1857 Tasting Notes
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.
Sample from Kittenna! Thank you. :)
There are no steeping instructions here on Steepster, so I did just over 1 minute at 185F for this first steep. The leaves are not fully open yet, so I expect it’ll last 2-3 more steepings.
It’s supposed to smell really cinnamony, but it doesn’t. It smells toasted, which isn’t really my favourite for an oolong. Sipping, it’s actually really sweet. Wow. I wasn’t expecting that. Goes great with my cookie. :)
So delicious. A bit of bitterness, but I did steep for about 3:30 instead of my usual 3:00. I added milk, and it was sweet malty goodness.
And now I’m baking snickerdoodles http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/01/snickerdoodles-two/ and need to decide what to have with my cookie(s).
Last bit of a sample from Roswell Strange.
It’s really good, although I’m having some issues as I made pizza and burned the roof of my mouth REALLY badly. So tea isn’t quite my friend right now.
This is sweet and light and deliciously juicy. Thank you for sharing!
I want this tea as a perfume too please. Ohhh, it smells so good! Juicy and delicious.
A giant mug for this morning, and the leaves are going into a travel mug, so I can top it up with cool water all day. Grandpa-style cold brew! Woo!
Tea is amazing. Delicate, juicy, floral. Yum. I’m so glad I got more of this.