1774 Tasting Notes


Hmmmm. I just can’t go wrong with this one!
And I felt better after my sore throat tea, so this was my celebratory tea! :D
It might be wasteful having it so late at night when I won’t be able to resteep it, but dangit, my tea is meant to be enjoyed! I can’t treat it all like some rare precious thing or I will die without drinking any or finding the ‘perfect time’.

(And that’s the end of that weirdo rant)


Yay for feeling better and celebrating with an awesome tea! I also think about saving some teas and then realize it is there to be enjoyed and I drink it.


:D Yes! That’s exactly the way to do it!

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drank Glacier Blend by Specifically Tea
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This is my 2nd oldest tea, right after Tetley’s Orange Pekoe. I hate having to drink it, but it feels like my throat is so constricted right now that I don’t want to drink anything. So maybe this will help me out.

And ugh. Really? I can’t believe I’m sick again! I think I had 1 week where I was fine, and in that weekk my daughter and husband got sick.. Now it’s back to me and the whole house is fairly miserable Except the kiddo – she’s pretty much over it.

But seriously. You guys must be sick of saying, “Get well Cavo”! :P I’m sick of needing to drink this tea.

So here’s the deal: I’ll finish this tea off in the next day or so, and then I won’t get sick again this year!!!! Bwahahaha.

3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Oh geez, you’ve been on that merry-go-round for quite a while, it seems. I really do hope you get well soon, and it won’t be too serious of a cold/flu this time.


Sounds like a plan! Hopefully this one is a short one.


Hope so! I already feel better after that cup so I’m back to the good teas!


Heh. Get well, Cavo! :)


Thanks guys. :D I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be back to normal.

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This is another sipdown (145), and I think this is the first time I’ve reviewed it. I know what that means – I couldn’t make it work and didn’t want to review it until I did.

And today my throat is so sore/swollen that I probably couldn’t even tell if I HAD made it work. Oh well. There are plenty of Butiki teas that I love!

And I’ve got a few more coming through from Shadowfall – my package just hit Canadian Customs. I hope hope hope (!) that I get it by Friday!


I had a similar thing with this one.

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This was a mixed-up Monday steeping, which means that I didn’t put enough water into my timolino and the steeping basket wasn’t fully submerged so I ended up with barely flavoured warm water.

Ah, crap.
Sipdown too! (146)


Bleh, but yay for the sipdown. :)

carol who

It’s good to know that it happens to others. Most of the time it happens to me when I am out at a restaurant (even when I bring my own teabags) because you can’t control temp. When I use my Teavana tumbler, which is very similar to the Timolino, I tend to over steep and get bitter tea. Oh well!


Try steeping upside down in the timolino. Makes sure you get a lot of water-leaf contact. That, or get the mason jar ;)


That’s a really good suggestion! Thanks
And the mason jar is cool but I’m still OMG-25 oz of tea. I feel like 16 is too much sometimes!

Then again, I don’t have to fill it…

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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And this was another sipdown (149) I finished off earlier today, after being happy with how Boston worked out.

This was a letdown-sipdown. There was no lovely hazelnut chocolate to this. It was just…. dusty? IDK. Not good. It might have been age I suppose. I originally bought this in April. Perhaps it just got stale?


..or your tastebuds are changing. i LOVED this initially and then a few months later was like…meh


Yeah, I wouldn’t be too surprised if that ws the case, but… what a disappointment! It makes me cautious about going back to teas I raved about before!

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Believe it or not, I bought 7 oz of this in August. On a whim. It was on sale, so that made it ok?

This is a good tea. I don’t know that it was 7 oz of hoarding good. But I am down to just a few servings of this after this cuppa! YEAH!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

Holy crap, I didn’t think you would be that close to finishing it already. Didn’t you also buy it for swaps?

I’ve yet to purchase that much of one tea in one go haha.


7 oz?! That’s impressive.


I sorta had huge cups of it everyday for a few weeks. :P
And I barely swapped any of it away. So much for that plan!

Now to get through the 7oz of Ceylon Star that I also bought on impulse a few months afterwards.


Wowwww. That’s a lot!


Yeah.! Sil made fun of me for a long time for buying it, but it was $12 or something and my brainjust went OMG SALE! I didn’t realize it was 7 oz until I got home. :D


WOOHOO! That’s awesome. :)


I would LOVE to have 7 oz of this stuff! I love it! Even my two year old is nuts for it. He bugs me for sips every time he sees me drinking it lol. A mini tea connoisseur in the making :) . I’m enjoying a nice big mug of it as I type this and I would never swap this either, it’s just too good! I really hope I can find this in bulk because it will be a staple for sure!


Keep an eye out on DavidsTea’s web specials page! You might be able to grab it there. They change the selection every so often.

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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I’m not sure what happened, but I am less impressed with this cup this time around. Strange! But it’s a sipdown and I’m at 150 so I AM happy about that.

I have a lot coming in, but Sil and I were both hoping to hit 150 for the end of Feb. It COULD happen! (30 teas are incoming. Possibly 40 if I get 10 fandom samples directly from Aun-Juli)


ZOOOOOOM! Your cupboard will be overflowing again in no time. :)

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drank Chai On Life by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t think I’ve actually reviewed this one yet, although I’ve had it several times. I think I’m halfway through my tin (one of the ones in the 3/$30 promo), so it’s time to do it!

So, it’s a white/green chai! That’s unusual, right? But I can sorta kinda barely taste the tea under all the spices, and the spices are more delicate than your typical chai. I can taste creamy coconut and spicy cardamon and cinnamon. Oh, and the peppercorn. It’s nice. It’s a little relaxing. I haven’t decided if I would need to repurchase this, but I’m going to ennjoy eevery cup until it’s gone.

AND OMG. I love that when you scroll the rating bar, it tells you clearly what the rating is. I’m using my Surface and it seems to work much better than before!

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I agree, being able to see what the rating is is awesome.


This tea sounds better than I would have expected. And I agree, I love the new rating bar.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown! (151)
I thought I might as well have another pot of this, just to get that tin off my shelf and to help make room for my incoming Adagio order.

(as well as some other teas I am working on buying atm. :O :O :O)

This was a little boring drinking it two days in a row, but I added maple agave and that fixed it right up!

Now to edit the information for this tea….

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

Yum maple agave.

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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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