1876 Tasting Notes
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.