1963 Tasting Notes

drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1963 tasting notes

With milk today!

Totally over steeped but I don’t caaaare! It’s delicious and getting me going.

I have to sand down the spackle I applied yesterday, wipe it all down, and slap on some primer. I’ve been SO SLOW with redoing my bathroom and the landlordy people are all, “Can you give us back the spackle? And the paint? And the rollers?” Never mind that they never gave me any sand paper or primer or putty knives or anything like that. Just paint, roller, tray, putty. Hmm..

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I have no energy anymore for renovation type projects, so I totally applaud you! YAY for new bathrooms! :D
(and, Praline Horizon is amazing….)


I have no energy for it either but I wanted a good job done so I’m doing it myself. I’m just repainting, but the paint is completely lifting because they didn’t use primer. lol. Much eye rolling here.


we finally finished the kitchen/couunter tops and tiles… so nice.



I’m thinking of finding new kitchen cabinets on Craigslist and telling them I’m redoing my kitchen. Haha. New sink and faucet too. That would be so nice.

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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
1963 tasting notes

I made a huge pot of this last night, and stuck half of it in the fridge for an iced tea. It was actually excellent this “morning” when I finally rolled my butt out of bed.

And I’m having the last of my Christmas purchase tonight!

This tea really is best oversteeped. 2 tbsp per 16 oz for maximum pleasure, or 3 tbsp for a 1 litre tea pot. I had about 1.5 tbsp left and I brewed it in a not-quite-16-oz mason jar.

The downsides to this tea are 1) needing to use paper because of those insidious chamomile bits, 2) the weight per cup, 3) the artificialness of the flavour. Still. If I could get it 50% off again, I’d get it. :)

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

Definitely will be 50% off again. Teavana does sales all the time!


I thought they just did 50% off after Christmas.


That’s their biggest sale, but they do sales quite a lot througout the year and random teas are discounted. I have seen that one discounted quite a few times last year.
Yeah…I happen to check their website a lot xD

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I really really like this one! Steeped, ahem, overnight and stuck in the fridge. It made SUCH an excellent iced tea! I’ll finish the rest tomorrow as I’m now moving on to less caffeinated options seeing as it’s 11:30 pm. :)

1/2 tsp or so in 13 oz. (More like half of what I’d normally use for 13 oz, I’d guess about 1-1.5g.)

Yeah, I think this one is a favourite. I treat it terribly but it’s SO tasty.

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

Did this come from ali express??


Yes. Dexter sent me a sample. I totally forgot to thank her too. Sorry Dexter! And thank you!

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1963 tasting notes

So incredibly sad this deliciousness is gone.

And of course tonight it’s completely PERFECT. So delicious and appley. A little cinnamony, slightly effervescent.


Thank you, Stacy. :)


Ooo, 207 teas! Almost time to add some samples from Dexter. :)


I’m not counting until late tomorrow – I still have one day of holidays to drink some of Sil’s samples…. I have more than 207, but then so do you ;))


LOL. Yeah, my sewing table is FULL of MissB Teas, and I have a bag of Dexter Teas sitting around here as well… I might finish up another fruity tea tonight, actually.


I know, I am too. I almost made some tonight, but ended up just sticking to water after my coconut oolong. It’ probably too late for anything else now, before bed, so maybe tomorrow. I’m scared to start drinking the reserves, as it’s allI have, but I also don’t want it to lose flavour. :(

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A sample from the lovely Sil. Thank you!

4g in my 100ml pot of cuteness. Everything is a disaster because I just went for groceries and haven’t put them away, so no photos. :) (I found gluten free ravioli!!! I’m going to make baked ravioli lasagna mmm…)

Anyways. One rinse. One flash steep. It’s very earthy and mushroomy, but not quite in the damp pine forest way. I think I really prefer mushroom when it’s accompanied by pine or cedar or camphor…

This first steep also smells a little fishy. I drank it anyways.

Second steep is just pure mushroomy forest. Mmm. This is steeping up super dark as well.

Third steep is very similar to the second steep. A touch of freshness now at the end of the sip – camphor? Mint? IDK. But I’m liking it more and more.

I’m really enjoying this, although I’m not sure I’d buy more. I know they have a shipping deal, but the dollar is just SO bad right now. :/

I will update with how many steeps I got.

4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’m drinking this with milk and maple syrup.

