1883 Tasting Notes

I had this tea this morning. And then I had a latte. And then I came home and slept for over 5 hours.

So, uhh, well done caffeine.

Love this tea as usual. Tulsi and cinnamon = amazing to me, at least this tulsi and this cinnamon. Hope I’ll be able to get more when I run out!

(No time to check notes tonight. Maybe tomorrow? IDK. So busy, still not feeling great.)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I’m like that with caffeine too. Ironically, chamomile blends keep me awake … at least the ones I’ve tried. >.

Sami Kelsh

Oh man, I hate when caffeine fails us. :(


I could have had more caffeine but I was feeling pretty awful. So home to sleep it was. I wasn’t expecting to sleep 5 hours tho. That kinda cut into my day.


Your body must have needed the rest. Hopefully you’re feeling better now after that nap :)


Zzz… I’ve been at work 3 hours with 4 to go, and I’m ready for another nap!


Lol… Must be the day. I’m feeling like I could use one too! & I don’t usually do naps.

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Umm. Restorative tea with honey, and a side of lower sugar chocolate milk.

I wouldn’t recommend the combo, but… tea. Oh, tea. I shall enjoy you very much.

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drank Alphonso Mango by Lupicia
1883 tasting notes

Instead of making it to the Lupicia directions (5g tea per 6 oz cup, srsly.), I just plunked it in my steeper with a random amount of water under 16oz. About 3-4 minutes later, tea!

It was pretty good, but it was in a travel mug. Not my favourite mango tea.

So far, my favourite Lupicia is Chaud les Marrons! because it was good hot, it was good in a travel mug, and it was good cold in the travel mug. Seriously on my list!

Thanks so much for sharing all these teas with me, Dinosara. :) I have more to try, but I’m really tired and might not be posting much until I’m over the most strenuous parts of physio!

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
1883 tasting notes

Had some of this when I got home from physio. I was just too tired to make something fancy to drink AND make dinner. So I made a somewhat fancy dinner of ‘breaded’ pounded chicken fried in ghee. OMG. Just. OMG.

This tea was a really desserty and amazing accompaniment to that seriously lush dinner (I had broccoli too…). It’s really good, and I think I need to just put it with my morning black teas, instead of leaving it in the cupboard with the green/oolong/white teas. Some oolongs are green and floral and for after work or weekends, and some are a kick in the tastebuds and potentially great in a travel mug.

It’s so good! Incredibly ridiculously sweet, but so good. Makes me think of summers spent with my grandparents out camping. The best memories. :)

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thanks to Dinosara for sharing this with me.

The tea is definitely chocolate. I didn’t get much almond from it. The chocolate is sadly not my favourite chocolate flavour. :(

Adding some homemade coconut creamer made it better, and I did finish the travel mug of tea today.

It was a good tea to try, but not one I’m interested in hunting down and buying. :)

Thank you for sharing!

2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
1883 tasting notes

I had thought of making this somewhat earlier, but then I got distracted with cleaning (laundry! floors! kitchen! bedroom surfaces (except I didn’t get to the floor)!) and didn’t have it.

So I’m having it now. I’m thumbing my nose at caffeine. Neener, neener. (Just wait. I might not be able to get to sleep tonight!)

I heated some almond milk on the stove till steaming, then added 2 tsp of this tea. Let it sit about for 3 minutes, added 3 drops stevia, and strained it into my mug.

Pretty nice! I get a lot of bay from this tea, which isn’t surprising. Under the bay, maybe cardamom is next. And perhaps pepper, if it truly is an ingredient. Not much cinnamon or clove at all right now, which I don’t mind.

I think next time I’d steep the tea strong in water, then add hot milk. Just to get a more rounded flavour.

Still, I do like this chai. It’s quite different from my favourite (chandernagor!), and nice to have every once in a while.

2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Bear With Me

Me thinks the caffeine is winning tonight :P

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drank Matcha by Touch Organic
1883 tasting notes

I had this in hot chocolate. It was good. Recommend.

(I used Cocoa Camino drinking chocolate and almond milk. Maybe next time I’ll do a white hot chocolate with some of that Callebaut brick I have hiding in my baking supplies.)

1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

good idea!


oh callebaut…how i miss you


Can you get Callebaut in eastern Canada?


I see it everywhere here. I usually get it at Thrifty’s, but the one that’s easiest to get to closed.

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Pretty good! I added a couple drops of stevia to this, and it was just nicely mildly sweetened.

The chicory and stuff in it lends to a somewhat thicker feel, which is also nice. Not a lot of caffeine, I don’t think, but I still enjoyed it. :)

(2 tea bags in 14 oz)

In other news… As far as nails go, the ones where I did base-top-regular.polish-top are looking better than the one I did regular.base-regular.polish-top. The more you know. I also did my toes with the kit colour. I’ve never had red toenails. I don’t think I ever want them again. I really dislike this red, wow. I wish I could have chosen my own colour. And of course since I’ve used it now, I can’t exactly give it away. :/

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

It really is decent for a bagged tea. And for a white, it sure does have body.


I need to drink it more often. They had it this last Christmas too, so I have my hopes up that I’ll be able to get more this coming Christmas. :)

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From Dinosara.

I keep on reaching for the other Verdant tea she sent me, because I think I haven’t had it yet. But this is the tea I haven’t been drinking.

I’m sipping on it right now, having added some honey. It’s pretty nice. Spicy, sweet, earthy. I think that once I remember that this is the tea I need to start paying some attention to, it will go quickly. And it resteeps, as well. I’m just going to do one resteep as I have some other teas planned for this evening, but I’m pretty sure it could do 3 or more.

Thank you!

In other news, I bought a gel manicure kit. Instead of more tea. Umm. Go me?

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

If you mean the kind you cure with a light, they are AWESOME! My friend has one and we do our nails every now and then and it lasts and lasts. I will not paint my nails otherwise as it chips IMMEDIATELY. The gel lasts at least two weeks. Let us know what kind you got and if you like it. I need to buy one for myself!


I got the red carpet manicure ‘pro’ set and sandwiched regular nail polish. :) I also picked up the Quo by Orly base/top coat because it was on sale. I have plenty of nail polish colours so I probably won’t get many (any?) gel colours. Nail polish chips badly for me too, but so far so good. :)


Nice! I’ve been thinking about getting a gel kit since being at work just kills my polish. When I was at Sally’s the other day I saw that China Glaze has a new gel polish line too. Just add it to the list of things I’m obsessed with lol


All you really need is a light (LED, fairly cheap at Sally’s), and a base/top coat. Use regular polish in the middle, alcohol to prep the nails, and acetone to remove. I would have saved $20-30 doing it that way, but the Sally’s here is a pain to get to. Of course, I also came home and did my research while playing with the kit for the first time. :) And everything is cheaper in the States!

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1883 tasting notes

Eee!!! MissB was king kind enough to share a couple mugs worth of this with me. More if I resteep it. And you bet I will.

Thank you!

This smells AMAZING. Wow. So much caramel. Not all of it melted in my initial steep, but that’s ok. It’s almost like sticky buns (brown sugar and butter) baking in the oven, as the puerh is quite bready.

Sipping it, the caramel is incredibly sweet, but the puerh grounds it nicely. I definitely need to pick up 50g of this. Staying on my wishlist!

Thanks again. :D

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 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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