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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
940 tasting notes

Gosh I love this tea. It soothes and pleases, and I always drink it way too fast after it’s cooled. I may need to see if a cold brew is in order at some point… I mean, I have more than enough of it to try. ;)

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Made a cup of this last night. While I do like it, and will probably re-order it at some point only because I like the idea of a detoxifying herbal tea, it’s just okay. It’s sweet, creamy and smooth, it’s just… missing something for me. I guess I’m really loving my blacks of late, and the depth they provide.

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1165 tasting notes

Replenishment of the stash by Ceylon Star. Thank you! <3

Your batch smells even more coconutty and spicy and cake-like. Yay!

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Taking a break from “foam rolling” my rotator cuff in order to try a sample of this tea. I really do have a lot of physical therapy gadgets in my apartment now! Thanks for the sample Stacy.

So it seems like I have a fondness for Indian white teas, they somehow seem more flavorful than the Chinese ones. Is that a sacrilege? Compared to the Doke silver needle I had yesterday, the Glenburn seems both lighter and sweeter. I am really enjoying the fruity notes of this tea and am definitely getting the juicy pear. I bet this would be an amazing cold brew — anyone tried that yet? Other flavors I’m getting from this are nutty (mostly almond) and floral. I wouldn’t say I am getting buttery from it, but I have really enjoyed this a lot. It’s tasty! I think I will stick to white teas from India and Nepal as they are flavorful.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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The latest BOMC box arrived yesterday! All the blends look delicious and exciting as usual, although I was a bit wary of the mate blend, definitely not a before bed blend! After smelling all the teas, I decided this one was the one I needed to try first. It smells deliciously of dark chocolate! It looks like there are whole cocoa pieces in the blend, or cacao, whichever it is, along with goji berries and the famed Zhu Rong base. I steeped this for about 2 minutes with 200 degree water. The resulting dark liquor smells of raisins and chocolate. Interesting!

As for the flavor, mmm this is reminding me of a lovely red wine with chocolate. The main flavors are a dry grape-like flavor, raisin like but not as sweet, it reminds me a bit of how Master Han’s Yunnan black tastes, a hint of olive oil in there too! There is also that lovely dark chocolate flavor, a rich flavor that melds with the mild astringency and raisin like notes wonderfully. There’s a sweetness in the middle of the sip that could be attributed to the vanilla as well, although it is faint and not a huge component, just smooths things over.

Overall, this is quite good. It’s rich but light, fresh and filling. All the flavors blend together quite well into a dark chocolate, grape tasting tea. It mainly reminds me of Master Han’s Yunnan Black, but with chocolate added. Very tasty, a perfect tea for a day like today – blanket of fresh, wet snow overnight and temperatures just over zero melting it away. Spring snow day tea!

Flavors: Chocolate, Grapes

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I accidentally steeped this in 200F water for 5min. Luckily, this is a second steep from last night’s cup so the impact is curbed somewhat.

The creamy cantaloupe/melon flavour is still present, but the cup has taken on a malty tone. It’s definitely different, but not awful. In the future I think I will save the hotter temperature steeps for black teas and the exceptional White Rhino, however.

Flavors: Cream, Melon

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Jummy oh so jummy for the tummy :)

Still the only Shu I like. Les oomph when brewed in a glazed pot with water from electric kettle. Still a nice earthy fruitiness! Smooth and somewhat sweet in contrast to the earth flavour. or is it peat? who knows?!?
Will stick to preparing this in a reductionfired pot with water from tetsubin.

Tomorrow i will try to try out a very nice sheng! While watching the Big bang theory of c ;)

Keep sipping tea and enjoy life when possible!

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

Such a happy note to finish on :)
I wish you Happy Steeping Dag Wedin.

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Was feeling lazy this afternoon and my coworker was making a Starbucks run, so I had her get me an iced green tea latte (not a frappe!)

It is very sweet and full of matcha and hitting the spot! I will be caffeinated up to my eyeballs soon :)

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drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
283 tasting notes

Ahhhh… Good. I love this right now. The roasted barley taste is really yummy. I saw some reviews on how it tastes like honey smackers and thought yeah! That’s it! I’m happy this was the first tea I tried from the free steepster select box I got. Don’t know if I can afford to keep the subscription going but if I like the other tea samples as much, I think I’m in trouble :)

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And yet another generous sample from Angel at Teavivre.

I think I may have overleafed this slightly, but the jasmine in this particular tea is a bit strong and one-note for my tastes. I’ve had jasmine dragon pearls in the past with a hint of sweetness underneath almost like orange or honeysuckle, but I’m not experiencing that in this blend.

I steeped the leaves twice, both for 3 minutes: once at 85C and the second time at 80C. Both times the tea was palatable, but I believe that this tea might be better at a slightly lower temperature than indicated on the label.

