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This was one of the freebies from the 2018 International San Francisco Tea Festival. A single teabag sachet that has sat in a bag of pure Indian teas now since October of 2018… sigh. How much time and effort would it have taken to just drink it, Sara? …How I feel most days…

Cup smells very malty. I’m getting a lot of cinnamon in the aroma, as well as something slightly jammy. Tastes more like a breakfast tea to me than a darj; I’m getting mainly notes of malt and cinnamon bread, though a subtle hint of apple and autumn leaf. A perfectly non-offensive afternoon cuppa.

Flavors: Apple, Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Fruity, Jam, Malt, Smooth

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Pure Darjeeling Tea by Glenburn Tea
145 tasting notes

Another sampler from the SF Tea Festival. Even with all the Festival samplers taken to my office, my home collection still needs a good deal of organization / sipping down.

Ooh, that is a smooth black tea. It’s got a malty flavor. It says on the packet, “best drunk without milk,” but I would be tempted to try it with almond milk if I had more.

I also taste a slight strawberry note, and there’s some astringency. This is a fine (pyramid) bag of tea.

Flavors: Malt, Strawberry, Tea

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pure Darjeeling Tea by Glenburn Tea
1025 tasting notes

I have way too much tea and honestly it’s making me uncomfortable. I’ve spent more on tea this year than my motorcycle is worth, which isn’t worth much because it’s an ‘82 Honda. But still, that’s a significant amount to spend on tea. I’ve never owned a lot of belongings and don’t particularly enjoy being weighed down by them, so dammit, no more tea! I went a little crazy this year with it, I think as a distraction from a failing relationship, several deaths and the dissolution of the company I worked for for 5 years. There are much worse vices I could’ve tried on for size, especially in this neighborhood.

I’ve gained some clarity over the past few weeks. I will be moving at the end of the year and would like to continue stripping away unnecessary weight. Thus begins a deliberate drink-down process, as well as considering the utility of most of my belongings and rehoming of unneeded items. Mostly unrelated to that…

This Pure Darjeeling sachet from Glenburn Tea was yet another freebie from the tea festival. It didn’t truly excite me, so one less tempting tea to purchase. It’s clearly a good quality Darjeeling sachet, smelling spicy and bright, with hints of citrus and a red fruit. The aroma was more musky than grapey muscatel and had other notes of orange, wood, pomegranate and alcohol. The first taste to hit my tongue was one of overripe strawberry followed by a mixture of orange, oak, mahogany, muscatel, mustiness and a hint of leather. The overripe strawberry faded away with subsequent sips. The liquor had a good, glassy and clean body, a little brisk with some astringency. Tartness was noticed on the sides of my tongue and my mouth watered. The light aftertaste was of muscatel and orange. A second steep was muskier, woodier and more astringent so I did not pursue a third steep.

Overall, it was an enjoyable tea and I would definitely recommend this as an easy daily drinker.

(Western, 8oz, 195F, 4/5m)

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

Mine is making me uncomfortable as well. I feel a little lighter each time I sip something down.


I peeked into your cupboard and oh lordy, I’d have a heart attack! With your upcoming reviews, I will read them and I will sigh with each one, having a sense of empathic relief ;P


I take heart in the fact that it is much better than it was. Some day it will be under control.

Mastress Alita

I also went way out of control over the last year. I love sampling, and dislike so many places sell in arbitrary sizes that are larger than what I really want, which is a large part of the problem. I live alone and don’t have the space for it all trying to drink it all, meh! If only everything came in samplers, muu~ While my catalog terrifies, there is some solice in knowing a good deal of it is single-serving samplers that will knock the number down in a single blow. When I finish off something bigger, though, that’s when I really feel a sense of satisfaction. Finished off two teas sitting in my “Sipdown Spot” today.


Ditto on feeling burdened by TOO MUCH STUFF. I took a big load of tea up to youngest at college and even though we visited places where I usually buy teamand I handled tea and I looked at tea..,I DIDN’T BUY ANY TEA! I feel good about that. My cupboard doesnt even show all I have because I got overwhelmed with all the ones that don’t have a page, but I have been working on it and have completely cleared one of the four tea storage areas.

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