1969 Tasting Notes

Wow…the licorice is strong in this one. I hoped it would be merely one component of the tea but to my tastes, it has taken over. Seeing as I am not a licorice lover, I am not really a fan. Nonetheless, thank you Roswell Strange for sharing.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
1969 tasting notes

I am finally getting around to drinking this tea which has been sitting in my brand new carry mug (yay) since around 3:30. I made it and didn’t get a chance to drink it before I went to the dentist and had half my mouth frozen. Now my mouth has unfrozen enough that I can both taste this tea and drink it without fear of burning myself and not realizing. And, I am happy to announce that it is still warm so yay!

Anyways, on to the tea…

I had this before and I remembered being disappointed so I didn’t have a lot of expectations for this cup. However, when I took my first sip, I was surprised at how much flavor I was getting. I am definitely picking up on strawberry and that is the aftertaste I am left with but that is not all this tea has to offer. There is also a nice punch of pineapple hiding among the berries and a nice amount of sweetness from the sprinkles. It is actually really quite enjoyable.


I just love the name.


It is a cute one.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
1969 tasting notes

I really do enjoy this tea with a splash of milk. It tastes like liquefied banana bread and it is delicious. Alas, it really is quite heavy. 25 g is good for just 2 16oz cups. Consequently, I think I will definitely be ordering more of this (100g perhaps?).

Roswell Strange

Have you had Happy Banana yet from RiverTea? If so, how does it compare?


Happy Banana is definitely sweeter and perhaps a bit closer to the bread itself but I enjoy both. I can send you a sample if you like.

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drank Cafe Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
1969 tasting notes

I picked up the Back from the Dead pack when I was in DAVIDs yesterday and have decided to try all the teas to see if there are any I want to pick up in larger quantities online. Of the three, this is the only one I have not had previously so I was excited to test it out. Plus, it smells really quite delicious.

Alas, I have fallen victim to the coffee again because when I tried this right after brewing, I found the hot cup to be far too bitter from the coffee beans. I couldn’t taste anything else but the bean so I decided a splash of milk might balance things out. At first, it didn’t really help but after the cup cooled for a bit, the other flavors emerged. Sipping on the tea now, coffee is still the strongest element but there is also chocolate notes and a nice earthiness from the almond. No orange to be found but that doesn’t bother me too much. All in all, I can see why people might like this but it is just not for me.

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My hot cup had cooled quite a bit by the time I got to drinking it, leaving me with a tea that is almost entirely pear. Every now and then I get sweet cinnamon but mostly this is pleasantly fruity.


Wow is my memory ever terrible. I can’t remember if I’ve tried this tea… or if I’ve purchased some of this tea…. I have no tasting notes about it but I sweeeaarrrr I wrote one…. so confused!


So is this tea now one that you can actually buy? When I asked about this in DAVIDs not too long ago they said it was only instore samples during the tea-off, and that the other one would be returning but not this one? Or something. Overall I’m just confused.


Well Kittenna, you have a small sample of this on the way to you so you’ll get to try it (again?).

And Anlina, they let me buy a lot of this when they were having the tea off. I got 50g of this one and 10g of the other.


VariaTea – right, now I remember! I think I was confusing this with Ginger Pear, and it was NOT adding up. :P


Oooh I’m deeply envious! It sounds so delicious. :)

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Adagio really had a good idea when they thought up these fandom teas. Seriously. I mean, none of them sound all that appealing but when you name it after something or someone we all love, all of a sudden it is in demand. A prime example is this tea. I would never have bought this based on description alone given I hate oolong and this has an oolong base. However, as a Firefly tea, I find myself more open to the idea and even more accepting of flavors I would usually ignore. Does anyone else have this problem?!

Anyways, the tea itself does actually have a fairly strong oolong flavor. I am also getting a fair bit of ginger in this particular cup which when the two are combined, it is creating a sort of drying taste (feeling?). With that said, there is also a nice amount of peachy type flavoring that balances out the cup and keeps it from being too earthy. On top of all that is just a splash of cream which combined with the drying is a tad bit strange but still not unpleasant. All in all, this isn’t my favorite tea out of the sampler, just as Simon was no where near my favorite character, but I don’t find myself rushing to get rid of this sample either like I anticipated I might. Perhaps I want to hold on to everything Firefly for as long as I can because I really miss the show.

In other news, I really need to stop watching old television shows on Netflix that I know will never come back. Every time I do, I am sad it is finished. That happened with Firefly, Dollhouse, and Buffy (can you tell I am a Joss Whedon fan? :P). Most recently, that has happened with Roswell. I finished it last night and I am going through Michael Guerin withdrawal. So much so I have been debating rewatching the series just for him. Although, the longer I sip on this tea and think of Firefly, the more I think I should rewatch that instead. If only it could be like watching shows for the first time, every time you watched because it is just not the same when you know what is coming. Luckily, I still have Supernatural (which a friend might have just reminded me came back last week so yay for two new episodes!). Anyways, I will stop whining now and enjoy my tea…

carol who

Have you tried watching Orphan Black? There are two seasons with a new coming out next spring. It’s awesome! There are great podcasts for Orphan Black also. I like all the Joss Whedon shows, too.

