1770 Tasting Notes


So I have Caravan and Caravan Resurrected samples from Terri HarpLady and JustJames. Time to start comparing! (If there is even a difference? IDK)

Holy smokebombs Batman! This is exactly what I expected and feared from this tea! :P Maybe I shouldn’t have steeped it for 4 minutes, but I am drinking smoke. It smells and tastes rich and dark and tasty… I can definitely taste the black base under that smoke and I can tell it’s a quality blend even if I can’t identify it. Assam? Ceylon? It’s good. Very good. It’s assertive but smooth, and the smoke doesn’t threaten to rough up your throat.

The smoke itself though is sadly only something I can handle in smaller quantities. I’ll have no problem drinking 10 oz of this, but I don’t think I’d ever buy a tin of it as it would take years to drink 4oz. I think I’ll keep the Caravan Resurrected sample around as a treat through when I’m looking to get rocked by smoke. :)

Thanks for the sample(s)! Sipdown (153)

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

sadly, i am the same with smoke! like the smell, but can’t take it otherwise. great review!

Terri HarpLady

Although I enjoy a little smoke here & there, I also can’t really handle too much of it. I usually add stevia too it, which gives it a nice burnt caramel taste, IMO.


You can try adding some maple syrup to help balance out the smoke taste.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been thinking of trying Maple syrup with some of my teas, I love it so. I bet it really would be nice in the smokey ones especially!


Good suggestions! Thanks!


(Whipped cream on top. From a can, or done yourself.)

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drank Chocolate Monkey by Tealux
1770 tasting notes

This is the best thing ever! Well, as far as banana teas go? (Have I had banana teas before? Maybe a bluebird one? I wish it were easier to search).

It’s similar to a banana chocolate smoothie, minus the artificial flavours. Obviously it’s not as thick as a smoothie but it does have a bit of thickness to it, which is probably partly because of the rooibos. I didn’t add any sweetener to it as it had enough to begin with. This is a pretty relaxing tea before bed.

ETA: I put the remaining 6oz in the fridge to cool and am enjoying it now. It’s not AS good as it was hot, but I am still liking it. Maybe if I’d cold-steeped it I’d like the cold version more.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

You’ve had banana dream pie!


I have! Actually I think I have a 25g pack in my cupboard that I’m holding onto for swap or when I’m in the mood for it. Was it one you really liked? I could add it to your Harney&Sons samples and matcha. I rated it at 74.

Turns out I had Monkey Chops and really liked that too because of the natural banana flavour, but it’s a black tea. I think this wins because it’s herbal and cheaper to ship than the Bluebird tea would be. And tealux has sales occasionally so I just need to wait! (Speaking of sales, I am saving my tea budget mostly for Black Friday sales… then… bwahahaha)


oh, I would like this!


I dooo like banana dream if you wanna spare some o__o! It was one of those tempting sales the other day!


Will do Ozli! I’m just spooning out some Harney&Sons samples for you atm. :P Hope to get it out next week.



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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1770 tasting notes

I get plums and honey in this. And grass. And maybe a bit of malt? It’s really tasty, although I still prefer the Taiwanese Assam. I’m happy I grabbed some of this, and I look forward to getting a handle on this!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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THIS is what I needed today. It’s sorta been a Monday to end all Mondays:

(tl:dr approved)

I left the house at 6:30 because it’s my day to take the baby to daycare, and by the time I hit the end of the block I was completely drenched. IT was crazy tropical-rainstorm time over here. So, being cold and wet for the next hour+ sucks, but at least the rain stopped when I got to my next bus transfer and I didn’t have to wait in the rain (wait – because my bus left early and I missed it).

Then I dropped her off at daycare, only to get a call half an hour after that I’d better pick her up because she’s sick. All that cold air or whatever just made her sinuses go into overload. So… back I go. And the bus website keeps saying my “bus is unavailable” when I try to find out when the next bus coming is, and then I end up getting flustered because I know I have to hurry up and get her because they can’t give her lots of extra attention when there’s 7 other toddler/babies there. So I’m flustered and I hop on the wrong bus, and realize my error and then just say eff it and walk 1.5 km back to the daycare. And I’m carrying my heavy purse full of tea (ha!) and my laptop because I worked from home Friday.

I get her, and take her home and it’s 10:30 by the time we get in and I get my laptop up and running so I can work from home. So… 4 hours to get Nowhere today. :P

The good news is that I saw a coyote in the rainstorm – he looked lost and confused by all this rain, but it was cool as I haven’t seen anything like that in our neighbourhood!

