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drank Black & Green by Tetley
1801 tasting notes

This is turning into my go-to for a post-lunch pick-me-up. Just decent black tea with a little sharpness from the green that makes it a happy cup.

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drank Mocha Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1015 tasting notes

Sipdown. Finished the rest in a chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie with raspberries so I couldn’t even taste the matcha. I’d rather buy more RLT flavoured matcha than get this again. But maybe I’ll try DAVID’s other flavoured matches anyway.

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David’s tea has 3 jasmine green teas:

Silk Dragon Jasmine- $7.75/50 grams
Dragon Pearls: $14.50/50grams
Butterfly Jasmine: $19.75/grams

Currently I own a little of each as I love jasmine green tea and want to compare them. Along with this tasting note I am doing a side-by-side comparison of Dragon Pearls so go to that entry if you want my take on it :).

2 Years ago (when I was starting to get into tea) I had rated this an 85. I am a lot better at picking up subtleties in green tea so I decided to delete my old tasting note and re-review this tea.

This tea is fussy. It requires lower temp water than the other green jasmine teas (which is strange because you would think the expensive ones would be more delicate) probably due to the fact that the leaves are small bits and not whole in like the other ones. I actually made this tea twice before reviewing it because I used 175 F water instead of 160 F and slightly over leafed the first time and it turned bitter. the second time I used 160 F water and was careful about the leaves yet it still went a little bitter. I pretty much have to keep the steeping time a minute or less because the leaves this tea has is closer to what you would find in bagged tea and therefore goes bitter FAST. As for the jasmine flavour it’s only there a little bit-not nearly as much as the other jasmine teas.

Overall I still like this tea but it’s no where near the quality of the other 2 teas. This tea would serve great as a tea to make in my timolino while rushing out the door before work and I can sip on somewhat mindlessly. The thing about the other Jasmine teas is that they are so nice I personally think they should be enjoyed slowly while enjoying ever sip- not just mindlessly gussling it while doing work.

Flavors: Grass, Jasmine

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I think this is the one I ordered, just going by the picture because the only description I could find for the tea I ordered was “yunnan dian hong”. I’ve actually had this a few times now but was always too lazy to find the supplier name again, so never rated it.

The dry leaves are long and straight, unlike most yunnan black teas I’ve tried. The tea itself was also a bit unexpected for me. There’s a rich bread/honey taste, and less cocoa than other yunnan blacks. Definitely enjoying this now, and looking forward to the re-steep.

yyz

This one is definitely intensely sweet to me too. I’m glad you are enjoying it.

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drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
5785 tasting notes

I’m logging this one here, even though i’m drinking the Jardin du The version from missB The teas are similar so i don’t feel the need to create a new entry for this one time log :) I’m not a fan of this one. I can clearly taste the blergamot AND the rose petals…making it everything i don’t need in a tea lol. That being said, i’m glad to confirm that, as i had my suspicions in reading the descriptions lol

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drank Lèvres Épicées by Jardin du Thé
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Another from MissB this one is a green/black blend. I am finding this one to have a floral presence….i get a little of the cardamom but it’s largely orange, fruity and floral. There’s a bit of a spice note there too but it’s very subtle. At least it’s not drowning in rose :)

Thanks for the share MissB!

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mmmm this has been a great tea this morning. This is a strong flavourful tea on the first few infusions – slight woody taste to it but not overly strong. Mostly smooth and comforting for me. I’d be curious to compare this against the other grades they offer. This one was exactly what i needed this morning though. Some earthy notes to this but subtle and generally just a happy place. Not helpful i know, but i’d reorder this one in future so i’m super thankful to Wymm tea for providing the opportunity to try this one out. If the tea changes remarkably, i’ll edit my note again as i want to have a few more infusions of this one after a little break. :)

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Glad you enjoyed it Sil!:-) we recommend steeping the first graede fairly quick, rule of thumb is to achieve the ‘wine’ colour. Let us know how you like the other grade Shou as well too!

