1900 Tasting Notes

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This smells like the best kind of orange creamsicle you can imagine. Fresh oranges, organic cream from grass fed cows, honey to sweeten, bourbon extracted vanilla. Mmm… (Wait. I have a Zoku, I could make these!)

I’m sitting here sniffing my tea, almost scared to taste it because there’s no way it could live up to what it promises.

Ohhhh, this is… really nice. I think I’ll steep it 3 minutes next time. I used 1.5 tsp leaf in an 8-10oz mug. The tea flavour in the background is so lovely. The orange and vanilla blend so well together (mmm, cakes and ice cream), and the other spices are present but don’t detract from the tea that underlies it all.

It’s been my experience that Verdant does amazing blends, but I do not care for the plain teas at all. I’d like to try this one at some point, (Sil, are you paying attention? :) ) as this blend is really so, so good.

I can hardly wait to try it with more steeps, more leaf, and maybe even gaiwan style.

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

Holy crap, so glad I got some despite the mixed reviews. I still haven’t opened mine yet. :)

Sil

Huh? Try which one?

OMGsrsly

This is totally up my alley. I love these flavours, I love toasted dandelion root (I used to have it in fake coffee with chicory all the time), and this is pretty amazing to me. :) Hope you like it as much as I do! I’m so glad I got 2 oz.

OMGsrsly

Zhu Rong. :D I know you have it! Do you have enough to share, though?

Sil

Oh…yeah. You need to start a list for me in one place lol. I can add that heh

OMGsrsly

Second steep, 3.5 minutes with a little honey added. Mmm.

OMGsrsly

LOL. Ok, I’ll make a list for you on Facebook. :D

Cavocorax

So I’m reading your note and I started to freak out just a bit because I was worried I didn’t add this as my sample when I ordered my Laoshan Black with Sil (oh, I could go for a cup of that right now – how ridiculous am I). But, you’ll ALL be SO relieved to know that I do have this as a sample.

YES. I also cashed in my $10 GC so I’ll be ready for the next eventual order. (in the spring? Ha)

OMGsrsly

Yay! Glad you have a sample. I underleafed, but I think I’ll use the full tbsp next time. I think I’ll get more spicey herby flavours. :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

The dandelion root really adds so much to this tea! I think I need to maake an exception to my no mail-orders until Thanksgiving promise for this tea! :-)

Sil

i think i arbitrarily bought an ounce of this for shits and giggles…and haven’t tried it yet

Amariel

This tea sounds very yummy.

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This one just tastes SO creamy and milky. I made it as a shaken latte with unsweetened almond milk this morning, and 1/4 tsp of sugar.

Really delicious, but I still like the French Vanilla more.

Thanks, CrowKettle for sharing the rest of this one with me! I have a couple more morning lattes, and then I’ll finally be done!

Courtney

I really wasn’t sure on this one until I had it as a cold soy latte. It just works so well that way! Now I’ll have to try the French Vanilla.

OMGsrsly

The French Vanilla is just.. more. :) I really like it, and it would be such a good mixer in smoothies and stuff.

Courtney

I will have to remember that for my next matcha order. Have you tried the Madagascar Vanilla?

OMGsrsly

Nope. :) I rely on the kindness of friends for my Red Leaf, and I don’t think that one has made it through my cupboard yet.

Sil

Remind me…I can add matcha to the box going out that way….as long as I’ve opened the flavour I can send it

OMGsrsly

All the matcha? LOL. I’ll message you and let you know which ones I’d LOVE to try. They’re in your cupboard?

Amariel

I haven’t gotten to this one yet.

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drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
1900 tasting notes

Such a nice Earl Grey. Not too much bergamont, and excellent with a spot of cream.

I enjoyed this a lot this morning. Yay for sorta randomizing my teas!

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

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drank Hemp Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1900 tasting notes

This one is from CrowKettle a while back.

I thought I’d tried it, but apparently not! Anyways, the flavour is greatly diminished, or it’s something that’s not readily teased out for me. It’s a tasty matcha, a little bit nutty, a little bit sweet. I had it as a cold latte (as usual) and did enjoy it.

I’m curious how it tastes fresh, and how it tastes to other people (gotta read those reviews!). It’d be worth picking up, as the flavour seems like it would blend well with others.

Nxtdoor

I love seeing how people seem to pick the same teas in a day, seemingly independent of each other. KittyLovesTea had this just this morning. You probably don’t follow each other — at least I know you don’t follow her, I haven’t bothered checking the other way around. Anyway, since you mentioned wanting to see others’ review, well, there’s a fresh one from her.

OMGsrsly

:) I saw that one earlier, but didn’t realize it was from today too!

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I picked this one up because it smelled GINGERY to me, and I love ginger drinks.

I rinsed it with 1/2 cup of hot water, dumped that out, then steeped for just over 3 minutes, and added a stick of honey.

It’s pretty good. There’s a lot of warmth from the ginger, I can’t really tell that there’s any orange in it, and the puerh isn’t fishy now that I’ve rinsed it. Not sure that I need to have this in my cupboard, but I’ll probably finish the sample I got within a couple days. :)

Amariel

It’s good to have for when you get sick…

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1900 tasting notes

Why hadn’t I tried this tea yet? It’s amazing!

Even though I used too hot of a temperature, this tea turned out so well. It’s juicy, dark, strong and delicious.

Gonna resteep this one until it becomes a mere shadow of itself.

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

I’m currently doing that with Butiki’s Gui Fei Oolong haha! Butiki is just so amazing.

Amariel

Mine was not terribly strong, so I may have under leafed or under steeped it.

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Not going to manage to sip this down, as I’m going to try a second steep. Just one more cup, though!

Today it’s delicious, lightly sweet toasted walnuts. The base and the nuts are just perfect right now, yay!

Not much banana, but that’s why I want to try a second steep.

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

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drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
1900 tasting notes

This tea isn’t bad, but it’s not one of my favourite flavours.

This means: SIPDOWN! I’m giving the rest away to a friend who really liked it.

It is exactly as described. A slightly herbal berry tea with a tart taste. I definitely prefer it with sugar, as I find the base quite puckery as well.

So glad I got this one to try, but not one I’ll be buying again.

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

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Mmm….

Perfect tea for a chilly morning, heading to work.

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drank Saigon Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1900 tasting notes

This is definitely more spicy than sickly-sweet-cinnamony.

Yay!

Steeped 1 cup of tea extra strong, then poured it into some heated almond milk. This is pretty decent!

(Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE cinnamon. Sadly, I’d been drinking Teavana’s Maharaja Oolong thing, which IS sickly sweet cinnamony with very little tea flavour. So this is a really nice change.)

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

I like this one…its what ruined Pumpkin Chai for me, because PC isn’t really chai by comparison.

OMGsrsly

Very true. It’s still not quite what I’m looking for though. I might just buy some masala chai mix at the local Sufi market and add it to a breakfast tea. :)

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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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