1859 Tasting Notes

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
1859 tasting notes

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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83
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
1859 tasting notes

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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77
drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
1859 tasting notes

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
1859 tasting notes

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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I didn’t really care for this tea hot, but then who likes warm root beer? *bleurgh * Served cold and sweetened with agave nectar is a different story. The flavour is pretty close to actual root beer, though I notice a slight herbal undertone from the sarsaparilla root. The smooth vanilla flavours fill in the ‘float’ part of the tea nicely and it makes for a nice refreshing drink.

Preparation
Iced
VariaTEA

This is great as a latte.

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drank Elixo by Domo
1859 tasting notes

Well it may not be my tea of choice for regular drinking but it feels so nice on my raw throat.

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drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
1859 tasting notes

Chocolate and pu-erh are two ingredients that were just made to go together. I can’t really review this properly yet because whatever bug I’ve got has my taste buds out of wack. But suffice to say even with my throat feeling like it’s been sandpapered the blend still tasted so good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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