642 Tasting Notes

So I didn’t review this one either!? WEIRD.

Anyway, tried to make a mug this afternoon but I think I overleafed (trying to sipdown) and also used too hot water.

I tried to drink it but it was seriously KILLING my tongue with its horrendous bitterness. I know I can’t blame the tea for my carelessness.

I used to like this a lot. But at this point I’m ready to move along.

I had to dump it out. Sorry, tea.

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Odd, I was sure I rated this one before but it’s not showing up. Steepster’s eating my notes again!

I made this at the end of the day yesterday, my second time having it.

I reached the conclusion that it’s not a favourite of mine, though I do appreciate the chance to try it!

1) I guess I’m not much of a chai fan, but when I drink chai (albeit rarely), I want the strong black tea base so I can add milk and really make it a dessert. This is an herbal.

2) I am starting to realize that the only herbal teas I truly care for (aside from cacao obviously) are the fruity ones that I make iced tea with in the summer. Not so much to drink on a regular basis.

3) Something about this seemed kind of metallic, it left a weird taste in my mouth and slightly numbed my tongue. Maybe the ginger, but I really enjoy ginger and I’ve never noticed that happen before.

4) something about the smell of the tea was offputting to me… every time I took a sip I caught a whiff of this sort of sour note.

5) I didn’t really get any coconut from this!

It’s not a bad tea, I just think it’s not for me. But drinking it twice helped me redefine my tea tastes, so I can’t complain about that!!

But surely you can see why I wouldn’t want this tea to be my 600th tasting note, even though I drank it yesterday, prior to the one I actually used for my 600th tasting note.

I have some left if anyone would like to try it :)

Thanks to Anlina for sending me this in the Secret Santa swap!

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I wanted to drink a worthwhile tea for my 600th. So I brought this to work today for round 2.

I am wondering if maybe my gravity steeper still had a bit of the taste of yesterday’s (not my fave) tea in it, even though I rinsed it… because I seemed to enjoy this more when I made it at home.

This time it had a bit of a metallic zing to it. Strange.

I suspect though, in my mind I’m comparing it to the Yuchi Mountain Black, also from TTC, even though they’re two different teas. And let’s get real – nothing compares to that.

This had a bit of a honey note in it, but not as fruity as I recall.

I didn’t pay attention whatsoever to steeping time, and I also used the kettle at work and made it with what I can assume is whatever “boiling point” a cheapo kettle reaches.

I will try again at home.

Not quite the exciting 600th tasting note I was hoping for! Ah well :)


Yay 600! :D


woot! go 600!


600 FTW!

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Evidently I’ve reviewed this before… hm.

Another old sample from Shmiracles that I waited ridiculously too long to try!

It smells delicious in the bag, I decided to go for it and just use the rest of my leaf up. I was too lazy to check steeping parameters and I may have shot myself in the foot.

I went 180 degrees for 2 minutes, and it turned out very bitter. I actually ended up dumping half the cup out. I wish I would have checked first because it had potential to be tasty, based on the smell.

I’m sure age must be a factor also.

But yeah, super bitter with a hint of berries.


EDIT I just checked the parameters used by others and HUZZAH i didn’t screw it up! So it must just taste that way to me. Ah well. Another sample bites the dust!

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I’ve drank this a few times without logging it, I think that’s because though I enjoyed it, it wasn’t a super STAND OUT type of tea.

The flavours are tasty, the cinnamon is the sort I enjoy in tea, natural – not a fake hot candy heart sort of taste.

The cinnamon, vanilla and squash notes all work well together. It wasn’t super squashy. I kind of thought it might have more of a hearty sweet potato sort of feel to it, but it’s a very light note.

I think I would have preferred something heavier in terms of the squash. But nonetheless I will enjoy what I have left of this tea!

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Yummmmm. Two nights in a row I drank this tea. It is just so tasty.

I accidentally dumped half the mug all over myself but it was a resteep anyway, at least.

Bananas. Custardy Sweetness. Coconut. PTA. Yessss. Dessert.

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Weirrrrrrrrrrrrd……….. I’m like 97% sure I’ve reviewed this before, but it’s not showing up. STEEPSTER Y U EAT MY NOTES!?

I’ve had this one at work for awhile now, it’s one of my special happy place teas. Most of which are Butiki, admittedly.

It’s really a great blend of flavours. I love the smell and the taste and the fact that I only have MAYBE 2 cups max left makes me sad.


I am in the exact same situation with my RiverTea Granny’s Cake. :(

Christina / BooksandTea

TeaNTees, I’m also sad about Granny’s Cake :(

Butiki Teas

I’m pretty sure I saw you review this one too.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Ok yes, thank you! Because the first time I tried it was at the movie theatre and I loved it!

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Had this again two nights ago. I guess I was on a bit of an oolong kick after the great success of the Osmanthe D’Or.

I still like this combo.
These two teas are still my favourites from Davidstea.

That is all :)

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Made this for a mid-morning snack today. Funny, because everytime I would look in my tea stash box at work to decide what to make, I’d see this one – “Dark Horse”. Then inevitably get that awful (IMHO) Amanda Marshall light rock jam of the same name stuck in my head.

I went into the kitchen and there was an Amanda Marshall CD on the table .Like, wtf. Once in awhile people leave stuff in there free for others to take if they want it, like magazines, etc, but I’ve never seen a CD in there. And the chance of it being Amanda Marshall!? Crazy. It wasn’t the one with Dark Horse on it, though.


This is a strong brew. I didn’t let it steep super long but still had to add some 10% cream. Then had to go back to add more, because it was still super dark.

It is a tasty, bold, malty tea though. Just what I need on a Friday!

Happy my Secret Santa sent it to me!


Ha! I think of George Harrison before Amanda Marshall when I see that phrase, but I was totally just thinking of her the other day wondering what happened to her. Thanks to you I have this song in my head now. ;)

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Trying to get rid of this one.

Today it turned out bitter.
It certainly has potential to be a perfectly acceptable cup of tea, but I feel like I’ve had a Monk’s Blend from another company that I liked better.

Lowering my rating from 83… at this point I’m just ready for this one to reach sipdown status. I still consider it a “flavoured tea” – mysterious or not. I’m not so keen on these anymore.

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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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