264 Tasting Notes


I stuffed a bag full of this tea so I had something to drink at silly Starbucks while I studied. Their tea is horrible and so is their coffee. Either way – It’s butter. In a bag. Impressive.
Will write a better review later but for the price… WOW!

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
264 tasting notes

Holy Hannah banana this smells amazing. It’s making my stomach grumble and want food just smelling it. This is a dangerous tea =\
Dry: Chocolate covered raspberries…with a hint of cream. Mmm so yummy smelling. Nice pieces of coconut and raspberries. Eee! =)
Liquor: Strong black tea. Awh maybe 4 minutes was too much. Slightly bitter, but I can taste the raspberry and coconut. It’s nice, but I still think I messed up the steeping time. Boo =(

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Yeah be VERY careful with this tea..

I steep about 4

and I use a shallow david’s tea spoon and it turns out perfect now…

basically use less and steep shorter until you find the perfect match


I will have to try that out. The smell is so amazing I want to love it and crawl into the bag but with that steep I definitely wont be. Round two coming up


Ooh, raspberry and coconut sounds like a splendid combination.

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I am very excited to try this tea. And I must say – Life In Teacup has wonderful customer service!
Dry: Leaves are full and big – not little broken up chunks. (Yay!) The smell is sweet and lightly smokey. Yum.
Liquor: YUM. Toasty and creamy. Light amberish honey liquor. This is magnificent. Staple for sure. I have the perfect activity for this tea – a dark comfy bed with a movie and popcorn. I think I will go engage in such an activity. Maybe not a movie, but It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia instead. Oh jeez I’m in love with this tea. Very comforting and roasty.
Sorry for the short note. I will make a longer one later when I catch up on sleep.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I had to get this tea after discovering I have a great soft spot for smokey tea.
Dry: Much more fragmented leaves than the Nepal black by DT. Wonderful pine notes with a deep sweet smoke. Yum.
Liquor (1.5min): A deep reddish brown. Its is molasses sweet – like homemade barbecue sauce on something recently gilled. Definite pine notes at the first taste which are very strong and smokey (a little too much so). This intensity then mellows into a sweet barbecue flavour for me. Delicious!
Overall this tea is good. I wish it had a more well rounded black tea, instead of just a high intensity flavour off the get go. I want to enjoy my cup – not have my tongue assaulted by a burning pine branch. It’s drinkable – only because I didn’t steep it as long as DT said. No way hosay would I drink this steeped at 4-6 min =\ yikes.


Might be better used as an additive for other teas? I haven’t tried it yet but am working up the courage to :P


this is definitely not my fave lapsang!


Haha It’s not horrid. It’s just way too strong off the get go. It needed to subtly lead into smoke with a sweetness. Instead a few sips in and it’s already too much to handle for me.

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I needed a comforting cup of oolong and decided to go with this one. Looks like I am the first to review it (whoa)… so here we go!
Dry: Small leaves with a nutty smell to them. Almost like a baked whole wheat/nutty bread. I’m excited. I hope it wraps me in a big doughy ball of warmth – like a tea hug. I need it.
Liquor: 1st steep (30s): Well – I will never do 2-3tsp of oolong per 8oz steeped for 2-3 min.. then proceed to drink it. That would be way too intense for me. So instead I only steeped for about 30s instead using boiling water as they recommend (it worries me a touch… and depending on how this turns out I may drop it down – though the leaves are fully fermented so it’s probably alright). The liquor is a warm apricot colour. It’s nice. I don’t sense any floral notes at all, but a nice roasted chestnut taste. It’s slightly sweet, like a clover flower, though there is a different creaminess that isn’t a typical creamy (I’m attributing this to the chestnut taste). Oh delicious. Based on the leaves, I wasn’t expecting it to produce. How naive haha! In all honesty – this tea is still hot but I am gulping it down. I should slow it down and let it cool a bit. Hmph.
2nd steep (1 min): It’s now a deep amber apricot colour. The leaves are about 1/3 unfurled. I pick up a more floral note hidden amongst a toasty caramel smell (maybe?). At first I immediately thought citrus, then it became the caramel smell.. then coconut. I don’t know what is going on with either my nose or this tea but it’s neat (and confusing). Whoa strong. I watered it down. About an extra 1.5 oz. I am not fond of this steep. I’ll be honest. It’s a dumper. Drats!
3rd steep (30s): Intermediate colour between 1st and 2nd steep. I get a stronger clover flower smell. It’s Meh
Maybe my steeping parameters need to go back to my typical oolong steeping methods. This is way too overpowering and just tastes like strong tea with an interesting smell but a blank palate. Sad. It’s okay though – I have 100g worth to get this one right! For now I will stick with my rating – though I will seek to improve it with my steeping methods (aka – do NOT follow anywhere near their guidelines. Unless you like extremely strong tea).

