1917 Tasting Notes

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Every time I take a sip of this tea, I ready myself for rooibos, and am blown away by the amazingly accurate apple strudel flavor. You think I would have learned by now but I think I like the element of pleasant surprise. Thank you Roswell Strange for supplying me with even more of this tea. I NEED to place an order because I want to this in my cupboard…in COPIOUS amounts. This and Soba – delicious caffeine-free options for any mood.

Suziqzer

Sounds like another good one!

VariaTEA

It has been a good night for tea :)

Stephanie

I love the idea of apple strudel with pistachios in it…nom nom nom

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Thank you NayLynn for sharing this Adagio blend with me! I am not actually a part of the Dr. Who fandom (I tried, we just never clicked) but this particular tea sounded quite tasty. Sipping on it now, it is one of the more flavorful Adagio blends I have had – creamy coconut with a hint of apple sweetness. There is a thick mouthfeel to this blend and it is a touch artificial but not bad at all.

In other news, while logging this, I might have picked up my mug of the Queen and sipped on it for a minute or two wondering where all the flavor disappeared to. So that happened…

Sil

POOF!

VariaTEA

Haha. I was very shock. I mean I know the Adagio base can be overpowering but that was just ridiculous.

Anna

I also don’t Who, but I am OBSESSED with Moffat’s first show Press Gang.

VariaTEA

The only Moffat show I watch is Sherlock. I thought I would love Dr. Who but I just never got into it.

Nattie

I love Sherlock crazy amounts, and loved Doctor Who, too. I lost interest after David Tennant, though – Matt Smith is just not my cup of tea.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1917 tasting notes

I am not a lover of straight blacks but keychange speaks so highly of this that I just had to see what all the fuss was about. Tbh though, I have been putting off having it because I did not want to take a sip, think it was just okay, and then disappoint keychange. However, I decided to delay it no longer. I am happy to report that it is actually quite good. Smooth and with a hint of malty chocolate. A very pleasant brew and I can certainly see why keychange regards it so highly. For my tastes, this won’t be the tea I reach for every morning but it is also not a tea I would ever say no to if offered a cup. Thank you so much keychange for sending me a sample of your beloved tea. I am happy I got a chance to try it.

keychange

Fuck yeah!! (sorry, I don’t typically swear all over the place, but yeah!!). And I’m so glad you genuinely liked it—because hey, if you didn’t, it’s ok—more queen for me LOL!!

VariaTEA

Haha. I don’t think I would get a whole 4 oz tin but I will certainly enjoy the rest of the sample. Thank you for sharing. I felt bad putting it off so long because I know I always get excited when people review Japon.

Cavocorax

Yay! Glad you liked it!
(Fuck yeah! Hahah. Bc you did it)

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
1917 tasting notes

So this has been steeping for over an hour. In fact, it steeped for so long, my whales went back to black :(. Unfortunately, this can be oversteeped. It is coming off peppery in this cup, though that is a result of my prep and not a reflection of the tea. Nonetheless, I still have a lot more of this to prep properly so thank you Dustin!

In other news, how is it that when you cross the border, fat free whip cream goes from being 30 calories to merely 5 calories?

Sami Kelsh

I want to live in 5 calories land!

Fjellrev

So strange. It also makes me wonder what kind of crap they put in the fat-free stuff. Usually chemicals, sugar, and/or sodium is added to compensate for the fat. At that point, I’d rather take the fat.

VariaTEA

Haha. It is tasty whipped cream too. I miss it :(. That and Boston Cream Pie yogurt.

Fjellrev

That’s insane. I can’t imagine all the different stuff available across the border.

VariaTEA

I am only allowed fat free yogurt and the only non-greek fat free yogurt I will drink is the yoplait yogurt they sell across the border. My mom’s plan is to drive over the border monthly and go grocery shopping to buy the things you can’t get here.

Anna

Wait, is Canada the better option here in terms of choice, or the US?

Sil

US..always US for choices… unless we’re talking kinder eggs.

Anna

I’m still weirded out by the fact that you guys have to pay so much for shipping.

VariaTEA

Yeah I think it worked out to $5 shipping for a $9 bag of tea.

tigress_al

Ya the shipping really sucks :(

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown!! (205)

Thank you Allie for a sample of this blend. I have actually tried it before and really enjoyed it. It is the Harney version of Glitter & Gold which is one of my favorites so it was nice to get another cup.

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drank Thé de Pâques by Mariage Frères
1917 tasting notes

So I woke up yesterday at 10 am and started writing a paper. I finally finished that paper today at 3. For those counting, that is about 29 hours solid of starting at my computer and writing about genocide. I finished with an hour to spare, which I planned on using to have a cup of tea. only my printer decide to be difficult and so I had to spend time fixing that which meant no tea for me.

