1709 Tasting Notes


Woo! I got my teas today! I had a split order with Kittenna and a few with Sil and I braved Toronto Transit to get to her place and scoop them up and meet her and her bf. I haven’t logged them all yet, but I had to start with this.


(I chose it because it had the biggest, most in my face bag. I have too many great teas here to chose from, so… why not that way?)

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I feel like I wasted half my sample – I didn’t realize that I was supposed to steep this at 85C and so I dumped my poor leaves into boiling water as I would most black teas.

/0\ Ok. Never assume anything. Let’s move on.

This tastes fine by the way, but I’m not rating/reviewing until I do it “properly”.


This is one of my favourite teas of all time. The lower steep really smooths out the malted flavour and sweetens it up. :)


I meant to say lower temp steep.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1709 tasting notes

Bah. I was disappointed with this one again. Sometimes I feel like my Celestial Seasonings tea has more flavour than this one. :( I know adding milk makes that worse, but it just feels like it needs a dash.

Sad to say, but I’m dropping my rating on this. It’s no longer tin-worthy.

Also, how did I let myself run out of Butiki’s Pumpkin tea? :(


Cause you’re silly and didn’t want to add to my order :p


Oh yeah, I totally get this. It smells amazing, but is ultimately really weak. and I add milk to everything, so I understand the inclination (besides, I think you’re right that this tea especially makes you want to add milk). I’m sad that this didn’t taste as good as it smelled.


Aaaargh. Why didn’t I? :O
Well… there’s Black Friday.


if you’re hard up, i can see if stay minds adding it to the order i haven’t paid her for yet… lol


I also like Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie from Della Terra


Amy oh – I’m going to order some of that when I finally do my DTT order!

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That’s the end of this one! I knew it wouldn’t last long. This tea delivers exactly what you’d expect from the title, and I really enjoy it, even if it is straightforward. I oversteeped it a little this morning, but that just gave it a bit of cremainess that I wasn’t expecting.

I think I’d pick up a little bit more if given the chance, but I wouldn’t go too far out of my way to do so. Can’t wait to get Sil and Kittenna their samples so I can see what they think.

I’m hanging out at York University for about 5 hours today, just to explore etc., but I sure wish I’d brought more than this with me! I suppose I’ll end up getting Tim Hortons coffee since there are 3 of those on campus. :P #teatraitor


York U alumnus here. York u is neat-o. Welcome to Ontario! Is Sil organizing a party yet? I’m in :)

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Yep. This has to be my favourite of the Baywater teas!

I hate logging on my phone, but we should get our Internet set up tonight!


your tea misses you…


I miss my tea!
What time are you normally home by?


uh depends on what’s going on with work but if we plan it, i can be home for a specific time. also if um i can find an “easier” day this week i could always work from home…though i make no promises on how messy my house will/won’t be haha


Hahah. Fair enough. I’m just playing it by ear with Joe so I can snag a ride. :P If I get a chance, I"ll msg you.


And, pshaw. I’m not worried about messy houses! :P Not when I have tea to distract me.


sounds good! also…i don’t care about messy houses either provided guests are forewarned. Lately i haven’t had much time to help ian out and i don’t expect him to do that, plus feed and water me, plus school and work heh :)

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I finished this up today, and I’m not surprised it didn’t last me until Christmas. This time it tasted really strongly of hibiscus. Not so great.

So, this is great when it’s good, bit it’s risky.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1709 tasting notes

I think it’s been decided that I prefer this over Mom’s Apple Pie. (thanks OMGsrsly)

And Mulberry Magic over Pistachio Cream.
And lots of teas over Sugar and Spice.
And the Pumpkin Chai is lacking depth of flavour.
But Cocoberry is a win!

I’m watching Season 3, Episode 1 of Downton Abbey. God, it’s getting so soapy but I adore it.


Downtown Abbey is great!


I absolutely ADORE Downton Abbey!!!!

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1709 tasting notes

My first cup of this was so thick and reminiscent of molasses. It was too much so I had to dump it and steep it for 3 min. It was so much better!

It’s very strong, and malty, and slightly sweet and full of depth. I can’t wait to try the other samples.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

How long did you steep the first cup? 5 mins?


Glad you tried it again! Because of the freshness of the tea, it requires a shorter steep time than many other black teas! Hope you try the Chai and the Earl Grey soon!


I can’t wait to! I was so impressed by the Kenya Black!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1709 tasting notes

That’s the last of this!

Until I grab my re-order from Sil. :)


I dunno what you’re talking about? ;)

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, now that the new-tea buzz has faded, I’m not so in I’ve with this tea. It just seemed like it wasn’t spicy or complex enough.

So far cocoberry and pumpkin chai are my favourites, and I think I might prefer Mulberry Magic over Pistachio Cream. So far.


Do you feel as though you need to double up on leaf for pumpkin chai to taste like pumpkin chai? or do you think it’s fine as is?


I agree with you on Mulberry Magic over Pistachio. Pistachio smells amazing, but tastes a bit blah.


Keychange- I wonder about that. I enjoy it, but wish it were stronger. I might try steeping it with more leaf so that the milk/cream I add doesn’t wash all the flavour away.

The Pistachio DOES smell so good. Too bad it doesn’t deliver.

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


Markham, ON

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