1851 Tasting Notes

This tea has mulberries in it, which are incredibly sweet. No surprise the tea smells incredibly sweet! I’m not sure if the scent is more apricot or mulberry… I’m leaning towards mulberry, as it strongly reminds me of Gold Rush by DavidsTea. Only this one is a black tea with no coconut (as far as I can tell).

Ooh, that’s pretty good. Reminds me of Murchie’s Apricot as I sip on it. I didn’t add anything as there were a couple mulberries in my steeper and I knew they’d sweeten the tea considerably.

This one isn’t bad at all. It’s not a superfantasticoamazingomgwow quality tea, but it’s a nice flavoured black to sip on in the morning. :)

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

I haven’t tried this one yet.

OMGsrsly

Do! I quite like it. Not sure if I’d get more, as I do have other apricot teas in the cupboard. I think it would come down to variations in cost, though.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1851 tasting notes

Apparently my rating for this tea is kind of terrible. And I bought 8 oz of it. Oh well!

I’m drinking it as a latte tonight. I steeped it in part almond milk, part water. A little brown sugar (I resisted the rum, although I’m reconsidering), and voila! A comforting cinnamony, appley, nutty hot milky drink. I used 2 tbsp for 16 oz, which is why I will only get this one on sale.

It didn’t even brew up pink. Instead, it’s kinda murky.

Still, it does taste good this way. Just not great value for money.

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

I’m sure spiced rum would especially doctor this one up nicely. Or Frangelico. Mmm, or Galliano.

Uniquity

My in-laws love this one, they steep it for ages and add milk. My Mother in law say sit tastes like Strawberry Quick.

caile

A latte sounds good! Too bad it didn’t brew up pink though – it’s such a pretty color.

OMGsrsly

I was really surprised it didn’t end up pink. I’m going to have to play around with this one a bit, because it wasn’t too pink when I brewed it with just water, either. Maybe it was the batch? Oh well, it still tastes lovely.

caile

It could have been the batch – maybe not enough of those beetroot pieces which give the color.

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drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
1851 tasting notes

I haven’t had this one for a while as the tin is sitting under other tins in my cupboard. I brought it out when a friend asked for “Earl Grey” type teas… which I really don’t have many of.

This tea works so well in a travel mug, as well as a cup. 1 tsp per 16 oz water, you’d think the flavours would be weak and watery – well, they’re not. This truly is one of my favourite teas, and the hint of vanilla coupled with the delicateness of the bergamot work really well with the base of this tea.

Even though I ended up having coffee this morning too (The horror!), I’m really enjoying sipping on my mug of this.

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

I have to agree. This one’s one of my favourite “Earl Grey type” teas, though not one I tend to think of if I want an EG actually. It’s more of a tea I reach for when I want “that flavour I can’t describe”, and it really hits the spot.

I also had a sachet of it tied to the rearview mirror of my car for a bit the other day because it smelled better than the hot dog smell left over from having the dog in the back seat, haha

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I was hoping for more almonds, less fruity booze, but I’ll go with the fruity booze. If you drink brandy, it might go well with this tea. :)

It’s kinda cherries, some apple, spices, IDK. It’s quite comforting at a barely sippable hotness. I hope it stays drinkable as it cools down.

(I did add sugar to it. It smelled like it could go rather sour. About 1/4 tsp for 16 oz, which isn’t much.)

Fjellrev

Oh god, Stollen tea. Genius concept.

OMGsrsly

It got really really hibiscusy towards the end of the mug. :/ I’d like to see something like this with a base that’s not hibiscus.

Cavocorax

Hmmm. I hope the hibiscus doesn’t bother me too much. It’s so bulky though and they say to use 2 teaspoons. It won’t take much to drink that all up!

OMGsrsly

Consider adding sugar. Heh. I’ll add more like 3/4 tsp per 16 oz mug next time. I usually use very little sweetener though.

Fjellrev

Weird, hibiscus doesn’t belong in Stollen at all.

caile

Stollen tea sounds so good – but yeah, hibiscus in it not so much.

OMGsrsly

I think it has to do with the “fruit base” so many stores use. I think the base at Bayswater might be the same as Granville Island, as both places have the same bite to their fruit teas. The Cranberry Orange Chili Pepper tea didn’t bother me nearly as much though. Possibly because cranberry = sour?

Fjellrev

That would make perfect sense. You’d think it wouldn’t be hard to come up with a custom blend sans hibiscus by working with a different base but I guess that would involve a lot more work. A Stollen black ought to be made!

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1851 tasting notes

I think I might have enough of this tea now. :)

I decided to open up the first package tonight, and was surprised when I immediately shook out 3 giant strawberry slices. I put one in my steeper, then grabbed leaves and other bits from closer to the bottom of the package.

I steeped at about 175-180 for 2 minutes. I added a little sugar while steeping, because I want sweet comforting things.

