894 Tasting Notes


Mmm fudgey, chocolate, vanilla and malt. A very tasty, smooth way to start my morning.

Thank you so much for sharing, Lindsay! I can see buying some of this someday, when the Canadian dollar is stronger, but I can definitely live without it for now, especially since I have Tippy’s Not So Vanilla.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Someday, when the dollar is stronger, you and I should share an order again to save on shipping. :)


Sounds like a plan!

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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Another sipdown.

This smells amazing. It’s all sticky, sweet, caramelized sugar smells. The whole room smells like a carnival booth.

Sticking my nose in the cup, the smell mellows out and there’s a bit of woody rooibos.

This has a mild and sweet cotton candy flavour. Pleasant and accurate but not something I’d need around.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cotton Candy, Sweet, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I really wanted to like this one.


This one is really nice iced, if you haven’t had it that way yet!

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Sipped this down tonight. A lovely oolong with strong orchid and grassy notes, but no milk.

Flavors: Grass, Orchid

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another sample sipdown from Dexter.

While my tastes are drifting away from flavoured teas, this one is still excellent. It’s got a definite pumpkin pie thing going on, not just black tea with spices. Finishing this up with some milk and sugar, though it’s already pretty sweet on its own.

Very glad to have tried this one, and I could see picking up more, someday when my cupboard is smaller and I’m not burnt out on pumpkin themed teas so much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Nutmeg, Pastries, Pumpkin, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I sipped down the sample that Dexter sent me a while back. Made a strong cup with the rest of the leaf and then made it into a latte with lots of sugar. Probably more sugar than I would have normally needed, but I had this right after eating two bowls of Lucky Charms, so my sugar meter is way off.

I think this had lost some flavour due to poor storage on my part, but it was still very tasty.

Flavors: Cardamom

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

If I’m looking for more flavor I sometimes will crack a cardamom pod or two and add it to the leaf for a bit more of a kick – but I LOVE cardamom. :))


Ah that’s a great idea. I also love cardamom.


LOL I quite often add more cardamom to chai blends too…. especially if they are cinnamon or ginger heavy – I feel it smooths that imbalance out a bit…


I am so doing that next time I have chai. :)

carol who

Good idea!

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Continuing with my slow exploration of post-fermented teas.

I steeped this twice, western style over two days. Broke off 6g of leaf and orange peel for 8os of water. I rinsed twice and then steeped for 1min in boiling water, and then a second steep for 6 minutes.

This is musty and earthy, with just a hint of citrus. Slightly sweet and quite smooth. A pleasant cup, but nothing remarkable or deeply nuanced. I’ll give this another try soon, gongfu style.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Musty, Sweet

Boiling 6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you Sil, for this sample!

I am a sucker for golden Yunnan teas, and this one is delicious. Rich and malty, with notes of dates, plums and slightly alcoholic tasting. Faint astringency, no bitterness.

I think I measured out 2g of this, and steeped it for 4 minutes at 96C.

Flavors: Alcohol, Dates, Malt, Plum

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

love swaps for not having to buy 50g-100g before tasting things! terri turned me on to this one!


Swaps are seriously the best.


yeah i hadn’t been swapping for a while…. yours was the first in a bit after i got burned by someone not swapping back :(


Boo, that sucks. I’ve only had one swap go bad, and I think the package coming to me must have got lost in the mail, because the person sending it had several other successful swaps under their belt. Sadly, they stopped being active on Steepster and so I was never able to follow up with them.

I haven’t sent out your package yet – I’m waiting for sample sized bags to come in the mail, as I ran out without realizing it, and they’re non-permeable, so really nice for tea.


no worries on sending it out later. i can handle the wait haha


Awww that’s so sad :(( I would be more than happy to send both of you a care package to makeup for the “lost” swap packages.


Aww that is so sweet Dexter. Don’t worry about me though – while I was looking forward to trying the teas I was swapping for, I’m not overall too worried about it. I have more tea than I know what to do with. And once I get organized, we will be setting up a swap anyway :)


hahaha dexter… you’ll send me tea regardless lol

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drank Teabox Assam Breakfast by Teabox
894 tasting notes

Lots of malt and fruity notes – predominantly raisin. Slightly bitter and fairly hefty body. Not my favourite breakfast blend, but a good one.

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Malt, Raisins

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
894 tasting notes

Drank this again yesterday morning. It’s probably not the best Dian Hong out there, but it’s one of my favourites right now. Just so easy to drink, and consistently good.

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drank Sacred Blend by Algonquin Tea Co
894 tasting notes

I think I need to lay off the caffeine in the evening a bit, and this is such an awesome evening tea. Always sage, pine and soothing.


sounds nice :)


Ooh, this one is on my list! I have Cold & Flu and it’s delicious.

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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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