630 Tasting Notes


I’ve been drinking this at work lately, but I haven’t yet reached the amazing mindblowing cup that I had the first time I made this tea and rated it 94. I may need to experiment a bit more, good thing I bought a whole tin.

I feel like in my mind I preferred the Harney and Sons version, but sadly that one isn’t as easy or cheap for me to get in Canada.

Sooooooo I went with this one.

I think the first time I had it, I used the entire sample pouch for one cup, which made it extra potent and delicious. I made it yesterday at work in my gravity steeper, the whole sample pouch (i had a couple left), and did 2 steeps. They were delicious, but not quite as amazing as the first time.

Of course, being at work, the tea got cold as I wasn’t able to drink it all at once, and I did notice it went through phases… hot tea obviously not as easy to pick out flavours. Then it cooled a bit and I got a weird hint of cinnamon. Then at the end when it was pretty much cold it was different again.

I will be playing with this in the future when I can sit down and pay attention!
For now I am lowering my rating just a tad, even though it’s still a yummy tea.

Yup, yummy. My professional opinion.

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One more review for this one, from the resteep i had last night.

Surprisingly tasty, to the point where I’d actually consider buying it again! I think I like this sort of oolong over the roasty type.

This was really delicious and slightly floral and a very enjoyable cup. I wonder if a similar tea would exist from a company that is more readily available… hmmmmmmmmm

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Drank this one last night – it was at least a 2 year old sample (oops), but given the fact that it’s a straight green oolong, I was a bit hesitant.

I went for it, and really overleafed to use it up, which made for a pretty potent cup even though I did a short steep.

I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it! It’s a nice natural tasting floral green oolong, but not OVERLY flowery.

I will probably do my resteep tonight.
Sorry I waited so long!

And thanks to Shmiracles for sending it along, a million years ago :)

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The flavours in this are pretty true to form, but I’m not sure it’s the tea for me. I find it a bit bitter – too grapefruity I suppose.

Maybe someone will want to trade me for Praline or Pistachio Horizon ;)


I gave some of mine to Bear With Me and he was ecstatic…he kept sniffing it when i gave it to him with his other surprise package.

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I think I can officially say I’m over DTT.
I decided to keep this one in my stash 10 months ago, but I made it today at work when a dessert craving struck me and my observations are as follows:

- even though i used a TON of leaf, it’s still weak in flavour and colour after i added some milk.
- whatever black tea base DTT uses, I don’t like it. And all of their black teas have that weird taste. yuck.

I had rated this 86 once upon a time, but I’m just going to remove the rating. This tea is 2 years old.

It still SMELLS amazing, however. I bet some people would still love it. I have just moved beyond.

If anyone wants the rest to try, it’s YOURS!


i had it narrowed down to only really liking the lime/lemon and orange chiffon teas…the rest i can live without…and given i haven’t placed an order with them in forever…guess that means i can live without.


This is the only one from them that I have left, and thought worthwhile keeping around, so I hope my tastes haven’t changed or it’s lost a lot of flavour. Damn.

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sample sipdown!

Finished off the lot of this sample sent to by from Nattie – I decided to dump the rest of the package into the Adagio ingenuiTEA that my husband got me for Christmas.

This resulted in a much stronger, very flavorful cuppa. Really noticable chocolate and coffee notes, along with the requisite spices.
I added 10% cream, of course. I don’t know that I’m the biggest proponent of chai tea, but with dairy, it’s a nice once in a while treat.

I may have let it steep too long and it became slightly bitter, and gave me a bit of a dry mouth, but overall this is a chai I enjoyed. That’s actually saying a lot, trust me.

Thanks again Nattie!

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Drinking this as I type.

I need to bump my numerical rating up from 77, because I suspect when my bag is empty, there will be days I get all wistful whilst rocking gently on my imaginary rocking chair, in my imaginary front porch, reminiscing about the crazy delightful espresso melon tea that the now nonexistant amazing tea company called Butiki made, once upon a time, in the good ol’ days.

