648 Tasting Notes


This is my special tea to drink at work. I still love it.
Today’s my birthday, which I don’t even care about anymore. I’m getting up there, you guys. haha.

But anyway, this is one of two of my favourite black teas I plan to drink at work today. Likely tonight will be filled with fussier temperature sensitive teas that require more than the unreliable work kitchen kettle :)

Vanilla, silky smooth, really good. Makes me feel warm and happy.


uh you are NOT getting up there…. don’t even. lol Happy Birthday lady!


Happy birthday!!


Happy birthday!




Happy Birthday ! i feel the same way ;)


Happy Birthday!!!

Maddy Barone

Happy Birthday! You absolutely should drink your faves to celebrate your birthday!


Happy birthday!

Sakura Sushi

Hey, Happy Birthday! Enjoy the day!


Haha! Happy birthday! :)


Happy Birthday!


Happy birthday! What a great tea to celebrate with!


Happy Birthday!!!! GO makes me happy too.

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Another Bayswater sample from the lovely OMGSRSLY

I was looking forward to trying this based on the delicious name and the delicious smell. I made a cup last night when I got home late after a hair appointment.

I was so tired, I just wanted to relax, it seemed a good night for a caffeine free tea.

Unfortunatelyyyyyy I think I can officially add Honeybush to my list of herbal “teas” I loathe, along with Rooibos.

This wasn’t as haylike or woodsy as rooibos is to me, however all I was getting from this repeatedly with every sip was some weird hay note and pepper. PEPPER so much PEPPER. I almost dumped it, the only thing stopping me was that I didn’t feel like making another cup of tea and I really wanted something to drink with the rest of my cookie.

Thanks so much for sending this along, OMGSRSLY, it had so much promise but I’m sad to say it’s not for me!

I won’t rate it because that seems unfair, like rating an egg salad sandwich poorly because I hate eggs. (Not true, and I love egg salad sammiches, just using that as an example)


Yeah, some people get pepper from it! I’m sorry honeybush is not for you.


Hmmm, sad. It does sound like it should be really delicious though. I do like honeybush, so maybe I’d like this.


It’s really good, Amariel, but I’m out and won’t make it to Bayswater before April.


I think CrowKettle might be back in Van soon and maybe she can get some if it is not too inconvenient. But no worries. I’m happy if I can try it, but not the end of the world if I don’t. :) Is April still looking good?

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Received a sample of this from OMGSRSLY, was super pumped because it’s been on my wishlist for awhile!

Made some just now, packaging some tea up while the baby naps.

It’s really as good as all the reviews state! Dessert in a cup but doesn’t have any weird fake flavour notes that I notice. I would definitely buy some sometime if the opportunity ever came up.

Thanks for sharing, OMGSRSLY!!


Oh man, I wish we could (easily) order from these guys bc I would be DOWN.


I’ll be there in April i think again…


I just emailed her last week asking about shipping to AB and she said that 750g or so costs like $11, so maybe to Ontario it would be more like $16? Still seems like it’ll be such a huge hassle to order.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

And to NB – $20? Boooooo


Yeah, if it’s already that much to AB, I feel really sorry for the East Coasters. She doesn’t do shipping deals either. :(


LOL. Just get me to buy it and walk it over to the post office. Sil just sent me a massive box for $15, and I swear it was 2kg or so.


LOL it wasn’t 2k…was it!?


That was HEAVY! My scale won’t weigh that much. :P


it wasn’t as heavy as one of the boxes…

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I just wanted to note this for myself – “I had this”.

I don’t remember it whatsoever. But I found the empty sample bag, and vaguely recall making it at some point a number of weeks/months ago.

I need to try it again sometime :)

So, to summarize – I guess I had this before.
That is all.

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The first time I had this I wasn’t loving it, something about the flavour combo struck me as odd.

BUT, I’ve since had it again and resteeped, and reached the conclusion that I LOVE it. I should add that it makes sense for me to love it, because I’m a huge marmalade freak. My husband makes fun of me because whenever we go out for breakfast I steal marmalade packets, haha. He says that’s one of my ‘old lady traits’. As if no one under the age of 60 likes marmalade!? PFFT.

I don’t eat much toast at home, otherwise I’d likely have a fridge full of different marmalade brands.

Anyway, the flavour combo is just perfect. Nutty and sweet from the toffee and orangey but not in a fake or overwhelming way.


I don’t have much left :(


NOOOOOOOOOOOO if you have it, give it to MEEEEEEEE

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Noooooooooo, MEEEEEEEEEE!!!


(I steal marmalade packets too…)

Roswell Strange

My favourite marmalade is actually a lemon one :) It’s super expensive and in the natural source section of the store I work in, so I really stretch it out to make it last :p

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Another sample from Nattie!

I admit I didn’t notice the apple until I read the description. Obviously the name doesn’t suggest apple at all.

I noticed a mild toffee with some mild smoke and a milk black base. I had added 10% cream.

I did enjoy it, I was happy it wasn’t super smoky because the idea of smoky teas still terrifies me. There’s a whole world of lapsang out there that I’m afraid to touch with a ten foot pole.

Ultimately I wouldn’t buy this, but it made for a good mid morning “snack”!

Thanks Nattie :)

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Evidently I’m losing my everloving mind because I guess I never reviewed this either, even though I’ve had it a while and drank it several times. OOPS.

Anyway, I made this after the great Caramel Cream green tea debaucle. It’s interesting to me how much more forgiveable a green oolong is compared to green tea.

I was NOT picky about this yet it turned out just fine. So much better than the bitter disgustingness of the last tea.

It’s sweet caramel over the roasty oolong base.
The leaves looked very pretty after they all unfurled in my gravity steeper.

I liked this. Not sure I would buy more, but I will drink what I have left.

Also – I’ve been postively starving all day. STARVING!!!!!!


Have you not been eating or food just can’t seem to satisfy that hunger?

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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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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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