1872 Tasting Notes

drank Gin Tonic by Teehaus Mörl
1872 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…

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

I hope Ros will chime in and let us know!

Leafhopper

Agreed, this is a mystery!

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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.

Preparation
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 :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML
gmathis

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.

gmathis

..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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drank Royal Grape by Richard
1872 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
1872 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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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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