1842 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Forest by Stash Tea Company
1842 tasting notes

Black forest cake has long been one of my favourite desserts. There’s a bakery in town that makes it just perfectly from scratch and there really is nothing else like it. Unfortunately this tea is nothing like the actual cake. I’m really not tasting much cherry flavour at all and the chocolate cake flavour is quite flat with a weird almost cardboard like note. It’s slightly better with milk and sweetener, but not by a whole lot. And who’s bright idea was it to put hibiscus in a blend that has nothing to do with tart flavour profiles?!? Stash is one of the worst offender for this so I don’t know why I’m surprised.

If you were thinking of buying this tea because you love black forest cake, my advice is to save yourselves and take a pass on this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I have the puerh version of this and it is pretty good, but way too expensive for the small amount of bags you get, and that is the only way they sell it. Not repurchasing.

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88
drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
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This was one of the collection of pitcher packs I purchased the last time I was in my local DT store. The temperature has been hovering around the mid-30s (celcius) and it’s going to be even warmer on the weekend so it really just isn’t hot tea weather right now.

Most of the iced teas I drink are fruit-flavoured so coconut iced tea was a bit of a new thing for me. It may well become a permanent thing because it was ridiculously delicious. The dominant flavour is coconut but leaning towards fresh coconut meat rather than toasted coconut. I did sweetened it a little bit but the blend has a sweetness all of its own and a light creaminess that reminds me of coconut gelato or sorbet. My only problem with this tea is that it leaves a odd sort of cloudy precipitate in the jug and glass, possibly from the oils in the coconut. It’s nothing too obnoxious, but it means I’ll have to be a bit more thorough rinsing out the pitcher when I’m finished it.

Definitely going to be stocking up on this tea before the summer is done.

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Pink Lemonade by Southern Boy Teas
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Everyone seems to be giving this iced tea rave reviews which makes me a bit puzzled as I didn’t really care for it. Maybe it was the way I steeped it?

I put the pouch in one of those iced tea pitchers from Davids Teas and filled it half full with boiling water. The steep time was only about 2.5 minutes so I don’t think I oversteeped it – but you never know. After that I filled the jug the rest of the way with ice cubes and cold water – nothing too esoteric. I found that i just couldn’t taste much lemonade flavour in the tea – I maybe got a little bit of it when I added some sweetener but that might be because the simple syrup I used was lemon-flavoured.

So what do you guys think? Are my tastebuds just out of wack?

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 30 sec
52Teas

I don’t think your tastebuds are out of whack. This isn’t the traditional “lemonade” tea. It’s supposed to be ‘fair’ or ‘carnival’ inspired – with notes of cotton candy and raspberry and lemonade. Flavors that you’d find at the fair.

The first time I tried it, I cold-brewed it, and I didn’t find any flavor to it at all … so I purchased another one and hot-brewed it – but I hot brew a little differently: I hot brew in 1 quart boiling water for 2 minutes, and then pour that into the pitcher and then resteep the bag in another 1 quart of boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes.

I find that because of the combination of flavors (I think that’s it, anyway) that this tea just doesn’t really work well with the traditional way of half cold water/ice and half steeped tea ‘concentrate.’

Jillian

Thanks for the tips, I’ll make sure to try it your way next time.

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68

Is monkey bread an American thing or something? Because I honestly have never heard of anything like it until I saw this tea.

The dominant flavour is more honey than caramel to me but regardless the tea has a pleasent mild sweetness. There’s a nice, subtle hint of cinnamon though I’m not really getting very much bread or baked goods flavour unfortunately. Not bad for a red rooibos blend, but I don’t think I’ll be clamoring for LiberTeas to reblend it.

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

It’s like a super sticky gooey pull a part bread.

gmathis

Lots of variations but you start with a mixture of butter pats, brown sugar and (the way I learned to make it) a packet of butterscotch instant pudding. Half in the bottom of a Bundt pan, throw in frozen yeast roll dough balls, sprinkle the rest of the goop on top, let it thaw and rise overnight, bake for breakfast. There won’t be any left over for lunch :)

K S

Ooooh, now I want some.

Marzipan

The Pioneer Woman has a good recipe for it.

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85

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever drank an earl grey with lavender before – it’s strange because it’s not that unusual a blend. Lavender as a food ingredient is something that I’ve noticed slowly gaining popularity recently and I recently tried out a recipe for lavender shortbread that was totally delish. With such a strong herb though it’s easy to go overboard but this blend manages to get just the right amount so that it’s strong enough to be detectable through the bergamot but subtle enough that I don’t feel like I’m drinking perfume. Taken with milk it makes a great morning tea to go with my breakfast.

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

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79
drank Dark Chocolate Delight by DAVIDsTEA
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I love anything and everything chocolate so this blend was a must-try. It’s got a nice cocoa flavour but I didn’t identify the strange, slightly fruity flavour I was getting as blueberry until I actually read the packaging. There’s also an interesting malty note both in the scent and the flavour that brings chocolate-flavoured Ovaltine to mind (yes, I’m one of those weird people who actually really enjoys Ovaltine). It’s a good blend and I’ll probably restock when my current bag is done.

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

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88

I found the Bayswater Tea Co while explore a cool neighborhood on West Broadway St in Vancouver. It’s a very multicultural neighborhood with strong Greek/Balkan/Persian vibes – so cool. The tea shop had an good selection of interesting blends, but I restrained myself from going too crazy (stop laughing) so I eventually decided on this tea. The smell drew me in right away – it reminded me of candied grapefruit. As it turns out, the grapefruit flavour is a bit too pungent for my tastes when the tea is plain, but with a splash of milk it turned into a wonderful, medium-strength cup of tea with a tangy, citrusy grapefruit flavour that’s almost juicy in nature. Much love.

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

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77

I stocked up on new teas on my most recent visit to Vancouver. I always tend to go a bit tea-crazy when I’m there because my own town has nothing.

I just got a sample of this tea as I’ve found some of this company’s flavoured black teas to be rather hit or miss (still love their oolongs though – their Tie Guan Yin is one the best I’ve tasted). This one is quite nice although it doesn’t really have the pastry-flavour the ‘torte’ part of the name would suggest. It’s an interesting mix of raspberry, mint and cocoa with a nice sweet finish.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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45
drank Sweet Orange Spice by Tea Forte
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Apparently this tea is orange flavoured – I’ll take their word for it as I can’t taste anything beyond the overpowering taste of cinnamon. It reminds me of that Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, which I can’t say I’m really a fan of either. Luckily this tea came in an assorted sampler, so this is only like two sachets out of the entire box.

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

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90
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
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I remember this tea catching my eye when it was first part of DT’s lineup, but I never got around to buying some, so I was glad to see it resurrected as an online-only purchase.

I just love this tea – it’s the perfect mix of sweet, fruity bananas and creamy, nutty coconut. A lot of a fruit teas tend towards tart flavours – which can be fine under certain circumstances, but I’m glad to find a caffeine-free fruit tea that doesn’t take that route.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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