1888 Tasting Notes

So as a staples employee, working tonight was like working on Christmas, as in it aways crazy busy. When I finally got home, I decided to make a cup of tea and before even deciding what to make, I set it to boil because I knew I felt like having black tea. Anyways, as the kettle heated, I noticed a package on the table from my awesome tea twin and inside was this tea. Immediately, I made my decision and oh what a right decision it turned out to be.

The scent of this brewed cup is sort of buttery but the taste is coconutty pineapple deliciousness. It’s creamy and sweet from the coconut with an amazing pineapple tang to curb the sweetness from becoming cloying. It is really hitting the spot as many Camellia Sinensis teas tend to do so thank you Roswell Strange for this awesome midnight treat!

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drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
1888 tasting notes

The spices are strong in this one. Pumpkin spice and cranberry. Nice but not anything mindblowing. Plus, I think DAVIDs really took Fall to heart because all their teas are pretty heavily spiced and I just don’t think I am ready to say goodbye to summer just yet.

Suziqzer

I concur… I’m not ready to let go of summer yet myself. Seems like we just got some nice hot temperatures and they are starting to sell mums… say what? When the weather cools down again, maybe I’ll be ready.. Maybe

Dustin

Suziqzer, I’ll give you all the hot weather you want from Texas with love! I’m so ready for the fall!

VariaTEA

It’s not so much the weather for me because I actually far prefer Fall weather. It’s more the summer teas I am not ready to part with – as in I have been enjoying the sweet and fruity blends and I don’t think I am quite in the mood for the heavy spice of Fall just yet.

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drank Finbarr's Revenge by The Devotea
1888 tasting notes

Thank you Cavocorax for the chance to try this tea. It is enjoyable and pairs beautifully but milk but I think it is a touch too bold for my tastes so I don’t think this will be joining my cupboard anytime soon. Still, it was fun to try. 168.

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drank Rose by T2
1888 tasting notes

Thank you Memily for sharing! This tea smells amazing. Alas, there is something a touch off in the taste. I get a bit of chocolate and a fair amount of apple but there is one prominent note that I am not loving yet I can’t quite place it. Weirdly enough, for a tea called “Rose” this isn’t an overly floral tea which is good. All in all its alright but not something I would seek out. However, I think it could be nice iced so I will definitely have to try it that way next.

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
1888 tasting notes

So this blend is basically 95% cinnamon chips and 5% rooibos and that certainly comes through in flavor. It is one giant cup is sweet cinnamon water. I can see how they approached the concept of a snickerdoodle with this tea though for me, using their recommended steeping parameters, it is a bit of a miss as the whole tea is just a little cloyingly monotonous. Perhaps altering how I brew it may help tone down some sweetness…

Cavocorax

Hmmm… I don’t think I’m into cinnamon enough to want any of that! :| Thanks for the warning!

VariaTEA

Haha. I can save a bit of the teas so you can try a cup. Perhaps you will enjoy them more than I did.

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
1888 tasting notes

This is mostly black tea and cinnamon with a hint of (sorta) maple sweetness. Nothing too memorable or mindblowing but pleasant enough that I will be fine drinking the rest of my sample.

Cavocorax

Noted. Will skip!

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drank French Toast by 52teas
1888 tasting notes

This tea is a whole lot of cinnamon and just a touch of dough. I enjoyed it once but I have grown tired of this tea.

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drank Banana Bake by T2
1888 tasting notes

Thanks Memily for sharing this with me. It is a pretty solid banana tea. Not something I immediately need to run out and stock but it certainly is nice and has a great banana flavor. I am happy I have much more to this sample so thank you once again.

Sami Kelsh

I’ve never had banana in tea and the idea slightly baffles but intrigues me. Hmm.

TeaBrat

Red Leaf makes a banana matcha that is really good

VariaTEA

I have the bananas and cream matcha and it is great.

Memily

Give it a go cold steeped or iced!

VariaTEA

I will definitely test it out that way Memily.

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
1888 tasting notes

So the flavoring on this seems more muted than I remember and that makes me sad. I tend to leave the teas in the packaging they came in and when it comes to Butiki, that may not be the best choice since the bags aren’t light-tight. Oh well, nothing I can do now.

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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