603 Tasting Notes


I think I may have steeped this cup a little too long, but it is still pretty tasty. Nutty, woody and there’s even a hint of maple still. Time seems to have faded some of the flavor, which is to be expected, but this cup still brings back good memories.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


If there is a red velvet tea out there, I’m going to try it! I was happy to see this one from A Quarter to Tea and I was also glad to see that it had a rooibos base.
This cup made me sad, though, because I didn’t really taste any red velvet. It was really a watery rooibos with an overly sweet and artificial flavor. No chocolate or vanilla in sight. I really thought that this would be a delicious blend, but it’s just not all that yummy.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


This is one of those teas that is getting quite a lot of positive reviews, so despite my dislike for cardamom (generally speaking), I did want to give this one a go. I have a feeling that the cardamom will be tolerable in this blend because it’s mixed with something sweet. The scent of this tea is delicious! Bready, sweet and a tiny bit of that playful cardamom in the background. I have high hopes!

Sipping… oh this is very nice. This tea has such a great combination of cinnamon, cardamom and sugar. I also taste a little bit of the lemon peel which adds just the lightest tang. The black tea doesn’t really shine at all, though, and prefers to stay hidden behind everything else. I really like this tea and believe it’s the closest I’ve been to tasting french toast in a tea. The aftertaste is a bit weird… I am thinking it might have to do with the lemon and the spices mixing. It’s not really artificial, but is just an odd flavor combination. I would have liked for there to be a stronger custardy, eggy flavor to further enhance the french toast, but it’s pretty darn good without.

If you’re interested in a sugary sweet and lightly spiced holiday tea, I would pop this into your shopping cart. It’s very unique, drinkable and delicious! Yum!


Yay! Glad it won you over despite the cardamom.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Lishan Oolong by Tea Ave
603 tasting notes

I’m really excited to be trying this tea as Tea Ave mentions that this is the tea that inspired them to open up their own shop! That has to count for something, right? I know that this type of oolong is loved by many for its incredible flavor. I personally have liked other oolongs a bit more, but I’m always willing to try others.

The scent of this tea is sugary sweet and incredibly floral. It really does remind me of a buttercream icing with the essence of flowers. Lovely! Sipping… I wasn’t expecting such a thick mouthfeel, but it does feel rather heavy on the tongue. It isn’t buttery so much… but luxuriously weighty. I mainly taste flowers with a bit of a mineral background. The flavor brings to mind lacy petals and leaves – it’s delicate, but strong enough to take center stage. I do catch a bit of sweet butter and sugar towards the end of the sip, but it’s really all about the flowers. There is also something that reminds me of apricot or peach, but it’s very faint and doesn’t last long. It’s strange, because while this tea feels thick and bold, the aftertaste is light and ethereal, leaving just a memory of what was a strong flavor.

I think this is a very special tea and would be ideal for someone looking for a well-balanced oolong. It seems to have a bit of everything.. a bit like a tea that can’t make up its mind, but in a good way. Balanced, tender yet bold.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


I am really eager to try this blend as I’ve never had a tea blend with caraway included. It sounds like such an interesting combination – assam tea, caraway, cacao.. so unique! Plus, I love the idea of this tea bringing to mind a library and old books.

Sipping… hm, the first thing that I taste is the smooth black tea base and the cacao. It reminds me of other chocolate and black tea blends I’ve had in the past. There is a tiny bit of astringency as well. A strange thing happens after I’ve sipped.. a bit of a buttery flavor blossoms on the tongue. It reminds me of caramel squares and buttered toast. I also pick up on hazelnuts and very lightly, cherries in syrup. The finish is very drying, but it’s still drinkable despite being slightly unpleasant. I can’t seem to pick up on the caraway flavor… but then again, I’ve never had caraway in a tea.. so I could be tasting it, but just not know it.

Overall, I enjoyed this tea and I appreciate that it had many different flavors to discover. I’m not sure that I really experienced the library comparison just by taste… perhaps the description is slightly far-fetched, but it was certainly interesting. I’m excited to see how my next cup will be when I add a bit of milk!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Trying to catch up a little bit here… I know I’ve had this one before, but it’s been a while so I’m interested to see if my tastes have changed. This tea smells of sweet banana.. it reminds me a little bit of David’s banana oolong only without the oolong base.. but the banana softness is the same. Sipping… well, I think I should have added more than the recommended amount of “leaf” as it’s a little bit on the weak side. For me, it’s a very weak banana flavor with a mixture of other things in the background that I can’t really pull apart. There isn’t anything gross in this blend, it’s just uneventful. I also wish that there would be less of that oil slick character, but I suppose that can’t really be avoided given the ingredients.

Day 5 of 2015 Advent Calendar

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


I’m a bit behind on my advent calendar days.. I should be able to start catching up more on Thursday. I was a little hesitant to try this one as I’m not wild about almond flavor… Or at least I have to be in the mood for it. The scent of this tea reminds me of an almond cookie.. Really spot on! It smells quite sweet in the cup.. almost like almond frosting. Sipping… I like this more than I thought I would. The almond flavor is just as you’d expect.. Just like a cookie but without that crunchy, starchy character. It’s a little weird with the green tea as a base as the green tea adds a mild grass flavor. I would think that it would’ve worked better with a different tea, but I’ll finish this cup as I’m liking the almond flavor for tonight.

Day 4 of 2015 Advent Calendar

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


I’m excited to see an unflavored tea for today’s tea.. After the last two being too artificial, I’m ready for something a bit more.. plain.

Sipping… well, plain is definitely what I’m getting with this cup. I think I almost get a little bit of raisin at the beginning, but it quickly fades. The rest of the cup is very… basic and reminds me of a generic black tea bag. I almost get a bit of cardboard, though it’s not as bad as other teas with this quality. I think this tea would be yummy with the addition of milk or sugar. It reminds me of a tea that should be used as a base for other flavors since it’s so plain and nothing shines.

Day 3 of 2015 Advent Calendar

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
603 tasting notes

I was pleased to see yet another tea I haven’t tried before in this calendar. I do like mango, but haven’t really found a tea version that I love… to be honest, I like the actual fruit much more than mango flavored things. I’m actually smelling more citrus than mango once the tea has steeped and it’s on the verge of being medicinal, too. Eh.

Sipping… hm, I was expecting this to be much more bitter, but it’s surprisingly smooth and thick on the tongue. I taste a bit of the white tea base… plain, slightly like hay and maybe a tiny bit fruity. I also taste orange and mango, but it is on the artificial side and it reminds me a lot of liquid Motrin. I’m disappointed because the mouthfeel is quite nice.. but it’s just too artificial and strange for me.

Day 2 of 2015 Advent Calendar

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
603 tasting notes

This tea never really interested me when I saw it on the DAVIDsTEA website.. I just had a feeling I knew what this would taste like and unfortunately, I was right. This cup brewed up a dark pink, reminding me a lot of Forever Nuts. I couldn’t really taste anything that significant.. maybe a little bit of apple and hibiscus.. maybe a tiny bit of almond? For me, this was just a hot cup of fruitiness with nothing that makes it particularly special or wintery. Darn.

Day 1 of 2015 Advent Calendar

Login or sign up to leave a comment.



Tea (& Coffee) lover. Bookworm.

Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

Note: Teas in my cupboard are all of the teas that I’ve logged, regardless of their current presence in my actual cupboard. For an updated list on what teas I have available for swap, check out the swap thread and not my cupboard! Thanks!

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer