2403 Tasting Notes


Ok, so I quite literally had a dream about this tea pretty recently and that meant that I kind of had to make a cup of it. You don’t dream about a tea (in a good way) and do nothing about it…

Thankfully, this cup (despite the fact I’m drinking the last half of it cold) lives up to my “dream cup” in flavour. It has sweet cranberry, and a smooth nuttiness, and loads of vanilla; and it’s just so rich and wonderful overall. This still reigns supreme as my favourite H&S blend!

Also, you all have to watch this video:


Too freaking cute!

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drank Tiramisu Oolong by 52teas
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I’ve meant to try this for a couple days now, but sleep keeps derailing my tea drinking. Finally I made a cup of this for the afternoon, though – along with even more breakfast food! Cookie and Cream oatmeal; mmm!

I should mention I’ve only had Tiramisu a couple times, none of them recent. However, every time I have had it, I’ve really, really enjoyed it. That was a huge part of why I wanted to try this; the other part being I’ve never had one of Frank’s oolong blends and I was curious to try one. This had been on my wishlist for some time though, and I had mostly given up on tasting it – but then of course I was totally surprised by Dexter3657 who kindly added a really generous sample into a package she sent me!

So now that this is steeped up; I think it’s pretty fanastic! I absolutely get the flavour of tiramisu from this – to the point where I think I’d be able to blindly guess that’s what this is supposed to be. There’s coffee, and cream, and chocolate, and that spongey liquor soaked cakey goodness! And, for the first time I think maybe ever, I really feel like the marshmallow root is actually adding something to the tea. Usually, for me, marshmallow root gets pretty lost in translation…

Even better, while the flavouring in this is pretty divine, the oolong can hold its own too! Yum! It actually makes me really anxious to break into my sample of Caramel Apple Oolong, also from 52Teas, to see if that one is as amazingly yummy, though that wasn’t part of the line up of teas I made for myself today, so I’ll probably hold off on it…

Thank you Dexter3657 – this was a great treat today, and I look forward to the remaining cups I have left (don’t worry Cavo, I’m still sending you some too).


You never know who has what lurking in their cupboard, and I don’t mind sharing when I can. Glad you enjoyed it!! :))


Just curious why you marked it “not recommended”?

Sounds yummy.

Roswell Strange

Whoops – it’s supposed to be marked as recommended! Going back and editing that now…

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Ok, now this cup is hitting all the right notes!

I really wish this wasn’t discontinued – I’d totally buy a full tin of this. It’s honestly the best black based rootbeer tea I’ve had, ever – and I think I’ve tried a fair number of them at this point. The rootbeer is clear and tasty, and the vanilla “float” part; oh, the vanilla “float” part…

There’s something magical about it; it’s thick and creamy and rich and perfect. This is exactly what I needed today, I just didn’t know it until I’d had a sip…

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Ok, apparently I lied last night – when I went to measure out what I thought would be a sipdown it turned out I still had enough leaf left for one more cup, so I’ll finish this one off tomorrow most likely, for realsies.

Anyway, while this is certainly a step up from last night’s botched disaster – I still feel like this is kind of a let down for me. I mean, I get most of the tasting notes others are describing; spices like cinnamon, baked bread or pastry, a nuttiness, maybe a touch of butter – but regardless of that, this just seems a little bland. For my tastes, I think I’d like it better if it was richer. And all that said, there’s still something alarmingly familiar about it; I swear I’ve had another tea practically identical to this (but I want to say better, even though I can’t place what I’m reminded of).

It always sucks when you don’t love a Steepster favourite.

Oh well, like I said I still have one more cup so maybe that cup will really surprise me and turn my opinion around!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Nuts


its OK if you dont love it. can i suggest 1/2 tsp of maple syrup? to bring out the flavs. also as it cools the flavors become bolder.


To each her own :)


Aw, at least you got to try it. Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake from S&V somewhat reminded me of Brioche. Maybe that’s what you’re thinking of?


Not my favorite either! You’re not alone!!

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I’ve awoken from my deep slumber and now I want nothing but cup after cup of tea and delicious breakfast food, such as the poptarts I’m currently devouring.

I made this up as a matcha soda since A) we’re out of milk again and B) when I opened my matcha box in the freezer all I could smell was this one, despite it being double bagged. It was delicious enough that I instantly switched my decision of having Watermelon soda to making this one.

Prepared the usual way; except this time I didn’t add sugar because my right leg is all crampy, and I didn’t want to have to strain it getting the sugar out of the top shelf of the cupboard. You know what though? This still tastes AMAZING – it doesn’t need the sugar one bit to have an intense, yummy flavour.

Mmm! Perfect start to my morning/afternoon.

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown (178/180)!

This is backlogged from last night/afternoonish (sometime in the two hour time period I managed to wake up from my deep sleep, before collapsing back into it).

