1918 Tasting Notes

So I decided to look for some homemade cold remedies. There’s one where you take lemon and ginger (and chili), and pour honey over and keep it in the fridge.

There’s another where you take cinnamon and honey and mix them together.

Both of these would be spooned into a glass of boiling water to make a tisane.

So I decided to concoct my own. No lemons in my house right now, so I used 1/2 cup honey, 3 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground tumeric. I’m drinking some now. I still can’t really taste anything, but I can tell this stuff is SPICY. I’d probably only use 1/4-1/2 tsp tumeric next time. That stuff is strong. And stains everything yellow. :)

JustJames

david’s teas la la lemon with honey and rum make a good toddy (ahem….. tastes like neo citran) lol.

awesome recipe, though i can’t do spice…. mouth yes, gut no. let me know if it helps!

OMGsrsly

Ginger good. :) I like using this recipe, essentially: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/saenggangcha

I used grated palm sugar, some honey, ginger, and I like to add a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom for extra deliciousness. :)

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Mixed Ginger Puerh and Super Ginger from DavidsTea this morning for my cold. Ugh, colds are terrible. My coworker’s partner is pregnant, so bringing a cold to work is an awful idea.

Anyways. I can’t taste anything. I can sorta smell a bit kinda, but the taste is just sweet, and the sense is just warming. This will be a good time to go through all of those green teas I never drink. :)

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Tasty, but not gingery enough! I know, I know. It’s just that when I see SUPER ginger, I expect it to be SUPER gingery!

Good thing I have ginger in my freezer. I’m gonna grate some of that sucker up and boil it with palm sugar for some seriously super gingery tea.

:)

(I like this tea, and it would be handy at work if I pre-bagged it, but I usually want gingery tea when I’m at home and sick, so it comes in second to grated ginger.)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

What a great idea! I’ll have to remember that next time I’m not feeling well.

CrowKettle

I want to try this one, but disappointing to hear you don’t think it’s gingery enough. Freshly grated ginger is amazing.

OMGsrsly

It’s very gingery for a ginger tea, but dried ginger is missing some of that fresh bite that makes my nose run. :) That’s what I’m looking for. Overpowering ridiculous gingerness. I’ll grate about 2" of ginger with a microplane for 16 oz of ginger tea when I’m feeling awful, so YMMV.

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
1918 tasting notes

(Note 555!) This one is from Cavocorax. Thanks! :)

Dry, the leaves smell strongly of mint. I was going to say spearmint, but apparently that would be marshmallow and peppermint. Unless the “natural flavours” contain spearmint or wintergreen or something.

Steeped, my first thought was, “OH SHOOT I’ve ruined it!” I’m not so sure I did. It’s a weird minty flavour, but I can tell there’s a black tea base, and something creamy. That must be the marshmallow root.

IDK. I don’t usually drink minty things, but figured that since I have a cold this would be good to try. Well, that and the fact Read My Lips smelled terrible to me today.

I added some honey, and that helps things out a bit I think. I’ll have to try this one again when I’m not sick, but I’ll drink most of it over the next few days as the mint helps clear my sinuses.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

I like this best steeped in milk heh

OMGsrsly

That’s a thought. Maybe almond milk right now, though. I don’t need any dairy right now! (Although I was thinking of making pasta with creamy parmesan sauce. Hmm.)

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Sipdown!

This tea smells a bit like vanilla citrus cake just in the bag. It makes me crave muffins with brown sugar and citrus zest sprinkled onto the top to make it all crunchy and delicious.

Of course, my smelling is rather suspect right now due to a cold, but this is what I wanted, so this is what I’m having.

Steeping it for 2 minutes at a lower temperature (kettle wasn’t quite boiling, then I let it sit for a few minutes before pouring), it smells so delicious. Not really grapefruit, but lots of vanilla.

If they had samples of the loose tea, or any smaller option than a tin of sachets or 1lb of loose, I would probably get it again to try. As it is, it’s a nice vanilla tea with some citrus notes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
1918 tasting notes

I made this pretty weak today, but it’s perfect for how I’m feeling. Enough spice to let me taste things, but not so much that it will make my tummy upset.

I think I’ll be drinking a lot of tea today. Warm comfort in a mug – what could be better when you’re sick?

It’s even better now with real water, now that I’m not camping. ShayneBear introduced me to this with a bagged sample, but the terrible water when I was out on a hike almost ruined it. I mean, it was drinkable, but none of the flavours really came through. It was more of a murky mess.

So yeah. I like this chai. It’s nice. Not a 4oz tin nice, though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1918 tasting notes

Because of the way DavidsTea advertises this one, I made a steeper of it in the fridge while I was at work yesterday. I was hoping that drinking it (it’s like slightly tart, delicious juice) would make me feel better.

Not yet. But my hopes haven’t been completely crushed.

:)

I’m going to make more of this one today. So far it’s not irritating my throat, and I’m finding the flavour really refreshing.

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I had a big mug of this one yesterday afternoon. So delicious and comforting, I do like this one with a bit of honey.

Yum, tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I had a big mug of this yesterday as I felt I might be coming down with something. With a little honey in my travel mug, this tea was excellent. Warmth from the ginger, a nice comforting background from the puerh.

Definitely one I’d like to keep around. Not necessarily a tin, but maybe a bit more in my bag. :)

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

I need to try this one!

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
1918 tasting notes

Sipdown! Yay!

I do like this one, but can’t really justify buying more right now. Instead, I’m going to take some DavidsTea Redberry Tonic (since I have some) and add a few lavender flowers and a spoonful of sage leaves. It won’t be quite the same, but since the strongest flavour in this one is the sea buckthorn, followed by the citrus and sage and lavender, I feel that will be a good substitute.

Sipping this down with a spoonful of honey. Yum.

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Boiling 5 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.

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