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Lindsay

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Member since Jul. 15th, 2014. Reviewed 20 teas.

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Golden Orchid from Whispering Pines

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 21st, 2014

This tea is soooo good. The dry tea smells like melted vanilla-flavoured chocolate. That delicious dessert-y experience extends right into the scent of the brewing tea, and then the taste of the tea itself. Rich, chocolatey, creamy, delicious. I've tasted chocolate-flavoured teas that were a lot less chocolatey than th...

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Port from Whispering Pines

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014



My first Whispering Pines tea! I chose this in part because I wanted to try the roasted cedar and vanilla bean (and several of the blends with those ingredients were out of stock when I placed my order). This is a really interesting and unique tea. When I first smelled it dry, I couldn’t place any of the flavours...

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Foxfire Chai from Whispering Pines

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

Mmmm, this is lovely. Smoky, spicy… reminds me of sitting around a campfire on a cool fall evening, after dark, with a cup of chai in my hands.

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Milk Jin Xuan Taiwanese Oolong from TeaLyra (TeaLux)

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014



Oh, yum. So first of all, the scent of the dry tea is ridiculously sweet and creamy. It smells like some sort of candy, and makes me seriously question the notion that there are no flavourings involved in this tea. The leaves are very tightly rolled little balls. I used a generous teaspoon for 8oz of water, and tha...

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Nepal 1st Flush 2014 Spring Buds White Tea from What-Cha

Style: White Tea – Region: Nepal

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

The dry tea is a mixture of green leaves and fuzzy silver buds. It smells a little bit sweet. It brews up to a light golden liquor, with a scent that’s very fresh and reminds me of a spring breeze. The flavour is sweet and vegetal, like fresh spring peas or new green grass. The mouthfeel is very smooth with just a hi...

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Nepal 2nd Flush 2014 Golden Tips Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

Another What-Cha tea! This black tea has twisty leaves that range from brown to gold. Just as the hot water was hitting them I got this aroma of spicy baked… something. Not spicy enough to be gingerbread, but like, maybe a sugar cookie with cinnamon on top? Once brewed, I smelled it again and was like “Oh, so when ...

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Nepal 2nd Flush 2014 Silver Needle White Tea from What-Cha

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Nepal

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

Dried tea consists of lovely, fuzzy silver buds, with a faintly floral/earthy scent. Brewed, the leaves smell much more vegetal, and I think there’s a specific vegetable there that I just can’t identify. It brews up pale yellow, and smells like fresh hay. Taste is a bit sweet, a bit mineral, with more hay and veget...

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Nepal 1st Flush 2014 Clonal Delight Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

This is a nice medium bodied black tea. It brewed up surprisingly dark after only 2min. The aroma is actually a bit floral, but the flavour is more fruity. A bit of drying sensation in the mouth by the end of the cup. Reminds me a bit of a 2nd flush darjeeling?

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Fruity Pebbles from Tiesta Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

This is a very nice fruity green tea; very smooth, not bitter or artificial tasting. The leaves were good for 3 steeps, with decreasing fruitiness but still a nice green tea flavour.

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Pumpkin Chai from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014



I tried this before, just brewed western-style, and it was ok but not great. So this time I decided to do it the David’s Tea recommended way: simmered on the stove. 1 cup each of milk and water, 6g (two generous teaspoons) of tea, 2 tsp of brown sugar (I used organic sucanat because… it was there). Bring to a b...

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Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

Oh, yum. This is a lovely jasmine green tea – smooth, silky and fragrant. Not a hint of bitterness from the green tea base, and none of the soapy aftertaste I got from the last jasmine pearls I tried. And I love tea that comes in pearls! These didn’t all fully unfurl in the first infusion, so I’ll definitely be r...

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Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014



I am obviously falling in love with malty, chocolatey black teas. I can definitely see why this one is so popular! The dried leaves are small and curly, and smell like chocolate and bread. The chocolate aroma intensifies once the water hits it. Usually I set a timer and walk away to do something else while my tea i...

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Blueberry Wild Child from Tiesta Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014



I’m kind of glad I caved to Tiesta’s 50% off Black Friday sale, because now I have a bunch of fruity tisanes to drink in the evening when I want something caffeine-free. (You should have been here when I opened the bubble envelope and it was like a crazy blast of fruity scents! Even with all the teas sealed in ...

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Shanghai Lichee Jasmine from Banff Tea Co.

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2014

I think I bought this just because it smelled sooo good in the store. It smells just like it sounds – lots of lychee and jasmine. I decided to use this to test out the iced tea infusion pitcher my mom bought me from Teavana. I brewed the tea hot, added a couple tablespoons of honey (this is for 2L of tea), and then p...

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Chamomile Citrus from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Egypt

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 18th, 2014

The scent of the dry tea is intense lemon! and orange! and then some faint chamomile in the background. Brewed, the scent mellows out considerably to a more generic citrus, and I can detect the lemongrass and maybe a hint of the mint. The taste is also quite citrusy, a bit tart (but in a good way – maybe that’s the...

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Nutty Almond Cream from Tiesta Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2014

Mmmm, the smell of this dry tea is amazing, kind of like a really cinnamony oatmeal cookie. With almonds. Brewed, more of the apple comes out, and it starts to smell like apple pie in a cup. If you add milk and sugar, it actually tastes like apple pie in a cup. :) Without, it's just a really lovely apple and cinnamon ...

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Chocolate Chili Chai (Chocolate Chilli Chai) from Banff Tea Co.

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2014

Looking at the dry tea, I was surprised that the black tea was in the form of little nuggets, rather than rolled leaves like I'm used to. Upon further reading, I think this is probably due to CTC processing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crush,_Tear,_Curl).

The scent of the dry tea is VERY spicy and rich. I think t...

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Citrus Sunburst from Tiesta Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 31st, 2014

This tea is full of dried fruit chunks, and the smell of the dry tea is very bright and intensely fruity. Once steeped, the tea is a gorgeous red colour (I presume from the hibiscus), and the smell is citrusy. With tasting, the hibiscus flavour really comes out, balanced with the citrus/fruit flavours. The whole thing ...

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Treasures of Japan from Aromatica Fine Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 31st, 2014

This is a nice, fruity, green tea blend.

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White Wedding Tea from The Tea Spot

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 31st, 2014

This tea has a lovely blend of floral (jasmine) and sweet/nutty (roasted chestnut) aromas. It does stand up to multiple steepings, but the first one was definitely the nicest.

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