1904 Tasting Notes

66
drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
1904 tasting notes

Sipdown. I originally said this tea could grow on me…but it kinda didn’t. The sour flavour of the berry and kombucha powder just doesn’t work with an oolong base and it manages to cancel out the sweetness of the oolong, leaving an odd woody taste instead. It would work much better with a green or white tea base or even as a fruit tisane.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
1904 tasting notes

*sigh * Like the rest of my Butiki teas the flavours in this one have faded. Now the vegetale notes of the green base are much more pronounced though there’s still some nice creamy eggnog flavours

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66
drank Happiness by Lupicia
1904 tasting notes

I received a bag of this tea in the GCTTB. It was a welcome hot drink today as I’ve been out in the cold and rain digging up invasive weeds at a local park. The scent of the tea is surprisingly alcoholic, like some sort of fruit wine or liqueur. I taste a bit of booziness in the flavour as well, though it gradually mellows into a honeydew melon flavour as it cools. The odd thing is that according to the description this tea is supposed to be flavoured with peach and grapefruit, neither of which I really taste – it’s rather strange.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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71
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
1904 tasting notes

I got a sample of this tea from the GCTTB and I’m always eager to try flavoured oolongs. This one is on the milder end of the flavour spectrum, with the strawberry flavour only really coming out when the tea has cooled off. For the most part it is the buttered-greens flavour of the oolong that takes center stage. The resteep at 4 min had very little strawberry flavour left at all, although the oolong base itself has decent staying power.

Of course I have no idea the age of this sample so my review could be flawed in that sense. But while I was glad I had a chance to try this tea it isn’t one I’d consider purchasing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
1904 tasting notes

Okay…. what the FUCK did you just do America????

I need a tea to soothe my nerves and this fit the bill. I love the sweet pumpkin and molasses flavour and the delicately spicy undertone. I should try this as a latte. …..And pretend yesterday night didn’t happen.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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20

The smell of this teabag when I opened the was frankly awful, I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t something that smelled like spoiled cheese. I almost threw it out right there and then, but I decided to give it a chance. The flavour is tolerable, but not really what I’d call salted caramel. It’s mostly a smokey mate flavour with (very) burnt sugar notes. I’m glad I only grabbed one teabag.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82

Sipdown. I’m honestly not sure where people are getting a soapy flavour from in this tea because I don’t taste anything like that. Of course I also typically do a longer steep and add milk to this tea, so who knows.

I find this a nice strong, traditional English-style tea for waking me up in the mornings without being harsh or unpleasant. I may repurchase the next time I’m in Vancouver.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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77
drank Niagara Icewine by Pluck
1904 tasting notes

Sipdown. The icewine flavour has faded a bit since I got this tea – but it’s been awhile so fair enough. It’s a shame that Pluck seems to have discontinued this tea – it isn’t on their webpage and we haven’t stocked it in the store for awhile.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Hoálatha

Most of the icewine flavored teas are actually from metro, a wholesaler that sells to independent little shops. Yours may or may not be from metro. Take a look at the icewine tea from Margaret’s Fine Imports and see if that looks the same. If not, it’s still a decent icewine. http://pittsburghcuppa.com/icewite1lo.html

If you order from her, sign up for the newsletter first. She sends you a 20% off your first purchase coupon.

Jillian

Ah nope, not the same, this tea has a white tea base for one and no raisins in it. Thanks for the suggestion, though. :)

Hoálatha

Aww, sorry!

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71

Sipdown…sorta. When I purchased this tea, I didn’t quite realize how many teabags it came with. 50 teabags is a lot to go through especially when you’re not super enthusiastic about the blend. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was decent for a bagged green tea, but I don’t want to drink it every day for two months. I tried giving some away with the GCTTB….but it just ended up coming right back around to me. I guess I should take a hint. ;p

By now I’ve had this tea for several years and time has taken its toll on the flavour. So today, after brewing up a final cup, I made the decision to throw out the rest. At least the money from the purchase went to a good cause, so I don’t feel it was wasted.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Witch's Brew by DAVIDsTEA
1904 tasting notes

I’m a huge sucker for DT’s limited edition teas, it’s the whole ‘gotta try it in case it’s really good’ urge. This one is pretty decent compared to some of their other seasonal offerings that I’ve tried. Its dominant flavour is cacao with a sweet caramel-like undertone. But in this case it’s sort of a burnt caramel flavour – not badly burnt but enough that it probably wouldn’t pass muster in a high-end bakeshop. The sweetness become more apparent as the tea cools off and it takes on a bit of a strange aftertaste, so definitely not a tea to have iced. This blend isn’t half bad, but I don’t think I’ll purchase more than the 25g that I already have.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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