1128 Tasting Notes


I haven’t had this tea in ages! Wanted a cup of good black tea this morning like I had last weekend and this one is hitting the spot. Fruity, malty bread notes, a tiny bit of astringency yet still a pretty smooth cuppa. Yum. Supposed to be lowish in caffeine too :) delicious and just what I needed. See previous notes on this tea!

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Today my spring allergies have kicked in to high gear, even the antihistamine I took yesterday isn’t doing anything. So I dug out my giant bag of loose dried nettle leaf from the local health food store (it’s been in my desk drawer for about a year haha) and I made a cup of that to see if it helps. So far my nose seems a bit clearer, although still itchy and feeling like it will sneeze. Ugh. At least warm liquids will help keep the sinuses flowing. I hope it helps a bit, going to be a long few months here with the early spring we are getting.


Seasonal allergies are rough. If you can get fresher nettles, they might be more helpful. (None of this is medical advice!)

Some of the herbs used to treat allergy/hay fever symptoms are as follows: Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) – Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) – Reduces congestion and secretions. It is good for itchy eyes, sneezing, and excess mucus. Gingko (Gingko biloba) – Contains bioflavonoids and is used as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) – Helps reduce allergic, inflammatory, and histaminic reactions and supports liver function. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) – Helps build the body’s resistance to allergies. Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) – Used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Reduces congestion and secretions.

@Whiteantlers – thanks for the info! I usually am very wary of trying many herbs for my allergies/asthma in case they interact poorly with my asthma medications, but good to know none the less! I don’t have any nettles in my yard (which I’m kind of happy about haha no stings!) but there might be some around my parents place. I will keep an eye out.


I understand and applaud you for being wise. A lot of folks don’t realize that herbs can interact poorly with prescription and/or OTC meds. Whatever you do or drink, I hope you get some relief soon. Spring is pretty but problematic!


Aww no, that sucks they’re starting up hardcore already.

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Haha and again I haven’t had this tea in ages. I needed a matcha bowl after lunch and a really hard run this morning – it was way too hot than my body is used to for running haha so I burned a lot of energy in this beautiful weather. I also have to do a bunch of yard work today so I need a bit of an energy boost.

For this being 2 years old, it made a surprisingly wonderful froth in the bowl. I whisked it up straight just with water, no additions. I thought the bitterness at the start was from it being old but I see I noted it in the previous review, so might just be the matcha. It is getting creamier near the end of the bowl :) I have been storing this in the foil bag in the tin tightly that I got it in, and in the fridge, so I’m hoping it’s still pretty fresh! Feels good, tastes good. Now off to my flowerbeds. See previous notes on this tea.

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I’ve drank this tea once or twice and haven’t logged it yet. I am having it tonight as my first cup of tea this weekend…lol. And a tisane at that!

So onto the review. I don’t feel like doing a detailed one tonight as I want to get back into my book before bed, but this one is soo savory, I love it. If you like savory teas, you will enjoy. To me it smells like Christmas turkey and mint lol (from the sage). It’s more broth like than tea like. But it’s rejuvenating and soothing to me.

I saw some reviews saying this tea gave them odd dreams. I haven’t experienced that yet with this tea, but as it’s the first time I drink it before bed I guess we will see. I’ll have enough trouble sleeping with daylight saving time kicking in today (sleep time an hour earlier and I’m a night owl lol).

Anyways, this tea is tasty and caffeine free, which is just what I need right now. Very enjoyable for a bagged tea as well.


I hate daylight savings time except when I get the extra hour in the fall to sleep in.


Haha yeah I enjoy the extra sunlight in the evening but this morning was brutal to get up..I also realized I have a site meeting tomorrow at 7 am, which will feel like 6 am…ughhh going to be a long week :(

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This tea is like an old friend. I used to drink this all the time before I really got into loose tea, especially the year back in university when I quit caffeine haha (also, a whole YEAR haha). It’s sweet, lemony, creamy, and actually pretty good for a bagged herbal. It is calming me down and warming me at work, as I am having a frustrating day between a project going poorly and the cold office. Happy I picked up a new tin of this on my lunch break. Yes, it was a bit expensive for what it is, but it’s tasty, so I will roll with it. See previous notes on this tea. (upping rating slightly)

Also, man, the last note I wrote on this was back when I only had 1 tea steeper….LOLOL. Now I have at least…6..I think, not including gongfu teaware. :D


I really don’t mind some of Tetley’s herbals. Perhaps I shall try this one :)


@Kristal – I hope you like it if you do end up trying it! It’s the one I like the best of Tetley (of the few I have tried anyways)


Good to know :)


Bought it, and I do like it :) review is about to come up!