PS. Warning – geek fest if you read on I was reading the description and looked up a research paper on oolong and it’s inhibitory effects on Streptococci (bacteria). Very neat: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8319255

EDIT: I let the 2nd steep cool off (I was too lazy to get up immediately and dump it).. and after giving up on steeping the leaves again, I had nothing to drink but this (and was too lazy to go to wash out the strainer for new leaves).. so I sipped it. AND GOOD. Chocolate. 70% dark chocolate. Just a touch of sweetness. I now regret ditching the leaves. I think this will be a fantastic oolong for icing in the summer. Yummy – rating goes up (had it at 61)

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Paper looks interesting! Thanks :D


Hhhhmmm, another possible selection when I place my order.


No problem Krystaleyn! And It is good..I need to play around with my steeping times a bit maybe or perhaps it will always just taste better cooler (Summer tea!)

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Finally! A sit-down with a tea. I feel like it’s been so long for some reason. I have been doing other wonderful things though so I don’t feel neglected due to lack of tea (plus I sneak good tea whenever I can). Since it’s almost 12 and I will be getting up early.. I figured a herbal tea would be much better than all my new oolongs that I am absolutely longing to try. So here we are. With Midsummer Night’s Dream. A sample I picked up from my Davids Tea trip (where I also filled up on their Quangzhou Milk Oolong..possibly more excited about that than all the other teas I got.)
Dry: Pretty – I had a large gooseberry in my tisane. I enjoy gooseberries by the way. The first smell I get is KUMQUATS. Whoa. Honestly my favourite fruit. I can eat a decent sized bag in one go. They are my crack. Sweet but yet tangy at the same time. I showed this to my sister and she wanted to take the bag. I said no way, but offered to give her a sample of my sample to try. She declined and opted for a tea party date instead. I’m excited.
Liquor: Hmm.. first sip tastes like Neocitran. Then it quickly calms into a very sweet complex flavour I am trying to figure out. The afterward mouth-feel even reminds me of kumquats, though I suspect it is the mint lingering. This tea is alright. But it’s not really tea. I want real tea. It sweetens as it cools and the citrus mellows a bit more. I don’t feel like I’m being punched in the face with citrus anymore. Because this tea does not taste like a kumquat, I am a bit displeased.
I won’t do another steep tonight, but I will save the tisane for tomorrow. The rating may change based on a cold steep (as I hear that is good..). Maybe tonight I just wanted some camilla sensis of any sort… not herbal =\

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I got to mucking about and didn’t document the first two steeps (2s, 4s), but they were sweet for sure. I will make sure to take better notes on that portion next time.
3rd steep (6s): Beautiful green.. it reminds me of steamed asparagus water (except without the smell). Or perhaps spinach water? Something leafy and dark green. Definitely a sweet doughy smell to me. Very sparkly and fresh on the tongue, and somehow tastes as complex as a summer meadow would smell. Bursting with tall grasses, nectar filled flowers and a clean mountainous breeze. At the end of a sip.. the lingering aftertaste on the back of my tongue is almost like my taste buds are having some kind of wild party with champagne (you’re welcome taste buddies).
4th steep (8s): Must save for later or note later.. I’m off to see my dad!
(holding off on rating until I have a good sitdown with this.. not eating okra and sipping… x.x)

Okay.. so 5th steep (11s): Magic. I left the leaves sit for 7 hours and just did another infusion. Rock candy. Everywhere. All in my mouth and then it’s gone. Oddest thing. I don’t think I have ever had a tea that tastes so different from sip to sip. I’m intrigued and need more.