Maybe this will really blossom if done gong-fu style. I’m withholding a rating for now.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
598 tasting notes

I’m kind of grateful for teas like this that remind me why I don’t race onto the DT website and throw everything that sounds good into a cart. I love mango and pomegranate, the latter is easily on of my favorite fruits and seriously fun to eat, but I’m so eh about the blend.

Both the mango and pomegranate seem to come through, but I guess I’m not finding them really natural. It’s all right until I swallow, then it tastes like gummies that were left in a hot car where they all melted together but I ate them anyway. (I don’t reccomend anyone try that for comparisons sake).

I’ll try the rest iced, but I’m just thinking this one isn’t for me.

Thanks for letting me try it, though Shadowfall

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
349 tasting notes

So I decided a while ago after joining Steepster and discovering so many cool tea companies to order from online that money spent at Teavana would be much better spent elsewhere. However, I did have a free Starbucks reward, so I went into Teavana to get a free ounce of this tea. It was odd because the employees were all circling me like vultures until I mentioned that I wanted to use my free reward. Then it seemed like their mission was to get me out of the store as soon as possible. Yet another odd Teavana experience to add to the books.

Anyway, the dry leaf smells kind of grassy, and just typical green oolong-smelling. After a quick rinse, I started to realize that it has that damp smell and taste that I previously smelled/tasted with one of Teavivre’s popular oolongs. It’s not exactly my favorite flavor, so I was not enamored with this tea. Also, the spent leaves smelled a bit like spinach, which was not coming across in the tea itself to me. Overall, my odd in-store experience kind of carried over to an odd tea that wasn’t really my style. At least I squeezed a free ounce out of them! And I will definitely be playing around with the rest of it to see if I can hit the sweet spot.

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drank Rooibos Vanilla & Pear by Tetley
2273 tasting notes

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It appears that Adagio may have changed its recipe for the Zodiac series Gemini blend, as my tin (purchased a few months ago) does not list green tea among the ingredients. At this point in history (2014), Gemini is a fruit-essence-infused white tea blend. The fruits in question are apricot, peach, and apples, but I taste mainly apricot. The tea also brews up an apricot-color which is lovely to behold.

Following my post-ultramarathon move plan, during which I am attempting to recuperate from an extraordinarily grueling two months, I prepared a large tetsubin of this tea using a very generous-sized infusion basket. One nice thing about using a tetsubin is that on a cold day like today (my new landlord appears already to have turned off the heat in anticipation of summer, though the temperature dipped down to 32F last night!), even just-boiled water is immediately cooled by ten or more degrees. Of course, the temperature is not as crucial for white as for green tea anyway, but it simplifies matters on the preparation front.

I like Gemini as a hot fruity tea with more fruity than tea taste and aroma. I generally find that white tea becomes the tofu of teas when combined with other elements, since its flavor is far more delicate than just about anything else. The fruit does taste natural and not overwhelmingly strong, as is often the case with artificially flavored blends.

Flavors: Stonefruits

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Thanks again to CharlotteZero for sending me samples of all of her Heritage Gourmand teas!

Wow, my taste buds must be way off, I could have sworn that there was strawberry in this tea! Am I the only person who has found that? As soon as I opened the bag, the smell of strawberry was overwhelming. There were chunks of fruit in it that looked pink so I assumed they were strawberries, but much to my surprise, they were apples!

This tea tastes mostly like strawberry to me. I am also getting the buttercream, but not much pastry. I really like it, and while I was drinking it I was thinking how great it was that they went with a flavoured macaron instead of just plain because most of the teas would have tasted too similar in this line. But boy was I wrong. Oh well, it tastes like a strawberry macaron to me and I like it!

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drank Lemon Soleil by Adagio Teas
463 tasting notes

So I’ve tried this one hot, cold brewed and now as an iced tea. Of the three methods this tea taste best iced. Most of the bite at the end of the sip is gone, and the bit of bitterness that remains is not entirely unpleasant. I did add an ample amount of simple syrup to my glass which heightens the lemon flavor, but that flavor is definitely artificial. It’s alright, but I won’t order it again. I’ll be happier making iced tea from a high quality Ceylon and adding lemon slices.

I did bump my rating up a few points because this is much, much better iced than hot.

Iced 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Hanalei by Lupicia
431 tasting notes

Mmmm, banana runts iced tea. Lol! I do love Hanalei though, and the amazing shave ice over macadamia nut ice cream you can get there! Man, I need to get back to Kauai!!

