1882 Tasting Notes

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drank English Breakfast by Tealux
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.

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

hahaha i drink 98% of all my teas straight….but keemuns get maple syrup because there’s something about that blend. Also, similar to this, breakfast blends get it sometimes too. it’s just the right type of sweetner.

OMGsrsly

I love a bit of honey in my teas, but maple syrup is quickly taking over as my preferred sweetener! I still need to try it in Russian Caravan, but a smoky tea requires a certain type of morning. :)

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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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Eau Blanche by TWG Tea Company
1882 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I just chucked what was left into a basket and put hot water over it. Nothing scientific at all. The water had cooled some, but IDK what the temperature might be. 3 minutes later, I had to add honey.

It’s just SO perfumy it’s hard to drink.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1882 tasting notes

Yum yum yum. I brought this one to work today, deciding to use up the last bag that CrowKettle had given me earlier this summer. I still have some loose, but only a few cups.

This is definitely on the re-buy list! It’s an Earl Grey, but so much more.

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

I need to have a cup of this again! I keep forgetting about it!

JustJames

i love this tea.

Anna

I seriously have to try this – it’s on my dash every day.

keychange

@anna: you will try it very soon! :D

Anna

Oh, you spoilerer you.

OMGsrsly

More time to build anticipation! :D

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80
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
1882 tasting notes

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.

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

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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Buccaneer by SerendipiTea
1882 tasting notes

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.

:)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I like this one a lot, especially with maple syrup. :) (Thanks for the tip, Sil! Maple syrup is AWESOME in some teas!)

Yep. Yummy.

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!)

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

Err, not that the bike is for white women, but that it is white and it’s the women’s version…

Sil

Lmao

Cavocorax

Mmmm. I’ve never tried maple syrup in tea. I wonder if DAVDsTEA’s maple agave would be just as good?

Sil

smokey teas + maple syrup = my favourite time ever..especially keemuns

OMGsrsly

Cavo, my only thought is that maple flavour is really nothing like maple syrup, so adding maple flavored stuff to the tea would result in quite a different flavour profile.

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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!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

Nothing is better at 5 AM than frangipane tarts.

OMGsrsly

And tea! Can’t forget the tea. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh man, a second steep at 6 minutes was amazing as well. I’m gonna try to nap now, then I’ll get up and drink another steep!

Courtney

I never thought about weighing them. That is brilliant. I have quite a few where the leaves are just too big to fit in my measuring spoon.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1882 tasting notes

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.

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

Wait. Canadian Chapters have this?

Cavocorax

Yep! They have a pretty decent selection, although I think most of it is sachet, instead of loose-leaf. (Not that I mind – it tastes just as good!)
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/house-and-home/gourmet/beverages/tea/

keychange

Wow. Life changing. Wow! How did I not know this?!?!?!!?

Cavocorax

They have free shipping right now too if you wanted an excuse to go crazy. :P

keychange

Hmmm, it seems as though they only have the decaf version of vanilla Comoro. Or is it only a decaf option to begin with?

keychange

Ugh, sorry. Of course it’s decaf. I just read that. I must be blind or something. Putting my order together now!

ashmanra

Keychange: LOL! I “see” what you did there! Yes, this is decaf, and it has more caramel notes and sweetness than Vanilla Black by Harney. Both are good enough that I generally buy them by the pound. If you buy this one loose in the pound bag, stir it up to keep the vanilla bean specks evenly distributed. They are so yummy!

keychange

LOL! Ok, so I attempted to place my order, but of course their website is exceedingly inaccessible, so I’m going to have to call them and place my order by phone from work on Monday morning. It’s going to be so awkward sitting there in my office ordering tea, as I’m within earshot of everyone. sldkjfslkdjflkjf so frustrated. I can almost taste it! and sorry, omgsrsly, for pretty much highjacking your note here!

OMGsrsly

No problem! :) Glad others were able to help you out, since I apparently slept from about 6:30pm to 1am today…

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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.

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