1108 Tasting Notes

Predictable and delightful, if you like the combination of pure hibiscus and rosehips, which I do.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips

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Another one of those I can’t believe I am the first one to comment on this stellar tea notes.

This is one inspired and beautifully balanced tea. Imagine a layer of quasi-carrot cake spice buffered by the sweetness of carrot with a shot of maple on a black base that nicely stands up to all this embellishment.

I like this one a lot and sadly, I am moving through this far too quickly.

Flavors: Carrot, Maple Syrup, Spices


VariaTEA’s package of this is still at my place haha

Evol Ving Ness

hmm, she hates it? she hasn’t tried it yet? you hate it? you haven’t tried it yet?


No one has tried it. It’s sitting at my place waiting for her

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I am coming down with something and I needed a treat because poor me.

This cup has moved towards that slightly tart smooth deliciousness I remember. Even though my tastebuds might not be at their usual level of perception, delicious, delicious, delicious.

Maddy Barone

oh. no. So much going around this year. Hope it clears up quick.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Maddy Barone.

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I am coming down with a cold. Could have something to do with running around with soaking feet for most of the day in all this slush outside.

This was my other travel tea of the day which I made before I started feeling under the weather. Delicious. I have been steeping at a far lower temperature to have the previous sour note disappear, which it has, and bring all the toffee caramel loveliness out, which it did. So yay!

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My travel tea for a long long day. Today, it was all creamy caramel praline lusciousness. Truly inspired blend. Well done, Liquid Proust. We miss you in tea world.

Daylon R Thomas

Oh, he is in Tea World. Just Pu-Erh and Aged Oolong World.


Um…creamy caramel praline lusciousness sounds divine.

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A happy surprise find. Lovely apple and gentle spice. Kind of an autumn flavour for this bright frosty cold day.

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drank Sweet Tart by DAVIDsTEA
1108 tasting notes

Another in-store sample from today. It tastes pretty much like a generic red herbal. You know, like the hundreds of others with sweetened hibiscus. I like hibiscus, but for me, this is nothing new. The magic is in the pretty dry leaf. The end.

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Stopped into a DTs shop today to try samples and one of my tea people gave me a shot of the extra strong steep Chocolate Jasmine Creme Brûlée used for lattes to try. It was super sweet as the tea is sweetened with chocolate agave, but it was good. I can totally see that it would be stellar as a latte, but that is me guessing. With the chocolate agave addition, I can’t with any honesty tell you what the straight tea would be like.

To be continued.

My intention had been to sample the Jasmine Creme Brûlée to see whether this batch is the same as the previous one or whether it had been doctored. If it is the same as previously, I’d like to pick some up because it is an inspired blend.

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This morning, the sun was bright and warm and I thought it would be a perfect day for a walk. Well, yes and no. I set out for a sizeable stroll on the apparently clear sidewalks. Yeah, no. Once I was in motion, I discovered that the streets were coated in a thin glaze of ice, fine enough to be invisible until you had taken a flip. And so I proceeded on my walk gingerly and slowly. I did arrive at my destination eventually, but my body is sore from the stiffness of taking such care for so long. But also, I am in one piece, and for that, I am grateful.

This is tasting very very familiar to me: caramel sweet and taffy nuts. Delicious and familiar.

To be continued.

Thank you for the sample, Dexter. A most enjoyable cup.

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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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