1774 Tasting Notes

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drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
1774 tasting notes

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I’m drinking this while I add the rest of my teas to the database. I’m using RiverTea as the name, but I think someone else has been adding them as River Tea (because that also popped up). :O

Well hopefully that’s something Jason (or whoever they hire?) can fix up if needed.

On to this tea! I like it? It’s rich and malty, and dark. It’s strong enough to help wake me up in the morning, but not quite enough to bother me on an empty stomach. It’s also not astringent which is a plus!

I should probably wax poetical about this, but truth be told I haven’t had an Assam in a month or so. I think Tiger Assam was my last, and it’s hard for me to say how good this is in comparison. I like it, and it gets a lot of extra points for the name.

Is it the best Assam out there? I’ll leave that for Sil to decide when she gets hers, which I hope is today!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Last I heard the merge function is down right now as they are trying to upgrade the site, and I remember them saying merging companies was harder. They did do it for DavidsTea eventually. Maybe it will get easier with the upgrade?

Cavocorax

Huh. I didn’t realize that. Well it looks like only one tea was entered under the other name. Hopefully everyone else uses RiverTea!

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I’ve let this cool for nearly half an hour now, and it smells like buttery dough and tastes like shortbread.

OMG. This is seriously so good. This is what I expected from the S&V Almond tea, for some reason even though that’s probably not a fair comparison but I don’t care. This is a nice tea.

And it’s a sipdown! (165, with my Riverteas added in!)

VariaTEA

I wish I experienced this the same way you did. I have more should you want it.

Cavocorax

I may take you up on that! :D I’m not sure why it works for me? Two bags at boiling for 6-8 minutes, poured into a large mug = perfection.

Cavocorax

I lost the last bag you sent me by dropping it into salsa. :P

VariaTEA

Something tells me salsa and shortbread are not a great pair

Roswell Strange

You never know – sometimes sweet and savory go together quite well ;)

Yvonne

I never thought much of CS teas but now I want to try this!

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drank Cherry Dream by RiverTea
1774 tasting notes

I heard it had grapefruit so I went from a sample to the whole 50g. Regrets? Nope.

More details next time, when I’m not in my cell.

Roswell Strange

Everything about this one sounds appealing to me, except the green base. The three samples I picked out were greens – though not fruity ones, because I figured it’d give me a chance to try out the green teas offered without committing to a larger amount (not a green tea fan). What’s the base like for this one? Present? Vegetal?

Cavocorax

Hmmmm… I can’t really describe it so well, but it’s apparently a sencha if that helps at all. I really need to drink greens more, which is why went with this one.

Now that it’s cooled, the grapefruit is almost a little too strong/perfumy. Odd.

But if you were interested, I could send you a little sample!

Roswell Strange

Sure, that’d be awesome!

TeaBrat

I hope you get to come out of your cell soon :-P

Cavocorax

Great. I made a note to remind me in the morning and I can follow up! :D

OMGsrsly

Ooh, a sencha! Ok, it’s on my shopping list. :)

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drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
1774 tasting notes

YES! My order came in today, and instead of leaving it at the office, I brought all of it home, aside from the 3 little samples. I need to try them immediately, especially after swooning over the packaging and smelling all the bags.

I’m happy Roswell Strange reviewed this one earlier because their comments helped point it out. I don’t normally buy white teas, but I DO buy white teas with mulberries in them. Let’s just say I’m a big fan of Gold Rush, but I could never justify the price to have it often enough.

Now this makes it not an issue. This tea is much cheaper, and it’s quite nice. It tastes like a white tea, without being heavily flavoured. I can definitely taste the mulberries, and a bit of sweet fruits which I guess are the papaya and apple. It’s just very smooth and amazing.

I don’t know. I’m not doing this tea justice in my description, but I really love mulberries, and the juiciness of this tea. I’m on my second steep and I’ve only noticed a slight loss in flavour.

I brewed this in my 16 oz mug for 3 min at 160F for the first steep, and 4 min for the second. I used about 3 heaping teaspoons because of the bigger cup.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Roswell Strange

Yayyyy! I’m glad you love it, because it’s my favourite of what I recieved, except for maybe Tea of Kings. Those two might be tied… I’d have bought more in my order like I did for Pret a Portea or Tea of Kings, except I already had 50g… SO YUMMY! And fresh, right! It tastes very fresh to me. Like… Spring. The perfect, idealistic spring.

