1863 Tasting Notes

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
1863 tasting notes

This has been languishing in my cupboard for an almost unforgivably long time. So it was time to roll up my sleeves and drink a mulled oolong.
My opinion has improved since the first time I had it. Its still not exceptional, but the mulled quality is real, and pleasantly warm on the palate.
I’m not ready to adjust my rating yet, but we’ll see how further brewings go.

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65

I’ve been working from home today, and I’ve got a lot of work done, and a lot of tea drunk!
I decided my second cup of the morning would be this. I haven’t had it in ages, and I was interested in what I’d think of it again.
And I think its still a decent enough floral black. Nothing spectacular, but solid, and pleasant to drink.

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74

I have a mighty hankering for lavender today. Its a strong flavor, one I associate more with autumn than with summer, but its been cooler lately (read, 87 degrees), so I’m risking it.
Bold, powerful, a real wake-up kick in the mouth. Again I feel compelled to say that I cannot believe this is an Earl Grey, but hey.
I enjoyed it a lot this morning.

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78
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Every time I think I’ve finished my last sample packet of Forever Nuts, I find that I was wrong, and I unearth another. I swear my kitchen is growing them now.
There is certainly nothing wrong with Forever Nuts, it actually hits the spot when I’m in a particular flavor mood, and I thought I would sip down another pink tea in my collection.
I think I’ve got the sipped down. I think. Just when I’m sure its gone, another cupful falls out of the clear blue sky…..

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75

Well, color me surprised.
This was sent as a sample in a past David’s order, and it lived, ignored, in my samples bowl, for quite a while. But tonight I am determined to make a dent in the tea collection, and so out it comes!
And it smells amazing. Like totally a sweet strawberry parfait with a creamy yogurt sweetness.
As happens sometimes with David’s blends, the smell is richer than the taste, but its actually a really pleasant fruit infusion. I’m enjoying this cup way more than I thought I would. Well done, Davids!

Sami Kelsh

Oh man, I love this tea. I’ve been hoarding the small bag I picked up last summer in Canada because rhubarb. Are you having it hot, or iced? I’ve only done it as a cold brew, but nom.

Evol Ving Ness

One of my favourites too.

Rosehips

I had it hot, but I can see that it would be a great coldbrew too!

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65

I had this as an after lunch cup, and remembered why I hadn’t drunk this for a while.
Its just not particularly memorable. I was hoping for a rich layered symphony of tea and creamy vanilla, but I can’t say it delivers. Its just an oolong with the faintest hint of something sweet, but nothing distinct, and nothing memorable.
Oh well.

Evol Ving Ness

Too bad because the name holds all sorts of promise.

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This is nice!
Its a very subtle fruit and flower black tea, but the flavors are well blended, and it goes down very smoothly. I am enjoying it a great deal.
Alright, chalk one up to Mountain Witch teas!

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92

Ahhh. Tower of London is easily one of my desert island teas. I drink this happily in every season, every weather, any time.
Its one of my “little black dresses” of tea- correct in any occasion.

Teatotaler

Tower of London is an awesome blend. I can never decide which I like better – Tower of London or Paris blend – Honey or caramel. Both are so yummy! I keep coming back to London though.

Rosehips

I’m the exact same way. Tower and Paris are in a constant war for my favorite Harney blend. I win either way!

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55
drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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What is it with me and Earl Greys? (Grays? Oh well.) I should like them! They’ve got a lot of my favorite flavors (black tea, citrus), but I never quite sit square with them.
And this one? I should love this one! My love of fruity black teas is very well documented, but I find myself falling almost completely flat with this. I’m afraid I find this somewhat soapy in my mouth, not a rich and sweet berry at all.
Bleh, your lordship. Bleh.

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