1883 Tasting Notes
A tiny sample from Heather Martin. Just making half a cup of this to taste.
The dry leaves smell so tasty. Nice and dark and malty.
Ohhh, I like this one. A lot. It’s fairly light, sweet, malty, yet strong. (Light maybe because I underleafed.) So good. Definitely on my “to buy” list for Teavivre.
Thanks, Heather! :)
Sipping down a sample.
The tea smells and tastes like umami. Bonito flakes and soy sauce, but very delicate and lightly sweet.
Would be excellent in chazuke, a Japanese tea and rice soup.
Not 100% sure about sipping on this one.
As it cools, it gets a little fruity, a little bitter. It’s really quite interesting, but I’m glad I only have this one cup sample to sip down.
A one-cup sample from CrowKettle!
This tea smells sooo peachy and delicious. I steeped it a bit cooler than boiling (boiling water and tea scares me), and added a pinch of sugar.
This tea is… kind of sparkly. Such a weird texture! The base is quite delicious, even though I don’t think it’s one of my favourites. The peach flavour is just yum. I don’t drink beer, and have no idea what hops taste like, but this has a bit of an odd flavour to it that must be the hops.
I think I’d like it a lot more if it was just peach, but this is pretty good! I’ll enjoy my cup, but won’t reorder.
A tea from Cavocorax that I just found as I was tidying. Of course I had to try it.
It’s, uhh, chocolatey and vanilla-y? I don’t mind it, but I don’t think it’s a must-have. I like it a bit better with some sugar in it to bring out the flavours a bit more.
I’m not really sure what to say about this one. It’s not bad, but it’s not my favourite, and I probably won’t purchase any. shrug
Edit: Ahh, I know. It needs to be thicker to go with the flavours. The tea is really quite thin feeling to me. Hmm.
I can see how this tea would go well with mint and sugar. So tasty. Yes, it’s a green tea I like! A little toasted, a little savoury (but nothing like Silk Road’s Melon Seed…), lots of depth.
Now I’m super excited to try the other Gunpowder teas I got in the swap!
(This will probably resteep well, too, since the leaves didn’t even manage to fully unfurl. Yay!)
I think this one must be rather old or too aired out, because the flavour was really bland and disappointing.
Boo. CTC assam chai’s are some of my favourites (not that I have any, of course), and I had high hopes. I’ll probably pick up a sample size when I do an order, but so far this is not a must have.
This sample was from CrowKettle, who appears to have received it from Fiddling. :)
It smells like water from boiled veggies, like asparagus, chard, and spinach. Not really my favourite tea smell.
My face is probably pretty ridiculous right now. I want to taste this tea, and give it a fair shot, but…
Yeah, ok. It’s green veggies and bean sprouts and it’s SWEET. Weird. I might get through 1/4 of my mug (I steeped it per Silk Road’s normal parameters, which is 1 tsp tea for 2 cups of water).
Umm, thank you, CrowKettle, for sharing this one with me. Definitely not something I’ll be buying myself, but green teas are always worth a try. I’ll be giving the rest of the sample to a friend to try.