1842 Tasting Notes

drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
1842 tasting notes

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I’m definitely getting more chocolate than coconut with this tea, though I can still pick it up on the end of each mouthful. The flavour is primarily creamy milk chocolate truffle which is delicious on its own, especially with a splash of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
1842 tasting notes

Argh, this tea is a pain in the arse to measure. I ended up just dumping some in my cup and eyeballing it to see if it was the right amount. It still smells lovely and lemony despite the tea’s age. It tastes lemony as well but it doesn’t taste like straight-up dried lemon peel but more a sweet lemon cream. It’s mixed with the delicate hay-like flavours of the base with a hint of nuttiness. Age has dulled the flavour a bit, I think, but if you exercised your imagination a bit you could see how it tastes akin to a lemon macaron.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know where people are getting bubblegum flavours from in this tea as what I taste most are the mulling spices accompanied with orange peel. It’s very reminiscent of the spice mix I use to make spiced cider. What’s missing here, unfortunately, is the wine. The oolong base just isn’t a good mock-up for the booze and so the tea ends up taste like Generic Holiday Spice™. It does, however, hold it’s flavour through several resteeps, which is a point in its favour as I’ve found that most flavoured oolongs lose the flavour after the first steep.

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

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Sipdown. The creamy vanilla flavoured faded a bit with age but it’s still quite tasty especially if you add some milk to it. I like how the bergamot is nice and subtle as some earl greys tend to overdo it and the tea ends up being quite bitter.

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

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I love the scent of this tea – it’s like a cross between rose petals and raspberry candies. The sample is showing its age so the flavour is a bit dull but I can still clearly taste the sweet rose flavour. It’s good taken either plain or with milk.

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

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve found that most Nepalese teas are reminiscent of Darjeelings but this is much more like an Assam. It has that characteristic malty robustness, though it doesn’t have the bitterness that some strong Assams carry as I can enjoy this tea perfectly fine without adding milk to soften it. As other people have noted, there definitely a molasses undertone to it that’s quite enjoyable. DT found a good one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
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Sipdown. Not a bad tea all in all and I liked the keemun base in this one. I’d love to see LiberTeas have a crack at recreating this one or maybe Apple Pie A La Mode.

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

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drank Spiced Pear by Shaktea
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I’m not sure why ‘pear’ is anywhere in the title as the most dominant flavour is blatantly lemongrass. There’s maybe a bit of fruity sweetness as the tea cools but it’s pretty minor compared to the lemongrass. I don’t actually mind the flavour of lemongrass, but I was hoping for a little bit more from this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
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I got this more for the name than anything else, as I have quite a few citrus teas kicking around in my cupboard in various incarnations. Army of Darkness was a classic movie from my childhood so there might be a teensy bit of nostalgia involved. ;)

The combination of citrus flavours is interesting and they mix quite well with the robust, slightly cocoa-y flavoured black tea base. The interesting part is that it’s not just an amorphous citrus flavour, I can distinctly taste orange, grapefruit, mandarin, etc. in each sip. Still it seems to me that something called "Boomstick’ should have a bit more fire to it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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