1917 Tasting Notes

This actually made a really tasty cold brew. I don’t usually cold brew anything but fruit tisanes due to flavour preferences.

But this was great! A little herbal, some berry flavour, and the tea base was pretty darn tasty. I think there’s blackberry leaves in here, so it was sweet and not at all weirdly tannin-y or anything like that. It was missing the vanilla flavour, but I was OK with that because I enjoyed the sage and sweet berryness.

I don’t think I’d get more of this tea (I bought it on a whim!) but I’m really glad I decided to try it cold brewed instead of hot.

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I picked up a sample of this a while back at a tea meetup (WOO!), and for some reason (perhaps my general tea apathy) I hadn’t tried it yet. The sample was 3 tsp so I did the whole thing in my mug.

I quite like it! The leaves are really big, the chocolate is NOT fake at all, and the caramel is a nice accompaniment. It is a little watery, even overleafed, but I think that’s because I expect something that tastes like cocoa to be thicker.

I would definitely get more of this. I’m very happy with it. (Sorry Sil, none left for you. :( )

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This was pretty good, but I’m not sure I’d call it “black forest”. At least, it’s not chocolate and cherries.

Still, Janet has a good taste for rooibos and this was pretty mild, and not too woody at all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Fortmason by Fortnum & Mason
1917 tasting notes

This is really, really floral. Jasmine, maybe? I was expecting a plain tea, as the name really doesn’t give anything away.

It’s not bad, but I don’t think I’d want more. The flowers almost give it a bitter tinge, although I only steeped 3 minutes at 195F.

Thanks for the sample, MissB, but this is one I don’t care for! :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
1917 tasting notes

Cold brewed this for 24 hours, and I’ve drank almost the ENTIRE pitcher today. In fact, I’ll probably just finish it so I can make more tea for tomorrow.

Fruity juice teas are awesome. Really awesome.

:)

(25g packet in 2L water, ~24 hours. I’ve even been diluting the prepared tea down a bit with ice, and it’s still deliciously berry-juice-y.)

Sami Kelsh

This stuff is the man. We hoovered a big pitcher of it yesterday too. NOM.

OMGsrsly

I know, right? Berry teas are SO GOOD. I need to pick up more Grandma’s Fruit Garden, it’s berry-licious and available at a local shop.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
1917 tasting notes

Oh, delicious tea. I am so sad that this is the last cup of you that I’ll ever drink.

I mean, nutmeg and strong black tea. Taken with (cashew) milk.

Doesn’t get much better.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Plunkybug

Sure was a gem.

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drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
1917 tasting notes

I got a packet of this as part of the 4/$10 deal. And I’m actually really glad I decided to try it!

So good. It’s like candy. Fuzzy peaches, only not really peach. Definitely more floral ripe nectarine.

I’ve been steeping it at 175F for 4 minutes and putting it over ice (to make 16oz). I even brought some to work with me today!

Yay tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

hmmmm……

OMGsrsly

It’s weird, but yeah. I really like this one.

Sil

may have to pick up a sample. finishing the samples i picked up last week and likely going to go back this weekend to pick up a few more. 4$ away from a free 50g.

OMGsrsly

Is it still available? If not, I’ll add what I have left to your box. :)

Plunkybug

I like this one but find I have to drink it hot…if it cools too much, I get the weird artificial taste, though it seems to be ok if iced. There is just that range between hot and iced that it gets strange.

OMGsrsly

Interesting. I didn’t even try it hot, it seemed perfect as an iced tea. :)

Plunkybug

I think it might be ok iced…or hot…but just not in between.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1917 tasting notes

Still loving this as a cold brew “juice” tea!

Yum.

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1917 tasting notes

I’ve had this iced a couple times over the last few days, and… it’s not as good as the one from Butiki. It really isn’t. I mean, it’s not a bad tea – I do like it. But it doesn’t have that magical fresh juicy pineapple flavour that Stacy managed to bring out.

So I need to find a different pineapple oolong, maybe for next summer. I’m going to need a break as I have 4 tsp left of this, and 1 tsp makes a LOT of iced tea because it resteeps so well.

Oolong with crushed freeze dried pineapple bits.

And pineapple flavour.

And maybe some flowery bits.

Hmm.

(I poured the tea brewed as below over a lot of ice. Multiple times.)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

Tea Gschwendner has a great pineapple flavoring.

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drank Mango Passion by Bayswater Tea Co.
1917 tasting notes

I still think this tea is weird.

It’s super warm here, and there’s a heat wave this weekend (it’s been the dryest June ever I think, all the berries in the forest are sad…), so I’m drinking iced teas.

The tea still tastes toasted, kinda like the rice in genmaicha, but I do like the mango flavour.

I used 1 tbsp in “some” hot water (to the top of the logo in my DavidsTea steeper thingamabob), over ice, and topped up my glass with cold water to make 16 oz. Also 1/4 tsp sugar.

I only have one serving of this one left, and I don’t think I’ll be buying it again. While I do like mango, the toasted tea flavour is not for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

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