1909 Tasting Notes

drank Barry Lindon by Jardin du Thé
1909 tasting notes

When the tea I really wanted to try ended up being a green (what reading comprehension!) and the kettle was already boiled, I went for this one.

Violets, lotus, grapefruit, and rose. What an unusual combination! Smells like violets and fresh grapefruit oil. Just amazing. Once steeped, it takes on a bit of a pithy smell, but still good. I added milk, because why the heck not.

It is QUITE floral. I’ll agree with Sil and MissB. But wow, what a delicious combination. This one will be difficult to part with, but I know that Bear With Me and Crowkettle will both appreciate the floral. :)

Thanks so much for sharing, MissB and for mailing it to me, Sil! :)

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

i’m glad you enjoyed

OMGsrsly

It wasn’t soapy! I was impressed!

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drank Toffee by Harrods
1909 tasting notes

A lovely treat from MissB!

It’s a strong black tea that gives me the impression of butter. It smells sweet, and tastes almost fruity like Sil mentioned.

I’m enjoying it with some organic milk I picked up last night (mmm, tea with milk…). It works really well, and I think the milk amps up the buttery notes and tones down the base tea a bit.

2 bags in 16 oz for 3 minutes at 195F. (Pretty standard for me!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1909 tasting notes

Hmm…

I had this tea this morning plain, because I didn’t have any milk and I wasn’t feeling coconut milk in it. Although it smelled great, I really didn’t care for it.

So, a second steep now that I’m home. With milks. It’s delicious. Hearty dessert in a cup. Yum!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank 2013 Raw Pu-erh by Cultivate Tea
1909 tasting notes

I had this tea this morning while I was putting my lunch together. Super mild, reminiscent of pea sprouts, not bitter at all even with a 30 second steep.

I’ll need to steep it more and try it again. It’s quite unlike the sharp almost bitter flavours I would expect with a young sheng. Really interesting.

Preparation
4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
OMGsrsly

I’m having more steeps and I quite like this. It’s really gentle.

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drank Winter Wonderland by Twinings
1909 tasting notes

Hmm.

I’m not sure if me not tasting anything is because of my cold or because of the tea not tasting like anything.

Mostly I get rooibos, then cinnamon. There’s chamomile in here? And pear? I don’t get those at all!

It’s too bad, because it smelled quite lovely dry. Lightly spiced yum.

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

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Part of the box from Sil were some bits and pieces I ordered from Mandala and Butiki. I just added to her order because it was easier. :D Thank you!

So I have this new tea pot, right? And it’s precious and tiny. I let it soak all day in a bath of steeped mixed random bits of shou, and tonight I’ve made up half a not-so-mini tuocha. The pot is only 100ml, so a whole one would be too much!

I’m on my 5th steep now, and it’s pretty perfect. Nice mellow flavourful tea, even with the short steeps. The only issue I’m having is that the lid of the pot doesn’t seem as tight now that I’ve soaked it, so I’m splashing a bit when I pour the tea! But the flavours and everything are excellent. I’m getting some mineral, and I’m pretty sure that’s from the pot.

Yum. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Baked Apple by Whittard of Chelsea
1909 tasting notes

Another tea from MissB! Thank you so much. :)

There were just two tea bags, so I made up 12 oz for me using both bags. Muahahaha.

It smells delicious. Apple and cinnamon and very nutty. I added a little honey again, because that’s how I’m feeling today.

Sipping it, I REALLY taste the chicory. OMG, this is tasty! IDK that I’d want a lot of this, but wow this cup is good. So much baked apple, chicory, nuts, some cinnamon. Mmm… Probably helps that I’m super hungry right now. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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So I steeped this absolutely terribly, I’ll admit. But! I really enjoyed the tea!

It was sweet and thick and almost… minty. A nice, sharp, fresh flavour. Someone else called it “pepper” and I can understand that, but it really struck me as mint when I had it a couple days ago.

Thank you, Dexter! I really enjoyed it, and hopefully I enjoy it the next time I have it too. :)

1 tsp-ish, 12 oz, 195C, ~4 hours. Yeah… I know.

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I think I got it.

Blackcurrant and Rhubarb “Flavour Infusion”. First tea from the box of DOOM that Sil and MissB have shared. Thank you so much tea friends!!!

It smells super blackcurranty, yay! I’ll add a little honey to this as I’m still recovering.

There is definitely a lot of hibiscus in this both in flavour and in looks. However, I don’t really mind that too much. It might be better aka more balanced as a cold steep, but I’m happy to drink this as-is. I don’t get a lot of rhubarb, but there is SOUR so that could be rhubarb. :)

I think maybe the blackcurrant and vanilla might be more my style, but this is good too.

Thanks so much to MissB, for sharing this. (There’s only one of each Twinings and they’re all mine! ALL MINE! grabby hands)

1 tea bag in 10 oz, 3 minutes at 195F.

Sil

LOL that is TOTALLY your perogative as a box organiser :)

OMGsrsly

:D This is super fun, but it’s taken over my sewing table. As I try, I’m going to pack the rest up for Bear With Me and CrowKettle.

MissB

Yay! Glad it made it to you. I can still easily get a lot of these (Twinings) if you want me to send more of the loved ones.

OMGsrsly

I think I’ll be good. :) So much tea! Wow!

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Having this (still from my 50g sample, not the new cake (!!) that I bought) made in my new eensy teensy gaiwan.

Smells like honey. Tastes like honey with a touch of bitter because I’m learning the skill of pouring. Haha. Note to self: flash steep this sucker until it opens up!

Preparation
4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
Plunkybug

I like the sound of tasting like honey. Also, where’d you get the new taiwan? I’m on the hunt for one. I saw a few at Silk Road, both that I like, but I thing I want to look around a bit more first.

OMGsrsly

I got it at Treasure Green! They had a ~100-120ml white one for about $20 as well. https://instagram.com/p/0O2HtrR5HZ/

Not everything is on their website. :) And they’ll have more in June, I think, once she gets back from her buying trip.

Anlina

If you want a really tiny one, Dragon Tea House has a bunch in the 50-100ml size range.

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