1696 Tasting Notes

drank Barrys Irish Tea by Barry's Tea
1696 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample MissB!
Not a bad black tea. But then again, not a memorable one either. Definitely needed some milk and sugar to boost things up. Next time, I’ll let it steep longer (I went with 3.5m this time)
Overall, its a basic breakfast black. A little bit of everything. Very balanced.
It went very well with the book I’m reading. I did like this cup!


FYI this was their ‘Gold’ Blend – there are three entries for it which I’ll maybe email Jason about merging later, but I’d suggest you move your review there :P


Oh bugger that’s where I thought I posted! thx for the heads up

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Ohhhhh my goodness! Tasty doesn’t begin to describe this. I’m in love, surely!
Thank you MissB for the sample!!!
This is definitely mousse. Not just chocolate, but the texture of mousse, with that extra berry tartness as well.
Towards the end, my cup showed more berry than chocolate, which was nice as well. A little tart since I added no sugar.
Very smooth as well. Excuse me while I go fawn over my cup…


Yum! I’m looking forward to trying this once I’m back home.


told you this one was good! :)


Kittenna, make sure you have time to savour :P
Sil, Oh man I neeeeed more of this one

Second steep was good too!!


i gave the whole bag over to kittenna to do what she wanted with it…


We will see what’s left once it’s parcelled out to everyone I’m sending stuff too. I still have a couple Victoria people plus others, but I suspect there will be some left after that :)


claps hands
I’m excited for everyone to try :D


Thanks MissB!

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drank Lemon and Ginger by Barry's Tea
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Awesome! Thanks for the sample bag MissB!
Sans any sugar or other additives, this tastes just like a lemon ginger candy. The kind you sneak for sore throats. Except I actually really like them and have trouble not having any just because :)
I love how potent yet balanced the two flavours are, without being overwhelming.
Its very comforting and yet energizing in a non-caffeinated way. Five Noms for the win!!!

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Mmmmm Crumble! with just a hint of bluberry. The crazy intense sweetness is overpowering the berriness I think.
Whatever, I did enjoy it. A nice change from the straight teas I’ve been enjoying this week!
One thing I’m noticing is that not only do I find this tasty, but its satisfying too. I haven’t figured out why, but sometimes those two factors aren’t both present. One or the other, but not both…
Also, my rating here would be much higher if there was more blueberry without sacrificing the crumble aspect – though I admit it could be an uneven distribution of flavouring, will see what happens with the next cuppa!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Someone gave this to me for Christmas!
So I looked up my review from eons ago and wow I hated it then… but now strangely I don’t mind this one. The vanilla is a but more muted than I recall. To be honest its more like minty white chocolate than vanilla. With milk and half a teaspoon of sugar, I really did enjoy the cup. Quite the treat!

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drank Jungle Pleasure by Tealux
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Do not like!
It isn’t bad. But something in there just puts me off. Something sweet and medicinal smelling, and a bit bitter – in contrast with the sweetness of the fruit I think the contrast is what throws me off.
Ah well. I gave the rest of my cup to Dad. Hopefully someone else will want the rest…

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What an interesting tea! Sweet and a bit roasty with some clay notes underneath.
It reminds me of a Dragonwell in some ways, but more robust and less honeylike.
I must try it gaiwan style next.
The leaves are unique as well. Two of them at a time, twisted into a long spindly looking thing.

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What a sad sipdown. I’ll miss you oatmeal raisin cookie! All spicy and cookie like… mmm. Goes really well with a bran muffin.
Even worse, is that I haven’t got many chais in my cupboard. Now I need to find one to replace the goodness of this one or buy some more! but then I need to keep my numbers down.
What to do….

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1696 tasting notes

Oh baby its been awhile!
For awhile there I wasn’t really liking the LB so much – no idea what was wrong with my buds haha. But thankfully I am all fixed up now!
This cup was a tad underleafed. Still delish though. Happy sighs


Where in Toronto is Verdant Tea? Are they only online or do they have a tea store?


Minneapolis I think – so for our purposes online only. Unless you wanna go for a roadtrip :P

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It seems I have the flu. I guess it’s appropriate for the goings on of my week huh.
Anyhow, I think I got the parameters on this all wrong. It was far too light! and full of hibiscus. Maybe I couldn’t taste everything? I don’t feel all that congested…. hmm.
I used my standard one and a quarter teaspoons for the mug I use, but then I saw on the website that it says to use 2g. I haven’t got a scale and the contents is rather varied so I really do need to experiment. Oh and I went with a three min steep, on the low end of their rec. I may go longer next time.
Also, the hibiscus added a rather pleasant tang while hot, but cold? ugh, might as well have been lemonade…

The Finest Brew Co.

Hi Indigobloom, thanks for the review. Do also try steeping a teaspoon full which is about 4-5g if you felt it was quite light.

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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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