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1851 Tasting Notes


I ordered some Taiwanese black teas from this company after they posted a $20 coupon to the discussion boards, and after I tried some other Taiwanese blacks that I really liked.

So I brewed this to exact specifications provided, which was perhaps a higher tea to water ratio than I would normally. This one reminds me of the first Taiwanese black tea that I tried, rather than the recent ones. It’s a little flat, without a ton of flavor, honestly. It smells floral and a bit fruity. But no caramel, no chocolate, not really any honey. I’m not the biggest fan of naturally fruity/floral black teas for whatever reason. There’s also a bit of astringency here, but that may be related to the ratio.

I think I will try it with my usual ratio before I rate it. Interested to try the other blacks that I got as well.

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Sipdown, 138. Cold brewed the last bit of this tea! It was only a tiny bit left, but I did a tiny cold brew and it worked. It was kind of amazingly sweet! The pear came out moreso in the cold brew, and even toyed on the slightly fake edge of things, but it still maintained itself. White teas can be tough to cold steep, I find, but this turned out pretty well.


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Sipdown, 139. Thanks to Sil for this sample. The history behind this one is pretty cool so I am interested to try it.

I have read tasting notes on this one that say it is “bold” and a little rough around the edges. I would imagine that is what you need when exploring the antarctic. I knew I would likely prefer this one with milk and sugar, but I didn’t want to try this one only with milk and sugar. So I brewed it two ways: one straight, and one with additions.

I also brewed it a bit cooler. Straight it’s not as rough as I thought it would be, but it does have a hint of bitterness/astringency around the edges. With additions, it’s a reasonable black tea but nothing that really jumps out at me. I mean, I guess that’s what it is, a sturdy black tea. But if I were exploring the antarctic today, I would bring a slightly more interesting tea with me. :)

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I like the part in the description for this tea that talks about the daily ration of tea for men on the expedition was 0.7 oz or 20 g. There are days where I certainly drink much more than that and I am not in the frozen expanse of the Antarctic.

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Sipdown, 140. Brewed strong with milk and sugar. It’s pretty tasty this way! MF teas tend to not be totally to my taste, but often with additions I am pleased with them. This one is no exception. Thanks for letting me try it, Sil!

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That means you’re 40 from your goal right? So I’m still ahead in the the unofficial contest that gets me going! Haha I’m at 28 I think it was…


Yeah, and I keep sabotaging myself by ordering a couple new teas here and there. But I’m still at less than 2 sipdowns/day to reach my goal.


Yeah I picked up two teas out here so far…bagged boring republic of tea things that I can’t get back home heh and my verdant blends of Tge month teas will be at my house when I get back….

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Thanks to Sil for this sample! For some reason I thought this was a green tea instead of a white, but it’s kind of nice that it’s a white. For one, the best pear tea I’ve had so far was a white base, so I think it has potential.

This is quite nice. I really like the white tea base on this one, and the pear is subtle but pretty authentic and not fakey at all. Which has become one of the most important things for me with flavored teas. The white tea is relatively robust, with a somewhat sweet note and a thick, creamy texture. Definitely enjoy this one! I do love flavored whites when done properly.

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Heh I was hoping you’d likely is one since it’s more towards your flavour profiles versus mine haha

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Sipdown, 141. Thanks again to Sil for a sample of this.

I still concur with my previous tasting note that this tea is a nice example of a dragonwell, but I don’t find it super exceptional. It is buttery and vegetal. This cup I probably brewed a little strong, but it’s tasty anyway. Onward!

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Sipdown, 142. Now that I’m back I have to get rolling on sipdowns! If I average 2/day I should be ok, I think.

This one is quite tasty today! I ended up steeping it a bit cooler because I got distracted, and it’s very smooth and lovely. It’s nutty, it’s a bit cinnamon-y, it’s pastry-ish. Yum. Thanks for sending a sample of this, Sil!

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Slooooow down! I need to be able to catch up! Haha

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1851 tasting notes

So I happened to find myself walking by David’s on Bleecker in NY the other day and thought I would drop in to pick up a tea to go, and I ended up getting a perfect tea mug for the office. I chose this tea as my tea to go because it was late-ish and I decided an herbal would be good. I’ve never tried mulberry leaf tea, so I was intereseted in this noe.

This was pretty good, but also kinda weird. It was somewhat sweet, and definitely nutty and creamy, but it also had a somewhat odd perfuminess to it. Would be interested to try this under more controlled circumstances (and not out of a paper cup), but I don’t know that I’ll seek it out again.

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drank Divine Cream by Sloane Tea Company
1851 tasting notes

Sipdown, 143. I have returned from NY, after successfully having defended my dissertation. You may all call me Dr. Dinosara now (kidding/not kidding [LOL])

I drank this one a few days ago but have been super busy after the defense running around and have had no time to log the sipdown. Like my first tasting, I found this to be a pretty decent earl grey cream, but the base had a roughness that was not entirely pleasant. I wouldn’t go for this particular tea again but I like the caramel included in an EGC.

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hey congratulations doc!


Congratulations, Doctor!






Congratulations, Dr. dinosara! You must feel so relieved :)


Awesome! Well done, Dr. Dinosara!




Woohoo! How wonderful :D


many congratulations! yay!


Woohoo! Congratulations, Dr. Dinosara. ;)

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Congrats! And you should definitely change your Steepster name to Dr. Dinosara :D


Woohoooo! Congratulations madam!

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drank Momo (Peach) by Lupicia
1851 tasting notes

Sipdown, 141. I brought the last of my sachets of this from my Happy Bag at the beginning of the year with me on my trip and have been drinking them in the morning. I have gone through ups and downs with this tea… at first I really liked it, but then I was less impressed, then recently I didn’t really like the base at all, but the last couple of days I have enjoyed it. Haha, it won’t be a repurchase.

I am sitting and stewing before my dissertation defense talk this afternoon. Wish I had some tea right now!

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Best of luck!


Knock ’em dead! (Well, not really, but you know what I mean!)


Best wishes!


Hope your defense went well!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: I’m in LOVE with these teas.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.


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