1900 Tasting Notes

I had a big mug of this unsweetened after an amazing ham dinner tonight. Yum!! I overstepped it but it was still full of earthy sweet goodness. And my tummy is feeling better now. :)

CrowKettle

You’re seriously making me crave some good woodsy puerh.

OMGsrsly

For the price I don’t know that I’d buy this one again, but I’m really enjoying it. :)

OMGsrsly

My mom decided to keep it. :)

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Actually pretty good. Sweet honey notes. Really mild. Even my dad seemed to like it. :)

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Looks like cedar bark. Smells like the forest.

Tastes like the forest, too. My mom might go for this one if I can convince her to rinse it and do multiple steeps. Maybe.

I actually quite like it. Damp coastal rainforesty goodness. I added a touch of honey since I stuck it in a travel mug (I’m meeting a friend! I want tea!), just to prevent it from tasting like metallic dirt. Hopefully I get a chance to do a steeping session at my parents this weekend!

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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70
drank English Breakfast by Tealux
1900 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Today with sweetened condensed milk. Because I can.

I now have 150g of English Breakfast from my mom that I need to drink my way through. Sigh. I need to keep working on convincing her that 50g is a maximum for me.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I decided to pre-bag some of this tea for work, so I start drinking it up. Smelling the lovely sour apple scent, I gave in and made a cup. I steeped it quite cool for 2 minutes, and kept the bag for another steep.

Mmm. Yes, there’s lots of rose, but the apple flavouring in this one is just so nice. I don’t really know why there are so many nuts in it, but I’m going to eat them once I do a second steep.

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2 min, 0 sec

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
1900 tasting notes

I got a box of this for work, since I managed to unearth the kettle and clean our food storage area out.

It’s not too bad. White tea, some berry flavour, doesn’t need anything added as I find it fairly sweet, at least until it cools significantly. Once cold it’s a bit astringent, but again, it doesn’t really bother me.

Bagged teas are so much easier for work, as we don’t have a kitchen area… rather, we have a table, then down the hall is the fridge and a cupboard for dishes, then further down the hall is a sink and microwave that’s shared with the department. I’ll probably bring some home-bagged teas to work at some point, but I’ll limit it to stuff I’ll use up within a couple days.

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1900 tasting notes

Drinking more. Mostly cinnamon and chicory tonight. Again, I added sweetened condensed milk.

So delicious and comforting.

I think I’ll have to fill a tin with this one, then bring it home and maybe bash it with the mortar and pestle to break up the gigantic lumps.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
CrowKettle

Oh, this sounds so good right now.

OMGsrsly

I love this one, but the HUGE CHUNKS of everything in the tea are a little silly. Almost impossible to measure when your spoon only holds one chunk of cinnamon…

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4g of tea in 1 cup of water.

5 seconds in, and I’m thinking, “WHOA this is TEA.” Yes. The tea feels like it’s shouting at me about how tea-like it is. It smells SO strong, but the colour is no where near what I’d expect.

Steep 1: Deep tobacco and leather taste. Drank half, dumped the rest out. The tea is not astringent or bitter at all, but the tobacco and leather are just too much for me.

Steep 2: More tobacco and leather and smoke. Ugh.

Steep 3 (10s): Starting to sweeten up a bit. Still tobacco and leather and smoke.

I have to stop here for now. I’ll put the leaves in the fridge and maybe have a couple steeps in the morning before work.

It’s interesting, but not flavours I would ever reach for.

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70
drank English Breakfast by Tealux
1900 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.

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 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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