1282 Tasting Notes

Advent Tea Day:3 from Michelle
I remember this one tasting quite buttery and nutty. The black tea base had a little bit of a bite to it and was a tad astringent. I have enough for another cup and will write a more in-depth note later. Next time I’ll try a 2-minute steep instead. I enjoyed it. It was a fun one to try as I don’t recall ever having had a praline tea before. Praline fudge was something I enjoyed growing up when we would go on family trips though. It was my grandmother’s favorite fudge flavor. I might have to try making some fudge flavors for Christmas other than the classic chocolate walnut this year.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Peanut butter fudge … I get all melty thinking about it!

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Advent Tea: Day 6 from Michelle
I’ve heard great things about Simpson & Vail Teas and especially some of their holiday ones. I’ve been wanting to try them for quite some time now so it’s been a real treat trying these advent samples from Michelle! This one has an interesting assortment of ingredients and holiday flavors. The ingredients include cranberries, orange, almonds, cinnamon, and chocolate mint. In flavor, the only flavor I could pick out was the chocolate. The mint and almond I think sort of blend in with the chocolate. The chocolate flavor is maybe reminiscent of a tootsie roll or at least that’s how I’ve seen others describe this particular flavoring. I don’t think this one fits the name or concept. I would’ve expected more nuttiness or more almond or something. It was an enjoyable cup and I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Dessert blends are the perfect pick me up during a stressful week or just whenever. Thanks, Michelle!

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Advent Day 5 from Michelle
My advent tasting notes will be rather sporadic this week due to finals. So sorry about that. I prepared this one according to Michelle’s steeping instructions and added a tiny splash of soymilk to my cup. It’s been a while since I’ve had a CTC tea and this one surprised me. It was so malty and lacked the bite or harshness that has been present in other CTC teas I’ve tried. I was able to get multiple steeps out of this one. Another tasty tea from S&V and one I would add to a future order. If I hadn’t had the chance to sample it I probably never would’ve included it in a future S&V order. Thanks Michelle!

Flavors: Malty, Smooth

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

All our best to you on exams, and wishes for good rest and peace when you need it!

Martin Bednář

All the best!


Glad you liked it and for multiple infusions!

Lexie Aleah

Thanks Guys! :) Same goes to you with your exam Martin

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This one is a nice lavender earl grey to drink with milk. I also often over-steep it and it isn’t a problem. A lot of Adagio’ black base teas don’t seem to be nearly as forgiving as this one. I still need to try it as a London Fog at some point.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Lavender, Smooth

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Advent Tea: Day 2 from Michelle
This one was perfectly timed because everyone else in my household has been sick for the past week. My immune system definitely feels like it’s taken a hit but I still don’t have any cold symptoms. (knock on wood) Based on the ingredients I imagine that this would be a soothing tea to drink while sick or even when not. I don’t think you can compare it to Cold 911 though for example. I added a bit of honey to my cup of this one. It has a lovely lemon flavor which is interesting because it is described as having a “subdued lemon flavor”. The lemon on the green rooibos base with a little honey added to the cup makes it more dessert-like. I couldn’t pick out the ginger or the other ingredients really but I have enough for another cup to try and do that. Thanks, Michelle! I can already see a Simpson & Vail order sometime in my future after many sipdowns.

Flavors: Lemon

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

This is the one I have sipped the most and will be included in my next order after many sipdowns (sooo much tea!)

Lexie Aleah

I’d definitely order more of this. The struggle between wanting to reorder favorites and needing to sip down our current tea stash.


S&V is my favorite company, but I’ve somehow never ordered this one! I guess I need to!

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Advent Tea: Day 1 from Michelle!
I did drink this yesterday but I am posting the note today because I couldn’t find my computer charger the other day. I love to read so I was excited to see that this is an author-inspired tea blend. I liked this one overall. I could taste the strawberry in it and maybe some of the almond or amaretto flavoring. It was hard to pick out too many specific flavors, but they worked well with the green tea base. Thanks again, Michelle. (:

Flavors: Strawberry

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m supposed to be writing an essay about Little Women right now, so I’m going to take this as a sign to stop procrastinating and get on with it XD


Glad you liked it, I remember thinking this smelled better than it tasted, but was still good.

