1861 Tasting Notes

90
drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
1861 tasting notes

I got 28g of this free with a Sbux reward star. YAY!

The other orangey tea I like from them is only $6/50g, and this one is over $9, so obvs I got this one as a freebie.

I love this tea. It’s orange vitamin C Vicks flavour, herbs, other stuff, IDK why I like it so much but I do.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
VariaTEA

Yay for free tea!! Not that you need more :P

OMGsrsly

:) I really like this one, so opportunities to get it free are hard to pass up!

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Holy moly this is fantabulous today! Mixed it up in some unsweetened almond milk (1/2 tsp matcha, almost 2 cups milk, 1/2 tsp sugar) and YUM. Not really getting “cookies and cream”, but it is definitely sweet creamy goodness.

Thank you, Cavocorax! I have one serving of this left. :)

Courtney

What flavouring level is this?

OMGsrsly

No idea. It was part of Cavo’s winnings, which were really random. :)

OMGsrsly

And it definitely smells like oreos. I am so full I don’t need to sit here sniffing oreo-like substances.

Courtney

Haha oreo-like substances. :P

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88
drank Sublime by Silk Road
1861 tasting notes

This is exactly what I wanted right now.

I’ve been drinking a lot of lemongrassy teas lately, I think I have a craving. I even made bo kho, with super strong lemongrass tea (didn’t want to go to the store to get a couple stalks) and it was so amazing and lemongrassy. Yum.

I added a couple small pieces of rock sugar while it was steeping.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

yum, i like lemongrass too :)

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
1861 tasting notes

Sooo… this doesn’t work as a cold brew. Neither me nor my bff like it at all. Blech.

It’s thin and tastes a bit like cold syrup.

2 tbsp (14g) in 6 cups water overnight.

Fjellrev

Right? It’s so thin and watery, I don’t get it. I mean, does a person have to use like 20g/6 cups of water? I want to get more and give it one more shot, at least.

OMGsrsly

It doesn’t have hibiscus or really anything else to make it seem thicker. I think an iced hot brew would be fine, but it’s a bit of a PITA.

Fjellrev

Yeah, yet I can’t help but think of Zen’s strawberry chokeberry one. That one is thinner due to a lack of hibiscus but is so flavourful.

OMGsrsly

It’s better now that it’s been sitting out on the counter for a few hours. Both warming up and steeping more. I stirred it up and it’s actually a decent blueberry colour now. Still not my favourite, which sucks, because it was so promising hot.

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Lemon. Meringue.

Would be fantabulous with honey if I felt like trying to get the bucket open.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
JustJames

lol…. me too…. too tired.

OMGsrsly

You would also be fantabulous with honey? ;) Please try to sleep, James! It’s so important for remembering what you learn. :)

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:(

This smells so much more than it tastes.

Smells of juicy strawberries. Just. Amazing.

Tastes of sweet-tart sorta-berry honeybush.

I added 1/4 tsp sugar to my 14 oz mug, and it’s helped. But it’s not enough.

I will drink this up (with a friends help), but it isn’t really what I hoped for. Maybe it’ll be better iced or cold steeped.

Oh well.

Edit: Much much better as it cools. Much.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Fjellrev

Aww that sucks when the flavour doesn’t match up to the scent. :/

OMGsrsly

I think it’ll shine either iced or cold brewed.

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Thank you for the (seriously gigantic, omg) sample, MissB!

I might try all the non-caffeinated ones tonight. That could be fun. I’ve started trying to tin some of the larger amounts up. The O’Connor’s Cream does not fit into the DavidsTea tin quite yet. I’ll have to make a couple cups before it’ll all squish in. :)

Anyways. This tea. It tastes like these: http://ii.worldmarket.com/fcgi-bin/iipsrv.fcgi?FIF=/images/worldmarket/source/18863_XXX_v1.tif&wid=2000&cvt=jpeg

Like, it REALLY tastes like them. A LOT. But somehow, in tea form, the flavour isn’t nearly so terrifying for my taste buds. It’s probably a texture thing.

Still. I think I’ll be passing the rest of the sample along to my brother (who LOVES those cookies) or my BFF (who loves chocolate and chai). I am so glad I didn’t get sucked into buying 100g of this. I was soooo tempted. But I resisted. And that was a good choice.

