1842 Tasting Notes

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drank Marshmallow Assam by 52teas
1842 tasting notes

I’m finally getting around to drinking all those little 1 oz pouches I bought when Frank was clearing out his stock before turning the company over to LiberTeas. This one was a nice surprise, the malty flavour of a decent-quality Assam blended with smooth, slightly sweet vanilla and marshmallow flavours. I wonder if LiberTeas would consider bringing this one back?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
52Teas

I’ve thought about it – maybe it’ll be one of the choices on an upcoming Retro Monday vote. :)

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drank Fruits of Paradise by DAVIDsTEA
1842 tasting notes

Got a sample of this tea in my latest DT order and while I know what a soursop is (thank you Amazon Trail) I’ve never eaten one. They do sell soursop juice at my local Superstore, maybe I should try it and see how the flavours compare. I love the delicious tropical, fruity scent of the tea – it’s like pineapple mixed with the ripest, juiciest strawberries. The flavour is a bit of a let down because while I do get a flavour similar to the scent there’s a strange, artificially sweet aftertaste like stevia – even though there’s no stevia listed in the ingredients. It was a fun tea to try but I don’t think I’d buy a full pouch of this blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Tai Ping Hou Kui by Tao Tea Leaf
1842 tasting notes

I found a small sample of this tea tucked away that I’ve had for who-knows-how-long – probably the last time the GCTTB came through about a year ago. The tea leave look more like flattened piece of a dried seaweed than tea to me and they don’t ‘puff up’ at all during the brewing process. The tea has a pleasantly sweet scent that’s reminiscent of certain green oolongs. The flavour is lightly floral and a little bit fruity with a grassy, slightly toasty finish. The description mentioned apricots and I can definitely see that, though that wasn’t quite what came to mind for me when I sipped it. A very nice, high-quality green with a rather unique flavour profile.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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First flush Darjeelings are so finicky but when you get it right the tea is very nice. I’ll admit that I was a bit dubious that Davids Tea could produce a decent first flush but this one isn’t bad. It’s got a faintly sweet vegetal, grassy flavour with notes of fresh walnuts. It’s not overly harsh and it’s fairly forgiving with the steeping parameters – though that doesn’t mean you should treat it like your English Breakfast! If you’d never tried a first flush before, this is the tea I’d point you towards.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1842 tasting notes

I honestly can’t remember why I rated this tea so high or why I got so much of it. It’s not bad exactly, it just that I’m not liking this tea nearly as much as I did a year ago.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank ME to WE by DAVIDsTEA
1842 tasting notes

I picked up some of this tea a few days back. I’m not normally a fan of hibiscus but it’s for a good cause so I decided to give it a try. I love the smell – it’s like a cross between fruit punch and dried cherries – which is a bit odd as there aren’t any cherries in this blend. The flavour is tart but not as sour as I feared, the stevia sweetened it just enough for it to turn into a pleasantly fruity-berry flavour. I’ll have to try icing this one.

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
1842 tasting notes

Sipdown. This was a super-robust tea that I drank more for its caffeine powers in the morning than for any flavouring (which I felt kind of got lost in the strength of the base). I used the last bit to make Barmbrack, an Irish bread/cake. So delicious!

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I was looking for an uncomplicated herbal blend to have as a hot drink in the evenings. I have a ton of fruit-based teas, but I find I usually only care for those when they’re iced. The flavour is mostly of mint, though the rose petals and rose hips manage to creep in there and give a little bit of depth and sweetness to the flavour. But you definitely have to be a mint lover to enjoy this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
1842 tasting notes

This is one of the last samples from my DT advent calendar – yes I know it’s been 2 and a half months, but I’ve been seeing other teas in the meantime. ;)

I’m a huge marzipan fan and I loved the smell of the tea, like freshly made marzipan paste or the almond cookies my mom always asks me to make. Flavour-wise it’s a bit disappointing, there’s definitely the sweet almond flavour present but the vegetale flavour of the green tea clashes with it. I don’t know if it might be better with a different base, like a green oolong maybe?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Winchester

If you really like the marzipan flavour, I suggest you try Alpine Punch (also by David’sTea). It is a rooibos that tastes just like marzipan and it is one of my favourites!

Jillian

I have tried that one and it’s not bad, but I’m not a huge red-rooibos fan. Thanks for the rec though:)

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