1695 Tasting Notes


I think this is my favourite vanilla tea, ever.
Mind you I haven’t had that many and there was a time they didn’t sit well with me. But this one is simply delicious. Thank you Miss B for the sample, and Sil for coordinating things!
I had half a cup sans dairy, and half with. Without, it is quite pleasant, but with is where I find the “shortbread” aspect really comes out. Oh man, I can actually taste buttery cookie! The vanilla is a really nice addition as well, making things extra creamy.


Drool, vanilla shortbread.


there will be come out in the box to jones whenever i can fill it.. bhwahahaha


come = some


Yes, I second the drool! :P

Sil, dunno how you’re gonna part with it heh


This sounds amaaaazing.


it’s already partitioned out… once it’s in the box for the west coast or peeps here in toronto, it can’t come back out… otherwise whatshesaid would have no more caramel teas coming to her


M, it IS!!! I have only half a cups worth left or else I’d send you the rest to try :)

Sil, good point heh. In Sil we trust!


Annnnnnddddd.. now I need this. Yum! :)


Welcome to the club Nightshifter :P


Oh, Fjellrev! You can have some if you send me your address. :D


Where can it be purchased in the US? I’m only finding UK so far. Also how does it compare to GO? Sorry for the early AM questions. :P

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

whatshesaid loves caramel teas :)



nightshifter…no idea…this was a present from a friend travelling abroad :(


hehe meeeee toooo whatshesaid :P


Yep, I grabbed this in London at the most amazing location… You’re all going to start hating me for sharing tea that you can’t easily get in North America. I’m positive though that Whittard ships ask over the world, they’re just really pricey,even prior to shipping.

So glad you liked this! You got a ton more out of it than I did… Now I’ll have to try it as a latte.


No H8 MissB! Maybe a little jealousy though ;)
Did you have it with milk? I found it loads better that way


sounds tasty! :D


Kirk, it really is!!

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I thought I gave this away to a friend! but I didn’t! It was a bit stale already. There was no tin for it and I think this one was organic so lost flavour faster. Bah. It was great while it lasted. I’ll miss you in my cupboard Tealet.
Whatever, it was a sipdown. I had seven sipdowns!! A serious record for one day. Woot!

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I had high hopes for this chai. I really did. Vanilla chai sounds amazing. In theory.
Not so much in reality, when it includes licorice?! In my head, those two just do not go together. Nope. No they no do not.
It ruins everything!!! That makes two cups of tea down the drain today. I’m thankful they allow ten gram samples.


I wanted to try this one, but so many people said it wasn’t tasty. I wish we could order samples online! Def. not going for 50g again without having an idea of what it is like.


Seriously, it is not worth it at all. That’s one reason I don’t order from them online if I haven’t tried the tea yet as well. Other companies, I seem to have much better luck with


I generally can’t stand chais that have anise in them either. It just ruins it for me, because suddenly ALL I taste is licorice. Blech. Sorry you had to have that experience!


Yea I’m with you there teataku! in moderation, I don’t mind. But most teas with anise/licorice don’t follow that idea lol


the only chai i liked was Tim Horton’s chai tea


I haven’t had the Tims one in ages!!


I had the same experience with this one. Great in theory, but sickeningly sweet when brewed.


M… YUP!!! I tried brewing it for longer to override any sweetness but that clearly was a bad idea haha


lol. hey indigobloom over-steeping can be a blessing or a curse


There was really no winning with this tea, as much as I hoped it would be great.


well im not trying this tea then lol


Kirk – haha I don’t blame you!

M, 100% agreed. I’m so glad I didn’t let the girl convince me to buy more

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drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
1695 tasting notes

Hot, this was ok. Not great, but ok. Some sips were better than others. I was hoping for more cakey/pastry flavour, which I got maybe a hint of. For the most part, instead I found something more like chai. But not in a pleasing way. All spice, no tea!
As the cup cooled, oh dear that was not cool. Not cool at all!
I’ve never been a fan of chicory, but I find that in some teas it does really well, and not so much in others. Well I guess this is the not so much? Ick. Dislike.


how can they get away with making so many disgusting teas? ecch


I dunno, I always wondered that myself TeaBrat. They seem to sell a lot of them, so someone has to be drinking it??? And the girl in the store told me this is “one of her favourites” (how, I don’t know!)

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drank Bedouin Chai by Wissotzky Tea
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Almost done my sample!!
I’ve been trying to sip down as many teas as possible lately, because I have a bunch of stuff incoming from Butiki and Lupicia. Plus the tea festival is coming up so I expect I’ll end up collecting a bunch there as well.
If I could just find some time to organize my stash, I have a feeling things would go much more smoothly!


If I had room to organize my stash. :/


A tea festival??


Dustin – Haha yep, that too! I spend half an hour this morning going through and weeding out the easy sipdowns. I’m hoping to get my stash down to non samples only :P


Tabby – Yep, the Toronto Tea Festival is this weekend! If you’re ever in town, its a fun time. Worth checking out :D

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Goodbye Taiwanese Assam!! The memories you gave me will be cherished always xo




hear hear! I feel like we should sing for shes a jolly good fellow or something

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This was really good today. Just the right amount of spice, apple, and potato. YUM!!!
I do like the first version of this more, it was closer to what I remember of potato pancakes because the ones I know don’t have apple in them.
I did add a sprinkle of sugar to bring out the background notes. It was a little to much on the cinnamon side until I did that. Glad I still have a small tin left

adagio breeze

I’m pretty sure the original version contained apple pieces as well.


It did!! but not as many. and the flavour was milder.

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drank Winter Solstice by ESP Emporium
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I think it was Azzrian who gave me this sample. Thanks!!

A basic fruity tea with some vanilla thrown in. Not particularly memorable but I finished the cup just fine and it was smoother than I expected. Maybe I’ll cold brew the last little bit.

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drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
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I really need to leave some tea for sipdowns at the’s boyfriend’s place. I always end up drinking this one since it’s the only one he has that I can drink (mostly he has berg infested ones)
Not that its a bad tea, and I’m not over that often. I’m just annoyed that drinking this one takes away from lowering my stash at home!!! sighs
Crap. One of the kids just saw me say I’m at the “boyfriend’s”. Eeeps!


im not much for chai


I like it for a change :)

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
1695 tasting notes

This was a pleasant enough oolong. Not my favourite though.
As I said in a comment on someone else’s review, I think the kombucha powder just isn’t working for me. I looooove kombucha, but apparently not the powder version.
Also, throwing berry into the mix? ugh. What a weird combo.
I did manage to finish the cup. Lucky it was given to me no charge :D

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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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