1861 Tasting Notes
So, in addition to sipdowns, I’m really keen to actually, you know, try the teas in my cupboard. I’ve got more than half of my stash that’s currently listed as no tasting notes, and I’ve not yet tried. This is so silly! I’ve got all this tea so I can drink and enjoy it, so I should get started on that.
So, this, which is me being brave and venturing into unflavored black teas again. I picked it up on a whim with my last Whispering Pines Order, as they’ve not steered me wrong with unlfaovred teas yet.
This is almost creamy. I don’t mean that there is a creamy or vanilla flavor to it, but the richness of the sip is the same as a “creamy” tea.
That said, the flavor is not too dense or heavy. There is admirable lightness, and so the slightly woody, slightly floral flavors of this blend have a chance to stand on their own.
Unlike some unflavored black tea, where I can see why people add milk or sugar, this one I think would work best as it. Additives would just weigh it down.
Yep, Whispering Pines has not steered me wrong yet.
Alright, a new order of teas has arrived, my cupboard is pushing 100 teas, lets get sipping on some things and move them along!
Many, many thanks to Super Starling! for the chance to try this. What a charming notion, peanut butter and jelly tea.
My love of all things peanut butter is almost all encompassing, and the more peanuts I can fit into my life, the better. That means I’m a little disappointed in this. I can taste something nutty, but it seems more like cashews that peanuts, and the jam aspect is not showing at all.
Still, it was fun to try! Sipdown!
Its getting colder! I’ve purchased pumpkins, which are sitting on my porch, gloriously awaiting carving. It might rain!
This is, to me, the flavor of autumn, in the way that nothing else is. I only had a mug of it this morning, but sometime soon I’m going to have a date with a huge old pot of it, and just be blissed out.
I made an error today, I let this steep too long, and it got bitter. Drat. I can see that this one needs a careful eye.
Its Pumpkin Day! My family has only two major holiday traditions, the first is the whole Christmas Tree ritual in December, and the other is this, Pumpkin Day.
We take pumpkins very seriously here, and the carving of jack-o-lanterns is a serious business.
So today we’ll pack up to the local pumpkin patch, find our chosen gourds, and take them home.
I confess, I’m always as excited as a child to do this. Its one of my favorite days.
I feel as if I am going to be the dissenting voice on this tea- its not for me.
I am strongly reminded of Harney & Sons Carribe, which is also a blend with tropical fruits in it, and also does not light my fire.
I do not care for tropical fruits, and I care even less for them in tea. Also black and white blends tend to make me, well, a little queasy. I’m afraid this one did.
But I’m not going to rate this poorly. Just like Carribe, I don’t think this is a bad tea, I just think its a bad tea for me.
Thank you for Super Starling! for letting me try, but this one will not be staying with me.
Brew of my morning!
This is one very flavorful tea. It keeps surprising me with new dashes of flavor that I hadn’t noticed before. Sometimes its a bit sweet, then theres a touch of something savory, even spicy!
This is all very lovely, especially for a flavored tea drinker, such as myself. Its good to know that dept and complexity lurk in black teas as well has their flavored counterparts. It inspires me to try more!
I havn’t been reviewing this as often as I have been drinking it, mainly because its just not an exciting tea to review, and I don’t seem to be discovering new layers of flavor or food pairings for it.
But I will jot a note now, as this is the last cup!
I don’t think this blend is well balanced. Lemon and ginger should be a wonderful combination, but I’m finding that paring to fall flat, with the ginger shoving everything else to the side, and the lemon and oolong making a distant second and third in the flavor profile.
Its a tea that I’m more happy to have finished, then to have tried. It will not be making another appearance in my cupboard, that’s for certain. There are better oolongs, and better lemon/ginger blends to be had!
I felt extra cozy yesterday, and decided to watch Sense & Sensibility, knit, and drink this tea.
And its not a terrible cup, but its not very memorable. I was hoping for something absurdly creamy, with lush vanilla and almond notes. I love vanilla and almond, so I was hoping that’s what I would get.
Alas, I get a somewhat creamy rooibos, with the wood-y quality of the base being more prominent that any flavors the base supports. And I don’t get a single hint of anything cherry-like, which I know some people did.
The quest continues here too, but I’ll certainly keep drinking this.
I am always questing for a basic (and yet fantastic) vanilla black. I’ve come across some really good blends, but nothing that has yet fully earned the title of “cupboard staple”. So I pick them up almost aggressively, when I spot one that seems a likely contender.
This is a blend from a local tea shop, which is a cute little place. They have some English tea imported, and lots of teaware, and some of their own unique blends, which I picked up a good helping of the last time I was there. This is one of them.
And its ok. My first cup of this was perfectly decent, but nothing to sing about. I’ll drink it down without problems, and probably some pleasure, but its not The One True Vanilla Black.
Do you guys have a good vanilla black recommendation?