1819 Tasting Notes
Underleafed and oversteeped. I’m actually really not noticing the hibiscus at all because the guava, and to a lesser extent the mango, are so incredibly strong. Still was a nice mug – good both hot and cold. I should drink this more often, I like guava. Not really sure why I don’t.
I overleafed in the hope to finally draw out the star anise (2 tsp. to 10 oz of boiling water). However, same anise-less cup with a sort of waxy quality to the liquor. Also, just like last time it sort of made my tongue feel numb?
Yeah, I hate to say it but this definitely isn’t for me. I really want anise, and I just don’t get that at all. Plus too much cinnamon…
The leaf for this one just looks so pretty! I’d be seriously tempted to keep it around (if it wasn’t limited edition) just because it’s so fun to look at. That, and it smells absolutely fucking incredible. Fresh, rainy garden smell and vanilla! I want that as my ‘signature perfume’ if I ever become famous. I know Stacy does tea, but she’s a miracle worker – if I’m some day ridiculously wealthy I’d have her make me my own Vanilla Frosted Carrot Cake perfume. She could do it. I have faith.
Anyway, often the taste of this falls short for me, which is why I didn’t mind sharing it with VariaTEA or Kittenna, but today I overleafed it in the hope to get more vanilla and I must say this is definitey more accurate to the smell! It’s earthy with carrot notes and a cakiness to it, and the vanilla is actually relatively present and creamy. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that there’s not a ton of spice notes today. Icky spice notes – they’re not needed in such abundance.
So yeah – best cup of this yet. I’ll remember to overleaf in the future; I’d much rather have less cups but them all this tasty than more cups but they’re much more mediocre.
This one just didn’t want to come up for me!
Anyway, VariaTEA’s tasting note for Mulberry White made me want that – but I was already making tea at a hotter temperature than that one would be able to take, plus I didn’t want to go digging in my closet, so I checked what I had in my kitchen cupboard for immediate consumption and this one was in there! Pretty close, if I do say so myself – I mean, both are mulberry strong teas. And this one handles heat better!
I have to say, I don’t remember this being as oily – not that it really tastes oily, it just has lots of that kind of sheen on top. As far as taste goes, this is nice with strong coconut notes featuring as the initial taste, and then sweet liquid caramel/mulberry notes. It’s not exactly like Mulberry White because it’s not fruity (apple notes, and all) – but it’s a close enough match that my cravings are being satisfied.
I love both – likely for the caramelness, and continue to want both around despite any similarities they might have. Also, I cut up an apple to eat with this, and it’s really good! Satisfies the Mulberry White craving even more ;)
As I was prepping this one, I read VariaTEA’s tasting note on Mulberry White and instantly wanted to go make a cup of that one. But still is still really good!
This cup in particular is heavy on cinnamon/cranberry/mango notes.
I think I’ve finally pinpointed the ingredient that keeps me from going from “strongly liking” this blend to “loving” it – and that’s the cinnamon. I’m just not a huge fan of cinnamon in teas in general (really only in chai, with DTT’s Cinnamon Bun sorta being the exception because that’s cinnamon without being overtly chai) so I guess it makes sense that’s my least favourite aspect here. I thought it might be the chamomile blossoms – but pretty sure it’s the cinnamon because I enjoy the cups that are lighter on those notes a bit more.
By the time I reached the end of the cup it was a little astringent – but I’ll take that over bitterness, and thankfully I’ve never had a cup of this go bitter on me.
Being honest, I think this is my least favourite of the five I was sent (although, maybe Cherry Kiss…) – but that said, I still really like them all! Dying for my order to come in! D:
Third (late) morning/breakfast cup – this time prepared as tea soda. Sadly I’m going to be out of this soon, which is just awful because I love it so much!
When I eventually break hiatus I’ll place a giant Red Leaf order and pick up more.
I used 1 tsp. of matcha to flavour a full can of Club Soda. No sweetner – this doesn’t really need it. I believe (I always forget) that this is distinct flavouring? Either VariaTEA or Sil should remind me.
Also, the carbonation is totally doing its part to wake me up! Yay for that! I’m also happy to report, I think I’ve finally gotten over the whole ‘drinking flavours that aren’t meant to be green’ thing so I no longer have to drink my matcha in solid water bottles and pretend I’m not, for example, drinking green eggnog. Also yay for that!
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample of this – I’ve been curious about it for a while. It’s been in my sample drawer since getting it (as opposed to sample bags stuffed in my closet), and I’ve been waiting for the right evening to try it but this morning I finally just went “Fuck it, it sounds like a good breakfast tea” – though it’s 3 PM, so not really breakfast time. Except I just got up an hour ago, and this is the first food/drink I’ve had all day – so sorta breakfast, I guess.
How much leaf do the people who really enjoy this normally use? I used 1 1/2 tsp. of leaf in 10 oz. of boiling water, steeped for 8 minutes and the result was pretty tasty but incredibly weak. Now, I’m sure part of that is because I used 10 oz. – but just wondering? It also weirded me out a little but that this steeped up practically clear? I was expecting at least a little colour.
Anyway maybe I just had steep expectations? Hah, get it? I’m punny. Don’t judge me – it’s 3 PM and I practically just got up. But yeah, it’s not like it was a bad cup or anything…
So, VariaTEA’s tasting note on Apple Strudel Pistachio really put me in the mood for pastry, except I’ve had lots of rooibos today so I wanted something with a different tea base (otherwise I would have just brewed up the same thing) – and this was the first thing I saw which fit that criteria.
Of course, right after that she posted a note for Pineapple Angel Food Cake Shou Mei which I also gave her, and still have some of which I hadn’t tried. That would have fit nicely too, except I’d already started making my cups already.
Anyway, this is still wonderful! My delicious buttery, flakey raspberry pastry tea! I know RiverTea has an equivalent to this too, so when I inevitably put in my next RiverTea order I’m gonna try to remember to get a sample for comparison’s sake.
Also, I spilled half the mug of this over my laptop – but thankfully I reacted quickly and everything seems to be fine and in working order. Thank God.
Last time I had this I was really sick, so I left it unrated in case my sense of taste way really off. I have to say though it tastes exactly the same, which is to say it takes nearly indescribable.
It’s odd because it’s smokey and savoury from the lapsang and then sweet from the vanilla/cherry. Ultimately, it’s really quite perfect as Irene Adler’s blend, though.