1920 Tasting Notes

OMG I HAVE A VARIABLE TEMPERATURE KETTLE WOOOO!!! Thanks, Nxtdoor!

Ahem.

Now that’s out of the way, I brewed this one up at 158C (as per my kettle! Eee!!), and it’s WAY nicer. Not bitter at all. The strawberry flavour is still super mild to me, but that could be due to the cold. Still not a super fan, but that’s because I’m not in love with most green teas.

So. Brewing at the proper temperature makes tea nicer. It’s also a LOT easier to brew tea at the proper temperature when you have a kettle that takes care of that issue for you.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/8/KitchenBath/2/Appliances/Kettles/PRD~0430284P/T-Fal+Thermovision+Digital+Kettle%2C+1.7-L.jsp?locale=en

It’s even on sale! Just make sure you CALL your local store and get them to put it on hold for you! My local store didn’t have it, so I called another and went there only to get the last one on the shelf! They said they had NINE.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Lol Grats.

OMGsrsly

It’s exciting! Now my green teas and oolongs won’t languish in the cupboard unloved…

CrowKettle

That’s now on my list of things to pick up this week. Hope they have one in stock near me :)

OMGsrsly

The downside is it beeps a lot. It beeps when it reaches temperature, it beeps when you set it on the base, beep beep beep. It’s not too loud though.

MissLena

You will love your kettle! I am rather lost without mine when I go to my parents place now, I have to wait about 10 minutes for water to cool for greens/whites, no idea what the temp is when I do that, but I don’t want to burn them! Var. temps make life so much easier :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, you totally have a point! Oh well. My parents pretty much only drink black teas, and my mom uses bubbling-boiling water for everything, or else it’s “not hot enough.” Yeah. No wonder she doesn’t like green tea!

CrowKettle

The microwave in our apartment already does lots of beeping. No one will notice a kettle under that. :D

Nxtdoor

LOL. HOw did I miss this? Hahahaha. I love it. Glad you’re happy. I feel exactly the same way. I am now certain I am not abusing my teas. Am trying this tea for the first time today. We shall see.

OMGsrsly

:D I still love it. Especially the “keep warm”, because I can get up, stumble into the kitchen, put the kettle on, go get ready, then come back and make my tea! I think one of the Zojirushi water heaters would be awesome too, but this works well for me. :)

Cavocorax

I’m so excited to get mine! :O I hope there’s not a huge difference in quality in the $60 range for kettles. I’m not super big on researching. I just want it to work. (I’ll check the forums though)

OMGsrsly

I got this one because 1) Nxtdoor recommended it, 2) COLOURS! It lights up!, and 3) it was on sale. So happy with it so far. Just remember that to return stuff during the 1 year warranty at Canadian Tire, you need the box. So keep it with the receipt, just in case.

Cavocorax

Cool. I’ll remember that!

Sil

There were some stupidly good deals last year in kettles. I know. I gotmybreville for next to nothing heh.

OMGsrsly

I saw brevilles on sale for $189 I think last week. Still too expensive for me. :)

Sil

Naw mine was under 100 heh only reason it came home with me lol

OMGsrsly

Dude that’s amazing. The tea maker one?

Sil

Naw just the regular variable. The tea making one seems like and xercise in having to clean way more than I want to for the amount of tea I drink.

OMGsrsly

The only reason it tempts me is it has a timer and can have tea ready for me to stumble into the kitchen and drink when I first wake up. :D

Cavocorax

Yeah it’d be nice to have tea waiting for me, but I think it’d require too much cleaning too. :( Sometimes it’s hard enough to get the taste of the last tea out of my cup – don’t want to worry about the whole pot!

Cavocorax

I’m hoping to get one that’ll boil it to whatever temperature I want, while I’m in the shower, and then I can run out and start steeping my teas while I pack up my lunch/put my shoes on etc. Then I’ll still have time for my tea! (Because waking up 10 minutes earlier probably won’t happen)

OMGsrsly

LOL. The keep warm function is so nice. I basically do the same thing.

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Sipdown! I didn’t even have ANY of this before I doctored it up with whiskey and honey.

Yes, drinking at breakfast. I know, I know.

Anyways, I wish I could get more of this tea. I hadn’t seen a whiskey tea before… Betjeman et Barton have Balade Irlandaise, but I have no idea how much shipping would be.

This is really good when you’re sick. I’m sure it’d be excellent as a cocktail, as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hey! This is pretty good hot.

I added a spoon of honey (still trying to beat the sick!), and the lemon and citrus notes are at the front. Nice.

