603 Tasting Notes


This one smells weird right out of its package. I’m not sure exactly how to describe it… faintly smells of green tea, orange, spices and something doughy? Luckily it doesn’t smell like Play-Doh, but it still smells strange.

Sipping… I taste a light orange flavor and the mild green tea base. The spices/doughy bits hide behind everything and really just contribute a strange flavor. It’s not terrible, but it’s very weird. If I gulp down this tea, I do get more of a sweet fruit flavor and something that reminds me of bubblegum.

I wouldn’t purchase this tea in the future, but it’s nice to try something interesting.

December 10 – Advent 2014

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I’ve tried this tea using the recommended 1-2 pearls, but haven’t been impressed.. so I’ve made this morning’s cup with around 5-7. We’ll see if it makes a difference.

Right away, I can tell that the scent is much stronger and very sweet. Sipping… yep, definitely better with more pearls! This is smooth, sweet – hints of caramel, hay and wood. It’s actually a little chalky which I found to be the case with fewer pearls. I love how this has much more body and it’s so smooth! Yum.. would definitely buy these again, but not sure if the value is there since I have to add so many pearls to get the delicious cup I want.


Anytime I’ve made a tea with black pearls, I’ve used 4-5 at least in order to get my desired flavour level. They do last for multiple infusions though, usually.

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The plain tea bag smelled like Play-Doh which wasn’t a good sign. After water has been added, it does smell much more like Christmas – cinnamon, spices .. maybe some orange thrown in. Not sure how I feel about this one, to be honest.

Sipping… hmm.. there’s a lot going on in this blend. I taste cinnamon and orange, but also something that reminds me of a cookie? I’m not sure.. there’s something doughy tasting in this cup.. it’s almost like completely plain dough with spices and orange. The Play-Doh scent remains, sadly, and really dominates everything. The green tea base is smooth, not astringent and very soft. I’m happy to have tried this one, but it’s far too strange for me.

December 7 – Advent 2014


Yuck – I’ve had teas that smell like play-dough before. I haven’t figured out what it is, but it’s happened to me most often with white teas.


This is the first time I’ve smelled Play-Doh.. but I’ve read that others have experienced it before! It’s really strange to have such a gross smell in a tea!

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This tea smells so yummy! It reminds me of a juice box I had when I was a little kid… some kind of fruit punch, only more delicate. I get the feeling that this one could get very bitter if oversteeped.

Sipping… mmm, the flavors in this tea are so special and so unique! I taste the passionfruit, but also the lovely rose. The two blend together flawlessly! They are so well balanced that the tea doesn’t taste like perfume when it very well could. The white tea stays in the background and really only comes out at the end of the sip. I’m glad that it’s not bitter, but adds just a little sharpness to the fruit and flowers.

I never would have thought to purchase this tea, but it’s delicious and unique! Quite tasty.

December 8 – Advent 2014

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I’ve been falling so behind on the advent calendar days, so I will be drinking some in reverse until I’m all caught up! This is today’s tea, though, so at least I can begin with this one.

I’m not a huge fan of Earl Grey. Sometimes I’ll be in the mood and it will be delicious, but most of the time, I’d prefer something else. This cup smells rich and the black tea is strong. I can’t pick up on the white tea yet.

Sipping… the first thing I taste is a bit of bright, bitter orange peel quickly followed by the black tea. It tastes a bit like your standard Earl Grey only it is perhaps a bit smoother. For someone who isn’t wild about Earl Grey, it isn’t bad, but perhaps a little boring.

December 9 – Advent 2014

Cameron B.

Ooh, excited to see another Steepsterite doing this calendar as well! :D

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I am FINALLY getting around to opening this pouch. My schedule has been so off lately that I haven’t been drinking too many teas with caffeine. I really need to sip down some of my collection since it’s bursting at the moment.

The dry leaf is very pretty – golden strands mixed with black, very tightly wrapped around each other. The scent of this tea after it’s steeped weirdly reminds me of the English Breakfast tea of my childhood – thick, milky and sugary.

Sipping… mmm.. quite delicious! What I notice first is the sweetness of the cup. It’s smooth and yet only the slightest bit earthy, sharp. I detect a bit of hay, sweet potato and perhaps a bit of pepper in the aftertaste. I also love the mild milk tone that I’m getting throughout the entire cup. It’s not that the tea is creamy, but smooth with a flavor that reminds me of a glass of milk.

While I did enjoy this cup, I didn’t find the flavor notes that I was hoping to find.. vanilla, cream. I’m not sure that I would go out of my way to find this one again, but it is enjoyable!


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Mmm! Sounds so good. Wishlisted now :P

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The scent of the dry blend is wonderful: beautiful oolong, buttery cashew and tart raspberry!

Sipping… this is such a tasty tea! I first taste the lovely oolong – very mellow, but with light floral notes. The raspberry blends so well with the tea base and adds such a bright sweetness. The cashew seems to blanket each sip with a heavy nutty flavor. I don’t know if I would recognize it as being exclusive to cashews, but it’s delicious. The nut flavor reminds me of Maple Pecan oolong.

Mmm! This cup is very enjoyable and so original. Lovely! I’ll have no trouble finishing the rest of this blend.

Oh, Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for family, friends and delicious tea!

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For some reason, this season I’m really enjoying the creamy peppermint teas. This one sounded so delicious, so I picked this for my evening cup. Well, this one is definitely not for me. The first sip made me cringe! I thought to myself, “WHAT is that flavor? Licorice?” — then it finally came to me… stevia. Normally I don’t mind stevia and actually like it in certain drinks, but its presence in this tea made it beyond sweet. It contributes an awful, tongue-coating flavor and paired with the peppermint, it becomes liquid medicine. Ew.


Oh, gross.

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The scent of this blend is so delicious — mint, vanilla, chocolate. It really does smell like mint chocolate ice cream! After water has been added, it smells much more earthy, woody and minty… sharper, almost… but I can still smell the chocolate.

Sipping… the first thing I taste is mint paired with some rooibos. It almost seems like it is going to be too sharp, but it slowly changes into something smooth and creamy. The chocolate flavor itself is subtle, but the creaminess is lovely! This tea has such a nice balance of rooibos and mint. The mint isn’t too overwhelming for someone who isn’t crazy about it. This is really yummy! I would definitely repurchase this in the future.


Glad you like it! … And that we split it!

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This is a great tea for this afternoon. It has just started snowing and it’s freezing outside! I pick up on some soft cocoa notes, something earthy like soil and a savory hint of buttered or salted fruit. The end of the sip brings out a bitter raisin flavor, too. There is a lot going on in this cup and it seems to have a little bit of everything. While it’s enjoyable, it isn’t my favorite from Whispering Pines. I’m so happy to have tried it, though. Thank you, Ost, for the sample!

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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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