1900 Tasting Notes

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
October 2022 → A vegetal tea

Not at all bitter as it was the last time I had it. Did a 10 second rinse followed by a 30 second steep with 175° water. Strong mineral flavor.

Flavors: Astringent, Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Double Bergamot Earl Grey by Stash Tea
1900 tasting notes

I’ve always heard good things about this one. I thought it might be overpowering since it’s double, but everyone speaks so highly of it that I still had high hopes. Turns out the hype is real! It’s not overdone at all, just a nice bergamot flavor. I’ll have to try this up against Stash’s regular Earl Grey to see how they compare.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

No chocolate this time around. It actually tastes and smells just like the candy part of a candied apple, like burnt sugar. I think I might prefer this to chocolate, even though that’s not what the tea is supposed to taste like. I’ve never had a chocolate digestive biscuit though, so I guess I can’t say for sure what it’s supposed to taste like (aside from the chocolate).

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Candy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

This is a much better cup than the last, so I think I’ll raise my rating a bit. It’s still not a favorite, but it’s not bad for a sturdy breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Spice Dragon Red Chai by Stash Tea
1900 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
October 2022 → A de-caf/caffeine free tea

I had hoped this would be a nice option for a caffeine-free chai, but it’s not great. It has a strange taste that I can’t quite place. I can taste the rooibos and the cinnamon. Tried to finish this one but it’s just not good enough to push through. Dumping.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Mint Oolong by Stash Tea
1900 tasting notes

One of the better Stash teas I’ve had. It reminds me of a black tea and holds up really well to milk/cream. I can’t say I’d buy a full box of it, but I’ll happily drink it if it’s around.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lexie Aleah

Agreed this is one of my favorites from Stash!

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drank Toasted Nut Brulee by Plum Deluxe
1900 tasting notes

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Much, much better than the last cup. This one is delightful. Maybe a slight chocolate note. A fine cup for the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated May 2022.

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