1481 Tasting Notes


This starts out so yummy smelling from the bag – chocolate roasty toastedness. Plus, cute little black sheep curls – I love the presentation of TeaBento’s teas for sale.

This is light, sweet, with a touch of chocolate. Only a small amount of malt, and it’s a thinner, buttery tea. I could drink this all day. It’s smooth and luxurious, without overpowering anything. Even though I normally like a bolder taste to my straight black teas, this one is a daily drink.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank The Candy Bar by Dear Camellia
1481 tasting notes

Three times isn’t a charm for this tea, sadly.

I’ve tried. Oh, I’ve tried. I added leaf, took it out, less hot water, piping hot, more sweetener, no sweetener… it’s just not what I want from something called Candy Bar Tea.

All I get from it is a thin generic Darjeeling. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t awesome either. I won’t remember this tea. Other than, of course, that there were both popcorn bits in it and caramel pieces, and I couldn’t taste either no matter what I did.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Jiri Horse by teabento
1481 tasting notes

Holy wow. This is a thick, warm, almost spicy malty chocolate tea. Holy wow.

The leaf smells chocolaty. There’s no question about it, it’s a rich dark tea. It’s hearty. It’s full bodied, and it’s rich.

I could drink this allllll day. I kind of wish I’d kept it piping hot, instead of letting it cool. It’s less.. thick? creamy? warming? as it cools, and it gets more of a potato type of taste to it.

A huge thanks to TeaBento to sharing this tea with me so that I could review it. I’ll add more steeps to this as I go through them. I’m so excited to see how this matures and changes with each steep.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet Potatoes, Thick

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

yes! hot = delicious…cooled = less so haha

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My first time drinking a Daejak, or Korean green tea with a specific preparation style. I’m so excited!

Out of the bag the tea smells strongly of grass, honey and straw. Steeped up it’s more of a strong honey note with elements of greenery, kind of like some of the wildflower honeys we get in Canada.

The flavor profile is a buttery, sweet honey-ish green, a bit thin. I feel like this would be an excellent blending tea, something to pair with another sweet or creamy element. Honeysuckle, that’s the flavor I’m getting, plus some roasty-toastedness.

It’s a multifaceted tea, one that I’m enjoying. Normally i don’t got out of my way to drink greens, I find I sneeze a lot when I do (and this one was no exception). Still, the sweetness is lovely, a lush green tropical sweet paradise.

I have a feeling there’s a fruit associated somewhere in the tropics with this flavor, one I’ve yet to try.

Huge thanks to TeaBento for sharing this tea with me so I could review it, and for giving me my first taste of Korean tea.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Grass, Honey, Honeysuckle, Straw

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Ooh, the Prince has arrived!

The smell wafting up from this tea is a rich, malty chocolate. It surprised me, but even more so the lovely long leaves. I have a special fondness for teas where the leaves are all long and twisted, unbroken, beauty in a cup.

The flavor wasn’t as punchy as the smell, and I was a bit surprised that I didn’t coax out a stronger flavor from it. It was smooth like a French rose, light, and malty with a hint of coffee chocolate notes. The smell is way stronger than the flavor. I look forward to a few re-steeps to see what I can coax out further.

I prefer my black teas a bit thicker and bolder, I’ll admit. This felt a bit thin. Yet, it’s obviously an extremely high quality tea, and I’m thrilled to have gotten the chance to taste it.

I love it when tea packaging includes very specific instructions, including re-steep suggestions and the number of grams per pot or cup. TeaBento does an excellent job with their packaging, labeling and instructions.

A huge thank you to TeaBento for sharing this tea with me so that I could review it. Soon, I’ll have it over on my instagram account, too. http://instagram.com/teatravelninja

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Alada Blossoms by Dear Camellia
1481 tasting notes

So… I love white tea. Especially the straight whites that taste like nectarine stones, with a hint of honey.

Yes, this is that kind of tea. Oh my goodness, yes!

