1883 Tasting Notes

drank Ondine by L'Herbier de France
1883 tasting notes

Another tea from MissB! Turns out that I had put aside some herbals to check the ingredients for Bear With Me and CrowKettle… and totally forgot about them. Ahh well. They’re mostly small amounts that I can finish no problem.

I wonder what this tea description means by “elimination”. If I drink it this morning will I need to pee lots? I hope not, as I’m heading out for the day…

The tea didn’t really smell like anything, when I made it last night. It had lots of fuzz and floaties like chamomile, but there’s no chamomile in it. It’s not sweet at all. It tastes like… tree water. Really delicate deciduous tree water. With a little grass. Yep.

It’s pretty good cold as well. But not really anything super memorable or outstanding.

And I’m still wondering what exactly the effects are…

Thanks for sharing, MissB!

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

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Even though this is in a baggie in a tin, when I open my cupboard this is all I smell.

So of course it’s what I reached for this morning.

With a touch of maple sugar because I needed something sweet this morning. UGH. I have 30 minutes to drink my tea and get ready for work. Why early mornings, work? Why so many? Don’t you know I prefer to start at 10 or 11? :/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I had this yesterday in a travel mug.

It was pretty good! Lots of vanilla, some baked goods flavours. I definitely enjoyed my cup, although I’m not sure I’d hunt down more. Weirdly vanilla isn’t a tea flavour I have a lot of unless it’s mixed in with other things.

Thanks so much, MissB! And Sil. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
1883 tasting notes

There is spice. And apple. And I’m enjoying this mug of this tea.

Yep.

(1.5tsp/10oz)

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

But is there snow? :P

OMGsrsly

Thankfully no. Its unseasonably cold enough right now. I snuck out and turned the building thermostat up. :)

Sil

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Fjellrev

I love how you’re drinking all the Victoria teas I nearly got before moving away but didn’t haha.

OMGsrsly

Well, I went shopping on the weekend… :)

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drank Underground Pumpkin by Tippy's Tea
1883 tasting notes

Many thanks to CrowKettle for the selection of Tippy’s Teas.

Unfortunately… yep, they’re dirt teas. With milk and the spices, it’s not so bad, but this isn’t my favourite base.

I kinda get how people taste cocoa and sweet potato, but only if the cocoa is unsweetened cocoa powder and the sweet potato is fresh from the dirt.

(Sorry, Tippy’s. It’s not you, it’s definitely me.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Oh no, mine are waiting at the post office for me to pick up, so I hope I won’t have the same experience as you.

OMGsrsly

I’m pretty uniwue as far as I’ve seen for getting the chocolate-dirt overwhelmingness.

OMGsrsly

Unique even.

Equusfell

You are not alone. I also have problems with dirt flavors, which is why I haven’t explored black teas nearly as much as I have explored oolongs and greens…

OMGsrsly

But I love Assams and other black teas. And I don’t really love oolongs or greens because they tend to taste mariney. :) My tastebuds are pretty special…

Lindsay

Have you ever found a naturally chocolatey tea that didn’t taste like dirt to you? :)

OMGsrsly

No I haven’t, Lindsay. This “chocolate” always comes across as dirt and sometimes plain cocoa powder… which without sugar might as well be dirt.

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I bought a lot of tea again yesterday, Tea Frens. #whoops Right now I’m sniffing Murchie’s Sugar Maple. WHOA it smells so amazing. It’s kinda weird though because there are apple bits and… dried cherries? Or raisins? I’m not entirely sure. Mmm, it is pretty tasty though. I wouldn’t say exactly how it smells, but it’s nice.

And they’re dried cranberries. SO WEIRD, MURCHIE’S! So weird.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Haha I thought it was odd too, and ended up passing on it. But it totally does smell amazing!

OMGsrsly

It tastes good though!

TeaBrat

I liked Murchie’s when I was in Victoria…

OMGsrsly

I pretty much only shop at the Victoria store. I don’t find that the service, selection, and general environment are as good at the tiny Vancouver stores. :)

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
1883 tasting notes

Thanks for the tea, MissB!

Unfortunately, it just doesn’t smell good when steeped up. IDK what it is about it, but I keep getting wafts from the cup and wrinkling my nose wondering what smells so bad, since I’m bagging up all these French teas and they smell so good!

I think I know what the problem is though. It’s just lost all the pineapple flavour. It’s just a basic sencha base, which isn’t really my favourite kind of tea.

Well, thanks for the sample MissB, but if I want the full experience, I think I’ll need to go into the TWG store here and get a cup to go. :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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LOL. I thought I’d try some teas as I was packing up, and I’ve already tried this one!

It’s really floral. Yet somehow I like it.

:)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Equusfell

Honestly, my favorite steep of this tea is 3rd steep or so. The green just gets so sweet and the florals are toned down and it makes you think of those perfumes that you wish you could eat! Give a few more steeps a go, I think you’ll like it!

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to do that, thanks! I don’t usually rested teas but I should try it with these ultra floral French teas.

OMGsrsly

Resteep. Sigh. Gotta teach my new autocorrect.

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drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
1883 tasting notes

Sipdown. Delicious with some milk and a little maple syrup.

And maple walnut ice cream for breakfast.

Yep.

Dexter

MMMmmmmmm maple walnut ice cream – not sure about breakfast – but Yummmm ice cream

OMGsrsly

LOL. I was doing that terrible tabata thing and just walked away half way into it and dished myself out ice cream to the sound of, “Next up, push ups!” Ice cream > push ups.

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I’m enjoying this, randomly steeped throughout the day.

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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)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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