894 Tasting Notes


I admired this teapot for a long time before receiving it as a gift. The lines of it are modern and lovely, and aesthetically it’s a joy to have as part of my collection.

The lid fits very well and is removable for easy cleaning, though being shiny stainless steel, does get smudgy looking easily. The body of the pot is well made – the ceramic is even and durable and the glaze is smooth. The spout pours very cleanly.

It comes with a metal infuser basket made of very fine mesh, so it’s suitable for steeping rooibos and other small, granular teas. The basket is reasonably sized, though I would prefer slightly larger. It has a rounded bottom so it’s easy to clean but also easy to squish out of shape if you’re not careful while cleaning it.

This size holds three or four cups.

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drank Six Summits by Teavana
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This is one of my favourite teas, and I was really surprised by how much I like this one. The flavour of raspberries is fresh and distinct, slightly sweet but very nicely complimenting the earthy tones of the oolong. The leaves work well for a second steep as well.

Flavors: Berries, Earth

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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I am so in love with this tea. Both the fragrance and the taste are amazing. Strawberry and bergamot are unexpectedly perfect companions.

Flavors: Bergamot, Strawberry

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Did first rinse with boiling water and then a 25 second steep. It’s okay – not particularly distinctive or complex. The tea flavour really comes in second to the mint and lime, and there’s very little of the multi-facteted earthiness that I associate with pu erh.

I’ll hav to experiment with more rinses and different steep times and water temperatures. As it is, this tea isn’t really grabbing me.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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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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