1883 Tasting Notes
Thanks to MissB and Sil for the sample. :) Well. “Sample.”
Dry, this smells amazing. So limey and fresh! Unfortunately, once steeped it has a scent I really don’t care for. I’m not sure if it’s the green tea or the lime peel or what.
Sipping on it, it’s mostly lime and a bit of ginger. I could see this being really good sweetened and chilled, but… I’m not a huge fan of iced tea unless it’s a cold steeped fruity thing.
Tasty, but not quite for me. :) Oh well. I have more teas to try!
Drank the last of this today, with a large splash of cream.
I still quite like it, but IDK I think I’m moving away from the chocolate/cream/heavy kind of flavoured teas because it’s so springy. If I have flavoured teas, I want citrus and berries and flowers and toasted rice…
Maybe I’ll have to get more for the fall. :)
Ohhhhh this is good!
Smells like toasted basmati rice. Tastes like toasted basmati rice.
Om nom nom (I think I’m going to go put on a pot of rice to cook!).
(Flash steeping 3g in my teensy gaiwan that I haven’t measured yet.)
Edit: It started with a garnet hue, like
pineapple pomegranate juice or wine, almost. It’s steeping out and is more of an amber colour now. So pretty. So tasty. I must be on steep 8 or 9.
A green tea. Why do many green teas MissB? :) Ahh, well I guess it’s broadening my horizons or something.
This tea. It is SO FLORAL WOW. It does smell really good though. Like a garden or bouquet. And the flavour doesn’t move beyond floral to soapy for me.
Interestingly the tea went from meh, to weirdly grainy (texture) to thick and smooth and syrupy. I might have to try this again.
Thanks so much for sharing MissB!
1.5-ish tsp in 8 oz, 2 min at 175F.
Thank you MissB and Sil!
There aren’t a lot of teas left I’m super keen on trying, although I’ll be packing up one serving of each for myself as I divide the remainder. So many greens! :P
Anyways, this is a decent peach tea. I think I prefer peach and ginger, but you know. Plain peach works as well. The base is not bad at all either, and it goes well with milk. It’s a sort of candy-sweet peach flavour. Sort of. Not quite like Fuzzy Peaches, but not quite like a fresh ripe peach or a peach pie, either.
Thanks for sharing! :)
(2 tea bags, 2 minutes, 16oz, 195F.)
This is the DCTea shou coin thing from O5 Tea.
And… I am not a fan. Nopers. I’m on the 4th “rinse” and it’s finally not too bitter, but it tastes ultra musty and damp earthy. And it is still somewhat bitter.
I did one LONG rinse, to mostly break up the coin. It sat for about 10 minutes. Then 3 flash steeps in my glass pot from DavidsTea. It doesn’t pour super fast, but this is a shou. It should be fine.
I guess I’ll keep steeping and trying. But this cup is going down the sink. :/
I have the Double Ginger, from Amariel, which is just this plus dried ginger bits.
It’s really strong. Super spicy. I steeped it 5 minutes then pulled out the ginger chunks – she warned me it wouldn’t all dissolve, so I did use a basket.
I really like this, but don’t see that it’s much different from the ginger packets I get at the Asian market. I’m not sure that the dried ginger pieces really add a lot of extra flavour… not like grating fresh ginger into it does. (Yes, I’ve done that…)
So while I do like this and will no doubt finish it all rapidly, I don’t think I’d go out of my way to get it.
The caramel houjicha, however. I’m really looking forward to a cup of that one. Mmm, caramel tea. AND I have whipping cream. And maple syrup. :D :D
Thanks so much for sharing, Amariel!
Yep, eg from sbux.
I got on the wrong bus and it’s pouring and I’m wearing sandals and a sweatshirt and so so cold and sore and tired.
So I went the long way around so I could transfer to a bus without standing in the rain. And got sbux. The line was huge so tea it was. And she gave me two tea bags for the price of one, so I guess I look kinda crappy. :)
It’s not perfect, but it’s hot and flavoured and comforting.
Sample from Amariel – thank you!
This tea had a bit of an accident, in that it was involved in a water spill on my counter. I tried drying it out, but decided to steep it up ASAP just in case it was still damp.
It smells fruity and floral. Kind of generic fruity I think, and I can see jasmine blossoms in the dry leaves. Now, I just had some chocolate covered espresso beans, but the tea tastes fruity-floral. I’m not really getting any rhubarb out of it… maybe hints of rhubarb (What does rhubarb taste like other than itself?) but I’m not sure. And I think the reason it’s creamy is because I put cream in it and also the jasmine.
It’s nice, and definitely springy. But it doesn’t have that punch of rhubarb flavour that I was looking for. Not necessarily sour, but that fresh fruity creamy flavour you get in a pie filling.
I will have to pick up a sample of this for Sil when I go to Victoria. See what she thinks. :)
Of course there are two listings for this tea. It wouldn’t be Steepster without excessive duplications! :P
This sample is from Dexter, thank you! I have enough for one more pot, or a “terrible treatment” in my thermos. Haha.
I really like this one. Especially in later steeps when it starts getting so fruity. It’s still steeping up pretty dark although I’ve done 7 or 8 steeps already. Every time I go into the kitchen I flick the kettle on and do another cup. :) The only downside, and I think this is because it’s such a tightly packed puerh, is that there are lots of “bits” that need to be strained out. The Huron I had yesterday didn’t need to be strained at all, but then again it was a loose tea.
And I think I might prefer this one.
Thanks so much for sharing! Hopefully I’ll be able to come off hiatus at some point this year so I can pick up a cake. :)