1851 Tasting Notes
Oh boy. This tea is something I love to smell, but don’t like to taste.
But I thought I’d try making a tea soda a la Roswell Strange, to see if that might change my mind. It hasn’t, although the tea soda is really really good. (Any tea frens want me to drop the rest of this in their box?)
1 heaping-ish tbsp leaves to (whoops) 1/2 cup of water. I added 8 tsp sugar to it. Used 1 tbsp syrup to one cup sparkling water and ice.
WOW. This is pretty amazing. I’m still not loving the floral part of the lemon-candy-almond blend, but wow. (Why am I not loving the floral part? Usually I like some floral in teas. This one just… doesn’t work for me for some reason. :( )
Highly recommend tea sodas. But maybe actually do 1-2 tbsp in 1/4 cup of water and 4-5 tsp sugar like Roswell does. :) It worked out for this tea because it’s soooo strong, but my way might not work for other teas.
(Now I have to do this with Tamarind Gui Fei, Caramel Apple Oolong, Lupicia’s Melon Oolong, Watermelon Xylophone… basically ALL THE TEAS.)
Sample from Kittenna! Thank you. :)
I wasn’t expecting to like this one, either, really. Coffee does not belong in tea. Even the smell, although lovely, made me hesitate. But I got over it and steeped it up and it’s FANTASTIC. I added some milk and a touch (like.. 1/4 tsp maybe?) of sugar, and it’s coffee and creamy and sweet and yum.
Thank you so much for sharing! I’m kinda sad I didn’t manage to get any of this one, but I’m very happy with the taste.
Goodbye delicious tea.
All I have left now is a boat load of Caramel Vanilla. So really I’m not too sad.
(Malty, sweet, carby, not astringent, a teeeeensy bit bitter as it cools. Way more flavourful than some others I’ve tried. Not as sweet, either, which I kind of like.)
Sipdown! Thank goodness I have no more of these teas in my cupboard. I’m incredibly unimpressed with the customer service of this company (chasing them for ingredients, friends orders not being received, etc), and their black base is seriously the most finicky I’ve had.
So, an oolong. Dry, it smells divine. The best citrus smell ever. Steeped, it smells a little toasty. And.. even though I added a bit of sugar to bring out the citrus, all I can really taste is the oolong. A little citrus at the end of the sip, but that might be the orange I just peeled. It’s also a little… pithy. I didn’t think I steeped it long enough for the pith from the peels to come out, but apparently I did.
It’s not a terrible oolong, but it is pretty basic. And it’s not the type of oolong flavour I enjoy most (please give me OTT floral green oolongs TYVM).
The other 2 tsp of the sample is cold brewing, and I have higher hopes for that one. It should go well (should! I hope!) with the lemonade syrup I made.
(1.5 tsp in 10 oz)
Sample from Kittenna! Thank you. :)
As bai mu dan isn’t really my favourite base, I wasn’t expecting much. Aaaand… I was right. Although the flavours smell and taste good, the base tea isn’t doing anything for me.
Cinnamon Vanilla and Squash with a very carby black tea? Oh, I’d be all over it.
Oh well, can’t win them all.
Thanks so much for sharing! I appreciate the chance to try this tea. (And I’ll probably do another steep in a bit, just because I can…)
Another tea from MissB. Sadly I can’t find the ingredients anywhere on the internets.
And I’m curious, because it smells like there’s nettle leaf or parsley or something in it! Haha. It’s pretty good, all things considered. It is indeed lemon and ginger. A bit sweet. Slightly savoury from whatever the green leaves in the tea bag are (probably nettle!). I wonder if the bit sweet is from stevia or licorice. It doesn’t have too much of an aftertaste, so I can’t tell.
All in all, this is a nice lemony-gingery easy herbal tea.
(Oh, and I’m wrong! There’s lemongrass and lime flowers and BLACKBERRY LEAVES. So that explains the herbaceous touch, the delicate lemon, and the sweetness.)
Oh, black and oolong? What?
Anyways, this is from MissB who sent it to Sil who gave it to Kittenna to mail to me. Haha.
I was a little concerned about the smell of the chocolate flavour, but it was good! Chocolate and raspberry for sure. I added a bit of milk, and kind of absentmindedly downed the whole mug before I realized what had happened. You see, I’m researching camper vans on the internets.
Yup. I don’t necessarily want to be mobile all the time, but I’d love a way to safely (because a lone woman tenting can be kinda sketchy) travel and camp so I can go to awesome hiking destinations. And I’ve gotten a little carried away, but that’s fine. If I can ever afford the vehicle, I’ll go visit my dad and he can help me. :D
So I really, surprisingly, enjoyed this tea. Thanks so much for sharing, MissB!
Let it be known that pale yellow oolongs do not look appetizing when you add milk.
And why would I be adding milk to this?
Well, duh. Coconut latte. The milk dulls the delightful florally creaminess of the oolong a bit, but the coconut is just SO GOOD.
Just maybe don’t brew it in a clear glass.