1125 Tasting Notes


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
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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
1125 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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drank Three Ginger by Pukka
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Unfortunately this is the first note I’ve written on this tea, and I’m not really in the mood to actually review the tea, I am more posting this note as a tribute to the late Alan Rickman, my favorite actor, who sadly passed away today.

I’ll keep it short, but I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since about grade three. Read all the books multiple times, went to quite a few of the movies in theatres (I don’t think all of them) and have re-watched the movies countless times. And my favorite character in the movies is definitely Professor Snape. Probably mostly due to the fact that Alan Rickman did a STELLAR job portraying Snape, and I can’t even think of anyone else as Snape ever. And to this day, everytime I see the last movie at a certain part involving Alan Rickman (I won’t spoil, in case people actually haven’t seen all the movies) I break down crying my eyes out. Even after watching the movie so many times, I actually watched it over the Christmas break and broke down with my aunt and uncle there any everything lol.

And yes, Alan Rickman has done quite a few other movies, notably Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. And he was also a great villain in those movies as well. He has an excellent voice too, unique and recognizable.

But he will always be Professor Snape to me. Always.

So here’s to you, Alan. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the film industry and I am happy to have lived in a time where you were an actor. I will try to not be too sad today, but this is hitting me harder than I thought it would. I don’t have many favorite actors, and he was my favorite. Rest in peace.

Oh, and this tea is super gingery and spicy, I’ve drank multiple cups in the past but I will write a more detailed note later.


So sad. He was incredibly gifted.


Someone on my facebook shared a quote from him that he would be 80 in a chair and reading Harry Potter, and his family would ask him “still?” and he would respond “always”. Snape isn’t his most memorable role for me but that he won’t get to do that at 80 nearly had me crying. Stupid hormones. I really enjoyed him in everything I saw, possibly starting with Metatron in Dogma.


I saw that quote too, almost choked me up at work too, and every quote of his I read in his voice in my head as well. I haven’t actually seen Dogma but I feel the urge to watch all movies that he is in now. An amazing man with a true gift of getting into character. :(


There is always this to cheer us up. :)



Hahaha @Uniquity thank you for posting that! I watched the first minute at work and will watch the rest later :) two of my favorite things in that video!

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Belated Merry Christmas Steepster! I finally regained my sense of taste and smell on Christmas day which was awesome, but I am still fighting a hacking horrible cough as of today gahh. I ordered myself a tin of this and the white sage tea with my bfs present, and after reading about pine needle tea being helpful for colds, I thought I’d try it tonight at the lake :) very fitting setting.

The smell is so much pine trees I thought I was in the forest! Wow! Sap and bark and trees..all the smells of camping. I steeped the tea bag (wish it was loose lol) for about 3 mins. The taste is nice and fresh, pure piney goodness, a hint of sweetness and citrus. Hopefully it helps this silly cough to go away! Overall, so far pleased about the flavor and hoping it helps!


oh neat!

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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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