1882 Tasting Notes
Yep, a super strong tea. Delicious with some maple syrup (Sil, your suggestions have created a problem) and cream.
I need to finish this because I still have just over 100g of English Breakfast my mom got me last Christmas. She believes in large amounts of tea – see the 250g bag of Earl Grey I’m only “almost” finished because I gave about 50g away to a friend. Where “almost” finished means I have a bit less than 50g in the cupboard. I’ve been working on that one for almost 3 years now. :/
So yes. This is one of the older teas in my cupboard, and I do like it for a morning kick in the pants. I prefer the cream Irish Breakfast from Tealux (mmm, cream teas), and the English Breakfast my mom gave me.
This shines with the promise of strawberries and lemon, but once steeped it kind of loses its appeal.
I definitely prefer it cold steeped or flash chilled over hot, but it’s a little chilly right now and I don’t want cold. I want hot lemon strawberry goodness.
Still, it’s decent. I think as a hot “iced tea” herbal I prefer Baywater’s Cranberry Orange Chili Pepper. It’s more versatile. And so good with cranberry honey.
Again, it’s been a while since I’ve had this tea. I keep forgetting it in its tin in the cupboard, in favour of the scattering of teas on the counter or in my samples box.
I decided to sit and enjoy a mug this morning, with a little honey and creamer. It was good. Possibly not something I’d buy 100g of now, but still enjoyable.
Mmm. 1 tbsp in my 16 oz mug.
I also added some cranberry honey. I couldn’t resist.
It smells so nice. A little perfumy, probably because of the lemongrass, but sweet and sour all at once. I can definitely tell there’s cranberry.
This one is really good. I can see it being an amazing iced tea for summer, especially with the bit of warmth from the chili. I’ll have to try it cold steeped at some point, but this one is a fruit tea winner for me.
Sipdown, me mateys!
While I like this tea, I’m finding there are other flavours I prefer. The vanilla, coconut and chocolate in this are very tasty, but it seems like “every” company puts coconut in their teas, and the flavour isn’t unique or distinct enough for me.
While I would not say no if it came to me in a treasure chest of sorts, it’s not a tea I will go out and restock. Tasty, but not essential. And if I have a craving for it, I can just go to the local cafe and get a pot to sip on while I sit there and play games or read.
I’m drinking it now as it’s a) a sipdown, b) old, and c) low in caffeine because there’s hardly any black tea in it.
I like this one a lot, especially with maple syrup. :) (Thanks for the tip, Sil! Maple syrup is AWESOME in some teas!)
Steam sources this one from JusTea, which is awesome. Makes it a lot easier for me to get.
(Side note: Reading the JusTea website, the owner started Rocky Mountain Bicycles. My bike is a ‘92 (I think) Rocky Mountain Fusion. The white women’s variety that I haven’t found anywhere on the internet. Small world!)
Thanks for the sample, CrowKettle!
I couldn’t fit this tea in my measuring spoons AT ALL, so I weighed it. 3 grams, 9 oz water (I overpoured).
The leaves are so massive, wow.
Steeped, this smells SO delicious. Honey for sure. It’s going to go SO well with the frangipane tarts I made (yes, it IS 4:54 am right now. I slept 6pm-1am, and I’m SO AWAKE.), and just.. yum.
Oooh, it tastes super good too. Very sweet, lots of honey sugary goodness. I’m not sure if the vanilla is all from the tarts, or if some of it is from the tea as well.
I really like this one, and if it’s in stock when I’m placing a Butiki order in the future, I really need to get some. I won’t need a lot, as this is a tea I’d like to treat thoughtfully rather than as a travel mug tea.
Here’s hoping the resteeps today rock as well!
Can’t deal with more caffeine tonight, so I’m drinking more of this. With soy creamer and a touch of honey. It’s actually dinner, combined with some chia lemonade stuff. Yep.
Even though I haven’t finished what I have of this tea, I almost bought another tin last night when I went to Chapters. It’s that good.