1785 Tasting Notes

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I was very curious about how this would compare to Chocolate Eclair, which I’m mildly obsessed with. Also, I recall sunflower seeds in another blend, and I actually liked it, but I can’t for the life of me remember which one it was. Opening the packet, this smelled a little… rancid? Or just bitter or something. Either it’s its age showing or it’s because I was expecting a sweeter pecan-y nutty scent, as I completely forgot that this had sunflower seeds.

With milk, the sunflower seeds are quite strong. Definitely the strongest note, even stronger than the chocolate. I like sunflower seeds, and I recall them working with whichever previous blend I’ve had, but for some reason it’s not really working here.

I’m very glad to have gotten this in my mystery bag though. Those are always fun.

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drank Ring In The New Year by 52teas
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I’ve never had a champagne dream cocktail either, Anne! But orange and pomegranate together sounds fantastic. The dry leaf smells juicy and red. Mostly red fruits with a touch of orange. I’m not sure if it’s the age of it (I’ve had it sealed since getting it), but once steeped, a lot of the fruitiness disappears and you’re left with a slightly hay-like white base. There is a bit of pomegranate but it’s so faint.

Not really sure what to think of it. It may be better iced, but I’ve been so lazy with preparing tea cold. Have I mentioned that I accidentally broke my DAVIDsTEA glass pitcher a few months ago? That really hurt. Really hurt. Especially because they don’t seem to make them anymore, only the plastic ones, and I’m not crazy over the idea of cold steeping in plastic. I’ve yet to find a replacement. Sigh. It’s a huge reason why I’ve been neglecting my herbal fruity blends at the very least.

52Teas

Sorry to hear about your glass pitcher – I really hate storing tea in plastic – whether brewed or dry leaf – so I understand how you hesitant to get a plastic pitcher for your tea. I hope you find something to your liking soon!

Fjellrev

Thanks! I know, right? The concept of plastic and tea is just so wrong to me.

52Teas

A few years ago, I found just a basic glass pitcher at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Back then, I did all my iced tea brewing via hot brewing method and it works splendidly for that. Now, I do a good bit of cold brewing, but I just go simple with a large mason jar and a nice infuser that I found on Amazon that is made for mason jar cold brewing – I find this works well for me.

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I wasn’t able to detect any mulberry in this, unfortunately, but the marshmallow root sweetens up the base a little. I’m not really complaining since I looooooove genmaicha and this one is all roasty and toasty, not bitter. Good stuff.

With that said, while I’d rate this much higher since it’s a fantastic genmaicha in and of itself, I was expecting more mulberry in this. I think the issue is that my taster size didn’t have any mulberries in it, so that’s likely the problem here.

I’m brewing up the last of it to take to work with me in my insulated bottle and there aren’t any mulberries in sight, but can smell a gentle waft of marshmallow root still.

Kittenna

Disappointing! I love mulberries in tea.

Fjellrev

Me too!

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This one was malty yet had a thin mouthfeel, which was a little strange since I find malty teas to have a thicker mouthfeel. Also, of the three times I had it, each and every time, it was simultaneously astringent. All it did was make me crave a strong, malty Assam.

Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but it didn’t knock my socks off.

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drank Psychocandy by August Uncommon Tea
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I bought a sample in my last order but polished it off a couple weeks ago. All I recall is that this was vaguely sweet but lacked an obvious caramel note. The pumpkin was very mild? The good news is that the base wasn’t crazily woodsy. Quite well-behaved in that respect. Adding milk just made it taste like a sweetened pumpkin. Still no warm, browned caramel.

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Apologies for the notes from memory. I really need to a) drink more tea, b) write my notes when I actually drink the tea, and c) organize my tea stash.

I drank this last week, one cup with milk and one without. The coconut was a lot more prominent than the banana and thankfully the copout wasn’t rancid or soapy. Still very fresh and sweet. Great for a tea that I bought… a year and a half ago? I suck.

This tea, however, does not suck. It was scrumptious.

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Silly me ordering tea when I have barely been touching the stash I have as it’s been collecting dust over the past while. But once I saw that August restocked on Passage, I just had to do it.

Sample size of this. The fennel is the most prominent note here, tannins quite strong, but the apple is on the faint side, which I don’t mind. I’m at the very least glad it isn’t a fake, strong candy apple flavour you get from other companies (I think we all know…). The mouthfeel is thin and I’m left with astringency.

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drank Turtle by Banff Tea Co.
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Five months since writing a tasting note? Sad. I’ve been dealing with a heap of health issues so sitting down and enjoying a cup of tea, writing down its notes, etc, has unfortunately not been a priority for me.

I picked this up in Banff last summer. I never cared for their setup there, with all the teas stored in clear glass jars next to a bright window, so for that reason, I never picked anything up until last time. I thought fiiiiiine.

This one smelled the most promising at the time but even then, having it fresher then, and now, ten months later, it’s a little boring. The base has always had a dusty undertone to it, and although the chocolate chips are abundant in the blend, they don’t seem to do much? I can smell nuts in the steeped tea more than I can taste them, and there’s a bitterness that makes it more akin to walnuts than pecans.

Evol Ving Ness

I am sorry that you are struggling with health issues. That sucks. However, I am happy to see you here! I’ve missed you. I hope the health stuff passes easily and swiftly, but it is hard, I know.

Fjellrev

Aww thanks, Evol! I miss you and so many other Steepsterites too. I hope you have been doing well?

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, I can always complain about something but overall, still standing. So yay for that.

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drank Something Different by 52teas
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I took this tea with me to work and left it there alongside some tea sachets. It’s been abnormally cold here and snowing since the beginning of September so I wanted something warm and comforting on hand. I’m not a huge fan of tulsi but I’m liking the addition of juniperberry. The fruits are very mild. Only the strawberry shows up for me. It’s not extraordinary but it does the job of keeping me hydrated at work.

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drank Cookies for Santa by 52teas
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It’s been two whole months since writing a tea note? For shame. I’m just finishing this off now but have noticed every up has been too mild for my liking. Tastes like a boring, flat black tea with a hint of ginger and cinnamon. But nothing more. How is Halloween already in a few weeks? We really got screwed out of a proper autumn over here so a short much as I love drinking spicy blends which remind me of colder weather, this feels too early.

Oh weird, after finishing my cup, the aftertaste in my mouth is a little bit like cola bottle candies but even then, a lot milder than other spicy blends that gave off a cola vibe.

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