1774 Tasting Notes


Oooh. This is FANCY. Thanks Sil for the sample!
And this sipdown puts me at 150! Woooo!

It’s really rich and lightly smoky. I should have had this a few months ago when it was bitterly cold as this tea would be greatly comforting on a freezing night. It’s a little sweet, but I think I’m getting mushroom-y notes in it as well.

Fancy. This tea is fancy.



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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

I bought 800g or whatever it was that DAVIDsTEA sells their bulk tea in. And I ask myself, ’Self, why did you do this?"

The answer is poor impulse control. The good news is that when I crave this tea I still really enjoy it’s coconut/anise creaminess, and it doesn’t seem to have lost any of it’s flavour in all this time either.

Self, have no regrets about this!


because you needed another pound of tea to go with your pound of read my lips?


Heee! I may have regret that one. (Spoilers: I did)


Our weakness currently is boozy red velvet cake with sugar and dairy free creamer. Read my lips is awesome too, don’t be shamed, Cavo!

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I’m trying to do too much and that means it’s Friday and I’m exhausted. I can’t perk up. I need something to slap me in the face and get me going, and lbr, Sherlock is down for that. He can be such an ass. But he’s rarely subtle.

So, you know what’s crazy? I don’t write. I haven’t written since High School, and yet, SOMEHOW, I was talked into doing Camp Nanowrimo this year and that means that in April I’ve committed to writing 10,000 words. Of story. WHAT AM I DOING?

I originally signed up for a small prompt where I promised to write 500 words where two characters meet in a bar and I go from there, but now that I’m doing Camp Nano, I’m going to see if I can expand that a bit. And then maybe write bits and pieces here and there. I am definitely not going to write one cohesive work at 10k because I’ve had… let’s see… 2 days to think about this and we start writing on Wednesday, but I’ll play with a few different tropes and see how it goes!

I chose John Watson as my main character, and the second character will be RANDOMLY ASSIGNED from Supernatural, Hannibal (tv), or Saga (comics). So I can’t really even plan that part out until I get that assignment, but basically the point is to just get me writing a little each day and get better and stay confident and see where it goes! Part of being in Camp Nano is cheerleading others on so they finish and I am GOOD AT THAT SHIT, YO.

It’ll be fun. Also, I’m using Scrivener to help organize my thoughts etc, and I can totally see how this software would be amazing if I were writing a proper story because it’d keep everything straight for me, and so if I spend all month using the trial and getting good, AND I reach my 10k limit, I can buy it for $20 instead of $40. I’m a total dork for fancy software.

Hey – I think it’s working! This tea is waking me up! WOO!

Flavors: Smoke


I’m crazy, right?
Doing this, then doing gishwhes in August. Looks, I don’t have free time, let’s just pile all these challenges on!!!! :P (But I ordered a green wig and a flower crown for the scavenger hunt!)


a what now? lol what did i agree to get myself in to?


Hahaha. Well, those are optional! I figured that I’ll probably get some challenges for gishwhes where I’ll have to go outside and interact with people – maybe at the subway – or WHO KNOWS. So, if I’m going to be doing that, why not dress up a bit? I get shy and have trouble initiating conversations with ppl, but if I have bright green hair, they can notice me? :P

And so…. are you thinking about it? :D I’m in, but I haven’t started/joined a team at all yet. Just poking at people to see who might bite.


only thing i’m waiting for is to make sure work doensn’t have weird things scheduled going on at that time


Sweet! :D #fingerscrossed


aw I wish I had the guts to do Nano! Have fun with it :)


Camp Nano seem more relaxed than full Nano! It’s not too late to sign up! :P

I like that we’re put into cabins and can cheer each other on! Also, being able to commit to 10k instead of 50k is such a RELIEF. (And literally the only reason I said, sure… why not. 10k is 333 words/daily and that doesn’t sound nearly as frightening…)

But thanks! We’ll see if it works out!


hmmm. It does sound tempting. Maybe if I can come up with a good story idea

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Woah. So thank you Kittenna for sharing this one. I really, really, like it.

It’s actually making me crazy because I SWEAR I’ve had a tea that had a similar profile but I cannot figure out what it is, and I cannot nail down exactly what this tastes like (sorry) but I do know that I really really like this.

I went with a 3 min steep because I didn’t want to go crazy with it, and the resulting tea is very smooth, and slightly sweet due to the licorice. I feel relaxed drinking it, but not so much that I’m going to nod off. I’m just alert, and relaxed. Not a bad way to start the day!

Oh, and I cheated and looked at other reviews! AwkwardSoul mentioned that it made her think of guayusa and dingdingding that’s the flavour I was trying to find. That’s pretty much exactly what this tastes of – woodsy, honeyed, and smooth.

Thanks for the sample!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

haha that’s maybe why i hated it lol

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drank The Earl's Valentine by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

It did NOT take long for me to drink up 50g of this at the office! Happily, I still have about 20g at home. I didn’t expect to enjoy the rose as much as I do, but it’s a nicely balanced blend, and for a DAVIDsTEA, it isn’t cloyingly sweet.

