1859 Tasting Notes
Soo… I may have just “accidentally” placed a rather big Mandala order. Including this! (And on a side note, I totally forgot to get some Smark Soak to try. WHOOPS.)
I blame the order on Sil. And Dex. And my paypal balance that I was actually trying to save for the next month of Tea Club. :)
So I hadn’t tried this version yet. I have a sample of the 2008 and it is divine. I’m not sure how different, I’d have to test them side by side to see what I think. But I’m really liking this. It’s tea. Definitely tea. Hay and pea shoots. Sweet, malt, hopefully highly caffeinated.
I’m drinking part of the 4th steep right now. I combined 1-3.5 in a travel mug for work. It’s a golden shade, looks lovely. And I used a ceramic mug to be extra fancy. :)
Here’s hoping all the cakes I now have survive my rather shoddy storage conditions (paper shopping bags on a shelf in my room…) until I get to drinking them and sharing them out.
Many thanks to Amariel for this tea!
I tried this yesterday, and wasn’t sure what to say about it. The dry tea smells lovely, and looks like it has some huge leaves rolled up there. It’s floral, and slightly green smelling.
Steeped, it unfortunately has some of the oolong flavour that’s really hard for me to describe that I do not like. I’ve called it things like “seaweedy” before. That’s sort of it. This tea is mostly floral, I’m guessing from the osmanthus as well as the tea itself. The texture is nice, not too thin even though I was doing shortish steeps. But something about the flavour just hits my tastebuds the wrong way.
Thank you Amariel for sharing, but I don’t think this is for me.
This is similar to the Moonlight cake I got from The Chinese Tea Shop, but it is also different.
The flavour is a little more savoury to begin with, less of that honey-sweet intensity. It doesn’t really need a strainer as most of the leaves are whole, but there are some small bits that come through on the steeps. Nothing really to be concerned with, though.
I really like this one as well. It starts differently and has more of an umami feel to its lingering honey aftertaste in the later steeps.
I expect about 7 steeps out of this.
This is a really nice lapsang! It’s smoky, but not too smoky… and it tastes SUPER GREAT with maple whipped cream.
https://instagram.com/p/00gBKwR5Dt/ (In Dexter’s handmade cup! Thanks so much! :D )
1.5 tsp in 10 oz, 2:45, 195F)
Thanks for the sample, MissB!
Yes, another one from Europe. Haha. We’re so lucky!
I actually really like this tea. It’s fresh baked apple, nice and bright and true. And some cinnamon. And probably some other things too. I’m having it with 1/2 tsp honey to bring out the flavours a bit more, and yum.
Definitely one I’d get more of, especially in the fall! It would be such a good fall tea.
2 tea bags in 16 oz, 4 minutes at 200F.
Thanks to MissB and Sil for the sample. :) Well. “Sample.”
Dry, this smells amazing. So limey and fresh! Unfortunately, once steeped it has a scent I really don’t care for. I’m not sure if it’s the green tea or the lime peel or what.
Sipping on it, it’s mostly lime and a bit of ginger. I could see this being really good sweetened and chilled, but… I’m not a huge fan of iced tea unless it’s a cold steeped fruity thing.
Tasty, but not quite for me. :) Oh well. I have more teas to try!
Drank the last of this today, with a large splash of cream.
I still quite like it, but IDK I think I’m moving away from the chocolate/cream/heavy kind of flavoured teas because it’s so springy. If I have flavoured teas, I want citrus and berries and flowers and toasted rice…
Maybe I’ll have to get more for the fall. :)
Ohhhhh this is good!
Smells like toasted basmati rice. Tastes like toasted basmati rice.
Om nom nom (I think I’m going to go put on a pot of rice to cook!).
(Flash steeping 3g in my teensy gaiwan that I haven’t measured yet.)
Edit: It started with a garnet hue, like
pineapple pomegranate juice or wine, almost. It’s steeping out and is more of an amber colour now. So pretty. So tasty. I must be on steep 8 or 9.
A green tea. Why do many green teas MissB? :) Ahh, well I guess it’s broadening my horizons or something.
This tea. It is SO FLORAL WOW. It does smell really good though. Like a garden or bouquet. And the flavour doesn’t move beyond floral to soapy for me.
Interestingly the tea went from meh, to weirdly grainy (texture) to thick and smooth and syrupy. I might have to try this again.
Thanks so much for sharing MissB!
1.5-ish tsp in 8 oz, 2 min at 175F.