1909 Tasting Notes

I’ve been taking notes…


10s rinse.
10s steep: OMG. Smokey. Weird note I can’t describe. Little sour.
- leaves smell kinda like wet cigarettes
Flash rinse
10s steep: Ugh, still that icky note I don’t like. Very smokey.
10s steep: Nope.
6s steep: Little better maybe, but still too smokey.
6s steep: Less smokey but still that icky taste.
6s steep: More smoke again, a little sweet, a little lingering bitterness.
(Will add later…)
6s steep: Bright, lingering bitterness. Smoke seems to be dissipating, although the leaves still smell icky.

Next day:

Flash rinse.
5s steep: Smells like a woodshop that someone’s also been smoking in. Reminds me of my Grampa, actually, which is weird. Today it’s not super objectionable, but it’s just not a flavour I want to be drinking.
(I’m trying to get as much out of this as possible, since the 5g cost $7.50. That’s a lot for a tea I don’t like, so steeping for educational purposes it is.)
10s steep: It’s a lot more drinkable now, but I think it’s starting to head out. I’ll probably do a few more steeps.

In conclusion, I don’t necessarily think this is a terrible tea. However, it’s not for me. Not at all. I really don’t like that heavy smokey sour flavour and the smokey woodshop smell.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Last bit of this sample from Dexter, and it feels like it will never end. 2 rinses, and then 4 steeps into a thermos to take with me today.

It’s strong, it’s a bit “fishy” and really earthy/forest loamy. I do like it, but it’s not excellent.

It feels like it’s not going to steep out though. I have a feeling I’ll be steeping it a bazillion times when I get home.

Thanks so much, Dexter! :)

Steeping this more the next day. It’s almost spicy. 3 steeps fit into a thermos, and honestly since I’m not really worried about “wasting” this tea by not checking out each steep, this is the easiest and best way to do it. It’s still a bit musty, but it’s getting almost creamy, and has a bit of a peppery bite. I flash-rinsed it twice before brewing since it was out on the counter overnight.


…the only downside to puerh when you’re trying to get your cupboard under control hahahaha


Omg I know. I didn’t actually make more last night so I’ll be filling a thermos again today for when I go out.


Steeping more today!

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A sample from MissB. :) Thank you!

It’s a rather nondescript black tea, tbh. Nothing particularly special to me. Dry it smells malty and like stone fruits. Steeped it’s a somewhat sweet, malty, stonefruity black tea. As it sits it starts to get a bit bitter/astringent in a way I don’t care for.

While it is a nice tea that doesn’t need additives, I wouldn’t seek it out as there are other flavour profikes and also stronger morning teas that I prefer.

I steeped this short, and I’m glad I did. I think that steeping 3-5 minutes would be way too much, and the astringency would drown out the malt and fruit flavours.

2 tsp, 16 oz, 2 minutes, 195F

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Strawberry coconut latte today! Whee!

This tea is actually really nice. I should take it out of my “out” pile and start drinking it more.

(So maybe this isn’t a sipdown!)

In other news, there’s a tea event happening March 15 in Vancouver! I’m hoping to do the black tea tasting with a friend. We’re waiting till tomorrow to buy tickets though…

Anyone else interested? I’m trying to support tea ventures in Vancouver, but these places really aren’t that great about getting word out. :/ I’ve linked the tickets page and the FB event page below.

The extra tastings are:
Black tea education: 11:30 am-12:15 pm
Semi oxidized tea education: 12:30 am – 1: 45 pm
Green tea education: 2:00 am – 3:15 pm



195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Again…I totally wish I was a Vancouver friend of yours… This seems really fun!


I’m not a Vancouver friend – but really trying to get the pieces of my world to fall into place so that I can do this…. (cat sitter – if I can find a cat sitter, I’m 90% in….)


Aww! I wish you could come too, DeliriumsFrogs. And Dexter, if you can come that would be so cool. :) I do understand about cat-sitting though. I need to find a good person so I can go visit my Gramma again.


My across the hall neighbor is my first choice – she’s awesome and it’s easy for her to just pop in. I have a really good friend who would do it, but she’s on the other end of the city – harder for her.


(and holy crap are hockey tickets expensive in your world…..!!!!!)


Yeah, I don’t do hockey much anymore. Mostly because of the cost, but also due to the stupid riot mentality of fans here. :/

My nice neighbour is taking care of my bad neighbour’s dog already, so I don’t really want to ask her to take care of my cat as well. And as far as other people who aren’t terribly allergic, my friend isn’t around as much now and the kid won’t leave the house to come care for my cat. Last time it looks like she forgot to feed him one day. :/


I would totally come but the last couple weeks of March will be really busy for me. Hell, I was going to go to Van for a concert a few days before that but I’m not comfortable with the idea of going to the Rickshaw. :/


It’s a lot nicer to walk with someone in that part of town. Especially late after a concert. I get it.


