1461 Tasting Notes

Made a thermos of this iced to take to see Guardians of the Galaxy last night!


ahem Yes, well. It was a super fun movie. There are some language and story choices I’d have preferred to be different (Seriously they tried to stick in some love interest stuff?!?! Pfft. Groot and Rocket BFF 4 eva.), but that doesn’t change the fact that it was fun, had a great soundtrack, and I laughed a LOT during the movie.

The tea was awesome as usual. Delicious blueberry with a bit of rooibos in the background. It was a good choice for a late showing on a hot Sunday night!

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Rooibos


My dad’s review of the Guardians of the Galaxy : “good, but a little risqué”. LOL




It’s a total comic book movie, and reading up on Wikipedia they did change the story fairly significantly. But I think this flowed better, and allowed for character growth throughout the movie. That being said, I saw it for the fun factor, not because it’s a cinematic masterpiece. :)

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This tea.

It’s nice enough, but next to the intensity of the Li Shan Black, this tea feels watery and almost bland. It is very gentle and sweet, and would be good for people who aren’t really into black teas. It reminds me of a mild, sweet Yunnan black. Delicious, but totally not my thing.

I… love Assams. Strong, dark, rich, malty Assams. So the Li Shan Black with its intensity and carbiness (ugh, how else to describe?) just works better for me.

Definitely give this one a try, but if you like black teas make sure you try the other one as well. :)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

woot woot yay!

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I made the last of this and accidentally left it in the fridge for about 36 hours.

O. M. G. My tongue is burning, and I keep sipping thinking it’ll make the burning go away, but it doesn’t stop.

Head. Desk.


I can’t stop laughing about it. I mean, really self? It’s CHILI tea! It’s not gonna calm things down!


LOL oh wow… That is a very long time for a cold steep with chilis! At least your sinuses will be completely clear :p


i love this long brewed hahaha


It was just surprising. And then I didn’t clue in until the mug was basically finished. :)





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Another tea I ordered with the free shipping coupon.

OMG. I think I’m with Sil. This one is better than the Honey Black. Dry, it smells like Terra Chips. Seriously. SO sweet and carby. Just what I want right now.

The depth of flavour is just… more. Way more. The Honey Black was good, but not special enough to me. I’ve had similar teas before. This one is in a league of its own. And the fact I’m craving comfort foods (I am sooo grumpy!) means that this one wins. Haha.

The flavour is sweet, with lots of fried sweet potato (but more like Terra Chips instead of french fries), and a lingering richness. It kind of reminds me of Butiki’s PTA, due to the sweetness. I think. Or another Butiki tea I had in the past but don’t remember. The richness is almost maybe a touch smokey. I think this tea would be excellent with maple syrup or sugar… I’ll have to package up a little maple sugar for The Box when I finally know where to send it. All these samples will be going in there for everyone to have a little taste of as well.

So good. Highly recommend.

(The leaves are quite large, so I used 2 loose tsp in my 12 oz mug. Definitely a tea to resteep, as well. The leaves haven’t reached full potential after a 3 minute steep.)

Flavours: sweet potatoes, fries, wood, roasted plums, buckwheat honey. (Haha. Not all are options, so I’m just putting them here.)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

That is also a pricey tea. Hmm. I think I’ll still end up with 50g at some point.


Of the ones I tasted this would be the one I would buy too.

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Thanks to Green Terrace Teas for the free shipping code! :)

I am quite liking this tea! I don’t have much experience with oolongs, but I have to say that this one has flavours I like. It’s a little green, a little like buttered corn, a little spinachy, and floral. I’ve been sipping on it as it cools, then making another cup.

The first steep at 1 minute was very buttery and very light.

The second steep at 2 minutes smells a little spinachy and very sweet like lilacs, and tastes quite creamy.

The third steep at 2 minutes is very similar to the second. I could probably get more steeps out of this, but instead I am focusing on making cookies and popsicles. :)

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Spinach

195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
1461 tasting notes

Even better with some Crio Bru Cavalla added to the steeping basket.

Although WHOA caffeine.

And then finding out that someone else I know/used to hang out with a fair bit has passed away. :( So young. My heart goes out to her friends and family.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

It’s a gut-kick to lose a peer instead of an elder. That has always affected me more deeply.


It’s quite a shock. And about a year ago a close friend passed away, and then 3 others in my extended social circle. And there are a couple others who are really ill and might not make it. I just. IDK. We’re not even that old, and we’re not really part of a high risk group…

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drank Mango Passion by Bayswater Tea Co.
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I tried this cold steeped yesterday, and… it’s weird. It only steeped for about 5 hours, in a DavidsTea bag in a thermos filled with ice and water. But I think the weirdness is the oolong. It’s slightly toasted, and combined with the mango and passion fruit flavour it’s quite odd. I had troubles drinking it all, when I had an iced Crio Bru and coffee sitting there, as well. :)

Smelling it, now that it’s been in the bag rather than the tin, it smells a bit like kombucha! So weird.

I definitely need to try this one hot, as well as iced. Maybe the flavour will be different if I do that.

Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Crio Bru + kick-in-the-pants Assam (Rungagora in this case) + cream = amazing morning pick-me-up and treat.


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This smells really good, but something about the flavouring is coating my tongue and making me not want to finish the glass.

I prepared as an iced tea, making 500ml extra-strong and pouring over ice. I didn’t add any sweetener, but I think it might need it to bring the lime flavour forward. The base is quite strong, and the coconut lends a creamy texture.

Not bad, but not super great. I’d consider getting more because of the uniqueness of the flavour, if only HI had better customer response. (Maybe responding to customer emails, and also sending out a shipping notification…)

Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Lime

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

poop on HI


I just continue to be astounded at their customer service.


Seriously. I sent 3 emails asking about status, and then a refund and recieved NOTHING. So, forget that.


I have some teas left I haven’t tried yet, so I’ll post about those… :)

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1461 tasting notes

This would be better with some Cavalla added for REAL chocolate flavour!

Otherwise, this is a decent chocolatey coconutty tea, better with milk than without.

I’m probably going to keep a tbsp or so and send the rest in the box. I think it’s worth trying, although it’s not a favourite.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 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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