259 Tasting Notes

drank Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons
259 tasting notes

This is an excellent Lapsang Souchong. Good, strong, stick-to-the ribs heartiness. I’ll reorder. It might be the best LS I’ve tasted thus far.

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I was just going to drop you a note to see if you were home from your travels! I hope you had a wonderful time. I’m going to pop a package into the mail next week for you :)


If you would like to try their Wuyi Shan Lapsang, I would be happy to send you some!


Oh, Doulton! I haven’t seen you around in ages! I hope you are doing well.


Welcome back, Doulton! Good to see you here again.

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drank Russian Country by Harney & Sons
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A bit disappointing for me after Harney & Sons superb Lapsang Souchong. It’s a good Russian tea, but I like more smoke, tar, and peat bog on my tongue.

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I like your descriptive nouns…conjures up images of Sherlock Holmes.

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drank A Touch of Evil by Leland Tea Co
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A “Touch of Evil?” I think not. It’s a touch of cantaloupe. I like it well enough for a melon flavored tea, but what a misnomer.

I see that Leland is not longer selling this. I wish they would repackage it and rename it as “Mild Melon Morality”.

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XD Understandable. Cantaloupe’s quite mild to begin with. Should’ve been crafty like 52teas and put it with a white base.


Aha! Cantaloupe! The moment that you wrote that I had a flashback to when I tried this from your Shakespeare box. I need to go read my note on this one…be right back!


Yes! Cantaloupe was what I was trying to get my tastebuds to recognize. Thank you for solving that mystery :)

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drank Je M'Appelle Dorothée by THEODOR
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This is a lot like Red Zinger. The hibiscus is overwhelming. It’s a pretty dry tea, but I like tea with caffeine. If you like the hibuscus/rosehip taste, you might love this.

Mais c’est pas pour moi!

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attack of the hibiscus!

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This is probably a great tea—-but for a smoke addict like me, it seems bland. I love TeaSpring’s other Lapsang Souchong offering, but this one is like the timid little sister who cannot speak out loud and clear.

The Lapsang Souchong from TeaSpring that I really like is relatively less costly. It’s all about the smoke and the tar for me. This one is too sweet.

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Welcome back Doulton! Missed reading your notes! :)

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drank Cabochon by American Tea Room
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I like the taste and aroma of licorice. I’m not a fanatic (I know some people who are, but I suspect I know more people who don’t like it) but it’s nice to have occasionally.

I’ve been impressed by American Tea Room in general. I have no affiliation with them, but they have teas that are most certainly on my list of “must haves”. I ordered a sample size of Cabochon and set it aside for a while. I was waiting for one of those days when the thoughts of licorice crept into my mind. Today, gray, gloomy, and wet, seemed like a perfect day for a strong flavor that pops.

And it did and it does! The anise is strongest in the aftertaste. The taste itself is warm and honied and the anise remains on the tongue and lingering around the nose. Cabochon would be a treasure for any licorice fanatics out there and would make a superb gift if you know any. For someone who enjoys licorice, as I do, it’s a nice hefty brew with a really tasty authentic flavor. I know that synthetic licorice can be simply dreadful. This is pure and true and I’ll invest in a larger package. Cabochon (which means a kind of treatment for a gemstone) is perfect for the upcoming chilly weather.

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Wonderful if you love roses and if you don’t—maybe this tea will convert you. This is one of the best rose-immersion experiences I have had. I think it’s on a par with Rosy Earl Grey from Teas, Etc. The rose is not competing with an Earl Grey. Sometimes I really want the Earl Grey to be the backdrop for the rose but this is a more fragrant, floral tea. I guess I will have to keep both in stock!

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This sounds delightful! I wonder if Sally’s Secret from Harney and Sons is anything like this?

American Tea Room

you might want to try our new Victoria which is a regal Earl Grey with rose petals and a hint of Vanilla — also our new Romanoff (which kind of replaced L"orangerie.

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This is an absolutely lovely tea. I don’t want to use specific words to describe it because each word that comes to mind does not do this tea justice. I prefer big black teas with lots of smoke and lots of flavor. When a subtle tea wins me over like this, I am really moved. I’m going to invest in more of this, knowing that it’s a tea for a special and wonderful occasion.

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I too enjoy this one a lot. Try it iced and a little strong. AMAZING!

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This delicious tea has got depths and nuances of flavor and I am reminded of the late, lamented teas from The Simple Leaf. The leaves are very large and long and they brew up to a toasty, nutty taste that evokes strains of chestnut and chocolate.

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I do love this one AFTER I got the steeping parameters right…


Can anyone recommend a replacement for Dawn? I had it on my shopping list and never got to try it. :( What would be a similar tea?


I have been searching for a Dawn eplacement Ashmanra but no luck so far. But this one is good- I had a sample of this one but no longer and now thinking I may place an order….

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drank Narcisse by Mariage Frères
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Absolutely delightful. It’s a lighter type of Lapsang Souchong, I think. The smoke is nicely balanced with floral overtones.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”

Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

Life in Teacup:
An Xi Tie Guan Yin Grade II modern green style & also Charcoal Style


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