1696 Tasting Notes


Took this into work and forgot we had no milk. Dur!
It was ok… but nothing special. Definitely nutty, and just a tiny bit jammy. The consistency was pretty consistent with “pb&j” though, which was nice.
More experimentation needed!

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Just as I remember it. Damn. No wonder herbals have felt weak to me the last few years… I’ve been mentally comparing them to this one and fruit ginger, among a few others.
So glad I’ve rediscovered my first tea loves.
This really does remind me of a raspberry mojito. Today’s brew was very berry like and even a bit fizzy. Not too heavy on the mint either. Everything came togeher just so. Ahhh perfection.
I really need to buy me a tin. Maybe as a reward when I reach a decent cupboard size.

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Sipdown :)
This was not quite as tasty today. I wish I had more for experimenting. Missed those mineral notes!!

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My first cup of this was much tastier. That was in my travel mug. Second was at home. Sugar brought out more cherry this time but not cream. Hmmm. Must try again. Maybe as a latte

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drank Fit Active by Citizen Tea
1696 tasting notes

No licorice yay!!
For that reason I think this might be the best “health blend” from this company yet. I prefer it hot when the tartness is more present in regards to taste. I’ll have to sort through them all to be sure. It is nice and fruity in a citrusy way

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drank Estus Black by A Quarter to Tea
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I have a funny relationship with vanilla in teas. Sometimes it is amazing, but for the most part I find monk-esque blends to be kinda boring. I love the concept, and tend to fall in love with the descriptions, and reviews… but when I try it myself, I just don’t get the hype. Sure, its a pleasant enough cuppa. But nothing memorable. Every time, I go in hoping I’ll find an exception to this trend.
Without any additions, the scent of this one was too much for me. I couldn’t stomach more than a few sips. So I added milk, to tone that down, and some chai sugar. Those two things allowed me to finish the cup.
Thank you for the sample AQ2Tea! It isn’t your fault that vanilla teas just aren’t for me. I was curious about this blend, and now I know :)


i always associated monk as being grenadine/cherry versus the vanilla..i know they usually have both but it’s the grenadine in monk’s blend i dislike versus the vanilla. Vanilla teas are NOMMY! :)


I love grenadine and cherry but somehow in Monks blend, I never taste it. The ’nilla seems to overpower somehow. You can have any samples of either that come my way Sil!

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This is quite nice. I like it!
A growing spice though, had to add milk again so that I could actually taste the chocolate notes. Ala dairy, I am now tasting a background note of cocoa, with a rather accurate mouthfeel of pudding, even moreso as the cup cools. Chipotle heat is the dominating feature of course, but giving way to chocolate pudding, surprisingly. Or maybe I’m getting used to the spice.
Also, my first sip was very smoky, in an airy way I’ve not seen before with tea, but that was before the heat from consecutive sips built up as an aftertaste. It kinda reminded me of the smoke rising from a pipe in cartoons. Or what I imagine the smoke from a vape would taste like. I’ve never tried it so can’t say the description is accurate but it is the image that comes to mind.
The overall complexity of the blend is lovely. This is my second cuppa, the first one straight. It did not take well to my Contigo at all. So glad I gave it a second chance.
Now, I have to say that the milk really brought things to life for me. Also about half a tsp of sugar, probably a little less. Before those additions I found my cuppa generically spicy. Now, seeing as this is a version of chai, atleast in my eyes, that seems reasonable to me.

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drank Licorice Black by 3 Teas
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I’m nearing the end of my tin. There is about a third left. Maybe less. So not enough for me to justify buying another, but close enough that I’m concerned!! ack. I love this tea. And I don’t wanna be without it or something similar in my cupboard. The tea festival, where I bought this, is coming up in two weeks. sighs. looks like I won’t be replacing it there…

Yes I hate licorice in blends, esp the health/feel better types. But straight up? yeah that gets me. No idea why. I’d love to find a green tea version one day.
And yes, since this is a chai cousin in my eyes, I do add milk Sil :D


:P milk in chai = yes


I’m all about the chai this week for some reason!

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drank Black Pearls by Citizen Tea
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I really needed this cup of comfort. Day two of my headache. It’s nice and warm and smooth and full of cigar like cocoa notes. Going back for round two shortly.
Also. I’m just really sad this morning. Someone I dated many many years ago died yesterday. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth didn’t matter.
Addiction took over his life until it was over. I’m not sure if it was an OD or suicide, or a combination of the two. At heart, he was a really nice person who would do anything to help a friend… and yet make terribly non-PC jokes that were hilarious and broadly offensive all at once.
I viewed him from afar (mostly) on Facebook, not knowing how to help, after seeing him post about stints in and out of rehab, his declining quality of life after being cut off from family, and moving to a city known to be infested with drug problems, among other things. His critiques of Hamilton were surprisingly engaging. and heartbreaking. We spoke occasionally over messenger where I tried my best to offer non-judgmental support in the only way I knew how that wouldn’t impact my own well-being, just being someone to talk with.. a brief connection to the life of luxury he once had. Unfortunate proof, if I ever saw it, that money does not solve everything.

This headache of mine feels awfully appropriate right now.


Some hurts tea can’t even fix. Praying for peace for you and your friend’s family.


Thanks gmathis. I appreciate that <3

Evol Ving Ness

So sorry, Indigobloom. It’s so hard, in a multitude of ways, to lose a former partner and a peer. Be kind to yourself. <3


Hope you feel better soon. I lost a friend Tuesday that I worked with years ago. The funny thing about us working together is that we were born on the same month, day and year. We often teased one another about being twins somewhere down the line.


Thank you for the kind words Evol <3


mrmopar I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and work twin. Sharing those special bonds with people really does make it tough to lose them


TY Indigobloom.


@mrmopar <3

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drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

Can’t believe I still have some of this left. I discovered that the tartness really comes out as its hot and then turns sweet as it cools. I love the tart, so need to find a brewing method that maintains it. If they bring it back maybe.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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