1901 Tasting Notes
Tea of the afternoon…
this stuff is so YUMMY! I think I need to order some more now.
that is all. :)
This tea is a bit strange…
I love darjeelings but I’m not really sure this combo does a lot for me.
The blackberry reminds me of elderberry and seems slightly medicinal. I’m usually a fan of anise but in this combination it just seems weird. At least it’s supposed to be good for your stomach. Probably my least favorite of the teas I got from the Jasmine Pearl so far but I will drink it eventually. I felt it was much improved by the addition of some soymilk.
I think this would be really nice as an iced tea — I will have to try it that way someday. :D
I haven’t had this tea in a while. It isn’t awful but it also isn’t one of my favorites… been trying to decide if I should keep it but I don’t think black teas really go stale like green ones do. Definitely one to take with milk (or in my case, soymilk).
See previous notes if interested.
I am finishing off the last of this sample tea today…
I’ve said it before but it’s too bad that Rare Tea Republic has gone away. I especially liked their white tea selections – now what ever shall I do? This tea is custard-y and pudding like It reminds me a bit of rice pudding. I like it!
Tea of the early evening…
I had a lovely afternoon today at the Conservatory of Flowers and now I’m having this floral named tea. :)
I’ve had this for too long, I think it might be a little bit stale but it’s still drinkable. This is by far one of my favorite teas from Rishi. It’s also very good iced.
I thought I’d continue the theme of chocolate tea by having some of this today. Why haven’t I been drinking more of it? It’s so good!
see previous notes for more details
Tea of the morning here.
My general feeling on chocolate teas is that they leave a lot to be desired, especially if you are expecting them to taste like hot chocolate.
This is a nice blend of black tea, pu’erh, carob and chocolate. I believe there is some vanilla flavoring in here too. It’s mildly chocolate-y and has a bit of heft. I like the fact that they decided to put pu’erh in here which gives the tea a nice added dimension. I am not blown away by it, but I do like it. It’s nice with some vanilla soymilk added in. Probably would be more appropriate as an afternoon/dessert tea. I’ll certainly finish off the bag happily.
Tea of the afternoon here… an oolong from the Jasmine Pearl.
GABA is supposed to have a calming effect and who couldn’t use more of that?
I decided to use the gaiwan to steep this and put in about 1 tsp of tea, steeped for 30 seconds. The wet leaf smells very much like fresh corn to me.
1st steep is a light yellowish infusion. I am getting the sweet starchy quality that gets compared to bananas & yams. For me it is still reminiscent of corn since it has a slightly vegetal quality. The overall flavor is quite pleasant.
The 2nd steep I did for around 30 seconds and it is a bit darker. Now that the leaves are starting to open up, there is a definite buttery flavor coming up in this tea.
3rd steep is much like the first. I think I am detecting some subtle notes of vanilla. It’s difficult to say whether or not I feel any calmer from drinking this, although I am inspired to do some meditation right now.
Finishing off this sample pack today… I purchased way too much darjeeling last year and still have a massive amount of samples so that’s one thing I do NOT need this coming spring. I do admit it was fun to try all the FF darjeelings but I still have so many. Blah!
This oolong is floral and fruity, I did a tasting note on it months ago so you can check that out if you’re interested.
You can never have too many straight black teas, which is really the reason I got this with my last order. :)
First tea of the morning here, the sun is out and I will need to go for a nice, long walk later.
I steeped this for 4 minutes and am enjoying it. I don’t think its anything in particular to write home about, just a nice yunnan black tea. It has some light notes of malt/sweetness along with a very mellow character. I would definitely recommend trying this plain before adding anything to it, it doesn’t really need a lot. I am not really getting the peppery note described, but perhaps it’s too early in the morning!