1909 Tasting Notes

Maaaaaaalt. Malty Assam.

Steeped a little cool, and I’m drinking it without milk. This is really nice. I agree with stonefruits. It’s pretty sweet-honey tasting as well, but not nearly as much as other teas I’ve had. Just a bit.

I really like this tea. The other place I was getting stuff from Hattiali hasn’t been able to keep it in stock, it’s so popular. Hopefully my mom can pull through and pick some up for me though. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Apricots and cream. So delicious.

I keep forgetting about these teas because the tins don’t really fit in my main cupboard (tins take up a lot of room!). But I was looking for something this morning and found this and decided to try it. So perfect. I’ve already had a coffee from one of those Vietnamese drip-through coffee makers. And now this creamy fruity deliciousness.

Yum. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

I’m starting to give up on Winners/Marshalls ever bringing them back.

OMGsrsly

Yeah. :/ Me too.

Fjellrev

Kind of makes me wonder where they got them from in the first place.

OMGsrsly

Probably some place going out of business. Isn’t that kind of how Winners started? End of season stuff that didn’t sell, or liquidation stuff?

Fjellrev

Yeah, I just wonder which (kind of) store would have ordered them in in the first place. Come on, Canadian businesses, bring it in!

OMGsrsly

LOL. Just maybe don’t go out of business or anything. Give Winners your older stock, we’re fine with that!

Plunkybug

Mmm…apricot and cream!!!

OMGsrsly

But also loads of rose petals. :) Darn French teas!

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OMG.

It’s like I’m drinking honey.

Wow.

I just. No words.

(Edit: Here. Have some pictures.

http://instagram.com/p/zJRlMDx5D8
http://instagram.com/p/zJXcvZR5Nq )

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
cookies

Oooh, I love Yue Guan Bai and am always looking for good ones. Putting this on my to-try list.

OMGsrsly

O. M. G. I am buying a WHOLE CAKE JUST FOR ME. They only have ~10 left. O.o Hopefully they still have some next weekend.

Maddy Barone

That sounds so darned good! talks to self No more tea!

cookies

Puerh-shop has one that tastes like liquid honey as well. I’m trying to convince myself I don’t need a full cake…

OMGsrsly

The nice thing is I can just pop into this store and pay Canadian. And… I will never help you convince yourself you don’t need a full cake. If you love it, buy it now. Do it! :)

Dexter

Looks fantastic – so happy you found a great one :))

OMGsrsly

I will send you some, Dexter. It needs suuuuper short steeps. I started with 2 seconds. :) (I might be a little tea drunk. Whee!)

Dexter

LOL tea drunk is good :))

Kittenna

Liquid honey?? whimper

OMGsrsly

LOL. Assuming I manage to get a cake, the plan is to send it out to try. Sil/Terri (b/c Sil always needs more for the boxes that go to Terri!), Dexter, DeleriumsFrogs, Kittenna… :) If I sent it out to everyone right now I wouldn’t have any left.

ashmanra

WANT!!! I had one at Tin Roof Teas. I need to buy a whole
cake…

OMGsrsly

:D I totally agree, ashmanra!

Kittenna

Pleasepleaseplease if you do get a cake, keep me in mind. I believe I’ve had a moonlight white pu’erh before too, and quite enjoyed it.

OMGsrsly

Yes yes. Of course!

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Not my favourite assam. This morning(-ish) it’s quite cardboardy, which isn’t really something I love, although it’s something common to assams. Some are more cardboardy than others, though. I should let my mom know, because she is my large-quantity tea dealer and I have 100g of this to get through!

I’m having it with milk. There’s a bright, pleasant hint of bitterness, even though I did add quite a bit of milk. And there’s quite a bit of caffeine in this one, which is good, as I really need to wake up and get moving.

I had the hardest time getting to sleep last night, and then slept through my alarm and friends texting me. Whoops! So instead of a last minute walk, we’re going to have a late brunch and then I’m going to do some required shopping on my way home.

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

Blech, cardboard assam.

Sorry you had a bad sleep last night. My mom resorted to giving me a sleeping pill last night since three hours to fall asleep is unacceptable.

OMGsrsly

This is better when I remember to steep it at 2 minutes. :D

Aww, moms. I take melatonin often but sometimes it doesn’t help as much as I hope.

Fjellrev

Aww yeah, melatonin does nothing for me, and neither does 5-HTP. Had another nearly sleepless night. Trying hard not to resort to drugs haha.

OMGsrsly

It’s hard sometimes! Do you use flux? It tints your computer screen warm instead of blue, so it has less of an affect on your brain. Sadly I don’t think it works on phones, but it’s something to consider. I also have “white light” bulbs on timers in my house, and the lamps I turn on in the evening are all the yellow-ish ones.

Fjellrev

Never heard of Flux before! I’ll have to look into that, thanks. That’s a smart idea regarding the lighting. I think my main problem is me though haha.

Indigobloom

I have sleep troubles sometimes too. My methods tend to flit between chamomile tea, melatonin, and magnelevures (but there are other magnesium brands out there you can try as well)
http://www.amazon.com/Unda-Magnelevures-30-sachets/dp/B0058HXC28

OMGsrsly

Ohhhh, that’s what my vitamin collection is missing again. Magnesium. I’ll have to remember to pick some more up.

