1880 Tasting Notes

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drank Blended Mint by Enchanted Teacup
1880 tasting notes

Sipdown. I was rationing this blend because I found that it’s good at settling an upset stomach, in addition to tasting good. But sadly it’s finally done and no more where that came from. :(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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68
drank Holt's Blend by Sloane Tea Company
1880 tasting notes

I picked this up when it was on sale right after Christmas (that’s about the only way I can afford anything from Holt Renfrew). The base is a medium strength, good quality mix of Assam and Ceylon. The flavours seem like they should be good – cocoa and rose – but I find that the execution is lacking. The cocoa comes across as tasting more like cheap, waxy chocolate and the rose is muted and has a slight mustiness like old potpourri. I know that makes it sound awful but it isn’t that bad especially when I add milk. I’ve taken to drinking it for breakfast when my tastebuds are less discerning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77
drank The Earl's Valentine by DAVIDsTEA
1880 tasting notes

I seem to be on a chocolate/Valentines tea kick right now. This one smells incredibly good – it must be the chocolate liqueur, though the scent reminds me of Baileys almost. The tea brews up lighter than I normally care for in black teas, but it’s pretty standard for DT’s blends unfortunately. The first flavour that hits my tongue is the chocolate liqueur, sweet and decadent followed by the tang of the bergamot. The rose notes are quite subtle and most noticeable as an aftertaste.

A really enjoyable tea, despite some shortcomings, and it’s good for drinking in the afternoon when you want something a little lighter that will still give you a caffeine boost.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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76
drank Macaron Noir by TWG Tea Company
1880 tasting notes

Hmm, there’s not really much that’s macaron-like about the flavour, it’s too robust for one. A proper macaron should be light and delicate with a hint of almond. This tea does have a very nice, toasty, slightly bitter, cocoa flavour that goes well with some milk. It actually makes a nice breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank White Chocolate Rose by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried a sample at my local DT and enjoyed it so much that I bought some right away. I haven’t been thrilled with many of their new flavoured teas, but this is an exception. For one the base is much more robust than what they usually use for their blends and I can actually add milk to it without it turning the colour and strength of dirty dishwater. The dry tea smells quite sweet and chocolatey but it’s the rose flavour that dominates, it’s a nice rose though, and it manages to avoid being too perfumy – I think the stronger base contributes to that. The white chocolate is more of an after-thought, coming in at the end of each sip. This was a lovely Valentines Day tea, I hope they bring it back next year.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Marshmallow Assam by 52teas
1880 tasting notes

I was very happy to see this tea get reblended by LiberTeas. I tend to prefer drinking assams with milk so I upped the steeping time a bit from what was recommended and added a generous splash of skim to my cup. The tea is robust and pleasantly malty with a nice, creamy marshmallow flavour. The marshmallow part could stand to be a bit stronger but other than that, this is a wonderful recreation.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Orange & Ginger by Lupicia
1880 tasting notes

Not a tea I would drink plain – the base is a very strong CTC with an astringent edge. The ginger and citrus notes are relatively mild in comparison.

I’ll have to try it with milk to see if that brings out the flavour better.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Cherry Almond Gunpowder by 52teas
1880 tasting notes

Trying the new and improved version. Nice cherry flavour in this blend and the gunpowder base is a good one. Sometimes cheaper gunpowder greens can be very grassy and astringent which this one manages to avoid. The almond flavour is the part that’s noticeably lacking, in my opinion. The original had a nice amaretto flavour that the newer version lacks; it’s the sunflower seeds again, I think, they give an impression of nuttiness but they just don’t taste like almonds no matter how you look at it.

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

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90

Sipdown. This is probably one of my favourite classic earl grey teas due to its refined base and that the blender didn’t over-use the bergamot oil. It’s a versatile tea hat I enjoyed with or without milk.

Sadly I don’t know if I’ll be able to get more. The store I got it from originally – William-Sonoma doesn’t seem to carry Mariage Freres teas any longer; but I will definitely be on the lookout for it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank Pumpkin Irish Cream by Butiki Teas
1880 tasting notes

I’ve gotta say that as much as I love Butiki’s other blends I’m really not liking the base they used in their pu-erh blends. It has a bitter, very ‘dirty’ undertone no matter how well I rinse it. It’s a taste that strong enough to alter the flavourings added to the tea making the whole thing taste rather ‘off’. I think I won’t bother finishing off this blend or the Grasshopper Cheesecake. They can go in the garden come spring.

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