284 Tasting Notes

Whoa, the leaves are HUGE, I thought it was an oolong at first glance. The leaves are long and dark chocolate brown in colour. I kinda eyeballed the measurements and used up half the sample and less water than I normally would, maybe about 6 oz.

Lightly malty with a lot raisin notes and honey. I thought I picked up on some grains, I guess that might be the bread notes coming through. It’s sweet and fruity, but I mostly taste raisins.

Tasty tea for a miserable rainy day. While good, perhaps not something I would feel the need to keep in my cupboard, but I certainly wouldn’t turn a cup away. Sample came my way from the generous Cameron B. Thank You!


Hope your day un-miserable’d itself!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
284 tasting notes

I bought this last year, and wasn’t thrilled with it. Tried it again this year, and still not wow’d by it. Seems heavy on the cinnamon to me. I like Pumpkin Patch waaaay better.

Off to the Wal-Mart. It’s near a David’s tea, so maybe I’ll redeem my points.

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This is one of those days where I would happily sit/lie on the couch and do absolutely nothing. Other people in the household have different ideas about what is actually going to happen today (shopping at Wal-Mart) :( Assam to the rescue! A bit of heft to it – it’s so nice and malty. I did get a touch bitterness as the cup cooled, but still very drinkable.

Sample provided by looseTman – thank you!

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Well, no surprises here. Tastes sweet and creamy. I’m surprised at the how strong the root beer flavour is for a tea, and it oddly works! If I still drank soda it would be root beer, but since I don’t I can satisfy any cravings with this tea.

Thanks for the sample, Lala! Yums!


Root beer is the one soda I can’t give up, even though drinking stuff with bubbles makes me feel so terrible and pukey.


Yeah, they’re pretty harsh on me too :(


Funny you brought that up…we ate out last night and I drank the first root beer I’ve had in…a year? Barq’s. Pretty tasty!

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Another delicious sample Cameron B.

This is surprisingly light and honey sweet. I’m not getting the sweet potato, but I’m going for steep 2, maybe it’ll show up then. I really enjoyed how light this was, very different from another Tan Yang that I tried from another company. The other one, to me, was deeper in flavour and very malty. Both are very tasty in their own way.

Definitely will purchase on my next order from Teavivre. Thanks Cameron B!!

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
284 tasting notes

This is different. I was intrigued by the thyme, and wondered how that would fare in a tea. I get mostly the herby flavour of the thyme. The peach to me is more of a scent than a flavour, but there is a whisper of the peach hiding in the background.

I think this would make an interesting iced tea, but I don’t have enough to test that theory. It’s pretty good, and am glad I got a chance to try it. Thanks for sample Cameron B!

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drank Bancha by Harney & Sons
284 tasting notes

When I sniffed the packet, to me it was more nori than grassy. I’m ok with that. Nori = good, in my books. I started off with a one minute steep, I find 30 s too light in flavour.

Taste, I get the grassy notes that other people found, but I also found a touch of nori and brussel sprouts at the end of the sip.

Second steep I let go for about 2 minutes and I found more bitter vegetables with some hay notes thrown in.

I like this quite a bit and will probably order bancha in the future. Thanks to Cameron B. for providing the delicious sample.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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Hey tea peeps!! Things look different here. I’ve been away from site for a while. I got sick with a cold, but it surprisingly went away fairly quickly (thanks for the fresh ginger tea idea, boychik !, worked like a charm). Then I really amped up my workout routine, and was left with little time to slurp tea. I’m hoping to rectify that, and try to find some sort of happy medium.

This tea tastes exactly how it’s called. Notes of root beer followed up with butter. Sounds weird, but tastes really good! Thanks for the sample, Lala! Am enjoying this one!


I’m so happy it worked for you;)

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I woke up with a cold this morning :( I felt it coming on yesterday evening. So I’m having this to help soothe and feel better. I remember this having more of a ginger bite the first time I had it, but I probably can’t taste it properly from the cold. Added honey, and it’s comforting.

No sense drinking the good stuff until it’s gone.

Happy Monday.


I hope you feel better soon!


I highly recommend fresh ginger thinly sliced w/honey. But dont put it in a hot tea. I read somewhere that we should not put honey in hot water, just on a side;) last week my kids and hubby were cured by fresh ginger. Feel better


Fresh ginger tea sounds like a great plan :) A friend’s mother makes it all the time, and it is really delicious.


Hmm…essential teas that belong in everyone’s “medicine cabinet” … ginger, peppermint, raspberry leaf for us girls, tulsi… (I’m tellin’ ya, those mountain grannies knew what they were doing!)


Noo, that’s too bad. I hope you feel better soon!


Feel better soon, take good care and drink warming tea! :-)


Thank you for the well wishes everyone :)


I agree that you should keep the good stuff till u get better

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I drank this almost right after drinking the sencha. That was amistake. It did not go down well at first. But then I ate breakfast and tried another round. Much better tasting! From the name I was expecting smoke, but I got an earthy vegetable flavour, and no smoke. Maybe I should stop expecting gunpowder to have a smoky flavour.

It’s a good tea if you don’t drink it right after a sweet buttery tea. I’ll re-visit this one when it’s the first tea of the day, and provide a better review. Thanks for the sample, Cameron B!


I love this tea too. I usually get the stuff by twinings

Erik Dabel

Mmmmm gunpowder green is one of my favorites. Red Blossom also makes a great one. The name gunpowder comes from its shape, it’s rolled into small pellets resembling black powder. No smoke, just big taste!


Aaahhh. Makes sense now :)


it tastes smokey to me :P and i like it

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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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