I still don’t care for the medicinal rooibos, but it is a refreshing tea even hot. Good for hydration. Hmm. Maybe I’ll ice some tomorrow and bring it to work…

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

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Oh no! The first note. Thanks for yet another tea, Sil. :)

I stood there waiting for the water to reach 170-175C. With a candy thermometer, suspended in my kettle. That’s how serious I am about trying these blasted teas!

I REALLY need to get a variable temp kettle! I might go to Canadian Tire tomorrow to see what’s available.

For a green tea, this is pretty good! It smells of fruity dessert. Maybe an apple crumble, but without the oats? A little buttery, definitely fruity. The flavour isn’t strong at all, but that could be due to the age of the sample (I don’t even know how Sil got it!) or how it’s been packaged, or because I didn’t use the right water temperature. IDK.

It’s pretty good, and I’ll enjoy the cup, but it’s nothing I’d chase down. It’s going into my ahem swap box, I think. Might as well pass on the French teas!

Thanks for sharing! :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

This is why you try all the teas!

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drank Hibiscus Berry Rose by Verdant Tea
1920 tasting notes

Cold brew: Really pretty, but no.

:/

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Thanks, Sil!

This one tasted pretty good, but then I said, “TO HECK WITH IT!” and doctored it up. A capful of whiskey, a large spoonful of honey, and I’m on my way to feeling better.

Wow. Yum.

And yes, I do have to go to work this afternoon, thanks for asking. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
JustJames

lol! there’s the spirit!

OMGsrsly

Now I’m sipping an innocuous infusion of brown sugar and ginger at work. :) Another hour, and I can go home!

Sil

Hahaha

OMGsrsly

It worked! It was delicious! Totally making it again tomorrow morning. :)

Sil

This one grew on me…I’m sad I can’t get it anymore

OMGsrsly

Betjeman et Barton has an Irish whiskey tea, although you have to fill out ALL the info to find out how much shipping is. I hadn’t seen the flavour before.

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Thanks, Sil! For real this time. :) Those little pots you sent the matcha in are adorable!

The flavoured matchas are so strong I can smell them through my cold. Wow! I’m having this one iced this morning. A couple spoons of matcha, mixed with some hot water, topped up with unsweetened almond milk and ice.

Delicious. I actually quite like this flavour with a cold, but I’m not certain how it would be without the cold. Would I be able to taste any chemical flavour? I’m not sure.

Right now, this one and Pineapple (smells SO good!) are on my “must buy” list. :)

Matcha Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
Flavor: Distinctive

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Thanks, Sil? I think? I mean, you didn’t like it and I certainly am not enjoying it.

I only steeped for 2 minutes and it’s ridiculously overly strong. I do like the cloves, but can’t taste anything over the bitterness of the CTC base tea.

Next time I’ll put some into warm almond milk. If I keep it. I might give it away before I have a chance, though.

(I added 1/3 cup almond milk and almost 1 tbsp sugar to help. Not helping. Still doesn’t taste sweet – just bitter.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yeah. This was one of those…“maybe someone else will love this” tea

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drank Hibiscus Berry Rose by Verdant Tea
1920 tasting notes

Well, I’m going to try cold brewing this, but I think this one is a miss. I had to add some honey to cut the licorice root taste (there’s hardly any licorice root in it, but the aftertaste just lingers for me). I think it might be the coriander that’s just not working for me.

The idea of hibiscus and rose is a lovely one. I could see rose petals working really well in Agua de Jamaica.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yeah. I like hubby but this blend was a miss. I actually only liked one of te most recent new ones

OMGsrsly

Which one did you like?

Chizakura

I’ve been really curious about this one. I had originally planned to grab some on my most recent Verdant order, but they were out of stock. And I wasn’t willing to wait, heh. :D So next order after THAT then.

OMGsrsly

It is so weird! Total hit or miss I think. :)

Sil

Uh the one I liked was the vanilla one? vanilla citrus

OMGsrsly

Ooh. That’s my favourite, but the others were pretty good for me as well.

Chizakura

Maybe I’ll buy this as a sample size. I think you’re right about it being hit or miss, people tend to love it or REALLY not care for it from what I’m seeing.

I love the Vanilla Citrus Spice as well. x3 So good and unique with its combo of flavors. I’m about to try out Orchard Spice now too~

OMGsrsly

I like orchard spice, but it needs more apple. Good thing I just made some applesauce. :) I’ll add it to the tea like one can do with jam, for a little something different.

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I wish this was a black tea.

As a green tea, it’s only OK. I don’t really care for the base, which isn’t surprising as I don’t really like green teas. It’s also striking me as really floral right now, which isn’t cool. Strawberry tea should not smell of a flower store. No idea if that’s my cold, or just the way the tea has aged.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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