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424 Tasting Notes

This is just gorgeous. The leaves almost look waxy in the package. Man, it smells awesome and tastes even better!

Malty, caramely, sweet, smooth, bready perfection. I lurve teas like this. I went with the single prolonged steep and it is a deep reddish brown in color, hefty and luscious. I will definitely be resteeping to see how that turns out but I could see myself zooming through this package and wanting, nay, needing, more very soon.

I am tempted to rate this but since my allergies are going crazy I am going to hold off.

Oh, and let me just say – this was freaky fast shipping. I’d be tempted to say they were an offshoot of Jimmy Johns. :)

Update: Second steep is good, but not as good as the first. Probably my choice of lengthy steeping time impacted the taste of the second steep. It’s a tiny bit bitter and not as smooth. Also a little dustier.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Sounds delicious! Adding it to my wishlist :)


If you like yunnans, and I think I recall several being on your reviews, this is definitely one to get ahold of. :)


Mmm.. yum! Have to try this one!


Ah, this goes on my wishlist! Nicole, you are my Chinese black teas mentor :D

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drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
424 tasting notes

So… yeah… this is gone. Man, was it good. Peachy, sweet, smooth, creamy, lightly coconutty. Now I have to work on the Orchid Vanilla so I can have a bigger reason to make a restocking order!

I need to take something like this into work. The hub has an employee appreciation/workshop type thing coming up in May. They are sending employee +guest to Vail for a week. So… I have to be the mingling and socializing spouse. I’ve never had to do this before really. I mean, yeah, at a bar in blue jeans and a nice shirt with drunk people from Missouri. You know – my people. :) But this is international and I know none of the spouses/sig others already. I’m really not a mingling person by nature and I’m certainly not a Vail/Aspen/ski/shop person by nature. I am excited about going but I kind of feel like I need to at least make an effort to not look like a total slob… so I’ve been really trying to be good. Plus, I have to get down in weight if I want to think about riding horses while I’m out there! I wanted Ho-Hos soooo bad today at work. And it’s only the first week of being good – well, better, anyway. :(

I need to take some dessert tea in to help me!


you can doo eet!

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drank Dian Hong by World of Tea
424 tasting notes

I feel like a copycat but I have to echo TerriHarpLady and Sil – this is a decent, non-spectacular but good dian hong. Nothing to keep around, but nothing to turn down. Maybe a little lighter than some others.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
424 tasting notes

Courtesty of boychik… :)

This certainly smells floral enough to knock your socks off. Steeped, it is still really floral. I don’t get any macaron but there is definitely rose and definitely raspberry. I get more rose than raspberry but it’s pretty good nonetheless. A nice girly kind of tea fit for a floral tea party.

I probably overleafed a bit, but I generally do. I took it easy on the steeping and it turned out well. However, I can see how this could easily get yuck at higher temp/longer steep.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

;-) glad you kinda liked it. It is too floral for me.


Wow. The cooler it gets, the floral-er it gets. Oof. Not for me unless hot.


i love this one, but yeah, you have to drink it fast (i think it’s gross tepid too!), and be gentle with it steep-wise.

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This is a very good unflavored oolong. It’s not exactly roasted and not exactly green. It’s mellow, smooth and yummy. This is a good oolong. Thanks for sharing, Ysaurella!


I am particularly glad you liked this one I simply cannot live without it now


The name makes me smile—I’m envisioning little girls in oversized hats whose feet can’t touch the ground in their big chairs :)

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drank Earl Grey Tea Time by Fauchon
424 tasting notes

I had some more of this the other day at work. It was good hot, but once cooled off, there is a luscious smoothness that wasn’t there before. This could go on a list of teas to have cold in the summer…

I guess the difference between this and Le Earl Grey is that the other has green tea as well?

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As expected, this is a very good tea. Malty, woody, smooth and deep. I don’t quite remember the Lion well enough to compare in detail but except for a tiny bit of astringency in the Lion that is not present in the Paw, I think they are largely the same. Wonderfully tasty and with a lot of depth. I’d be quite happy keeping either in my cupboard.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Holy cats. Another just-a-sample courtesy of Stacy that is just wonderful.

Delicate lemon, pastry notes, cream… wow. I don’t get any malt or almond, but that doesn’t matter. This is superb!

I am not a lemon in tea person so this is another that I didn’t expect to like and now regret not ordering more of!

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

this one sounds so yummy

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
424 tasting notes

Okay, wow. I was almost reduced to doge-speak when I had this after breakfast this morning. Such wow.

This is fantastic. I can taste banana but it is a very natural banana flavor, not like Banana Laffy Taffy. It’s very mild and it blends oh so well with the coconut. It smells amazing. As the cup cools I get more caramely notes and cookie. Although my initial taste was at 3 minutes, I let this sit in my cup the whole time I was drinking and it didn’t get bitter, either. This is like banana bread with coconut. Much love!

Sadly, I just have a sample of this that Stacy recommended with my last order. I didn’t order more because I didn’t expect to like a banana tea. Now I wish I’d gotten more to share this weekend! Ah, well, there will be another order. I simply will not tell myself I can’t buy more tea with this waiting in the wings!

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I don’t really like banana teas either but you have really “twisted my arm” lol, on the shopping list it goes!


I love doge. Such wow! LOL!

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So wow. So nice. Much deepness. Some smoke. Some hay. Some sweet potato. Much yumness.


Nicole, you note like Doge(Shibe) style ?! ;)


I’ve been using dogeweather.com for chuckles lately so it was fresh in my mind when I wrote this. :)


my daughter is a huge fan. she keeps says everything in this language. last night i was reading notes,she was around and started laughing. “mom, its like my Doge”. soo funny and addictive:)


I actually looked it up awhile back. There an analysis of it as a real language, believe it or not. Rules and everything. It is pretty addictive, I’ll admit. Especially if you think of smiling dogs saying it. :P

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Tea afficianado. I wish I could make a living creating and serving tea parties, but alas, bills prevent that possibility. :) So I make do by catering tea parties for friends and co-workers and drinking tons of tea with my cats on my lap. :)


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