1842 Tasting Notes

75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1842 tasting notes

Another long steep but this time I added a bit of skim milk which made it taste considerably better. It’s back to that sort of vegetal smokiness which is nothing like the sort of smokiness you get from a Lapsang Souchong BTW, instead it tastes rather tanin-laced.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Indian Chai by Just Us
1842 tasting notes

I picked this up at the Ten Tousand Villages craft fair last weekend. It’s a non profit organization that sells fair-trade products from all over the world. The things they sell are all handcrafted and there some absolutely gorgeous and unique things for sale – plus it all goes to a good cause, the money going directly to the artisans and helping to improve their lives. Here’s a link to their website (I hope this doesn’t count as spam):
http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/

Anyway, so I was attracted mainly by the fact that this tea is fairly-traded and organic (which is always a good thing as well) and not hideously expensive. It’s not a bad tea by any stretch of the imagination, but the spices are rather weak, almost an afterthought to the tea instead of the main event.

The black tea base itself is pleasently smooth and flavourful though, which is a nice change as I’m used to crap teas being used for chais.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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It’s interesting to note that when I eat something sweet this tea, rather than tasting bitter in contrast, takes on a slightly sweet tone itself, almost like I’d added honey to it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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92
drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
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I drank the re-steep from yesterday’s tea iced just now and it’s wonderfully refreshing. Actually I think the pear flavours come out more when this tea is cold as opposed to hot.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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The morning cuppa. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

Good and relaxing before bed. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
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So I got vaccinated for the swine flu and the regular flu today (yay universal healthcare)and my arms are feeling rather sore so I needed something nice and soothing. This late in the day I generally don’t need the big energy jolt that black tea gives me unless I’m either studying or going out later.

This is still may favorite white tea, I love the flavourful white tea accented with notes of real pear. Although I think I might have oversteeped it just a touch judging by the taste; it’s like it’s just on the cusp of turning bitter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
silvermage2000

Sounds good I have yet to try a pear tea mabe I should put this on my to try list.

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65
drank Chai Spice by Stash Tea Company
1842 tasting notes

I made a kind of crude chai latte this morning, steeping the tea in a mug that was 2/3 hot water and 1/3 milk and when it was done I added a teaspoon of honey. The results were pleasently sweet and creamy-tasting, although this tea still tastes too much like cinnamon heart candies.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Russian Caravan by Tea Center
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The first real snowfall of the year fell last night, covering everything with a cold, white blanket. I’m not a fan of winter and there’s something I find satisfying about being snuggled up in a warm house with a mug of tea when it’s chilly outside.

I don’t have a wood-burning fireplace but this tea calls one to mind, so I suppose it’s the next best thing. :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

I miss having a Russian Caravan. I’ve never seen it in Denmark. When my boyfriend is going back to the UK for christmas, I think I’ll make him shop for me. I know exactly the one I want.

Jillian

If it were me I’d send him with a list of teas a mile long! XD

Angrboda

Thing is, I don’t really know what they’ve got available in stores over there. :/ I only know this one because I’ve had it before. I’ll have to do some reconnaissance first and tell him what to look out for.

teafiend

I am so excited for snow! Winter is my absolute favorite. At school I obviously don’t have a fireplace, but this sounds like the next best thing.

Jillian

@ Angrboda, soem fo the places I’ve heard my Brti friends talk about are Whittard of Chelsea (http://www.whittard.co.uk/) and Taylors of Harrog

Jillian

(Ack! Sorry, I accidently clicked ‘Post’ before I was done, hence the bad spelling and cut-off post.) Here’s the rest: …Taylors of Harrogate (http://www.taylorsofharrogate.co.uk/)

Angrboda

Jillian: Yes, Whittard’s is the one I’ve tried so that’s what I’ll make him get for me if it’s an available brand in whichever shop he shops in over there.
I’ll have to check out the others. They have more options on Twinings than we have here too, but honestly it would have to be some pretty interesting selections on that since we have more or less the same things available from other brands here at the same price already. Thanks for the links though, it makes the reconnaissance so much easier. :)

LENA

no snow for us yet :(

Jillian

@Lena, you’re in Tennesee, right? Do you guys ever get any snow there?

LENA

sometimes…

we close schools when we get a good “dusting”. half an inch and it’s mass pandemonium. everyone raids the grocery stores for the basics. HAHA!

Jillian

LOL! XD

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