1858 Tasting Notes

35
drank Japanese Treasures by Blue Teapot
1858 tasting notes

Backlogging from earlier today.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Indian Chai by Just Us
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I’m drinking this tea without milk this morning, which seems totally wrong for a chai but it works somehow and the results are decent. Interestingly enough, I can taste cloves like WHOA! which was something I didn’t get when I added milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I drink chai just plain (or steeped in coffee) when I want something spicy, but not milky in texture. Or when I’ve consumed my 1 serving of milk and don’t want to over do the calories. My favorite non latte drink at starbucks is a tall double shot double pump (each) mocha caramel americano w/ 2 chai bags.

LENA

I’ve gotta go full out traditional prep when it comes to my chais. It’s about a 30 min process.

Cofftea

Holy crap Lena! Please share your process step by step. P.S. I got my teas! I just need to find a ride to the post office and I’ll send yours out.

Cofftea

For a person that is very picky about their tea/spice ratio, I LOVE that they list it. I wish more companies would.

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96

I’ve realized that this tea tastes a lot like those After Eight chocolates without the sweetness. The chocolate is very much a cocoa-y dark chocolate flavour rather than the lighter and sweeter milk chocolate.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Jasmine Tea by Fujian Tea
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I’ve passed this tea in the International Foods section of the grocery store for a long time, but I didn’t really take note until I saw it mentioned favorably here on Steepster. So the last time the boyfriend-creature and I were shopping I tossed this into the cart (accompanied by much eye-rolling on my boyfriend’s part) figuring that since it was only four bucks for a decent-sized tin, why not?

The dry leaves were quite fragrant and I was worried at first that it would be a jasmine-overdose. I fecked up the first cup unfortunately, since the water wasn’t hot enough (I was guess-timating with my kettle) and I ended up steeping longer than I should’ve to make up for it. So the first cup was rather harsh-tasting, although I was relieved to note that the jasmine wasn’t too powerful.

I resteeped the leaves to much better results which I’m drinking as I type this. It’s not a bold-tasting tea, although it IS slightly astringent, though not in an unpleasent way (if you steep it right, that is). I’ve also noticed that it has a sweetness to it that becomes more pronounced as the tea cools.

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

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79
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Backlogging from this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65

After some careful sniffing I think I might be smelling mango while the tea is steeping unfortunately that’s about the only time I can detect it. I reduced the steeping time by a minute from last time, but unfortunately the tartness of the hibiscus didn’t decrease proportionally. I finally resorted to adding a teaspoon or so of honey which toned things down somewhat. When it’s sweetend like this the acai flavouring is actually quite distinct.

So out of all of CS’s Zinger teas that I’ve tried this one is probably my favorite, although, given my loathing for hibiscus, it might be more accurate to say that it’s the one I hate the least. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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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
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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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80

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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