1789 Tasting Notes

Uhh.

Uhhhhh…

Dirt tea.

(Actually dirt plus dark chocolate plus some more dirt and maybe a few cedar shavings thrown into the smoothie just for kicks.)

Anyone interested in trying? I’m sending some off to Dexter, but there’s a good 1/3 cup remaining in my 50g.

Even gongfu this is not for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML
Lindsay

I’d love some! (your dirt teas tend to be ones I like because of the cocoa notes)

OMGsrsly

Ha! Ok, PM me your address. :D I think I have a smallish envelope so I can send it tomorrow.

OMGsrsly

Umm, also… I have a bajillion teas not on steepster. I will send a list so you can pick a few more. Just because.

DeliriumsFrogs

Hahahaha! Your dirt tea notes are my favourite.

OMGsrsly

The cocoa/cacao flavours in tea are just not my thang. :D And there are potentially going to be a lot of dirt tea notes as Dexter sent over… 24 samples, and some of them are bound to be cocoa-y. :)

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This one SERIOUSLY is like powdered citric acid. Even steeped, it smells SOOOOO powdery.

I steeped 4 bags in 1 litre of water, accidentally for 24 hours. 10-12 would have been better. I dumped out 1 cup, added 1/2 tsp sugar, refilled with plain water, and now it’s drinkable! Haha. Wow, that was INTENSE.

I do like this tea, I like the idea, I like the intense lime, I even like the powdery impression. But you do have to be careful how you steep it.

(Just one cold brew of this one left!)

Indigobloom

I guess the powder is supposed to be “sand”???

OMGsrsly

It’s just dried lime peel, but there’s so much vitamin C (aka citric acid) in it, that’s what it smells like!

Indigobloom

hah. Crazy!!

OMGsrsly

When sick, it’s good with lots of honey. :)

Indigobloom

Hmmm. I may have to pick me up some one day

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drank Royal BC Museum Tea by Silk Road
1789 tasting notes

This definitely tastes like a Silk Road tea, which isn’t all bad. I really like the berry flavours in this, but feel that perhaps the quantity of rosehips is a little much.

I’m drinking this with milk. I can totally taste the thimbleberries (YES! My favourite!) which is super cool.

I’m glad I just got a sample of this one. A larger amount would have been overkill.

(I’m totally not steeping this the way they recommend. IDK, somehow I think the flavours are more rounded at a lower temp with more tea.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

I’ve never had thimbleberries before! They look scrumptious. Are they similar to raspberries?

I’ve been meaning to pick this one up since I recall the dry leaf smelling fantastic.

OMGsrsly

Similar but also very different. :) They’re very dry berries.

Fjellrev

Mmm, I should keep an eye out for them at organic/farmers markets and such.

OMGsrsly

I’ve never actually seen them for sale. I always pick them and immediately eat them. :D

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
1789 tasting notes

This tea isn’t a sipdown today, but I did have an, umm, “accident” with a 2+ year old tea. Goodbye Murchie’s Russian Caravan. You weren’t bad, but you were too much without maple whipped cream. I haven’t had you for about a year now, so it was time.

Anyways, I have this tea and I have another iteration of nutmeg tea somewhere in my tea mess. I like it. A lot. Very very nutmeggy today. It’s making me wish for eggnog.

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

LOL I didn’t “accident” mine, but two might have gotten dropped on a co-workers desk this morning…

OMGsrsly

The teas I’m going to “accident” are really old, and I don’t really want anyone to drink them thinking they’re representative of anything except old teas I don’t love. :D But… if I could bring stuff to work, you bet I would.

Dexter

I hear you – I purged a few last months – they were just old and nasty – wouldn’t pass them on to anyone. The two today were just not to my liking….

OMGsrsly

I have a couple I’m going to send to people, because they’re fairly new yet I think they’ll like them better… :D

Fjellrev

I’m tempted to have an “accident” with a couple of my 3+ year old teas haha.

OMGsrsly

Do it! :D

Fjellrev

Hahaha. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

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I had one bag hot in 16 oz water as my evening drink last night, and also put 2 bags in 16 oz water to cold brew overnight.

