1792 Tasting Notes

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drank Macaron by Fauchon
1792 tasting notes

This is likely the exact same blend as in their old Raspberry Macaron packaging but I added this to the library when I initially got this anyway. The dry leaf smells ultra rosy and there is a generous smattering of pink peppercorns here and there.

It’s like drinking liquid rose petals with an ultra astringent Darjeeling base. Such a dry mouthfeel, even with milk. There is no almond in this whatsoever, so it definitely doesn’t resemble a macaron, in my opinion. As for the raspberry, I only get a tiny hint of it in the aftertaste, like a good two minutes after my last sip. Not my favourite Fauchon. I think this would have worked better with a not-so-astringent base and perhaps a more prominent almond note. Maybe not so much rose, either. That says a lot coming from a rose fan!

Nattie

Yep, that sounds like the same Raspberry Macaron. I felt the exact same way about it, too.

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drank Warm Maple Cream by 52teas
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Hello, oatmeal I had for breakfast this morning. I like to doctor up my oatmeal with spices and brown sugar (sometimes) and this is reminiscent of those notes. More brown sugar than maple, in my opinion, although yeah, the maple is very subtle. I think I might have crushed a maple candy and sprinkled a bit on my oatmeal. The houjicha base isn’t as toasty as others I’ve had in the past. Tastes more white tea than houjicha to me.

Overall, I like this! My mug is telling me that I need to start drinking more tea again.

tea-sipper

This is a houjicha and white tea blend, so maybe your serving had more white tea! I love this one.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I was thinking that! The loose tea in my basket looks rather even though. Maybe it’s the age of this tea coming through. It’s been kicking around for three years haha.

tea-sipper

I saw that it was three years old. I really need to work on drinking mine!

Fjellrev

You and me both!

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drank An Irish Dram by Demmers Teehaus
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In spite of this being a few years old, it has upheld its flavour incredibly well. For a Ceylon, it isn’t too astringent. While the leaf smells creamier, when it comes to the flavour, this tastes more like straight up whiskey than Irish cream. And not a smoky whiskey, either. Very subtle. I’m not a fan of whiskey myself but this reminds me of the liquor-laced fillings found in holiday chocolates.

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drank Blackberry Hazelnut by 52teas
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Rooibos is tricky for me since it can be a little too dry and woodsy for my taste. Here, it’s not bad. It works with the hazelnut, which I pick up more on than the blackberry, which lends a berry sweetness to the mix. It smells more blackberry-ish than it tastes. Actually, after adding the half and half especially, the scent reminds me of raspberry truffles.

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drank Choco Chai by Čaj Chai Teahouse
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My ex very kindly picked this up for me when he was on tour in Barcelona a couple years ago. This was the cutest chai shop I have ever seen, at least, according to the pictures he showed me. Looks like a quaint little shop, which as he described, as soon as you walked in, smelled very heavily of spices. Yes please!

The dry leaf is 3/4 cocoa powder and 1/4 spices and tea leaves, I’d say. Adding sugar and half and half instantly reminds me of my grandma’s hot cocoa recipe, which she makes with Fry’s cocoa, except this of course has the chai spices mixed in. I can’t taste the tea. It’s like drinking Aztec hot chocolate, except with cardamom and cloves added in with the cinnamon (and no heat, of course). This is so, so good.

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drank Blueberry Pie by Elevation Tea
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Nice blueberry tea! It’s a beautiful mix of blueberry, cinnamon, and lemon, and the light-handed addition of rooibos makes it a little more desserty. It cuts the astringency of the black base and blends effortlessly with the cinnamon. It reminds me more of an oatmeal cookie speckled with blueberries than pie since it’s not a super jammy blueberry and it’s not as buttery as pie- or pastry-flavoured teas.

Lately, I’ve been drinking coffee for breakfast but this is a fabulous change. Maybe give the coffee pot a rest and start drinking more tea again! It’s no Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish (BEST. EVER.) but I’ll still happily drink this up.

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drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh yeah, I finished this before Christmas. Know what I made with it? Matcha spritz cookies. The dough was so sticky from the cream cheese. They turned out alright taste-wise but were a nightmare in the cookie press. They were too sad looking to actually give to anyone, so my waistline was crying trying to finish them up. My boyfriend tried to help but he was too distracted by the lemon poppyseed thumbprint cookies and rum/brandy balls.

tea-sipper

The joy yet problems of making too many types of cookies at once. :D

Fjellrev

Haha that’s true!

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drank PMS Oolong by 52teas
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TMI, but I’m currently going through an annoying adjustment period switching birth control after the last one started messing with my cycle. But now, I’ve been ultra bloated (gained 8 lbs in a month!), sore, and the cycles have been whiny. I was hoping this would help me considering the name. Perfect time to try it.

I ike this more than I thought I would. I went through oolong burnout after drinking it nonstop a few years ago and thought I would never want to touch it again. This is a lovely floral oolong on its own, supported by mostly strawberry and a hint of pineapple. I don’t get any mango. Mostly strawberry for me.

Has it helped my symptoms? I’m not sure, but it’s a nice one.

52Teas

It’s not intended to help with the PMS symptoms, it’s just a fruity Oolong with *P*ineapple, *M*ango & *S*trawberry. :) I’m not confident enough with my herbal knowledge to put together a blend that would help with symptoms of any kind. Sorry!

Fjellrev

I know! I still wanted to use it as an excuse to try it though since I haven’t been touching my tea and oolong sounded comforting. And it was!

52Teas

I’m glad it was comforting! I really wish I knew what I was doing when it comes to herbs – back when I was blending teas as LiberTEAS, the person who supplied me with my herbs knew a thing or two about herbs and the best way to utilize them – I knew how to blend teas – so we made a pretty good team and were able to come up with some good blends – unfortunately, she stopped growing the herbs (which is one of the main reasons why I closed LiberTEAS) and a couple of years before I took over 52Teas, she passed away so I’m not able to turn to her for the contribution she made to those blends. :(

Fjellrev

Aww, I’m so sorry. I didn’t know that about LiberTEAS. Maybe someday, you’ll back back into working with herbs? Either way, keep doing what you’re doing! I’m always excited to tear open a new pouch and try your blends. :)

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drank Candy Cane White Tea by 52teas
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I was really sad to finish my peppermint tea last month but luckily found a taster of this from last year. Another great tea to help me warm at work! I wasn’t sure how white tea and peppermint would work together but they worked marvellously together. I would have liked a little more candy cane flavour in here but it did have a pleasant kiss of peppermint bark that was about on par with the strength of the base.

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I need to clean up my online cupboard and actually write about the teas I have been drinking and finishing up at work. I ripped through this pouch during our cold -35C spell a few weeks ago. It was so freezing being close to an automatic door all evening day in and day out that I could barely feel my toes. So I’d fill up my Contigo twice per shift in hopes it would help.

This was nice but not as creamy or marshmallowy as I would have liked. I think my problem is I prefer spices with milk, like a traditional chai. Green tea with spice, for me, normally means I won’t add milk, so then the spices can be a little bitter. This was heavy on the cinnamon, but to be fair, chai spices works a lot better with toasty genmaicha than, say, a sencha. The rice balances things out a little more to my liking.

Sil

miss you lady! nice to see some catch up :)

Fjellrev

Yeah! I miss you all too. I wish we all had more time for virtual tea parties haha.

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