Yeah, it sounds too risky, even if I were to call and wait for a cab.

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Yum! This is another sample from Dexter. So tasty, it’s exactly what I wanted. Perhaps I should have rinsed again but this works.

Three steps in my not-a-timolino, pouring it into my new pretty cup. I’ll do three more steeps when I’m done this one and take it to bed to accompany my reading.

I wanted to do a full gongfu of it tonight but my desk is a mess of computer so I’m drinking it standing in the kitchen while making and eating sushi. I’d link pics but I just have my phone. Maybe I can figure links out and put them in the comments. :)


8 steeps total tonight! I might grandpa style the remainder tomorrow, just because. It got super creamy.

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1909 tasting notes

Drink drink drink. With milk, of course.

So sweet and also earthy. A nice choice to calm down after having to call tech support for my no-longer-under-warranty computer (Also, Dell’s website is not super accessible on a phone or ipad.. And when you call for parts for personal use, the phone line tells you to go to the website and disconnects!! If my computer worked, I wouldn’t be calling thanks people.)

PLUS DeleriumsFrogs was super SUPER sweet and sent me a present! Aww, tea frens! ♥ I got the wee crackley porcelain cup and a teensy wood tray from Zen Tea.

That was an excellent end to a terrible morning. Now I need to go get ready for work because I have equipment booked in a couple hours that I need to go prep for.

I’m feeling lots of love today. (A friend happened to have the part in his computing graveyard, so I’m getting a replacement for the price of a coffee. Ha! Take that, Dell!)

3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Take that, Dell, indeed! So glad you’re able to track down a part for your computer, and that your cup came! :)))


Yay!!! I was hoping to upgrade the motherboard and CPU as well, but it looks like Dell cases are WEIRD and I can’t actually do that. :/ 32-bit chipsets are so old school.

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This is incredibly gingery tonight. Really delicious, especially since I gave into the talk about pancakes and ate too many pancakes for dinner.

With a touch of honey.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I was so jealous of everyone’s talk about pancakes… I had to do a major grocery shop at night, so there were no pancakes for me… pannnnncakes!


Honey on the pancakes or in the tea?


Tea. I had maple syrup on the pancakes.


Ooh I bet maple syrup would be good in the tea too!

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
1909 tasting notes

Mmm, floral almondy cake tea of tastiness.

This one I’ve put into my cupboard so I remember it’s there. I think I can fit one other Fauchon tin, but I’m not sure… :)

I also had the great idea this morning (with no chance to try it) of making tea syrup with Peche et Thym. Ooohhh, that sounds so good. I need lemons as well for lemonade syrup. Then I could have Peche et Thym lemonade.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Warm Crepe by Bayswater Tea Co.
1909 tasting notes

So much better than the last tea! Oh, this is like warm, gently spiced vanilla cinnamon pancakes. I added some cream and a touch of maple syrup to make it even better.

Definitely needs to be a re-buy. Now if only Bayswater would update their terribly out of date website. :/

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Sounds delicious :)


Yes! :)

Bear With Me

Adding to my list of things my sister needs to pick up for me. Hahaha


It’s going on my list too.


Lol. There are pink peppercorns in it fyi. But I really really like it.


Despite David’s Tea’s best efforts, I’m still not sick of pink peppercorns!


Oooooh! Sounds yummy!


oooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ahem


let me know when you’re going by there…i can send you money to pick a few things up for me :)


Sure thing Sil.


also…i should have the last of your tea today…which means maybe i can get through more of bonny’s teas and get that package out to you before the end of the month…ie. next week heh


Umm. Yay? I’m both excited and scared, tbh.


lol there’s a reason i don’t want your to go to basywater yet…though i do…but i don’t…but i do….but please don’t…but maybe you could? well wait no..

also the teas…they are calling out to me… been looking at white2tea…. i’m hoping the boxes tonight will curb that since i’ve got boxes of tea all over my house…


Well, Dex and I are planning on splitting some tea boxes. Some of the samples seem to only be 10g though. Not really enough to split 3 ways.

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drank Rootbeer Tea by Sweet Cherubim
1909 tasting notes

So… there’s fennel seeds, cinnamon, star anise, LOADS of licorice root, and some weird leaves and sticks I can’t identify by sight. There’s probably more in this tea, but I can’t tell without a microscope for sorting.

This would be really good without the intense, terrible, lingering sweetness from the licorice root. Oh geez that stuff is terrible. :/

MissB, thanks so much for sharing this tea and alerting me to the fact that Sweet Cherubim has some teas. :) I don’t think I’ll be getting this one again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Sugar, Sweet

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

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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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