1979 Tasting Notes
From the same tea vendor as the tan yan. This is the most jasmine-y tea that I’ve ever tried that isn’t a pearl. I like how the leaves are slightly curled. Fortunately, this tea is still really floral and lovely even though it is 2 years old. I guess it helps that the tea was super duper fresh when I got it!
By now in the journey we have reached March-April of 2012, my trip to China, which is when this tea (and the next) was acquired.
This is still my favorite tan yang, although I have been casually looking for a close replacement. There is something special about this one, though; it’s sweeter, more caramelly, more delicious somehow. What a lucky score from Maliandao in Beijing.
Wow I have been bad about logging teas lately. I blame my recent knitting obsession. I drank this one yesterday afternoon.
Another old favorite, and thankfully one that is still full of flavor and body. I remember how much I love this tea. It seems like it’s a lovely unflavored black tea with natural chocolate notes, but it’s actually a lovely (high quality) black tea, possibly with some natural chocolate notes, but with added chocolate as well. Still my favorite flavored chocolate tea!
Now here’s an older floral tea that hasn’t lost it’s punch. I do admit that I probably oversteeped this… apparently I didn’t hit “start” on my timer and only removed the basket when I started wondering why it had seemed longer than 3 minutes. But! It’s none the worse for the wear, fortunately!
At this point, it’s actually even slightly sweet, somewhat of a marshmallowyness from the white tea, I would guess. This worked out well. Rose and jasmine (though the jasmine is perhaps less dominant than the rose at this point), two of my faves! At least it seems like all of my older teas are ones that I love. :)
This is one of the few teas from Teavana that I really do love, and it is still delicious. Almond and rose, yum! Also this has some cookie-ish flavors going on that are quite tasty. Nevertheless, I sent off half of my stash of this to Dustin because I just don’t drink it that often.
So it’s kind of sad that it’s discontinued, but then again Fauchon’s Naissance is a finer version with it’s almond and rose. But then again Fauchon’s is also limited. :P
Woohoo, I have enough time for another cup of tea today! I feared I would be limited to one as it is the teaching day from hell today.
This is perhaps one of the saddest of my teas. I bought a big pile of it when it was going away forever, and I already know the flavor is fading fast. That’s what you get for using high-end seasonal teas and no added flavoring oils. I put extra leaf in my infuser today (and it’s busting out!) to see what would happen.
Well it smells good! Perhaps more buttery and less floral. I think jasmine-scented things fade perhaps the fastest of all. Drink your jasmines fast! Anyway, this is still surprisingly sweet and delicious, even though it’s perhaps missing some of the subtler flavors that it had when first blended. It’s orangier at these steep parameters, but still gives off a tieguanyin candy vibe with the sweetness. Still love it, even if it is old!
Wow backlog from yesterday, when I absolutely could not get a tasting note box to open for this tea.
This exercise is definitely reminding me about all my favorite teas that I haven’t drank in a while (part of the point). This is one of them. Love the cranberry and almond. I think of this as a fall tea but it works well for winter too!
I got this tea in Argentina in September of 2011, so you can do the math that it is an old tea. It’s also a tea that once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Once again, I will say how amazed I am that a CTC leaf tea can be so smooth. Overleafed with extra long steep? Yes please. The flavor on this one is fading slightly I think, but it’s always been a mild tea. Perhaps I should bump the leaf/steep time again. Now it tastes mostly like red fruits, with a hint of jasmine and some very light citrus from the bergamot. Still delicious.
An old tea, and one I always underestimate. This is a really almondy tea, perhaps the most “almond extract/marzipan” tea that I have ever come across. It doesn’t have much else going on: it’s almond, and that’s enough. I do wish it wasn’t a black/green blend… it’s kind of unnecessary and makes proper steeping difficult. As such, there were hints of bitterness playing around the edges here, but the sweet almond was enough to overwhelm them.
I have very little of this tea left (perhaps only one more serving), and while I don’t think it will be a restock it is worth noting if you like almondy things.
This is another ancient tea in my cupboard, and one I mostly keep around for when I’m feeling somewhat ill (lemon, ginger). Fortunately, even though the creaminess of the “lemon drop” and even the flavor of the green tea has faded over the years, the lemon and ginger notes are still pretty strong, perhaps even stronger now than they were before. I apparently brewed this one without checking the temp on my kettle so I brewed it a bit hotter than I normally would, but it didn’t seem to effect it. Guess it’s still a good one to keep around for sick times!