1832 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
1832 tasting notes

GCTTB
Yay more French teas (seriously, where did you guys find them all?). This one has a rich, sweet bourbon vanilla scent and flavour. It’s quite strong, though since I love vanilla (I bake with it all the time) that’s hardly a problem. The description mentioned biscuity notes and I can definitely pick those up too, there’s a distinct baked goods flavour to this blend that makes me think of cookies fresh out of the oven. I’m just drinking this plain but I bet it would be awesome with milk – though to be honest the black tea base and the flavours are so smooth that it doesn’t_need_it like some blends do.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

I think the bulk of the French teas came from Sil if I’m not mistaken.

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77
drank Tisane de L'abbaye by THE O DOR
1832 tasting notes

Oh The O Dor, I’ve missed you since the Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver stopped carrying your brand. So when I saw one in the GCTTB I pounced on it (don’t worry, there’s plenty left for the rest of you guys down the line). This a pleasantly soothing herbal blend, the lime blossom and lemon verbena are both mild tranquilizers so it’s a great tea to be drinking when you want to relax. The flavour is mostly lemon verbena, a sweet, herbal sort of lemon flavour without the sour acidic tang.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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GCTTB
I love teas that have a bit of history attached to them and this one is an interesting blend, a mix of strawberries and mint. The mint is fairly retiring more of a mild aftertaste that lends a nice freshness to the tea. I wonder if they used wild/Canada mint (Mentha arvensis) which is a native species that grows wild in wet areas across the country and is quite nice on its own as tea (I usually find it by smell when I step on it accidentally). The strawberry flavour is nice and strong, particularly after the tea has a chance to cool. The black base is a little astringent, so this tea might be a good candidate to have with milk (although that seems a but weird with the mint).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lala

Great review on this tea. I bought it because of the history and the fact that is was a special blend. But I do think it could have been done a bit better.

Jillian

Yeah, particularly with the base used, IMO

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80

Wow, am I really the first to review this tea? The tea population in my cupboard was getting skewed towards green and black teas so I wanted some non-caffeinated blends to balance out my options. I’ve always enjoyed 52Teas honeybush blends and this one is no exception. I taste the cardamom predominantly with the orange coming in a close second…and sunflower seeds – I know they’re supposed to taste like pistachios but to me they just taste like sunflower seeds. It’s not a bad flavour mind you, the nuttiness works really well with both the base and the other flavours…but yeah, I’m not tasting anything pistachio-like. Still the orange/cardamom combo is a really tasty one and I’d definitely consider buying more of this blend.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I get the theory behind the sunflower seeds, but it’s hard to pretend they are not sunflower seeds.

52Teas

I understand what you are saying, however, it isn’t the sunflower seed’s presence in the blend that create the nutty flavor of the tea. It’s the actual flavoring that does that.

Jillian

Whatever it is, I don’t think the pistachio flavour is quite there yet. But it’s still a delicious blend. :)

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74
drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
1832 tasting notes

GCTTB
This is a tea with a lot of strength to it. It’s bolder than I expected for a black/green blend with a rich, full-bodied maltiness tinged with smoke. It takes adding milk to bring out the vanilla and honey notes but I’m not getting anything citrus-like at all. It’s nice but I wouldn’t shell out the $45 that a full tin would usually cost.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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69
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
1832 tasting notes

GCTTB v2.0
I felt like a complete weirdo for not liking the original version of this tea while everyone was raving about it, but the combination of flavour just…didn’t appeal to me. Somehow I like this iteration better, even though it’s the same recipe. It might have something to do with the quality or variations in the individual ingredients. Here the lemon/green tea combo isn’t too harsh and the marshmallow root helps soften the tea. I don’t love it, and that maybe just be my preferences, but I’m liking it much more this time around so I’m bumping up my rating.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Often when two drastically different fruit flavours are blended in a tea one tends to overshadow the other. In this case I can taste both the watermelon and the pineapple in equal amounts. They’re on the milder side but I find the flavours be a lot more natural tasting and they mix well with the bai mu dan base. This would be a great tea to try iced, I think.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

I received a sample of this tea from Liquid Proust (all the thanks yous!). I was excited about this one in particular since I really enjoyed the similar Razzleberry Genmaicha from 52Teas. Genmaicha in general pairs so well with sweet flavours.

There were big pieces of dried strawberry in my sample – big enough that I actually broke them apart into smaller pieces in order to measure better. The green tea is very green indeed; when the leaves are wet they look like fresh young spinach leaves. The flavour is wonderful, the malty, roasted flavour of the rice pair well the the berry flavours. I’m mostly getting strawberry but there might be a bit of blueberry in there too.

I’ve gotta say this knocked 52Teas version right out of the water. And if you’re reading this Liquid Proust, keep making more genmaicha blends with this base, you’ve got a winner. :D

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

This is a light earl grey, the bergamot flavour is middling to strong depending on whether you add milk and how much (for the record I do recommend taking it with milk). The rose flavour is light and delicate, a pleasent complimentary note that isn’t cloying. This feels like a very dainty tea, the sort you would have at an old fashioned English tea party outside in a garden.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74
drank Gingerbread Houjicha by 52teas
1832 tasting notes

The nutty, roasted flavour of the houjicha is a great base for this blend as it has the warmth and substance that you’d need for strong, spicy flavours like these. It’s not quite gingerbread for me – it needs more molasses flavour I think to get to that point. Even so, I found myself enjoying this tea, it’s a nice blend for drinking on cold days.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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