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Sadly, I’m getting bored of this tea. BORED.
(I don’t feel too bad saying this bc it’s a tea that’s no longer available. :P)


i don’t think i’ve tried this one yet lol


No? Well…. I can certainly set some aside for you! I thought I had it in the SSTTB but I guess that went to ppl AFTER you. Did you have the other Hugo teas that I grabbed? Full Steam is amazing. Grey Line is good but I understand if you don’t want to try the best EG I’ve had. :P


BORED reminds me when Sherlock says it, but that could be because I’m reading Baskervilles at the moment. :D


Hahah. That’s pretty great tea-sipper. :)


pretty sure i enjoyed full steam. was just this one i hadn’t had i think


Well it’s on my spreadsheet now so I’ll make sure you get to try it!

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drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

I would never in a million years have bought this tea, but a friend gave me 50g of it bc she was allergic and I can happily tell her it has gone to a great home. I let a heaping spoon of it steep in my mason jar for a few hours and it was delicious!!!

I added some lime juice, and it was delicious.

I’ll add some Rangpur Gin and see how it goes!


Oooh lime juice!


I have some spearmint. Never thought of adding lime juice to it.

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Sipdown! 151

White puerh? Ok, why not? I probably shouldn’t have steeped this for the full 10 min as it IS a bit stronger than I’m used to with puerh, but I can see how this is a white/puerh blend. It’s definitel dark and earthy, but there’s also that tree barky flavour I expect with certain white teas. There’s a bit of sweetness in there – like honey – and the liquor is dark and rich.

The honey notes actually become more prominent further in the cup, and as it cools. INTERESTING. This isn’t one I thought I’d immediately love but it’s growing on me!

Thank you Sil!


Cavo, how do you steep puerh if you’re not doing short steeps? I’ve only done it in my gaiwan for short steeps, and this method sometimes prevents me from drinking it, because it takes more attention/time. I’d love to learn a way to steep puerh in a less fussy fashion.


You could do it my terrible awful way, which is putting ~1/2 tsp leaf into a thermos and adding hot water and forgetting about it until about 4 hours later. :D Only works for some teas though.


haha! Maybe I’ll try that sometime. :)


The packaging from teavivre said to steep it for 6-10 min so that’s what I went with. I thought that was a little insane, but Mandala’s Special Dark says the same and for the first time I just go with what the vendor suggests.


OMGsrsly – I bet Special Dark would survive a 4 hour steep. :P


I have some! I might try it. :D


The nuggets from Mandala work GREAT that way, you can steep for 4 hours 3-4 times before simmering them on the stove to extract the last of the goodness.


ooooh! I love these ways of steeping! :D I must try.


And, I must try doing short steeps more often too! :P I just have a hard time dedicating an afternoon to puer. :P But luckily a lot of the tea I’ve bought from Mandala/Verdant have instructions for Western Style brewing. :P Or I guess, but I know I’m missing out on a lot of the nuances… (but if it means I do that, or I don’t drink it at all, then… I’m doing ok)


That’s just it, for me too. I love when I can find the time to dedicate to a full puerh session, but there are days I want to drink it, but don’t have the time to sit down properly for multiple short steeps. Also, I haven’t figured out how to keep my water warm sufficiently, and it can be a real pain heating up cold water repeatedly for the session (I either need a better kettle, or a thermos… not sure which).


Thermos! Kettle just means you’re reheating the water constantly. Unless you get one of the Asian water heaters..

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Oh man, I love A&D Damn Fine Tea. I think I currently have 5 tins of tea from these guys and I pretty much love all of them. (I’m not so fussed about the Double Knit blend but the rest are amaze).

I’m drinking this bc we’re not getting a Goat/Sheep tea for Chinese New Year, which makes me sad, but the fact that I still have LAST YEAR’s TEA (and a lot of it) really helps make up for that. I tend to savour these teas and they last me months. And while I’ve had a lot of Yunnan teas lately (mostly thanks to Sil, I find that I have the warmest thoughts about this silly horse tea!)


Baaaa! I would love a sheep tea. Or a goat tea. :)


i agree…their teas are very reliable….but their shipping’ll kill ye!


Yeah, shipping is rough! That’s why I order big when I do order, and preferably when they have a shipping discount! I think like time I placed an order someone asked if we could get some love in Canada and they gave us a $5 discount on shipping – that was good enough for me!

I wish they would give you the option to buy the tea w/o the tins though – it’d make shipping cheaper AND I could reuse these pretty tins!

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Sipdown! 153

Thanks Sil! I was surprised by how much I liked this one! It’s very light and refreshing, but still dark enough to give me that black-tea kick that I need! It’s strange, but with the chai/mint combo, I’m getting a bit of a licorice flavour to it, but that just mean that it tastes cool and refreshing. I could easily drink 50g-100g of this one!


:) you’re going to catch up to me at this rate…i can’t seem to get sipdowns in and things are incoming lol

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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)


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