VariaTEA

It really is a tasty mulberry tea. I am glad Roswell Strange pointed it out as something I might like and sent me some so I could try it.

Roswell Strange

I am realizing, perhaps pathetically, just in this moment how much of a RiverTea fan girl I am, already. They just make me really, really excited. Such great customer service, tea, pricing… I could probably be a spokesperson for them, if I had any real “credit” or whatever outside of Steepster. :p

VariaTEA

Don’t worry, Roswell Strange, I get it. I am the same way with Nina’s.

Roswell Strange

I can get occasionally get the same way too with Tea Desire. I mean, there are many tea companies I love greatly for various reasons – but I feel like Tea Desire and RiverTea are my “top two” if you will (for various reasons), and there’s this conflicting feeling of wanting to share them with everyone, and wanting them to be mine. I’m sure you know what I mean ;) Companies you feel a special connection with, for whatever reason.

VariaTEA

Haha. I definitely get it.

Fjellrev

Nice! I’m curious to read what you think about their flavourings overall, if they add too much sweetener to them, etc.

OMGsrsly

I totally have to add this to my shopping list. :)

Cavocorax

So far I didn’t notice too much flavouring, (it seemed well blended without being overwhelming) but I’ll try to do a better job in my notes! :P

And I don’t think it had sweetener in it, unless it was snuck under the ‘flavouring’ heading…

Fjellrev

Oh pish posh, you did a most excellent job describing the flavouring. Sounds quite natural to me. I just hope they won’t be too David’s Tea- or Teavana-like in the sweetener category.

VariaTEA

@Fjellrev, I had this cup yesterday and did not really notice an abundance of sweetener. It was a sweet cup (not cloyingly so) but I attributed that to the fruits.

Sil

my tea still hasn’t shown up…so jealous… sigh haha

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So this was in my Amoda box last month and I’ just finishing it up now. It’s sweet, has cherry flavouring and some other things, but I’m not enthused about this one guys.

Not really. It’s ok. It’s a happy face, but not a really happy face. There’s no tongue sticking out begging for another drop face here.

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This one again! It’s not as good now that I’m not as congested but it’s still tasty. NO REGRETS on this one VariaTEA!

(Although I don’t like the tea to flavouring ratio that Teavana has. Once I get through this phase I will likely not get much more.)

Sil

I have successfully not yet ever purchased from teavana haha

VariaTEA

You can always pass along/sell whatever I sent. There is a lot there so if you don’t love it, you shouldn’t force yourself to drink it.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, there’s hardly any tea in this one. There’s lots of mate, so at least it’s caffeinated! :)

Cavocorax

Oh sure, Sil, just rub it in like you’re SO MUCH BETTER than us. :P

And VariaTEA, I’ve already drank half so I don’t mind it! It’s just not mind blowing, but it is nice for a wake me up on the bus. Something good that I can smell. I don’t like drinking al ot of teas in a travel mug, but this one works well enough.

:P Poor tea-deprived-tea.

Sil

Cavo…haha hardly “better” just less gullible maybe teasing

Cavocorax

Oh, sure, I’m totally gullible. Don’t mind me, I’m just gonna drop $100 at Davids because THIS TIME I won’t be disappointed. :P

(I’ve learned a few lessons) Also I’ve only spent $40 at Teavana in my history of tea!

Sil

haha 40 isn’t bad :)

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Wow – I totally called this – it has Egyptian chamomile! After drinking it in a DAVIDsTEA blend I guess I have a taste for it. But this is much cheaper than any DT blend. Intersting.

Thanks VariaTEA for sending some bags my way!

VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed this. It really was not for me. It tasted like a strange chamomile lollipop. I have more if you are ever in need!

Fjellrev

Haha chamomile lollipop actually sounds like an interesting concept.

VariaTEA

I personally was not a fan but I don’t particularly love chamomile to begin with. I am happy to share if you are interested.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I’m fine, but thanks for asking! You remind me of how I should start drinking more chamomile-based stuff again. :)

Cavocorax

Thanks for the offer but I like Mango Lassi a bit more!

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And here’s another cup of this!

I have to say this is probably the best of the Murchie’s teas. Well, or that I don’t really care for Murchie’s teas – they are so finicky and often require milk and sugar in order to make it good. I’m sorry Murchie’s. I’ve probably spent about $50 on your teas and I wish I could love them more.

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

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