1854 Tasting Notes
I tried this in-store and got 3 (three, doh) perfect spoons (12g) to try out as a cold brew.
It’s definitely berry. Very very berry. To me, it tastes more like raspberry but the sales person said blackberry. Whatever, still berry.
I do like the Grandma’s Fruit Garden I can get from some local store (the name escapes me and I’m too lazy to look it up) better as a berry cold brew. It’s less candy.
So I won’t be buying a bunch of this tea. I mean, it’s nice for what it is, but it is candy berry. And I think I prefer to drink things that make me think I’m rolling in a field in the summer time rather than sitting in front of berry Jello when I’m feeling sick.
Oh man, this is so good. I can taste the sweet AND the smoke right now, even though the snot monster is threatening to overtake my life.
I added a little sweetened condensed milk, because it’s what I have in the fridge right now. I need to go get some milk, but I got back from shopping an hour ago and collapsed into my chair. So tired.
On the plus side, I got what I needed while I was out, PLUS tried a Cartem’s gluten free donut. Which was sadly only ok.
I added another 1/2 tsp leaf to the leaves I steeped yesterday, and used an 8 oz cup instead of a 12 oz cup.
Mmm… My taste isn’t 100% back, but! It’s sweet honey carby yum. And I can feel the caffeine, which is good because I spilled my coffee all over my desk.
Thanks so much Dex! I really think I like this one.
I tried 1 tsp of leaf in 12 oz water, steeped 6 minutes. This one… well, it smells delicious this way but it’s kinda weak. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not feeling well and my taste buds are off, or if it’s because I shouldn’t have steeped this tea this way.
It smells rich and carby and a little spicy.
It tastes.. like thick, slightly sweet, hot water.
I’ll have to try this one again. Thanks so much for the sample, Dex! The leaves on this one are ultra cute. :)
Finally I’ve tried this.
And of course the perfect time to try new teas is when you’re sick (yep I said it) and can’t really taste a whole lot.
It’s fine. There was hardly any white tea, but I like the flavours of the bits that are in it. I could never justify spending white tea prices on a tea that’s mostly heavy fruit bits.
(The quince is actually quite nice in this, though. Very quincey…)
And I added honey.
I’m not sure if I’m sick or if I’m reacting to the fire yesterday http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/03/port-metro-vancouver-fire-chemical-cause-respiratory-problems-today/
So I’m at home drinking ALL THE GINGER TEAS. All of them.
This one now. I pulled it out of my hiking stash (which isn’t included in my tea list, shhhhhh) and I still love it. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive, or I’d definitely stock it more regularly.
Also, I burned my tongue on this tea. Whoops.
I accidentally oversteeped this yesterday, but it turned out tasting super delicious. Unfortunately, something about it hit me wrong and I wasn’t feeling super great after.
And yesterday Vancouver had a huge hazmat situation and my house is in the affected area. And today I feel like I have strep, only I don’t – but my throat is raw and blech.
So everything negative coming together like that, all happening after I started drinking this tea at work… Well. Needless to say I won’t be hunting it down.
But! It does taste really good! The long steep brought out a lovely spiciness. I’ll have to try it with other yunnan black teas.
What with the jasmine blossoms and citrus peels, I thought this tea was going to be over the top floral soapy… but it’s not!
It’s actually a super mild earl grey with some additional floral notes. Not bad, but not really enough, either. As in, it’s not distinct enough or different enough to find a permanent place in my cupboard.
That being said, I really enjoyed the mug I had this morning. Yum!
Thank you for sharing, MissB!
I used about half my 10g sample in my “120” ml easy gaiwan. And I’m pouring it directly into two cups, so one cup is steeped longer than the other. Haha. I’m feeling super lazy tonight. I had two cups out, so two cups it is.
I’m guessing that the taste means it was wet stored. It tastes damp. Like wet forest, but not super fresh with pine and clean air. It’s not resinous either. It’s actually pretty smooth yet quite mild. Not that the flavour isn’t strong, just that it’s well blended together so there’s nothing bringing itself strongly to my attention. So far I’m enjoying it, but I’m not sure that this is a flavour profile I adore. Perhaps I’m learning to like a little more bite in my puerh.
And now I have a cat forcefully cuddling me so I can’t reach the kettle.