650 Tasting Notes


Tasting note number 450! Huzzah! Had this tea while waiting for my soup to be done. It smells nicely like muscat grapes. The scent made me miss the Japanese grocery in San Jose. There is a sweet, grape flavour as well. My little bit of Summer now that it gets colder.

Flavors: Grapes, Muscatel, Sweet

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So, I went by the Teavana again. Mainly because I had time before the bus again. I was curious, and they had this sample. Don’t really like the way they do their teas in store sometimes. It smelled vaguely like cocoa. Though the flavour came across as a bit bitter, and it was not really the right temperature for me. At least I got to try it free.

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa


free tea. bonus!


Do they sell samples in store? I have only been in a store twice and never felt the need to buy – but I probably would buy a few samples, just to see what I thought.

Lariel of Lórien

Not for sale, but they do have brewed samples to try in store.

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Happy full moon day. I got this sample from Marzipan. It smells nicely malty, with some cocoa. The flavour is more on the fruity side, and maybe slightly floral. Glad I finally got to try this one. Really wish I had more.

Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity, Malt

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A sample from Maripan. The scent is nicely malty. There is a malty taste too, along with a little bit of plum. It is a bit on the strong side, but good for after breakfast.


It’s supposed to be amazing gongfu style

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Well, it finally happened. I found Teavana tea I actually liked. Went by the store here to kill time while waiting for the bus. They had Winter teas, but it was only Halloween. It smelled nicely minty, with some chocolate. While I know they sweeten the teas, this one tasted like peppermint bark (similar to the one put out by Ghirardelli). There is apparently the dreaded licorice root in this, but I didn’t really notice.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mint

Kyla Covington Abercrombie

I like this one too.

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First review from the new town. This one smells so nice, I have always liked the scent of vanilla. The flavour is smooth and slightly sweet. I guess this is my Halloween treat.


Hope the move went well.

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My last pre-move sipdown. I either had this today, or yesterday, I’m not actually sure. Moving requires many cups of tea it seems. This one is comforting and spicy. It helped me relax on whichever day that was. Only wish there was David’s by the future city.


Good luck with your move!

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Had this with pre-packing breakfast. There isn’t a lot to have when most of your food is packed, and nobody went to the store. So I had some oatmeal. I usually have it with cinnamon, so this paired nicely. There was a lovely scent of ginger at first, and the cardamom came out when I brewed it. The flavour was a nice blend of the two spices. And the rose petals were a pretty bit of added colour. Thanks to cookies.

Flavors: Cardamon, Ginger


I love this blend…. :)

Lariel of Lórien

I had many re-steeps while packing.

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How did I not review this already? Anyway, I really like the scent of this one. It is nice and floral. There is a lovely rose flavour as well. I like this tea because it makes feel like I’m at a fancy tea event. The black tea base is pleasant. Overall, one of my fave teas from RoT.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Rose

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drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
650 tasting notes

Moving is stressful, so I had to have some of this tea. It smells like the green base at first, then a little brown rice cakes. The flavour reminds me of noodle soup. This would be a good tea for winter, as it has warm and homey feel.

Flavors: Toasted Rice

Cameron B.

Yum, noodle soup! :D


You’re almost ready to go, right?

Lariel of Lórien

Kinda. It will be a busy weekend, we leave on Monday.


You so got this.


It’ll be over before you know it Lariel! Good luck :)

Lariel of Lórien

Thanks. It’ll likely take lots more of this tea.

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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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