1779 Tasting Notes


This was one of the many teas MissB sent my way, and I am quite happy that she did. I’d never tried any Whispering Pines, and this tea is quite nice. Thank you!

It’s got that chocolate malt flavour that you find in Verdant’s Laoshan Black, and it has a little bit of astringency at the end of the sip; but it’s astringent in a good way – not bitter. It seems to have a touch of honey in there too, or at least I imagine it.

Oh, and the chocolate notes linger long after each sip – just the way I like my chocolate….

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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And that’s the end of this one! (174) (backlog)
I have to say I was really surprised by how good this is. And I’ve sent it on to a few people for samples and everyone else loved it to.

So, if you’re curious, try it!


I second that you should try it if you are curious. I only tasted this because of the positive reviews and I fell in love. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing!

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

So I thought I’d try a cup of this since Heather Martin and a few others rec’d it as a good dessert-ish tea from DAVIDsTEA, and it is! I bought 20g of it to toss into a swap, but I stole a cup out just to make sure I wasn’t sending anything terrible off.

And I’m not. This is good! It’s not the BEST coconut fruity tea I’ve had but it really makes me wish I had mix to put in this, and I don’t (rarely) drink. So, that’s something.

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Surprise Tea!

(And sorry if the name of this gives away the surprise to those with subscriptions, but I’m not sure how to handle these things. Before I just added them in and never tagged it Amoda but someone has, and I DO see how that could be a useful thing especially when there are exclusive blends…)

Anyway, I was surprised by this tea, but I am enjoying it! I didn’t care for Silver Buds Yabao as I couldn’t get more than slightly sweetish water from it, but I did like Eight Treasures more, and I can see that this is similarly flavoured. The rose petals are not overpowering, thankfully and I do get sweet nectar and spices with the gentle rose flavours. I probably WILL resteep this at least once since I was careful to only steep 8 oz, and I have the variable kettle keeping my water warm for the next hour.

I guess I’m happy I didn’t cancel my subscription. This isn’t a tea I would have purchased but I do like it and am glad to have been reminded that I did like the other Eight Treasures blend too!

I’m pretty excited about the other two – especially because one is a Sheng (which I’ve never had? I don’t think?)

Also, this tea is foresty. Why isn’t forest a flavour?

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Haha. That someone was me. ahem So glad you also think the yabao is foresty! :)


Hahaha. I think it’s a good idea putting the name in there! :P I just hope I’m not spoiling people. But how long should I wait before I sample it otherwise? I want these samples gone before the next ones arrive! When my Amoda samples pile up it’s a sign to cancel the subscription since the teas aren’t exciting enough…


Yeah. I’ve cancelled the subscription. I might regret it, but I have enough teas right now that it’s just overwhelming to get more every month. I’ll probably resubscribe later in the summer, especially if they start offering some customization – like no mint!


That makes sense! I can see how a subscription would be difficult for someone with allergies etc.

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drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

Because this is my first note, it’s the one people will read and this might dissuade people, but it’s funny: I drank this and it made me think of toothpaste. Or fluoride.



Haha I can see that.


It was still good, aside from those initial associations.

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drank Bread Pudding Chai by The Devotea
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This was a sipdown! (175)
And aside from it having some nice nutmeg/cinnamon spices and a nice black base, there’s not much I can say about it. I ended up getting caught up in work and lost my chance to fully appreciate this tea! :O

But I have a few more from the Devotea that I will enjoy at home, so don’t worry: detailed notes are coming.

Robert Godden

That is a reasonable description: Nutmeg/Cinnamon notes on a black tea base. We created it for the British market and wanted it to evoke a great familiarity to those bought up on black tea and bread pudding. Glad you enjoyed it.


It did remind me a thick pudding. Too bad work distracted me from fully enjoying it, but I’ve got tons of Lord Petersham to try.

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drank Ceylon Pekoe by Tea At Sea
1779 tasting notes

This was my first free sample from Tea At Sea! I’m happy they are providing us a chance to review their teas, and I adore the packaging these came in. The little cork boat was an awesome add-in too!

I only asked for 2 samples, and they snuck in a third. So they get bonus points there!

Now I thought I’d try this a tea that’s not too challenging, and I was right. This is a nice pekoe, but doesn’t seem to have a lot of depth. I’m enjoying it but I’m not lingering over every sip. I would drink it if I had it around though!

I’m far more excited about the other two samples though, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I just want the other ones more. :D

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Huh. To be honest I didn’t expect to like this because I’ve had bad luck with cheesecake flavoured tea, because… how do you do that? It’s a subtle thing to recreate!

But this worked! It was light and fluffy and creamy and tasted a little sweet and a little like irish cream.

I’m happy I was able to snag this from ShadowFall!

1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

How do you bold text now?


asterisks, same as always
i.e. * bold * (without the spaces)


Weird, it didn’t work for me when I tried it right after the update.

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And another sipdown! (180)
This one is ok, but I won’t buy it again. I’m done with Teavana. You lost me because you didn’t care enough about me. :P

But it’s time for bed. Today was a success! I kicked butt at work, I fixed my de-DRM plugins for Calibre, I converted some fic, I updated some pins, I read some awesome fic, drank some tea, read mostly everyone’s logs, rearranged my tea cupboard, took pics to prove it, decided not to post them, watched a movie with J and did a load of laundry and tons of dishes.

NOT BAD. And if I go to sleep right now I’ll almost get 7 hours sleep.
Challenge: accepted.

I’m not going to talk about this tea though because it’s an oily mess and Teavana is awful.

But here’s a pic of the cute samples from Tea-At-Sea: http://oi58.tinypic.com/14ay6tc.jpg


Those are cute samples!


I know! So adorable.

carol who

Do you want to have a sailboat race? I’m not sure what to do with mine but it’s almost too cute to throw away. :D

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Mmmm. Thank you MissB for giving me some of this! The first cup was unremarkable, but I added a dash of millk to the second and now I am enjoying this!

I haven’t really had any Gingerbread black teas (that I know of?) but this is much better than the Rooibos I had from DT.

Thank you for letting me try it! :D I would definitely drink more of this so long as I can add a little milk to it!

(sipdown – 183)

2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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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 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

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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