1859 Tasting Notes

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Maybe I need to steep the tea longer but I’m not getting very much chocolate flavour – certainly not enough for something labeled “Double Chocolate”. The base itself is nice though, robust and malty with a slight hint of smokiness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I didn’t much chocolate from it either.

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Twelves Teas of X-mas #7 (the last tea I can recall blogging about was #5 so I think I might be missing one somewhere in there). Somehow Frank has managed to make this tea taste not like lime, but actual, bona fide lime jello. I’m not sure if I can describe what the jello part tastes like but there’s clearly something more there than just the tang from the lime. The marshmallow works perfectly with the other flavour and don’t seem out of place like they do in other blends.

I’m noticing a theme of green-teas-with-marshmallow in this sampler, BTW. :P

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Southern Boy Teas

That’s funny. When we were finished making the samplers this year it dawned on me: wow, we got a little marshmallow happy this year. LOL. In my defense, I think marshmallow is an awfully fun thing to put in tea, and I don’t see it being done by any of my competitors (though I could be wrong about that).

Frolic

The marshmallow teas are some of my favorites!

Indigobloom

go marshmallow go! love it :P

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
1859 tasting notes

This is from way back on Day 3 of the twelve teas of X-mas.

Everyone else seems to love this tea but I only found it to be okay. The green tea/lemon combination was a bit too harsh in this instance and together with the marshmallow (which is rather faint) gave the tea an odd, slightly chemical taste that doesn’t do to much for me, I’m afraid. I’ll mess around with the steeping parameters a bit with what’s left of my sample to see if matters improve.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeeee…… ;P

This is another tea I already have a pouch of, although I’m certainly not complaining about having an excuse to drink it again. In the past I haven’t been too impressed with Frank’s pumpkin-flavoured teas as I couldn’t seem to get much actual pumpkin flavour out of them. This blend, on the other hand, manages to hit the mark quite nicely. It’s like pumpkin pie with caramel drizzled on top. The cheesecake flavour is milder though I suspect adding milk to this tea would bring it out better. It’s sweet, creamy and decadent, and it’s great for wiling away the evening while the cold winter winds blow outside.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Black by 52teas
1859 tasting notes

Twelve Days of X-mas tea #4. Yes this is a day late and I missed #3 as well – work has left me too busy to do much tea drinking. This is the first of three days off though, so I intend to take full advantage and catch up on my tea-drinking. ;)

The dry teas smells like nothing so much as grape Kool-aid which must be from the black current flavouring. Thankfully, the tea doesn’t taste like Kool-aid, though the most dominant flavour is the fruity black currents. The bergamot is surprisingly subtle, but it gives the tea an interesting citrus tanginess.

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

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Tea #2 of the Twelve Teas of X-mas. This blend smells very much like bubblegum or maybe tutti frutti – which is a bit disconcerting at first. After it steeped the flavour resolves itself into actual fruit notes, mostly orange and banana. They go very well with the honeybush base which gives it just the right dash of sweetness. I don’t normally do honeybush with milk, but for some reason I could see myself trying the next cup with some to really give it that smoothie taste. I love it, and I may very well buy a pouch if my Christmas budget permits it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
1859 tasting notes

First tea in the 12 Days of X-mas sample pack. I missed out on this tea during its initial run so it made a nice treat to come home too after a grueling shift at work. It really does taste like cotton candy especially as the tea cools off and it’s sweet enough naturally that there’s no sugar required. I also noticed an interesting undertone that reminds me a bit of caramel.

A good start to what are sure to be twelve awesome days! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
1859 tasting notes

I received a sample of this blend a while back from Rachel and I thought I had logged it soon after I got it, but clearly I was mistaken (see guys, this is what happens when you’ve got too many teas!).

I wasn’t so thrilled about it when I drank it plain, but when I added milk it really made the flavours pop. The caramel flavours are especially apparent with smooth, sweet vanilla topping it off. It’s definitely not a tea that needs extra sweetening and it has a decadent feel to it that makes every cup a treat.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
1859 tasting notes

I’m currently watching Season 1 of Game of Thrones while I’m drinking this tea. Off with his head – Mwhahahahaha! ;D

The clean, cooling mint makes an unusual counterpoint to the earthy pu’erh, but in this case it seems like opposites do attract as they manage to work very well together. The pu’erh gives the tea a cocoa-like note that brings to mind mint chocolate chip or something similar and the vanilla, while subtle, smooths down all the sharp edges of the flavours.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
1859 tasting notes

I love the smell of this tea though oddly enough it reminds me more of almond pastry than of pistachios. The tea itself is light and sweet with a great toasted nuts flavour. The creamy notes are more subtle but I could taste them better as the tea cooled. Very yummy!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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