949 Tasting Notes


My A&D order arrived on Tuesday, quite fast shipping as I ordered it on Canada Day (a week?? ok VERY fast shipping lol). I tore it open and smelled all the teas except my restock of Mount Grey as I’m saving it for when I’m out of the current tin, and they all smell soo lovely. However I have been going easy on caffeine again, mostly due to stressing about the blood test this week lol (it went smoothly BTW, my mom managed to distract me and it went well! First one that has EVER gone well lol). And this tea arrived after my test, so it was my reward haha :)

I had a tough time deciding which black tea to bring to work today, but this one won out, mostly because it seemed the least potent/caffeine filled of the three lol. The smell was quite malty from what I remember at home (I’m drinking it at work) and I steeped for 3 minutes with just under boiling water (~200 degrees).

The liquor is a light brown and has a slightly fruity scent, unless that is travel mug contamination. As for the taste, yes I hate reviewing teas for the first time when they come out of my travel mug, but this one is definitely bright and creamy. I got some actual butteriness at one point lol. I think there must be darjeeling in this, it has that fruity dryness but is not overpowering. There is maybe also a bolder black tea mixed, as I’ve found (with my limited experience with darjeelings lol) that they seem a bit lighter than other black teas. Whatever the combo is, it is darn good, has given me a right kick in the pants at work and I plan to get lots done for the rest of the day since I’m still nursing this cup.

Overall – a tasty malty tea with fruitiness and punch. Bright, a good morning cup, and I do like the tin, along with the swag that came with my order (pins, a coaster, temporary tattoos (!!) haha love it!) Another win from A&D! No rating until I brew it in optimal conditions, aka not in the travel mug.

Oh, and another aside – my allergies are wreaking havoc with my system today. Must be the forest fire smoke again ughhh I have been sniffling, sneezing and a general mess haha. Only my nose at least! And it’s like +20 C today..a vast change from the 25-30 degrees it’s been for the past week or so. My body is freaking out and freezing in my office, and my mind is also thinking it’s autumn..umm not yet lol. Get back on track weather, don’t be cloudy, rainy and cold!

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
949 tasting notes

Blahhh it’s Monday. The worst kind of Monday too, the bf goes back to work for 2 weeks up north, busy day at work, booked a blood test for tomorrow (I am very terrified of them and have put it off for almost a year…wish me luck!) and was nervous about it all day, and there’s been a bunch of smoke from forest fires drifting into the city today so I can hardly breathe. Enter Golden Earl, a golden winner of a tea for this blarg day. Citrusy, fresh, helping me breathe, tasting like chocolate, oranges and sunshine. I do very much enjoy this tea. Also didn’t have the energy to go to the gym today, also adding to my blah mood. Thank goodness for good tea! I wish it was still the weekend, which was AWESOME, but too short. Ah well, tea will get me through the work week, and starting my art course Weds (!!). See previous notes on this lovely tea!

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! I have had a lovely day at a friend’s bbq drinking, visiting and eating :) now I am at home with the cat ready to watch the fireworks on TV and had to have a tea from a company based in Canada ( I will also probably have some DavidsTea later). So I dug out this tea, which I haven’t had in ages, and steeped up a cup. It smells delicious and is still too hot to drink, but I’m sure it will taste as yummy as always. Here’s to a good day! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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Eeeppp!!! I got my new mug in the mail!! I made my avatar pic it with my cat napping on the table behind it if anyone would like to see it, I don’t feel like uploading it to a site and linking tonight haha too tired..but it’s soooo pretty. I love it, it is a bit smaller than I expected, but it actually brews a very lovely sized cup of tea, not too much, not too little!

