1843 Tasting Notes

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I tried adding milk to see if it would improve the flavour at all – sadly, it didn’t seem to make much of a difference.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
1843 tasting notes

I’m honestly at a bit of a loss as to why this blend seems like such a hard sell, as I think that it’s quite enjoyable. Kiwi isn’t a flavour I’ve had the opportunity to try in a tea very often. And the last experience I had with Tea Forte’s kiwi tisane reminded me ore of Buckley’s cough syrup than of the fruit. This, on the other hand, is quite good. For one thing it manages to actually taste like real kiwifruit and the natural sweetness of the honeybush seems to soften its tanginess just the right amount. It has a pleasant fresh, clean tone to it that would probably make a good iced tea as well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Yes, I really enjoyed this one too.

Kittenna

I’ve been wavering on buying this one for quite some time, but I was worried about the cucumber flavour… I’ve had cucumber flavoured water before and hated it. I adore kiwi though.

Jillian

It’s definitely more kiwi than cucumber, in my opinion.

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85
drank Bollywood Chaipur by THE O DOR
1843 tasting notes

Steapdown. Saying goodbye to a lovely chai. ;)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

It’s unusual to see a green oolong that doesn’t have rolled up leaves. These are more like little loose twists. The tea has a smooth, cooked-fruit (peaches or apricots maybe?) flavour and a sweet scent that remind me of lilacs. It has quite a few similarities to the Aged Wuyi Variety oolong that I tried from this company earlier, but it’s a bit sweeter and fruitier and lacks those bakey notes and roasted scent that the former had.

EDIT: Apologies for leaving the note unfinished last night – I got distracted. :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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83

This tea is excellent with milk as well as plain, I’ve discovered today. I keep expecting this tea to be more smokey-tasting than it is because the scent is full-on BBQ à la lapsang souchong. Luckily the other teas in this blend seem to dampen it down a little.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple Pie a la mode by 52teas
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Sip down! This has been a staple in my cupboard for ages, but now it’s finally time to bid it adieu.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Wow, this one must be old!

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drank Original Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
1843 tasting notes

I feel a bit bad for saying this since this is an award winning tea and a lot of people seem to love it, but I’m rather underwhelmed by this chai. For a company that specializes in chai I’d expect something a bit more edgy and a bit more flavourful. This isn’t bad mind you, but it comes across as a bit bland and ordinary. I thought Tea Desire’s Masala chai was better.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

I purchased this tea through Ten Thousand Villages – an organization that supports fair trade products from groups of artisans all over the world (http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/). This tea bags came packed in this cute little embroidered green silk purse which I just love.

The flavour is surprisingly light and pleasant for a bagged green tea. It’s a combination of vegetal notes and fruity muscatel notes like you might get from a nice Darjeeling. The lemon isn’t too overpowering and it compliments the tea very nicely.

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

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drank Masala Chai by Tea Desire
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There’s nothing more soothing than a nice cup of chai on a chilly autumn day when you have a report to write up for class. This tea has that sort of comfortable familiarity when I drink it – it isn’t anything unusual or extraordinary but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good cup of tea. The spices are nicely balanced, though the cardamom stands out a little bit – which I enjoy. I could see myself stocking this as a staple in my cupboard.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

My 52Teas order just came in today and this tea was first on my list to try. It smelled very dessert-like and I was glad that Frank included lots of little apricot chunks in the mix. The tea tasted quite nice but it needed more booze – I couldn’t taste any brandy flavouring which is a shame for something that is the first word of this tea’s name. Otherwise I quite liked it – it had a sweet cakey flavour mixed with fruity apricot notes both of which blended well with the honeybush base. It’s enjoyable even if the lack of brandy was a bit of a let down.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Jealous!!! Waiting anxiously for my order which includes 5-6 new teas, including this one! I’m not worried about the brandy flavouring; I was hoping for a successfully fruity honeybush, which it sounds like it may be!

Jillian

Oh it is, no worries there. :)

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