749 Tasting Notes

I was staring at my bagel with cashew butter I’d brought for my breakfast and got such a craving for breakfast tea with milk. I headed off to my favourite office around the bend, where they keep a lovely stash of bagged teas. Of the three ladies that work in that office, one is from Ireland and brought Irish breakfast back on her last trip home. I snagged one of this for my milk tea and bagel this morning. It’s really hitting the spot, now that’s it’s nearly lunch hour hah.

Any suggestions on a great Irish breakfast are welcome – both for my own cupboard and to share at work.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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I often forget just how delicious this tea is. Went against my judgement tonight and made this. I’m so happy I did. The creaminess of it is really hitting the spot. I love the black green base and the roastiness, too. Just all around an amazing tea.

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In this moment, this tastes like hot buttered raisin toast. Brilliant.

That is all.

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I mixed it up again tonight after going on about what specific straight black teas I most enjoy to Alexa. Yum, assam!

This one turned out perfectly. I have a real love of TTC, just from the one small order I placed with them months back.

The tea is rapidly cooling now, and tasting even better. More sweetness is coming through, with subtle stonefruits, and maybe even some hay. Delightful.

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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I brought this tea to my entire afternoon meeting yesterday and made it for us to bring to the Remembrance Day ceremony this morning. I really have found a love of this one much greater than the first time I tried it.

It tastes like a liquid speculaas cookie!

Also, it inspired me to check out the Verdant website, which I haven’t opened for months, since the disaster of all my teas being smoky on my last order – especially my beloved Vanilla Citrus Spice. Sigh.

However, I’ve made my peace with that when I gave those teas to A’s family. I am wondering though – are blends available from Verdant any longer? I couldn’t find this one on their website.


No the blends are no longer on their site…but the last time I looked they listed the recipes and ingredients.


Yup, I just found that out too! They have ingredients. Not sure if it’s oz or measuring cups. I should email and find out.

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Now that our tea cupboard has been reunited, I noticed CVA and PTA when I went to make my second cuppa today. I much prefer them mixed half and half, and it is awesome still.

Just the subtlest hint of caramel vanilla – more vanilla, and then much more of the base tea, which as we all know, is just amazing.

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Sipping away at this early this afternoon. I actually prefer this one a touch more cool than I normally do for other teas. I find the cantaloupe comes through a bit more clearly. Tasty.

I don’t often crave this one, but we just brought it back from A’s family and I felt like throwing something different in the mix for the never-ending studying.


nice seeing you around again :)

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I miss writing tea notes and chatting with you guys. I’ve not come quite back around to tea. I start my morning with a delicious coffee (don’t worry – I’ve also become a coffee snob, sigh).

But I’m sitting here tonight drinking this delicious, rapidly depleting tea. I haven’t done much research into what could possibly replace this once it’s gone. I really need to start that. Tonight this is delicious. I’ve been forgetting to drink my tea until it’s a little too cool, but I caught this one just at the right temperature.

A lovely tea to sip while I study away.


So good to have you back, even fleetingly! and don’t worry—I enjoy all varieties of warm beverages, coffee included! cider, hot chocolate, whatever…if it makes me happy, into my mouth it goes ;)


Hello! What kinds of coffee are you enjoying right now? Cavo got me into some flavoured stuff… Haha. Maybe not the fanciest, but tasty all the same!


Hey, good to see you on here! And no worries, I’ve been drinking all kinds of coffee too haha.


Thank goodness it’s not just me! There’s an eccentric little coffee house down the way from us, and they carry the widest (geographically) variety of beans in North America. I love dark roast, specifically Ethiopian, but as of late I’ve been addicted to this New Orleans roast they have – a dark roast mixed with chicory they blend together for us.


Oh that sounds so good. I should do that with some of my fancy unflavoured beans. I love chicory.

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I’m clutching my cup of blackberry lime this evening as I study for my calculus exam tomorrow. Sigh.

And by ‘study’, I mean sit here and ponder about mathematicians. I’m perplexed as to who would possibly choose to finalize an answer with a square root rather than an exponent. And so it goes.

I shall just try to enjoy each sip of tea and make it through this exam, so the rest of the weekend can be enjoyed afterward.

P.S. We ordered our turkey for Thanksgiving today from a local farm! It’s our first Thanksgiving celebrated together, and also the first attempt for either of us to cook Thanksgiving dinner. It should be quite interesting.


good luck tomorrow!


Math always perplexes me…and so exciting about first thanksgiving/turkey prep together!

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drank Bangkok by Harney & Sons
749 tasting notes

This is my second cup today at the office. This morning I enjoyed Blackberry Guayusa after a late night watching the VMAs. I had a bit of an upset stomach after lunch, and this delight had the most ‘healing’ ingredients. Not to mention, it’s one of my absolute favourites. I’m finally about three cups away from running out of my tin of this one. A solid two years later. Now we shall look at another H&S order.

Perhaps I’ll make a cup of Tokyo next.


:) yaaay!

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I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs, rooibos (specifically red, I’m more open to green), honeybush, and matés are not my favourite. I tend to avoid them altogether unless others find them so amazing it would be a travesty to not at least try.

Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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