Then I took my paper to class and as I was walking out, a classmate stopped me to talk which made me realize I might have done the paper incorrectly. A paper worth 50% of my grade so that is not good. However, there is nothing I can do now so I am not going to stress.

And if that was not bad enough, I ended up stepping a huge puddle with my converse on so I had to walk the 1/2 hr home with a soaking wet foot.

Oh and steepster is glitching again. Luckily though, nothing seemed to go wrong with this tea, courtesy of the wonderful Sil. It has the tiny hint of spice, a touch of fruitiness, but the most prominent flavor is the base which I am actually really enjoying today. It is a more mellow cup that is good for any mood as opposed to a more bold and powerful flavor. This is not one I would have chosen myself but it is one I would definitely have again so thank you Sil for sending me such tasty treats :)

Courtney

Wet feet are the worst. I hope your paper turns out alright, and I’m glad you have tea now. :)

Sil

yay glad you enjoyed it :)

VariaTEA

Haha wet feet really do suck but it is okay now because I have tasty teas and am toasty warm in sweats

Sami Kelsh

Boo to wet foot! At least you’re staying cozy with tea! hugs

Anna

Aww, the wet foot really got me. <3

Anna

Slosh! Slosh! SQUACK.

Sil

stepped on a duck! careful anna!

Anna

NO NOT DUCKIE
0_0

Sil

SQUACK! it’s what the wet duckie said when Anna Banana stepped on her

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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Back in November or December, my tea sharing partner, Roswell Strange, sent me some of this tea after the smell alone made her nauseous. However, that package never found its way here and now it is lost somewhere in Canada. I wasn’t too sad given Roswell Strange’s reaction to the tea and yet I was still intrigued as to what it tasted like. Now, thanks to NayLynn, I got a chance to sample a cup.

It actually is much better than I expected. There is a hint, a very subtle bit, of peach sweetness which helps to balance the flavors of the hops (which are certainly the most prominent component of the cup). Not bad, though not necessarily for me either. It is an interesting cup to have once but I am not too heartbroken that it is the only cup I will have.

Courtney

Hehe, tea share*. :P

Courtney

I wanted to love these ones too, but beer = blech for me.

VariaTEA

Yeah, I was actually scared of the hops but they weren’t too bad in this cup. Though it is like the bacon teas – a different sort of taste that is fun to try once but not something you want again.

Roswell Strange

This one still gives me nightmares…

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Sipdown!! (209)

Thank you NayLynn for a sample of this tea. Tbh, I am on the fence because it smells amazing but my sips alternate between an awesome vanilla bean flavor and an astringent black base. It is actually quite weird because I just don’t know what I am going to get with each sip. Would I purchase this? No, probably not. Would I have another cup? Yes. But for now, I am happy to just cradle the cup in my hands and sniff this aromatic cup.

yyz

This one does smell awesome. I think that it can be easy to steep it too hot because it isn’t really obvious that it Is a green black blend. But I did find that the taste and texture was different when brewed at different temps.

Fjellrev

With a name like that, it should deliver.

VariaTEA

Well I brewed it at boiling so maybe that had something to do with the inconsistency?

Fjellrev

Who knows, maybe you need to tinker around with this one before finding a sweet spot.

yyz

True. I liked it best brewed around 90

VariaTEA

Well it is gone now so I won’t get the chance to play around with it. It wasn’t a bad cup though, just not consistent.

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drank Tropical Dream by RiverTea
1917 tasting notes

I really like this! Thank you Sil for sharing as this is one I overlooked each time I checked RiverTea’s site (which is often). I imagined it would be more Pina Coladaesque I suppose, or maybe I feared the coconut might get a bit lotiony like it tends to do in rooibos teas but this is just a nice, juicy, tropical tea. Very, very good.

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drank Maple Syrup Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown!! (210)

In contrast to the Tiramisu matcha I had earlier which was slightly short of 1/2 a tsp, I had just over 1/2 a tsp of this left. I dumped the whole thing into a glass and made myself some maple syrup matcha milk. Sipping on it now, I probably should have saved the excess to combine with something else at a later time because this is a little vegetal (think maple syrup sprinkled on grass). This is not the way I wanted my time with this matcha to end but c’est la vie. Nonetheless, I am glad I got to try it so thank you Fjellrev (and Sil) for providing me with a sample.

keychange

no no no no! I’m hoping so hard that I don’t taste grass in the matcha samples you kind folks have sent me!!

VariaTEA

Just don’t overleaf (overpowder?)

Courtney

I have lots of hope for Banana & Cream keychange. I really hope you like it. :)

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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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