1774 Tasting Notes


I ordered a sample box from Liberteas and was delighted when it showed up today! She managed to stuff 23 samples in there, and nearly half of them were from 52 teas, so now I’ll have a better idea of what those crazy blends are like. Each little bag is nicely labeled and has the brewing instructions too so I don’t have to worry about not knowing what the heck I’m doing. I don’t know how often she does these little sample boxes, but I highly recommend it as a great try-me package – you can check her profile for the link if anyone is interested.

I should mention that I had a good amount of say in what I wanted her to send but I decided that besides trying some 52 Teas, I’d like to be surprised.

I ran out to check for mail before I made any tea, so once I opened this treasure chest up, I picked this one because of the name and I am off to a great start on this sampling journey!

I have a really hard time describing it – it’s very complex but I guess it’s a blend of three different teas and each are contributing something to it. I love how smooth every sip is, and slightly malty, but more and more into the cup I’m getting fruity notes and cream too! I think I have enough in my sample pack for at least two giant 16oz mugs so I look forward to trying to puzzle this tea out.

Hmm – maybe Assam and Darjeeling? Not sure of the third.

I really love this though. Guaranteed that if I ever order from Hugo, I would get this!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Hugo Tea Company

It does have darjeeling in it! Nice work! The other two teas are Yunnan and Ceylon :-). Happy Tea-Drinking.


Thanks! This blend is so good. I like the mystery.

Hugo Tea Company

Oh—should I not have told you the ingredients? :-(

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
1774 tasting notes

I had one cup of this last night, and five today!

I love this tea.

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I’m cheating with this one again. I made 14 oz of tea, added 2 oz of milk and a decent clump of brown sugar. It’s AMAZING. It mellows the marsh, and brings out the orange and makes the chocolate OH SO GOOD. Maybe I’ll always break my no additives rule for this tea. I mean… it is good on it’s own. It’s just better with friends. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

It’s an oolong! And it’s peachy! And it’s.. OK. I may have misteeped it. It doesn’t wow me.

The dry tea is very pretty though. So many fruity bits.


I used to really enjoy this one, I always felt it need a little more tea then what was suggested otherwise it would be a little bland. Then I tried Prairie Berry and it just beat the living snot out of Long Life for fruity oolongs, cant stop drinking it.


Good to know! Maybe I need to give that one a shot!

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

As I was resteeping this I thought I’d add that this is a tea that knows what it is. There are lots of dessert teas and gimicky ones that promise to taste like something it isn’t and we sip them up and remark, “Yeah this is just like chocolate cake, or bacon or whatever!” And that’s not a bad thing of course.

But this is a tea that knows it’s a tea. It tastes like tea. But it’s sophisticated and reminds you of eggnog without actually trying to BE eggnog. Kudos.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

I thought I’d go with something milder to start off today and wow… talk about mild. And smooth. And very nice.

I’m used to drinking strong blacks in the morning, so this threw me off at first, but I am loving this. Each sip is very smooth and buttery and just a tad creamy as well. I think this is going to be my favourite of the ‘eggnog teas’. Sorry Della Terra – the rooibos thing was neat but this delicate green tea has got you beat!!!

I’ve got enough left for a few more cups. I’ll have to make it last as I just made my tea order for the month and can’t justify another, even though Butiki has this one on sale. :| Maybe I can snag it in early Feb!!! :P I’ll just have to order enough to make up for the shipping.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I’m rating this tea… which means that I finally watched Farewell Ponds. ;___: No surprises there.

Well maybe a few. I knew what was going to happen, I knew that the episodes leading up to this were hinting at endings, yet I still teared up during a few moments of the show. OH MAN I AM A SUCKER FOR DOCTOR WHO.

I want to buy some TARDIS tea as well. Why does it have to be so expensive to ship to Canada. Basically $9 of tea will cost me $31 with the shipping. WHUT?!? So I won’t be getting any time soon, and I won’t be getting any Farewell Ponds either. I liked this tea as a nice mild blend but I was too busy watching the episodee to really enjoy the tea.

I’ll update this when I try the last bit of my sample. :|

And guys, don’t hate me, but I am happy to see Amy and Rory go. They were great. I love them, and I like that they spent 10+ years with the Doctor in their lives. But I’m afraid that it would have gotten very stale had they kept the Ponds in the show for much longer.


I guess I agree. They had spent so much time with him, and they were ready to leave. I still cried throughout this episode though…


I got teary eyed too, I’ll admit, but I agree 100% about it being time. And those shipping costs are intimidating!

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drank Cinnamon-Orange by Market Spice
1774 tasting notes

I was surprised by this! I was worried about the artificial flavours, but it’s not bad. It really tastes like cinnamon hearts with a splash of orange. I have 4 oz of it and don’t imagine I’ll have any trouble drinking this all down!

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Nothing too fancy here, folks. Just black current on a smooth base.

Sipdown! (I’m down nearly 20 samples this month!)

Speaking of samples, a friend tested me about one I gave her that was a. (she thinks) green tea with white chocolate. :O I went through all my notes and I have no idea. (You know you drink too much tea when…)

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
1774 tasting notes

I’m not sure the directions are right on this – steep 3 minutes and then resteep 2-3 more times for more flavor and to allow the leaves to unfurl. I steeped it in my little gongfu pot and those leaves are already unfurled. Maybe I should have tried a minute to start?

(i don’t know how am i supposed to know i need to trust the directions whaaaat)

So my first cup is very strong and malty. It smells really good – earthy! I’m enjoying each sip, except right at the end the flavour kicks up a notch and is nearly too malty.

Second cup: First reaction, “wughh!” Not a great sign. This seems stronger? I am detecting cocoa notes now though, and I’m actually enjoying this now that I made it past the first few sips.

Third cup: Ok. This is more like it! Very smooth. Lots of cocoa notes. It’s very woodsy! I bet I could get another cup out of this!

I love how smooth this tea is. I could have had this with my sore throat!

Looking forward to trying this again sometime!

200 °F / 93 °C

Oh, I like this one a lot <3


I can’t wait to try it again!

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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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