1889 Tasting Notes


“Ein Klassiker”

Classic red fruits tea, which tends more into strawberry and raspberry than any others. Plus points for no stevia, but otherwise quite generic and won’t buy it for the price of whole box.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Again from Joy of Tea line, 2.5 grams sachet.

Well, I don’t have much to write about. It’s tasty, black tea; some muscatel as it is a Darjeeling, but somehow very basic and simple, daily-drinking tea. Probably strong in caffeine.

They claim they put FTGFOP tea in and based on the flavour I can believe it; but probably the sachet isn’t releasing much of complexity, or it’s second or autumn flush, not a FF teas I was used to recently.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Happy birthday fellow Steepsterites who share same day with me, but sadly I just don’t remember who… I was never good in rememering names and personal data together.

Anyway, yes, I have been in Dresden again and again in Teerausch. Bought 6 samples I believe and two full pouches for my brother who wanted to come visit me, but in the end he couldn’t.

And I have been in mood for black sweet tea. This one suits perfectly. Assam and Chinese black tea base, caramel cubes and that’s all. Strong, and sweet. Hints of cocoa, that’s the Chinese base tea I suppose, creamy, but definitely not too sweet. A little tannic and astringent, but at least you can notice it’s black te. Long mouthfeel. Not artificial.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

Happy birthday!!


Happy birthday, Martin! I hope you have an awesome day and a wonderful year!


Happy birthday! Mine was just a few days earlier than yours.


Happy Birthday!


Oh, that’s right! You and my son share the day! Hope yours was wonderful.

Martin Bednář

Thank you all!


Happy Birthday, Martin!

Martin Bednář

Thank you derk!

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A sipdown! (M: 2 Y: 50) Really bad in sipdowns this month. And many teas bought! And some more on the way as well.

A tea received from derk and luckily it isn’t fiery as the other one. Thank you! Actually, it’s hardly spicy at all. A very mellow chai.

Black tea base is nice and good one, though a bit more robust one wouldn’t hurt; but from spices I noticed only allspice and some cinnamon. Sadly, there wasn’t much of pumpkin either (compared for instance to B&B Spiced Pumpkin Pie), so that’s actually quite a dismal.

All together it was fine enough for drinking, not bad per se, but lacking what I would enjoy and expect.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Royal Assam by Ronnefeldt
1889 tasting notes

If morning tea was strong, this was it’s partner. 2.6 grams in the sachet.

How do I start? Strong tea with different flavour profile, less tannic and more malty and more spicy (peppery), longer aftertaste. A bit better, but maybe it is just more preferred flavour profile, than Ceylon tea? Higher quality? Dunno

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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A breakfast tea for breakfast.
Joy of Tea line, 2.2 grams sachet.

Well, it was shortly before 7am when I have prepared this tea and hardly enjoyed fully, as I had to drink it in a rush, which is never good for a good cup of tea.

Anyway, steeped rather shortly; it’s quite crushed and I am glad I did. It’s very strong! And because it’s from Uva in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), it has got its qualities for sure. It seems I almost could copy and paste my note for Uva by Basilur; strong malty notes, complemented with woody notes and some nuts (instead of tobacco) are here as well.
A great wake-up-call-tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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It seems they have renamed their line LeafCup (and Tea-Caddy) to Joy of Tea, sachet of this blend was 2.5 grams, prepared in my 500 ml nordic mug.

They claim it should me green tea with mango-citrus flavour and I have to agree with the first half. The Chinese sencha base was fine and quite fresh, grassy; and there was indeed mango (tropical fruits) flavour for sure too. However, I hardly noticed any citrus notes, but maybe it was the “lightiness” of whole tea which was pretty nice. It was light as a Morning Dew (translation of name by the way) :)

So far so impressed by Ronnefeldt teas. I just wish they are a bit cheaper.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Gin Tonic by Teehaus Mörl
1889 tasting notes

As you know, I have been shopping tea yesterday. And this one caught my eyes on the storefront. I knew I am on the right place. I took by 100 g in and decided to go shopping. So many opinions. So many interesting teas. Interesting in name, by their smell, it was just too hard to choose! In the end I bought 4 different loose leaf teas.

