516 Tasting Notes

So I went back on my blog to see when my review for Amore showed up – um – it didn’t. Gaaah. My blog is driving me nuts, doesn’t post when I tell it to, no facebook apps work anymore… and with that in mind I’m sipping this tea right now, re-writing the post – and the stress melts away. Hey, the name of this tea changed too so it’s due for a re-write!

Rose mojito is so fitting, off to ice it for pics!

EDIT: Oh maaaan I iced it with fresh mint and lime and sparkling water! Amaaaazing – and finally made sure that post was up and about: http://www.daisychubb.com/review-rose-mojito-by-the-persimmon-tree/

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reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Timolino
516 tasting notes

This is perfection.
I’m actually enjoying taking tea with me again, when drinking tea has become a chore when it gets cold and gross. If I want iced tea, I drink it cold, not tepid!

PERFECTION. I will be buying more.


and they are so easy to throw in the bottom of my bag! i can really trust the lid to stay secure. i wanna buy one for the whole world hah. xoxo


I’ve been thinking about picking up one of these. Where did you purchase yours? (You can PM me if you don’t want the whole Steepster world to see.)


Do you use the infuser on-the-go, and if so do you take it out to prevent oversteeping? Where do you put it?


i echo dinosara’s questions since i haven’t put much thought into this though i do love the design and i know kittenna loves hers


personally i do use the brewing basket occasionally. first i rest the lid with basket kinda tilted on the top of the cup and let it drain a long time and also let the basket cool off cuz it’s so hot to touch. then i’ll dump the basket into the garbage and rinse it in the sink in any old bathroom. but more often (for better or worse), i just brew with a disposable teabag and leave the basket at home, …cuz i’m in a hurry.


I love mine too! If it’s tea that I don’t really need to worry about oversteeping I just put it beneath the basket (like in the bottom of the mug). The basket is pretty useless for a lot of my teas because any little bits end up in your mouth, but this way definitely makes a difference! Usually I end up using it for iced instead of hot so I don’t need to worry much about oversteeping!

One tip if you use if for hot though is to leave some room at the top to add a little cold water, if not I find it stays scalding for basically the entire day!


I love this mug, it doesn’t leak andd stays hot! I use the brew basket and brew just like a normal cuppa. Unless it is a rooibos or herbal that can steep forever


I’m pretty stoked on it too, but it means I need to be organized enough to have my tea brewed before I go. Leaving them in the basket doesn’t seem to be an option unless it’s an herbal? IDK. I like a mug I can beat up on!


I don’t use the basket. The holes are too fine, and my tea tastes funky when steeped and held at practically boiling the whole time.

ALSO re:buying Timolinos: I forgot that I saw them advertised for sale on Tealux’s site for cheaper than at DT. And, I think new customers get a 15% off coupon code that does apply to teaware!


Oh! Oh well. I like the colours they have at DT’s more so I won’t feel too bad about missing the deal.


Bleh, I wish I had remembered to mention this somewhere. I should probably make a discussion board post about it…. but I’m lazy. DT’s colours are def better though. And that’s where I got both of mine (actually, my ex-bf’s mom bought the first one at either DT or Tea Desire, and I bought the second at my local DT).

Daisy Chubb

It’s only 4 bucks cheaper at Tealux, I didn’t bother making an account just to see how much shipping would be, maybe someone else can chime in who isn’t lazy like me haha!

I brew my tea at home, so use the brewbasket (I like it, it’s the perfect size for the amount of tea that fits in the mug IMO) then take the tea and basket out after steeping. I leave the basket at home so far, I definitely wouldn’t keep a tea brewing in there because #1 it’s too hot, and #2 the bits would come through when you sip.

I find because the tea stays so hot (poifect for me, since I have to wait many hours until I get to sip!) I don’t run out of it before the end of the day. I get to savour it instead of chugging it back, which is how I prefer my hot tea anyways. Iced tea is a whole other story ;)


My only complaint about the Timolino is it’s size. 12 oz is just not big enough for me. I like a nice 16oz to go mug. Hopefully they will come out with a bigger one soon because I really love everything else about this mug.

Rob Rauschenberg

I may break down and buy this. I need a good travel mug. Thanks for posting.

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I enjoy this as a relaxing brew,

but lately we have no groceries, out of seasoning salt and soya sauce – all we have is rice! So I made up some rice with this tea, it’s amazing. I added a pinch of salt and a pat of butter. It’s creamy, nutty and full of flavour. Win!

