532 Tasting Notes


I finally had the rest of this sample from the generous Cavocorax – you know, i liked it even more the second time around.

If it wasn’t so hard (read: pricy) for a Canadian to buy from Adagio, I’d consider adding a small amount to a future order! It’s definitely interesting and a unique blend of flavours.




I thought they had $7 shipping to Canada now… or am I imagining things? :)


I just placed an order last week and the shipping was $11? They use basic ground shipping now with no tracking, which is totally fine with me. It ships from New Jersey so it’s not a long wait either. IF you ever do want to place an order, it’s really easy to get a $5 coupon for your first order (someone can send you a code – just fb me or anyone else!). After that, you get points for each order and for each review and at $100 you can redeem that for $5 or $10 off (not sure what). It’s not great, but it helps counter the shipping! Also, sending friends the first time coupons gets you points too. >__>


Oh awesome! I had no idea. That’s good news!

Man I would have a hard time choosing!

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Received this as a sample from The Tea Spot…. it seemed like it was tasty but unfortunately the sample was so scant that I couldn’t even make a normal sized cup out of it, I felt like it could have been stronger. To my tastes, anyway.

It seemed raisiny and malty and a good strong breakfast tea, from what I could gather. I would love to find a good breakfast tea to stock.

I can’t really rate this because I felt like I didn’t have enough tea for a satisfying cup!

Would like to try again sometime with more!

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Saved this from a TTB in the summer, for my pu-erh tasting adventures.

Honestly I can’t really recall any difference between this and any other. I’m quite sure though that I prefer the Mandala ones I’ve tried. Even though they still just taste like pu-erh to me, no delicious chocolate notes or anything of the sort.

This was strong, I brewed it western style for a minute or so for a few infusions, and always with milk. I’m not a SUPER puerh fan yet. But i’m trying!

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Oddly enough I got no strawberries out of this, only apples.

I don’t like apple flavouring very much, so I didn’t love this. Perhaps my tastebuds are messed up.

I also cannot recall where I got this! Courtney perhaps??

Happy to have tried it though!

Weird, apple.

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Got a sample of this one from Miss B!

I didn’t find the flavours super strong, they didn’t punch me in the face or anything, but I realize that is probably typical of “scented” french teas.

I have this mission to try as many French teas as possible. Though I can’t afford to buy online and I don’t seem to be able to find them at my local Winners or Homesense stores like some other lucky people.

Perhaps someday France will be on my travel menu!

I found this relaxing and enjoyable to drink. Not my favourite one so far, but nice. It kind of ended up like a random blend of unnameable fruits to me. Ah well :) Glad to have tried it!!

I liked Velours Nacre better though!

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drank Assam by The Tea Spot
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Got a sample of this from The Tea Spot. I drank it this summer, lol. So yeah, this is a very late review.

I had it for breakfast everyday when I was visiting my cousins’ cottage for a week in August, on the beach with my baby. My actual baby. Not like, a romantic thing.

It was delicious in the mornings with milk. A good strong cup and I usually had two steeps out of it. I honestly can’t quite remember if it was super flavourful, but I did enjoy it.

Assams are usually tasty to me!
So, there you have it! Just reviewed it so I’ll remember having tried it :)

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Bought a sample of this because it intrigued me.

Sometimes I like teas with roses in them, i ALWAYS love LB, and I usually enjoy Earl Greys. So I figured this might be good.

Once I smelled it dry I wasn’t quite sure, though it was really pretty to look at.

It ended up being pretty tasty though! The flavours seem to work really well together. I will have some more steeps of my sample tomorrow for sure, this is not one to use once and throw away!

I would consider buying some, but it’s not a MUST HAVE for me or anything.

None of the flavours seem to overpower the others, though the main thing I taste is LB, which is probably why i enjoyed it so much.

The next thing I notice is the bergamot, but it’s not overwhelming. The roses are pretty faint, which is probably a good thing because a super floral tea can be too intense for me.

Overall, enjoyed this one!

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a to go cup of this when I was at the mall with my mom a week or two ago, and I was pretty impressed. You know how they always leave the bag in? Well it didn’t seem to get disgustingly strong so I didn’t bother taking it out. Only towards the end I was getting a bit too much apple for my taste – but I dislike strongly flavoured apple things.

So all in all I enjoyed it so when i was back yesterday I decided to get 25gr.

It smells amazingly creamy, and tastes the same! It is very light, but will do well as an herbal option in my cupboard. I was surprised to see coriander as an ingredient, I can’t smell it or taste it whatsoever (good!).

Time will tell if I buy anymore, but I am surely going to enjoy the small amount I bought!

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drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought 25g of this based on the smell. I figured it couldn’t hurt to have another herbal, but when I got home I saw that it was oolong. Not that I mind.

I have never had baklava so I’m not sure what this is meant to taste like. I was hoping for more rose and honey notes to spring out, but to me, it honestly tastes a lot like sleigh ride, or a way less delicious version of forever nuts.

It’s just like a cinnamon spicy fruity nut tea that I’ve had before in some other incarnation.

Nothing bad, but I wouldn’t buy more :)

I wish they would have done some kind of gingerbread cookie tea instead!

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Thanks to MissB I finally got to try this one! I really enjoyed it!
It kind of tastes like a cookie. Sweet, almondy. I would love to have more to really overleaf so that I could make the flavours pop.


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So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.


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