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1848 Tasting Notes

73

This is another one from my Upton sampler pack that I got for the Easter HoppiTea from twiggles. It’s a nice looking tea, with tiny candied mango chunks and sunflower petals. Dried it smells strongly of sweet mango; brewed, the mango aroma isn’t so candy-like and becomes much more like mango juice, with the black tea base underlying.

My first sip (while still pretty hot), I get a taste of mango and surprisingly a jasmine note. I went ahead and brewed the full four minutes on this one, but that did cause a some bitterness, so I’ll definitely drop it next time. Nevertheless, I can tell that I really like this tea! As it cools, I still get an overall mango flavor but in a very floral way. I can’t help but be reminded of jasmine somehow. Definitely my kind of tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Love by TeaFrog
1848 tasting notes

I have a few sample pouches of rooibos from TeaFrog that I still haven’t tried yet, mostly because I don’t get around to making a pot of tea at home as much as I’d like. I chose this one because of the orange and rose and other florals in the mix. When I first got them, all the pouches kind of smelled like all the other ones, and separation hasn’t helped them much, but I haven’t experienced much cross contamination in the other teas from the box. I say this because this one doesn’t taste much like I expected.

Brewed up, I do of course taste the nutty rooibose base, and a creamy, vanilla flavor. Maybe a hint of orange? I also get a somewhat, minty, musty aroma that sometimes gets into the flavor. No florals at all. It’s not a great match up. Maybe I got a not-great batch, but I don’t see myself going for this one very often.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1848 tasting notes

Ah, Paris. This really seems to be sussing itself out as my favorite go-to tea. I brought some sachets home in a recently-emptied tagalong tin, and even though I don’t often drink tea at home for some reason, I decided I needed a pot this morning with breakfast (maple-oat scones). For whatever reason this pot has more bergamot flavor than some others I’ve had. Delish!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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73

This is part of my Upton flavored tea sampler from twiggles! I love almonds, almond tea—heck, almond flavored anything—so I was excited that one of the teas was an almond green, which I’ve never had before. The dried leaves smell almondy and vegetal, and when brewed the almond aroma takes over with a hint of the underlying green. It smells cinnamony too, which somehow ads to the idea of baked goods.

The flavor is definitely a green tea with almonds. I think I taste the green tea first with a very vegetal note, then the almond with a hit of cinnamon. The almond comes out a bit more as it cools; its a nutty almondy flavor, but not quite the flavor of almond extract or marzipan (I’ve yet to find a tea that really tastes like that to me, but that’s ok). I also get a hint of bright citrusy flavors I don’t taste initially but that linger in my mouth.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I am allergic to almonds (and pinenuts) but I love almond flavoring too… The allergy is something I developed later in life, so I know what I’m missing. This seems like a yummy alternative!

Dinosara

This actually has almond pieces in it, so if you’re allergic I’m afraid it might not work unfortunately! Sorry to hear about your late-onset allergy, that really sucks.

KeenTeaThyme

Darn! But thanks for letting me know before I bought it. :) Enjoy – for me, please! :D

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67

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while now; I love chocolate tea, and I love Earl Grey tea, so the two of them together was very appealing to me! And now, thanks to twiggles and the HoppiTea swap, I have a sample!

I might have expected this tea to smell like a chocolate orange or something, but the aroma comes together in a way that you can distinctly smell the roasty chocolate and the somewhat floral EG, and they also meld together. This tea doesn’t hit you over the head with either flavor, and considering how chocolates and EGs can both have a tendancy to do so, it’s impressive. I don’t get as much of a citrusy EG as a floral one (I think the jasmine flowers contribute to that), though as it cools I think I get a hint of lemongrass on the end of the sip. I brewed it for only 3 minutes, but since I get no hints of bitterness whatsoever I think I’ll go up to 4 next time as suggested. This one was different than I was expecting, but very good! I look forward to sipping through my sample!

ETA: The resteep on this is fantastic… the chocolate takes a backseat and becomes a supporting flavor (though still evident), but the bergamot comes out with a more citrusy flavor. The jasmine is evident here as well, adding a smooth floral note. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93

Another one of my favorite teas. I haven’t had this one in over a month, mostly because I look at the tin, consider it, then don’t drink it because I don’t want to use it up too quickly! But today I decided it had been too long since I’d brewed it, so now I’m happily sipping away.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96

Not much to say here; just decided to have this delicious tea for my morning cup. I’ve started brewing my Harney blacks a bit under boiling (yay for my utiliTEA teapot that easily controls the temperature!), and they always come out fantastic.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
1848 tasting notes

Right now, this is my go-to Earl Grey Cream tea. I haven’t had very many, and I plan to try more, but I enjoy this one a lot and so it pretty much becomes the one to beat. The bright, citrusy bergamot (without being bitter!), complimented by the creamy vanilla, are very well done.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1848 tasting notes

There’s something about trying a tea you really dislike, especially one you dislike so much that you can’t finish the cup. I needed a recovery tea, something to wash the bitterness off my taste buds and fill my nose and mouth with a flavor I love. I thought about having a cream Earl Grey I do really like, the one from ESP Emporium, but the steeping basket for my Kati cup needs to dry out to get all the tiny pieces of the previous tea out, so I reached for a sachet of Paris. This one hits the spot. Thank you, Paris, for being a tea I can always turn to.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Cream Earl Grey by TeaFrog
1848 tasting notes

Trial number 2 of this tea, with a very precise steeping length this time. It certainly smells really creamy, with a hint of citrusy bergamot underneath. I’m afraid I’m still getting some bitterness in the taste, and now I’m thinking it’s the bitterness of the bergamot actually. It doesn’t taste as much like tannin bitterness as it does the bitterness of citrus, like eating the bitter pith of an orange. I feel like this cup is even more bitter than the last one I tried! It completely overwhelms any other flavor in the tea. I’m actually dropping my rating on this tea, because I don’t think I can finish this cup! Other folks like this one, so it could just be my extra sensativity to bitterness, but this tea is not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: I’m in LOVE with these teas.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.

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