1798 Tasting Notes

95
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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This was so good. Really just a perfect cup.

I made scones this morning using this recipe – https://www.thelondoner.me/2020/04/super-simple-scones.html – and while the scones didn’t rise like they should have, the clotted cream was so delicious. I’ve never had clotted cream before so I’m sure this pales in comparison to the real deal, but it sure won me over. This cup of tea was a delightful finish to a really fun breakfast enjoyed outside in the sunshine.

Sadly, halfway through my cup, I looked down to find a poor bug had drowned in my tea. No more tea for me, but at least he went out in a swirl of deliciousness.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Michelle

Aww bummer on the bug taking a bath in your tea. How big of a bug? I think if it was a gnat or noseeum, I might be tempted to skim and drink the rest. A fly or bigger not so sure…

Shae

Haha, I won’t lie – I thought about it! It was a small bug, but I had gone inside for a bit to check on something cooking in the kitchen so I think it may have stewed for a while. Ick.

Martin Bednář

It is apparently so tasty that even bugs want to try it!

Shae

Martin, it was really tasty! I hope the bug enjoyed it as much as I did. :)

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95
drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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A little bitter today, but I steeped it too long I think. I added a little extra honey to smooth it out and that seems to be working. There’s a nice chocolate flavor coming through. I heard this one was discontinued and I would normally be pretty sad about that, but it’s a second to my treasured Nepal Black which DT still carries. Thank goodness for reliable favorites in these unreliable times.

I’m really missing the cream I normally add, but I’m out so I added some whole milk instead. I think most people use milk instead of cream (is that right?), but I guess I like my tea a little over the top. Like a thinner hot chocolate. I just love it. Anyway, my husband and I have been avoiding the grocery store and purchasing everything either online or at our weekly farmers market so I’m hoping to find a good source for cream there. Fingers crossed.

We are so fortunate that we’re able to do this and that our market has worked out a drive thru system with the farmers. Our local farmers and vendors are amazing! We have access to fresh baked bread and fresh picked produce, plus cheeses and honey and jam.
I’m just feeling really, really grateful.

I hope everyone here is doing well and taking some time to relax and enjoy the day. It’s beautiful here so I’m soaking it in.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Not sure how accessible DT is to you, but sounds like the new Thailand Black might be right up your alley!

Shae

It’s in my cart! I’m hoping for Blueberry Jam to make a reappearance in the shop soon and then I’m getting both! I’m also planning to try Honey Black. I can’t remember if you told me about that one or someone else, but I’ve heard it’s a good one too.

derk

drive-thru farmers market. this excites me.

Shae

Derk, it’s such a cool setup! You prepay online through the vendors’ websites then go during the set time. They block the street and put the vendors/farmers in the middle so they have two lines going. You drive thru until you reach your vendors, show them your name on a piece of paper, open your trunk, and they load everything in for you with gloves. It makes me feel so much better about going out, plus I’m able to support some of the local businesses who might be struggling otherwise.

Nattie

That market sounds amazing! I am very jealous.

Shae

Nattie, it really is wonderful! We are so lucky to have it.

Shae

Blueberry Jam is back in the US shop! Just placed my order for 4 oz of the stuff, plus some Thailand Black and Honey Black. If for some really strange reason I don’t like it, I’ll send you the rest in the tea box. :)

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Maybe this one’s just old or something, but this cup tasted like dirt. I couldn’t even finish it. I love smoky teas and have enjoyed this one in the past, so either it’s past its prime or I steeped it poorly. I’ll try again, one more time, and if it’s still gross I’ll toss it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cinnamon Marzipan by 52teas
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My husband puts cinnamon in his coffee every morning. It’s so tempting. So I pulled this one out a few days ago to have a warm cinnamon drink of my own. I’m finally getting around to making a cup today. This is good, not strong on the cinnamon. I used the last of my cream yesterday so I added some vanilla coconut cream/almond milk to it which I’m certain affected the flavor. I’ll try again with something more neutral later on.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Red, White and Blue by 52teas
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I’m drinking through some of my coconut teas, trying to get ahead of the coconut before it spoils. I’m pretty sure I have a few that are already past their prime (lookin’ at you, Buttered Rum), but I want to taste them first before tossing whole bags in the trash. So glad to find that this one is still good.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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drank The Smoking Coconut by 52teas
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drank Earl Grey Bella Luna by Adagio Teas
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I remember having this once before and not really liking it so I kind of put it to the side for a while. Thought I’d give it another go and now I’m pretty pleased with the taste! A very nice Earl Grey.

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

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88

I like this one! Cardamom in the dry blend, ginger in the sip.

Flavors: Cardamom, Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 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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