1876 Tasting Notes
I bought this one with the intention of drinking it iced, which I have done only once. It is very good iced, but I also enjoy it as a hot tea. It has a strong, fruity aroma, and surprisingly it steeps to a very pale straw color. It has very nice flavor. We drank it unsweetened today, and my friend kept commenting on how very sweet it was. It is a nice tea, not too tart (don’t think of it in the vein of Tazo Passion), and very refreshing in this abominably hot weather! I want to try rebrewing these bags and see what sort of result I get….
Drank this side by side with Malachi McCormick’s blend today, and this time I DID notice the astringency. Not that it is terribly astringent, just that when compared to MM it is a noticeable difference. A good tea, I think I like it better for afternoons with a snack than for my mid-morning cup.
Had this one side by side with Palm Court this morning. This tea is what it claims to be – a decent cup of tea and a good breakfast companion. Not pushy, pretty laid back, and nice to be with. Not a lot of smoky keemun flavor, definitely has the smoothing effect of the assam. A good keep-it-in-the-cupboard tea.
When I first started drinking tea I couldn’t wrap my head around the thought of combining these two flavors. I mean, tea is tea and chocolate is chocolate. I decided to try this one after I enjoyed Florence so much. It is VERY GOOD! It isn’t just Florence minus the hazelnut, either. I add milk and that really intensifies the chocolate flavor, and I do add a bit of sugar but that’s just me! If you wanted a great chocolate dessert and didn’t want a lot of calories, this should take care of it!
First, the leaves smell awesome! And I mean, AWESOME! It is a sweet aroma without really smelling like honey, and TEA! I don’t really smell the smoke in the dry leaves so much. (I opened a packet of lapsang once and thought I had stuck my nose in an ashtray. Yeh, this isn’t like that at all.) The wet leaves DO have the smoky aroma and it is mmm-mmm-good. The tea? Delightful! I added milk and sugar and drank it all on the way to the gym, ooh-ing and aah-ing the whole time. And it is organic! I haven’t had many lapsangs, and I understand that this is supposed to be about the same thing as a bohea if that gives you an idea of the strength of the smoke. No wonder the Dutch came back for more…..