Sil

my other two samples are sheng so i won’t be able to compare but i may just need to place an order and get a few once my cupboard is down a little

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GCTTB i wanted to revisit this one and i’m glad i did as i’m not finding it to be nearly the delicious treat i thought it was back a while ago. Still a decent cup but nothing i NEED to restock, which is better for my wallet because of the stupid dollar sigh

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stupid, stupid dollar. It makes it easier to avoid temptation at least… (but I like being tempted)

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So, so true Cavo. Though I’m looking forward to tasting what this seasons Fujian blacks will be like. Hopefully less grainy than last years.

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drank Dragon Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
158 tasting notes

David’s tea has 3 jasmine green teas:

Silk Dragon Jasmine- $7.75/50 grams
This one: $14.50/50grams
Butterfly Jasmine: $19.75/grams

Currently I own a little of each as I love jasmine green tea and want to compare them. Along with this tasting note I am doing a side-by-side comparison of Silk Dragon Jasmine so go to that entry if you want my take on it :).

This tea is closer to Butterfly Jasmine than Silk Dragon Jasmine by far. Like Butterfly, the leaves are rolled up into little bundles that unvravel as they steep, which is quite pretty. The tea is light and the jasmine is prominent, but I find that Butterfly Jasmine has a stronger Jasmine flavour than this one. Still, this is a very close substitute and what you save money wise makes up for a slight loss of flavour. I’m still going to rate this a little less than Butterfly because I do think Butterfly Jasmine is the best out of the three, but this one isn’t far behind.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
49 tasting notes

Sipdown, so bye-bye White Christmas, it’s been great! Despite the atrocious amount of white stuff on the ground (and apparently more to come – ugh!), it IS March and Christmas is indeed very much over, so I feel OK about saying goodbye to this one until the holidays come round again. Excellent tea – now please can Spring get started already???

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I’m finishing off this sample and wondering why I didn’t rate it the first time I tried it. Maybe I just couldn’t think of much to say about it, which is sort of the problem I’m having now. It’s a rich, malty black tea? There’s a flavour note here that I just can’t identify, boo. It’s good, but I don’t feel the need to acquire more of it.

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I’ve been steeping this for a second time the past few days. During this second steep I’ve been adding a bit of dried cocount to the leaf with some pleasing results. The coconut flavour doesn’t quite shine though but you do get a nice mouth feel from the coconut oil that blooms. I find I am enjoying it.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve always been primarily a flavored-tea girl, but the more quality straight black teas I try, the more I find myself craving them. This one is divine! The dry leaf is gorgeous: super thin, twisty leaves in variegated black and gold. The scent is rich and malty. Brewed, it’s a gorgeous reddish brown with a silky smooth mouth feel and so much flavor! I’m definitely tasting sweet potato and honey, but there’s also a bit of a caramel note to the aftertaste. And – just to make a good thing even better – this is one of those teas you can keep re-steeping all day long and still get amazing flavor in each cup. This one is right up there with Whispering Pines’ Golden Snail as the best black tea I’ve ever tasted!

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea!! I forgot I had a big bag of this tea, and as I am earnestly cutting out all caffeine (had some crazy anxiety this week, including a panic attack..could also be related to time of month..) this tea will be back in my repertoire for a while. Man I realized I have only about 20 herbals of my mass number of teas! I might have to break my hiatus to restock some..ugh how I will miss my caffeine, but until I get my anxiety sorted out, this is how it will have to be.

Anyways, this tea is as delicious as ever, maybe it benefited from ageing? Buttery, lemony goodness. Smooth and tasty. Yum. I am happy I rediscovered this tea in my cupboard :D see previous notes!

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

How have I not had this iced before?! Delicious.

As I suspected, cold really brings out the tartness and hibiscus in this. Fortunately I’m not a huge hibiscus hater. The berry notes are more subtle when cold. Did choose to add some agave but probably could’ve gotten through it without. Overall very refreshing. I’ve only got enough left for one more cup and I’ll have a tough decision between hot and iced.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
135 tasting notes

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To me this tea is a cross between a ripe puerh, a raw puerh, and a roasted oolong. That is the best way I can describe it. It’s not as good as a good Chinese puerh but it’s decent, very different. Not sure what notes I am getting here, definitely not stonefruits as in the writeup on Steepster. More like tobacco I think. I didn’t use the recommended infusion time of 4 min as I never infuse puerh that long.

I brewed this twice in a 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec each time.

Flavors: Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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