1888 Tasting Notes

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drank Elixo by Domo
1888 tasting notes

I’m not sure if I’m sick or if I’m reacting to the fire yesterday http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/03/port-metro-vancouver-fire-chemical-cause-respiratory-problems-today/

So I’m at home drinking ALL THE GINGER TEAS. All of them.

This one now. I pulled it out of my hiking stash (which isn’t included in my tea list, shhhhhh) and I still love it. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive, or I’d definitely stock it more regularly.

Also, I burned my tongue on this tea. Whoops.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, man! That’s scary! I hope you’re feeling better… That’s horrible. :(

OMGsrsly

It was freaky leaving work – the whole Burrard inlet was blanketed in “low laying cloud” that was all smoke from the fire. O.o Usually it’s like this: https://kevinlouie.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/img_2589.jpg

DeliriumsFrogs

That is absolutely gorgeous…and to think it was blanketed with chemicals. :(

Lindsay

Ugh, terrible. :(

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I accidentally oversteeped this yesterday, but it turned out tasting super delicious. Unfortunately, something about it hit me wrong and I wasn’t feeling super great after.

And yesterday Vancouver had a huge hazmat situation and my house is in the affected area. And today I feel like I have strep, only I don’t – but my throat is raw and blech.

So everything negative coming together like that, all happening after I started drinking this tea at work… Well. Needless to say I won’t be hunting it down.

But! It does taste really good! The long steep brought out a lovely spiciness. I’ll have to try it with other yunnan black teas.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

I hope you’ll be ok, OMG!

OMGsrsly

I think it’ll be fine! I have a friend who was pretty much right there with much more sensitive lungs, and he’s doing OK.

Nightshifter

Hope you feel better!

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drank Guurl Grey by T-We Tea
1888 tasting notes

What with the jasmine blossoms and citrus peels, I thought this tea was going to be over the top floral soapy… but it’s not!

It’s actually a super mild earl grey with some additional floral notes. Not bad, but not really enough, either. As in, it’s not distinct enough or different enough to find a permanent place in my cupboard.

That being said, I really enjoyed the mug I had this morning. Yum!

Thank you for sharing, MissB!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I used about half my 10g sample in my “120” ml easy gaiwan. And I’m pouring it directly into two cups, so one cup is steeped longer than the other. Haha. I’m feeling super lazy tonight. I had two cups out, so two cups it is.

I’m guessing that the taste means it was wet stored. It tastes damp. Like wet forest, but not super fresh with pine and clean air. It’s not resinous either. It’s actually pretty smooth yet quite mild. Not that the flavour isn’t strong, just that it’s well blended together so there’s nothing bringing itself strongly to my attention. So far I’m enjoying it, but I’m not sure that this is a flavour profile I adore. Perhaps I’m learning to like a little more bite in my puerh.

And now I have a cat forcefully cuddling me so I can’t reach the kettle.

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Woop woop! Sipdown.

1 cup was like 3 gulps. And GONE.

I was surprised at the rooibos floating in my strainer. I didn’t really notice it the last time. I kind of tasted it this time, but it works well with the fake chocolate and sweet candy raspberry flavours.

So.. I liked that tea. I’m not sure if I’d buy a bunch, but I liked it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank The Tea of Kings by RiverTea
1888 tasting notes

I received this while ago from Roswell Strange and for some reason hadn’t tried it!

And now that I have, I’m sad! It was so good. Fruity and with a bit of a spicy kick. I guess I’d call it plums and black pepper, but honestly I wasn’t awake enough to make that kind of distinction.

Made with a touch of milk.

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

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90
drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1888 tasting notes

Woo! I have more of this left than I thought I did! Enough for a GIANT POT or two more big mugs.

Apples and cinnamons and some light sweetness. I added honey by pouring the tea back and forth into a scraped clean honey jar. Just enough was left to add a touch to this tea. It just brings out the apple, and it’s so good.

ALSO, I made a pair of “jeans” last night. By “jeans” I mean they are stretch denim with none of the topstitching and they have an elastic waist. Haha. I wore them to work today and OMG, like wearing PJs. Too bad wearing them makes me feel old.

Oh well. Comfort over, well, most things really.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

My next pair will have pockets and top stitching. I am so excite.

TeaBrat

I think I am too old fro the stretchy jeans trend!

OMGsrsly

Noooooo, so comfy! They aren’t skin tight, they’re just slim cut trousers, made out of a stretchy dark denim! I see this style/shape of pants in some of the “old lady” brands, which I think is hilarious. Old ladies know where it’s at with the elastic waists. ;)

Sami Kelsh

I live for stretch, man. Yesterday I debuted a new skirt I bought largely because it cost under £10 and had pockets, but that I thought was quite cool, and I swear that with the top and cardigan I had on, I looked like SUCH a grandma. I used to look cool! weeps

Maddy Barone

10 years ago it might have bothered me to look like a grandma. Now, though, give me comfort! LOL

Anlina

A friend gave me a bunch of pants from Ricki’s recently, and they all look like dress pants but they’re soft and stretchy and feel like wearing yoga pants. It’s the best.

OMGsrsly

Anlina, that was my inspiration!

I think my mom will laugh at me the next time she sees my wardrobe. :D

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1888 tasting notes

Mmm…. steeped a bit longer than usual today, and it’s so good! Why haven’t I steeped this tea for 5 minutes before?

It’s not super sweet, but there is some caramel. Lots of tea flavour. So good with milk.

(This one is almost a sip down as well. I have quite a collection I could finish! Maybe this coming weekend. :) )

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1888 tasting notes

I’m sad that I only have 1 tsp left of this tea!

Oh well. It’s been a good run and I’ve enjoyed it. Maybe once my cupboard is smaller I’ll consider stocking it, because I do like how it tastes (little chocolate, little cream, little booze) and the name is HILARIOUS.

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

Aww, too bad those jerks won’t set up shop in Canada too.

OMGsrsly

I know! I should hassle Sil or MissB for more strawberry honeybush. It’s so dreamy.

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Caramel flavoured gunpowder + black tea. At least, that’s what I can tell. The gunpowder was really spinachy for me tonight, and really… caramel is not a sauce I’d put on my spinach.

Otherwise, this tea is fun. And I love caramel. So I’ve drunk it all.

Thanks so much, Shmiracles! I think I’m almost through all the samples you gave me oh so long ago. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

Caramel spinach…something tells me that might not be the next big thing lol

OMGsrsly

You never know! Someone might decide that spinach and caramel should be The Dish for a fancy restaurant! ;)

VariaTEA

Or the next bacon and maple syrup…sweet and savory coming together to be friends :P

OMGsrsly

Except this is sweet and… grassy. At least bacon is meaty and satisfying!

VariaTEA

haha I was thinking that as I wrote it but you never know what people grab on to. Perhaps the use of spinach might lead people to believe there is health benefits to the pair just making it part of the health food trend. lol

OMGsrsly

Oh that would be entertaining. But now all I can think of is a spinach Creme Caramel. Which… Hmm…

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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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