Such a tasty juice tea. Seriously, although it smells a bit powdery and like citric acid, this is a delicious easy lemony tea.

(My sipdown for today yay!)

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Well, this matches the picture! So I’m gonna go with it. The label Dexter wrote has “High Grade Yunnan Dian Hong 2014” on it. :)

I’m doing this in my cute travel tea set… 1/2 the baggie (about 2 tbsp loose leaves, whoa) and 120-ish ml water. I did a super fast rinse, and I’ve been steeping until it looks and smells tasty. :D It’s a fairly light tea, but strong on the sweet potato and malt flavours. Wow. Very strong. Even with my short steeps, that’s pretty much all I’m getting.

Interestingly, people have noted meat and smoke tastes. I don’t feel quite that way about it (as in, it’s not a dominant flavour for me), but I can see taste where they’re coming from. With longer steeps, there’s an astringency on the teeth, and almost a bitter polish sausage shop flavour of smoked meat on the back of the tongue. You know. The shops that have their own smoke house and smoke their own stuff? Those shops.

Anyways, this is really interesting. I don’t think I love it, but I really appreciate being able to try it. Thank you, Dexter!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 OZ / 120 ML
Dexter

This was my least favorite of the Ecological teas I got. I wrote that it was too assertive and you think it’s really strong – so yeah – we agree. Hope you like the other ones better…

OMGsrsly

Packs a caffeine punch too! I wasn’t quite expecting that. Tea is usually more gentle than coffee.

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Ommy nom nom om nom. Candy roses. This tea is so good, and I’m so sad it’s no longer on their website!

Doesn’t go with the (failed yet edible) cashew chicken I just microwaved, though. Good thing it’s good cold!

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

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So so sad. This tea was blah and watery for me today, even though I used lots of leaf and also added cream.

In other news, TODAY I am sore and soooo hungry. HANGRY! EAT ALL THE THINGS! I forgot that it’s the day after the day after the hike that I always get hit with the sore and the hunger. Whoops. I’ve eaten breakfast and lunch, and am hoping for second lunch but I don’t get to go home for another 5 hours or more. I might have to go buy some potato salad…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
1789 tasting notes

A teeny sample from Kittenna! Thank you. :)

This one smelled overwhelmingly of chocolate, and I was worried. I also had a LOT of chocolate chips in the 1.5 tsps or so that Kittenna shared with me, so I was worried about that too.

But! Somehow it works. It smells very much like chocolate something baking in the oven. Chocolate with vanilla. Tasting it, however, and I get the coffee. Weird! Yet also somehow tasty.

I added a tiny bit of sugar and that really brought out the coffee. A dollop of cream, and it’s… berries and coffee and chocolate. Huh. I wouldn’t have expected the chocolate to be so mild!

Thanks so much for sharing, Kittenna. You have aided my goal to Try ALL the Teas! I’m glad I didn’t get this one, it’s not exactly to my taste, although it’s a really interesting blend.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I really liked this one. The espresso note was just right, and god, the strawberries that Stacy uses…err…used, were just top notch!

Kittenna

Perhaps I should have measured/looked at the remnants of the baggie I sent! Though it sounds like you tasted the right things, so it seems to be ok.

OMGsrsly

No worries. I drank the whole cup, thoughtfully. :D

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Smells like toothpaste!

Bellocq couldn’t tell me what kind of mint was in here ages ago when I asked. But now, now I can tell. Toothpaste mint. :P

I steeped low and slow, as I’m enjoying with some of the white teas I have. There’s a bite on the tongue, I can smell and taste creamy vanilla, toothpaste, and some star anise. The white tea is super mild, but I’m not surprised by that.

If you like spearmint and weird teas, definitely check this out if you can.

Thanks so much to Crowkettle for sharing this with me. Not something I’ll buy again, but something I’ve really appreciated trying.

Edit: It might be the cedar that’s giving me the SPICE on the tip of my tongue. Pretty cool!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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