Good to hear!! Happy you enjoyed it :)

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I am drinking this tea in a futile attempt to warm up at work. IT IS SO FREAKING COLD IN MY OFFICE. It is probably a workplace hazard. Like seriously, my little heater has been running since before I got to work (someone else was freezing) and it is only warmed up to 70 around the heater. NOT at my desk surface, that is the heater on the floor, and my feet are still cold. I have my winter coat on. A lot of other people in the office have their coats on. To top it all off, I started sneezing uncontrollably and had to take an allergy pill just to be able to function. This is NOT right. Apparently the receptionist called the building manager but no word back on what they are going to do. This has been going on for over a year as well. It’s actually usually worse in the summer as the AC is even higher and we are all wearing coats at our desk in the summer. Shorts/capris? HAHAHA. I wish I could wear those to work comfortably. UGHHHHH.

Sorry for the rant. This ongoing issue is really grinding my gears. I want to get the Building Managers info and give him an earful (not just about the cold, but also about the recurrence of my asthma from air quality, etc etc….I won’t get into that again).

So yeah. THANK GOODNESS FOR TEA. It’s trying to warm me up and not really working, but it tastes good. See previous notes.

Also, typing has helped to slightly warm up my hands. Lol.


That sounds just awful. I fully understand being freezing all the time. The other woman I share office space with, I’m sure is intent on turning me into an ice cube haha! I hope it gets resolved for you.


@Courtney – sadly it is unlikely to get resolved as this has been an ongoing issue in our office :( I might have to bring gloves! It’s hard to focus when you are cold :(


This sounds just like my office! We’re in this one room where there’s only AC, which runs constantly, and no heat. It’s a freaking ice box all the time. I’m sorry you’re dealing with a freezer office. :-(


@sundaysipping – I am sorry for you too! At least we drink tea to stay warm, I don’t know how everyone else does it with no hot beverages haha I would literally be unable to type


So true! Thank God the water cooler dispenses hot water!

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It’s finally slightly feeling like winter here today as in its snowing, tempo are still above zeto at least but it looks like winter at least. So I can take a break from my white teas and all spring like things and have a shou session! This is my first shou session since cutting back on caffeine back in December, so we will see how it goes. This tea is soothing, rich, delicious goodness, so smooth, so hoping the caffeine doesn’t cause problems. I’m finally using my little Crimson Lotus teapot to make this too, nice to keep my pots in use! I will enjoy a few cups of this and maybe read my book or just watch the snow fall. :D see previous notes on this tea!

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Drinking a cup of this sans additions at work this morning. I might venture back into my regular black teas eventually, although I have been doing well with the lowered caffeine intake :) this tea is malty and good today. It would have benefited from a spot of sugar and milk, but I don’t feel like adding in calories today lol. It is also cold now, but still tastes good. The tannins did do weird things to my stomach, but I ate a snack with it and now feel excellent :D

It is lightly snowing out today and grey and blah, but I am feeling relaxed from the overcast weather. We have been having crazily above average temperatures and a severe lack of snow, so the change is not totally unwelcome (at least for me lol). However, grey days make me want to be at home relaxing reading a book rather than sitting at work starting on 5 new projects lol. But with these times, all work is good work! Anyways, enough of my blathering haha, see previous notes on this tasty tea!

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
1128 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I’ve written a note, and to be honest I haven’t been drinking too much tea. I’ve been trying to increase my pure water intake rather than tea haha with my efforts to get more active (aka running 1-2 times a week outside, swimming at least twice a week). But it was so cold in the office today that I had to make a cup of this to sip while wearing my coat with the heater cranked. I’m pretty sure it’s warmer outside than in here lol.

This tea – nothing new about it, I’ve logged it countless times. Fruity, un-caffeinated, smooth and easy drinking. I am losing my infatuation with it, so decreasing my rating accordingly. But it helped warm me up! See previous notes on this tea.

I will try to log notes more frequently on here, I lurk and read lots still! :D

Edit – Happy note 1100 to me! I was going to try to hit that on my birthday, but I drank scotch that night instead of tea :P haha

Evol Ving Ness

Happy birthday to you!


Thank you!! :)

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1128 tasting notes

So after about a 2 month break from caffeine, I have decided to slowly re-introduce it because I truly have a passion for tea and I miss brewing my good stuff :) so today I am having a western brewed cup of this lovely tea. 20s rinse and a 20s steep. Smooth, creamy milk chocolate flavor with a hint of mushroom today. I so missed my puerh!

Hopefully I don’t get too anxious reintroducing caffeine, and gone are the days I would have a ton of cups of tea a day, but my health has to come first. See previous notes on this tea!


How did you do with the caffeine?


Welcome back! I’m glad to see you around again :)


@tigress_al – so far so good! I didn’t finish the full cup as I had to go out of the house for a bit but nice and tired tonight and I also had a decaf espresso today and am still good! I just won’t overdo it

@Indigobloom – thanks! It’s good to be back writing notes, I’ve still been lurking but happy to be back in the swing of things :)

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.



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