1859 Tasting Notes

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This is the first tea that I’ve tried from this company, it came my way via the GCTTB. This tea smells more like a dark oolong than a black tea to me. It has the dried fruit flavour that reminds me of some of the darker Wuyi oolongs that I’ve tried. There’s some of the dried fruit notes in the flavour as well but overall the dominant flavour is more malty with a slight hint of cocoa.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Masala Tea by New SADLE
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Another sipdown. I actually used the last tea bag to make chai-spiced quinoa cereal for breakfast. I have to get up very early for work so the night before I whip up a batch which usually lasts me two or three breakfasts. It’s quite simple to prepared; the recipes calls for using almond milk but I’ve used cow or coconut milk and had it turn out nicely.

Here’s a link to the recipe: http://cupofjo.com/2016/01/quinoa-with-chai-spiced-almond-milk/

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90
drank Watermelon Xylophone by Butiki Teas
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Unlike most of my other Butiki teas this one held its flavour very well. The melon flavour remained bright and fresh pretty much from the first cup to the last. I’m sorry to see this one go.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Rooibos Vanilla Chai by Adagio Teas
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You know how tastes change over time? This tea is a prime example. I loved it when I first tried it years ago, when I was new to world of loose-leaf tea. But now that I’ve had a chance to try a wider variety of teas and develop my palate, |I’m realizing that it’s actually not-so-great. Drinking it now I found the spices quite harsh and overpowering, even with the addition of some milk and sweetener. So I’m adjusting my rating to go with this sipdown.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown. I originally said this tea could grow on me…but it kinda didn’t. The sour flavour of the berry and kombucha powder just doesn’t work with an oolong base and it manages to cancel out the sweetness of the oolong, leaving an odd woody taste instead. It would work much better with a green or white tea base or even as a fruit tisane.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
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*sigh * Like the rest of my Butiki teas the flavours in this one have faded. Now the vegetale notes of the green base are much more pronounced though there’s still some nice creamy eggnog flavours

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Happiness by Lupicia
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I received a bag of this tea in the GCTTB. It was a welcome hot drink today as I’ve been out in the cold and rain digging up invasive weeds at a local park. The scent of the tea is surprisingly alcoholic, like some sort of fruit wine or liqueur. I taste a bit of booziness in the flavour as well, though it gradually mellows into a honeydew melon flavour as it cools. The odd thing is that according to the description this tea is supposed to be flavoured with peach and grapefruit, neither of which I really taste – it’s rather strange.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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I got a sample of this tea from the GCTTB and I’m always eager to try flavoured oolongs. This one is on the milder end of the flavour spectrum, with the strawberry flavour only really coming out when the tea has cooled off. For the most part it is the buttered-greens flavour of the oolong that takes center stage. The resteep at 4 min had very little strawberry flavour left at all, although the oolong base itself has decent staying power.

Of course I have no idea the age of this sample so my review could be flawed in that sense. But while I was glad I had a chance to try this tea it isn’t one I’d consider purchasing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay…. what the FUCK did you just do America????

I need a tea to soothe my nerves and this fit the bill. I love the sweet pumpkin and molasses flavour and the delicately spicy undertone. I should try this as a latte. …..And pretend yesterday night didn’t happen.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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