1774 Tasting Notes


This tea is giving me sads today. I don’t know why, but it just tastes flat and flavourless. What am I doing wrong? /sobs/


Perhaps Not-So-Vanilla has won you over?

Whispering Pines Tea Company


You got the sniffles at all?


I don’t know? I did like the Not So Vanilla, but it’s a cheaper base and not as fancy. But it was pretty good, and so much cheaper for Canadians!

I had a second cup of GO today and it did taste better so it must have been at least partially in my head…

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Glad it still tastes good, and understandable about the price. Wish I could offer it for less. Oh well :P


It’s not your fault! The Canadian dollar is a huge part of it.

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drank Raspberry Cocoa by Tippy's Tea
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I bought this one as a possible replacement to WP’s Cocoa Amore, since that goes for a whopping $17.25 an oz, and… I can’t do that anymore… but I’ll have to keep looking!

This tea has a nice chocolately raspberry flavor to it, but I’m not crazy about the base. I almost thought it was darjeeling because of that astringency, but I guess it’s the Keemun? I’ll enjoy the rest of this bag, but I think I might have to cheat and add some sugar or something to it. Or experiment with another cup! :D

ETA: It’s actually less astringent as it cools! Interesting! I’ll need more cups!

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
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Steepster was down while I tried to review this, but I’ll do my best!

I bought this as a replacement for WP’s Golden Orchid as I really love the Madagascar Vanilla Beans and want more, but for a cheaper price (especially as a Canadian faced with a sinking CDN dollar, and high shipping costs!).

This one will do! The base isn’t quite as luxurious as GO, but it’s nice, and it gives me a similar flavor profile. It’s still a bit expensive at ~$7/oz CDN , but that’s much better than $12.50/oz USD. I don’t think it’ll take me long to go through my bag of this!


The only thing that worries me is they indicated on my sample bag that the flavor changes with age so I am a touch concerned about flavor deterioration (not that I think my sample will last that long :P).


just means more shared purchases lol


can’t wait to get mine, though I can’t imagine it would be as delicious as GO


We recently removed the “changes with age” from the bag because of potential confusion. The tea ‘absorbs’ more of the vanilla bean flavour over time changing the flavour. We blend that tea usually within a few days of mailing it out.

Whole Vanilla pods will keep, stored in a cool, dark place, for over a year before degrading appreciably. If it is finely diced up (like in our tea) more surface area is exposed to the elements and this natural degradation process will occur at a faster rate. This is impossible to do anything about unfortunately. How long will the tea last for? I have no idea. Does that really matter? Only if you buy a very large amount and/or if you’re not going to drink the tea for 6 months to a year (you could put it in the freezer or fridge than).


Whatshesaid – I had GO today and it was just flat and awful and I don’t know what’s going on. I guess I’ll have to keep comparing these two! I don’t think it’d equal GO at it’s best, but I can afford to buy (and drink it) more so that’s a huge plus.


TippysTea – thanks for explaining! I was wondering what that meant as well!


That’s weird!! I got my WP order last night and the smell of the GO was like heaven in a bag. But i still have some older batch left so I don’t want to dig in yet. I’m very pumped to try this though!!


No problem. We just got an order from Whispering pines and GO smelt, yes that’s a word, wonderful.


I had a second cup of GO today and it was much closer to how I remmeber it. Phew.

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drank Midday Flight by Tippy's Tea
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Well, I was happy to leave my tasting notes at an even 1700, but this was a free sample with my Tippy’s Tea order,and I thought I should give it a review since they’re a new company and can use the exposure!

First off – for a new company, I’m very impressed with their customer service. Ordering on the site was easy, and I received all communication in a timely manner. The shipping notice even had a link to track the shipping which was a nice touch! And the packing list had a nice handwritten note on it which was sweet, and definitely made me feel like I was ordering from a real person and not a faceless company.

Now, on to the tea itself! This is definitely a hearty black blend- nice and strong. It’ll get you past the afternoon hump when you just want to nap, or mindlessly surf the internet or stare out the window.

I can definitely notice the tang of the darjeeling, adding that not-quite bitterness to it, but there’s also some nice woodsy and malty notes to it as well. And a tiny touch of smoke! I think that as it cools, I can get notes of baked bread too!

