1861 Tasting Notes
I had one serving left, so I just made it up as a latte. 50/50 unsweetened almond milk and water. A little brown sugar. Steeped slowly on the stove while I organized my tea cupboard and pulled out some teas to give away, and some teas to sip down.
Mmm. I’ll have to get another coconut oolong. This is still really good, although I think the coconut is about to go off. Too bad all the other available coconut oolongs are mail order. If DavidsTea still had this one, I’d definitely head out in the next couple days to refill my 50g tin. As it is, a coconut oolong gets to sit on my shopping list until I happen to order from a place that carries it.
Yeah, I’m done with this one. The idea is great, but I’m sipping the tea and meh. I had no choice but to add cream and sugar, to try and smooth out the flavours. This way it’s drinkable, but still not that great. And it’s becoming more bitter and cloying as it cools.
I don’t need “meh” teas in my cupboard in large quantities, especially when they’re using up a precious tin. So, goodbye tea. Hope you enjoy your new life in the compost bin.
I forgot how good this tea is. I used the last of my package for one giant mug, and it ended up being just a tiny bit over 4 tsp.
This tea is dark and rich and malty and delicious. It goes quite well with the chocolate chocolate coconut cherry almond granola I made last night. :)
I might have to re-order this one as a special occasion tea.
I really REALLY taste my not-a-favourite, Laoshan Black in here. When I first opened the package and smelled it, when the scent of the leaves hit my nose after I first added the hot water, I was worried. Even when I first tasted the tea, I was not certain I’d be able to drink the whole cup.
Fear not. After adding honey and cream, and letting it cool down a fair bit, I’m actually enjoying this tea. I still taste and smell the dirt I get from LB, but the other teas and the additives have tempered it from ‘dirt’ to ‘earthy’. I get malty chocolate, and some fruitiness.
So far, so good.
(2 tsp in 16 oz)
It must be the goji berries that are all chunky and coated with stuff in my bag.
This tea is much more of a sweet cinnamon, but that’s not due to the cinnamon – it’s because of the tulsi. Tulsi is really sweet and herby, with a mint/basil taste (that I love). The spicy cinnamon Verdant uses tastes so good with it.
I can’t pick out the goji berry taste OR the puerh at all. I mean, I know there’s tea in here due to the colour in my cup, but it just lends a depth of flavour. I’m sure if I had the puerh separately at any point I’d be able to identify it, but here it blends pretty much seamlessly.
I don’t like this one as much as the Vanilla Citrus Spice (so far), but it’s still lovely and I really like the tulsi. I’ll be resteeping this one this morning. I hope the puerh takes over at some point!
(3g in 8 oz, with a short rinse)