1774 Tasting Notes


This is a nice evening tea.
This is a nice sipdown. (148)


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Thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet for letting me try a sample of this.

It’s interesting. I can taste the puerh and spearmint and tulsi.
And the peppercorn and just possibly the star anise.

It’s forest-y, that’s for sure. And it’s an interesting idea, but I don’t know that I would go out of my way to get more.

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Yowza! I couldn’t finish this cup this morning. It was just TOO strong. I think I oversteeped it and that made it thick and tar like. DNW.

I’ll be more careful next time because I remember that it had a nice lemon bergamot flavour when I did it right!


“Nice” and “bergamot” don’t belong in the same sentence :)


Hey keep your anti-bergamot prejudices to yourself, Sil! ;D


I said BERR
It’s GREY in here
Must be some EG fans in the ATMOSPHERE

(Man, that’s the best badgood movie ever.)


Dino…freedom of speech! down with the berg! the berg is MOT needed in things giggling

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So I guess I skipped this one on Christmas, but – well, the name doesn’t really call to me.

I guess it’s Christmassy because it has orange in it? That’s definitely orange. And there’s lemongrass. And maybe some spices? This isn’t too bad but now it’s cooling and getting a little bitter.

Oh and the baby is asleep and it’s only 9:40. I’m going to go to bed at/before 11:00 if I can and here’s hoping she’ll stay out the rest of the night!


yeah! early bed! go you!


I just got this one from MissB. Smells lovely, but I’m going to wait till the weekend. :) I think I’ll just cold steep.


I’ll try! But I’ve got buttloads of daycare paperwork to fill out. I guess. Sleep = soooooon.

Also it’ll be a lot better once I can drive J’s car because my commute would go from 80 to 40 minutes. I just need more practice with the shift stick.


You found a daycare? That’s awesome!


Oh yeah! We did! She’s going to the University student one and we get a discount bc J is a TA. It looks pretty good they feed the kids and take them for walks to the arts building so they can watch people dance etc.


Nice! You’re so lucky she got in. The daycare at my uni is so hard to get into. My coworker had another baby and they’ve left the older one in daycare so they have at least one guaranteed spot!


Yeah we wanted in that one too but after being on the list for 8 months the best we could get was 2 days, and one of those days we didn’t even need!

We found a really good place that’s just south of Lougheed if your coworker needs an alternative. It’s a bit out of the way if she commutes, but the people who run it were really great.

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drank Opposites Attract by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

I believe this was another one from Janelle. I really like it. It tastes like a minty green tea – Moroccan mint? – but there’s this earthiness lurking behind each sip. It’s an interesting contract, but this is definitely one of the better blends from David.

Also there’s no weird sparkles or additives.
This one probably doesn’t exist anymore either. :(

So thank you Janelle for letting me try it! Maybe I can get Herbal Infusions to try and resurrect it – I think they said something about making tea limited edition blending kits so you can resurrect favourite teas – this could be a good one for that.


I’m pretty certain this one had puerh in it too. I remember something like this a few years back. It should actually be relatively simple for you to DIY if you have some loose gunpowder, mint and puerh


Yeah – it does! I guess that’s where the opposite comes into it! I should play around. I might even have Morooccan mint somewhere.

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drank African Chai by Justea
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I made a timolino of this today, except that I didn’t really. I think I turned my kettle off after putting it on as this water is barely warm. So the tea is barely steeped.


I’m still trying to get in the habit of getting to bed at a proper time for work, but the kiddo stays up until midnight and I keep ending up with 6 hours. My poor brain! Next week will ( easier bc she’ll be up earlier for daycare, while her dad is in class.

I will make real tea when I get to the office!


I hope your sleep schedule sorts itself out soon. Working on not enough sleep really sucks.


Thanks! I’m sure it’ll work out.
Also I just successfully steeped Butiki’s caramel vanilla assam and am quite happy now.


Great choice! that tea makes me really happy, too.


I can’t function on less than 7 hours of sleep… but function better on 8-9. I am one of THOSE people. When I hear of people who only get 5 hours of less all the time, it makes me cringe

Terri HarpLady

I used to be able to get by on 6 hours, but now that I’m getting old, lol, I need at least an average of 7.5 hours. I can do 6 hours once or twice a week, if I do 8 or more another night or 2 to make up for it. I’m really bad about staying up til 2am, my creative juices start flowing around 8 or 9pm. That’s why you never see me on steepster before 10am or later :)


God when I was younger I wouldn’t sleep for days and when I crashed I would sleep for like 12 hours. My body now whines if I dont get at least 7.5 a night.


I did 6 hours a night for a long time bit it wasn’t enough, and it made me irritable, emotional and unable to remember anything. I can’t believe how much happier I was once I averaged 7.5+!


They say an extra hour of sleep a night would give ppl more happiness than 60,000 salary increase. Or something like that heh


I believe it!


omg you guys rub it in why don’tcha! hahha kidding
but i can’t ever sleep more than 6 hrs. not even on the weekends. i average 5 to be honest. and i’m incapable of napping.
and my fitbit says i toss and turn a lot. duh fitbit! i couldh’ve told you that!

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It was so insanely cold today that I made this to help me keep warm.
It didn’t really taste that good in my timolino.


Also, bringing teas for the office doesn’t help anything if you don’t bring anything to STEEP YOUR TEA. >:| The boss brought me a double double from Timmies so that was acceptable.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1774 tasting notes

My Justea box arrived today and the mailman was nice enough to leave it outside for me! Whee!

I bought it on Boxing Day so I snagged 75g of Chai which is going into another box witha bunch of samples to my sister. I hope she enjos exploring all of these.

The first few sips of this were sorta sour and just really strong and ripe, and a little weird. But it mellowed out once it cooled and now it is really good: malty and fruity and strong. Phew! Now I have no regrets about 150g of this baby sitting on my shelf!


this is good stuff!

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

This is a necessary sipdown. I have a lot of teas coming in and I need to finish off some smaller ones so they don’t get stale.

Also, with the Amoda box teas I want to finish off the old ones before the new box comes! They might even have shipped already! :O

This one is sparkly and apply and very cozy. I should be going to sleep but I’m still getting used to going to bed at a decent time but so long as I’m on my bus by 8:09, I’m rocking! (And I can drink mate when I get to work. I only brought 10 teas with me. They said to make myself comfortable but I don’t wnat to scare them. Yet)


“Only” 10 teas. :D


LOL …. “yet”


:P Seriously, when you’re used to having your cupboard nearby, how do you decide which ones you’re going to have near you for the majority of your day? At my last job I ended up having a whole drawer full of tea – maybe 30 different types/samples


I’m stuck with whatever I bring in travel mugs, mostly…

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And here’s this one again. Is this a sencha?

I don’t even know if I’ve had a sencha so I’m not sure where I’m getting this idea from, but it makes me think of sencha and cherry. And it’s sweet but also just a little salt. I sear I’m picking that up. It’s intersting, but not my favourite blend.

Just looking at reviews earlier and I’m reminded I will need MOAR moose tracks!

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

Moose Tracks was tasty. Did you try Graham Slam? That one was my favourite after Cacao I’d say :)


Sooooo need to place an order, but first! Sipdowns must happen!


I haven’t, but I’ll add it to my shopping list, at least as a sample. And I’ll have to wait a bit before I order Moost Tracks – at least until I drink all my other Herbal Infusions teas!

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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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