687 Tasting Notes


I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I remember from Tahoe.

Recommended to me by the Oolong Owl. There is a nice scent of white chocolate and nuts. Perhaps hazelnut. The flavour is sweet, nutty, a little creamy, and reminds me of cookies. Has a good base tea too. Very enjoyable festive blend. Went well with the almond crescent cookies. Didn’t notice any apricot though.

Heureux Hiver!

Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Hazelnut, Nuts, Nutty, White Chocolate

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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Happy Winter Solstice! Last night, I attended a Solstice Festival. There were farolitos (festive paper lanterns), and some were set up as a labyrinth. Very fun.

Today, I made the usual almond crescent cookies. And my new cookbook came in the post. Decided I would try this tea. It smells nicely like strawberry pastry with some coconuts notes. There is a sweet strawberry flavour, and hints of floral.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Pastries, Strawberry

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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I’ve been drinking a lot of this tea lately. It smells awesome, like honey and yams. Goes well with breakfast, especially french toast. The flavour is mostly sweet potato, with notes of honey and hints of nuts. (Trying to sipdown some of the Butiki Teas before the year’s end.)

Flavors: Honey, Nuts, Nutty, Sweet Potatoes, Yams

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Only a few more days until winter. Looks like it here though. This nice has a very nice malty scent. The flavour is a smooth malt. Simple, but really good.

Having my second cup while listening to Celtic holiday music. And some pecan pie.

Flavors: Malt

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Happy (American) Thanksgiving! Today, I am thankful I found this tea. There is a nice dark chocolate scent. Good chocolate flavour as well. Will try with pumpkin pie tomorrow.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate

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Today, I am thankful our capital city has fun shops. (And books… as always.) I found this store while wondering around. Got a sample because it smelled really good. There is a nice scent of lavender, and some bergamot. The flavour is mostly lavender, with hints of citrus. Overall, it feels very… cozy. Good for the season of pre-winter.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lavender

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Found this while I was looking for The Au Chocolat (which is still missing). More of a Spring tea, but I am having it in Almost Winter anyway. There is a fantastic berry cocoa scent, it reminds me of those Japanese candies. The flavour is a nice, rich dark chocolate. With some nice strawberry notes. Good for this season too.

Flavors: Berry, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry

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There is wintery weather happening here. I like having earl grey on snowy days. It feels very cozy. There is a nice bergamot scent. The base flavour is strong, and the bergamot is good. Paired well with my apple cake.

Flavors: Bergamot

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This morning was our first snow of the season. While it mostly melted now, the air is still cold. There is a nice nutty scent. That comes out in the flavour nicely.

I like hojicha for cold weather, it tastes comforting. Good for today.

Flavors: Nutty, Roasted Nuts

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Found this at the international grocery. The scent is so nicely bergamot. That comes across in the flavour well, along with some creamy notes. It is a bit floral too.

Very good. Glad I went back for it. Having another cup while watching ‘The Prestige’.

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Floral


That’s one of my favorite Earl Greys!

Lariel of Lórien

I was at the international grocery again, so I got more.

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple, Bergamot
Other flavours- Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, Cream

95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure


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