775 Tasting Notes

drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
775 tasting notes

ok so i don’t LOVE chais. they’re fine enough.
and i don’t LOVE mate. though it’s fun for variety.

but i’ll try ANY tea once. maybe even twice. :)
i got a local running friend into tea and she came over to my house SO excited about this one. which is the cutest thing. and i already knew we had very different taste in tea (among other things; ie; i went to art school and she is in the military) but i told her i’d gladly take a sample anytime!

so. i tried it.
‘if you don’t have anything nice to say…’ so, um, i liked the lemongrass very much :)

haha OKAY OKAY i’m joking! this was actually a very nice mate. i’m not gonna buy any, but it’s a cup that the label and smell would have me thinking i would hate, and i actually truly enjoyed it.

it’s good and sweet spicy balanced. invigorating is a good word for it. lemongrass and licorice. but still light and bright. i might even take another sample if it’s offered to me. cheers.

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i’m back at my work desk after having traveling for two weeks and running 3 marathons:
Paris, France – http://instagram.com/p/XzzkguIc0E/
Rotterdam, Netherlands – http://instagram.com/p/YFsdacIc1Q/
Hamburg, Germany – http://instagram.com/p/YXxvjgoc9Z/
it was a wild and unforgettable ride.

and i brought back as much tea as i could possibly carry!!

i’ve tasted half of them so far, and every single one is great. i’m so happy with my purchases.
but for me, the Della Terra chocolate teas are also something special. there’s something about them that i can just drink cup after cup after cup. no additives, no frills, no need doll them up.

just deep tea.
ya know?

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I loved all your pics! What a dream, travel Europe and bring home a bunch of tea. I hope I get to do that one day! Glad you’re back, I like your reviews :)


it’s nice to come home with pics i actually like for a change! hah
i hope to review the teas i posted pictures for, but that will be a huge project and will take me a while to get around to it i’m sure.
if it makes you feel better i’m not in my 20s anymore. that’s how long it took me to finally take this trip. but i’m also already calculating where i will go next.
and honestly, i missed the teathusiasm of steepster while i was away! honest!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Yeah the thing about traveling is it’s more addictive than tea! (maybe!)

I’m not in my twenties anymore either but that’s a new development, hehe. I am hoping to have my shit together enough to do that within like 10 yrs or so! Mind you I won’t be running, haha. Probably just eating and drinking tea :)
Also probably wine and beer.


i’ve been joking that i think i also completed a marathon in beer, wine, and cheese. but that one wasn’t chip timed. haha
my beer photos are on untappd if you’re curious? but i think the tea photos i took are all better by far :)

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Everything looks so good!! Question, we’re you drinking beer out of an orange coffee mug??


Oh gosh we need to be friends on Untappd also. Now I’m triple jealous (GET IT), I didn’t even try a Trappist beer until a couple weeks ago and I am in LOVE and I regret not trying some tripels where they were easily found.


yay more untappd friends!!! beer is just hoppy tea am i rite?!?!
i went to a brewery in Brussels called Cantillon brewery that had the best lambics ever.

i WAS drinking out of an orange mug haha. but to explain… my bf and i had purchased some bottles in Belgium but didn’t drink them, so then took them to Rotterdam, and then didn’t wanna carry them in our bags anymore so we opted for a breakfast beer party for 2 in our hostel room before check out. ah vacation.
the room was painted bright pink because it was the ‘Love Room’ so fun.


I just started using Untappd recently and didn’t even know you could add photos! Oh man, I clearly need to play with that app some more…

Also, isn’t Rotterdam awesome? I love the Netherlands; so laid back and a perfect place for beer fans!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Awesome! Looks like an amazing trip for sure. Dunno how you found the time to balance the beer and the tea drinking!

