916 Tasting Notes

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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87

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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87

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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97

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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90

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 :)

Courtney

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

MissLena

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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84

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.

MissLena

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

TeaVivre

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

MissLena

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!

TeaVivre

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

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97

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!

MissLena

It really was, so nice to relax!

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85

I might possibly be having the most amazing concoction ever. Regular coconut milk + blueberry cream cheese danish tea frothed = blueberry cheesecake. This is so amazing. Having it with toast with blackberry jam. Good morning Saturday!! Looks to be an amazing day.

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90

Last cup of the day here. I am chilly tonight so I was craving something cozy but not too spicy or strong..so I took this one out. I’ve had trouble finding the sweet spot with this one in the past, particularly in blends that feature it (looking at you Vanilla Citrus Spice lol) but I think the water at the new house helps this one a lot! Tempted to order a bit of that Vanilla Citrus Spice to see if I can’t find the magic in it here lol. Tonight it is velvety cocoa with a mild fruity aftertaste. Mostly just smooth and cocoa chocolatey. Not an in your face chocolate, just a silky taste. I steeped it Western for about 2.5 mins with water probably a bit under boiling. Pretty tasty, and I know this is a pretty caffeinated cup, but it’s so soft and warming that I’m getting sleepy from it. TGIF!! So happy I can catch up on sleep and my life this weekend, work has been far too insane lately. See previous notes on this tea!

whatshesaid

Sounds good! I may have to order that one sometime to give it a try

MissLena

It’s such a highly spoken of tea on here, I’m happy I’m finally starting to get this one haha. I still have a bit of tweaking I think to get it as chocolatey and amazing as others, but I’m working on it! You definitely should give it a try sometime :D

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Trying yet another milk alternative, I didn’t end up drinking much of my unsweetened vanilla almond milk as I got a stomach bug/ food poisoning the day after having it so I wasn’t sure if it was good or not lol. Went to the store to get regular almond milk and saw they now have the coconut milk in stock!! So I snagged a carton hehe, a bit high in fat, so we will reserve it for lattes only and not too frequently lol.

I made a latte with this tea as a pre dinner tide over. At first the tea overpowered the coconut (which is good, it shouldn’t affect flavors much yay!) But this lovely coconut aftertaste comes out :) so decadent. Spice, pumpkin, coconut. Life is good, it’s Friday! See previous notes on this tea :)

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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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