1904 Tasting Notes

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drank Orange & Ginger by Lupicia
1904 tasting notes

Not a tea I would drink plain – the base is a very strong CTC with an astringent edge. The ginger and citrus notes are relatively mild in comparison.

I’ll have to try it with milk to see if that brings out the flavour better.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Cherry Almond Gunpowder by 52teas
1904 tasting notes

Trying the new and improved version. Nice cherry flavour in this blend and the gunpowder base is a good one. Sometimes cheaper gunpowder greens can be very grassy and astringent which this one manages to avoid. The almond flavour is the part that’s noticeably lacking, in my opinion. The original had a nice amaretto flavour that the newer version lacks; it’s the sunflower seeds again, I think, they give an impression of nuttiness but they just don’t taste like almonds no matter how you look at it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Sipdown. This is probably one of my favourite classic earl grey teas due to its refined base and that the blender didn’t over-use the bergamot oil. It’s a versatile tea hat I enjoyed with or without milk.

Sadly I don’t know if I’ll be able to get more. The store I got it from originally – William-Sonoma doesn’t seem to carry Mariage Freres teas any longer; but I will definitely be on the lookout for it.

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

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60
drank Pumpkin Irish Cream by Butiki Teas
1904 tasting notes

I’ve gotta say that as much as I love Butiki’s other blends I’m really not liking the base they used in their pu-erh blends. It has a bitter, very ‘dirty’ undertone no matter how well I rinse it. It’s a taste that strong enough to alter the flavourings added to the tea making the whole thing taste rather ‘off’. I think I won’t bother finishing off this blend or the Grasshopper Cheesecake. They can go in the garden come spring.

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80

It’s nice having a decaf black tea for when I want a chai to drink in the evenings. There are some half-decent rooibos chais but it’s not the same and they aren’t much good with milk for the most part. Some decaf teas end up tasting thin and watery do to the decaffeination process but this one still has its flavour and robustness. The spice blend is nice and warm with a distinct nutmeg flavour and cinnamon scent dominating.

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

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88
drank Coconut Flan Genmaicha by 52teas
1904 tasting notes

I was really excited to try this tea because I LOVE coconut desserts. It has a rich custardy flavor combined with sweet coconut and the toasted rice taste of the genmaicha also manages to give an approximation of a baked crust. The whole tea is smooth and it isn’t overly grassy nor does the rice have a burnt flavour like some cheaper genmaichas do. This definitely goes on my list of teas to rebuy if LiberTeas decides to blend it again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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71

I made up a jug of iced tea with the last bit of this blend that I had left. Unfortunately, despite my hopes, it didn’t really turn out great. Something about icing the tea brought out an unpleasant cloying note that I really don’t care for. I’ll certainly finish the jug but overall I think my feelings are rather ambivalent towards this tea.

Preparation
Iced

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76
drank Sweet Caramel o'Mine by 52teas
1904 tasting notes

It’s nice to see something from LiberTeas teas make its way over to 52teas (I hope Masterpiece Chai makes the move too). My thoughts on this tea are much like the original version. The malty flavour of the base give the tea a nice hint of burnt caramel but the caramel flavour itself could stand to be a bit stronger. Still I noticed that adding sweetener improved the flavours of the original version, so I’ll have to try that here.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
1904 tasting notes

I love the base of this tea, it’s robust without being astringent with notes of wood and cocoa. The flavours don’t sound like they should work together much less with a base that has so much character of it’s own, but the flavour blending is deft enough that the it has just the right spiciness, the right amount of sweet vanilla, the right degree of citrusy tang that it just works. It also holds up to resteeping quite well. It’s kind of a shame that Verdant Tea has changed to unflavoured teas (although it’s also great that they’re bringing single source Chinese teas to the N. American market, and area of tea production that has been underserved in my opinion) as I would be totally willing to buy more of this tea.

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

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