(Check back for that tasting note… in like 3 months when my bag is gone, assuming I can drag out the crushing goodbye process that long :))



Oooh! New Hairs! So much fun!


Woo! Hairs!

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Hello, Me from 2 years in the past! Present day me is here to update the tasting note for this tea.

Found a couple sample bags when I was cleaning my stash out this weekend. They’d be the same samples left over from 2 years ago when I bought 3-4 on sale and drank 1-2.

So this tea is OLD.

I figured I may as well drink it anyway, so I made a cup earlier and drank it on my lunch break.

I accidentally got distracted throwing out a bunch of old crap at work and forgot about it, it probably steeped 8-10 minutes, instead of the recommended 5.

Given that this is

A) ollllld tea
B) oversteeped

It was surprisingly not even that bad. I added milk, because that’s how I roll. Even though I remember reading online a long time ago that only ignorant tea newbs put milk in Darjeeling tea. I also love A&D Damn Fine Tea’s Red Tailed Hawk with a sploosh of milk in it, so calculate your logical deductions accordingly. I’m a loner, Dottie, a REBEL.

This girl is not refined.

Anyway, it tasted alright, had the classic Darjeeling notes, but far from being the best i’ve tried. Bungalow is one I’d love to get my hands on.

Me from the Past had rated this 72 once upon a time 2 years ago…. surprisingly I’m going to leave it there, because I’m somewhat impressed at how I managed to not totally destroy the cup I made earlier. Oversteeping AND the fact that I don’t have a temperature controlled kettle at work and normally Darjeelings get all bitter if the water is too hot. PLus the fact that being old didn’t make it nasty.

So…….. that’s a hearty endorsement from me! About as hearty as you will get, for such a Davidstea.


This one definitely likes cooler water. Sometimes I forget that and make it taste bad. I do like it when I am careful though.


I suspect the kettle at work doesn’t reach the boiling point, even when it’s “boiled”, so that probably ultimately saved my cuppa :)


You had me at your Pee Wee reference.


lol (and, you do what you WANT with your tea! :) )


I love milk in my tea. Love it! If that makes me uncultured, so be it. :)


I hear that :)

And yes! Peewee! Was equally enthralled with and terrified by that movie as a kid


I took that movie so seriously… I was incredibly upset that he could not track down his bicycle. lol Now, as an adult, I totally get it, and can watch without getting all nervous and upset (my kids thought it was hysterical that I took that movie seriously as a child).


The truck driver lady… horrified me.
And the dancing scene in the biker bar – best ever!

I suspect today’s kids just won’t understand PeeWee. They’re supposed to be bringing a new movie or something to Netflix I seem to recall reading!

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
630 tasting notes

I had a Facebook offer for a free matcha from Davidstea that expired yesterday, and I had some time to kill after work so I popped into the mall to claim this sweet sweet offer.

The release of these new flavoured matchas definitely piqued my interest because I was curious to see how they’d compare to the ones I’ve had and loved from Red Leaf. I chose the vanilla one to try, because it’s the one that most appealed to me.

The clerk made it in front of me with their new matcha shaker, which also interests me. I can’t decide if it would really be THAT much better than a mason jar. Not for the price, anyhow.

I can’t FAIRLY compare this matcha to the french vanilla from Red Leaf, because I always make my matchas at home as lattes. This may have actually been my very first matcha made with only hot water.

To be honest, it doesn’t compare. To a latte, I mean. It makes the GREENNESS of it that much more obvious. And the texture isn’t as creamy as when it’s made with hot milk. Kinda watery. In fairness, it’s looking like I’m just not a fan of matcha unless milk is involved. So I don’t want to rate this numerically.

From what I recall of the Red Leaf matchas, (it’s been awhile), they seem to pack a bit more of a flavour punch than this one. I will have to try one without milk to see how it lines up with Davidstea’s new offerings. But I doubt I will, because clearly latte style is the way to go.

Seeing as how I still have a freezer full of matcha (ooooops), I won’t be buying any more for the time being, however this might be a more convenient and less cost prohibitive option than ordering matcha from the US, since our Canadian dollar sucks so bad right now, on top of having to pay on average $10+ for shipping.

