1774 Tasting Notes
I bought this one as a possible replacement to WP’s Cocoa Amore, since that goes for a whopping $17.25 an oz, and… I can’t do that anymore… but I’ll have to keep looking!
This tea has a nice chocolately raspberry flavor to it, but I’m not crazy about the base. I almost thought it was darjeeling because of that astringency, but I guess it’s the Keemun? I’ll enjoy the rest of this bag, but I think I might have to cheat and add some sugar or something to it. Or experiment with another cup! :D
ETA: It’s actually less astringent as it cools! Interesting! I’ll need more cups!
Steepster was down while I tried to review this, but I’ll do my best!
I bought this as a replacement for WP’s Golden Orchid as I really love the Madagascar Vanilla Beans and want more, but for a cheaper price (especially as a Canadian faced with a sinking CDN dollar, and high shipping costs!).
This one will do! The base isn’t quite as luxurious as GO, but it’s nice, and it gives me a similar flavor profile. It’s still a bit expensive at ~$7/oz CDN , but that’s much better than $12.50/oz USD. I don’t think it’ll take me long to go through my bag of this!
Well, I was happy to leave my tasting notes at an even 1700, but this was a free sample with my Tippy’s Tea order,and I thought I should give it a review since they’re a new company and can use the exposure!
First off – for a new company, I’m very impressed with their customer service. Ordering on the site was easy, and I received all communication in a timely manner. The shipping notice even had a link to track the shipping which was a nice touch! And the packing list had a nice handwritten note on it which was sweet, and definitely made me feel like I was ordering from a real person and not a faceless company.
Now, on to the tea itself! This is definitely a hearty black blend- nice and strong. It’ll get you past the afternoon hump when you just want to nap, or mindlessly surf the internet or stare out the window.
I can definitely notice the tang of the darjeeling, adding that not-quite bitterness to it, but there’s also some nice woodsy and malty notes to it as well. And a tiny touch of smoke! I think that as it cools, I can get notes of baked bread too!
Overall? Thumbs-up! I just had a cup of Lord Petersham from the Devotea earlier, and noticed I was running low, but I think this tea would be a nice replacement for that one when I run out!
This was my breakfast cuppa today. I’ve had several teas from The Devotea and I have to say that this one is by far my favorite. It has a nice thick mouthfeel, and a lot of maltiness to it that I quite enjoy. It’s a little smoky, and a little astringent, but NOT unpleasantly so.
It’s a great start for a work week! (Especially a work week in which I forgot to bring milk to work for my cereal, and forgot the mouse for my Surface! At least I brought my Surface in – otherwise it’d be a long bus ride home…)
And that’s the last of this! Thank you VariaTEA for loading me up with so much to begin with! I really do enjoy the flavours in the tea – it’s very decadent. Best breakfast!
And I think that I DO enjoy this more than Lupicia’s Cookie tea, although I like both for similiar reasons. I might still end up ordering Cookie instead though, only because there’s nothing else I want from ATR, while I don’t think I’d have trouble ordering from Lupicia!
My cupboard keeps getting smaller – I think it’s partly bc Steepster hasn’t been working well lately and so I haven’t been getting excited about other teas, and can’t-miss sales etc. Partly because I’ve been working part-time a bit too as we wait for Hannibal to start shooting – we’re getting close! I think I get to read Episode 6 on Monday, and filming should start in a month or so?
The Hannibal Season 2 dvd just came out and there’s two special featurettes on it that feature our shop and the work involved in creating all the dead bodies. It was really awesome to watch – it made us look good! Also I sorta laughed when I recognized a few of the photos I took in the dvd. That’s about the limit to my creative input – I’m just admin, not talent. :P It’s all my boss and his employees.
Anyway, this tea was good, but I’m not sure about re-ordering it? I’m just not THAT big on oolongs, although the mint flavouring is quite nice. I just wanted to finish this today since it’s the Last Day of Summer! Woohoo. I love Fall, so I am not upset by that!