1473 Tasting Notes


This was the very first tin of tea I ever bought and it is a classic. I reach for it just about every time I overindulge or whenever my stomach is just not up to snuff. Last night we ordered Indian and my butter chicken was so freaking spicy. Between the cream and the spices, Indian food isn’t something my stomach handles well, and this tea helped it recover.

I love this tea.

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drank Silver Star by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown! (387/377)

Still weak, but okay. Will not replace, but I’m not hating this last cup!

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I really hoped I would like this one, but I just…don’t. The flavors are too artificial, the pu-erh is too…earthy, and it’s just not my cup of tea. But the wife likes it, so I’ll have her work on drinking it down.

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drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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After quite a few tea misses today, I needed a win. The lemongrass and mint in this are wonderful and soothing and just what I need to wrap up a busy day.

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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been avoiding this because, well, I didn’t like it the first time around. I pout the rest of this in my mason jar in an effort to finish off my little packet, and it worked! Sipdown for me! (388/378)

Usually an oily film on a tea doesn’t bug me, but combined with the white floaters from the chocolate, it’s a huge turn off. It smells…weird. Like old, earthy, white chocolate with a side of…feet. Ugh.

I don’t understand how this was considered a good idea. Earthy, fishy pu-erh with pineapple and chocolate? shudder

So…yeah. It tastes like pineapple feet.


Pineapple and feet. LOL

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Tea Haus teas are like Adagio teas for me. I have to steep them below boiling so they don’t get painfully bitter. But with some of the Tea Haus teas, I steeping them at a lower temperature leaves them weak and kinda boring.

This is one such tea. I do get a sweet burnt caramel flavor, but it tastes watered down and weak. Maybe I’ll play with the ratio or something to try and perk it up…and to get rid of more leaf.

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drank Silver Star by Red Leaf Tea
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I’ve been hoarding this sample and I have no idea why. I really enjoy Red Leaf Tea’s black teas, their Irish Breakfast is my go-to when I need brisk morning tea. I needed one this morning, but I’m eager to get some sipdowns in, so I reached for this instead. There’s enough for two cups, both of which I plan to drink today. Yay!

I’m kinda disappointed in this. It’s kinda weak, but the aftertaste brings in some berry, oddly enough. Maybe it’s the yogurt I just ate.

So this is good enough, but I think I’ll stick to other teas.

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Another sipdown! (389/379)

Sharing a pot of this with my wife, mine has sugar and hers doesn’t. It smells earthy and fishy like a puerh, and definitely tastes like a puerh, but it’s supposed to be black. I dunno….it’s very dark, even after a short steep and it just smells heavy, you know what I mean? I don’t smell a lot of chocolate or mint.

It tastes bitter to me, and definitely like a puerh with an aftertaste of chocolate and mint. Like a bitter cup of tea with an Andes mint melted in it. You can kind of taste it but not really.

Meh. Buh-bye, Chocolate Mint.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Another sipdown! I’m on a roll! (390/380)

I’ve had one of those days where I’m craving one thing, so I eat way too much of it, and then I’m craving something else, so I do the same thing over and over again.

Ugh. So I went in search of an oolong or puerh to help with the stomach ache brought on by my own stupidity. So this is a sipdown and a helper, all in one.

I’m sad to see this one go. I really enjoy the berry and the puerh rounds it out for me. But the more I sip, the more room I make for other teas.


I will probably get more of this soon.

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


Scarborough, ON



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