636 Tasting Notes


I took a sip…. hmm this is different. I took another sip….. hmm this is good. I took yet another sip……. okay, time to sit and sip and ignore work for 5 mins.

This is a get you in the right mood kinda tea. This is an awesome combination. Assam, berg, and eucalyptus. I do not get any of the blueberry other than to see the cute little blueberries in the tea. Nicely blended and rounded flavor. This tea has taken some of the stress out of my day! Another blend I am digging from AQTT.

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Sipdown 9 of 2016. 1/2 pouch from QueenOfTarts stash sale. Received 2/2014 – Finished 1/2016.

The smell of this tea was amazing. It made me think I was going to me drinking some awesome coffee flavor, but the taste just didn’t sit right with me. It is old, I will give it that, but meh. Not a fan.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown 8 of 2016. H&S Sample. Purchased 7/2014 – Finished 1/2016.

This tea has been good to me the last two mornings. I no longer have East Frisian to compare it to, but right now it is what I need. I originally rated it a 75. I am bumping this up. I am enjoying it quite a bit this morning. I don’t think I would ever purchase a full tin of this, but if I ordered from the store again I might throw in 2oz. A good breakfast tea.

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Sipdown 7 of 2016. 10g Sample. Purchased 10/2014 – Finished 1/2016.

I am drinking the last little bit of this sample western style tonight, it seems like an average roasty cup. I think I enjoy this one much more gong fu. Roasty, slight hints of fruit.

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Siopdown 6 of 2016. A sample. Received 3/2014 – Finished 1/2016.

This is an old sample that was not stored well. It is a sweet warm cup this morning. It brewed up light with hints of vanilla.

I have spent way too much time reading discussions the past few days on here. As entertaining as it has been I really hope things get back to a more “normal” state soon.


heh “normal”…maybe someday :)

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drank Masala Chai by Gong Fu Tea Shop
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This is one of my oldest teas in my collection and one of the teas I had quite a bit of. When my mom found out I was starting to get interested to tea she latched onto it for christmas. I mentioned that I wanted some of this and she showed up to Christmas with 6oz of it. I had just purchased 2oz so I ended up with 1/2 lbs of chai. At first I wanted to try all the different chais out there and I did not make it back to my stash of this until this fall. This is a great chai. Nothing fancy, good combination of spices, good solid base tea, and it is a good price. I think I have about 1-2oz left of this one. I don’t think it will be around after this winter.

Evol Ving Ness

So sweet of your mom.

I am glad that you managed to move through that quantity. wow.

Are you steeping it western-style or are you cooking it up on the stovetop?


Yes it was really cool of my mom. She has always been a really good gift giver. I have done this one both ways, western and stove top. I am usually too lazy to do the stovetop method, but it is always my favorite way.

Evol Ving Ness

Yum. I will have to make some soon. Thank you for the reminder.

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Sipdown 5 of 2016. Sample. Received 1/2014 – Finished 1/2016.

Brewing this gongfu this afternoon. I am getting more sweetness out of it this afternoon. A delightful cup. If this accident of over oxidation happened again, count me in for some more of this tea.

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drank Rooibos Cocomint by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown 4 of 2016. Adagio sample. Purchased 10/2014 – Finished 1/2016.

This is a tasty caffeine free option. I really enjoy the mint and sweetness of this one.

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Sipdown 3 of 2016. Sample. Received 11/2015 – Finished 1/2016

This was a gold wrapped sample package from LP. My tasters tell me it is a Keemun, but I do not read Chinese so I have know idea for sure.

I love these little packages. There were several in the awesome package of tea LP sent me. I like opening them up and not knowing exactly what you are getting. The keemun was good. It had the deep notes in keemun that I enjoy. A great morning cup that I throughly enjoyed.

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Sipdown 2 of 2016! A sample. Received 2/2015 – Finished 1/2016.

I brewed this gongfu today and it definitely changed my impression of it for the better. It was really sweet and caramel like. There was a lot more depth to this tea than when I brewed it western. I really enjoyed this.

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea.

Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
North Winds – WP
Zho Ru -Verdant
Golden Monkey – H&S
Milk Oolong – Gong Fu Tea
Nahorhabi Assam – H&S


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