Oh, tea sounds okay, too.


I keep planning to watch Orphan Black but Netflix has spoiled me with the ability to watch episode after episode without the hassle of having to click a million links and wait for stuff to load.

Roswell Strange

I saw my name in there, and it took me a horribly long time to realize (even after rereading a couple times) you weren’t actually talking about me. Also; Roswell is amazing (Michael was my favourite too; then the actor got creepy and weird looking in his reoccurring Bones role)! As are all the other shows you listed. BTVS is my favourite show of all time. I need to watch the newest Supernatural episode still… If you haven’t seen it yet, you should do Prison Break next! You can fall in love with William Fitchtner as Mahone. Mmmm! Also, the lead actress in Orphan Black is from Regina! The city I grew up in :)

Roswell Strange

Also, I sent you tea today. Again. Two matchas; but small portions so you can finish ’em quickly.


hahaha usually you are the Roswell to which I am referring but not this time. I am really having issues letting Michael go. It is actually quite sad. And, I have already watched Prison Break. That is what I watched prior to Roswell and Dollhouse. I think I may watch Charmed next but I am not sure. Like I said, I may rewatch Roswell…or Firefly.

And I FINALLY put your package in the mail today. It took quite some time but I did it. I have a tracking number also so I will find that and pass it along.

Roswell Strange

Charmed is in my Netflix list to watch too; so maybe I’ll watch that with you if you do it next. The rest of my to watch list is mostly anime, otherwise. And Once Upon A Time.


I watched OUAT. I watch it with my momma. I think Charmed is next so we can watch that together :P.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
1969 tasting notes

Japon, I missed you. Glad to be having another cup :)


I really like this tea. I need to get some.


I have quite a bit. We can always arrange a swap or something as I am happy to share.

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After my initial sips, I was completely reminded of jelly beans. I don’t know why but that is what this tasted like. However, when I came across the page and saw “fruit punch” listed as a flavor, I can see why someone would pick up on that as well. What I am not getting is mint or ginger, two ingredients listed in this blend. Also, no change in mood. Still, it was fun to try so thank you Roswell Strange for the share :)

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
1969 tasting notes

Personally I am not a lover of Teavana. I find them overpriced for very mediocre tea and like many others, I hate their customer service and business model. My friend, on the other hand, loves Teavana and consequently decided to share a couple of her teas favorites for me to try.

I made this both hot and iced to compare the two side by side. Tbh, both lack flavor. The hot cup is like creamy water (if that makes any sense at all – think the taste of water with a creamy mouthfeel) with a touch of berry tartness at the tail end of the sip. The iced cup is slightly sweeter and leans toward the artificial strawberry candy flavor but again, it is very watered down. Neither is impressive at all which is probably for the best given I would hate to have to deal with Teavana to get more. 169.


Ugh, I have this one and I’ve tried brewing it so many different ways and all I get is sour hibiscus water no matter what I do.

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
1969 tasting notes

So the first time I had this, it tasted like a big cup of movie theatre butter and grass. It was disgusting, hence the rating of “15”. But with all the love this tea receives, I gave it the benefit of the doubt and grabbed a sample directly from David’s (as opposed to buying a sample that was probably pretty old from a fellow steepsterite). I am certainly glad I did because this is actually a nice tea.

I like that you can actually taste the popcorn in this cup. It is light yet buttery but also has a great maple element to really sweeten the cup. Apple also plays a large role but it meshes well with the rest of the blend. The green base is essentially nonexistent in my sample. If I had to guess based on looks, I would have thought it was a herbal because the leaves are few and far between. Though, that works well because there is no grassy/vegetal notes to distract from the maple-popcorny deliciousness. My mind has been changed. I don’t think this is something I would want all the time but I can see myself craving it every now and again. Yay for second chances!

(And I’ll be sure to up my rating as soon as I get on my computer)



Roswell Strange

I love this one :) But yeah; it’s essentially herbal. Although, I finally have a tin of the new blend (the one that incorporates maple) and I still couldn’t taste the maple in my most recent cup of it…


I was the same…not impressed when I first had it, waited a while, had some again, and really liked it, but I’m growing out f it again after my caramel corn mouth-saster.


I’m sorry to hear that RS because I definitely got the maple in my blend. Maybe it is too similar to the old blend for you to really notice a difference.

And Amariel, I am sorry Caramel Corn has sort of ruined this for you. I had a dislike of this for quite a long time but I think the sample I had was stale and thus (as Sil said) gross. On the other hand, I really liked Caramel Corn so that actually encouraged me to purchase the sample.

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard


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