1895 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning, this is definitely a great morning cuppa or for anytime! :)
Finally finishing off this sample, great for an overcast and gloomy day… pretty good but better with soymilk. Wondering what tea I will pack with me on a 10 day trip to the East Coast, perhaps I will bring some of the samples I need to try. :)
Now drinking the second of this ancient sample from Golden Moon Tea.
The first time I tried it, I did not pick up too much caramel or sugar but today it seems nicer for some reason. It’s a typical formosa oolong with some subtle sweetness in the finish. I like it pretty well but it is not destined to be a favorite.
I am back to trying this tea after buying it yesterday at David’s Tea…
I really do like this one. The banana mixes very well with the oolong. Normally I don’t like anything with Stevia in it, but the sweetness here is very subtle. Overall a very good tea! If you put some soymilk in it, it reminds me of a banana cream pie… See previous notes for more info. :)
Went out with a girlfriend tonight and I forgot it was SantaCon in San Francisco – where people get dressed up in Santa costumes and get really drunk at a pub crawl. Evidently we were right on the main drag in Polk Street, and needless to say my days of getting wasted are behind me, so I went home early!
So anyway we walked right by David’s Tea and of course I had to go in, I wanted something chocolate-y but without caffeine so they suggested this. It definitely smells a lot like birthday cake but I was not wild about the flavor even though there were sprinkles in it. To me it tasted like maple and honeybush. I did tell them to add some soymilk. Later I realized it has dairy in it too… uck. I should have asked about that!
Anyway I found it to be acceptable but not something I would buy again. I did pick up some more banana oolong while I was there, which is one of my favorite’s from DT so far. There are so many to try though, if I keep going back I might find a new favorite. :)
Thanks to JC for sending me this one! I’m sorry it has taken me so long to try it.
I broke off a small chunk of the tea and decided to steep it in my yixing teapot. This tea has a lovely aroma. At first I was thinking it smelled like an evergreen forest.
Steep #1: It’s been a while since my last sheng. I steeped this for around 30 seconds and was surprised and how mellow it is, you can never tell with younger shengs. The tea liquor is only slightly bitter in the finish and I am also picking up on the fruity notes which are quite pleasant. I have a slight tingling on the tip of my tongue. :)
2nd steep: 30 secs?? I am getting the vegetal notes, perhaps I steped this for a little too long because the 2nd steep is more bitter than the first, still it is good though. Woodsy and a bit of smoke. It seems very invigorating on this overcast day.
Not sure if I will be able to write more on this tea as I have so many things to do this morning… It is really good! Might consider getting a cake.
I am finishing off the last of the 1 oz. sample of this. It is thoroughly enjoyable and I would get some more, so on the shopping list it goes. Hopefully I remember the next time there is something to order from S&V!
Thanks to Hesper June for this one…
I guess like a lot of people I haven’t felt up to doing much with the terrible news today about the Sandy Hook Elementary School. I can only imagine how the poor parents of those children must feel. Indeed it is a sad day for our country.
I felt like hibernating tonight and decided to watch a documentary on Grigori Rasputin. Somehow this tea seemed like the perfect accompaniment; especially as it’s cold and dreary weather today.
This is a VERY strong lapsang and has a heavy BBQ type flavor. Definitely not for the faint of heart but pretty good on a chilly evening. Very strong pine/tobacco flavors. Is there any tea in here? lol… I prefer my lapsangs to be a touch on the milder side but perhaps I will try blending the remainder of this with something? I actually do like this but it is not an everyday drinker for me. Now back to Russian history and may God bless us all…
I am sooo far behind on trying all my tea swaps! This was sent to me by Tommy months ago and I’m sorry I am just getting around to trying it now.
When I first saw the leaves I was wondering if there was a darjeeling in here because I see some lighter tips. Very attractive leaves and the tea brews up quite dark, IMO.
This does remind me quite a lot of an English breakfast tea which is traditionally made with Ceylon, assam and kenya teas. It’s a bold cup with a bit of wine and tannins in the aftertaste. It was ok to drink plain but I really felt it needed soymilk. Fairly enjoyable as a bracing afternoon cup, but would also be good in the morning.