The DJBooth

Awesome…glad there are more people who cook with tea. Try mashed potatoes with Lapsang :)


Great idea. We’re having as part of our dinner tonight, and I’m going to try this.

Daisy Chubb

I’ve baked with my tea a lot, but rarely just straight up rice. I wish I had some lapsang, I have nooo smoky teas anymore as I gave them all away. oops!

Nice Veronica, enjoy your amazing dinner!


My fav is genmaicha tea with butter melted in it. I pour this sauce on spaghetti squash, but I bet it’s good on rice too.

Daisy Chubb

Ohhh I’ve been meaning to pick up a spaghetti squash once we have money for real food! My body is craving nutrition <3

Rob Rauschenberg

Mashed Potatoes with Lapsang sounds really good. I need to try that for sure.

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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Got a to go cup with milk and agave. Love it WAY more than Exotica, but Exotica will probably be cheaper so I’ll stick with it for iced tea.

That said, I will stock up if I ever get my T4 and get some tax (aka tea) monies. Love the citrus top note, very tropical meets thai!

Rob Rauschenberg

Did you try this one iced too? Sounds really good.

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I enjoyed this gunpowder, it’s creamy and a bit smoky – perfect for mixing with mint for my own Moroccan Mint blend! Yummeh,

Full review:

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drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
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Help me, lovers of this tea. It has such a high rating but I haaaate it. It tastes like cardboard. I have 50g.

So! any tips? haha


blech. I don’t like this one either.

Daisy Chubb

Hey, that’s no help! jk, haha that’s actually a relief, I thought I might be the only one! Solidarity, Sil. That’s what I get for scanning ratings rather than reading actual reviews ;)


there are a few ppl in the reviews that didn’t like it haha i picked up a toffee dream from another company here in toronto and it’s a much smoother and nicer blend – what i wished this one was.


I just a checked my review and phew…. I wasn’t one who gushed over it. :p Good luck – hope you can swap it.


Yeah, I don’t recall being a big fan, though ordered the sample based on the rave reviews I was seeing.


I really wasn’t a fan either, I vaugly remember saying it smelled like wet cardboard and tasted like paper lol.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I need a kick in the butt this morning, so I added 1 pu-erh tuocha from Teavivre and 1 tsp Pheonix Pearl from Zen Tea. The brew is coffee dark, has a nice kick, but is oh so smooth and sweet. WIN!

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yaaaay I’m back kind of!
haha I still feel like I’m under a rock. Anyways! My blog has been dormant far too long, since this tea was an amazing replacement for DavidsTea’s Dulce & Banana (sorry DT, I sipped them side by side and I prefer this one), I thought I would do a fancy photoshoot :3

Seriously my favourite iced tea ever. I don’t know what it is about this blend, I think it’s the lack of artificial flavouring? Whatever it is, it’s worth a try at least as a warm before-bed tea. AAAAND I have a coupon code for everyone: 15% off! Exciting :D I think anyways ;)

Pics: http://www.daisychubb.com/review-banana-dulce-by-the-persimmon-tree/

I should note as a disclaimer, not every tea is a 100% from Persimmon just because I got some samples from them. This tea though, I chose to be my first to review – because to me, it is 100. More reviews coming soon! Just had to get the rave out of the way haha!

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Thank you Azzrian for including this in my special Christmas package last month!

My goodness it is blended pu-erfection yesIjustsaidthat.

It really does taste like a spiced or mulled wine. Sweet deep berry notes that taste like they will stain your lips. How decadent. Thank you so much for sharing!


So glad you loved it!

The DJBooth

oh man that sounds awesome

Daisy Chubb

It’s VERY awesome! Definitely have a future order planned with Vintage Teaworks :D

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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I have been so SO pleased with my box of teas from Zen after their 50% off sale. There is only one tea in the box I don’t like (it’s not this one) and sadly I don’t have any swap money because I want it gone, but that’s a story for another time.

This tea is creamy, coconutty, astringent (not bitter) and a bit buttery. Definitely vegetal – super delicious. I make pots of it and always put the last pot in the fridge for iced tea. Yummy with a splash of coconut milk after a work out!


This sounds delicious! I must try some, after I clear through some tea in my tea cupboard.

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My favourite tea companies are DavidsTea and Verdant Tea. They please my palette in different ways – and I love them both for it.

I’m back bb!

<3 Daisy


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