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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
894 tasting notes

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Dry leaf is light in colour and slight vegetal smelling. Steeped for 3 min, this has the pungent, spicy notes of a Darjeeling. Slightly drying part way through the cup. Tangy on the finish.

Pleasant but not a stand out.

Okay, actually, by the bottom of the cup, super astringent. Like, go brush your teeth and rinse with lots of water kind of dry mouth coating feel.

Flavors: Astringent, Spices, Tangy, Vegetal

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Yup, soybeans, vanilla, toasted rice and a wee bit nutty. I often don’t get the same notes that Verdant describes on their site, but this time it was pretty dead on accurate for me.

I think I like this. It’s a bit odd, but good odd. I didn’t realize that this had a green base when I put my kettle on, so I ended up steeping in in 90C water and it was delicious and smooth.

Flavors: Nutty, Smooth, Soybean, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

This one grew on me a lot in the short time it took for me to finish a sample size!

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drank Music Concert - London by Basilur
894 tasting notes

A lovely, generous sample from Kaylee.

As seemed to be the consensus in the forums, Basilur isn’t the highest quality tea, but this is actually really pretty and tasty. The black base is just kind of there, without contributing a lot to the flavour, but this is a really different take on Earl Grey, with bergamot, vanilla, light chocolate and citrus notes. It’s quite smooth and the flavour and mouth feel are a bit creamy.

I’m not sure I’d ever want 100g of this, even for the really cool music box tin, but I’m definitely enjoying the sample I got.

Flavors: Bergamot, Chocolate, Citrus, Creamy, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had some work booked for early this morning, so I made up a cup of tea that I knew would be delicious and reliable, and it was.

Then just after 9am, they started testing the fire alarm. Which has been going off every five minutes for the last two hours. So I’m a bit grumpy and I had to reschedule some of my day.

I’m feeling kind of thrown off, but with moving in a week, I’ve got a whole lot of stuff to do, and I can’t just write off a whole day because of a fire alarm.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet Potatoes


uuuugh fire alarms going off are so annoying!


ugh, the worst :( hope it stops soon!


It seems to have stopped – fingers crossed that it doesn’t start up again. Three hours of it is about all I can take.

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drank LVP by Hooker Tea
894 tasting notes

I got a lovely package in the mail from Kaylee that was packed full of unexpected samples, this lovely gem among them. I really love lavender and this cup was the perfect way to wind down last night. Well balanced peppermint and lavender flavours, with just a touch of sweet and creaminess to smooth things out. Delicious!

Flavors: Creamy, Lavender, Pepper, Smooth, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A pleasant green with nut and honey notes. A touch of astringency.

The steeping recommendations for this are 3tsp, 4-5 min. I feel like that would be unpleasantly strong – I used 1tsp for 2.5min.

Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Nutty, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A lovely first flush Darjeeling. I don’t have a lot to say about it, but it’s really tasty and I enjoyed this cup a lot.

Flavors: Herbs, Spices

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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On opening this packet, I was really excited to be greeted by a fragrance that reminds me of my beloved Blue Mountain Twirl. Grape and malt. This is a bit less sweet and malty smelling than BMT, with an extra spice note, but it’s pretty close. That’s super exciting!

The flavour is very reflective of the smell of the dry leaf. Grapes, malt and spice. The comparison to BMT also holds true in the flavour.

All in all this is a fantastic Nilgiri, and a very passable substitute for BMT. I am pleased.

Flavors: Grapes, Malt, Spices

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Ahahaha, is it just me, or are you trying to find ALL the teas with “twirl” in the name? I swear I’ve seen a few reviews now. (Also, I saw a tea at the Toronto Tea Festival that reminded me of you because it also referenced ‘twirl’ :D)

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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