1779 Tasting Notes

71
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1779 tasting notes

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?

Sil

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

Cavocorax

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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79
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!

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

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.

Courtney

7 oz?! That’s impressive.

Cavocorax

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.

whatshesaid

Wowwww. That’s a lot!

Cavocorax

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

OMGsrsly

WOOHOO! That’s awesome. :)

MoonShyne

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!

Cavocorax

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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77
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)

OMGsrsly

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

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76
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!

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

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

Fjellrev

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

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77
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….

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

Yum maple agave.

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91
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
1779 tasting notes

Ok! There is hope for this. My 91 rating is not unjustified.

I let it sit for 25 minutes, or more, and enjoyed it when I came back. It was perfect. It didn’t taste like thin water. It taste rich and chocolately and decadent. I may have wasted leaf on this, but I’d rather leaf the heck out of it and enjoy it, than not.

But I"m still gonna sneak a chocolate almond or two after I finish this cup!

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I picked this with my Christmas money and have been enjoying it for over a month now.

I have to say I am highly satisfied with this. It’s my first variable temp kettle, and now that I have it I don’t think I could ever go back. This thing is amazing.

First off, it’s quiet. No beep bop boops as you punch in the buttons and no alarm when the kettle is done. Sure, that means I have to pay attention to see if my water is ready, but OTOH it will also keep the water hot for an hour afterwards if I lose track of time. It’s very laid back, this kettle.

I fill it up in the morning and then hop in the shower, to have hot water waiting for me. Perfect!

While you can’t set the temperature exactly, you do have a lot of options. In Celsius it goes up by 5 from 40-100 (or maybe lower?), while F goes up by 10. Between the two, switching back and forth, you can get it pretty close to most temperatures that you might want.

My only complaint is that I wish it boiled faster. I swear my old kettle did, but it’s hard to measure unless I set them up to race and I can’t do that. It’s still very zippy though! And it’s well worth the $45 I invested into it. Now I can drink far more greens/whites without worrying about the temperature at all!

I’m happy that Steepster steered me toward Hamilton Beach when I was shopping around!

VariaTEA

Mine should be here Monday or Tuesday. I am so excited!

Cavocorax

That’s great! I hope you enjoy it like I do mine!

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1779 tasting notes

Oooh! I’m pretty excited about the new layout. I like all the extra fields that we can fill in. And I think the flavors box might help me pay more attention to exactly what I’m tasting, because words can make it difficult sometimes, and once people populate it, I can look for suggestions. Neat-o!

I’m not sure about the font, but I’m sure I"ll get used to it. I like the teawares page. I also like that you can specify EXACTLY how much tea/water you used (although for gong fu steeping that might not be as helpful).

Overall: A

And so I wanted to drink this tea to celebrate the changes! I already added all the ingredients into the page, and I imagine I’ll be busy filling in tea info for the next few weeks as we populate all these extra fields. I’m totally a geek that way.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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81
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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This is my favourite 52 Tea. I have a weakness for it and have been hoarding my little pouch FOREVER.

Sil

final damage after today is only 181 since both kittenna and Raritea took home some teas and will just pass the leftovers to me once they’re done (i’m doing the same with some of mine) so still under 200! at least until the BB Box gets here, swedish chef’s package gets here…and uh the canadian travelling tea box gets here..

Anna

Aww. Pouchhoarding. So cute. <3

Tabby

I have a thing for it, too! I had to go back for a few more pouches today so I can hoard them. o_o

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77
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I drank a whole pot of this earlier because I wanted to get rid of my tin and now there’s enough for my small tin for work! YES.

And I haven’t had a lot of success with this blend lately, but it worked out perfectly today. Almond and cranberry, as promised. Phew.

Fjellrev

I must have fluked it every time with my sample sized purchase because I consistently got almond and cranberry.

Cavocorax

I don’t know what it is, but it’s certainly just be me. I loved all my H&S teas, and then suddenly they all tasted flat and artificial. :( Today was closer to what I remember it being!

Fjellrev

Nah, it’s not just you. I’ve seen a lot of people think this one is really flat. I think I’m the odd one out. But then again, I haven’t had it in over a year. I agree though, that they’ve been tasting flat and artificial to me to me, as well. It’s been a real chore to drink up my Florence and SoHo. I swear it’s especially their chocolate note that tastes waxy and artificial.

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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.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a little girl and a devoted bf, two cats, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, fandom!, 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!

I keep trying to learn languages on Duolingo and failing. I’m currently failing Esperanto. :P

Ratings:
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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