1859 Tasting Notes

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The smell of this teabag when I opened the was frankly awful, I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t something that smelled like spoiled cheese. I almost threw it out right there and then, but I decided to give it a chance. The flavour is tolerable, but not really what I’d call salted caramel. It’s mostly a smokey mate flavour with (very) burnt sugar notes. I’m glad I only grabbed one teabag.

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

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82

Sipdown. I’m honestly not sure where people are getting a soapy flavour from in this tea because I don’t taste anything like that. Of course I also typically do a longer steep and add milk to this tea, so who knows.

I find this a nice strong, traditional English-style tea for waking me up in the mornings without being harsh or unpleasant. I may repurchase the next time I’m in Vancouver.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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77
drank Niagara Icewine by Pluck
1859 tasting notes

Sipdown. The icewine flavour has faded a bit since I got this tea – but it’s been awhile so fair enough. It’s a shame that Pluck seems to have discontinued this tea – it isn’t on their webpage and we haven’t stocked it in the store for awhile.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Hoálatha

Most of the icewine flavored teas are actually from metro, a wholesaler that sells to independent little shops. Yours may or may not be from metro. Take a look at the icewine tea from Margaret’s Fine Imports and see if that looks the same. If not, it’s still a decent icewine. http://pittsburghcuppa.com/icewite1lo.html

If you order from her, sign up for the newsletter first. She sends you a 20% off your first purchase coupon.

Jillian

Ah nope, not the same, this tea has a white tea base for one and no raisins in it. Thanks for the suggestion, though. :)

Hoálatha

Aww, sorry!

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Sipdown…sorta. When I purchased this tea, I didn’t quite realize how many teabags it came with. 50 teabags is a lot to go through especially when you’re not super enthusiastic about the blend. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was decent for a bagged green tea, but I don’t want to drink it every day for two months. I tried giving some away with the GCTTB….but it just ended up coming right back around to me. I guess I should take a hint. ;p

By now I’ve had this tea for several years and time has taken its toll on the flavour. So today, after brewing up a final cup, I made the decision to throw out the rest. At least the money from the purchase went to a good cause, so I don’t feel it was wasted.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Witch's Brew by DAVIDsTEA
1859 tasting notes

I’m a huge sucker for DT’s limited edition teas, it’s the whole ‘gotta try it in case it’s really good’ urge. This one is pretty decent compared to some of their other seasonal offerings that I’ve tried. Its dominant flavour is cacao with a sweet caramel-like undertone. But in this case it’s sort of a burnt caramel flavour – not badly burnt but enough that it probably wouldn’t pass muster in a high-end bakeshop. The sweetness become more apparent as the tea cools off and it takes on a bit of a strange aftertaste, so definitely not a tea to have iced. This blend isn’t half bad, but I don’t think I’ll purchase more than the 25g that I already have.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83
drank Nutty Granola Crunch by DAVIDsTEA
1859 tasting notes

This seems to be another one of those polarizing teas – people either love it or hate it. I really enjoyed it – just like I loved the similar Peanut Butter Cup from last autumn. This has coconut instead of chocolate but it has the same nuts-and-honey flavours with a hint of baked oats. If you haven’t tried it as a latté I really encourage you to (same goes for the Peanut Butter Cup).

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74

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.

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

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73
drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
1859 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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80
drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
1859 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
1859 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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