1596 Tasting Notes
I drank a cup of this yesterday, and continue to be unimpressed. I was once hopeful that I could eek out something lovely from this oolong, but now I’m just drinking it until it is gone.
What a disappointment! Something called Oolong Ice Cream should be an utter, utter joy to drink, especially created by Smith Teamaker, but no, its just a faintly green tasting cup of hot water. Drat it all!
This was one of those mornings where I stared stupidly at my collection of teas, unsure of what to drink. Its going to be a long tea, and so I wanted something black, strong, and hearty. But I didn’t want anything too earthy or bitter this morning. Something kissed by fruit, perhaps.
Aha! Tower of London. Come here, you perfect, gorgeous, wonderful tea. How I have missed you! Why have I not sipped your honey’d waters more recently?
Well, it is all better now, for I have had the goodly cup, and am sitting in bliss, prepared for the day.
Why does Monday always do this? I somehow never seem to have sufficient sleep on the night before, and I am then feeling paralyzed by my tea decision.
I settled on this. Its hardly the strongest blend in my cupboard, but I do like it on a summer morning.
I can’t believe we’re so far through August already!
I’m excited, because here is a tea where the cashews are a prominent note. Finally!
I get a lot of cashew creaminess, but can’t say I get a lot of the “turtle” aspect. This isn’t dreadful to me, as chocolate teas and I have an agreement not to bother one another too much.
I have enough for another cup later, and I’m looking forward to giving it another spin.
I’m a sucker for vanilla. I love vanilla probably beyond what is reasonable. I love it in all forms, but I especially like it in tea. So I was almost guaranteed to put this in my basket during my whispering pines order.
And oh man, this leaf smells glorious! What an absolutely amazing scent, so rich and lovely.
The flavor is a bit less vanilla-y than the scent promised, but it is a rich, layered, wonderfully complex cup that does not get carried away.
I’m holding my rating so far, but I’m looking forward to my next cup!
I feel a need to apologize to A Quarter to Tea for not liking this blend. I want to so much! And I can tell that it was put together with skill and grace. But I cannot make myself really like it.
Its the coconut, which is entirely my own fault. I know that I don’t like coconut, but I insist on trying somedays, which proves that I am foolhardy.
The base is good, theres an almost earthy quality to it, which is hearty and good, but I don’t get either carrot sweetness or cashew creaminess from it.