1809 Tasting Notes


The newest tea to be brought to the office, to be aggressively drunk until it is gone, is this guy.
This tea is so disappointing! It smells so wonderful, and it tastes so bland. Come on, where is my apple cider tea at?
I tried double bagging it today, and it, or the lenth I let it brew, made it all rather sour, which is unfortunate.
I shall try to drink a great deal of it, and then never bring it back!


Wouldn’t be practical at work, but with a little orange or cranberry juice & cinnamon for Christmas punch?

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Thought I would kill this one off today. It just never really floated my metaphorical boat, and I’m not really sorry to see it go.

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drank Lapsang Chai by Bluebird Tea Co.
1809 tasting notes

When I put in my order from Bluebird a few months ago, I just had to throw this one into my cart. Lapsang Chai? What an interesting combination! I’m a fan of smoky lapsang, and a tentative chai fan, and with those two bold flavors coming together, it should be interesting.
This is certainly a knock-you-back kind of blend, strong and smoky. I get a sense of the chai from the smell, but the lapsang mussels it out of the way when it comes to the sip. I still enjoy the lapsang, but I wish it was a bit more balanced.
Still, on a cold and rainy day like today, this was a really nice cup.

Evol Ving Ness

Funny, I was in the mood for something smoky today too.

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I’ve been drinking this as I’ve been working for the last few weeks, and its proven to be doing a great job as a work tea. Its bagged, its easy, its pleasant without being beloved, and I’ve been burning through it.
Which brings me to this last sachet.
Its a nostalgic tea for me, one of two tins of Republic of Tea blends that I got when I was newly moved into my current home. Its flavor always reminds me of that time, living in boxes, organizing my furniture, and dreaming. New houses are dreamy sort of places.
But, though it has a lot of nostalgia, I’ve outgrown this flavor (which was never my very favorite to begin with), and I bid this tin a fond, but probably permanent, farewell.
I’d never turn down a cup, but I won’t be bringing this back. Let it stay in those memories.

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drank Turtle Dove by A Quarter to Tea
1809 tasting notes

This was included as a sample in my latest Quarter to Tea order, which was very sweet!
I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate teas, but as chocolate teas go, this is a pretty good one. Its creamy and sweet, with a lot of the hazelnut flavors peeking out. The chocolate does not dominate.
As its not exactly my type of tea, I’ll hold off on rating it, but I will say Sipdown!

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Its time to give this another shot!
Its really not a peppermint black tea. Its mint, and a rather medicinal and strong mint at that.
Theres nothing wrong with this blend, but I’m not very impressed, I must say. Its a bit forgettable. I find that medicinal mint is not playing entirely well with the black tea base. The two are conspiring to make it a bit bitter.
Hmm. I have enough for a final cup, and I will rate it then.

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drank Estus Black by A Quarter to Tea
1809 tasting notes

Try alllll the new teas!
I couldn’t resist this one, firstly because the flavors sounded lovely, and secondly, Estus! Hurrah for Dark Souls!
The leaf smells wonderful- vanilla and spices. Its a joyous blend to smell. The spice isn’t too heavy, and the vanilla gives it a pleasing sweetness.
The brew, once made, is a bit weaker than the smell. It doesn’t have the intensity of flavors that the sniff did, but what I can taste is very nice indeed, warm and sort of snuggly.
I would most certainly drink this potion to regain lost health!

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drank Earl of Time by A Quarter to Tea
1809 tasting notes

My new teas, part of my black Friday haul, have arrived from A Quarter to Tea! Oh, my poor cupboard, swelling up again.
I was excited to start them, so this was broken open as the breakfast pot of tea.
Its a very bright earl, with the bergamot and currant making my cup almost tart in flavor. Its almost aggressively cheerful, and it certainly woke me up!
Yay having new teas to try!

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As much fun as this weekend was, it was certainly long, and I didn’t get as much sleep as I wanted.
So, this is my afternoon pick-me-up (much needed), and I’m enjoying it very much.
Part of my traditional activities at the Dickens Faire is afternoon tea at Cuthberts Tea Shoppe, which has scones, sandwiches and trifle, and of course a pot of tea. Now, I’ve had better afternoon teas, but its just so charming that I never miss it. They served a rather ordinary breakfast blend as their tea, with no option for anything else. I never have cream or sugar in my tea at home (or so rarely that it might as well be never), but I do have it sometimes when I go out to tea. This tea most certainly benefited.
So I’m happy to go back to this better breakfast blend today. This is very rich, smooth, and just plain tasty. A much better thing, and good without sweeteners!

Maddy Barone

I have never been to a Dickens Faire. I have friends involved with the Jane Austen Society and that looks like fun too!


I’ve never done the Jane Austen society, but I’d love too. I like anything with bonnets, quite frankly.

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A backlog from this weekend.
I’ve been waiting for the weather to get a bit cooler, as only seems appropriate for a tea named “Winter Storm.”
Its a very, very pleasant blend. Its fruity, with a hint of spice to it, which does not overpower the freshness of the fruit. My main complaint is that it wasn’t very strong, but that could probably be fixed by adding more tea next time I brew some.
Another tea tried! Now more of my cupboard than not is tried, of which I am very happy.

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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