Lexie Aleah

Nattie: I’m supposed to be writing an essay for my Sociology class right now and I have also been procrastinating. So I’m gonna work on that today haha. Good Luck!
Michelle: Yeah the amaretto flavor smelled stronger in scent and was more subtle in taste but still a yummy tea.

Martin Bednář

Well, I should study for my ADR exam and instead I am writing notes here, watching biathlon in between, and overall not much happy about reading tanks and containers for loose hazmat.


Thank you! Good luck on your essay too Lexie, and on your revision Martin !


I think my Little Women essay would be entitled, “Ten Good Reasons I want to be Jo.” A while back, I found a very non-Little Women novel she also wrote called “A Long Fatal Love Chase.” How’s that for a departure from genre? (It’s gotten buried in Mount To-Be-Read, but needs to be exhumed.)


@gmathis – ugh, I love Jo. I always wanted to be her when I was younger. I love Laurie, too. He’s possibly my favourite literary male character to this day. My essay is about gender norms in the 19th century, which I’m finding too interesting, hence the writing 4x the word count!


I want to try more of their literary teas, but don’t want the box set since I already own one of the ones they off from it, and some I know I wouldn’t like, so the price makes it too prohibitive. One issue I have with S&V is they don’t offer more reasonable sampling options. I like their box ideas but if you don’t want to try all of those for over 30, it’s not as worth it for cheap me lol. I have some other literary ones to try sometime. Glad you liked this one

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drank Silent Night by DAVIDsTEA
1282 tasting notes

This one tastes like an herbal version of constant comment. The orange and spices in this one are balanced. I would’ve expected a concept like this to result in the spices overwhelming the base. The orange is the star in this one and it works. My grandmother ordered a bag of this one and shared some with me. I love that this one isn’t a spicy cinnamon tea. It’s a good one for the holiday season.

Flavors: Orange, Spices


I wish I had family members who shared my interest in tea!

Lexie Aleah

Nattie: Two of my family members only drink herbals or caffeine-free blends. Another one hates tea but will drink Cold 911 or cold teas sometimes. It’s so nice to make tea for others. I get excited when I’m asked to. I hope you have friends to drink tea with.


Sadly I don’t have anyone who shares my interest in tea. Ocassionally I can bug one of my friends into sharing a pot with me, or trying a sip, but they’re always very neutral on it. My parents won’t even entertain the notion of loose leave, even a straight black. We’re English and they are very English in their tea tastes – they buy one brand of teabags and won’t drink anything else. If I ask them if they want tea, they always ask if I mean ‘real’ tea, and they mean the teabags! That being said, their chosen brand it pretty tasty, but I wish they would be more open-minded.

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drank Florist Lapsang by white2tea
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2022 Sipdown Count: 51
College Student
23 years old
Lover of Animals and Books~
I’ll try any tea at least once. I drink tea all day.
Message Me if interested in a Swap.

Favorite Flavors:
-Green Tea
-Tobacco type flavor
-Black Currant
-Red Fruits
- Eucalyptus
Dislikes Hibiscus heavy or, red hot cinnamon flavor

I drink tea for many reasons: For pleasure, health benefits, mindfulness, to help with anxiety, hydration because I have always struggled with drinking plain water.
My rating system is kind of a mess and I keep telling myself I’ll fix it sometime.

0-23 Rating Means I couldn’t finish the cup
50- Undecided on a rating or don’t remember enough about it to rate the tea.
90-100 Absolutely Love and would always want to keep in my cupboard

Favorite Companies:
-August Uncommon
-Dammann Freres
-Jasmine Pearl
-The Tao Of Tea
-52 Teas
-Harney & Sons
-Tea Chai Te


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