650 Tasting Notes


So, I decided to try more teas this weekend. (Along with playing more Harvest Moon.) There is a light pumpkin scent, and bit of spice. Not sure if there is cinnamon in this, but my subconscious thinks there should be. The flavour is nicely pumpkin as well. It even has that slightly tangy taste that apple cider has. Good for the season of ‘almost Spring’.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pumpkin


Harvest Moon is the best.

The Cookie Lady

Oooooo Harvest Moon! My childhood!! Played on a bright green N64 :)

Lariel of Lórien

I play more of the handheld versions. Such fun!


I favor the handheld versions too. The game is too addictive – I need to take it with me everywhere when I’m playing.

The Cookie Lady

Oh….maybe that’s why I don’t have very many friends in my adult life…because I just didn’t leave my house back then lol Gosh, how I loved waiting for those adorable baby cows to be born.

Lariel of Lórien

My favourite is probably the Mineral Town games.


I’m in my second season of “a new beginning”, but I didn’t know those yellow flowers were so important, and I sold most of them in Spring…. ugh.


(it’s the first Harvest Moon I’ve played… I’m guessing it’s a total newb mistake. lol)

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One of my ‘press’ samples. It smells vegetal, with hints of baked bread, and grain. Perhaps even vegetable bread. The flavour is on the floral side, with more veggies. Good to try more Japanese black teas. Thanks to Yunomi for letting me try this.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Grain, Vegetal

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My breakfast tea. Oh, this smells so nice. I get a lovely scent of chocolate. There is a bit of graham cracker in the flavour. And it’s a bit on the sweet side. Overall, very good. Glad I decided to try it today. Having another cup while playing some Harvest Moon.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Graham, Honey

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Needed some black tea today, so I picked this one. It certainly smells a bit like custard. The flavour is sweet and creamy, with some vanilla. There is more of a nutmeg scent, I don’t really taste it much. As I have not tried the first version, I can not compare them. Perhaps I should try brewing it longer next time. Thanks to cookies for the sample.

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Vanilla

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Yesterday, my Japanese party was canceled on account of the snow. (Not that much, but more than we were expecting.) When I got home, I had this with miso soup and roasted seaweed snacks. It smells nicely green, with some scent of rice cakes/ popcorn. There is a light toasty flavour, with a hint of seaweed. Thanks to cookies for the sample.

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This seems to be my winter tea. Had a cup of this one with my breakfast yesterday. There a is a nice nutty scent. The flavor is the usual roasty nut and grain. It is a bit lighter than the last one I had, but good for cold mornings. Thanks to cookies for this sample.

Flavors: Grain, Nutty, Roast nuts

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650 tasting notes

My evening cup. I’m having this while watching Wrath of Khan. (As the folks in the chat room know, I’ve been on a Star Trek watch-a-thon.) There is a scent of yams, malt, and a hint of honey. The flavour is mild yams, and a bit sweet. Will need more for my movie, so I am glad it is part of the tea stash aboard the Starship Teakettle.

Thanks to cookies for the sample.

Flavors: Malt, Yams


Mmm, I love this one. Such pretty fuzzy leaves too.


Hehe, Starship Teakettle! I love it.

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One of the reasons I like Irish Breakfast is because it has Assam. Then, of course, I like Assam because of the malty scent/ flavour. So I was pleased to try this. Thanks to cookies for the sample. It certainly smells nicely malty, and slightly sweet. The flavour is a little stronger than I was expecting, but tastes like the tea title. Having a second cup while watching Star Trek again (because Spock type reasons.)

Flavors: Malt

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One of my press samples. Decided to try this because I’ve been mostly drinking black teas lately. Since it’s Sunday, I’m also having my own Masterpiece Theater with the adaptation of my favourite Dickens novel (starting a young Harry Potter.) This tea smells so nice, it has that good toasty scent, along with some hints of grain and roast nuts. The roasted, nutty flavour is nice as well. Just what I needed for the cold, windy day.

Flavors: Grain, Roast nuts

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We found this tea at a local international market. It smelled so good. Even better brewed, I get a nice floral scent, with some nice notes of sweet vanilla. Having my third cup while watching Star Trek. The base tea is nice, and pairs well with the floral/ vanilla flavour.

Flavors: Rose, Vanilla

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple, Bergamot
Other flavours- Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, Cream

95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure


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