773 Tasting Notes

this tea. nicely played little tea. i brewed it up kind haphazardly and wasn’t trying too hard to choose a tea, i was like whatevs, and the second i tasted it i was all “hey! … i like this! yum!” gulp gulp gulp

it was gone in record time.
could have been the hours i spent in the sun i suppose? but yum!

so good Shelley_Lorraine. so good.

to bad this isn’t for sale! but hopefully eventually…

“The Tea Calendar has been launched in a limited special edition. It is very expensive, handmade and not commercially available in this form. This first edition will be followed by a longer development phase in which the Tea Calendar is to be brought to market.”

eventually brought to market. i’ll be looking for it cuz i’m SO CURIOUS.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

That looks so cool. I hope it comes out!


Die Beschreibung ist in deutscher Sprache, aber die Kalender ist Englisch :( I want a German calendar :)


I don’t know any German, but that looks freaking awesome! I wonder if the teas contaminate each other if they’re so close together like that though. I’d think they’d each need to be individually packaged and sealed. But very cool!

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went to Tea with my sister and her old and dear friend. it was lovely.
wonderful tea and wonderful company.

Terri HarpLady

That looks awesome!


Aww, what a lovely post!


Love the pics!


Yay for tea time!

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i’m sure you tea pros probably wanna throttle me by now.
all i do is yammer on about fictional characters and whimsical moods and my cat’s pretty fur and i barely ever really talk about the tea. not like some of you can. AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION. cuz i made the tea. i drank the tea. i liked the tea. but i’m really not getting much of the deep details from it. some people drink a tea and then they talk about it like it’s a 5 course meal in the rain by a fire! i feel a bit left out.
but i am a diligent student. and if i put in the time i’m sure it will pay off eventually. and if not that’s okay too. but incase it does pay off, i have more of this tea to drink! i’ll save it and try it again in a few months when i feel more susceptible and receptive.
until then, me and my tongue are gonna go pump some tea iron.


Haha! Well said. I feel the same way, but hopefully all my tea drinking is helping in my learning of deciphering and finding tastes hidden in the depths of my tea.


hey i’m with you on that! my notes are vastly inadequate compared to some of the rockstars out here:)


Ha ha! I like your reviews. They are hilarious and informative. I know much more about Sherlock Holmes now!


I’m with Lala. Sometimes I like notes about the tea itself, but I also like the other things and generally your notes are pretty entertaining. And sometimes I need that when I’m reading 50+ notes about tea. Because… I love it, but sometimes I like to read other things too.


I love your reviews, you don’t have to «change»! As long as TEA inspires you to write, that’s what matters. That’s why I like this place so much, it doesn’t bind you to a specific style. I looove the diversity here, each and everyone of you bring a different «flavour». Need some serious and informative stuff to learn, but also silly and fun which makes life so much more interesting :-)


I fully second TheTeaFairy! As long as tea inspires you to write something, go for it! Your reviews are fun to read and I love the personality in them. So keep on keeping on :D

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drank Caramel Cream by PureAromaTea
773 tasting notes

thank you for moar teez whatshesaid!!
quite a light and airy caramely thing i have here. nice especially in the afternoon. warm and crisp at the same time. like hands on the new side of a pillow.
re-steeping will happen quite soon.

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thanks to whatshesaid for this cup!
i’m in search of the tea that will relieve me of my tea blahs.
this one isn’t it i don’t think. but it’s very soothing. very creme.
which is a really good start.
i love the scent. it’s strong and that means something.

The Persimmon Tree

Hey Shmiracles, thanks for your post. We have samples for all of our teas for only a buck $, so you don’t fully commit before you try, and all our sample packs carry free shipping :). I hope this helps you in relieving yourself from the “blahs”

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drank Catnip by Custom
773 tasting notes

i made House Party 3 some catnip tea. but despite what this pic looks like, she didn’t actually taste it. cats. sheesh.


Love your cup


Lol. I’m not surprised she didn’t drink any. Cats are more interested in smelling stuff like that rather than tasting.