Well Birthday Cake, it’s been a rollercoaster of a ride – and you will always be a significant tea to me because you were my introduction to loose leaf tea, the first cup of loose leaf I ever tried, and this tin I’m finishing off was the oldest tea I happened to have in my cupboard. However, tastes change and lately you just haven’t sparkled as much as you did in the past.

At least I discovered you’re a fair bit better cold brewed (sorry for getting you hooked, VariaTEA) because that made these last few cups more enjoyable – and at least we’re not departing on bad terms anymore; just neutral terms. I feel like I’ve accomplished quite a lot in sipping you down though, and it’s a good feeling. Furthermore I’m excited that I’ve freed up your tin space and can now fill this tin with DT’s Creme Brulee which, in my books, is SO much better!

Flavors: Vanilla

Iced 8 min or more 5 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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Well, I made this in my timolino for work – but then when I got home I fell asleep for a straight seven hours (just like I did yesterday), so when I cracked the timolino open to try this highly raved about tea, it was stone cold…

I’m not really getting a ton of flavour from this now that it’s cold; maybe some cinnamon in the mid sip, and a little more of a baked bread kind of vibe in the aftertaste. It’s really disappointing, actually – I feel like I’m totally missing out on something that’s supposed to be so good!

I have enough leaf left from the sample that Courtney gave me to give this one more try tomorrow; fingers crossed I don’t fuck it up!

For now – leaving this ratingless…


If something, for some reason, goes wrong with the second cup, I just bought another 3.5 oz so I will have PLENTY to share.


Phew! I didn’t find this one travelling exceptionally well, but I do hope the next cup works out for you. I can always send more. :)


I really like this one – I hope you have better luck next time! It happens.

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I cold brewed this over night (for six hours) and brought it to work with me, though because I went home a few hours early I didn’t end up drinking it until the walk home.

Basically, my wisdom teeth were acting up and everyone could see I was visibly in pain, so because it was so slow today (Sunday’s are always slow) and there were two other keyholders there, I had the OK to leave early. Now I’m at home highly medicated on pain killers. Welp.

This was ok as a cold brew; the pineapple definitely came across. However, it’s much better hot; for whatever reason I didn’t get any of the lovely spongey cake when it was cold. Soon I’ll be out, so I’m definitely noting this so I don’t make the mistake of cold brewing the last of it!

Now back to more Vince Vaughn movies…

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Recently, I bought 50g of this which I’m splitting 50/50 with VariaTEA – I hadn’t tried it before, but she said I’d like it so I took the plunge since it was pretty affordable, and I’m not going to be stuck with a ton if I don’t.

At Tea Desire, in store, when you smell the teas they use this elaborate fan set up to waft the smell towards you (instead of smelling directly like you can at a DAVIDsTEA) – because of this, the scents usually aren’t so strong – so when I get an overwhelming smell of one of the teas, that’s typically a good indicator for me. This was one of those blends that just smelled intensely good; pure walnuts! And you’d hope so, right? The dry leaf is LITTERED with giant, whole walnut halves.

Now that it’s steeped up; it smells really nice – definitely walnut, maybe kind of “maple” like, and with aspects of something chocolatey. Even though none of those things are inherently related to it, I’m kind of reminded of Christmas. Hmmm…

Now that I’m drinking it; it is really good! VariaTEA knows my tastes so well; this really does perfectly capture the flavour of walnuts. Though is there really no chocolate in this? It’s not in the ingredients list, but man is it in the flavour. How peculiar. It almost reminds me of Tea Desire’s Oreo Cookie – but I think this is better. Also, echoing my ingredient confusion; there’s apple in this!? Totally doesn’t come through in the taste. Oh well; the walnut shines marvelously, and that’s really all that matters, right?

This is much better than the Walnut Orange I have from Tea Desire (which is what I was hoping); that blends captures the flavour of Walnut brilliantly too, but the orange completely and utterly detracts from it.

And now, I think I’m going to have a Vince Vaughn “Mini Marathon” and watch The Internship and Delivery Man – I’ve been dying to see them both for ages now.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts


YAY!! I am glad you liked it. It is pretty tasty and I definitely got chocolate as well.

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drank Genmaicha by RiverTea
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Sipdown (179/181)!

Well, sort of a sipdown. I made a cup for myself to help settle my stomach after gorging on supper (it was the first home cooked meal I’d had since the Grand Opening of the new store last week – and man did I take advantage of that), and then I tossed the rest of the sample into VariaTEA’s growing swap package!

I know she, too, wants to try as much Genmaicha as she can – so I figured I’d share since RiverTea samples are so generous anyway.

This is good, though! I mean, there’s nothing shockingly special about it, but it’s still good. I think this cup is leaning a bit more to the vegetal side, and personally I like my Genmaicha to lean towards the toasty rice, so I wouldn’t order this in any quantity – but it’s still enjoyable.


Oh dear. Something tells me that giving you time with the package was a bad idea.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a nearly twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchablah, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually a little over a year ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious, serious obsession.

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends, but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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