1851 Tasting Notes
(Edit) Ahem. Star date 20150130, from the USS Enterprise NCC-1701… (Should have had an Earl Grey!!)
Oh, I really really like this and I’m sad it’s pretty much gone. Just one more steep when I get home from work.
The flavours are super delicate and I mostly taste the base tea in my travel mug today. But there are hints of dark chocolate and orange and sweetness and malt.
Delicious this morning, with cream, while Sil talked me into ordering from Butiki AND Mandala. Gee Sil. ;)
Roasted nuts and shells, hints of charcoal, sweet candy chestnut, etc. Yum yum yum! I do like this tea. And I’m almost out, which will be sad.
(2.5 tsp in 16 oz)
Ooo…. Very floral and fruity. A little nuts in the background I think, but sweet nuts like frangipane.
Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles!
I do like this one, and the name is SUPER fun. But I think it’s just too sweet-candy-fruity-floral for me to want to keep it around.
What?! I’m the first reviewer?
This is from the lovely MissB who’s on walkabout in Europe.
It smells SO heady and fruity. Kinda like the quince and apple thing I made in the fall, actually. Quince is so delightfully perfumey, and even though this is definitely a sencha base, the perfume overshoots the mineral/seaweed flavours.
Sipping on this hot, it tastes like I remember quince smelling. Floral, apple, something unidentifiable that is quince. I’m quite liking this. Not necessarily enough to keep it all (ha!) but enough to slow down and really appreciate this cup.
http://instagram.com/p/ydRbjOx5Ic/ (I need to charge my Real Camera’s batteries, whoa, that is a blurry cell phone pic!)
Even cooling, as the green base becomes more apparent, I’m still liking this.
The lovely Dexter sent a sample of this along to me!
There were no steeping instructions that I could find, so I searched notes and then decided… f-it. Western it is.
It’s strong. It’s nice. Sweet and smooth. Very carby. IDK that I adore it, or that the flavours are ones I’d crave all the time, but it’s nice. And she thoughtfully included something like 5 other snaily teas for me to try as well. :D
Edit: Oh, as it cools it goes sour. Weird. I’m stuffed up a bit so I can’t smell much, but the taste is definitely sour, not bitter or astringent.
LOL. Janet’s Special Orange.
Creamy orange julius/creamsicle tea in my mug. I added a lot of cream, and it’s so good. Vanilla, jasmine, orange. :D
Sadly the curry dip I had for my veg has drowned some of my taste buds so I can’t appreciate the tea as much as I usually do.
From Dexter, so I can decide if I want to buy a cake or not. :) Thank you!
I have an online meeting this morning, and a tea setup on my desk. So of course I had to take advantage and try to gongfu a tea while taking minutes. :D
1 quick rinse, because it was pretty compact. Then it rested FOREVER while my fancy kettle boiled.
1 steep, IDK about 5 seconds. Maybe I’ll drink this. Hmm. Oh hey that’s pretty good. I have coffee lingering still, but the tea is pretty sweet. There’s a bit of that musty-fishy smell in this rinse/steep still, but it’s super mild.
2 steep, whoops I got distracted. BLACK TEA. Smells yummy though. Kinda fruity. There’s a bright bitterness at the end of the sip.
3 steep, distracted again. I accidentally mixed 2 and 3 in my milk jug.
4 steep, … I got busy with typing. But I’m drinking all the tea! Yum yum yum.
? ? ? How many steeps did I get? I honestly have no idea. But so far, so good.
(CRACKLES! http://instagram.com/p/yXXRHbR5A9/ )
Edit: I’ve gone through just about 2 litres of water drinking this today, with about 1 cup of waste product… WHOA.
It’s late enough that I don’t want caffeine, so I’m christening my new eensy easy gaiwan with this tea! 1 tsp tea, ~70ml water (ha!), shorter brews.
It’s delicious. Buttery. Light. Delicate. I’m actually getting a lot of the ginger today, which is showing as a warmth on the tongue.
Perhaps noshing on a gingerbread star while trying this tea wasn’t the best idea. :)
Thank you for the sample, MissB!
It smells fruity. Intensely candy fruity. Mmm. I didn’t look up the steeping instructions, and chose to steep this low and short due to the sencha base – I don’t want seaweed, thank you.
Brewed this way, it’s pretty much FRUIT. There’s a hint of fresh grass and some marine breeze in the background, but mostly fruit. It’s quite lovely.
And (bonus!) it was in a tea bag which made it super easy.
It’s pretty good, but for someone who doesn’t love green teas, it’s a touch lost on me. I guess… really lovely to try, but I wouldn’t purchase it.