:)

(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

Haha now you have an excuse to drink cup after cup of O’Connor’s Cream

OMGsrsly

snort Yep I do! I might need to get more whiskey tho.

Fjellrev

Those German things look tasty. :D

OMGsrsly

BLECH. :) Freshly homemade, maybe. But I really dislike the packaged ones.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, well bought cookies always suck haha. I was picturing a homebaked variety in my mind too.

OMGsrsly

I’ve only ever had the packaged kind. :) We used to get them sent over from Germany at Christmas…

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This is a tea that MissB was apparently trying to get rid of, because I find myself with almost 100g of it. :D Thank you. Now… what do I do with it all?

It’s interesting. Definitely rooibos. Smells a little sweet and fruity. I got a rhubarb piece in my scoop, which may have made it a little tart. I know that panna cotta is a set dairy dessert thing. I don’t really get any “cream” or “milk” flavour from this, but it is pretty smooth.

Definitely rooibos. Definitely not plain rooibos.

I don’t think it’s terrible, but it isn’t rhubarb-y enough for me. I’m curious how this will cold brew up. Certain People will be getting some in their slow packages, but most I know don’t seem to love rooibos.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

lmao. rooibos is fiiinnnne….as long as it’s nt that weirdo woodsy rooibos :)

OMGsrsly

I don’t think this is… but I’ll send some to you so you can confirm. ;)

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
1861 tasting notes

Ooh yeah, I like this one! Tastes a lot like Blueberry Jam, only the sweetness is coming from the candied pineapple instead of gross added stevia.

Depending on how well it does as a cold brew, I might get a tin. Maybe. I mean, I’m up to 258 now (just the non-samples are in Steepster) and there’s INCOMING from 4 people. So. Uhh. Hmm.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
keychange

nom non nom I might get a full tin of this too!

Amariel

From what I could tell last night, I think I like it, but it was hard to tell as I was fighting mouthal issues (possibly from the cough syrup that I’ve been taking) that were competing with the flavour and altering my perception. I def want to try this again, and I do think it will cold brew up quite nicely.

OMGsrsly

You do like Blueberry Jam, right? If so, you’ll probably really like this one too. The cold brew is looking good, but it’s time to go sleep. :)

Amariel

Yes, I do, generally. I sort of go through phases with it.

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drank Gingerbread Smoke by 52teas
1861 tasting notes

This is the first tea I decided to try out of the package MissB was holding for me (OMG! Thank you SO MUCH. I’m now at 258 from 219. :) ).

It… could be more. It’s actually pretty good, but it’s not quite what I was hoping for. There’s ginger, there’s rich black tea, but there’s hardly any smoke and there’s no molasses. I guess the “smoke” would be the slight campfire aftertaste. And by campfire aftertaste, I mean a flavour like when you’re slowly roasting marshmallows but then you accidentally set it on fire, so it’s delightful and melty and roasted, but there’s a bit of char as well, that usually tastes mildly yet distinctly of pine or cedar. THAT kind of campfire aftertaste.

So. I think I will be drying some ginger to add to the tea, I’ll also be mixing in some marshmallow root (IDK, I just feel it’s necessary), a few cracked peppercorns, and some Russian Caravan. I’ll probably end up having it with molasses as well, unless I decide to really go too far and dry some molasses and grind it up to add to the tea.

I’ll probably decide to go too far. :)

(1.5 tsp for ~11 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Courtney

Setting marshmallows aflame was always my favourite part of making s’mores over the fire.

OMGsrsly

I’m a slow roaster of marshmallows, myself. :)

Courtney

Haha. I start slow, but then I get impatient. And now I want to roast marshmallows!

OMGsrsly

Sadly I don’t have any, and I’m not feeling up to going back out to the store. If you have a gas stove, or a camp stove (I have one for hiking) you can roast marshmallows over that. OR you can make smores under the broiler – layer them up, lids off, broil until delicious. Ohhhhhhh…. I know what’s going on my shopping list.

Courtney

We have a firepit in the backyard. Hmm. It would be cold, but perhaps worth it. There’s something to be said about the whole experience of roasting marshmallows over a fire.

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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.

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