603 Tasting Notes


I can’t remember who sent this tea to me (I’m sorry.. but thank you so much!) and I’ve had it for a long time so it’s time to drink it! Its scent is buttery and leafy – perhaps a little less creamy-smelling than other milk oolongs I’ve had, but it smells yummy.

Sipping… wow, this is much more sugary than I was expecting! I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s a little creamy, perhaps not as creamy or buttery as I would have liked, but the when it’s paired with the sugar, it’s lovely… really lovely. There is a leafy flavor that sits nicely in the background, not overwhelming anything. The finish is crisp, sparkling and with a sweet mineral note.

I’m not sure why I was thinking that I wouldn’t be that impressed with this one, but this is a very nice, unique milk oolong.

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I’ve had this floating around for a while and thought that it would be a good choice for this evening. Sometimes I just crave something tart and as this has hibiscus in it (even in the name), I knew it would be a good one.

Sipping… well, I’m definitely satisfied as far as needing something tart. I also like the watermelon flavor that seems to be almost as strong (but not quite) as the hibiscus. It’s not an amazing, juicy watermelon flavor, but one that’s a bit artificial and simple. There isn’t really anything special about this one… it is exactly what it says it is… watermelon and hibiscus. If you’re looking for something beyond that.. this tea wouldn’t do the job. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this tea, but can see it being a suitable iced tea choice during the summer.

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The scent of this tea is relatively mild compared to similar teas out there. I can definitely smell a light sweetness & something that resembles bread, but there isn’t anything all that specific for my nose to pick out at the moment. Some teas slap you with a strong scent, but this one is so gentle!

Sipping… This is such a smooth tea which makes it very enjoyable to sip! It’s not creamy or silky, but smooth and mild. The main flavor that I’m picking up is sourdough bread. I also detect a mild caramel note, but my tastebuds have to look for it. This tea has a beautiful flavor, but it’s very much a whisper. You have to take time to look for the subtle flavors and I think that’s what makes this tea special. This is certainly a lovely, calm (perhaps needy) cup of tea that is begs for one’s full attention!

*A note about my second steep of this tea: I do detect some lemon notes (which could very well be the result of the “sour” character from the sourdough bread) mixed with the bready ones.. so I’m getting a something like an unfrosted, more rustic lemon loaf which is quite lovely!

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Thank you for the nice review QueenOfTarts. I’m happy to read that you enjoyed the Bai Lin Congfu. Cheers, Joe


ugh. if only shipping weren’t so terrible. I really want to try the sampler pack of all the joseph teas.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Sil, we are now carried in Windsor, Ontario at the Anchor House Coffee House. They have agreed to help ship orders within Canada, but the orders will go through them not me. If you are interested in having some samples delivered to you, contact me through our website and we can work something out. cheers, Joe www.josephwesleytea.com


Joe, very much enjoying the tea so far! This will be on my re-order list. Thank you!
Sil – I hope you get to try some of this tea! If you aren’t able to, perhaps we could arrange a swap or something.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Great! Thanks QueenOfTarts.

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Jump62359 kindly included this in her swap package to me and I can’t wait to try it as it is so interesting! The scent reminds me very much of espresso but with added caramel. Well, I suppose it’s more like those pre-made packets of instant coffee, milk powder and sugar/flavoring. I don’t think I’d be able to tell the difference if I had a cup of both in front of me. It brews an incredibly deep, dark cup with a tinge of brown around the edges.

I’m trying this plain tonight even though the addition of milk is recommended. I have to know what this tastes like without anything else! Sipping… wow, this is very different than what I expected! I think that I was preparing myself for some thick, bold coffee since I was so taken by the scent. It’s thinner than I thought it would be and it’s much more earthy. I taste a bit of sweetness and a touch of something fruity. I don’t really taste much caramel or honey in this… but more of a fluid transition between sweet, fruity and a strong sort of bitter. Quite difficult to describe! The bitter note is not sitting well with my tastebuds, unfortunately. Some milk would probably add some needed creaminess to the cup.

I’m happy to have sipped on this tonight and I love that it’s a unique caffeine-free cup, but not sure I like it enough to buy. Thank you so much, jump62359, for sharing!

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
603 tasting notes

I definitely smell a strong cucumber scent in the dry leaf. As I’m scooping some of the tea out, I see some odd pieces of fruit/vegetable and I’m not so sure what they are… hm. After the tea has steeped, I detect a strong mint note – fresh, as if someone has clipped some mint from the garden and draped it over the lip of my mug. The cucumber has also changed into honeydew melon now.. I certainly hope it carries over to the taste! You know how I feel about honeydew!

Sipping… this is better than I expected, I think. I do taste some sweet melon and mint. The black tea base is detectable in the front part of the sip, but is otherwise very light. The finish of this tea is where it gets a little weird. I taste something sour and a bit like some mystery vegetable. I think I’d like this tea more if it didn’t have that finish. I’ll still finish the cup, though. It could definitely be a treat iced with some added sugar. Thank you, jump62359, for sharing!

