812 Tasting Notes


Cinnamon and sugar easily come through at all corners of this tea, but the gooey oatmeal requires care to coax it out. When I made the first cup I could actually fool myself into believing I was eating a raisin oatmeal cookie, whereas my subsequent sessions tasted a little on the burnt side.

Today I didn’t quite achieve the full glory of the oatmeal cookie. However, oatmeal does pop up a little in the finish and aftertaste so I didn’t completely mess it up. A little bit of cookie is better than no cookie.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Malt, Oats, Raisins, Sugar, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

I found that my sample was very close to oatmeal raisin cookie in liquid form. I’m hoping my order repeats that.

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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The other day I succumbed and bought a tin of this tea and a giant pitcher at David’s. Now my days are filled with cups and cups of fruity iced tea. Life is wonderful right now.

4tsp in 44oz glass carafe for 14+ hours.

Flavors: Cream, Lemongrass, Lime, Pineapple

Iced 4 tsp 44 OZ / 1301 ML

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drank Puerh Tuo Cha by Butiki Teas
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I requested this as a sample a long time back, but have continuously put off drinking it. Today felt like a good time to commit to a hardy puerh, as I’m stuck with a stomach ache, and watching such titles as Melancholia and Soylent Green. It’s kind of a depressing compilation for a day’s activities, except for the part where I get to watch movies for homework!

Anyways, I’m really glad this tea turned out to be so tasty and easy to drink! I was worried about the 7 minute steep, but this tea never went to that place of decaying fish-wood. the latter part of the first steep started to acquire a peppery note, but mostly it was mellow, smooth, and maybe a tad creamy. Fingers crossed that the second steep is just as good!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cream, Earth, Mushrooms

Boiling 8 min or more 24 OZ / 709 ML

Melancholia left me speechless and haunted me several days after I saw it…the artistic direction was so beautiful, but it’s so sad…great homework! Soylent green is people!!! lol, couldn’t help it…

I love this mini tuocha, so “fresh” for a shou pu’erh.

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I have a hard time telling coconut oolong from different companies apart, but this sample, from OMGsrsly, has a sweetened coconut-cream finish that makes it stand out in my mind.

I did two steeps with the first serving and four plus steeps with the second serving. The flavoring holds up surprisingly well. I might even like the latter steeps better; I’m a sucker for mellow or smooth things.

Right now, I have a giant tin of Zen’s coconut oolong, which is still delicious. However, when I run out, and if I’m in the right area, I might go with this one instead. I just wish Soko did the e-commerce thing.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Flowers, Sugar

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
812 tasting notes

This was an iced sample cup at the mall.

I think this may be a possible substitute for Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon. It may not be caffeine-free but it’s easier to get a hold of on my end. To think I wrote this one off years ago when I had just discovered David’s Tea!

Flavors: Cream, Lime, Pineapple


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I love how the sweetness oozes out of this one like a sugar or honey crystal. This is easily one of my favourite teas in my cupboard right now.

Life is bittersweet awful at the moment but this tea has a kind of “gentle spirit,” as corny as that may sound. I’m getting rather sappy right now, when I should be getting Orwellian. Oh, well. I may not be at my best but this tea is.

Flavors: Honey, Malt


It’s not corny at all, I totally get it…I hope things get better for you soon.


Thanks! It’s self-inflicted and only school which means it’s temporary. In the meantime it gives me the opportunity to remember why tea, and the little things, are so wonderful. :)

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This is a tea I can really wind down with. It has qualities both from the spa and from Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving.

With a big cup of this in my hand I’m too relaxed to stomach watching Nineteen Eighty-Four right now. Is there a “peaceful” apocalyptic/dystopian film that I can watch for this assignment instead?

Edit: I drastically upped the rating on this tea because I realized that I need it like water and tend to drink pots and pots of it when I do convince myself out of hoarding.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Coriander, Orange Zest, Raisins, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec

I’m so excited I got some of this added into my order last minute. I hope you manage your film!


This is as peaceful as I could come up with for apocalyptic films: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0156729/ I loved The Road, 28 Days Later and Children of Men, but those are not peaceful…


Thanks Courtney and Cavo! I’m watching Children of Men later tonight, to see if I want to do my assignment on it instead. 28 Days Later is also an option I’m given, but not The Road, which I want to see anyways.. I can’t believe how many iconic movies I haven’t watched!


Blade Runner, not exactly peaceful, but not incredibly violent either, at least it’s pretty stylish for its time. City TV used to always play it as the first movie of the new year when I was a child.

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This is the 2nd blade runner reference I’ve seen today! I actually looked it up on netflix a few hours ago, thinking that it had been awhile since The last time I watched it. I was hoping to stream it, but it’s not available, although I can get the DVD sent out.


I recommend reading the Road sometime, when you have a chance! The movie was very beautiful and dark and sad, but the book but the book was almost poetic with it’s starkness. I read Children of Men and found the book was actually darker than the film, almost nightmarish. There’s a few scenes from that that have stuck with me years after! Is your course just on film, or are you comparing things to literature? I went through a post-apocalypic/dystopian phase (still am?) so I’m really curious!


Oh, gosh! Blade Runner is one of the few films I’ve actually seen, but it’s a favourite. I was actually thinking about it, how I wish it was on the list, before I posted. :)


It’s “Apocalypse in Film”, offered by the History of Art department, but a good portion of the films that I can look at appear to be based on literature. I’ve always enjoyed apocalypse/dystopia/dying earth too, despite not having read or watched the majority of the staple novels and films. That’s one of the reason why I’m taking this class, and happy to get suggestions!


Curious—especially since I work with kids heading to middle school, and this genre is hot with them right now—what do you think makes the dystopian genre so appealing? (I’m an old fud who prefers gentle fiction, happy endings, and mysteries with all the knots tied up at the end :)


Me too, gmathis! :) I used to read a lot more of this kind of thing when I was a teenager, but things stick and I get nightmares, so I’ve phased them out. I might have to watch Blade Runner again, though!


That sounds like an interesting course! I love it!
And I’m not sure why the genre is so popular. I guess it’s better than just vmapire/horror fic? I see dystopian as the dark side of sci-fi, so at least you can learn from it – i.e., this is what not to do.

Also I think teenagers feel powerless in some situations, so they can empathize with some of these repressed characters? I read some of it, but if it’s too much I switch over to fluffy fic immediately.

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I went to open this sample packet, and I must have popped it… all the oolong ended up on the, luckily, clean floor. This takes “hand picked” to a new level.

I did a rinse, until it started to unfurl a little, and then steeped it in 180F for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

From the smell of the dry leaf and liquor, I can already tell that this 2013 spring harvest is (or was) sweeter than the autumn batch, which I finished off last week. That sweet aroma is like bubblegum or cotton candy.

Has anyone here had dandelion burdock soda, or elderflower? This tea has that kind of sweet floral vibe. Along with the sparkling floral quality, it has a mellow sweet component, like cotton candy, gum, or marshmallow textures. There’s a little salted butter in the aftertaste too.

Soon I’m going to start describing Ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds, so I will end here. This tieguanyin’s first steep is a kind of crazy.. or maybe I’m just crazily projecting my carnival fantasies onto this hot mug of tea, on this miserable rainy day. This tieguanyin has made me doubt my perception of reality.

Flavors: Banana, Butter, Cotton Candy, Dandelion, Floral, Marshmallow

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

Hand picked;-)


Yay for clean floors! If I’d tried that, I’d be listing “essence of black cat and lint ball” in the flavor profile.

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This is just the thing to have while reading on the patio and catching the last bit of “warm” sun. That sun after 5pm isn’t so hot.

Thanks, OMGsrsly, for sending me some of this tea. I’m going to stick with my previous judgment of this, and say it reminds me of strawberry kiwi juice with a grassy nip.

Flavors: Grass, Strawberry


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I did a quick rinse and then steeped for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, which yielded crisp floral notes, like honeysuckle, and a grassy profile. The second steep, of 3 minutes, is still very floral but the sweet notes, which were on the periphery of the the first steep, are now more prominent. The finish has a jam-like quality that invokes images of stone fruits and blossoms, like peaches or apricots.

There’s also a smooth feel which makes me think of almond milk but it’s more of an impression.

I’m not always a fan of the tieguanyin varieties from Verdant, which I find demand more of my patience, but this one is lovely on a rushed first impression. I didn’t need to short steep it to coax out qualities that I like, either.

Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle, Nuts

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites. I enjoy the odd shu puerh too.

Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lilac, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, orchid, pine, rice, rose, vanilla.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike: apple, cocoa nibs, licorice, marine, peach, stevia

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

91-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

86-90: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-85: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.


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