1801 Tasting Notes

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I have So Much of this tea, I need to start drinking it more!

It’s sooooo good. All the licorice, none of the sweetness. I had some before work this afternoon to help cheer me up. With local-ish, grass fed, unhomogenized milk. YUM.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Oh boy. This tea is something I love to smell, but don’t like to taste.

But I thought I’d try making a tea soda a la Roswell Strange, to see if that might change my mind. It hasn’t, although the tea soda is really really good. (Any tea frens want me to drop the rest of this in their box?)

1 heaping-ish tbsp leaves to (whoops) 1/2 cup of water. I added 8 tsp sugar to it. Used 1 tbsp syrup to one cup sparkling water and ice.

WOW. This is pretty amazing. I’m still not loving the floral part of the lemon-candy-almond blend, but wow. (Why am I not loving the floral part? Usually I like some floral in teas. This one just… doesn’t work for me for some reason. :( )

Highly recommend tea sodas. But maybe actually do 1-2 tbsp in 1/4 cup of water and 4-5 tsp sugar like Roswell does. :) It worked out for this tea because it’s soooo strong, but my way might not work for other teas.

(Now I have to do this with Tamarind Gui Fei, Caramel Apple Oolong, Lupicia’s Melon Oolong, Watermelon Xylophone… basically ALL THE TEAS.)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

i love smelling this as well. drinking, less so after spending more time with it

whatshesaid

It was just way lighter than I’d hoped it would be, based on the amazing smell.

Fjellrev

Yoink, more for me!

OMGsrsly

You want it Fjellrev? I’ll put in a bag for you. (I WILL need an address…) And once MissB’s stuff gets here I’ll add some of that too… muahaha.

Fjellrev

Noooonono. I have a lot. A lot. Just that I’ll gladly sit back and enjoy it instead haha.

I’m also moving back and forth constantly, plus, to be honest, I kind of want to step away from swapping and stuff anyway. But thanks. :)

OMGsrsly

This isn’t swapping though! And I can promise to just send stuff you like. Like this tea.

I suppose I could post on the swap board but that feels like too much effort. :)

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Cold brew:

More flavour than the hot brew, at least in terms of the lemon and grapefruit. Sadly, it was really bitter and too toasty. I drank a few sips and dumped it down the sink. :/

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drank Coffee Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
1801 tasting notes

Sample from Kittenna! Thank you. :)

I wasn’t expecting to like this one, either, really. Coffee does not belong in tea. Even the smell, although lovely, made me hesitate. But I got over it and steeped it up and it’s FANTASTIC. I added some milk and a touch (like.. 1/4 tsp maybe?) of sugar, and it’s coffee and creamy and sweet and yum.

Thank you so much for sharing! I’m kinda sad I didn’t manage to get any of this one, but I’m very happy with the taste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
whatshesaid

Probably one I would have loved but never tried. At least that means I don’t have to be sad about it vanishing forever :)

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Goodbye delicious tea.

All I have left now is a boat load of Caramel Vanilla. So really I’m not too sad.

(Malty, sweet, carby, not astringent, a teeeeensy bit bitter as it cools. Way more flavourful than some others I’ve tried. Not as sweet, either, which I kind of like.)

2 steeps.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown! Thank goodness I have no more of these teas in my cupboard. I’m incredibly unimpressed with the customer service of this company (chasing them for ingredients, friends orders not being received, etc), and their black base is seriously the most finicky I’ve had.

So, an oolong. Dry, it smells divine. The best citrus smell ever. Steeped, it smells a little toasty. And.. even though I added a bit of sugar to bring out the citrus, all I can really taste is the oolong. A little citrus at the end of the sip, but that might be the orange I just peeled. It’s also a little… pithy. I didn’t think I steeped it long enough for the pith from the peels to come out, but apparently I did.

It’s not a terrible oolong, but it is pretty basic. And it’s not the type of oolong flavour I enjoy most (please give me OTT floral green oolongs TYVM).

The other 2 tsp of the sample is cold brewing, and I have higher hopes for that one. It should go well (should! I hope!) with the lemonade syrup I made.

(1.5 tsp in 10 oz)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
rosebudmelissa

I ordered from them the beginning of January, and still haven’t received my order. I finally got a hold of them last week and they said they would send it again with a tracking number, but I still haven’t received the tracking number. It really doesn’t seem to be a very reliable company.

