2217 Tasting Notes

Tummy is upset, possibly glutened at the pizza lunch today (there were special pizzas). It’s not too severe, so I’m treating with puerh and pineapple.

I finished my Special Dark off with a couple of really long steeps, to squeeze all that I could out of the leaves. And now I’ve moved on to this tea.

Om nom. So good. (PS. I measured my favourite kyusu, and it’s 145ml, though that’s with a tea that doesn’t expand as much. I’d get much less water in the pot with an oolong or a loose moonlight white.)

I rinsed, then forgot about it (I’ve gotta pack for tomorrow!), and now I’m doing steeps just until it “looks right”. Haha.

So good. It’s quite thick. A little wet wood tasting, but not much. Just what my tummy needs. I think it gets sweeter as it gets steeped. And I’m pretty sure it’d take a long steep if I really wanted to. And it’s a little floral, I think. And slippery. Interesting.

Honestly I don’t remember what I thought of this at the Tea Festival – only that it was tasty and I needed to buy it. I have no regrets!

205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 5 OZ / 144 ML
Crimson Lotus Tea

Post Pizza Puerh Pineapple Party.


Pretty perfect! :)

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drank Andalusia by Lipton
2217 tasting notes

This is weird, and I don’t think that I like it.

Citrus, cinnamon, licorice root. It would be nicer if it was indeed CITRUS first, but it’s weirdly not. It’s sort of cinnamon/licorice/pith.

It’s nice that it’s something hot to drink and I’m cold, but… Hmm. Not exactly sure.

Anyways, thanks very much for sharing, MissB! :) I will have to think on this some more.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Today, this is fan-freaking-tastic.

And it’s the last of it. I’m pretty sure. Unless there’s another wee sample packet hiding away somewhere. (There might be.)

SO GOOD. Like Mexican chocolate. Mole. Deep chocolate with spices and a little sweetness.


Thank you, Dexter!


Did you do anything special to it or are you just in the right mood?
I am going to miss this one soooooo much. Might need to try the Streetshop88 one Western for about 10 minutes and see if it works at all like this…..


I’m just short steeping it. Did a rinse and let it rest. I think this might be the second time I’ve had it, I never thought to order any. :)


Oh man…. I’m so sorry you hadn’t tried this before….in time to be able to order some. I have been hoarding mine….really should break it out this weekend or maybe the weekend after the dog eventually goes home.


This is the second time I’ve had it. OMG, all shou will be but a poor reflection of this tea. SO GOOD.


Did many steeps. Time for bed. Will steep more tomorrow…

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
2217 tasting notes

Om nom nom. This tea is just with cream, not eggnog. I bet it would be GREAT with eggnog.

But still, it’s tea. And I made it at work. And I’m drinking it while sitting on my computer looking busy during this super quiet holiday time. So that’s super exciting.

And I’ve been extended through January which is pretty rad. So there will be more work-tea-drinking in the future!

(2 tea bags in 16 oz water, hot water from the water filter system thing…)

2 min, 45 sec

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So delicious. OM NOM NOM.

Actually not too bad as an accompaniment to the pineapple I packed for breakfast.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank La Boreale by Camellia Sinensis
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I’m not sure if I knew there was wintergreen in this tea when I got it, but I’m REALLY happy with it. OM NOM NOM.

Quite fresh, but with a really delicate wintergreen freshness, not peppermint or spearmint. It’s kinda like pine forests on a crisp day with snow on the ground. Kinda.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Mmm, wintergreen…


I’ve only tried one tea with wintergreen – stash’s merry mint green tea, and it was a fun change of pace. I’ll have to try this one eventually since it’s herbal.


Handmade Tea’s tea this month has wintergreen, I’m looking forward to it.


I really don’t like spearmint, and mostly don’t like peppermint. So wintergreen is a nice alternative! It also looks so cool because they just mixed whole leaves and twigs and berries and flowers. Definitely a feast for the eyes as well as the tongue. :)

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I have had this sample approximately forever. So with wanting to try my new tea cup, but not wanting a puerh, I decided to try this tea. Finally.

Dry, it smells sweet. Honey-sweet-potato, almost. I did a quick pour-through rinse of the leaves. They’re still carby, but there’s a bit of a spice, or pepper note.

Steeped ~ 20 seconds, it smells really floral. But it’s bitter as heck.

Ok, let’s try 5 seconds. (My new cup is the perfect size, BTW. Loving it!) That’s a bit better. Still, it smells quite sweet and floral, with lots of carby notes, but it isn’t really. It’s still bitter, but not undrinkably so. I am using hot water on this, as I’m doing shorter steeps. I would have expected the tea to hold up better for this (my options are 208F or 140F…).

This tea is a miss for me. There is some potential in the carby floral sweet notes, but it doesn’t come through. Oh well.

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Oh man.

This is my second try of this tea (6g in 1/2 cup or so of water). And it’s really a “wet wood” type of puerh.

I’m enjoying it more than last time, but again, it’s not my favourite.


Sorry Dex, this one was a miss for me. I’ll need to try the other peacock tea you sent, and see how different it is.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML


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drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
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Part of a sample pack a friend gave me…

And I was actually pretty surprised! I liked it. Really fruity, with an amaretto flavour just like the liqueur. Om nom nom. I didn’t add anything to it last night, but I’m going to try it again with milk. I think it could be really tasty.

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I mostly drink black tea, with some floral oolongs or puerhs thrown in for variety.

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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