1909 Tasting Notes

Needs honey. But it’s SO GOOD right now. Super limey tart, with the sugary dried fruits, and the honey.


If I could get it 50% off all the time, I’d buy it more frequently. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I mix this with the Strawberry Lemonade :)

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Another generous sample from Dexter! This is so fun trying all these teas!

I liked this one too, but I think I liked the Han Xiang Ecological one more maybe I think. I’ll have to try them side by side at some point.

(1 heaping tsp in 14 oz, 5 minutes, 195F.)

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drank Black Opera by Mariage Frères
1909 tasting notes

From. Actually I don’t know. Kittenna maybe? I don’t have my spreadsheet to check right now, sorry!! (It’s from VariaTEA! Thank you. :) )

Anyways, it’s fruity. A little creamy maybe. Mostly intensely fruity. If Marco polo had been this fruity I would have liked it more.

I do like it, but I don’t think I like it enough to buy it.

Sorry for the crummy note, tea friends. My smell still isn’t 100% and I am so tired.

2.5 tsp in 16 oz. 3 min at 195F. With a touch of milk.


Hey, you need to look after yourself, so don’t you dare apologize!


I am at work all day today too. Well “all day” as in I strolled in at noon. I just wanna go home.

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I tried mixing Butiki’s Birthday Cake into this, copying Roswell Strange’s mixing Birthday Cake into ALL THE THINGS.

Didn’t work so well. It’s drinkable, but it’s not good.

Oh well. Better luck next time.

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(Sipdown: 184 I think maybe?) Sample from Dustin. Thank you!

This turned out SO GOOD tonight. Orange creamsicle, with lots of floral and rose. Really delicious, but I still prefer Naissance and the Evening in France teas I have from Fauchon.

(I had other teas today but they were “I have a tsp of this left so let’s mix it with a tsp of some random plain tea” kind of sipdowns. So I’m just going to say here I drank tea. Mmm, tea.)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
1909 tasting notes

I tried this in-store and got 3 (three, doh) perfect spoons (12g) to try out as a cold brew.

It’s definitely berry. Very very berry. To me, it tastes more like raspberry but the sales person said blackberry. Whatever, still berry.

I do like the Grandma’s Fruit Garden I can get from some local store (the name escapes me and I’m too lazy to look it up) better as a berry cold brew. It’s less candy.

So I won’t be buying a bunch of this tea. I mean, it’s nice for what it is, but it is candy berry. And I think I prefer to drink things that make me think I’m rolling in a field in the summer time rather than sitting in front of berry Jello when I’m feeling sick.

12 g 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
1909 tasting notes

Oh man, this is so good. I can taste the sweet AND the smoke right now, even though the snot monster is threatening to overtake my life.

I added a little sweetened condensed milk, because it’s what I have in the fridge right now. I need to go get some milk, but I got back from shopping an hour ago and collapsed into my chair. So tired.

On the plus side, I got what I needed while I was out, PLUS tried a Cartem’s gluten free donut. Which was sadly only ok.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

The snot monster needs to take a chill pill and go away.


I KNOW. I’ll be taking Nyquil tonight for sure.


Aww, feel better soon!


Thanks! :) I’m sure I will.

Maddy Barone

I feel your pain. I’m almost over my nasty cold. Just some junk in the throat that makes me cough. Hopefully you’ll be good again in a few days.

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I added another 1/2 tsp leaf to the leaves I steeped yesterday, and used an 8 oz cup instead of a 12 oz cup.

Mmm… My taste isn’t 100% back, but! It’s sweet honey carby yum. And I can feel the caffeine, which is good because I spilled my coffee all over my desk.

Thanks so much Dex! I really think I like this one.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

Awesome – I like that one too. :))


Finally, we agree on a tea! :D :D (Well, it’s not quite that bad…)

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Haha. Whoops.

I tried 1 tsp of leaf in 12 oz water, steeped 6 minutes. This one… well, it smells delicious this way but it’s kinda weak. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not feeling well and my taste buds are off, or if it’s because I shouldn’t have steeped this tea this way.

It smells rich and carby and a little spicy.

It tastes.. like thick, slightly sweet, hot water.

I’ll have to try this one again. Thanks so much for the sample, Dex! The leaves on this one are ultra cute. :)

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

IMHO I think that’s under leafed. I would use more than that. 1.5-2 tsp/14oz when I’m Western brewing. Then maybe not quite 6 minutes – LOL but whatever works for you. :))


i think it’s under leafed as well, actually. But it worked the other day for the other one I tried, so I thought I’d try it today as well! Thankfully your samples are more than generous so I can play with this a bit. :)

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drank Ginger Pear (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1909 tasting notes

Finally I’ve tried this.

And of course the perfect time to try new teas is when you’re sick (yep I said it) and can’t really taste a whole lot.

It’s fine. There was hardly any white tea, but I like the flavours of the bits that are in it. I could never justify spending white tea prices on a tea that’s mostly heavy fruit bits.

(The quince is actually quite nice in this, though. Very quincey…)

And I added honey.

160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I quite like this one too, and grabbed it as a free one due to the cost. I hope you have enough so you can try it again when you’re feeling better. :)


I’m not actually a fan of pear, so I might finish it later.


There was something in this that bothered me, but I really wanted to love it.

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the 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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