746 Tasting Notes

drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
746 tasting notes

I’m super stressed out right now. I found out some bad news about a co-worker today, and I’m really wound up about it, since I actually care a lot for this person, and their situation is terrible right now. I came home after chatting with them on their (late) lunch break, but I ended up trying to take a nap to relax and hope my headache eased with darkness. Unfortunately, I’m still wound up and my head still hurts. So I’m hoping this tea offers some solace, at least for a little bit.

I, uhhh, accidentally steeped this the full 24 minutes my dinner was cooking in the oven for (not that I feel like eating). Thank goodness it’s herbal. It’s actually still ok, but maybe a little lemongrass-y. It is pretty tasty though. I hope my stomach will settle a little from the ginger.

Thanks to OMGsrsly for letting me try this one. It’s pretty tasty, aside from my results of over-steeping it.

3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

feel better!

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Had some of this this morning before heading out. Oddly, I got a strawberry feel. Maybe it was my headache and my senses were off?

I di find the base to be nice and dense, but not overly strong. That said, I did opt to add milk to it. I might not next time, though I think I may cold steep the rest. I’m not sure.

Maybe a future serving I’ll have a better taste of it. I did like it, even though I thought it was strawberry. Ha!

Thanks to VariaTEA for letting me try this one. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest of my sample.


Strawberries are nice too :P


Yes. I liked how the pu erh base was not too strong, and it added depth to the whole tea.


This has pu’erh?!?


According to the ingredients listed above:
Blue Mallow Blossom, Blueberry, Orange Flavoring, Passionfruit, Pu Erh Tea Leaves, Raspberry

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This smells really good. I’m not sure if I didn’t steep this right or what. It’s tasting quite mild to me, but I can taste something. Debating whether I should make the rest hot or save for a cold steep later on.

Thanks to VariaTEA for this one. I think it has good potential, but I’m just not sure I got the best it can be.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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So, 52 Teas…we meet again. I’ve been really hit and miss with you. So, this tea? Hiss?

Hit in the sense it is a tasty tea…miss in that it’s a stretch to call it french toast. I can taste the cinnamon and the buttery syrup, but nothing really screaming french toast. I’ll have to try the milk thing to see if that changes things. Basically, if I was given the tea to taste, not knowing it was called french toast, I would not have guessed it.

But like I said, it is a tasty tea, and nice for breakfast. I’ll try the rest of my sample from VariaTEA with milk next time.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Sample from OMGsrsly since last time I had basically one-ish serving…and I felt like I was really on the fence with it and wanted more to see if I could get a better handle on it.

So, I have a little more to play with. Honestly? I’m still on the fence. I don’t find anything wow with this. I don’t get cake. I do get a thick mouthfeel, and sweet. I don’t find this bad or offensive…it’s good, but I think the only reason I’d get this is due to it being caffeine free, so if I found something I liked better, I’d get that.

But don’t get me wrong steepsterites…it is tasty. It’s just really mild. I’ll continue to drink it, but I think I’d be on the lookout for something better to satisfy the caffeine free option. It is something I might consider getting just for the caffeine free option in the meantime, but I’m going to eventually work with Stacy on a custom honeybush, so that might fill the gap.

I have a few more servings left to see if my mind changes.

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Had a cup of this tonight. Decided to add a little genmai hojicha from my amoda box from January. Didn’t really make much of a difference, to be honest, in terms of flavour.

Still, I like this tea. It was the right tea for tonight. I’m glad I picked up the bag when I was in LA.

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Made this one this morning since I had a headache…I do seem to like my straight blacks on such occasions.

The first thing I noticed is how light and fluffy the leaves are, and how lovely they are with the golden tips. Now, perhaps because I have been heavy on the pu erhs lately, this tasted light and sweet. I did use my organic cane sugar, and a little milk.

I can’t really go into too much detail on the intricacies of this steep, as I was in bed with the headache, and this was at my bedside.

This sample was quite tasty though, despite the headache, and I’m glad there is more for me to have. I’m sure I’ll like the rest of the sample, so many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for sending this.

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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First Big Apple of the season today!! YAY!

Our temps are warming up, so I broke this one out for a scenic drive today.

It’s still a favourite of mine, and I will refill for the season.

It’s light, and sweet and juicy. I like to cold brew this one in the warmer months, too.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! I’m definitely getting more of this for now, maybe 25g for now and see how I am when that finishes. The only thing in here that is potential issue is the lemongrass. So far, with my bag, it has not been too strong, so with hope, it will be ok in larger amounts. It’s one of those ingredients that I’m on the fence with…I like it in some blends, but not all.

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I let this steep too long cuz there was a shiny thing, but it is still pretty good. The taste is slightly astringent from the oversteep, but the rest of the taste is hard to describe. I’ve never had a persimmon, so I can’t compare.

The sample pouch, provided to me from Teavivre for reviewing, was perplexing. It didn’t seem like individual pieces, but pieces and then stuff…I don’t know how to explain. Like buds and leaves? I thought the packet would be solely filled with that in the image. The description on the website said to use 10-15 of them, whatever they are, flower heads? I found that hard to do, so I just measured into my bamboo spoon and hoped it was ok.

So, I’m not 100% sure how to describe this, or what to make of it, but it is tasty, and I may try mixing it with a white or green as suggested.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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