drank Toffee Dream by Cornelia Bean
894 tasting notes

Nooooo! I picked this up, opened it, put it down on the counter, and then picked the bag up upside down. Half the bag dumped out on the floor, which is not very clean, before I realized what was happening. I managed to salvage a few of the larger pieces of leaf, but it’s mostly pretty broken and will need to be vacuumed up. Sadness – that was probably at least 10g of this tea.

Double sadness, because this is a bit of a pricier tea and it’s really good. It has an intense sweet toffee fragrance, and the taste of burnt sugar with some floral and hay notes from the tea. It has all the qualities of being sweet without actually being sweet. Light, smooth body without being watery.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Floral, Hay, Sweet, Toffee

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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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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