1844 Tasting Notes

65
drank Chai Spice by Stash Tea Company
1844 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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67
drank Apple Cinnamon by Stash Tea Company
1844 tasting notes

As soon as I poured in the water the infusion turned bright red. Y halo thar hibiscus. ⌐_⌐

The taste is of something I’d not quite describe as apple (apple and hibiscus together maybe?) which gives it an odd sweet-then-fruity-then-tart sucession of flavours. It’s mixed with some rather nice and mild spices – I’m tasting cinnamon and what might be allspice or possibly nutmeg.

It’s not bad, like most of Stash’s herbal-fruit teas it doesn’t need the hibiscus (or at least not as much) but in my opinion it’s better than most produced by this company.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

Steeps 2 & 3 of this tea were good too. #2 was maybe even a touch stronger than the first one because the leaves had time to untwist and open fully. It tasted a noticably thinner on the third steep so I don’t think I’ll take it any further tonight. One of these days I’ll see how many steeps I can wring out of this tea. :D

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Rena Sherwood

Just how large is your tea cabinet? Or do you have a warehouse? :-)

Jillian

Hah, I wish! It’s a small corner cabinet so it’s not that big (although the boyfriend says otherwise). XD

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I haven’t been brave enough to try more than three steeps on any tea. One day I will though.

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80

The leaves are really neat to look at, dry they’re a dark grey colour and loosely twisted – they’re also very big, which makes judging how much leaf to put in a bit difficult. When they’re steeping the leaves turn green but with reddish-brown spots, almost like the tea is rusting. Of course I know this is caused by the partial fermentation but it looks quite neat. The brew is fairly light, the colour of pale amber when I did the first steep at 4 minutes.

This tea goes surprisingly well with leftover chinese food – or maybe not so surprising considering the origins of this tea. It’s seems to make the tea taste particularly light and fruity, like peach maybe.

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

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80

Mmmm, peachy-keen.

Sorry, I’m just not feeling terribly creative or verbose today. :/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80

Hopefully this will help me wake up and get me ready to face the day. :D

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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65

Fruity but not really what I’d called mango or passionfruit though, sadly. I want to love this tea but it’s just not doing that much for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank My Friend by Bag Ladies Tea
1844 tasting notes

I had to make myself another cup of this. Caramel and vanilla, mmmmm.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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35
drank Japanese Treasures by Blue Teapot
1844 tasting notes

I’ve got maybe 2 cups worth of tea left.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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