Yep, that’s right. Milk AND maple syrup.

I made it after work (I didn’t get home till 8pm, boo!) because I wanted to go out dancing, but I’ve been having problems with my neck and shoulder all day and it flared up pretty bad so I ended up staying home. Sadness. But I already had the tea made, so I’ve been drinking it. And I like it quite a bit, but not more than other teas I have in my cupboard. I think the “Premium” keemun is better. At least, for my tastes. But I haven’t opened that one yet because I have So Much Tea so you won’t get a comparison from me.

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Umm. So I decided to try this one this morning. I’m not fully awake and I’m having issues with my shoulder/headache thing, so this might not be completely coherent.

First, a story. My introduction to oolong was with a lily oolong. Upon first impressions I liked the green seaweedyness, but then after I had drunk some I started feeling really ill. So, uhh, that scent/taste is not something I’d normally drink. But because this was a sample from the lovely Sil, I thought I’d give it a go. (And of course I figured this all out after steeping it and smelling it and then looking up the name, etc. So most of the sample is gone already!)

The taste and feel of this tea start out very creamy and thick, but then the aftertaste is all weird seaweed.


I’ll be popping the rest of this into someone else’s box.


this was a sample from mandala – not something i’d generally be inclined to drink, though i do like their milk oolong. green oolongs. blech.


Normally the green oolongs I’ve had have been quite floral. This wasn’t really floral. It was cream and seaweed and spinach. :/

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Hot steeped 1.5 tbsp this with 1 tbsp Raspberry Balsamico.

I really like this tea better. One thing Teavana does right is their ridiculous candy citrus flavours. The Peach Tranquility I got is just kinda meh – not enough peach, TBH. It’s a super mild fruity chamomile tea mostly. Oh well.

There is a litre of tea here that I’m drinking because my laundry will be another 45 minutes and I’m bored. What I’d really like to do is go to bed and watch TV under the covers, but if I do that my laundry will not get finished! (Step three: PUT IT AWAY!)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I think I finally steeped out that verdant sheng puerh, so it’s time to move on to something else.

I’ve organized (most of) my puerh teas: samples in little containers, and the larger bits and bobs in big paper bags. I need to get some storage containers for my puerh, it seems. O.o I wasn’t expecting that. I have a LOT of puerh.

While going through my samples I came across a completely random tightly rolled oolong. No label, plastic bag, etc. I must have had this for ages. I sniffed it and it smelled GOOD. I’m feeling kinda lazy tonight so I’m flash steeping it in 208F water.

It smells like lilacs. OMG. The BEST smell for an oolong, IMO. It’s very sweet and light. Tastes like I imagine flower nectar to be. Or like when you suck the juice out of a honeysuckle blossom. Only it’s more lilac flavoured than honeysuckle. It’s not super thick, but the leaves are just starting to unroll. I expect I’ll get 5-6 total steeps out of this teaspoon of leaf.

Thank you, random sample sharer. I probably lost the label, and I feel kind of bad about it. But I have quite a few oolongs right now as I am a repository for unwanted green oolong samples, so I probably wouldn’t purchase more of this one even if I did know where it came from.

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I just ordered a sample of this, so that’s probably why I have so many wee broken bits coming through. So far my experience has been that I don’t have to strain when using my gaiwan, but for this tea I definitely need to.

The flavour has been progressing nicely. At the beginning of the sip, it’s like thick water, but then sweetness hits the tongue with a lingering super mild bitter flavour. Almost like sour apple candy, actually. It could be described as somewhat leathery, but those notes are very harmonious with the sweet, fresh, green, and gently bitter notes.

I’ve steeped 6 or 7 times this evening, and the tea has a lot further to go. I’ll probably do a few more steeps in the morning when I’m prepping lunch and my work teas.

I used half my sample in the teensiest gaiwan. I’m getting about 45ml of tea per steep. :D My steeps are still very short, as I find that’s preventing it from going too bitter.

I don’t think I’d get more of this, but it’s a nice taste test in my journey of learning about puerh!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

I didn’t manage to have more steeps of this tea this morning, but I’m having it now. I do like it, I just wish it was a little more… either floral, or sweeter, to go with the bitter. It reminds me of the random sheng The Chinese Tea Shop brewed for Dexter and I when we were shopping, only not as nice…

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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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