So I was so undecided on which tea to brew in it first! I wanted it to be special and fit the theme of the mug – artistic, nerdy, and a little bit sad. Oh and lovely. So I almost picked Jasmine Bouquet, but then I saw my Silver Buds and thought YES. It’s a light grey, delicate tea full of unique character, soft, sweet flavor, and it is beautiful in the cup. A perfect match for the mug. So in it went after a 25s rinse, and this tea is not disappointing, as usual. I haven’t had it in a while and missed the woody, brown sugar flavor. So tasty, and yes indeed, it fits this mug perfectly. A lovely end to a pretty good day, about time work stops eating away at my soul! See previous notes on this tea :)

ETA – the mug is called Digital Lace…haha it has circuiting lines on it :D the nerd in me (most of me) loves it.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Wood


I adore silver buds. Hot is wonderful, but so is icing the left over leaves. Now I’m craving some! :)


It’s an awesome looking mug! And your cat is awesome too haha :)


Silver buds is soo yummy! I haven’t tried icing it yet but I will have to in the near future :D and thanks about the mug and my cat haha he is quite a character

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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A sipdown this morning on this one! And a better day today than yesterday’s craziness, still was a busy morning but the thing I was working on is finally out and hopefully all corrected, the sun is shining, my new tea mug was delivered apparently (!!! my first etsy mug, SO EXCITED) and I am going to go for another run tonight and feel excellent. And yes drink more tea haha. Life is good. And it’s almost the weekend! 9.5 more hours of work before I’m off tomorrow :) anyways back to work now haha see previous notes on this tea! It will probably be a restock at some point again.

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What a day..started out bad, 20 mins late for work from the cat getting out and causing me to leave late and get stuck in traffic, non-stop work, site visit, and an hr extra of work. Sushi with friends after which cheered me up, but now that I’m home I’m utterly exhausted. And yes this is a strong black tea, but I wanted a familiar cozy comfy tea to wrap up in tonight. It’s also been a rainy day, so double knit fits the bill. Malty, slightly sweet, I think this is even better than the last time I had it lol. Sooo good. See previous notes on this awesome tea.

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A day of changes today was – I was feeling rather down yesterday (probably mostly due to mood swing hormone things, stupid time of month) and decided I need to make some lifestyle changes to improve my mood and general outlook on things. So I signed up for 2 summer art classes and went to the gym for the first time since we moved. Feeling much better tonight!

Tea note starts
So I am keeping with the chill out, enjoy life theme with this tea tonight. Relaxing, calming, and my favorite sleepytime tea, this can make a bad day just melt away. I have reviewed this so many times, I don’t need to again. It’s just a good ol standby. I am almost out of my first 100g, will need to stock up on more of it soon! See previous notes :)

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
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I had a lovely visit with my friend last night, went for an excellent dinner, watched Disney movies and caught up on life :) I gave her a bunch of my teas to try and also helped her make a Steepster account, NerdLor :D all in all an excellent visit and hope I can see her more often this summer!

I had a cup of a new tea this morning but didn’t take any notes lol so I’ll save that one for later, this is the second cup of the day and man oh man, there are creamy chocolate notes and fruit today! Like actual cream in here, a honeyed type of cream..it just turned out wonderfully on this fine first day of summer! See previous notes!


Welcome to your friend Nerdlor, I’m now following her then :-)


Awesome! I don’t know how much she will post, but she will probably read lots of notes :) I’m so excited she’s on steepster now!


Woohoo! I got a follow from her lol hope I don’t bore her to death lol


Sil the only person you could possibly bore would have to be a blind person who can’t read braille :-)


Haha I am sure she won’t be bored! Your notes are great :) so many teas I have not tried! Lol :D


Yes but I’ve been soooo busy lately that my tasting notes are all like.zomg so tired. TEa. good. Yay night.


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This tea and me
We’re ‘Mint to be’
fresh and free
and coconutty.

Haha, I don’t feel like writing an in depth note on this one tonight. The poem says it all! See previous notes for more details lol.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
949 tasting notes

Having a deliciously caramel and fruit laden cup of this tonight. It’s sooo sugary and plums and cherries and apricots I can’t even…I really need to place a Harneys order at some point too. Working my way down to my last bags of this. Such a good tea, and so smooth tonight, with a 2 min steep! See previous notes, much needed tea tonight :D

ETA – Just read on some other notes that Mr. Harney passed away this week. Well, this can also be a tribute cup to him, here’s to hoping I try many more of his fabulous teas in the future! May a great tea maker rest in peace.

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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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