211 Tasting Notes


This came my from a generous swap with AureliaFish – thank for this awesome tea! There is something about the Yunnan black’s that I really like, and this one is no exception.

It has a rich, full-body quality, with a hint of cocoa and pepper. I forgot to keep an eye on the timing, and may have steeped too long, but I didn’t detect any bitterness. This is really good.

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I got this from Dexter3657 – thank you!!

This has much more flavour than the purple oolong that I have. Mine has no flavour. This, on the other hand, has quite a smoky/charcoal taste to it, that got to me after a while, and became a little too much charcoal. I am only on the first steeping, so maybe the second or third won’t be as smoky.

I won’t give a rating right now…waiting for second infusion to see if I will enjoy it better.

Second steep…still pretty charcoal tasting…I think I will have to take Dexter3657’s advise: rinse and shorter infusions. Still not going to rate it.


Agreed, the first steep was crazy smokey. I liked the second steep better. Next time I may rinse it for 20 sec or so to try and rid the first steep of some of the charcoal taste. Hope you do better with the second steep.


Second steep wasn’t as smoky…I’m going to try shorter infusions next time.


it sounds pretty, and i have this amazing visual…. but i can’t do smoke. i’ll just read your descriptions!

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Dexter3657 sent this my way in an extremely generous swap box…thank you so much!

This is a pleasure to sip. It is a lighter tasting pu’erh than what I have been drinking lately, but definitely delicious. It has a light nutty taste, with just the slightest hint of earthiness. Definitely comforting after a difficult day.

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drank Prickly Pear by Cornelia Bean
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I get to add first note??! I feel stressed just thinking about that!!

Ok, I’ll do it. First, I must thank the ridiculously generous Dexter3657 for sending me this…thank you!!!

The dry leaf is pretty – all chunky fruits and petals and it smells sweet.

It brews up to a light golden colour, and once brewed it is reminiscent of tart flowers. But neither is overbearing. I don’t like tart tea’s usually, but this one is pretty good. The tartness is so light, that it adds to the flavour in a positive way. If the tartness wasn’t present it would be too sweet.I am also getting a hint of pear, which works really well with the tartness.

Dexter3657 was generous with this sample, my next sampling of this will be as cold brew which I think will be fantastic for this particular tea.


Great «first» on this tea :-)


Thank you…the pressure! :) and welcome back!

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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The first time I tried this I had it to go as a hot soy latte, just to see what this matcha was about. I recall my first sip and thinking, I am drinking grass clippings, and oddly enough it doesn’t taste terrible! Now every time I go to David’s I have one to go.

On one of my visits I finally purchased some, and am so glad I did. I just wish I knew that a little goes a long way, because I purchased too much. But after reading some notes, I put some of it in the freezer to keep fresh.

I now drink this every morning. I put 1 or 2 teaspoons in my David’s iced tea to go cup with almond milk and ice. Give it a shake and good to go. I wish I had tried matcha a long time ago, and can’t wait to try other matcha’s.


Glad you like it…Oh, I’ve had baaad sessions with it!! I came to the conclusion that Matcha isn’t for me. (Not a fan of lattes, but I ended up using it in my morning smoothies)

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drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
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Thank you JustJames for a sample tin of this lovely tea! I am liking it. But I am a fan of vanilla.

This is smooth, silky, and creamy. The vanilla adds a touch of sweetness, but not too much. The vanilla is not over-powering, but definitely coming through in flavour.

There’s another tea I have stashed away somewhere in the house that is also a vanilla black tea…I think I prefer this one…the other was a little too subtle for my liking. This one from Silk Road has stronger vanilla flavour which works for me.


You sent me a really nice black bourbon vanilla from Steeped and Infused…….


I have to find it and give it another go…I recall it being a little to subtle…


LOL that’s probably why I liked it, not usually a huge vanilla fan. If it was too subtle for you it was probably perfect for me. :))


YAY! i get brownie points…. we should create a tea named that! lol.


Brownie points tea…hmmm, now you’ve got me thinking of chocolate teas :D


silk road has a famous one of those as well! lol. next swap maybe….

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drank Pu-erh Coconut Cacao by Tealux
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This one came my way from the ever generous Dexter3657.

This is pretty good. Very creamy from the coconut, with a hint of cocoa. I’m not getting any earthiness that can accompany pu’erhs, this is just a smooth, easy sipping tea.

I’m really liking the Tealux pu’erhs, and this one is no exception.

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I had this tea this morning, and finally found a chance to log in to do a tasting note.

From my recall this is absolutely delish. I remember notes of the oolong…mineral, but also the roasty, toasty coconut. I can’t believe I left this one for so long, I think it will become a staple.

I have another coconut oolong in my stash, but I think this one is superior. Will have to re-visit other to compare.

While I was driving to do my weekend errands I still had roasted coconut on my tongue 20 minutes after drinking cup. Not a bad thing.

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I bought this tea specifically to cold brew, although I will try it hot eventually. Just as soon as this heat wave lets up. It has been a brutally hot week.

As a cold brew this isn’t bad, but I didn’t get all the flavours that the name suggests. I tasted spice, so I felt like I was drinking a cold chai-type beverage, which was actaully pretty good. But, I didn’t taste any plum. Maybe it needs to hot brewed then iced to pull out the plum taste.

This tea did give me the idea to try some other tea’s that are spiced as a cold brew to see how that works out.

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drank Lychee Peach by Tealux
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It is stinking hot in TO again, and it ain’t gonna let up ‘til the weekend apparently, so I’ll be drinking a lot of cold brews (tea and other brews) in the next few days.

This comes across quite floral when cold brewed, with a hint of lychee after-taste. I don’t really like floral tea’s, but it so freaking humid, that I don’t care. It’s cold. No peach flavour comes in the cold brew. It’s drinkable, and if the extreme heat keeps up, I’ll probably finish this by the end of the week.

Thanks again to JustJames for this sample.

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

My tea preferences are blacks, pu’erhs, oolongs and greens.



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