52 Tasting Notes

drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
52 tasting notes

Forgive me Steepster for I have sinned… I have had many delicious teas in the past week, but I have also been too exhausted or busy to log them. I will catch up now.

I am a trainer for a pharmaceutical company. We had a new hire class start on Monday and the first week (Of a 3 week class) is always the most exhausting for me. I talk nonstop for almost 6 hours each day. It’s awful. LOL.

I have a TON of samples to get through, and they helped me get through the week. It was fun to pick two samples to take with me each day. Gave me something to look forward to as I slugged through the material with my new hires.

Anyway…THIS TEA. Loved it. I was pleasantly surprised that I loved it since it has peppercorns in it. I tend not to like those in my tea. But they never overwhelmed the minty-chocolaty goodness of this cup, so I was able to ignore they existed. Haha.

As far as mint-chocolate teas go, I think “Mint Chocolate Chip” by Whispering Pines is my favorite so far!

Thank you to cavocorax for the sample!


Mint Chocolate Chip is amazing. I hoard it. Dunno why, because I can just order more anytime, but I do. I’ve even taken some in to the local DAVIDs tea to show one of the staffers what ‘real’ tea was like. Ha! :)


Aw I will have to try that one next time. I didn’t think to order any with my WP order, you make it sound great!


I’m glad you enjoyed the tea, but I can see why you might say that Whispering Pines does it better than DAVIDs. (It’s true!)

Hope you get through your training without too much madness!

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Thank you to Roswell Strange for the generous sample!

I love pancakes, so I was SUPER excited to get this sample! This is a lovely buttery, nutty, slightly maple-y cup! I think a prefer the “French Toast” blend, with the added cinnamon, just a tad more, but it’s close!

I think I might try adding maple syrup to my next cup instead of sugar. Just to be completely silly.

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This is an exceptional green tea. It’s by far, the best green I have ever had. So I will give it a fairly high rating.

That said, I just really am not a fan of green. If this one couldn’t make me a fan, I am fairly certain it’s just not a family of teas for me.


Have you tried Verdant’s Laoshan Green?


I have not :) Do you recommend it?


Heh, yes! But if you already know you aren’t that into greens…shrug I really like this one from Butiki, too. As well as their Anji Bai Cha!

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I wanted this tea to be a “BIG YES!!!” (Amy Pond I miss you) but instead it was a huge no. Nope. Not good tea.

I agree with previous reviewers, the dry leaf smells amazing. The brewed tea has an oily mouth-feel that I can’t overcome.

Thanks to Roswell Strange for the sample! But disappointingly, this one is not for me.

Roswell Strange

Oh no! Sorry this one wasn’t for you – but maybe that’s for the better since it was seasonal and isn’t sold anymore. If you had fallen in love then it would have been even more heartbreaking.


I agree haha! It’s one of the reasons that I hesitate to buy a lot of 52tea blends…I am afraid to fall in love with something with limited stock!

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I ship Mystrade almost as hard as I ship Johnlock. Even though they have shared very little ACTUAL screen time in the BBC version of Sherlock, I still love them. The active imagination of the fandom keeps them alive and flourishing in our imaginations.

Thank God for AO3.

This is a very yummy chocolate chai. Light on flavor, but that’s how I like my chai tea. I would certainly stock this from time to time. I would LOVE to have one of the tins because I love the artwork. But I don’t know if I love the tea enough to splurge on a large quantity. Oh tea problems.

Thank you to MIssB for the sample!


You “ship” them? I need to know what this means, haha

Also is “Mystrade” a thing? I’m so out of this loop


Oh! Mystrade! Yeah I totally fell into that one too!
And when you ship someone, you support relationships between those people. So Mystrade is Mycroft/Lestrade – aka the Government and the Inspector. :D

It’s an odd pair that you wouldn’t think would work, but they do have quite a bit in common!


I figured out the Mystrade thing but hanks for clarifying “ship”

They’d certainly be an odd pair….
If putting up with Sherlock can form the basis of a relationship I’d say they’re there!