Sil

it’s AWFUL. DO NOT SHOP HERE. The owner is clearly more focused on everything else he is trying to do and cares NOTHING about his tea business. He didn’t even bring his tea to the tea festival this year…just his new kombucha drinks… i was THIS CLOSE to asking him to consider focusing his energy on ONE THING and doing it right… he’s clearly all over the map and his inability to care about his tea shop just means i’ll never spend time/money/effort on any of his other ventures…because i’ll constantly be wondering, when is he going to get bored with this one?

Sil

sorry….this company makes me seriously ranty…

rosebudmelissa

I wish I’d known before I put in my order :(

OMGsrsly

I ended up dumping the tea because I just cringed every time I tried to sip. Way to toasty in a not good way for me.

I’m sorry you’re having so many troubles, rosebudmelissa. :(

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Sample from Kittenna! Thank you. :)

As bai mu dan isn’t really my favourite base, I wasn’t expecting much. Aaaand… I was right. Although the flavours smell and taste good, the base tea isn’t doing anything for me.

Cinnamon Vanilla and Squash with a very carby black tea? Oh, I’d be all over it.

Oh well, can’t win them all.

Thanks so much for sharing! I appreciate the chance to try this tea. (And I’ll probably do another steep in a bit, just because I can…)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kittenna

Omg, it gets super squashy in the second infusion. Or it did for me, anyhow.

OMGsrsly

Haha. I didn’t manage to steep it again, but it’s in the fridge for tomorrow!

Amariel

I really liked this one.

OMGsrsly

Second steep = CINNAMON OMGGGGGG!!!!! Also it’s a lot thicker feeling. I steeped 175F for 3 min. (The overload of cinnamon might be because it sat overnight, so it really had a chance to bloom. Haha. It makes a good cinnamon tea!)

Kittenna

Yeah, or there was a large cinnamon piece in there or something. My second infusion was so much squash I could hardly drink it. The first was much tastier. I do, however, appreciate the inclusion of actual squash.

OMGsrsly

Yes, definitely! :)

Amariel

I think my first was more cinnamon and less squash, though it was present. I think the squash is what makes it thicker feeling.

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drank Lemon and Ginger by Barry's Tea
1801 tasting notes

Another tea from MissB. Sadly I can’t find the ingredients anywhere on the internets.

And I’m curious, because it smells like there’s nettle leaf or parsley or something in it! Haha. It’s pretty good, all things considered. It is indeed lemon and ginger. A bit sweet. Slightly savoury from whatever the green leaves in the tea bag are (probably nettle!). I wonder if the bit sweet is from stevia or licorice. It doesn’t have too much of an aftertaste, so I can’t tell.

All in all, this is a nice lemony-gingery easy herbal tea.

(Oh, and I’m wrong! There’s lemongrass and lime flowers and BLACKBERRY LEAVES. So that explains the herbaceous touch, the delicate lemon, and the sweetness.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh, black and oolong? What?

Anyways, this is from MissB who sent it to Sil who gave it to Kittenna to mail to me. Haha.

I was a little concerned about the smell of the chocolate flavour, but it was good! Chocolate and raspberry for sure. I added a bit of milk, and kind of absentmindedly downed the whole mug before I realized what had happened. You see, I’m researching camper vans on the internets.

Yup. I don’t necessarily want to be mobile all the time, but I’d love a way to safely (because a lone woman tenting can be kinda sketchy) travel and camp so I can go to awesome hiking destinations. And I’ve gotten a little carried away, but that’s fine. If I can ever afford the vehicle, I’ll go visit my dad and he can help me. :D

So I really, surprisingly, enjoyed this tea. Thanks so much for sharing, MissB!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

haha this one was hard to part with….which was weird to me heh

OMGsrsly

It was good!

Kittenna

Well guys, I have the rest of the bag, and barring myself falling head over heels for it… there’s more to be had. I should really have re-deposited it with Sil so that bits could go into other packages she’s sending out.

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1801 tasting notes

Let it be known that pale yellow oolongs do not look appetizing when you add milk.

And why would I be adding milk to this?

Well, duh. Coconut latte. The milk dulls the delightful florally creaminess of the oolong a bit, but the coconut is just SO GOOD.

Just maybe don’t brew it in a clear glass.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I have ornery non-teaist friends that love to provide color commentary about my yellow-ish teas.

Cavocorax

Hahah. I can why you would have tried this out!

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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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