House Party 3 – Best cat name I’ve ever heard


LOL! Silly cats. Mr. Frodo did the same thing for a while. Kept sniffing it but not licking it. So I kept picking him up and putting him in front of the cup, and eventually he licked it. :P Then he liked it ’cause he kept licking it! LOL!

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thank you moraiwe! you sent an awesome box and i let my sister immediately select an herbal tea to share :)
it’s a yummy enough tea, if not strangely ….. oily?
it’s got an oil film goin’ on. you know the kind. but what’s not to ENJOY about an herbal tea with No rooibos in it?!? hah
also plus chocolate. also plus caramel. didn’t really get a bunch of sea salt. but adding salt to caramel is the hip thing these days isn’t it. totally acceptable.

let’s be honest. british television writes women WAY BETTER than any american show ever has. like. ever.
it’s so embarrassing.

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wow. um. i must really not like chamomile.
i mean, everyone likes verdant mostly, and i figured why not get this sample, cuz heck there’s chocolate in the name. but um no thank you.
there was a whole dried flower in the bag and i’m really not into it.

i now have two boxes going. they are 12 × 16 × 6 size boxes. one box is samples & swaps i have tasted and the other is samples & swaps i still need to taste. this might be adding to my tea blahs. it kinda looks like a big task when i have it all piled up like that.

jeez i wish i had brought a giant matcha latte with me today. that probably would have fixed me right up!

also, sleeping more instead of staying awake and reading sherlock slash until 2am would probably be a good idea too.


Awww. You’re turning tea into work! :| I spent yesterday sipping down and it made me feel like I was forced to drink tea, so today and I am drinking the ones I know I enjoy like Butiki’s teas, and DT’s Checkmate.

Also, aaagh. I need more Sherlock recs. :P


ah but recommending fan fic is so hard. because people’s tastes vary so much! like crazily so. but when i find an author i like, i tend to read any pairing they write for that i’m interested in.


i didn’t love this one either…it was ok.


Haha- no worries. I wasn’t asking you specifically to get me fic. I just should go out and do it. I just don’t? Even when I can email it to my kindle. :|


haha bingo, that’s exactly why i have so much. damn you kindle. no one understands me like you do kindle. hahaha


I got all distracted by the shiny new Aura from Kobo, but then realised I can’t ever leave Amazon until Kobo comes up with a way to email content. (Not like I need a new one anyways… my Kindle Keyboard still works fine and SOME DAY I will knit a Tardis cover for it.)


i have the kindle keyboard too. and love it forever.
my sister used her’s until it busted from overuse and had to get the paperwhite version. and since she doesn’t talk about it giddily and at random times, i will guess that she likes it equal to or less than the keyboard version.
i like the keyboard kindle’s simplicity. it’s all i need.
(i have a fire and never use it except for when i’m on a random comic book kick)

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i had my first CTC teas. two of them in one day. which is a great way to learn probably.
i steeped each two times. and i experimented with steeping times, as in drinking after 1 min and 2 min and 3 min. and i really do like CTCs. dark and malty. niiiiice.

i will investigate and try more!

thank you Shelley_Lorraine! such great great variety you sent me.

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i had my first CTC tea today! i had two of them and this one was my immediate favorite.

i feel like i say i’m ‘putting something on my shopping list’ often. and kinda mostly mean it.

but for this tea i entirely mean it. i’m a person who likes lapsang. and puerh. and dark funk teas. for example i’m a stout beer gal. i like it strong and when it bites back. not exclusively. but i think it says something about my preferences. and this tea was like smooth melty blackness.

brew time 1 min? not for me. if i remember correctly, i steeped for 2.

thank you Sil!


What is a CTC tea?

Hesper June

Heather, it stands for Crush, Tear, Curl.
Here is more to explain:)
Shmircles, this tea sounds tasty! (I am a stout beer girl too;)
I like how you said “I like it strong and when it bites back”


I love CTC teas! CTC Assam is my favorite.


What is the advantage or benefit of CTC?

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i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

some tea pictures!

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i only log each tea i taste once.

!!! SWAPPING !!!

ALWAYS interested in reducing my tea stash, so please ask if you want to swap or sample something! even if it’s just one tea.

every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.


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