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I’ve had this before (ordered a sample with my last Harney box…), but was very delicate with the steeping, after hearing from ifjuly that this could be a bit tricky. I liked it very much that way (steeped 4 minutes at about 185°F), but wanted to see what it was like done how Harney recommends…
Before I get there, I need to say that I love how this tea smells… it’s like no other tea I’ve tried (admittedly, I’ve got LOTS more to try…). The heady honey aroma is really my thing…
Anyway, to the ‘full throttle’ tasting… My first sip and I knew I couldn’t drink this on its own. That’s ok; I was expecting it. Wayyyyyy too strong for me. So, doing what I never do, I reached for the milk and sugar, and adding that to the cup turned it into the most comfy, interesting sweetened tea I’ve had. The astringency was toned down to exactly how I like it in a milk/sugar tea (when I drink them, which isn’t very often….).
While I wouldn’t order a full tin of this, it’s something I’d want in my cupboard for those moments, however seldom they may be, when I’m looking for a milk tea.
So, I’m rating it based on that…. it’s a finicky tea, and needs to be played around with, but when I get it where I like it, I love it. :)

Flavors: Honey

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

phew, glad you have ways to make it palatable! and it’s cool i’m not the only one who loves the aroma! so overpowering, mm. i should try your hacks!


Oh, the aroma!!!
Yeah, I’m not one to usually go for the milk and sugar (which is funny, because that’s the only way I used to drink tea), but it made this cup amazing. I think I’ll just keep tacking on a sample of it whenever I have to restock my Harney. :)
Was thinking of you this morning…sent something your way (just really little, but I wanted to send you a ‘mail hello!’).
I hope your weekend is lovely!!!!!


it’s cool to know i’m not the only one who does that! (some of harney’s super luxe greens i could never afford a tin of, when it’s warm out i stick a sample in when i’m ordering anyway…)

that is super sweet of you to send me a hullo the good old fashioned way. :D i can’t for the life of me remember what it was we were talking about recently, some tea you thought sounded interesting, and i said i could shoot you some to try…if you think of what it was, let me know. i am due to send you some tea stuff, i reckon.

it’s so lovely having you here. i know i keep saying that but it’s ‘cause it’s true. (:


You are never due to send me tea stuff…. never! I’ll owe you ‘til I’m grey as Sophia (which is actually more white—Dorothy is more grey)….Nevermind. That could be too soon; you should’ve seen my hair before I dyed it yesterday. lol

And it’s super lovely being here with you :)

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Lupicia
598 tasting notes

I’ve never had a sweet potato pie or casserole, so I really couldn’t tell you how this ranks up with the real thing.

But it is a good cup of tea, so there’s that.

It has a sweet starchy quality, and tastes like caramelized sweet potato and honey. There’s a mild amount of creaminess in the cup, as well. And even with the all the flavors coming through, the tea does as well. I don’t always like Lupicia’s black base, but I think it went really well with this one. The astringency in the cup just slightly reminds me of a starchy dryness.

I remember trying Adagio’s Sweet Potato pie waaaay back when it first came out, and I unfortunately can’t remember much about it. I don’t recall it being this sweet,but iI’m not necessarily comfortable making comparisons.

Thanks for the sample Dustin!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Short review since im on my mobile excuse any typos or conversely auto correct edits, really sweet and vegital when cold brewed it produces a sweet smooth taste of a veggie medley, hot brewed it is unmistakably green peas and super sweet crisp green peas at that. Leaves and bud super high quality, some teas I actually do NOT prefer first flush or pre qing ming but this tea I believe is perfectly suited duenton its sweet light profile. If it last me until the summer I will look forward to making refreshing iced tea with maybe a squeeze of lemon.

Flavors: Nuts, Peas

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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It seems they can’t all be winners. This one was far too hibiscus-happy for me. I plan on trying again with a shorter steeping time, since I went at the mid-steeping point suggested.

Or perhaps I’ll try it iced. I did order 50g, so I have plenty to experiment with.

Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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Thanks CharlotteZero for sending me samples of all your heritage gourmand teas! You are AWESOME!

I’ve been wanting to try these for a long time and was just going to take the plunge and order, but CharlotteZero was kind enough to send me samples so I didn’t have to order blindly.

To be honest, as much as I wanted them to live up to my expectations that I had going in, I was also kind of hoping they would be a complete disappointment, as six 100g tins of this tea would cost me $270 CAD. My expectations were so high that I was actually anticipating that I would be somewhat disappointed.

But, oh my god is this tea f’n delicious! I guess I’m jumping the gun a bit because I’ve only tried this one and Financier, but I would make an order just for this tea. I didn’t know what a Cannele was, but I looked it up and this tea tastes exactly how I imagined a Cannele would taste. You can taste the custardy inside of the pastry and the carmelized outside. This is heaven and the cup is gone. Hopefully this isn’t goodbye.


Aww it sounds soooo good. Curse you, MF! For being so far away and $$$

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