While it isn’t as full-bodied as some of the higher-end whites I’ve had, it was darn good. I’ll savor the rest of what I was sent, and could happily keep this in my tea cupboard if I could get my hands on more easily. (I can’t, it came from Australia as a sample so that I’d review it).

Look for it soon on my IG account! http://instagram.com/teatravelninja.com/

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Stonefruits

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

oh sure try the ozzie teas that we can’t get!


Ha! Sil, I’ll happily give you the rest of what I have. I’m not pulling what I want out of this one, or the Candy Bar tea. Perhaps you can work your magic.


i hear ya on that. Nice to try new things at least though. Makes me want to go back to austrlia/NZ just for the sake of the tea haha

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drank Mamri Red Chai by Dear Camellia
1481 tasting notes

Oooh, this is some tasty chai! Mind you, I did add a whack of cayenne, only because I’m fighting off some sort of nasty throat thing, so that may have tainted the tea. Somewhat.

I could easily drink this alllll day.

Flavors: Ginger, Malt

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank The Candy Bar by Dear Camellia
1481 tasting notes

Dear Steepster Friends,

I know you salivated over this tea as soon as I posted it. I get it. I did as soon as I received it, too.

The idea of candy bar tea? Yaasss. I’m in. Like Flynn.

Sadly, I didn’t get what I think I should have out of this tea. Why? The super cute tea spoon that it came with didn’t allow for enough room to portion it out (leaves = big = good). Plus, I had no idea as to how much – there’s nothing listed on the bag other than the name, the really cute logo (a tea stain!), and a note about not drinking things you’re allergic to.

Okay. But how much leaf?

I guessed, dear friends. And I failed miserably.

I put in (about) a tablespoon of tea and caramel bits, into a 12 oz cup of 200F hot water.

Yea, it was just flavored, weak tea. Nothing I can even grab to say, “yes, that’s what it tasted like”.

Just weak, thin, tea.


I’ll try again tomorrow.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML


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Not a fan of this tea , which started well before I drank it… so I’m not rating it.

a- Ingredient list is merely “berries”. For someone with a strawberry allergy, this is problematic. I searched through the tea, didn’t see anything but round dried berries, so I took a risk.

b- papaya. First and only other time I’ve ever had it, I got sick from the smell. Opening this bag… yuck. Same smell.

c- passionfruit. Not my favorite tea ingredient.

d- hibiscus. Too much of this and I’m out. Steeping it, I think there’s quite a bit.

Steeped, this is a dark, bloody purple. It smells MUCH better steeped than dry. Whatever offputting odors I (personally) smelled from the papaya, were gone.

Unfortunately, I took one sip and I had to dump it. It’s just not something I’d ever seek out, and that papaya flavor… nope, not for me.

Anyone in Toronto that likes this sort of stuff, want to try and review it for me? I can’t do it justice.2

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Smile-T by Smart Nutrition
1481 tasting notes

Haven’t had this recently, but, did really enjoy it when I did. Kinda wish it was more accessible and cheaper ($9 CAD for a box seems a bit excessive).

Still, for bagged medicinal tea, it’s tasty – orange punch, in a good way.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Orange

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. I now travel full time with only two carryon bags to my name. One quarter of those bags are tea.

It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more.

If I have enough, I’m happy to share. If I’m in your area, I’d love to swap, meet for tea, and explore together.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, travel and my writing and speaking work.

What kinds of teas do I normally like?

YES: flavored teas, fruity, dessert, chai, and spicy (REALLY spicy).

A FONDNESS FOR: all white teas, malty black teas, any herbal or medicinal teas, strange/weird teas you can only get in one place.

ALLERGIC TO: strawberries, lavender

DISLIKES: any added sugars, grains, lapsang souchong, and overly floral teas – I might enjoy a Jasmine Green every once in a while, but unless it’s a creamy floral tea (think roses in a chai, or the smoothness of a floral note in a French tea), I’ll likely pass. Earl Greys are a hit or miss with me; heavy on the cream or fruit notes and I might like it, heavy on the blergamot and I definitely won’t.





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