1889 Tasting Notes

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drank Royal Grape by Richard
1889 tasting notes

I see I haven’t wrote a note for this one. Well, it happens, but the irony is I sent it to derk and probably haven’t tried it? Well… or I have tried it and just didn’t wrote the note and then it was gone in my cupboard? Dunno.

Anyway, I took it today and again a bit of ironic tea. It is more rose-y than their Royal Rose. Maybe the frapes picked that flavour up too? But the flavours are definitely not overpowering the strong, leathery base with tannin notes. Great wake-me-up cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I received this tea from Kaylee — a big thanks!
Well, reading the notes made a big expectations; but sadly not fully delivered. Drank yesterday morning, so maybe I won’t recall everything correctly.

I got a wonderful base tea, with nice toasted/roasted rice flavour and not-so-sweet maple syrup. Sadly, I didn’t get any blueberry.
The roasted note was something I have been afraid of. Many teas were just dominating with this note and often it’s just too much. But here it was on pleasant level, and as I said again, the maple syrup was just right addition.

Sadly, I don’t got any left to try it in different ways, for instance as a latte. Maybe one day…

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This one seems to be best from all 3 I have bought (not sure if there are others available).
I let it steep longer than recommended (forgot I have prepared it :D ) and then I put it into fridge.

After 9 hours of chilling there, I got a drink that was distinctly raspberry, though a bit flat; and indeed a bit of lemon was there making it a bit more refreshing as well. On the other hand, they have on the box “lime”, which would be better in my opinion. However both fruits were quite flat tasting and sadly also the stevia ruins it with cloying sweet aftertaste

ashmanra

Whyyyyyy do they add stevia to so many things???

Martin Bednář

I wish I know ashmanra. Replacing hibiscus tartness with cloying stevia sweetness?

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So, these cold brew bags I have prepared as intended. That’s steeping in cold tap water for 5-8 minutes. Instead of drinking it right away I decided to put the glass into fridge and drink it after coming home from afternoon (late) shift (2pm-10pm).

I was looking forward to it all shift long, knowing that refreshing glass is waiting for me and sadly I was betrayed. It was refreshing, but only fruit I have noticed was peach, very flat tasting and definitely no passion fruit; instead I got some generic, rose-hibi fruity flavour. And I have used two bags. as one should be for 200 ml only and I have used 400 ml.

Sad. But well, what I have been expecting from tea that costs a little more than euro and is bagged?

Today, I will prepare the last of 3 flavours available — raspberry & lime (while pictured and in ingredients is lemon (come on!). I hope it will be better.

Preparation
14 OZ / 400 ML
Sofia Vaz

looking forward to something only for it to be disappointing always sucks :( I hope the other flavors are much better!

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drank Get Energy by Tess
1889 tasting notes

I know that I received this tea bag from postcrossing, but when and with what postcard with, that’s a mystery. Anyway… as a long trip back to Germany awaits me, with a chance of driving, I decided to tea that hopefully will pick me up and also the kiwi flavoured tea sounds interesting.
Oolong, matcha, turmeric, jasmine, kiwi, apple… a weird combo overall, I won’t lie.

And honestly, in flavour as well. Honestly it is quine mineral oolong with some grassy green tea (not sure if matcha at all), with somehow generic fruity line and turmeric which is rough on tongue. It just doesn’t work well together and feels overcombinated to me. Sadly, not much of kiwi for me, while I was hoping it will be probably most prominent fruit, but as I wrote, it was just generic fruit.

As of energy boost? Hard to say after afternoon sipping, we will see later on. But I don’t expect much.

(Original steeping parameters: 3-5 min, 100°C)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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78

A sipdown! (M: 1 Y: 49)

I have been probably saving last 4 grams for gongfu steeping; but instead I took it western and honestly, not with great steeping parameters. They say 70°C water and instead I took 85°C for first steep, and 75°C for second one. Also, they say you can brew it 3+ times, but I did just two (again). Both were about two minutes long.

It’s quite seaweedy tea and today I have to agree with description saying “a lightly sweet aftertaste”.

Fine rainy morning cup, savory and seaweed as mentioned, some umami and kale. If they say “Profile: grassy” I believe it applies for fresh tea only. This one was harvested in April 2021, so… probably indeed old for green tea, and I have been keeping it with me for some time already as well. Anyway, it was a fun journey of the teas by Curious tea (I don’t know if this is last one or not, though); and it was a wonderful gift from my Swiss friend. If they aren’t located in the UK (customs) and I don’t have such a big stash, I believe I would place an order soon. Now, I would rather wait a bit and maybe one day…

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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A tea from derk, so a thank you is a must :)

I probably never had smoked white tea before, but I wanted something refreshing (re-building the compost in the afternoon), but hearty (as in the evening a rain shower came) and I wanted to drink something gongfu, if possible without splitting into two sessions. So, those 4.4 grams from California, sounded like a good fit.

It was probably a good fit, or I just liked a gongfu session after very long time, or I just liked a good and quality othodox tea after long term, I really don’t know; but I ended up fascinated and happy.

This tea is definitely more smoky than expected, but it still keeps their white tea flavours — cucumber with its skin, some gooseberry (I read sender’s note and I just have to agree); but also somehow woody and resinous. Liquid was thicker and with long mouthfeel, smoky, but without any ash or roughness on the tongue. Long aftertaste, covering throat with resin flavour and I can imagine drinking this tea somewhere in the middle of the forest with a campfire.

As I wrote, steeped gongfu with various lenght of steeps, starting with 5+ seconds, then some longer, back to shorter sessions. Probably 5 sessions or so. Mind calming.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
derk

Glad it hit the spot!

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76

So, this blend I apparently tried as well; but it is so long time ago…

Berry fruit punch with cherry finish, very red in color, refreshing even hot; iced attempt to be tried. No heartburn, slight tartness in the end of sip.

Not a bag bagged tea, though a bit expensive for daily mindless drinking.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I can’t help myself when I see RTD (probably because I have no mood for making tea at work) teas; and again I bought one. This one have very simple name and most importantly, much less sugar than previous teas.

I really like elderflowers and I can see it working with white tea base. It’s really refreshing and a little zingy thanks to lemon juice added. It works so well together, that I want a similar blend but in loose leaf. Any recommendations?

gmathis

That does sound like a pleasant cold drink!

ashmanra

That sounds refreshing!

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A have visited P&T store in Leipzig, bought only one tin and one mix package; and a genmaicha infused chocolate and poof, 49 euros gone.

I feel a little tense today after the vacation and first work day; so I have decided to try their relaxing blend, because why not and it won’t hurt me.

In meantime I tried P&T last time I have noticed that their outer wrappers aren’t from plastic foil anymore but paper, and the design is slightly different as well.

Honestly, I have no memory trying this tea before (but apparently I did); but it is actually pretty nice with chamomile being most present, some apple fruits and flowers and overall very soothing. The hoppy note could be stronger for me.

Keeping the rating on 74

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

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