Overall? Thumbs-up! I just had a cup of Lord Petersham from the Devotea earlier, and noticed I was running low, but I think this tea would be a nice replacement for that one when I run out!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I want my order to get here already. Torturous Canada Post!


w00t hi hi, Cavo! I told myself not to order from them until I pare down my stash a bit. They sound legit.



Hope your order gets in soon CrowKettle!

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It’s malty, bready, sweet-potatoish, honeyed, and amazing.
I keep thinking Ailoashan is like Laoshan Black, but this isn’t. They’re both exceellent and quite different. Buy both.


Wow Cavo, you’re psychic. I am sitting here checking out their website for the first time wondering how similar this is to Laoshan haha. I must be blind but how much do you typically get per pouch, like 50g?

Cameron B.

All of WP’s tea are by the ounce. :)



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I liked this Mi Xian from TTC, but it’s not my favorite of their teas. I think I preferred their other Mi Xian over this one – it was a bit lighter and fruiter, while this is thicker and maltier. Very good tea – just not AS good as the others.


Wow, we had this at roughly the same time! :)

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
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This was my breakfast cuppa today. I’ve had several teas from The Devotea and I have to say that this one is by far my favorite. It has a nice thick mouthfeel, and a lot of maltiness to it that I quite enjoy. It’s a little smoky, and a little astringent, but NOT unpleasantly so.

It’s a great start for a work week! (Especially a work week in which I forgot to bring milk to work for my cereal, and forgot the mouse for my Surface! At least I brought my Surface in – otherwise it’d be a long bus ride home…)


Aww, let’s hope the week will get better!

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And that’s the last of this! Thank you VariaTEA for loading me up with so much to begin with! I really do enjoy the flavours in the tea – it’s very decadent. Best breakfast!

And I think that I DO enjoy this more than Lupicia’s Cookie tea, although I like both for similiar reasons. I might still end up ordering Cookie instead though, only because there’s nothing else I want from ATR, while I don’t think I’d have trouble ordering from Lupicia!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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I drank this today, and yesterday I had American Tea Room’s Brioche and both are really good cookie/pastry teas.

The question is, if you could only buy one, which would it be: Cookie? Or Brioche?

Lariel of Lórien

I’ve only had Cookie, but it was really good.


I haven’t even had Cookie, but I’d say Cookie. Brioche just didn’t wow me enough, I guess.

Roswell Strange

Looking at my ratings, I rated Brioche significantly higher than Cookie but going of memory, I’m remembering Cookie a lot more fondly.




Woah – so strange. This just showed up on my wall now! :P I was wondering why there were zero opinions! :P I think I’m far likelier to order Cookie than Brioche just because I can’t think of anything else to order from ATR, but can get lots from Lupicia!

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My cupboard keeps getting smaller – I think it’s partly bc Steepster hasn’t been working well lately and so I haven’t been getting excited about other teas, and can’t-miss sales etc. Partly because I’ve been working part-time a bit too as we wait for Hannibal to start shooting – we’re getting close! I think I get to read Episode 6 on Monday, and filming should start in a month or so?

The Hannibal Season 2 dvd just came out and there’s two special featurettes on it that feature our shop and the work involved in creating all the dead bodies. It was really awesome to watch – it made us look good! Also I sorta laughed when I recognized a few of the photos I took in the dvd. That’s about the limit to my creative input – I’m just admin, not talent. :P It’s all my boss and his employees.

Anyway, this tea was good, but I’m not sure about re-ordering it? I’m just not THAT big on oolongs, although the mint flavouring is quite nice. I just wanted to finish this today since it’s the Last Day of Summer! Woohoo. I love Fall, so I am not upset by that!


….you work on Hannibal?


Indirectly! I work for the Prosthetics company that works on Hannibal (http://www.mindwarpfx.com/), but I stay on the admin side of things. So I get to read the scripts in advance and help coordinate planning so that my boss and his crew build all the dead bodies/organs/etc that they need for each episode. It’s really great. If you’ve seen the show, basically any corpse, even the dead horse, was built by us! I don’t get to go on set or meet the actors though. :| Not unless I get a car, and then maybe I’ll be the one driving the finished pieces to set!


Hannibal is awesome! Great effects too!


Neat! I was very impressed with the show, and I’m excited for the next season.



And me too! I’m reading scripts right now and it’s almost painful not being allowed to talk about anything with anyone. :P

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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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