1876 Tasting Notes

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I have only had one other oolong tea, and that was quite some time ago. I don’t even know if I steeped it properly! But I wanted to give oolongs a try and see what all the hubbub is about. The young man at the shop said to wash the leaves and steep for 3 minutes, so that is what I did. Also, the Harney Tea book said to resteep adding about 30 seconds each time, so subsequent cups follow that rule.

Oh…my…..goodness. I don’t know what to say. Is this how oolongs taste? I am confused. I feel just like I felt after the first time my husband kissed me – first, WOW! followed by, “I want to do that again!” The first sip was…. very light in taste at first. Then the aftertaste – AMAZING! Being new to oolongs I am at a loss to describe this. It doesn’t taste like any tea I have ever had. After the first sip, it gets stronger and stronger. Each cup gets darker, oddly enough. One would think it would be lighter. By the fourth steep, it is starting to get lighter. There is such a sweetness here. It is almost like when you pull honeysuckle flowers off the vine and drink the nectar, but closely followed by a mineral coating that stays with you. Each time I inhale, I REALLY taste this tea, and I mean for several breaths AFTER the sip. This one is a keeper, really amazing. Now I have to try even more oolongs!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This was the tea for today’s virtual tea tasting via Skype with Sandy. It was more vegetal than I remembered. I like darjeeling tea much better now that I know to only steep for 3 minutes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Made a small pot of this to follow up my English muffin and get me kick started out the door to the gym. I added milk and sugar, because that is how Malachi himself would have drunk this! Aaaaaah. This was just what I needed this morning. Very similar to a good breakfast tea, strong enough with maybe only the barest hint of smoke if it is there at all. Maybe it is just the body of the tea that I am tasting. Good stuff!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1876 tasting notes

Delicious plain, as always!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Drinking this one today in honor of my daughter in Northern Ireland, who is staying in today because she heard this bomb go off early this morning…..http://www.u.tv/News/200lb-bomb-at-Derry-police-station/3679f67d-23a2-4a12-b07b-95c840b3a12b.

This is a strong tea but not overpowering. It has nice body, not astringent, not smokey. Maybe a little chewy? And perhaps just a bit of “bite”! I like this one with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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This was my early tea today. I haven’t had it in a long time. It is a decent cup, nothing too spectacular but not bad. I think I should have added a little more leaf and maybe a little more time, but this is definitely a milk and sugar tea for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Delicious and lightly smokey. Went very well with our little cold eclairs! Another tea from the virtual tea party via Skype today with our distant tea friend.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Ruby #18 by A Southern Season
1876 tasting notes

Ah, my pale gold treasure! This is the lightest black tea is have ever seen, and is delightful without milk and sugar. It can handle it if you want to add milk and sugar, but this tea has such lovely nuance that I take it plain! Just enjoyed it as a virtual tea party via Skype with my travelling tea friend.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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A mild pu erh, just right today after a heavy lunch and accompanied by some whole wheat low sugar chocolate mini-muffins. Mmmmm….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank White Tiger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1876 tasting notes

This was a sample sent by TEAEQUALSBLISS. Thanks! The aroma is grape-y, almost like a soft drink or candy. Smells good! The flavor is fruity and good without tasting like candy. It has enough flavor to keep your interest, not enough tartness or fruitiness to overpower. The aroma is the big thing with this one. A good tea, and very refreshing on this hot day.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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