530 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
530 tasting notes

Last time I reviewed this I rated it at 70…

I tried it again a while ago (this is a super backlog), and that time I intentionally overleafed. I must say I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around!

It was much maltier, breadier… Super flavorful and delicious.
I have another sample packet or two so I will definitely remember this for the next time.

Bumping my rating up from 70!

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Another old one from Shmiracles!

I’m having a hard time with this, I drank it twice before writing anything, because it’s not easy for me to describe.

I guess if I had to use one word, I’d call it “nondescript”.

I was a bit surprised to see it’s an oolong. My sample was probably a bit crunched up. It would explain some of that roasty/floral aspect.

So, it was smooth and pleasant and subtly fruity, but nothing that really stood out to me.

Another fancy French tea to cross off my list! :)

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I brewed this up again this morning but am still not nearly as in love with it as everyone else seems to be. I get no cocoa notes, I just find it really smoky and spicy and not at all sweet like I prefer my black teas to be. I’m not really getting any malty notes either.

I’m definitely going to give most of this away to someone who appreciates it. I will just keep enough to try a cup every now and again to see if my opinion has changed.

I suppose if you like these sorts of tastes, this would be a spectacular tea!
It’s just too much for me.


This makes me less sad that I can never seem to get my hands on this tea (:


Although this is a blend, for me this tea tastes mostly of Keemun, so if you are not a fan of this type of tea I could see it not being a very good tea.


Did you drink it w/ breakfast? I find some teas are great with the food and not very appealing on their own.


I actually drank it AS breakfast, on an empty stomach. I’m sure it would have been more delicious with a cream cheese bagel to balance it out!


Nattie I could send you a sample if you’d like!

TeaTiff that’s probably what it is…. I don’t think Keemun is really my thing!


i dont drink any tea on empty stomach. makes me nauseous. give it a try with REAL breakfast. Cheese, eggs some pita or crackers,croissant really make such tea shine. Today i had Caravan by A&D, or Red-tailed Hwak, or new Oktoberfest – i cannot take them without anything. but they really complement the breakfast


The only tea i can drink first thing in the morning on empty stomach is shou puerh ;)


you’re not alone — I didn’t love this either


Thanks for the tip Boychik, I will give it a try with some food! Though I never have an issue drinking anything else on an empty stomach :)

Glad to hear, TeaBrat, based on all the reviews I thought I was the only hater!


I would love a sample if you have enough to send some! :D thank you! ^^

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drank White Night by Mandala Tea
530 tasting notes

Finally got around to drinking this sample sent by the kind MzPriss.
I always thought to, but I often boil the kettle before deciding what I want to drink. Which means that whites and greens are out of the question.
That’s backwards, I know.

Anyway, I set out ahead of time to drink this, so I boiled the kettle to the appropriate temperature.

It looked and smelled very interesting in the bag, but alas, just like every other straight white tea I’ve ever tried…. I got nuthin’.

Very mild hay taste. I even overloaded the tea leaves just to make sure I would maximize the flavour potential.

I am very close to concluding that straight white teas are simply not my cup of…tea.

Happy to have tried it though!


too bad..this is the one white tea i rather enjoyed. how long did you brew it for?


You guys both drank this tonight! I was going to ask how it compared to White Rhino.


it’s different. white rhino tastes like a black tea to me…. this one tastes like a sweet white to me

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Another old sample from Shmiracles, though the age (my fault, for hanging on to them for so long) does not dim my appreciation for getting to try these fancy French teas!

This one I can cross off my list. All of MF’s Heritage Gourmand teas sound amazing, but this one didn’t live up to its potential for me.

First, it’s bitter. BITTER. Also, I’ve had macarons in various flavours, and all of them were more delicious than this tea. Last, I didn’t realize it was appley. I dislike apple flavoured things. Who’s ever had an apple macaron anyway? Not moi.

So I’m happy to have one to cross off my list! Since they are bloody expensive teas to covet.


Apple macaron? Weird… (Looool it autocorrects to macaroni, haha!)


Yeah, definitely weird!

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Forcing myself to finally drink up samples of fancy French teas that I’ve had for an embarrassingly long time. This one came from Shmiracles!
I’d like to order some French teas one day so I must drink up to figure out what I love!

This one smells really good in the bag, very juicy. I thought it was a decent berry green tea. It struck me mostly as strawberries. Admittedly, about 3/4 of this was guzzled down cold because the baby woke up shortly after I made my cup. C’est la vie!

Overall, a delicate and enjoyable strawberry green tea, but not one I need to own :)

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So sad.

I made a cup of this the other night, one of my favorite chocolate teas. So delicious.
I ordered 2 oz to refill my little tin…and the reason this is sad is because with every sip I know that I’m getting closer to never drinking it again. Which is why I’m going to make it, and the rest of my Butiki teas, last forever.

But still I will continue to weep into my teacups.

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I’m alive!
I haven’t stopped drinking tea but I guess I haven’t been feeling like reviewing. Winter is coming, though!

Finally got around to trying this, the fancy little linen (?) sachets kindly sent by MissB months ago.

Based on the almonds and floral aspect, I was kind of hoping for something similar to Fauchon’s La Naissance, which I lovvvvvvve.

It is a bit reminiscent but ultimately has a bit of a spicy note that I could live without.

However, that being said, it is a really delicate and tasty tea that I was happy to finally try!

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The always awesome Sil picked this up for me when she was at the teaG store in Chicago…. I hadn’t even tried it before but it sounded good and I wanted another caffeine free option for the nights.

I’ve had this two or three times since, once at the movies and once or twice at home and oh man. I don’t get the crappy rating this has. For a decaf tea, it’s frickin’ AMAZING. Like the “Vanilla comoro” of caramel teas.

It’s the caramel tea of my dreams…the kind with a creamy note rather than that burnt sugar note I’m not fond of.

It makes me wonder how TeaG’s Cream black tea tastes, because at some point I will definitely be ordering more of this one, so perhaps I should try the Cream tea also!


Thank you Sil!


“cream” is REALLY subtle…i enjoy it, but more as an addition to other teas to soften them or add a little something. I actually bought cream and caramel my first round so that i could make a CAFFINATED version of this lol

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Oh. Em. Gee.

I ordered this recently, thanks to Courtney for the joint order.

I’ve been all over breakfast teas lately, I realized it’s a pleasure I look forward too. Strong black tea with a sploosh of 10% cream. So the tea has to be able to stand up to that!

I’ve been switching back and forth between H&S Queen Catherine (which I don’t really enjoy because of the smokiness) and A&D Tiger Assam, because I have massive amounts of each.

I was looking forward to trying something new this morning.

I was not disappointed.
Malty AND dark! Soooo bready, so strong and delicious.

Didn’t seem live up to a resteep but that may be because I added too much cream before tasting.

This is one I will want to restock, in massive quantities :)
Something to wake up for!

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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.


New Brunswick, Canada



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