1734 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1734 tasting notes

I only got a little bit of this in my order as it was an xmas gift for my friend. but I needed it today. Being able to drink only one cup of tea per day at work (resteeps possible) I feel like I’ve been deprived! So I wanted something sure to be good and boy was this ever. Just what I was looking for. Yum.

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Took this in my travel mug to see the boyfriend. I think I like it better this way.
More astringent, but it seems to suit the setting of a tumbler better than a mug somehow. Also, the yam note, and something molasses like really came out. Rating bump.

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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Soothing. Calming. Delish mint. I love you mint. Please don’t ever leave me.


I am pretty sure they will make more ;)


I hope so!! there was an article awhile back about how there might be a shortage of cocoa one day soon. I don’t want that to ever happen to mint either! :P

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drank Osmanthus Green by Ten Ren Tea
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I bought this because I needed a bagged tea that would be nice for the afternoon when I haven’t got time to worry about filling/washing steeping things. So I wasn’t expecting super high quality. But ya know what… I am quite pleasantly surprised. Seriously! Nice!
The balance is great, it’s pretty smooth, and I didn’t get any throat scritches. Love it!
I may raise the rating even more. This is biased me talking of course, the lover of osmanthus!!

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This is one of those teas I hope to never tire of.
It even has a tin in my cupboard. But I really do prefer it hot, where the orange shines through. Cool, citrus kinda fades away. In fact, I couldn’t find a spot of it anywhere in my tea today! Though it did help get me through my first day at work. What a long but glorious day (happy sighs)


Yay work! Hope it goes well for you.


Hehe thx!! Day 2 was even more entertaining. I really do love my job! :)

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I’m not sure what went in there. The packaging is in German.
But I know there was chamomile and maybe lavender. Something green ish. Mint?
Overall, I found it calming. Invigorating. A little soapy. A nice sweet aftertaste.
Thanks MissB!

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drank Toffee by Harrods
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Lots of hmmmms these days. Not a bad one. Just… Hmmmm.
This is good, and there IS toffee there. But it takes some getting used to. At first I felt as if there was something missing from the toffee, as if it was hollow. Adding a bit of sugar helped. I didn’t think milk was necessary. It’s somewhat creamy on its own. It is a bit sticky tasting, so I suppose that part is apt!
Would I have this again? Yes, as a treat! Would I buy a whole box of it? I’m honestly not sure. Maybe. Ok so a tiny box.
Thanks MissB!

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This is certainly a different tea!! Not what I expected. High on the licorice, and that slight burning sensation when I have the candies. It’s sweet as well, though not overly so.
The other day I had a blend with licorice in it and I got an annoying fake sweetness there that I can barely see here.
No additives or anything, though with the amount of licorice imitating ingredients I expected to need it (help cover some of the overpowering notes).
Now, about this mushroom business. I do seem to taste a tiny bit of that, but only if I focus. Otherwise it just kinda hangs in the background and as a mild aftertaste. But then the licorice is there too so I’m noticing the menthol effect up on the roof of my mouth and the mushroom down mid tongue. Very odd indeed.
No white powder as yet, though my steep was relatively short at about two minutes.
Also, I didn’t like this hot very much at all.
Something tells me this’d go over really well if I had a head cold.
Thanks MissB!!!!!


No idea why I didn’t post as having drank this, but I do vaguely remember something mushroom-y as well. Bah. Glad you got a chance to enjoy it!


Thanks MissB! I quite liked the experience

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Hmmm. I ordered this expecting to love it to bits! but strangely I’ve been enjoying my other Mandala one more.
Here, I’m not getting a lot of the complexity that others are finding. Instead, I get a lot of the heavier, more metallic notes. Mushroom and clay with a bare hint of fruit.
I’ll try it with my gaiwain and if that doesn’t work, this baby is destined for another home…

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Mm, Special Dark! But, I can see where you’d taste what you do. I found it to be best when steeped in glass vs ceramic, but that’s just me. Which is the one you like more?


I’ll have to check the name when I swing back downstairs. Thought I’d reviewed it already but apparently not!!
I’ll see if glass makes a difference as well

Bear With Me

I may have missed it if you did review it. I’ve been pretty MIA after all!


bah, I’ve been missing here too kinda. Right now I’m on a “steepster” kick :)


Agh tried drawing a heart but the format program here wont let me

Bear With Me

Silly formatting :P


yep. I bet its Markdown shakes fist at formatting

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I had a teeny bit of Pancake Breakfast left and wanted to use it up, and I’m running low on black Indian teas so I added a bunch of this! First time I ever tried it with milk. Not bad at all. Kinda like chocolate pancakes :P

Thomas Edward(Toad)

i love this one :)


I liked this one too, and chocolate pancake tea is a great concept haha.


Thomas, it certainly is worthy of the love!!

Fjellrev, I was just sad I didn’t think of it before :P

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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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