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drank Berry Kiwi Colada by Teavana
603 tasting notes

I knew once I brewed this tea that I should have probably had it cold instead. I can smell all of the individual parts of this tea’s name: the berry, tart kiwi and the coconut. I’m impressed that all of these components can be detected after hot water has been added. Usually with these fruity blends, it all sort of turns into one massive fruity scent. Everything gets lost!

Sipping… wow, this is tart! I wasn’t expecting it, but then again it does have hibiscus.. so.. duh. Towards the end of the sip I taste some of the sweeter fruits — likely strawberry? Not much coconut for me at all, but I’m pleased with what I can taste. Although it’s heavy on the hibiscus, this tea is tastier than I thought it would be. I think this would make a great iced tea for the summer weather and the sweet fruits might pop a bit more with some added sugar. Thank you jump62359 for this sample!


I definitely didn’t know there was supposed to be coconut in this haha.
I’ve only had this cold and I feel like it would be a bit too tart if I had it hot


I tasted more of a banana flavor then anything in this one…Unfortunately I’m kind of iffy on bananas, though I’m trying to eat more of them (For the potassium, my hands have been aching more recently.)

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I received this nice tin for Christmas from my brother’s girlfriend. I love peach in teas and I am always willing to try a white tea as it often provides a nice base for certain flavors to come through. The scent of the tea didn’t smell that great to me — there is something off, a little too sickly sweet?

Sipping… the peach flavor in this reminds me of really sugary peach candies. It’s a little overwhelming at first, but the white tea comes in to calm down the heavy artificial note. It’s very smooth, buttery and very pleasant. This is definitely a decent tea, but is possibly a little bit too sweet and artificial for me. I would drink this again for the white tea base because it’s so smooth and I think I can come around to the peach flavor the more I drink it!

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
603 tasting notes

I’m very excited, but also worried to be trying this tea. The reason is… well, I love rooibos and I love honeydew melon and this tea is only available for purchase in store. I don’t have a Lupicia anywhere near me, so I may just be stuck pining for this tea after I try it. Oh, it smells so sweet and juicy!

Sipping… this is very nice! It starts out very mellow — a tiny bit of earthy green rooibos mixed with a sweet, juicy melon. It reminds me of some kind of a cactus fruit… sweet, prickly and a sparkling. The flavor sort of blooms on the tongue while still remaining soft. I find that I get the most melon flavor when I sort of gulp the tea down since it’s so delicate. It’s just … juicy, light and yummy! Yes, this is definitely one of my top rooibos teas. I want pounds upon pounds of this tea. I’ll have to find some way to have someone purchase this tea for me in store… I don’t know anyone in California, though! It’s just so lovely. Thank you a million times over, jump62359, for sharing some with me!


Even if there was a Lupicia near you, they only sell this in San Francisco! Why? I have no idea :/ It’s a pain in the butt, I know. My favourite tea and it’s a 7 hour drive away :/
But next time I’m in the city, I’ll probably buy like tons of this tea haha. I purchased about 3 packages last time and I’m already halfway through the last one!



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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
603 tasting notes

It’s cloudy and a bit cold out today. I have an assignment I need to finish and tea makes working better, so Bourbon Vanilla it is! The scent of this cup scares me a little only because I’m getting a rather heavy note of licorice and the black tea base.

Sipping… I taste the black tea base and that “thing” that smells like licorice. It reminds me of something more exotic, as if that’s the way it should taste and I’m just unfamiliar with the flavor. I don’t taste much creamy vanilla, but I’m still intrigued. Towards the end of the sip, I catch a bit of sweetness and a little bit of that wet cardboard character that I’ve found in Kusmi’s black teas. While this certainly isn’t the best vanilla tea I’ve ever had, I actually like it more than I thought I would the second time around. I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy a bunch of it and I’m actually more interested in Kusmi’s Caramel (also need to try that one again as it’s been a while), but I’m very happy to have given this a try again.

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drank Brulee Mint by Art of Tea
603 tasting notes

Dry, the scent of this tea reminds me of chewing gum. It’s likely the combination of spearmint and peppermint, but it smells exactly like mint gum and rooibos! There is a tiny bit of vanilla, but the mint really takes over. After it’s steeped, the rooibos, vanilla and mint seem to be of similar strength as far as scent is concerned.

Sipping… I’m liking this more than I thought I would! Usually mint overpowers everything, but it’s rather toned down in this blend. The main flavors are mint and wood from the rooibos. The brûlée part of the tea is really just a vanilla note for me, but it adds a bit of something smooth. It actually keeps the tea from being too much like toothpaste or a splintery, dry mint rooibos. Without it, I don’t think I’d like this cup as much.

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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!

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