374 Tasting Notes


Advent Tea!
This is amaretto to start, red rooibos in the middle with a sweet coconut cookie finish. I only brewed with 6 oz of water and it came out pretty nice. The rooibos gave it a bit of a woody taste but I’d drink this one again. Thanks Lexie!

Flavors: Amaretto, Coconut, Cookie, Rooibos

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drank Zion by Simpson & Vail
374 tasting notes

Hmmm something medicinal about this tea is turning me off. I do like the color that reminds me of red sandstone and now I’m thinking of rocks and geology. But the aftertaste here, somehow minty and there’s no mint in here. Can’t say I’ll finish this sample pack.

Flavors: Elderberry, Medicinal, Sage


It’s so funny you mentioned this because I have the box set for this, and I went to try this next, but haven’t brought myself to yet for some reason. I need to get back to it. These are such strong smelling teas!

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drank Chai Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I am not a matcha person, something about the powderedness is un-tea like to me. Skysamurai sent me this one and I thought I’d try it out. At first sip this is too sweet for me. And at second sip. But there is some nice cinnamon and warming clove going on here too. I’d drink this for a morning caffeine boost, but its not going to find its way into my shopping cart.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Sugar

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drank Mango Lemon Balm by Teeccino
374 tasting notes

If you have a lot of imagination you might get some lemon balm at the end and just a hint of mango sweetness. This is mostly chicory with a bright lemon zest finish. Can’t say I’d search this one out, but it was good to try in the advent.

Flavors: Chicory, Lemon Zest

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Well the reviews for this tea are a bit underwhelming, but I liked it! A black tea base without bitterness or astringency along with vanilla cereal flavoring. Maybe I didn’t expect a lot from this flavored blend, but I liked the second steep so much I tried for a third. Which was weaker, but still drinkable. I give it a thumbs up for drinking again, maybe not to seek out and purchase :)
Thanks to Skysamurai for sending it my way!

Flavors: Marshmallow, Vanilla

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Advent tea!
It is baking season and this tea is the real deal vanilla taste. Vanilla buttercream with a hint of oak from the bourbon flavor? A smooth Assam underneath the creamy vanilla goodness. Wow this is a nice one, thank Lexie!

Flavors: Butterscotch, Cream, Oak, Vanilla


They (I think) carry this locally at our Natural Grocers. Kinda pricey, so I was reluctant to make that kind of investment in an unknown. Now I know!

Lexie Aleah

I thought you might enjoy this one. I saw somewhere that someone said it was comparable to the Mariage Freres vanilla black tea. I’ve never tried that one though. This one was sold out for a long time on the website and at my local grocery store but after quite a bit of hunting, I was able to snag some from my local Fredmeyer. It was worth it though!


Sometimes the tea tastes even better when there is effort involved!


That’s true!


Ooo sounds like I need to track down some of this one too!

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drank Maple Pecan by Teeccino
374 tasting notes

Teeccino blends are not for the feint of heart, they are bold, earthy and have plenty of chicory to lend a bit of a bite. If you are good with that, carry on and try to distinguish the subtle flavors of the different blends. A sweet maple aftertaste? Yes. Pecan… maybe? Would I drink this again? Sure. Add it to an order, maybe.

Flavors: Chicory, Creamy, Maple Syrup

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Yay, advent season is here. Thanks Lexie for this nice mellow start to a month of tea! This one is savory and mossy without any bitterness. A good example of rolled green tea that opens into huge leaves.

Flavors: Grassy, Savory


Yes, so exciting! My first year participating on Advent. Hope you have fun. You definitely had a unique name to try today.


Sounds like a fun tea!


Its a good start, now the challenge is not to fall behind on tasting notes(both writing and reading!)

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Another tea I picked up at Simpson and Vail and I like this one! A bit nutty to start and coppery and malty to finish. Very little astringency to this cup, it would blend well with other black teas. I must say this is my second favorite awesome tea from S&V, and I’d be tempted to purchase more if Beesakopie remains out of stock.

Flavors: Malty, Metallic, Nutty


Someday I want to learn the proper pronunciation of all these interesting tea estates!

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This one brews up brightly with less leaf than I normally use. It is easy to get a dark and bitter cup, so while I won’t mind sipping this down, it’s not something I would purchase again. An impulse buy from S&V but not one I’ll reach for very often.


Noted. I’ll keep some milk handy when I try your sample!

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
I love trying new tea in new places, if you see something in my cupboard you want to try, hit me up for a swap!


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