1862 Tasting Notes
I just weighed and counted all my teas (except for the BIN of samples – I assume all those are about 10g) and I have 4.98 kg in 209 teas. PHEW. (Plus some incoming that I’ve purchased, plus the MissB box for the few of us on this coast, etc.)
So because this is hard work (hee!) I decided to have some tea. This one is always good. Today, I added some milk and a touch of sugar. Nice and root beer-y. Yep. I really like Stacy’s honeybush, it doesn’t go sour on me at all.
Smells… like how bad black currant teas can smell.
Taste isn’t bad. Strong green tea, even though I understeeped from the instructions. Strong flavours. Not really lychee, though there is a crisp and cool-sweet flavour component.
It’s really not to my taste. I kept this one because the tin was weighing down the box, and I though I’d share it with my friend. Only we haven’t hung out in ages because she doesn’t contact me very often, too preoccupied with her boyfriend.
Ahh well. What isn’t meant to be, isn’t meant to be. I will enjoy this cup, yet also enjoy that I don’t have any more to drink. :D
(Actually dirt plus dark chocolate plus some more dirt and maybe a few cedar shavings thrown into the smoothie just for kicks.)
Anyone interested in trying? I’m sending some off to Dexter, but there’s a good 1/3 cup remaining in my 50g.
Even gongfu this is not for me.
This one SERIOUSLY is like powdered citric acid. Even steeped, it smells SOOOOO powdery.
I steeped 4 bags in 1 litre of water, accidentally for 24 hours. 10-12 would have been better. I dumped out 1 cup, added 1/2 tsp sugar, refilled with plain water, and now it’s drinkable! Haha. Wow, that was INTENSE.
I do like this tea, I like the idea, I like the intense lime, I even like the powdery impression. But you do have to be careful how you steep it.
(Just one cold brew of this one left!)
This definitely tastes like a Silk Road tea, which isn’t all bad. I really like the berry flavours in this, but feel that perhaps the quantity of rosehips is a little much.
I’m drinking this with milk. I can totally taste the thimbleberries (YES! My favourite!) which is super cool.
I’m glad I just got a sample of this one. A larger amount would have been overkill.
(I’m totally not steeping this the way they recommend. IDK, somehow I think the flavours are more rounded at a lower temp with more tea.)
This tea isn’t a sipdown today, but I did have an, umm, “accident” with a 2+ year old tea. Goodbye Murchie’s Russian Caravan. You weren’t bad, but you were too much without maple whipped cream. I haven’t had you for about a year now, so it was time.
Anyways, I have this tea and I have another iteration of nutmeg tea somewhere in my tea mess. I like it. A lot. Very very nutmeggy today. It’s making me wish for eggnog.
Well, this matches the picture! So I’m gonna go with it. The label Dexter wrote has “High Grade Yunnan Dian Hong 2014” on it. :)
I’m doing this in my cute travel tea set… 1/2 the baggie (about 2 tbsp loose leaves, whoa) and 120-ish ml water. I did a super fast rinse, and I’ve been steeping until it looks and smells tasty. :D It’s a fairly light tea, but strong on the sweet potato and malt flavours. Wow. Very strong. Even with my short steeps, that’s pretty much all I’m getting.
Interestingly, people have noted meat and smoke tastes. I don’t feel quite that way about it (as in, it’s not a dominant flavour for me), but I can
see taste where they’re coming from. With longer steeps, there’s an astringency on the teeth, and almost a bitter polish sausage shop flavour of smoked meat on the back of the tongue. You know. The shops that have their own smoke house and smoke their own stuff? Those shops.
Anyways, this is really interesting. I don’t think I love it, but I really appreciate being able to try it. Thank you, Dexter!