205 °F / 96 °C

Really happy to see you enjoying the complexity of this one. I wish we still had some. When the last of it went, I looked to see how much I had left from the purchase for my personal supply… only enough for one more drinking session. I’ll certainly have to make sure that I’m in an attentive state of mind, and have appreciative company over, the next (and last) time I’ll get to enjoy the beauty of this snowflake…


That would be very kind of you to share your last bit with appreciative others. Though I do think having good music and a relaxing atmosphere would allow you a more attentive experience. Either way you go about your last sitdown with this tea – enjoy it!
I just pulled some of the leaves out to check out and they are so beautiful. Wonderfully pristine leaves. Heavenly =)

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drank Russian Caravan by Tea Desire
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Whoops… I added this review to the 2011 previously
{Warning: Long one.. I’m sorry}
I’m going for it tonight. I’ve waited far too long to let lack of sleep get in the way of this tea. I have more to enjoy and try later on anyways. David graciously included a note. I like that very much. It truly shows an appreciation for the customer, and is much more personalized than a stereotypical printed-out ‘thank you’ page. Well, let’s get to it. To be honest – I am nervous. I have such high hopes for this tea and I feel very happy to have the ability to try…Oh man I’m drinking it already. I can’t stop drinking it. I decided to give my leaves a rinse and use traditional brewing techniques. I didn’t have a place to dispose of the rinse water so I just sipped a bit..cause it was sitting there.. (I’m a curious person okay?).. Anyway- I couldn’t stop. I found myself drifting off into a honeysuckle galaxy whilst The Antlers – Rolled Together played in the background. I’m. So. Excited.
- Sorry-.. Back on track.
Dry: The leaves are beautiful. Various shades of a forest green.. the little leaves remind me of little pieces of acrylic paint that have dried. Odd association – but the color and texture remind me of painting. The smell to me is vegetal and strongly floral, with a bright upper note I can’t place right now.
1st steep (2s): Smells very floral up front, but I find an almost vanilla jasmine smell in the background. This tea makes me smile SO much. When I was young, I grew up in an area that had a large forest that I use to play in right down the block from my house. It was honeysuckle heaven in there! This steep brings me right back there as if I had just bit the tip off the honeysuckle and drank out the sweet juice inside. I still get a jasmine note that is very strong in the scent and immediate taste. Ooh I burnt my lip! Darn I am so impatient. Even as it cools it tastes like I’m just drinking a warmed cup of delicious honeysuckle juice. Enough notes on this steep.
2nd steep (2s): Sweetness is still present, though not as prominent. Sparkly flavours on the back and sides of tongue. I do taste a little camomile.. or just a similar sweetness that I find in camomile. Delightful.
I won’t bore you with the (hopefully) 30 other steepings unless there is a major development!
Very yummy and interesting tea so far

195 °F / 90 °C

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I am very excited to delve into as many different types of tea as possible… so this should be interesting. I am really looking forwards to tasting all the wide array of flavours that can come from pure tea leaves.

Currently, I am having a love affair with oolongs. Mostly green, though I am stretching out into more oxidized oolongs. Black teas are also in my love fest as they can be so surprising sometimes (I used to drink bagged red rose x.x)
I would really love to get to know green tea a lot more and white tea.. all tea to be honest. I want to know them all.

Tea rating system:

0-50: Do people actually enjoy this?
50-60: Slight improvement, not recommendable.
60-70: Alright, though easily forgettable.
70-80: Good flavour, though not a ‘go to’ tea.
80-90: Great tea – complex and memorable.
90-100: Extremely delicious and complex teas that leave me craving more.

On top of tea, I have a love for music. Generally all music, though I am partial to indie rock/folk/pop/electronic. Follow me if you also enjoy indie music and would like to trade some artists!

I’m always open to new tea and music suggestions. Happy tea drinking to you all.



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