I have added this tea under tea store name, but I think it’s from wholesaler Ettli; who claims they have produced it in Germany. But ingredients are, word by word (!), same as DAVIDsTEA Gin & Tonic! So, did they bought a wholesale amount and sell it as their blend? Does they made absolutely same tea by accident? Many questions about this tea.

But I expect you don’t care much about the origins. It’s just a bit confusing to me and I just want to know… and I feel sorry for DAVIDsTEA team if they have blended it and did R&D for this tea… and then someone came and just copied the blend. Maybe I am totally wrong.

Oh, the tea. Well, yes, it smells after gin & tonic for sure. The piney juniper, the refreshing zingy lemon, a little bitter tonic flavour — quinine flavour is well done. And overall it’s refreshing. Having it cold, I think I could hardly make out this tea and original mix drink. So well done! But the story behind…

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 9 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

I hope Ros will chime in and let us know!


Agreed, this is a mystery!

Roswell Strange

I suppose it’s possible it’s a coincidence, but unfortunately it’s also not terribly uncommon for companies to either buy tea from someone else & relabel it as their own or to intentionally copy or try to reverse engineer blends.

In the case of relabeling, there are many large wholesale companies that sell their tea intentionally with this model in mind (ex. Metroplitan Tea Company) and it’s all considered “above board” in the industry. Definitely different from what is potentially occurring here, or what I’ve seen with other companies that don’t know their tea is being relabeled.

I guess another option is that this company has done R&D work with a supplier to recreate our blend and, as DT is definitely much less known outside of North America, one of the two parties has recreated the DT blend without the other knowing. either a supplier creating a dupe and passing it as new or the company requesting a recreation without the supplier understanding they’re copying something.

Too many variables, and people can still also come up with the same ideas independently. We weren’t the first to do a G&T blend and definitely has no illusions we’d be the last.

Martin Bednář

I don’t think it’s a conincidence for one single reason — ingredients list are word by word same as DT tea. That just sound too unusual to me, especially when the list is quite long.

But thanks for your input here. It’s definitely interesting :)

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I was buying tea today. 4 loose leaf blends and box of Ronnefeldt teas. I was running low with black teas, so I have decided to try some truly German company; it costed me 9.95 € for 15 different teas. And because I was craving something that could be refreshing, I just picked this one.

It seems they have renamed their line LeafCup to Joy of Tea, sachet of this blend is 3 grams.

Rooibos with orange peels sound a little bit classic, vanilla is a nice addition and it works well together. It’s indeed creamy, smooth and orange. I would like a bit stronger citrus note. Vanilla level is just right, not cloying.

Probably a bit overpriced, but definitely a good blend and I would gladly accept if offered in the late afternoons or evenings.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I don’t usually reach for chamomile teas. I don’t like its flavour. But today afternoon-evening I wanted something to warm me up, caffeine-free (it’s getting a bit late for caffeine-in teas), and sleepy benefits will be welcomed too.
This blend from Kaylee isn’t pure chamomile! I saw some lemongrass and orange peel, blue cornflowers and probably some fruit (apple?) bits in the sachet. Thank you!

While chamomile is definitely dominant in this blend, it’s hi-Q one as it doesn’t have that gaggy flavour I am used to. AJRimmer mentions it’s almost fruity and I have to agree, definitely it tends to apple flavour and definitely a little of lemongrass is there too.

Nice surprise and definitely not bad 10 days before its BB date. I think I can finish the second sachet within those 10 days. And… outer wrapping? Definitely an addition to my collection, as we don’t have Dunkin’s here :)

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

We are trying to swear off donuts, but there is a Dunkin’ within pretty easy driving distance. I’ll have to see if they offer tea at ours.


..and if a donut happened to fall into my hand as I walked out, there would be nothing I could do about it…

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I am drinking almost everything. Tea bag collector who moved to wonderful world of loose leaf.

Trying to rate differently tea bags and loose leaf as tea bags have usually worse quality.

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Buried in tea right now. Is in my cupboard (trying to be updated) which sparkled your interest? Write me, I would gladly share with you. But I don’t want anything in return now :)


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