1843 Tasting Notes

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I was a huge fan of the original Strawberry Zabaglione so you really didn’t have to twist my arm that hard to convince me to try this tea. I found the raspberry flavour to be nice and strong and natural-tasting – and not hibiscus pretending to be raspberry. However this doesn’t really have the creamy, custardy flavour that I loved about the original strawberry zabaglione blend.

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
1843 tasting notes

You know for something that isn’t actually lemonade this blend actually does a pretty good job of replicating the flavours. I’m drinking it hot right now (yes I know it’s intended as an iced tea) but even hot it reminds me of hot lemonade that I drink in the winter when I have a cold. It’s very tart and lemon-y in flavour and despite the stevia leaf it could maybe stand to be a bit sweeter. Next time I’ll try icing a pitcher with a bit of sugar.

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

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drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
1843 tasting notes

GCTTB 2.0
I love all these French teas. This one has quite a strong bergamot scent and I was expecting it to be something like an earl grey. Instead the flavour, while citrus, was more like sweet oranges than bergamot. There’s also a nice floral undertone that stays pleasantly subtle and underneath it all are some smooth vanilla notes.

The great thing about French teas, I’ve found, is the deftness with which flavours are blended – they hint at flavour notes rather than beat you over the head with them. I’ve rarely come across a French tea that’s heavy-handed in its flavouring.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
ashmanra

Yes! Great note! I have seen French teas with a list of flavors a mile long. If anyone else had done it, those flavors would have mashed together like mud, but the French can blend them so expertly that you taste each one as a separate layer and it still isn’t overdone.

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
1843 tasting notes

GCTTB I was mildly skeptical about how ‘fig-like the flavour would actually be considering that it’s a bit older. Maybe Davids Tea has me jaded. ;) But as it turns out I was pleasantly surprised but how authentic the flavour was. It tastes more like the dried figs I eat around Christmas-time, than fresh figs to me, but that’s hardly a bad thing.

A great way of having your figs…without the wasps. ;p

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

Ha! My mom won’t even eat figs due to said symbiosis.

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I got a sample of this in the GCTTB 2.0 with fair warning that it was a little old. In my opinion it’s still a very nice tea with a smooth, light oolong base and sweet caramel flavours. I ate some homemade matcha shortbread with my cuppa tea and that really made the flavour pop. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this tea in stores so I can snag a fresh(er) canister.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

How I wish Winners would carry their tea again.

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drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
1843 tasting notes

I bought this tea because of the lovely mango-passionfruit scent. I should have known better. The tea starts off tasting rather bitter and then morphs into a weird sort of artificial-tasting sweetness at the end of each mouthful. The only fruit flavours I’m picking up are that of blackberries (from the sweet blackberry leaves I assume). What is it with DT and putting stevia/licorice root/other sweet herbals in all their teas lately?! If you want a sweet tea just put sugar or honey in the damn tea because nothing else is going to replicate the taste accurately!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Gross, I never even got a chance to smell this one but doesn’t sound like I missed out at all.

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Finally finished off my tin – surprisingly this tea kept its flavour very well over the years, possibly because I kept it in a double-lidded tin the whole time. A fantastic tea (especially if you like bananas or dessert flavours) it’s perfect for drinking either with or without milk and has enough staying power for at least one resteep. 10/10 would definitely buy again.

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

I agree. This is the only Munchie’s tea I’d ever bother repurchasing.

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drank Chéri by Ladurée
1843 tasting notes

I’m loving all these French teas in the GCTTB This one is a mild mix of chocolate and caramel flavours that pair well with a smooth base that has some nice warm, biscuity notes. This would make a nice breakfast blend as it has strength without being harsh and the flavours are pleasantly soothing. Personally I’d like a bit more chocolate, but then I’m a total chocolate fiend. ;)

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

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drank Cantaloupe by Forsman Tea
1843 tasting notes

Sipdown. This tea lost a lot of its flavouring over the years – not too surprising given how long I’ve had it. Despite that I still get some melon notes even if they aren’t as strong as when the tea was new.

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

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I was rummaging through the GCTTB for something non-caffeinated when I came across this. My only real exposure to mullberry is eating the dried fruit in snack mixes and hearing my freind’s story about making herself sick from eating too many fresh ones when she was visiting Asia. A quick Google revealed that (aside from being silkworm food) white mullberry is touted as a means of helping regulate blood sugar. While I’m not one to buy into the latest ‘natural’ health fad it isn’t half bad just for drinking.

The smell is very vegetal and distinctly “green” much like an actual green tea, the flavour is actually quite tea like as well, though it’s more reminiscent of a roasted green oolong, particularly since a distinctly sweet note comes out after the brew has a chance to cool. I actually found it really enjoyable. I’d recommend this for someone who wants a drink that’s tea-like without any of the actual caffeine.

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

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