1851 Tasting Notes

drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1851 tasting notes

(Edit) Ahem. Star date 20150130, from the USS Enterprise NCC-1701… (Should have had an Earl Grey!!)

Oh, I really really like this and I’m sad it’s pretty much gone. Just one more steep when I get home from work.

The flavours are super delicate and I mostly taste the base tea in my travel mug today. But there are hints of dark chocolate and orange and sweetness and malt.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
mrmopar

Beam me up Scotty there’s no Earl grey on this planet! Wait Jim didn’t drink tea did he?
;P

OMGsrsly

Haha. Whiskey, sometimes. So maybe he could be brought over to the dark side with some puerh. :)

OMGsrsly

(I was thinking of the NCC-1701D. But of course I missed that in my note edit!)

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
1851 tasting notes

Delicious this morning, with cream, while Sil talked me into ordering from Butiki AND Mandala. Gee Sil. ;)

Roasted nuts and shells, hints of charcoal, sweet candy chestnut, etc. Yum yum yum! I do like this tea. And I’m almost out, which will be sad.

(2.5 tsp in 16 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

yeah…those rubber arms of yours…. all MY fault…

OMGsrsly

:D Oh totally. I mean, it’s not like I’m easy when it comes to group orders or anything.

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Ooo…. Very floral and fruity. A little nuts in the background I think, but sweet nuts like frangipane.

Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles!

I do like this one, and the name is SUPER fun. But I think it’s just too sweet-candy-fruity-floral for me to want to keep it around.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ThainofBuckland

Does it taste similar to marzipan?

ashmanra

Puerh Gourmand is really tasty, too!

OMGsrsly

It doesn’t taste like marzipan to me. It tastes like floral and berries. Maybe a wee hint of candy almond in the background.

ashmanra

Ai don’t get marzipan, either. I do get that biscuit flavor they mention, and it really is BISCUIT. So cool. How do they do it?

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What?! I’m the first reviewer?

This is from the lovely MissB who’s on walkabout in Europe.

It smells SO heady and fruity. Kinda like the quince and apple thing I made in the fall, actually. Quince is so delightfully perfumey, and even though this is definitely a sencha base, the perfume overshoots the mineral/seaweed flavours.

Sipping on this hot, it tastes like I remember quince smelling. Floral, apple, something unidentifiable that is quince. I’m quite liking this. Not necessarily enough to keep it all (ha!) but enough to slow down and really appreciate this cup.

http://instagram.com/p/ydRbjOx5Ic/ (I need to charge my Real Camera’s batteries, whoa, that is a blurry cell phone pic!)

Even cooling, as the green base becomes more apparent, I’m still liking this.

Thanks, MissB!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Those leaves are beautiful! And, Quince! #Fancy

OMGsrsly

Very fancy. :)

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The lovely Dexter sent a sample of this along to me!

There were no steeping instructions that I could find, so I searched notes and then decided… f-it. Western it is.

It’s strong. It’s nice. Sweet and smooth. Very carby. IDK that I adore it, or that the flavours are ones I’d crave all the time, but it’s nice. And she thoughtfully included something like 5 other snaily teas for me to try as well. :D

Edit: Oh, as it cools it goes sour. Weird. I’m stuffed up a bit so I can’t smell much, but the taste is definitely sour, not bitter or astringent.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

I added steeping instructions to Steepster. UGH.

Dexter

Did I not write instructions on the package? If there are company instructions on the original packaging I normally write them – if not then I don’t….. sorry….

OMGsrsly

Maybe? IDK, I just automatically turned to Steepster. Haha. And when I didn’t find the information here, I pouted and said “f- it!”

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LOL. Janet’s Special Orange.

Creamy orange julius/creamsicle tea in my mug. I added a lot of cream, and it’s so good. Vanilla, jasmine, orange. :D

Sadly the curry dip I had for my veg has drowned some of my taste buds so I can’t appreciate the tea as much as I usually do.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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From Dexter, so I can decide if I want to buy a cake or not. :) Thank you!

I have an online meeting this morning, and a tea setup on my desk. So of course I had to take advantage and try to gongfu a tea while taking minutes. :D

1 quick rinse, because it was pretty compact. Then it rested FOREVER while my fancy kettle boiled.

1 steep, IDK about 5 seconds. Maybe I’ll drink this. Hmm. Oh hey that’s pretty good. I have coffee lingering still, but the tea is pretty sweet. There’s a bit of that musty-fishy smell in this rinse/steep still, but it’s super mild.

2 steep, whoops I got distracted. BLACK TEA. Smells yummy though. Kinda fruity. There’s a bright bitterness at the end of the sip.

3 steep, distracted again. I accidentally mixed 2 and 3 in my milk jug.

4 steep, … I got busy with typing. But I’m drinking all the tea! Yum yum yum.

? ? ? How many steeps did I get? I honestly have no idea. But so far, so good.

(CRACKLES! http://instagram.com/p/yXXRHbR5A9/ )

Edit: I’ve gone through just about 2 litres of water drinking this today, with about 1 cup of waste product… WHOA.

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

CRACKLES!!!!!! They’re so beautiful. :D

OMGsrsly

So many crackles!!!

Sil

oh shit… i was supposed to try this one…

OMGsrsly

Do it! Doooooo it! :D

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1851 tasting notes

It’s late enough that I don’t want caffeine, so I’m christening my new eensy easy gaiwan with this tea! 1 tsp tea, ~70ml water (ha!), shorter brews.

It’s delicious. Buttery. Light. Delicate. I’m actually getting a lot of the ginger today, which is showing as a warmth on the tongue.

http://instagram.com/p/yWCJhqR5OB/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 70 ML
Sil

technically this has caffeine…it’s not a herbal :P

OMGsrsly

Geez, I was wondering if you’d get technical on me! My other option was a black. :P

Lindsay

That’s an adorable gaiswan. :)

Lindsay

*gaiwan :p

OMGsrsly

:D I am SO PLEASED with it. And the cup has crackled this morning with a puerh session! EEE!!!

Lindsay

yay! :D
(need pics!)

OMGsrsly

I have one in my new “review”. :D The one that is basically “I got distracted but I like the tea”.
http://steepster.com/OMGsrsly/posts/285887

OMGsrsly

But it looks like Instagram is having problems again BOO. http://instagram.com/p/yXXRHbR5A9/

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Yes, another assam.

It’s assam-like. I need to steep 2 min instead of 3, or use a lower temp. Plain, it’s too bitter. With milk, it’s great, but I don’t want to use milk in my travel mugs because it makes them get grosser faster.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lindsay

“Assam-like” :) I guess that’s still a step up from my classic “it tastes like tea”.

OMGsrsly

Lol. Too true! I mean, Assam is narrowing it down, and I do find them pretty identifiable. Malt, cardboard-ish, this ones pretty fruity even though it’s bitter.

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
1851 tasting notes

Perhaps noshing on a gingerbread star while trying this tea wasn’t the best idea. :)

Thank you for the sample, MissB!

It smells fruity. Intensely candy fruity. Mmm. I didn’t look up the steeping instructions, and chose to steep this low and short due to the sencha base – I don’t want seaweed, thank you.

Brewed this way, it’s pretty much FRUIT. There’s a hint of fresh grass and some marine breeze in the background, but mostly fruit. It’s quite lovely.

And (bonus!) it was in a tea bag which made it super easy.

It’s pretty good, but for someone who doesn’t love green teas, it’s a touch lost on me. I guess… really lovely to try, but I wouldn’t purchase it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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