1842 Tasting Notes

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I was very disapointed when I missed out on the inital VIT teas so a big thank you to Amy Oh for giving me a sample. The hojicha gave this tea a really interesting baked flavour that was still smooth and almost creamy in nature. It mixed well with the banana flavour which tasted quite genuine, and while the coconut was more of an afterthought it worked well with the whole blend too.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Mercuryhime

There should be more houjicha blends! Seems like a fun base to play with.

TeaBrat

I agree, I’d like to see another one

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
1842 tasting notes

A sample of this tea came with my last Davids Tea order and right now it’s perfect iced tea weather (ie. blazing hot) so I gave it a try. There was only enough for a single cup, so I drank half of it hot and then stuck the rest in the fridge to get cold. I’ll be honest in that I wasn’t expecting too much (fruit teas often taste the same to me), but in the end I was pleasently surprised.

First of all – no hibiscus, yay! The flavour reminds me very closely of a pina colada (minus the rum) with just the right dash of sweetness that I didn’t need to add any agave nectar. I think I prefere it iced to hot but it’s very nice both ways. Next time I’m in Vancouver I’m going to see if I can pick up some more so I can make a jug of this stuff!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This is another high-quality roasted green oolong. This time it’s a sample that RachanaC kindly gave me in a trade awhile back. It’s essentially everything its profile said it was – first lightly roasted, followed by sweet floral notes and an aftertatse that reminds me of both nuts and maybe a bit of honey as well. Maybe not quite as rave-worthy as the Charcoal-roasted An Xi Tie Guan Yin from Life in Teacup, but it manages to be an excellent tea on its own merit.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Organic Spicy Chai by Earth Teaze
1842 tasting notes

Steep down! For such a big box there actually wasn’t very many tea bags in it which strikes me as a bit wasteful. I found that upping the steeping time does help strengthen the flavour, but it still remains a rather dull chai compared to others that I’ve tried.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had this tea in my cupboard for so long that I’ve forgotten where it came from. It must have been from a trade as I don’t recall ever buying from Mark T Wendell.

I really enjoyed this blend, it’s a great afternoon tea that’s light and smooth enough to be drunk without milk, but is still full of flavour. It’s not nearly as smokey as, say, a lapsang souchong, instead being more like a light Russian Caravan. It’s more than just a one note tea as well, there’s a fruity sweetness that blends nicely with the smoke and gives the tea more body and character.

Thank to whoever sent me this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is my first time trying guayusa and I’m both curious and a bit leery of the caffeine content. It smells like wet cut grass, which isn’t the most auspicious beginning, but what the heck. The flavour is also reminiscent of wet grass…at least at first. It then turns into something that manages to be slightly savory and slightly spicy and something I really can’t put a description to. There’s a nice hint of vanilla tucked in there and some bright citrus note. I finished about half the cup and put it down to do some laundry and promptly forgot about it. That half cup was still enough to give me a mega jolt of energy – luckily I had lots of stuff that needed doing, otherwise I would have been bouncing off the walls!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Chinese Sencha by thepuriTea
1842 tasting notes

Thank you, Rachel, for giving me a sample of this tea – it took awhile but I’ve finally got around to trying it!

This turned out to be a fairly average-tasting green tea. I am getting a bit of the sencha grassiness but other than that it really could be any generic green tea for all I can tell.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Organic Spicy Chai by Earth Teaze
1842 tasting notes

This tea isn’t as bad as another Steepsterite made it out to be, in my opinion, but it is a rather whimpy chai. It mainly seems to be cardamom flavoured but the base needs to be more robust as this one is too weak and makes the chai seems a bit watery.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple Tea by Ahmad Tea
1842 tasting notes

It’s unusual to see apple flavours paired with a black tea – usually it’s with a green or white tea base, I’ve found. It smells quite fragrant like a sweet ripe, freshly cut apple. The flavour is interesting, starting and finishing with apple notes and in between is the black tea which is a tad astringent. Pretty tasty all told.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Sounds good! I’ll have to check our TJ Maxx shelves … it’s always luck of the draw there, but I’ve seen several varieties of Ahmad there.

Ahmad Tea

Thanks for the kind and detailed review Jillian!

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drank Magnolia Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
1842 tasting notes

Perhaps my sense of smell and taste aren’t keen enough, but I’m not picking up the magnolia or anything else flowery really. It’s basically like a plain pu-erh although it is on the lighter side and quite smooth. The flavour is earthy/peaty though unlike some it doesn’t bring to mind eating dirt, and it also has some sweet hay-like notes. It’s pleasent enough as far as pu-erhs go, particularly a bagged one, but the name feels like false advertising.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I haven’t encountered a Numi variety that makes me want to tap-dance yet.

Jillian

I enjoyed their chocolate pu-erh – have you tried that one yet?

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