This tea does not disappoint. It’s even better than I remember it being, if that’s possible. Delicate strawberry, the warmth of the ginger, the buttery dragonwell. The toffee is even more delicate, but goes so well with the buttery tea flavour.

I’m even going to do a second steep tonight (which is why I only did 2 mins to start).

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

It’s very very tasty. I enjoyed my resteep yesterday.

OMGsrsly

More toffee as it cools, too. I’m going to have to make some and stick it in the fridge. :) It’s nice at room temp, but I think it’d be better cold.

Fjellrev

Sounds lovely!

P.S. Got the package today and thank you so much for the samples, and of course, handling the Butiki order! Your samples pwn mine. :/ Remember, if you want to try more of anything, just say so. :)

OMGsrsly

Yay tea! Not a problem. :) At this point I have So Much, sharing is the best option!

Cavocorax

Eeeee! I can’t wait to visit Sil and grab mine!

And Incendiare – don’t worry about your samples. :) They were great. Perfect size for quick sipdowns.

Fjellrev

Aww, you guys. And the bear stamp is ADORABLE.

Cavocorax

Hahah. Glad you liked it. That was such a great birthday present. My friend drew the bear and showed it to me on twitter as a test for my reaction, but I had no idea that she was using it to design a stamp. :P Very sneaky.

Amariel

Ummmm, if you want to share more of this tea with me, I uhhh, wouldn’t say no. :P Sipdowns be damned, heh. :P

OMGsrsly

I think I’ll use it up pretty fast! I made extra this morning and put it in the fridge for after work, and it’s divine. Too late to drink it right now, though. I need to stop consuming caffeinated tea after 6, and I didn’t get home till almost 7!

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When you search for ‘Lemon Basil Oolong’ on Steepster, there are 5 other versions of this that come up. So I’m guessing they’re either mostly purchased from the same supplier, or someone decided they liked the idea and made their own.

I cold steeped this one overnight, and am drinking it with lemonade syrup and ice today. I really enjoy it this way. Lots of fresh basil, but the lemonade syrup brings it more into sbux ‘lemonade iced tea’ territory rather than a potential savoury mess.

Yum.

JustJames

i totally cheated and grabbed a black tea lemonade today. they’re so good.

OMGsrsly

Mow imagine that with some muddled basil. :)

OMGsrsly

Mow, now… I’ve been spending too much time kitten-sitting. Their language skills are rubbing off on me.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

It’s a very Mediterranean thing to mix lemonade with something like oregano or basil, so I’m not surprised there are other variations of this tea.

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drank Sugar Plum by Special Teas
1851 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, Heather!

This tea smells really sweet. Which really shouldn’t be surprising, considering it’s called “Sugar Plum”.

I’m sitting here sipping tea, thinking it’s time for a nap. So. Tea pretty good. Nothing fancy. Need to time the steep next time so I don’t oversteep it. Nap now.

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drank Mangosteen Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1851 tasting notes

Sipdown! Yay!

Finished this up this morning. I’ve really been enjoying the matcha powders unsweetened with almond milk. Super tasty.

(Super tasty in the way that I really like matcha with almond milk, not that all the flavours are amazing. Favourite flavours are still caramel, coconut and french vanilla.)

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So, Foxy Roxy. Me and your Banana Walnut Treat meet again.

Uhh, Stacy from Butiki sent me an order correction package (Possibly to one of her most chill customers. I was sad my tea was missing, but not really in a hurry to have it. I knew she’d send it out, and wow did she ever.), and included a sample of this one.

I know I have it in my cupboard, but my initial impression was that this tea was weird, and I didn’t really want to drink it. A plastic baggie style sample is the perfect way to get me to drink things I normally wouldn’t reach for…

So yes. Steeped as per the directions. Sugar added. And… this time it’s actually pretty good, people! Maybe I underleafed it? Definitely not going to have a problem drinking the rest of this tea now, although I am uncertain about a re-order.

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

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
1851 tasting notes

Thanks, Heather, this one is pretty good! I live err, love honey, so it’s not surprising that I like this tea.

It is really honey scented, and flavored. There’s a depth behind the honey that has to be the rooibos and mate, but the flavour definitely isn’t rooibos or medicinal.

Hmm. As it has mate in it, it’s more of a morning/lunch tea for me. Unfortunately this makes it’s application limited, as I really prefer a black tea in the morning.

So this is a tea I’ll probably have around occasionally, but I won’t need to keep stocked in my cupboard.

(I’m drinking this tea while kitten-sitting. They’ve been going 100% since I got here and gave them food, and kitten-mama is trying to hide from them and get pets. So adorable, all of them.)

Amariel

I do like this, but I do agree…I like my morning tea to be black or a dark oolong. This is good on some days off though. I got it so I could see what hubby thought since he misses the Arizona Iced TEa Herbal Tonic he got in the states earlier this year.

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