1887 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1887 tasting notes

I was bummed about missing this tea last year as it sold out incredibly quickly (I’m serious, it was gone in three days) so here’s to second chances. ;)

The lemon flavouring is more like a lemon candy without the tart sourness of the citric acid, which is thanks to using lemongrass as their main flavouring agent, I think. An oolong was a good choice of base for this tea, its natural sweetness, particularly as it cools off work with the vanilla to give it a nice cakey flavour. Two thumbs up!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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72
drank Vanilla Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
1887 tasting notes

I can’t say that any of the new malt shop teas had me excited but they were sampling this tea at my local Davids Tea store today so I decided to give it a try. Honestly I didn’t care that much for the plain tea, there’s a nice vanilla lemongrass flavour at the start but then the stevia hits and it’s just too much sweetness for me. I realize that stevia isn’t an artificial sweetener but to me it still tastes wrong and I can always tell when it’s been used in place of sugar in something, regardless of the amount used. My take on sweeteners in tea is that I’d rather have natural sugar or honey and add it myself, that way I can control the amount that goes in.

I commented on this to the salesperson (who knows me by name – obviously I spend too much time there) and she recommended trying it as a latté. She’s made some good recommendations before so I decided to give it a shot and I was pleasantly surprised. The steamed milk dampens that weird too-sweet taste and allows a rich, creamy vanilla flavour to come out.

I would rate the plain tea as 65/100 and the latté version as 80/100.

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I guess I know how I’ll be making the last of the sample I got. Plain this is just way too cloying.

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79

I’m a huge mango fan and I’d like to try making stick rice pudding one of these days (gotta get my hands on some glutineous rice) so this tea was a no-brainer for me.

I was hit by a lovely strong mango odor when I opened the pouch and I couldn’t stop sniffing the tea, it was so good! It isn’t as prominent in the flavour of the hot tea, at least initially, but as it cooled off it crept back in, giving the tea a great fruity tang. The coconut is in the background more as a hint but it’s more of the nutty flavour of shredded coconut rather than the rich, creamy flavours of coconut milk which I think are what’s missing from this tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89
drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
1887 tasting notes

I loved the original version of this tea to bits (and not just because I’m a die-hard Tolkien fangirl) so I was excited to try the new incarnation of it. Unfortunately I’m not feeling quite the same amount of love for v2.0 and I think the problem may be with the base. It seems to be a very vegetal dragonwell and it lacks the savory notes and slight sweetness of other longjings that I’ve tried. The result is very starkly green and a little bit flat. It needs something sweet to balance that out, I think.

I like the amount of chili flakes in this tea, enough to give it a bit of a bite but not so much than my mouth is burning by the end of my mug. I also don’t miss all the cayenne pepper settling to the bottom of my cup. The amount of smokiness was also done well, so it’s hardly all bad by any means.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89
drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
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81

You wouldn’t think of this time of year as being ideal for iced tea, but I live in a place where winters are very dry and I often find myself craving cold drinks to quench my thirst. My bookstore stocks these RoT iced teas every summer and I always stock up at the end of the season because I know I’ll be wanting them.

This one is a black tea with a bit of a caffeine kick so don’t drink it late at night if you have trouble sleeping. Flavour-wise though the base is quite gentle and mild and acts more as support for the other flavours rather than drowning them out. The peach and ginger are a fairly well balanced mix, though I added a bit of ginger syrup so this jug has a bit more bite than it normally would. The peach comes across as a little bit artificial, though still far more natural than the flavourings found in Snapple or Lipton peach iced teas.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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70

This is another tea I got on sale at work. The description claims that the overtones are chocolate and strawberry and the undertones are black tea and vanilla. I found instead that the dominant flavours are the black tea and the cocoa with the strawberry as a subtle undertone. It’s more of a tart, dried strawberry flavour than a fresh sweet one. The base is too harsh to be drunk plain in my opinion but it takes milk nicely. Not a bad tea, but I’ve had this particular flavour combination executed better in other teas.

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

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86
drank Blended Mint by Enchanted Teacup
1887 tasting notes

Sipdown. I was rationing this blend because I found that it’s good at settling an upset stomach, in addition to tasting good. But sadly it’s finally done and no more where that came from. :(

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

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68
drank Holt's Blend by Sloane Tea Company
1887 tasting notes

I picked this up when it was on sale right after Christmas (that’s about the only way I can afford anything from Holt Renfrew). The base is a medium strength, good quality mix of Assam and Ceylon. The flavours seem like they should be good – cocoa and rose – but I find that the execution is lacking. The cocoa comes across as tasting more like cheap, waxy chocolate and the rose is muted and has a slight mustiness like old potpourri. I know that makes it sound awful but it isn’t that bad especially when I add milk. I’ve taken to drinking it for breakfast when my tastebuds are less discerning.

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

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77
drank The Earl's Valentine by DAVIDsTEA
1887 tasting notes

I seem to be on a chocolate/Valentines tea kick right now. This one smells incredibly good – it must be the chocolate liqueur, though the scent reminds me of Baileys almost. The tea brews up lighter than I normally care for in black teas, but it’s pretty standard for DT’s blends unfortunately. The first flavour that hits my tongue is the chocolate liqueur, sweet and decadent followed by the tang of the bergamot. The rose notes are quite subtle and most noticeable as an aftertaste.

A really enjoyable tea, despite some shortcomings, and it’s good for drinking in the afternoon when you want something a little lighter that will still give you a caffeine boost.

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

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