1863 Tasting Notes

drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
1863 tasting notes

Tea of the morning!
I’m glad I got extra of this. Its just so solid for a vanilla peppermint black. And a seasonally appropriate pick me up for this morning, as the wind is howling and its freezing cold!

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So the boys (meaning my boyfriend and his roommate, who is a good friend of mine) were very sneaky yesterday, and asked me to come over after work to “show me something.” Hmmm. Suspicious.
When I arrive they guys were practically falling over one another in their excitement to show me the new Tea Station they build in their kitchen!
Its lovely. Fresh water, an electric kettle, and a beautifully organized wall o tea is all there, away from sunlight and heat. Its a thing of beauty! We’ve got two converts!
And they got proper cups and a tea pot, and are just so excited, like boys with a fort. Its amazing.
I brought some tea over for them to try, and this was one of the ones I brought, as I thought they’d like it. And they did! We sat, drank tea, made more tea, and played Super Smash Brothers, which was super fun.
Now I want a proper tea station in my house. Its just taking over the countertops in my house…..


That sounds awesome!! Wish I had converts like that! XD
Also, SSBB is the bomb! Love that game! :D


Omg I would so die for a tea station. Seriously. Mine is just a cupboard and a kettle – not really compact or efficient lol

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This was one of my Christmas gifts from my lovely boyfriend, and it was a complete surprise! I’ve been going on lately about the sorrow of Butiki closing, and he listened and found me a little treat!
I’m glad to say that this is delicious, full of rich flavor, the plum dancing around the cheesecake creaminess, and the brandy note just warming it all up.
What a lovely present!

Butiki Teas

Awww, how sweet of your boyfriend! :)

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Had this on Saturday during a knitting date with my best friend. My progress continues!
I’d forgotten just how much I do like this. I’ll get some more when I’ve managed to sip down a good chunk of the ol cupboard. I’ve got too many new teas, and teas I have not tried, to justify getting this, especially as its available everywhere, at any time.
Solid. Basic. Hard to screw up. I like that in a tea.


Knit on! I’ve spent a good chunk of my time off re-teaching myself to crochet after a twenty-year hiatus…results: one 15-foot Dr. Who-ish scarf in colored stripes so ugly that I wouldn’t ask anybody but me to wear it, and a start on a dignified pastel scarf in textured confetti yarn that is actually suitable for gift giving :)


I only know one stitch, but I’m really enjoying it. I’m working on a stripy scarf myself, and its been an experience, but a good one! I can’t wait for it to be done, so I can wear it.


I took a knitting lesson once and was almost reduced to tears…


I took a knitting lesson once and was almost reduced to tears…

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drank Figgy Pudding by Della Terra Teas
1863 tasting notes

Tea of the morning.
Sheesh I was tired last night, and though I slept like the proverbial log, I still woke up exsausted. So much so, that I understeeped this!
Well, it didn’t actually harm the flavors, so I picked my tea well this frosty morning! Its a really lovely fig flavor, rich and warm and gooey. I do love figs, so this has been a happy tea purchase.
I wish I had some now, in fact.

Flavors: Fig

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drank Orange & Ginger by Lupicia
1863 tasting notes

This smells magnificent in the tin. Citrus and ginger, yum.
I think, brewed, that this one might be a touch fiddly, as I’ve got a bitter under taste today. I may have the mess around with the brew times.
But, bitterness aside, its a really nice combination of flavors, and I like it. Its fresh and zippy, excellent for a cold morning like today.

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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I’m not quite sure what I think about this. The flavors are interesting, and taken one at a time I enjoy them. But I’m not quite convinced about the blend of all of them. Its a little mis matchy to me. Hmm.
I’m really satisfied with the amount I have of this. I have a few more sachets, but not enough to completely frustrate me, if I don’t really like it.
I’ve been saying that more experimentation is needed for a lot of teas, but its totally true. I need to play around a bit more.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1863 tasting notes

So creamy and delicious!
I still have lots of holiday teas and, of course, they will be joyfully drunk, but I thought that perhaps a different set of flavors might be worth while.
Today I do the thrift store Boxing Day sales. Always a good time!

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drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
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Time for one last cup of tea before I pop off to my parents house for Christmas lunch and presents! (I confess to being excited about that. I love presents).
This isn’t a classic holiday flavor, being light and fruity, but I can’t fault it, as I do love a nice light and fruity blend. Good stuff.
Off I pop!

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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