1108 Tasting Notes


Yes, indeed. The base is not my first choice, but the delicate cinnamon and maple overlay ties all the things together for me.

I am going to give it a whirl today in my traveling mugs to see how it fares. I am thinking that the flavourings are strong enough to hold up. Stay tuned.

Thank you, VariaTEA, for your generosity, and to Sil for the delivery and for not liking it too much :)




Happy it went somewhere it’ll be appreciated.

Evol Ving Ness

It’s being appreciated so much that I suspect it won’t last long.

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drank Turmeric Glow by DAVIDsTEA
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In-store sample. One of my favoured ones now that they seem to be trotting out the most recent collection on a daily basis.


did u try Sweet Tart yet? I’m debating…

Evol Ving Ness

The name alone scares me

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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In-store sample. It boggles my mind that in-store samples vary so much. While the peach here was toned down, the imitation flavour came through loud and clear.


I hate that too. It doesn’t give an accurate impression of what you’d be buying!

Lexie Aleah

You have some of this at home right> Have you tried making it as a Teapop?

Evol Ving Ness

No, I haven’t. Is it life-changing?

Lexie Aleah

It’s the only way I’ve ever had it before. Nothing I’d order from the store, but a good way to use it up if you have a bag of it sitting around.

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drank Jiri Horse by teabento
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Seem to be quite attached to this for now. Like others have mentioned, it is at its best when hot or on the warmer side of warm. When it cools, it becomes totally meh, not even remotely like its bittersweet chocolate hot self. Quite a remarkable change.

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drank Jiri Horse by teabento
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Dexter was kind enough to surprise me with some of this in her assortment of teas to me while I waited for my batch and I was super delighted because everyone had been raving about this tea and I wanted a cup or two.

Yes indeed, intensely delicious bittersweet chocolate black. It reminds me very much of a Chinese black tea that I’ve had recently, but the name escapes me. Delighted with this one.

Thank you, Dexter. Hope you are staying warm out there in the deep chill.

edit—I am finding it interesting that others have described this as specifically milk chocolate while for me, it is not that at all. Perhaps in another cup.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Daylon R Thomas

That looks like the favorite of the Teabento selection.

Evol Ving Ness

For good reason.


That tea reminded me of a Laoshan Black. It’s one of my favourite Teabento teas as well.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, it is very Laoshan Black and that other Chinese black tea—you know, the one that doesn’t seem to come to mind :)


It’s been really warm here lately – not sure when you wrote this note but was +6 on Friday and 0 on Saturday. LOL So yes keeping warm. Happy you liked this one. I thought most of my order was just ok… nothing special. Glad it works for you. :)

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This is my second cup of this new batch of reblend, circa late 2017 or early 2018.

This echoes the last blending of this that I had loved dearly by the new 52Teas . However, however, however. Yesterday’s cup had a constant bitterness, not certain how else to describe it, that overrode the cranberry and vanilla. Today’s cup too, but today, the cranberry and vanilla are struggling to come a bit more forward. There are strains of cranberry in the occasional sip and in the aftersip, but the vanilla is missing altogether for me so far.

I am not quite sure what is up with this here. I have steeped at a lower temperature. Yesterday, I steeped quickly. Today, I gave the cup a bit more time in hope that the other flavours will develop and become a bit more present. To no avail.

Maybe the bag of leaf is still a bit too full so that I wasn’t able to give it a proper shake to distribute all the bits before scooping some out. Or maybe I need to let the leaf sit a bit longer to cure.

Regardless, I love this blend and am certain that the proper cup of it is hiding just around the corner. To be continued.

I am leaving my previous rating unchanged.

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Yesterday, I had prepared my things for waking up at crazy o’clock to go walking with a neighbourhood friend: clothing, bag, tea in steeper. I selected this one for the walk because after walking in the cold and wind, I don’t much mind not drinking the perfect thing because I am on the bus or on the subway and my face and thighs are still defrosting. Having warm tea in my hands is already a good thing. My walking friend came to her senses and cancelled. When I woke up this morning, my tea had already been decided and was good to go.

I’ve had this one for a while. I seldom reach for it because the green tea and chai combination doesn’t seem to beckon me. Nonetheless, it’s a good blend and I am enjoying it. Typical chai spice on a buttery base with a bit of a tart cider tang. It works.

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The peach is there, but I couldn’t get past the imitation aftertaste. Bah!


I hear ya on this one…I have 4oz to sip down yet =/

Evol Ving Ness

I am wondering whether making it iced with juice of some sort would make it more palatable.


Let me know. I tried mixing it with another tea and it was still a no-go

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Another in-store sample at another location. Not nearly as sweet this time, but pretty much forgettable. I don’t seem to be having any luck with this tea.

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Today, I met up with Sil for a brief visit and tea thing. I had a bit of a walk-sprint there as I felt I might not have enough time to get to our meeting point on time, so I got a bit of exercise in as well as a brief visit with one of our most well-loved local tea personalities. And, of course, tea. My happiness is complete.

I’ve been drinking this for the last few days and enjoying it immensely. The vanilla cream aspect dominates the very gentle spice and the Assam base packs a nice kapow. And it survives the travel mug experience well too.

I absolutely wouldn’t mind having this in my cupboard again if I were to find a way of procuring some without the monstrous shipping fees. So there’s that.

And it’s a sip down!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Ginger, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

So jealous of you all that live close to one another! :P

Evol Ving Ness

You’ll have to come visit one day, Ms. Strange!


aye…tea visits are great!

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.


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