1789 Tasting Notes
(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!
So so sad. This tea was blah and watery for me today, even though I used lots of leaf and also added cream.
In other news, TODAY I am sore and soooo hungry. HANGRY! EAT ALL THE THINGS! I forgot that it’s the day after the day after the hike that I always get hit with the sore and the hunger. Whoops. I’ve eaten breakfast and lunch, and am hoping for second lunch but I don’t get to go home for another 5 hours or more. I might have to go buy some potato salad…
A teeny sample from Kittenna! Thank you. :)
This one smelled overwhelmingly of chocolate, and I was worried. I also had a LOT of chocolate chips in the 1.5 tsps or so that Kittenna shared with me, so I was worried about that too.
But! Somehow it works. It smells very much like chocolate something baking in the oven. Chocolate with vanilla. Tasting it, however, and I get the coffee. Weird! Yet also somehow tasty.
I added a tiny bit of sugar and that really brought out the coffee. A dollop of cream, and it’s… berries and coffee and chocolate. Huh. I wouldn’t have expected the chocolate to be so mild!
Thanks so much for sharing, Kittenna. You have aided my goal to Try ALL the Teas! I’m glad I didn’t get this one, it’s not exactly to my taste, although it’s a really interesting blend.
Smells like toothpaste!
Bellocq couldn’t tell me what kind of mint was in here ages ago when I asked. But now, now I can tell. Toothpaste mint. :P
I steeped low and slow, as I’m enjoying with some of the white teas I have. There’s a bite on the tongue, I can smell and taste creamy vanilla, toothpaste, and some star anise. The white tea is super mild, but I’m not surprised by that.
If you like spearmint and weird teas, definitely check this out if you can.
Thanks so much to Crowkettle for sharing this with me. Not something I’ll buy again, but something I’ve really appreciated trying.
Edit: It might be the cedar that’s giving me the SPICE on the tip of my tongue. Pretty cool!