1905 Tasting Notes

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Mmmm nutmeg. It’s good with milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for an extra treat.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Banana Peach Green by 52teas
1905 tasting notes

Sipdown, I made the last of this into an iced tea with an equal amount of Pura Vida from Davids Tea. It made a very nice, fruity and refreshing iced tea blend. It really isn’t iced tea weather right now – we got a foot of snow and it’s currently -11C but at least the tropical-ish flavours make me think of warmer climes and warmer times. ;)

Preparation
Iced
52Teas

I usually have a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge at all times – I like to drink iced tea with my meals and sip on hot tea throughout the rest of the day. In other words – for me it’s always ice tea weather!

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1905 tasting notes

I found that the tea was difficult to sift properly as something, possibly the coconut nectar, made it clump up into tiny pebbles. I made sure to whisk the tea extra thoroughly which seems to have done the trick to dissolve the clumps at least. The colour of this matcha is sort of a dull, dark, muddy green – I’m not super familiar with how matcha is graded but I think I recall that it’s an indicator of a lower-quality matcha. The flavour is a bit disappointing, as it’s largely the sweet coconut nectar and the vanilla flavouring the come across, with the matcha serving as a vegetal background. The tea is just on the near side of being too sweet, though I’m glad that they at least used a natural sweetener, rather than something like stevia.

I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from a matcha from Davids Tea and this tea neither exceeded nor disappointed those expectations. I might try this as a latte or perhaps in a smoothie, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a straight matcha. I get the impression that this is intended to be a sort of a matcha-for-newbies who might otherwise be put off by the grassy, bitter flavours.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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80
drank S’mores Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1905 tasting notes

I have to admit that I snuck a few pieces of the marshmallows and brittle before I steeped this tea because they smelled just far too temping. DT’s pu-erh teas have always been a bit hit and miss for me (loved their Chocolate Orange but hated their Cinnamon Heart) but this one hit the spot. This is about as close as I have ever tasted to s’mores being replicated in a tea. It’s a bit lacking on the chocolate aspect but the sweet brittle matches the marshmallow and graham cracker taste pretty well. The base is perhaps a little bit light and I think they could pick a slightly stronger pu’erh and still be good, particularly if they increased the chocolate flavours. Overall this is probably only second to Pumpkin Chai in my ranking of DT’s chais and spiced blends.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
1905 tasting notes

While I’m not a huge fan of red rooibos teas, I enjoy this one for it’s cute little maple leaf sprinkles. Other than that it’s a maple tea – does what it says on the tin. It does combine nicely with DT’s Blueberry Jam – you end up with something tasting a bit like blueberry pancakes.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank Hot Buttered Banana Bread by 52teas
1905 tasting notes

I’m enjoying the new incarnation of this tea. It has a nice, natural banana flavour and the base which is robust but not astringent works very well with these flavours and gives the tea substance and bread-like notes. The only thing missing is the nut flavours (I don’t know how you guys do it, but I always put nuts in my banana bread, either pecans or walnuts) so if you reblend this one maybe try working those in LiberTeas (but NO MORE sunflower seeds! ;p).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
52Teas

I won’t add tree nuts to any teas (exception: coconut) because of allergy concerns.

Jillian

I know, but isn’t there a way of flavouring the tea without using the nuts themselves?

52Teas

Yes – and they were added to this tea. However, they were not as strong as the other flavoring components – so therefore they aren’t being picked up on – if I had adjusted it, there would be fewer bread notes or banana notes. The nut flavoring is there – just not as obvious a flavor.

Jillian

Gotcha :)

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drank Spicy Rasam by DAVIDsTEA
1905 tasting notes

I was sufficiently intrigued by the idea of soup tea to buy a sample cup. I really liked the smell of this one, warm and earthy – perfect for those rainy autumn days.

I initially had it unstrained and my first thought was, despite the strong spices, that it lacked substance. It needs something like lentils or vegetables of some sort otherwise it’s basically just salty water with spices. All the spices were a bit too overpowering so after the first couple spoonfuls I strained it, which still left plenty of spices in the soup. I’m not sure if it’s the matcha but there was a strong bitter-herbal flavour that came out especially as the tea cooled that I found quite unpleasant. It shouldn’t be from scalded matcha because the water temperature was only 80C.

I did a bit of research and rasam (the Tamil word for juice btw) is supposed to have a tangy flavour profile as it’s made with either a tomato or a tamarind juice base which this tea most definitely isn’t. On the bright side, I had some cornbread left over from chili night and dipped in the soup it actually tasted quite good.

I’ll be honest and say that I’m not really impressed with ‘soup tea’ thus far – of course this is the only one of the collection that I’ve tried, so the other two might be amazing for all I know.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
gmathis

I can’t quite get my brain around the notion of savory teas…interested in trying, but not so interested I want to chase one down just yet.

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70
drank Apple Crumble by Pluck
1905 tasting notes

This tea, along with two others were in the marked-down section at work, so I snatched them up right away. With my employee discount all three only came to $5. I have plenty of fruit tisanes which are good iced but that many that are meant to be drank hot. And right now it’s definitely edging into hot tea weather.

The cinnamon flavour is nice, and not overwhelming and there is a distinct fruity apple flavour, but the sweet, baked pastry part of the ‘apple crumble’ is missing. It’s too tart to really taste all that dessert-like although it has a nice autumn-y vibe that makes it pleasant to curl up with on a cold autumn evening.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67
drank Cream of Earl Grey by Tea Desire
1905 tasting notes

Not bad, but I found the base to be a little bit wimpy and bland. The vanilla cream flavours were more apparent when I added milk to my cup and there was a pleasant mildly floral scent and aftertaste. Not bad, but certainly not the best cream earl grey I’ve tasted.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank J.E Oolong Milky by THE O DOR
1905 tasting notes

Well I made it last an impressively long time but after so many years I can only stretch it so far. While there has been some flavour degradation over time, it’s pretty minor considering how long I’ve kept the last few cups’ worth. Here’s hoping we get another Canadian supplier for this brand soon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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