1917 Tasting Notes

Umm. So I decided to try this one this morning. I’m not fully awake and I’m having issues with my shoulder/headache thing, so this might not be completely coherent.

First, a story. My introduction to oolong was with a lily oolong. Upon first impressions I liked the green seaweedyness, but then after I had drunk some I started feeling really ill. So, uhh, that scent/taste is not something I’d normally drink. But because this was a sample from the lovely Sil, I thought I’d give it a go. (And of course I figured this all out after steeping it and smelling it and then looking up the name, etc. So most of the sample is gone already!)

The taste and feel of this tea start out very creamy and thick, but then the aftertaste is all weird seaweed.

Sadness.

I’ll be popping the rest of this into someone else’s box.

Sil

this was a sample from mandala – not something i’d generally be inclined to drink, though i do like their milk oolong. green oolongs. blech.

OMGsrsly

Normally the green oolongs I’ve had have been quite floral. This wasn’t really floral. It was cream and seaweed and spinach. :/

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Hot steeped 1.5 tbsp this with 1 tbsp Raspberry Balsamico.

I really like this tea better. One thing Teavana does right is their ridiculous candy citrus flavours. The Peach Tranquility I got is just kinda meh – not enough peach, TBH. It’s a super mild fruity chamomile tea mostly. Oh well.

There is a litre of tea here that I’m drinking because my laundry will be another 45 minutes and I’m bored. What I’d really like to do is go to bed and watch TV under the covers, but if I do that my laundry will not get finished! (Step three: PUT IT AWAY!)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I think I finally steeped out that verdant sheng puerh, so it’s time to move on to something else.

I’ve organized (most of) my puerh teas: samples in little containers, and the larger bits and bobs in big paper bags. I need to get some storage containers for my puerh, it seems. O.o I wasn’t expecting that. I have a LOT of puerh.

While going through my samples I came across a completely random tightly rolled oolong. No label, plastic bag, etc. I must have had this for ages. I sniffed it and it smelled GOOD. I’m feeling kinda lazy tonight so I’m flash steeping it in 208F water.

It smells like lilacs. OMG. The BEST smell for an oolong, IMO. It’s very sweet and light. Tastes like I imagine flower nectar to be. Or like when you suck the juice out of a honeysuckle blossom. Only it’s more lilac flavoured than honeysuckle. It’s not super thick, but the leaves are just starting to unroll. I expect I’ll get 5-6 total steeps out of this teaspoon of leaf.

Thank you, random sample sharer. I probably lost the label, and I feel kind of bad about it. But I have quite a few oolongs right now as I am a repository for unwanted green oolong samples, so I probably wouldn’t purchase more of this one even if I did know where it came from.

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I just ordered a sample of this, so that’s probably why I have so many wee broken bits coming through. So far my experience has been that I don’t have to strain when using my gaiwan, but for this tea I definitely need to.

The flavour has been progressing nicely. At the beginning of the sip, it’s like thick water, but then sweetness hits the tongue with a lingering super mild bitter flavour. Almost like sour apple candy, actually. It could be described as somewhat leathery, but those notes are very harmonious with the sweet, fresh, green, and gently bitter notes.

I’ve steeped 6 or 7 times this evening, and the tea has a lot further to go. I’ll probably do a few more steeps in the morning when I’m prepping lunch and my work teas.

I used half my sample in the teensiest gaiwan. I’m getting about 45ml of tea per steep. :D My steeps are still very short, as I find that’s preventing it from going too bitter.

I don’t think I’d get more of this, but it’s a nice taste test in my journey of learning about puerh!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
OMGsrsly

I didn’t manage to have more steeps of this tea this morning, but I’m having it now. I do like it, I just wish it was a little more… either floral, or sweeter, to go with the bitter. It reminds me of the random sheng The Chinese Tea Shop brewed for Dexter and I when we were shopping, only not as nice…

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A tea thanks to MissB and Sil! :)

This smells AMAZING dry. However, I’m not a huge fan of green teas, so I wasn’t too sure how it would go.