And this tea makes it all better!

The base is very smooth and rich. So very pleasant, and then there’s fruit and bergamot swirling around too. It’s not juicy fruity either – just notes of sweetness and fruit with honey. It’s very comforting on a cold frustrating day like today.

I guess I’d better try my Paris sample again and compare it with this one to see what I like better. I’m afraid I will want tins of both.

I have a feeling that 90% of my tea orders will now consist of Butiki, H&S, Della Terra and Verdant (maybe in that order?) as these companies all have niche areas for tea and I have been really happy with their offerings.

ETA: Now that it’s cooled, I’m getting creamy lemon notes too!


Wow! What a morning! Coming home to that tea sounds nice though. I really should try that one!


aw, sickie chickie and busy times. I can def. see how this tea would make it a little more palatable; I’m a fan of its easy drinking but lovely qualities too.


It was particularly awful weather here on the island too.


Yikes! That sounds like a ridiculous morning. I’m glad the tea made things better, though. :)


Thanks guys! Lesson learned – a good tea can make everything better!


Four hours of hassle!!! Augh.

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I tried this again, but steeped it for only 3 minutes. I still hate it. Now I know.

I don’t really feel fair rating this though when there’s not a lot of tasting notes on it. But… I guess people should be warned that it might not be for them.

This would be a sipdown, but it’s more likely a “toss it down the drain and pretend it never happened” tea. No sipping involved. (154)

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

That’s unfortunate. :/


At least now you know. :/


Yeah. At least I had plenty of other teas available so I wasn’t forced to drink that one. No big loss.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1770 tasting notes


Moist, juicy cake! It’s feels almost spongy and is definitely light. I love how I get the sensation of a decadent dessert, but there’s no crazy sprinkles or artificial flavours too it. Stacy is a wizard when it comes to blends!!!



I want Birthday Cake!

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1770 tasting notes

Mmmm. Dragonwell! Strawberry dragonwell even! This is a very light and beautiful tea – buttery green notes, strawberry juice and a touch of sweetness. I’m going to resteep it and brown sugar…

Lovely sample! (156)

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

OMG, you guys! I haz a sad. :( You got your stuff already and I don’t have it yet. It looks soooo good. I can’t wait….

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And that’s the last of this. (157) Gone now, but not forever!!!

Update : I just realized that I steeped this at 80C because I actually measured it. I wonder how many teas I steeped at that temp instead of boiling.

185 °F / 85 °C

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1770 tasting notes

I know I just rated this last night, but after that steep, I put the rest in my timolino and left it overnight in the fridge and the result IS TASTY. The flavours are so strong – I could actually forego an actual peppermint patty for this!

Going to add this to a shopping cart and stare at it for the next few minutes. It’s on SALE. (2oz for $18 with shipping to Canada…. still tempted)


2 oz is nothing. bump it up to 4, make your shipping worthwhile. Don’t be afeared :) I bought 650 grams of stuff two nights ago. not butiki stuff but still, 650 grams of tea is a lot of tea. you can do 4 oz. easy does it


You’re like the devil on Cavocorax’s shoulder. haha.


Hahah. That’s exactly what I was thinking! (runs to the Tea Hiatus thread…)


I want to laugh. I that mean?


Hahah. I love this group. :)


$18 shipping! Wait till you’ve tried enough that you can (easily) do the $90 to get free shipping. I’m almost at the $90 mark already myself…


It’s $9 for 2 oz of tea and then $9 for the shipping …
A $90 order would be nice though! Maybe someday.


Ohh, I get it. :) That’s expensive, but not nearly as expensive as the Urban Tea Merchant, so I say go for it if you

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drank Thurbo Darjeeling by Butiki Teas
1770 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown! (158) – Will my cupboard ever get under 100? At least I’ve got mostly everything in – there’s maybe just 1-2 swap packages out there and 0 orders.

So I am definitely getting the muscatel in this, and a lot of the fruity notes too. I don’t quite “get” Darjeelings yet as I don’t think I’d want this everyday, but I like it. It’s sweet, and hearty. There’s also grassy notes too. I keep thinking plum, but I don’t know if that’s supposed to be there. But yeah, plums wrapped in sweet grass/hay, with a touch of astringency – that’s this tea!

I’ll have to resteep it just to confirm this.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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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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