lot of caution. And I also was pleased my nose could pick out the pine notes from the scent :)

So as for the flavor..my first expression was actually kind of baffled. What is this…then my brain was like “damp campfire in the woods after a rain” and I spoke it aloud to my boyfriend and he’s like “Be sure to put that in your review!” So there it is. This definitely evokes a rainy feeling..and to be honest, it’s not an overpowering smoke, it’s more like that hint of smoke on the cool breeze after a rain and the ashes of the fire are close to being out but still slightly smoldering. Not at all unpleasant! It also has a certain sweetness in there too, later in the sip and in the aftertaste..maybe the vanilla? Most definitely that. It keeps it interesting!

Overall, a very earthy, interesting blend. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it all all from the dry scent, and was still unsure after steeping. But it’s not too bad actually. Probably not a favorite, but I do like the camping memories it brings about. And very true to the name, it’s a rainy day blend! Happy to have had the chance to try this tea, another exciting one from the blend of the month!

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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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