Hopefully they come up with some new flavours in the future! I might buy a vanilla or mocha latte sometime when I’m in the mall, just to try it.

Thanks for the sweet Facebook offer, Davidstea!


I’m looking into trying matcha. What would you suggest for beginners with a small budget?


If you have a Davidstea near you, I would suggest checking these out!

Otherwise, http://www.redleaftea.com/ may not be so bad for shipping and exchange rate if you’re in the US, but matcha in general isn’t cheap so the prices may be offputting.

If you’re looking to try some, I suggest a small size of their caramel matcha, or french vanilla, and you can customize how much flavouring you want it to have!


I’m sad that I work too much to have gotten my free matcha :(


I still dream of Red Leaf’s pineapple matcha. So good in a coconut milk smoothie!


Never tried that one!!

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You know, it’s times like this when I am so SO glad that Steepster exists and that I found it. Without Steepster, and all of you tea lovers posting your awesome reviews encouraging me to try and buy more more more (and also, thanks in general to the internet, for feeding this habit by bringing everything that much closer to me)… I never would have discovered this tea.

Because honestly.

Last night I decided to make a mug of this, I had purchased 5 samples from TTC and recently got them. I am practically on a tea hiatus at this point, i mean i certainly SHOULD be. But I’d had a TTC sample once upon a time and knew that down the road more would be mine, all mine.

So when I cut open my adorably patterned sample bag, I stuck my nose in and inhaled like breathing was going to go out of style and OMG. The scent. INTOXICATING. I don’t even know. So good. I can’t describe.

And then I brewed it up, took my first sip, and it was like happiness exploded all over my tongue. It’s fruity and malty and bready and fresh and bright and SO FLAVOURFUL.

I don’t ever want to live without this tea.

I really need to start drinking down everything I have to reach a point where I only stock my absolute loves. This would be one of them.

I wanted to shout it from the rooftops last night, but there was no one around who would care. There never is, I’m alone in my world of tea love. Except for you guys.

Everyone who hasn’t tried this tea must wishlist it immediately :)
You’re welcome. Trust me.

(PS – I spent like 2 hours just slowly and enjoyably organizing my tea stash yesterday. Of course my online cupboard isn’t really up to date yet, but physically arranging and mentally taking stock of all of my teas (ALL OF THE TEAS) was incredibly calming and satisfying.)


It’s magical right? I have yet to drink a tea that is even close to how awesome this tea is.


I’m thrilled I ordered this one. After your note on the Golden Dragon Tippy, I was inspired to order a bunch of black tea samples from TTC. Yes!


i haven’t had this lot of the yuchi…but it’s a good tea!


Happy I was able to influence someone’s tea buying! hehe

Yeah it’s super magically delicious


Do you pick out any of the rose or licorice notes the website describes? It looked good to me up til that point.


No, none of those tastes are present in that tea. It tastes like a big delicious cinnamon roll to me.


I didn’t notice any rose or licorice at all.
No cinnamon rolls either, but my tastebuds are not that well-honed at this point.


I haven’t had a TTC tea that I was disappointed with. At this point, I’m pretty sure I could just place an order for any 5 samples and they’d all be golden.


aren’t you glad i spread the word :)


YES Sil, I believe you’re the one who sent me a Yuchi Mountain sample at some point, bless your little heart!!


i actually just really love that they give you free shipping if you just get 25$ woth of sample sizes….as i often just want the sample sizes lol


yes!! such a great deal.


I wonder if they’d question just purchasing nothing but sample sizes of this tea… haha


They probably understand it. These teas are not cheap, not cheap at all. We are looking at wholesale prices for some of these teas and at the end of the day we are dealing with very, very high quality teas, processed with great care by very skilled tradespeople. Even wholesale the prices are a little high, but in our opinion, worth it as a treat!


Anyone else a fan of the verdant tea of the. Month sampler? Darling little tea company that gets it fresh from China, the teas come from—CHINA!!

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I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

Some favourites -

Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance.

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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