1861 Tasting Notes

drank Peaches & Ginger by Harney & Sons
1861 tasting notes

Not my favourite. I liked the one I got from Steam Tea House way better, but they’re not carrying it anymore. That one was more ginger spice and warmth with ripe peaches. This one is candy, and I don’t like the base as much.

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drank Green Darjeeling by Kusmi Tea
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I had this one a while ago, as broth for soup. It was pretty good. Not a big fan of green teas, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it, but not too bad.

It made really good broth for my soup. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

happy 500th cup!

OMGsrsly

Thanks! :)

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I had one serving left, so I just made it up as a latte. 50/50 unsweetened almond milk and water. A little brown sugar. Steeped slowly on the stove while I organized my tea cupboard and pulled out some teas to give away, and some teas to sip down.

Mmm. I’ll have to get another coconut oolong. This is still really good, although I think the coconut is about to go off. Too bad all the other available coconut oolongs are mail order. If DavidsTea still had this one, I’d definitely head out in the next couple days to refill my 50g tin. As it is, a coconut oolong gets to sit on my shopping list until I happen to order from a place that carries it.

Fjellrev

Wow, the coconut was starting to go off? Here I was whining that I polished off my 25g so fast and didn’t have the chance to get 100g. Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t. This sounds like one they should have all year round so you can get it fresh.

OMGsrsly

Yep, starting to go off. So I only did one steep instead of two. I had it in a little Silk Road sample tin… maybe one of the zip top bags would have been better.

Fjellrev

By the way, what’s the best coconut oolong you’ve had so far?

OMGsrsly

This is the only one! :)

Cavocorax

I really like the one from Zen Tea, and it’s cheap if you hot them during a sale!

OMGsrsly

That’s what I was considering! I want more phoenix pearls, too. And maybe some Strawberry black. Hmm. Gonna try to wait till Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I’m saving my pennies. :)

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Yeah, I’m done with this one. The idea is great, but I’m sipping the tea and meh. I had no choice but to add cream and sugar, to try and smooth out the flavours. This way it’s drinkable, but still not that great. And it’s becoming more bitter and cloying as it cools.

I don’t need “meh” teas in my cupboard in large quantities, especially when they’re using up a precious tin. So, goodbye tea. Hope you enjoy your new life in the compost bin.

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

Yay! I’m with you on that! Boo to "meh " teas

OMGsrsly

I should have kept it to do a big giveaway. Ahh well. I’m finding other “meh” teas I can package up and send someone.

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Sipdown! Actually, it’s a double sipdown because I combined my last cup of this with my last cup of Creme Brulee. Mmmm….

Just a little creamer in there, and it’s delicious hazel nougat-y coffee-tea flavour with some burnt sugar on top. Mmm.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

Nice!

OMGsrsly

Sneaky, right? :D

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Yup.

Fairy tea.

Sweet, thick, delicate jasmine, rose and yum.

Too floral to be an every day tea, but very very tasty.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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85

I forgot how good this tea is. I used the last of my package for one giant mug, and it ended up being just a tiny bit over 4 tsp.

This tea is dark and rich and malty and delicious. It goes quite well with the chocolate chocolate coconut cherry almond granola I made last night. :)

I might have to re-order this one as a special occasion tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I really REALLY taste my not-a-favourite, Laoshan Black in here. When I first opened the package and smelled it, when the scent of the leaves hit my nose after I first added the hot water, I was worried. Even when I first tasted the tea, I was not certain I’d be able to drink the whole cup.

Fear not. After adding honey and cream, and letting it cool down a fair bit, I’m actually enjoying this tea. I still taste and smell the dirt I get from LB, but the other teas and the additives have tempered it from ‘dirt’ to ‘earthy’. I get malty chocolate, and some fruitiness.

So far, so good.

(2 tsp in 16 oz)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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This might actually be my favourite tisane ever. It’s so good. Herbal, medicinal, sweet, spicy, goes well with honey.

So comforting and delicious.

I’m really glad I got 2 oz of this one when it was on sale… I probably should have gotten more.

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

I should have gotten some as well, I’m still going on my second 2 oz package since it came out last year, this is my favorite tisane as well :D it’s just perfect!

Fjellrev

Damn, I passed this one up thinking the sage would be weird.

OMGsrsly

I love the sage in it. So good with honey.

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It must be the goji berries that are all chunky and coated with stuff in my bag.

This tea is much more of a sweet cinnamon, but that’s not due to the cinnamon – it’s because of the tulsi. Tulsi is really sweet and herby, with a mint/basil taste (that I love). The spicy cinnamon Verdant uses tastes so good with it.

I can’t pick out the goji berry taste OR the puerh at all. I mean, I know there’s tea in here due to the colour in my cup, but it just lends a depth of flavour. I’m sure if I had the puerh separately at any point I’d be able to identify it, but here it blends pretty much seamlessly.

I don’t like this one as much as the Vanilla Citrus Spice (so far), but it’s still lovely and I really like the tulsi. I’ll be resteeping this one this morning. I hope the puerh takes over at some point!

(3g in 8 oz, with a short rinse)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

The second steep at 4 minutes was really nice, too. More puerh and cinnamon, almost no tulsi minty basil. Completely different, yet similar.

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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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