2286 Tasting Notes

Uhh, whoops. There are now 3 listings (I think?) for the Tea Centre in Courtenay BC! (I shoulda added this when I sent you the teas, Sil!)

Anyways. My mom sent me this. It’s very very reminiscent of bagged Orange Pekoe, but it’s better, and I love it. So comforting to drink something similar to whatever tea bags we had in the house when I was a kid.

With milk as always.

Apparently I should have steeped this at 185F/85C for 1-2 min and done multiple infusions. lol. At least I don’t use straight up boiling water like my parents do?

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Yeah, it’s ok. Maybe it’s the age of the tea (I didn’t actually look at the packet!) or my changed tastebuds.

The oily sheen from the chocolate bits is always disconcerting, and I really dislike the stevia. I don’t hate it, but I get an aftertaste that isn’t the best.

Wouldn’t buy again, but it’s fun to try!

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drank Bon Rouge by Janet's Special Teas
2286 tasting notes

Yummy with milk.

Had my last class of the semester today, and now I have to finish my paper!

Gotta reread all the articles from class, and mark sections that will be useful, then do more research, and then somehow manage to fit it all into 10-12 pages. Ha!


Does Janet’s Special Teas ship or is it in-store only?


I’ve only ever been in-store.


Cool, thanks!

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At least puer teas age well, even the white ones! This is delicious although I oversteeped it at 1 min. I did a quick rinse, then 1 min at 165F. I’ll do 1-2 more steeps as I finish up my work and then the presentation I’m doing for class tonight. Heh. Yeah, I haven’t written it yet.

Soft, sweet, fruity, and then tannin.

Sadly about half my tin ended up as a sacrifice to the floor gods. Oh well, I’ll savour what I have left then maybe break into one of the other 5 (est) white puer I have.

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Yes, I still have this.

When I first opened the (well sealed) package, I’m not gonna lie it smelled bad. Not rancid, but definitely not how I remember.

So I asked some tea friends… should I try it? The answer was yes.

It didn’t smell as bad this morning (maybe airing it out helped?) and I did a quick rinse before my usual 3 minute steep.

It’s actually OK! The flavour has definitely deteriorated, as there’s a weird aftertaste (a bit astringent, a bit metallic), but the tea flavour is still good. I mostly taste vanilla now, so I think it’s the caramel flavour that is behaving weirdly. (I say weirdly but friends, this tea is OLD for a flavoured tea.)

I still love the base Assam that Stacy used. The big leaves, the sweet malty flavour. I’ve tried others in the same tea family but they’re just not as good. A lot of them have more “dirt tea” flavour, which this one never had.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

Yay, glad it mostly worked out!

Taiwanese Assam and Wild Mountain are still some of my favourite black teas too.


It worked out enough that I will drink all I have for nostalgia reasons. It’s actually way more drinkable than the H&S Paris I had yesterday…

I just wish I had a (local, reliable) source for Taiwanese Assam THIS GOOD.


I’m with you. I caved and ordered from Whispering Pines when they had it in stock a couple years ago, and it made so nostalgic and happy.. but it’s WP, and they are both expensive and carry a limited supply of their teas with unpredictable restocking. If they get it and/or Tawainese Wild Mountain back this year I’m breaking my self-imposed tea buy ban.


I mean, it sounds like a plan to hold out and jump on fav’s when they’re released!


It’s my one and only exception.. and also a possible Jayida Che reorder because they gave me a 20% off code. That’s totally it though. D:


i’ve been hoping tawain tea crafts would bring back the few varieties they have that are delicious. WP is too expensive and never has enough stock for me to make a cart worthwhile.


Taiwan Tea Crafts would definitely be more ideal. I’ll try to keep them on my radar too. WP is for years when my tea budget is not.. like this year.


I never ordered from either TTC or WP. I think I’ve had a few of their teas, but not a lot. TTC always intrigued me but their turn over of teas was quite fast I think???

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2286 tasting notes

Cup of this during a meeting this afternoon. Again, this tea is really old. It’s not as good as it used to be.

But I still drank it!

And now I’m debating composting what’s left or continuing to drink it.


It is pretty good iced and sweet! That’s how I deplete a tea quickly.


That’s an idea, but I don’t love black teas iced. I might try it – that would definitely use up the rest of the leaves, and then if it goes down the sink, at least I tried.

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I forgot how good this tea is. Again, this is super old, especially for a green tea… I got it in 2014 from Sil maybe? Not sure about the handwriting..

It’s soft. Jasmine. Forest. Some butteriness.

I think I have another cup left. I pulled this tea to finish, so I’ll probably do that tomorrow!

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
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Revisiting this because of Crowkettle!

I found this in the back of my stash. It sadly hasn’t aged well since the last time I had it. It’s quite astringent and the flavour is mostly gone, except for the bitter from cocoa nibs!

Darn. I really liked this tea when it was fresher. (This tea is OLD. So. Not unexpected.)

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drank Unknown Tisane by Unknown
2286 tasting notes

Juniper Rooibos from The Capilano.

Delicious. Fruity, herbaly, and I’m very sad it can’t be bought anymore.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
2286 tasting notes

Finished this one up! Always so tasty.

I used what was left and brewed hot and strong, then iced it. Yum.

Thank you, B for sharing this with me ages and ages ago!

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I mostly drink black tea.

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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