Essentially, I wish this was a black tea. I really do. The violet is strong and true, while the raspberry is delicate candy in the background. Pretty much the opposite of the dry smell.

But this would be so good as a black. I might have to keep some of the other violet tea just because it’s so unique and it was a black base.

Thanks so much for sharing! Hopefully CrowKettle or Bear With Me like it more (or perhaps Fjellrev would provide an address to share, as I know she’s looking for a violet tea…).

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
rosebudmelissa

I haven’t yet tried a violet tea. What do they taste like?

OMGsrsly

This is going to be spectacularly unhelpful, but like violets. Sweet floral, sometimes soapy. If you’ve ever had violet candies, the tea should taste like that. These ones are my favourite:
http://www.anis-flavigny.com/boutique/en/original-range/2-oval-tin-50g-violet.html#.VQsWUo5cC9g

rosebudmelissa

They sound like something I would enjoy.

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drank Vanilla Black Tea by Twinings
1917 tasting notes

Haha. Reading your review, I wonder why you foisted this one on us, MissB!

At any rate, it wasn’t completely terrible. Would I buy it again? No. Would I drink it again? Only if someone made it for me and provided milk and sugar. I had it with milk today beside a vanilla matcha ‘snickerdoodle’ and in that context it worked. :)

Thank you for sharing, even if it wasn’t as excellent as some of the others I’ve tried.

(Seriously this page works worse on an android using chrome than it did on the iPhone using safari.)

2 bags, 16oz, 195f, 2:30.

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I’ll probably be updating this note as I drink the tea. Sample generously provided by Dexter. :) Thank you!

I flash-rinsed twice, and because it was loose pieces it opened up pretty fast. The first steep was still fairly pale orange, and the second steep now is quite dark. It has a bit of musty flavour still that I’m not digging, but it’s reduced even with the second steep so I have high hopes.

It’s fairly sweet (yay!) and kind of woody-fruity. More wood, though. :)

I’ve steeped 7 times now and it’s starting to slow down. The musty flavours are mostly gone, and now it’s a smooth and slightly sweet brew. I’ve enjoyed this very much, although I don’t think I’d buy it for myself.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Thank you for the sample, Amarial!

This is pretty darn good, but unfortunately doesn’t hold a candle to even the smell of the raspberry tea I tried to make this morning.

The black tea almost overpowers the delicate raspberry and honey flavours. I was hoping for something with a bit more kick.

So while I’m enjoying this mug of tea, it’s not exactly what I was hoping for. Oh well! I can continue looking for a raspberry black tea, I don’t mind. :)

(PS. I’m at 212 again, plus I still have all of MissB’s teas and the samples Dexter shared. Umm.)

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Raspberry, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Plunkybug

It’s more honey than raspberry to me.

OMGsrsly

I think I was hoping for more raspberry. :) It was still good, just not exactly what I had in mind.

Plunkybug

Maybe cold steep it over the summer with some frozen raspberries?

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drank Barry Lindon by Jardin du Thé
1917 tasting notes

When the tea I really wanted to try ended up being a green (what reading comprehension!) and the kettle was already boiled, I went for this one.

Violets, lotus, grapefruit, and rose. What an unusual combination! Smells like violets and fresh grapefruit oil. Just amazing. Once steeped, it takes on a bit of a pithy smell, but still good. I added milk, because why the heck not.

It is QUITE floral. I’ll agree with Sil and MissB. But wow, what a delicious combination. This one will be difficult to part with, but I know that Bear With Me and Crowkettle will both appreciate the floral. :)

Thanks so much for sharing, MissB and for mailing it to me, Sil! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

i’m glad you enjoyed

OMGsrsly

It wasn’t soapy! I was impressed!

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drank Toffee by Harrods
1917 tasting notes

A lovely treat from MissB!

It’s a strong black tea that gives me the impression of butter. It smells sweet, and tastes almost fruity like Sil mentioned.

I’m enjoying it with some organic milk I picked up last night (mmm, tea with milk…). It works really well, and I think the milk amps up the buttery notes and tones down the base tea a bit.

2 bags in 16 oz for 3 minutes at 195F. (Pretty standard for me!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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