Indigobloom

Hey maybe that will solve allll the sleep woes :D

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Labelled: Anhua Hei Cha 2009 Aged Black. From Dexter. Thank you!

Previous note here: http://steepster.com/OMGsrsly/posts/287175

This time I’m steeping it with the other half of the sample (so about 5g) in my little glass gongfu pot from davidstea – about 220ml water I think.

Today, it’s a LOT better, whoa. Reminds me of freshly sawn wood, in a good way. Fruity, as well. Now that I’ve re-read the notes, I’m torn. It’s honestly kind of like cherry or apple wood, but yet it still reminds me somewhat of plums. Not the big round ones, but the little purple oval ones. Soft and squishy.

2 short rinses, and the chunk had opened up completely. The second rinse didn’t taste great (bitter, even though the steep isn’t), so I steeped 35 seconds.

http://instagram.com/p/zGE1mWx5Fa

Yep, after the second steep, it’s really woody. Fruity wood. So neat, now that I’m steeping it better. :) IDK that I’d want a tonne of this tea, but I’m so glad I got a chance to try it, and enough to try it a couple different ways!

And I’m having it in another blingtastic teacup, which always makes everything fancier.

http://instagram.com/p/zGFCqBx5Fu

Thanks so much, Dexter. :D

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Stonefruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 7 OZ / 220 ML
OMGsrsly

My fifth steep was 3 minutes. It’s a lot sweeter now, which I like, but I think it’s pretty much done.

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drank Royal BC Museum Tea by Silk Road
1909 tasting notes

Sipdown!

This tea is tasty enough, but feels quite expensive for what you get. Especially if you don’t steep “Silk Road style” (1 tsp per 16 oz…).

So while I’ve really enjoyed it, and I might pick up another sample in the future, I probably wouldn’t get a 40-cup tin (It’s $16. Even though there are lots of local berries in this, that’s a lot.).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1909 tasting notes

Mmm… enjoying this with very very fine slices of raisin bread slathered in butter, and some freeze dried apple bits.

When I started drinking tea I didn’t think an apple tea was anything to go for. But now I have a little bit of this one left, and a whole lot of the Caramel Apple Gui Fei. And yum. :) I’m still not sure it’s a flavour I’ll try to hunt down, but it’s something my mind and taste buds are more open to.

This is a delicious cinnamon-apple herbal tea. There’s a bit of a feel of effervescence. Not so much champagne, but still delicious.

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

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drank Latkes & Applesauce by Butiki Teas
1909 tasting notes

I don’t remember which one of my tea friends did this, but I added a pinch of salt AND a touch of maple syrup to the tea as it was steeping. It smells delicious. Carby and cinnamony and appley. No doubt helped out by the bread I have rising in the oven (I was going to fridge-rise it, but I’m in loads of pain so I’m going to make the bread and THEN go into work. Ha. Comfort food will help, I’m sure.)

It is kind of asparagus-y from the base tea. Not terrible, but not a favourite flavour. So why did I get more of this? Umm, IDK really. Because it’s super neat and I wanted to try it again?

I love the apple and cinnamon and the potato. And adding salt AND sweetener was a good idea. The salt is bringing out the asparagus, but also the potato. The maple syrup is a great accompaniment to everything except possibly the asparagus. :) I didn’t get much of this, so I don’t have many cups left to taste. But I’m really glad I did get more. It’s so unique that it’s fun to drink every once in a while.

(2 steeps)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank 4 Knights by Tealux
1909 tasting notes

Sample from Kittenna. Thank you! :)

Sooo, Tealux fails with steeping instructions (I was curious because this is a blend…). “Steep in hot water for a few minutes…” What? That’s not vague at all. :)

Because this is quite a smoky tea, I decided to preemptively add some maple syrup. 1 tsp in my 16 oz mug. I also added a little milk, but it didn’t need it.

Although the tea smells super thick and smokey and heavy, it’s actually fairly light. Yes, it’s smokey, but it’s not as rich and thick as I was expecting.

It reminds me of my dad’s smoked jerky, honestly. Really smokey, almost kinda meaty. So weird. I haven’t had a tea like that before.

Thank you for sharing, Kittenna! I don’t think I’ll pick this up when I order… one mug is probably enough.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Shae

Does the maple syrup help to balance out the smokiness or is it just a nice, complementary flavor?

OMGsrsly

I think it balances it. Both with the flavour and the little bit of sweetness.

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drank Organic Iyerpadi by Butiki Teas
1909 tasting notes

Thank you for sharing, Kittenna. Sadly, I don’t think this is at all for me.

It’s super broken up leaves, and reading other notes that’s not because of travel – it’s supposed to be that way. Steeping it, it smells like grass and spinach. Hot, it tastes like that too.

Not exactly my favourite kinds of flavours. And yet, I keep trying green teas.

I don’t think this is a bad quality tea. It’s a bit bitter, but not astringent. The flavour is full, and the texture is great. It’s just made up of flavours I don’t care for.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 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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