284 Tasting Notes

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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drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
284 tasting notes

I finally opened one of my tea’s from iheart teas. I keep looking at all the tea’s I have stashed in my cupboards, and keep thinking, I should probably slurp those up before opening a new bag. I couldn’t resist.

There is a slight astringency to this tea. I may have infused a tad longer than I should have. But the light notes of caramel and vanilla still come through. This is not overly sweet like other caramel tea’s I have tried. Next brew I will add some type of sweetener to see if I can pull out more of the vanilla and caramel.

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
284 tasting notes

I probably chose a bad time to drink this tea…it’s late evening, but I decided to go for it anyway, and I’m glad I did.

The brewed aroma of this tea smells just like my morning cup of java, a rich and robust aroma. The brew itself looks like coffee.

Ahhh, the first sip was glorious creamy, caramel coffee. This is good. It may not replace my morning coffee (I need that java jolt), but it definitely can replace the mid-morning cup. I just may have to buy some of this to keep at work.

Thanks to the generous Dexter3657 for a sample of this brew!! YUM!!


Glad you like it. I LOVE this tea. Even with all the amazing straight pu’erhs I’ve tried lately, there is a place for this in my cupboard.


I love the coffee aroma and taste.

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I got this tea in a fantastic swap with Dexter3657 – thank you for your generosity!!

So far I’ve done two steeping of this, and I’m thinking I can get a couple more out of the leaves.

This is quite tasty. It has a toasted mineral quality that it easy on the palate. These roasted/toasted oolongs have a comfort aspect that make them so enjoyable.


Hey scribbles does your tung ting actually look like a balled oolong as the picture suggests? I ordered some from tealux and it looks more like a dancong wirey brown leaf. I think they sent me the wrong tea even though it is marked as the tung ting


Hi…my sample looks like the photo…balled oolong. Hope they fix that for you soon.

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I got this tea from JustJames quite some time ago – thank you!!

I thought I would try this one as a hot and cold brew. I messed up. I didn’t have enough leaf to do both. The hot brew had a slight tartness to it, but it wasn’t overpowering. The cold brew didn’t work out at all – but it was completely my fault.

I can’t properly review or rate this tea, ’cos I messed up. :(


oh no! i did that with a sample from 52teas. sigh.


wait, wait…. you can do a cold steep with them still….. that stuff was high test. it should work. maybe add a bit of another tea if you’re worried about strength?


Too late. Leaf is used up :( sighs. Lesson learned.


we need a tardis. then all would be right with the world.

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I brewed this one up not knowing the ingredient list…I got this from the extremely generous JustJames, and am now getting around to sample it. The brewed aroma to me smell like a deep, rich, spicy apple pie. Then I saw the ingredient list and thought…yes, that makes sense.

This is a deep nutty taste that usually accompanies pu’erhs. There is a hint of cinnamon spice, and it is rich, smooth and creamy (I added creamer). This would be a great autumn type of tea, but I am enjoying it immensely now. I will purchase this one with my next Tealux order.

Thanks JustJames…delicious!!

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I do enjoy a well done dessert tea, and Della Terra does dessert tea really well, at least from what I have tried so far. This is no exception.

I am a coffee drinker, and my first beverage of any day is coffee. Always. While this will not replace my morning, it will do for an evening coffee-flavoured treat.

The rooibos is laid back, and the cappuccino note is soft but present. While I saw caramel pieces in the mix, I didn’t seem to taste very much caramel; but it could be that it’s showing up just as a light sweetener.

I like this, and if, no wait…not if, when I place another order, I will keep this in mind. Thanks to Dexter3657 for giving me the opportunity to sample this!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
284 tasting notes

I kept reading about the Laoshan Black, and became increasingly intrigued by the chocolate, honey, and spice description. Due to a generous gift from JustJames, I have a sample of this tea, and finally had to try it. And now I see why everyone just loves this tea. Another fan of this tea has been made.

Rich, deep cocoa flavour, that makes me feel like I am sipping on a decadent chocolate/fudge treat. This is an outstanding tea.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Isn’t it? I avoided Verdant for years, because I was afraid I’d be disappointed, and I can only budget so much for tea. Disappointed – ha! As if. Verdant is a whole new path to tea. I’ve got their Imperial Breakfast Blend on the way and can’t wait.


Am on hiatus right now, but as soon as I am off, this is FIRST order.


I hope they still have Golden Fleece in stock, but may have to break hiatus dir that one, unless is already gone :(


well, hiatus or not i sent you stuff middle of last week. and worst comes to worst i will send you some of my golden fleece if they’re out. both ways you’re covered!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Oooh, Golden Fleece! I have some more coming. Let me know if you end up short, and I’ll send you some, too.


I really appreciate your generous offer!! I’ll probably put in an order soon, but thank you so much. :)

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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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