648 Tasting Notes


Sipdown that was sitting in my cupboard for probably a year. I didn’t care for this at all. I find it sour instead of desserty. Also coffee and apples? Not sure how those two things can be expected to combine to mimic tiramisu.

I’m glad it’s gone now.

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Another sample from Teavivre, the first oolong I’ve tried!

I always approach oolong thinking I am not a fan, but I forget that I have always enjoyed the green type, but not the roasted/dark sort. Not sure of the terminology for that, sorry.

This tea was packed amazingly well, and when I opened it the bag was full of little rolly twirly balls of oolong. I made a cup at work, and it was nice to watch it all unravel as it steeped.

I really enjoyed this. It’s floral and sweet and I was struck by how “creamy” it tasted. A nice thick mouthfeel. I never thought I’d say this about an unflavoured oolong, but I might have to put this one on my wishlist!

So glad to get to try all of these delicious teas!

As I was drinking this one I thought I should probably quit my job and move to China and beg someone at Teavivre to teach me everything about tea and give me a job :)

So, I guess that means this is quite the tea!


haha, welcome come to China!

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Another Spring 2017 green tea sample from Teavivre!

Of all the three greens I have tried so far, I found this one the greenest, least buttery and least sweet. I first steeped some in my Contigo to take to the movies and was surprised the lack of amazingness compared to the others, but thought maybe it was the mug not the tea, so I tried again at home.

It’s still good, but I didn’t get the sweet bready flavour burst with this one. A bit too vegetable like without the butter and sweetness I enjoy.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to try it, because it’s helping me decide which ones to wish list!

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Very silly old sample but I did enjoy it, despite the waning flavours. I think it would be tasty and I’d like to try it again sometime, which is why I’m logging it, even though I’m so so sick of the Harney teas I still have, like Boston and Tokyo and Tower of London. Note to self, never buy 4oz of any one tea ever again because you are a fickle, fickle lady.

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Another delicious green tea sample provided by Teavivre!

I brought this one to work because the Brew Guide said 194 degrees and I figured it would be less easy to ruin it using the crappy kettle at work than one that required a lower temp. Also because drinking tasty tea at work makes my day a little bit brighter!

I probably oversteeped this but it still wasn’t bitter. I found it mellow and sweet and still has the umami type brothy flavourful appeal that these fresh greens seem to.

Still need to do a great comparison between all of them to test myself on noting the differences, but as of now I’ll give this one a great big thumbs up for sure. I’m so spoiled now, freshly picked green tea leaves?! Yes please!! Forever!


This one is lovely.

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I’m pretty sure Teavivre is the company that made me love green tea for the first time in my life. I used to think I hated it, because I was buying terrible dusty bagged tea and oversteeping it with boiling water.

Then I was introduced to Teavivre, including their fresh Springy green teas which still to this day embody everything I think a green tea should be. So when co-workers Ares having a discussion about how gross green tea is, I go dig in my stash and bring out a random Teavivre green for them to try, to see how good it can be.

I still wouldn’t say my tastes are refined enough to notice a huge difference between all the different varieties of green tea. That being said, when I received my samples that Angel/Teavivre recently generously sent me, this was the first one I went for.

Nothing in the world is as fresh as these teas are when you crack open a bag for the first time, the smell is so appealing to me, there’s something slightly bready about the smell of this one, and the taste. Umami is a good word. Whatever it is that my tastebuds want, this tea has that quality for me. I really enjoyed drinking all of one sample bag over the last two days and I’m glad I have another one. I think I will try to do a comparison with the greens later. I slightly oversteeped this morning because my three year old was distracting me, but it was still delicious. I think 4-5 minutes is the magic steeping time.

Bright green leaves, yellow when brewed. Fresh, nutty, vegetal, very green taste but also sweet.

So happy to receive these samples, looking forward to trying the others!!

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I got some samples from 52teas via Kittenna who made a big order and allowed me to include some and she so kindly shipped them to me………. She’s the best!!

I’ve had all 4 so far, and now my problem is I LOVE THEM ALL BUT NONE ARE AVAILABLE TO BUY!?!? I’m soooooooooo sad.

I loved this one, and Rocky Road (which I could still buy a sample of), Something something velvet dusk (going to check that name, the vanilla lavender one), and Butterbeer.

Are they just gone forever and ever? Why must I fall in love with teas that are unavailable!? I was just going to make a purchase and then I was sad :(

This tea is so perfect, it’s everything I ever wanted in a marshmallow tea. Delicate, not fake tasting, I can still taste the base. WHY GOD WHY


that’s why i stopped buying from 52 teas for the most part. newsletter comes out in the morning, so by the time i get home and can purchase, the sizes i want are gone. If i do manage to score something, there isn’t anything else i can add to my cart to make shipping worth it. sigh makes me sad ‘cause there are a bunch i’d like

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Had this sample from Teavivre from awhile back and just found it and decided to make it the other day.

Reached a conclusion – I love jasmine tea!! Can’t say I’ve had many others to compare it to, but I’ve added this one to my wish list. It’s smooth and not overpowering at all. I found it very relaxing to drink.

Evidently I’m a floral tea lover! Jasmine, rose…. Just need to revisit a violet tea!


jasmine teas are the beessssttt.


Oh and I think this is my favorite jasmine tea I’ve tried, but most from Teavivre are amazing. I won’t buy jasmine teas anywhere else anyway.


I’m glad you guys like jasmine tea! I just can’t seem to get into it haha.

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Sip down…. Too subtle for me. Not bad, just an uneventful drink.

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Another free sample from my Black Friday AQTT order! Back before I opened the door to the wide world of teas, EG used to be my favorite tea. Then when I cracked that door open a bit, Creamy EG Vanilla tea was my favourite tea, or The Earl’s Garden. Then when I opened it even more and jumped in, it was H&S’s Paris tea which is like a fancypants EG. Anyway I can’t even see the door now, I’m so far in. And so far from the days when the Earl was my bff.

Anyway, this smells really flavorful dry…and floral? I think I notice the rosehips? What are rosehips?? I like rosy teas. I don’t find this tastes TOO artificial. I’m drinking it right now. It’s still quite hot. I do have to get back to work but as of right now I am enjoying this one. If I ordered again from AQTT I might order a small amount of this.

That is all!

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name change alert – going from whatshesaid to ohfancythat


I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

Some favourites -

Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance.

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.


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