794 Tasting Notes

Blindly grabbed this one this morning. I’ve got one stack for methodical selecting, another pile for sipdown focus, and yet another—at least one other—for random randomness when I am in the mood for the luck of the draw. And this was today’s lucky winner.

Funny that Sil was writing about this one the other day.

The caramel in this blend is more of the sweet sweet sweet toffee variety in my opinion and there’s bit of sourness reminiscent of cheesecake. This cup seems to be more flavourful than the previous ones I’ve had as flavour bits may have settled near the bottom of the sample pouch. Delicious.

And it’s a sipdown!

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I am now on steep six or so. What an odd, delicious, and odd journey this oolong is! The flavours emerging for me are sour, tart, caramel, dark dank basement, peat, moss.

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Today’s cups are redolent of cinnamon, earth, and gentle apple. The apple flavour reminds me of toasted apple chips with woody cinnamon. The roasted oolong provides the earth and the slightest aspect of green in the base. A solid grounding tea with a barely there sweetness. Beautiful blending with inspired choices.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Cinnamon, Earth, Green

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In store sample.

I like this one a lot. Although it is on the sweet side. I think a whole mug of this might be too much. A shot glass is just enough.

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794 tasting notes

In store sample.

Some days, I quite like this. Other days, like today, it is just generic red herbal. Not all that. I’ll drink it, but I most certainly will not seek it out.

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I think this one may even be getting better with age. Chocolate, malt, sweet potato, and smooth, smooth, smooth.

Also, this is the Autumn 2016 version, but I didn’t want to make another category.

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The thing about an absolutely massive focus pile is that there is a lot to choose from. For now.

I doctored this up with a half teaspoon of cacao nibs which is just the thing to refresh the richness of the chocolate. The cup is sweet dark chocolate with hints of caramelized coconut. Lovely.


Sounds scrumptious! I’m wondering if she had this available when I used to live there because it sounds like something I’d grab.


Granted, your cacao nibs must have made a tremendous difference. :)

Evol Ving Ness

I think she must have a rotating selection. When I made my order, many of the ones that I wanted were unavailable. I explained my preferences and she put together a collection of things that more or less fit my criteria. She did a good job. I am perfectly happy with the ones I received, some more than others, of course—but it happens.

This tea is good on its own. However, it is aging and needed a bit of taking to a new level. Also, the cacao nibs that I currently have are stellar, so I use them whenever possible :)

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.


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