19 Tasting Notes


I picked a few things up including this sweet little gem up at a tea house in 磁器口 after a few hours of sipping and talking tea with the lady of the house. I think it was around 5$ Canadian. What.a.steal!

It is green label pu’erh, from 2011. The leaves are medium brown with flecks of pale golden and white throughout. It smells sweet- a bit chocolatey. It was rather difficult to break apart with my pu’erh pick.

After a quick rinse and about 3 steepings I am really getting a thick mouthfeel, it is rich and pleasant. this pu’erh is floral, smoky, a tad bit medicinal tasting, yet sweet and has a strong chaq. I am so thankful to the tea guru genius lady who recommended this incredible nest of a gift!

I am fully enjoying the tea itself and the memories of endless days spent in China enjoying fantastic tea with friends!

Flavors: Grass, Medicinal, Smoke, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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This may be my absolute favorite black tea.

It reminds me of a Darjeeling, but deeper in flavor. It is rich, has heaps of chaqi, flavors of plum and hints of astringency. There is a subtle deep floral element that is intoxicating.

Flavors: Flowers, Plum

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

That sounds really good. Onto the wishlist it goes!

Christie Lee

Oh it is! :D Hope you can find some!!


Doh… out of stock! Onto the stalking bookmark list it goes! :)

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Pure fragrant lychee with its distinctive floral sweetness together with pure black tea. This is delicious!

Flavors: Flowers, Lychee

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Twinings’ Lady Grey is light, lemony, and very delicate. I’m feeling really under the weather today, so I reached for this simple blend for a bit of comfort. It reminds me of when I first started discovering tea when I was younger. For me, it’s a classic comforting cup.

I guess Twinings created it in the 90’s for Scandinavian nations that felt Earl Grey was far too pungent. It was a hit then, and for me it remains a faithful friend.

Did I mention that it is light..? XD

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Huo Shan Huang Ya by Tealux
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This yellow tea is smooth, buttery and even though I let it steep especially long, there isn’t a hint of bitterness.

Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Warm Grass

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I picked this up while I was living in China last year after spending a few hours drinking tea with a shop owner down a street called “Tea City” where a bunch of old Chinese guys hang out and drink and sell tea, no other foreigners in sight.

The cake itself isn’t very aromatic- it smells like dry leaves. Once steeped there is a slight floral/autumn day kind of aroma.

It is incredibly light in both color and flavor- slightly astringent, my third and fourth steeping was incredible. This kind of white tea lowers your blood pressure; and I feel it after a few cups. I feel mellow, relaxed, and really peaceful!

Too bad I can’t find out any more imformation on this cake! I spent a lots of time trying to find it online but I can’t seem to! I’m looking forward to trying more 福鼎白茶 cakes to compare!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey

2 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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My Japanese friends said Japanese white tea doesn’t exist. I am so glad they were wrong!

I did three pour overs. The resulting liquid is incredibly smooth, delicate and elegant.

The flavor is sort of sencha-like, full, but really delicate. I love how pale the wet leaf gets after I poured.

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank mugicha by House Foods
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If you haven’t tried Mugicha- you’re missing out! This is a unique, easy to prepare bagged Mugicha (roasted barley tea) that is incredibly popular in Korea, Japan, and China.

I often will brew it cold overnight and drink it throughout the day. When I lived in China, and couldn’t drink the water, I would drink Mugicha by the pitcher-full all day- just add boiling water to the bag continually. It has a roasted, light and rich flavor. A bit toasty, a bit nutty. Yum!

Flavors: Cardboard, Rice, Roasted Barley

White Antlers

I just started cold brewing Muchiga. It’s most enjoyable and thirst quenching.

Christie Lee

Right?! I love it, and it is so economical! I think my box of 50 pitcher sized bags was about 4$ Thank you House Foods!

White Antlers

It needs more love. I am new to cold brewing and that is a perfect vehicle for Muchiga.

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drank Oi Ocha Dark by Ito En
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This is my favorite bottled tea. Hands down!

Robust, full flavor. Dark, rich green tea, zero bitterness, it is smooth and incredibly delicious! I would buy this by the case.

My only wish is if Ito-En sold the loose leaf for this brew… I can’t figure it out, it is a mystery to me! A delicious, delicious mystery!

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drank Orozuz by Girathe
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I will start this our by saying not only am I NOT a huge fan of herbal tea in general, I will drink Celestial Seasonings “Honey Vanilla Chamomile” when I am sick, that is about where my herbal tea love ends… but I actually hate licorice… THOUGH ironically…

This herbal tea is great! It is full flavored, sweet, and not overwhelmingly “licorice”- in-your-face, it is soothing and has the right balance of sweetness, due to the chopped raisin bits throughout- to fennel, to licorice. I am impressed. I recommend this blend if you’re looking for a satisfying sweet-savory blend.

Flavors: Fennel, Licorice, Raisins, Tart

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Christ follower, tea lover.

Born in Montreal, Canada- studied and lived in both California, and mainland China. I speak English, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

I drink tea, study tea, write about tea, touch tea, and work (at Tealyra!) with tea- all day. My hands are matcha-stained.

I have lived in China- and had the opportunity to drink the most incredible orthodox teas, traveled to Yunnan and browse pu’erh shops, and even made my own small batch Japanese green tea outside of Kyoto, Japan.

I think my initial love of tea is rooted in childhood memories with my Grandmama sipping honey-sweetened tisane. My appreciation for all things Camelia Sinensis has grown and matured since those fruity tisane childhood days.

Likes : Oolong (especially true milk oolong), Japanese teas, and pu’erh. I appreciate most teas and herbal infusions.

Dislikes : licorice, fennel, too-much ginger, too-much hibiscus.

Self-proclaimed lover of tea: passionate about Jesus, people, traveling, I love music, fragrance and good food.

I work for Tealyra (used to be named Tealux), I am our house Tea Sommelier. I am blessed to have access to some of the best teas in the world daily! I am a Certified Tea Sommelier through ITMA (studied tea in China, Hong Kong, and in Montreal).

You can read all my tasting notes for Tealyra on our website, I taste and write for our company.


Montreal, Canada

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