1858 Tasting Notes

80

I loves me some tastey peach Wuyi oolong tea. :D <3

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Rena Sherwood

I’m not familiar with that emoticon. I’m assuming it means a bare-breasted smiling woman, but I’m not sure.

Auggy

<3 is a heart.

teafiend

Although a bare-breasted woman is a hysterical interpretation. I can’t seem to find this tea anywhere and I so want to try it! I might actually have to use the internet for this one.

takgoti

@Rena Sherwood HAAAAA hahahahahaha! Brilliant.

Jillian

ROFLMAO! I don’t love this tea quite that much, Rena!
XDDD

@Teafiend It’s probably my favorite of all the Stash tea, which admittedly, to me, are rather mediocre. But this is one I’d definitely rec, especially if you’re not that familiar with oolongs. I managed to pick it up in my local grocery store, so it can’t be that hard to find.

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90

Third steep of the leaves from last night and probably the last one. It’s lost a lot of the nutty flavour that I enjoyed and in its place is something that tastes vaguely vegetal and very distinctly metallic; it’s kind of strange actually. 0_o

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Chai Spice by Stash Tea Company
1858 tasting notes

The morning tea. Guh.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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95

I made a pot of this iced yesterday and it’s even better that way than it is hot.

Sweetening it really brings out the flavour wonderfully, although I think I may have added a touch too much honey this time. Ah well, still not getting anywhere NEAR the amounts of sugar that you’d find in Lipton or Snapple iced teas.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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25

Now that I’ve drunk enough earl greys to have something to compare this tea to, I realize just how weak and watery it really is. I heard somewhere that the de-caffination process can leach the flavour from the tea aswell as the antioxidants. Does anyone know if this is true?

Anyway, so in summary this is a pretty pathetic specimen of an earl grey tea. Boo, hiss.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Dag. Carolyn [I think it was Carolyn] linked me a good article about decaffeinating teas once, but I have no idea where it is. CAROLYN HALP!

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90

This was the last of this tea (it was only a small sample) and I’m sorry to see it go. I really enjoyed its light, roasted-nut flavour and the leaves themselves are a decent quality too; long and bright green and mostly unbroken.

I got two steeps out of this bit and I might try for a third one later just to stretch out the experience for as long as I can. ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Try the 1st steep at only 30 sec. It’s not nearly as weak as I thought it’d be- and I’m on 14 infusions and counting:)

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70
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
1858 tasting notes

I cut the steeping time back a bit from normal and that seems to have reduced the pungency of the bergamot.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I have found that to be true as well!

Jillian

Yeah the bergamot can sometimes be a bit much at the full 5 minutes.

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50

Whew, I didn’t realize how many teas I owned until I had to add them all to my cupboard!

I suspect this’ll get lost in the ‘spam’ of everyone updating their Cupboards, but it’s not like I have anything interesting to say about this tea that I haven’t said before. I’ve been very stressed lately and my diet and everything have gone to hell, so maybe this’ll help a little. shrugs :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

Mulling over this tea, to me it has a very full, round sort of flavour to it that lingers on the tongue with the tang of bergamot laced nicely throughout. It has a wonderful scent as it’s steeping too, very fresh and clean smelling.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I got a sample of this that I’ve been wanting to try. Tomorrow, you just got planned!

Jillian

LOL, sounds good. :D

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78
drank Chocolate Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
1858 tasting notes

I added milk to the tea just to see what it would do (I’m sure I’ve commited some horrible blasphemy by doing so, but whatever). The brew immediately took on an appearance a lot closer to hot chocolate than to tea. But as for the taste it didn’t really do anything for the tea at all, good or bad. Oh well.

Love the new updates BTW. _

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Jason

Glad you like the updates!

I’ll have to try something like this. I’ve a fan of hot chocolate (I end up getting it a lot at coffee shops because I don’t like coffee) and would like to try the tea version of hot chocolate.

Jillian

Well the taste itself isn’t very hot chocolate-like, more like raw cocoa powder mixed with nutmeg mixed with a touch of vanilla mixed with something…earthy/wood-like.

The chocolate tea that I REALLY love is Adagio’s Chocolate Chip black, tea which I totally recommend if you haven’t tried it. :)

JMKauftheil

I think the blaspheming was committed when they mixed chocolate and pu-erh XD

Have you had Lupicia’s chocolat marron, and tried it with milk? I’m curious to the hot-cocoa-ishness comparison of these two.

Jillian

Nope, Lupicia doesn’t sell north of the border unfortunately, though I always like to try new teas so if you’re interested I could trade you for something in my stash. :)

This is actually my first pu-erh tea so I have nothing to compare it against. Taken by itself though I think it’s pretty decent, if a little strange.

Jason

Chocolate Chip Bark = added to shopping list
Now all I need is that money thing I’ve been hearing about…

Cofftea

Ditto on Adagio’s Chocolate Chip. This is the ONE pu erh you’d get me to try. Milk is a very good idea. I’d go chocolate.

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