(the grammar nazi in me has to tell you that my iPad autocorrected “were” to “we’re”)


the whole trip happened because i saw the Rotterdam marathon on tv because it was an Olympic qualifier, and i was immediately like OMG it’s so heavenly i must go there!!

being such a mega city gal i’ve never owned a car myself (though i do drive) and the way bicyclers and pedestrians are treated in Rotterdam brings a tear to my eye it’s so beautiful!


Ah yes, the Dutch do love their bicycles! (Seriously, when I was there for a semester back in ’04, it had the highest incidence of bike theft IN THE WORLD.)


WOW. That is so awesome. 3 marathons is a lot of running!

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Ronnefeldt® USA

Thank you very much for the photo from Hamburg. We really appreciate it and are happy you were happy with the tea.

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Jackie O

I’ve never seen anything like this before!! Is it good?

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drank English Breakfast by Euro-tea
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You can get Nutella in little packets?! Yum.


IKR!!! what could be better?!?!

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drank Earl Grey by Albert Heijn
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free breakfast at the hostel before the marathon


une tartine avec 3 sortes de garnitures…you’re incredible ;)


hahha more like indecisive!! and too hungry to think. i love ALL the spreads!

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first I’m VERY sorry for the onslaught of tea logging with just photos! i just got back from holiday and i documented all of the tea i drank and really want to get them logged before normal life catches back up with me and i forget the details. i will add tasting notes later but for now the pictures do a lot to help me remember what tea i had and what the experience was like.

this tea is one i purchased in bulk so it was an opened bag and i felt like i could enjoy it while traveling. i LOVED EVERY SINGLE CUP I BREWED! this was a great purchase. in fact visiting this store was probably my favorite. the place was so beautiful. (my boyfriend said it reminded him of harry potter) and the customer service was lovely. tea places have a tendency to be uptight settings. and i have a tendency to be anti authority. so it’s always a strange balance that is struck between me and my surroundings. add to that the fact that i barely speak any french and you get a strange dynamic. the customer service people at the store were professional but super helpful and friendly. i definitely wanted to go back and buy more. …i just couldn’t fit any more tea in my travel bags.

i will add another note.
this is the most saddest thing ever.
but when i left the states i had bad bad allergies.
and they went away when i got to Paris, however my sinuses themselves were still slightly infected and irritated.
those who are prone to sinus infections already know what this means…
I COULDN’T SMELL ANYTHING MY ENTIRE TIME IN PARIS! all the tea shops! all the pastries! all the fine beers and brewery’s in Brussels! i couldn’t smell any of it!!
it was a special kind of hell at times, but i made due. and made my boyfriend smell teas and tell me what they made him think of. haha he was at a loss but tried his best. and i am so grateful.

here is a cup i brewed in Hamburg


I’m loving the pictures! Makes me wish camera phones were more available the last time I travelled. :) This kind of documentation always brings back awesome memories.


It would be awesome if we would post pics directly in the review. I like seeing the teas and the teaware!


being able to document each cup with a great picture is really priceless. i did not have much access to internet while traveling, and simply keeping a list of teas i tasted would be very lacking since my memory is not very good. but a picture really helps bring the whole experience back to the forefront of my mind. i sometimes feel too reliant on my phone, but in honesty it’s really just a camera-that-is-a-sometimes-phone.
thanks for letting me know you enjoy the photos! cuz i worry it’s somewhat self indulgent of me, like making a family member torturously sit through a long travel slide show hah. you know the kind ;)
yay tea p0rn!


did you buy it at Dammann Frères place des vosges or rue mouffetard or cour St Emilion in Paris ?


place des vosges. http://instagram.com/p/X3I0MAoc24/
which i’m sure means they are used to bad french speaking tourists. but i considered them very patient considering tourists would probably make me feel very much the opposite.


it depends on the person who serves tea. I had different experiences at this shop but anyway love the place :)


I travelled in 2001 with one crappy digital camera for 3 people, and I think I have 10 photos! Never again! Now I’m the person who will take 300 pictures on a 4 hour hike, so I get you. :)

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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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