1811 Tasting Notes
The problem with getting down to the bottom of a bag of tea is that you get all the little bits that escape the strainer and they slosh around in the bottom of your cup and get stuck in your teeth.
BTW I think I finally found the only dried red current present in my entire supply.
I wanted the gentle energy boost yerba mate provides but I felt like I wanted something a bit more interesting than the normal nutty/vegetal flavours of the drink. All it took was a few crumbled leaves of dried mint and this cuppa has a nice refreshing kick to it. :)
I steeped this a bit longer than maybe recommended with a white tea but it didn’t seem to hurt it, maybe because the delicate whites are mixed with a few different and possibly more resilient greens in this blend. The apricot flavour is quite strong but there’s a perfumy flavour present aswell, possibly from the the jasmine blossoms.
Oddly enough, while I can taste the hibiscus in this tisane, I don’t mind it that much as it isn’t very strong or prominent, and it just seems to ‘go’ with the other ingredients. I added a bit of honey to sweetened it, but after deliberation I think it tastes better without. I guess the fruit in it is so naturally sweet you don’t really need anything extra.
The smell of this tea is delightfully peachy and conjures up images of sweet, ripe fruit, that’s dripping with juice when you bite into it on a hot summer day. Mmmm…
The taste was surprisingly light and delicate without any of the biscuity/baked flavour I’m used to tasting in oolongs. But then again, I’m not exactly an expert with this type of tea – if there was a ‘Oolongs For Dummies’ I’d totally be there! Suffice to say I have no idea what a Wuyi oolong is supposed to be like, so I’ll skip that and just evaluate it on it’s own.
The flavour is smooth, sweet and fruity and the peach isn’t overwhleming. It tastes very natural unlike some flavoured teas which taste like someone dumped in a bottle of perfume. I’d say this is probably my favorite Stash tea to date.