1917 Tasting Notes
This is the White2Tea 2012 Guafengzhai Old Arbor Orb. I’ve split the sample in two so I can share it with Dexter.
Steeping 4-5g in my teeny gaiwan. 2 rinses, rest, flash steeps.
1 – It smells honey sweet, but has quite a bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Bitterness like fresh garden herbs, not bitterness like oversteeped Assam.
2 – Much the same.
3 – Much the same.
4 – Much the same.
And on, and on.
It’s not bad, but I’m not loving it. Part of this might be my disappointment with the club selection, so YMMV.
Oh man… OH MAN. If this didn’t have licorice root in it, it would be PERFECT.
It’s ultra tart and hibiscusy, definite raspberry and cranberry flavours – like jam, really. But then the licorice sweetness builds and builds and by the end of the cup it feels like I need to scrape it off my tongue.
So disappointing, Twinings! This could have been awesome.
Thanks so much, MissB, for sharing!
From MissB. Thank you again!
So this is a tea that I think needs more leaf and less water. I did 1 bag in about 8 oz, but it doesn’t have the punch I was expecting from the assam base.
It does smell really nice. Nutty and chocolate, just like the name. :) The chocolate is nice and natural, and the nuts are pretty true – walnut and almond, I think. There’s a bit of bitter walnut skin taste in the steeped tea.
I’d keep the other two bags to try over leafing this tea, but I think it needs to be shared.
Thanks so much!
Another tea from MissB! Thank you. :) There will be quite a few more of them over the weekend as I’m packing things up for CrowKettle and Bear With Me.
This was actually pretty good with some milk added. A little citrusy, reminded me of Mandarin Spice or whatever it was from Celestial Seasonings. Only WAY more delicate and with a black base. Even though these Christmas teas from Twinings are heavily flavoured, I quite like them with some cream.
Thanks, MissB! I’m keeping some of this one. :)
L’Eveil du Bouddha from MissB! Thank you!
So…. there’s some writing on the bag that I can’t read, but I added this to warm milk. I saw “cacao” and it smelled like ovaltine. But! It has chia seeds or flax seeds (or both!) in it and the texture is so so wrong.
The flavour is GREAT. Kinda like ovaltine, I was right! But the texture went horrendously gloopy and I could only finish about half my cup. This might be better added to a smoothie, or maybe cold rather than hot.
Edit: And so I googled it… Of course google came through!
Ingrédients: graines de chia et de lin broyées*, sarrasin*, farine d’amande*, sucre de coco* (à faible indice glycémique et très nutritif), lucuma*, cacao cru en poudre*, éclats de fêves de cacao cru.
That is, ground chia and flax seeds, buckwheat, almond flour , coconut sugar , lucuma, raw cocoa powder, cocoa nibs.
That’s so awesome! A smoothie addition thingie that HAS NO STEVIA. And contains protein! And the flavour options look amazing! If only I had researched in advance. Haha. I could have had this in my morning smoothie.
I had to drink this because Sil posted about it.
Thanks for the sample, Sil!
I stuffed ALL OF IT into a DavidsTea paper tea bag, and steeped 5 minutes. Haha. It tastes kinda like white tea, kinda like green tea. Spinach. Green. Paper (whoops).
I don’t think it’s terrible, but it’s not for me.
Thank you for letting me try it, Sil! :)
Whoa! I really liked this one!
It’s like CANDY. Sort of. With a hint of something extra.
Yum yum yum.
Too bad I have to share. :D Definitely going to try a cold brew of this one, but I’ll make it a short cold brew of 4-6 hours.
Thanks so much, MissB and Sil!
Soo… I may have just “accidentally” placed a rather big Mandala order. Including this! (And on a side note, I totally forgot to get some Smark Soak to try. WHOOPS.)
I blame the order on Sil. And Dex. And my paypal balance that I was actually trying to save for the next month of Tea Club. :)
So I hadn’t tried this version yet. I have a sample of the 2008 and it is divine. I’m not sure how different, I’d have to test them side by side to see what I think. But I’m really liking this. It’s tea. Definitely tea. Hay and pea shoots. Sweet, malt, hopefully highly caffeinated.
I’m drinking part of the 4th steep right now. I combined 1-3.5 in a travel mug for work. It’s a golden shade, looks lovely. And I used a ceramic mug to be extra fancy. :)
Here’s hoping all the cakes I now have survive my rather shoddy storage conditions (paper shopping bags on a shelf in my room…) until I get to drinking them and sharing them out.
Many thanks to Amariel for this tea!
I tried this yesterday, and wasn’t sure what to say about it. The dry tea smells lovely, and looks like it has some huge leaves rolled up there. It’s floral, and slightly green smelling.
Steeped, it unfortunately has some of the oolong flavour that’s really hard for me to describe that I do not like. I’ve called it things like “seaweedy” before. That’s sort of it. This tea is mostly floral, I’m guessing from the osmanthus as well as the tea itself. The texture is nice, not too thin even though I was doing shortish steeps. But something about the flavour just hits my tastebuds the wrong way.
Thank you Amariel for sharing, but I don’t think this is for me.