888 Tasting Notes
I over sweetened this, so it wasn’t as good as it should have been. I think I also steeped it a little too long. It was entirely drinkable, but what should have been a lovely peach-y cup was just so-so due to operator error.
Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Wood
When it comes to Oolong teas I’m pretty persnickety, but this tea hits all the right notes. A roasty Oolong with sweetness at the end of the sip and light, but distinct, floral notes. I like. I’m really enjoying the grain flavor followed by burnt sugar (I almost said caramel, but it taste more like burnt sugar me). Right now I’m working on my second steep and I’m letting the tea cool a bit to see if the floral notes become more apparent. I think they might.
I still wouldn’t call myself an Oolong lover, but I could see myself keeping some of this in my cupboard and enjoying it.
My nighttime tea. I drank it while watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The tea was enough of a treat to keep me from snacking during the movie. The lemon flavor is spot on, and there is a lightness to it, a creaminess from the honeybush, that hints at chiffon. Yum. The movie was good, but I’m kicking myself for not seeing it in the theater. Still, highly entertaining (but the book is far better!).
I’m sipping on my last bit of this tea. Each and every cup has been sooo good. Wonderful maltiness. Rich chocolate notes. Sweet caramel. It’s a very well rounded tea, and I’m going to miss having it in my cupboard. At some point I will restock it. I’m trying really, really hard to get myself down to 30 or so teas, and this one will definitely make the cut.
I’ve been kind of ho-hum about this tea, but I have to say that today’s cup was really nice. There were the floral notes with the muscatel flavor following at the end of the sip which had been my normal experience with this tea. Today, however, there was also a silkiness to the tea that made it so delightful.
I think the reason for the change is that my water was cooler than usual when I poured it onto the leaves. I’d turned my kettle off and then was distracted for five or so minutes before I poured the water and began brewing the tea. A very serendipitous turn of events that had me practically swooning over my cup.
I may tape a note to my tea tin reminding me to always let the water cool for a few minutes for this particular tea. Come to think of it, I may need to go brew myself another cup right now just to make sure… you know… for science. ;-)
I spent the better part of this afternoon and evening at the mall. I am not a big mall loving person, so I was happy to get home. I was even happier to be able to settle in bed with a cup of this beauty. I’ve had so many cups of this tea, but I’m still impressed (and happy!) that this is a decaf tea.