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.
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.
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.
Edit: Much much better as it cools. Much.
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)
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.
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.
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)