1883 Tasting Notes

A tiny sample from Heather Martin. Just making half a cup of this to taste.

The dry leaves smell so tasty. Nice and dark and malty.

Ohhh, I like this one. A lot. It’s fairly light, sweet, malty, yet strong. (Light maybe because I underleafed.) So good. Definitely on my “to buy” list for Teavivre.

Thanks, Heather! :)

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

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Sipping down a sample.

The tea smells and tastes like umami. Bonito flakes and soy sauce, but very delicate and lightly sweet.

Would be excellent in chazuke, a Japanese tea and rice soup.

Not 100% sure about sipping on this one.

As it cools, it gets a little fruity, a little bitter. It’s really quite interesting, but I’m glad I only have this one cup sample to sip down.

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

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
1883 tasting notes

A one-cup sample from CrowKettle!

This tea smells sooo peachy and delicious. I steeped it a bit cooler than boiling (boiling water and tea scares me), and added a pinch of sugar.

This tea is… kind of sparkly. Such a weird texture! The base is quite delicious, even though I don’t think it’s one of my favourites. The peach flavour is just yum. I don’t drink beer, and have no idea what hops taste like, but this has a bit of an odd flavour to it that must be the hops.

I think I’d like it a lot more if it was just peach, but this is pretty good! I’ll enjoy my cup, but won’t reorder.

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

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A tea from Cavocorax that I just found as I was tidying. Of course I had to try it.

It’s, uhh, chocolatey and vanilla-y? I don’t mind it, but I don’t think it’s a must-have. I like it a bit better with some sugar in it to bring out the flavours a bit more.

I’m not really sure what to say about this one. It’s not bad, but it’s not my favourite, and I probably won’t purchase any. shrug

Edit: Ahh, I know. It needs to be thicker to go with the flavours. The tea is really quite thin feeling to me. Hmm.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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This one was pretty good. Really minty today, though. I steeped it in my insulated mug this morning, and am just finishing it (cold) now.

I have to remember to only add milk to this, no sugar. The candies and chocolate are sweet enough!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Maharaja Chai Oolong by Teavana
1883 tasting notes

This morning, all I could taste was the cinnamon. No tea, no other spices, just steeped cinnamon with some sugar.

Bleh.

Much better as a latte. Definitely will not repurchase. :/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I can see how this tea would go well with mint and sugar. So tasty. Yes, it’s a green tea I like! A little toasted, a little savoury (but nothing like Silk Road’s Melon Seed…), lots of depth.

Now I’m super excited to try the other Gunpowder teas I got in the swap!

Thanks, Cavocorax!

(This will probably resteep well, too, since the leaves didn’t even manage to fully unfurl. Yay!)

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

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drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
1883 tasting notes

I think this one must be rather old or too aired out, because the flavour was really bland and disappointing.

Boo. CTC assam chai’s are some of my favourites (not that I have any, of course), and I had high hopes. I’ll probably pick up a sample size when I do an order, but so far this is not a must have.

This sample was from CrowKettle, who appears to have received it from Fiddling. :)

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

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It smells like water from boiled veggies, like asparagus, chard, and spinach. Not really my favourite tea smell.

My face is probably pretty ridiculous right now. I want to taste this tea, and give it a fair shot, but…

Yeah, ok. It’s green veggies and bean sprouts and it’s SWEET. Weird. I might get through 1/4 of my mug (I steeped it per Silk Road’s normal parameters, which is 1 tsp tea for 2 cups of water).

Umm, thank you, CrowKettle, for sharing this one with me. Definitely not something I’ll be buying myself, but green teas are always worth a try. I’ll be giving the rest of the sample to a friend to try.

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

Haha love it. It’s hard when you really want to try and say something redeeming about the tea but honestly can’t. But hey, you know what you don’t like.

Fjellrev

Weird, I wonder what it would be like to make stock with it for soup.

OMGsrsly

It might work for something like that Japanese soup where you pour hot tea over rice and other tasty things.

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Sipping this one (also with real soy creamer instead of powdered milk) this evening. So delicious. A little sweet, nutty (but not bitter), etc. I’ll have to pick up more of this one. I can see why it’s the most popular tea the store does.

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

Is this one ever dangerous. Already half done my bag.

OMGsrsly

Thankfully it’s not too expensive. :)

Cavocorax

Yep. It’s back on my shopping list.

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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)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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