1842 Tasting Notes
This is quite a dark roast for a Chinese oolong – more like what I’d expect from a Formosa oolong. The leaves have an oddly oily-looking appearance although the tea doesn’t have any additives.
Flavour-wise it’s a bit disappointing, it could be that I just need to steep it longer but this cup comes across as rather flavourless at least compared to other dark oolongs that I’ve tried. It’s lightly toasty but it doesn’t make an effort to be much of anything else. I’ll fiddle around with this tea before I rate it, I think.
This tea came courtesy of the Victoria Tea Festival last year. It appears to be a limited edition blend as I can’t seem to find it listed on their website.
The leaves of this tea are lovely – long dark twists when they’re dry that unfurl into large, unbroken leaves when they steep. The smell of the steeping tea was a mix of malt and cocoa that reminds me of Ovaltine and the flavour seems to harken back to both its Taiwanese and Assamica roots. It’s a full-flavoured tea that’s lightly malty but with a slight astringent bite and a touch of that bitter cocoa flavour Chinese black teas seem to have.
It’s a very complex, multi-layered tea and I can see why it was a competition winner.
Butiki Teas seems to have a talent for making flavoured oolongs and they work with green oolongs rather than the dark ones as their bases with is unusual. This one tastes like it might be an ali shan given its subtly sweet lilac notes. The mint flavouring is fresh and crisp and provides a counterpoint to the sweetness and there’s a hint of spicy that reminds me of pepper without the heat. Very unique – I’m not sure I love this tea but it gets points for creativity.
Adding milk and a bit of honey seems to soften the taste of the chicory root a little bit and now it does come across a bit more like gingerbread. Still not my favorite, though it isn’t terrible or anything.
The teabags themselves are annoying the heck out of me because they break open so easily and it’s a pain to have to pour the tea through a strainer after I steep it to get all the bits out. :/
I find the name of this tea a bit misleading as it doesn’t make me think of a spooky graveyard so much as a misty forest in the early morning. The combo of mint and green tea gives the blend a fresh, woodsy taste that’s smoothed out by the marshmallow. I’m glad I bought a full pouch of this tea.
De-cupboarding this tea. It’s a shame that Wiseman Tea co. went under as they had some nice blends in their collection. The last few times I’ve been taking this tea with milk which I normally don’t do with fruit-flavoured teas but it actually works quite nicely in this instance.
I gave the tea a longer steeping time today and took it with milk which brought out the smoothness of the marshmallow and gave it hints of creamy vanilla. I enjoyed this one better than last year’s special Christmas blend, though I’m not sure if I like it enough to buy a whole pouch, especially when there’s so many other delectable blends in the offering. ;)
Now that I’m not going crazy with work and Christmas prep I have time to go back and review the teas that I missed from the sampler.
Blueberries + cotton candy + green tea seems like an odd combination at first glance but somehow this blend manages to make it work, and work well. This green tea base seems to work particularly well with sweet, ‘candy’ flavours – lime jello, marshmallow and, in this case, cotton candy. The cotton candy is only half the story with this blend, as actually the first thing I taste on each sip is the blueberry. Blueberry green teas are fairly common but the cotton candy flavour, which sort of sneaks in at the end, adds an extra twist to it. I enjoyed this one, maybe not as much as the lime jello but I still found it quite agreeable.
I was looking forward to finding out what the twelfth tea was going to be this year. Aaaand surprise – there’s more marshmallow!!! Good thing I like marshmallow. ;P
Adding the cool mint give the tea a flavour that makes me think of candy canes. I bet it would be great with milk too – next time. ;)
This is tea #11 from the sampler. I’m sitting on the couch sipping it while I relax from a crazy day of work at the bookstore. I’m back on Boxing Day too, blah.
I’m not sure what butterbeer is meant to taste like as I’ve never tried any of the fan-made recipes floating around the internet and I don’t think it was ever described in the books. I’m going to assume a similarity with rootbeer as this is what this blend tastes like to me – and that’s totally okay as I love rootbeer. There’s a bit of something more in there that’s harder to define – it’s smooth and slightly creamy with a bit of natural sweetness. Very yummy!