286 Tasting Notes



The first time I tried this I was a little distracted and noticed only the predominant sweet potato and dark sweetness.

This morning’s cup really hit the spot. I’m still getting the sweet potato and molasses, but I’m also noticing some spiciness. The mouthfeel is lovely – has some heft/thickness to it.

This is ridiculously good! Thank you so much for sharing Cameron B! Need MORE of this!!

Cameron B.

I’m so glad you like it! :D




Inspired me to have some this morning!


Isn’t this just so nom nom nommies?!!


Definitely! I’ve already purchased it twice.


Drinking this today too. It’s really good. :))


Cool!! :D I definitely hafta put an order in.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
286 tasting notes

My first couple of sips, I thought it tasted more like banana pudding than nut bread. As the cup cooled the nuttiness came out. Me likey. Too bad it’s a small seasonal sample. I used half the sample for one cup. At least it’ll be a quick sipdown.

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Whoa, the leaves are HUGE, I thought it was an oolong at first glance. The leaves are long and dark chocolate brown in colour. I kinda eyeballed the measurements and used up half the sample and less water than I normally would, maybe about 6 oz.

Lightly malty with a lot raisin notes and honey. I thought I picked up on some grains, I guess that might be the bread notes coming through. It’s sweet and fruity, but I mostly taste raisins.

Tasty tea for a miserable rainy day. While good, perhaps not something I would feel the need to keep in my cupboard, but I certainly wouldn’t turn a cup away. Sample came my way from the generous Cameron B. Thank You!


Hope your day un-miserable’d itself!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought this last year, and wasn’t thrilled with it. Tried it again this year, and still not wow’d by it. Seems heavy on the cinnamon to me. I like Pumpkin Patch waaaay better.

Off to the Wal-Mart. It’s near a David’s tea, so maybe I’ll redeem my points.

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This is one of those days where I would happily sit/lie on the couch and do absolutely nothing. Other people in the household have different ideas about what is actually going to happen today (shopping at Wal-Mart) :( Assam to the rescue! A bit of heft to it – it’s so nice and malty. I did get a touch bitterness as the cup cooled, but still very drinkable.

Sample provided by looseTman – thank you!

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Well, no surprises here. Tastes sweet and creamy. I’m surprised at the how strong the root beer flavour is for a tea, and it oddly works! If I still drank soda it would be root beer, but since I don’t I can satisfy any cravings with this tea.

Thanks for the sample, Lala! Yums!


Root beer is the one soda I can’t give up, even though drinking stuff with bubbles makes me feel so terrible and pukey.


Yeah, they’re pretty harsh on me too :(


Funny you brought that up…we ate out last night and I drank the first root beer I’ve had in…a year? Barq’s. Pretty tasty!

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Another delicious sample Cameron B.

This is surprisingly light and honey sweet. I’m not getting the sweet potato, but I’m going for steep 2, maybe it’ll show up then. I really enjoyed how light this was, very different from another Tan Yang that I tried from another company. The other one, to me, was deeper in flavour and very malty. Both are very tasty in their own way.

Definitely will purchase on my next order from Teavivre. Thanks Cameron B!!

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
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This is different. I was intrigued by the thyme, and wondered how that would fare in a tea. I get mostly the herby flavour of the thyme. The peach to me is more of a scent than a flavour, but there is a whisper of the peach hiding in the background.

I think this would make an interesting iced tea, but I don’t have enough to test that theory. It’s pretty good, and am glad I got a chance to try it. Thanks for sample Cameron B!

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drank Bancha by Harney & Sons
286 tasting notes

When I sniffed the packet, to me it was more nori than grassy. I’m ok with that. Nori = good, in my books. I started off with a one minute steep, I find 30 s too light in flavour.

Taste, I get the grassy notes that other people found, but I also found a touch of nori and brussel sprouts at the end of the sip.

Second steep I let go for about 2 minutes and I found more bitter vegetables with some hay notes thrown in.

I like this quite a bit and will probably order bancha in the future. Thanks to Cameron B. for providing the delicious sample.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
286 tasting notes

Hey tea peeps!! Things look different here. I’ve been away from site for a while. I got sick with a cold, but it surprisingly went away fairly quickly (thanks for the fresh ginger tea idea, boychik !, worked like a charm). Then I really amped up my workout routine, and was left with little time to slurp tea. I’m hoping to rectify that, and try to find some sort of happy medium.

This tea tastes exactly how it’s called. Notes of root beer followed up with butter. Sounds weird, but tastes really good! Thanks for the sample, Lala! Am enjoying this one!


I’m so happy it worked for you;)

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

My tea preferences are blacks, pu’erhs, oolongs and greens.



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