I just saw these notes, I went to an estate sale last night after work and scored some really cool Sherlock memorabilia!!!

I wasn’t a fan of Mystrade at first, but there are a few fics for them that I enjoy on AO3. If you are interested, PM me :)

Thanks for answering in my absence cavo!

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“You’re not hurt, Watson? For God’s sake, say that you are not hurt!"
It was worth a wound — it was worth many wounds — to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

This is one of my favorite quotes from canon. Regardless of whether you ship them or not, you can’t deny that in later years they had grown to love each other. Even if it was platonic.

This tea is complicated, much like Mr. Holmes himself. It’s smokey and spicy, depending on the sip, it is either smooth or bold. I am finding I am not a fan of Lapsang Souchong. The smokiness turns me off.

It was worth a try, but I’ll stick with my Watson on this one.

Thanks to both cavocorax and MissB for samples of this one!

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“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There’s an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it’s God’s own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, His Last Bow

Today I am trying the “Watson” and “Sherlock” blends from Adagio. Watson first, since he holds a dear place in my heart. I dare say cherish him slightly more than Sherlock…but don’t tell the younger Holmes…he would likely slip into a sulk of epic proportions!

Just like Watson, this tea is solid and dependable in every sip. It’s a lovely black, and I don’t get any hints of bergamot, so I am a VERY happy camper! To me this is just a solid black tea with a hint of cinnamon. It was absolutely LOVELY with a bit fo cream and sugar. I will definitely keep this stocked in my cupboard in small quantities.

Thank you to MissB for the sample!

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Captain’s Backlog – Tea Date 043014 @ 1430

This is the last of my backlog from Wednesday. I wish this tea tasted like it smelled. It has a nice flavor, but it’s almost fruity instead of the caramel/toffee goodness you smell when it is dry.

It brews up bright red, which is surprising. Not sure what causes that…maybe the “candied apple” or beetroot pieces? (Just checked the ingredients)

So anyway…back to the tea. I get mostly cherry and cinnamon out of this. Hardly an caramel at all. I’m kinda sad about it. le sigh. It’s tasty, but not what I wanted out of this tea.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Thank you to Carol Who for this sample!!! I have been wanting to try this one for a while! So yummy! It’s a light malty, vanilla, creamy tea that hits all the right buttons for me.

The flavor doesn’t knock your socks off, but instead, it’s a nice calm way to end a good tea day.

carol who

I do like this tea as an evening drink because it still has a bold flavor but no caffeine. I don’t generally like decaf but this is a good exception for me. I’m glad you are enjoying it!

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I just started drinking loose tea this year…and by “drinking” I mean, “completely obsessed” with no hope or want of redemption.

One experience with some rooibos and an infuser to show me just how easy it was, and that was all she wrote.

The only tea I ever had before this year was bagged Earl Grey, that one bad experience was enough to put me off tea for life. Turns out, after some trial and error, I discovered I just don’t like bergamot.

All other tea is fair game. I am enjoying expanding my horizons, and I would love to do a swap if anyone is willing to give a newbie a shot! Check out my cupboard and let me know if you are interested in anything!

Tea Ratings:
100-90 – DRINK ALL THE TEA!!! Always in my cupboard. I would cry if discontinued.
80-89 – Very good tea. I probably stock this year round in small quantities.
70-79 – Good tea, but not a “WOW” tea
60-69 – I can appreciate that this is good tea…just not a tea I enjoy
59 or below – No thank you.

As far as life outside of tea goes…I am a fangirl at heart.

I love BBC Sherlock and all things Johnlock.

I also love Doctor Who. 3, 9 & 10 are my favorites…I have high hopes for 12. My favorite companions are River Song, Donna Noble and Mickey the Idiot.

I am an adult fan of Lego, as is my husband bgrinham. We collect Classic Space, Classic Star Wars, Harry Potter, Trains, and the Modular Buildings.

Feel free to say hello! I look forward to meeting people who share in my obsessions! Tea or otherwise!


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