1851 Tasting Notes
Pre-emptive sipdown. I got a sample sache of this with my Lupicia order. I generally dislike rooibos and think it tastes like cough syrup, but sometimes I can be surprised. This is one of those times.
I took a quick sniff of the sachet and it smelled straight up like caramel and rum, including the alcohol. Steeped it smells way more like caramel and less like rum, although that hint is definitely there. No nasty rooibos smell. The flavor is definitely caramel in the main part of the sip with a distinct alcoholic rum aroma that fills your mouth when drinking, very similar to drinking a hot rum drink. It’s nice. I actually like it.
Sipdown, 118. Back up again because of tea deliveries today! This is still pretty tasty, but I don’t love it as much as I first did. I think it’s the guayusa… I like it with a citrusy blend, but I don’t think the apple stands up to it enough. It’s a bit too “guayusa” flavored, which is hard to describe but isn’t sitting well with my tastebuds right now. So this won’t be a restock but I’m glad I had some to try!
I steeped this one western style today, and this turns out to be a tea I really do prefer gongfu style. Even when I combine short steeps together (which was awesome), it is a lot better than the western steep, perhaps because it’s harder to control the western steep, or it just got too muddled. Still tasty, but not as amazing for sure.
I would really like to stop sneezing constantly. No other sickness symptoms, just sneezing and the runny nose that follows sneezing. Ugh. I am staying home this morning so that I can get my package from Lupicia, which for some reason needs a signature this time around, even though it never has before.
This tasting note is more about me whining about those things than it is about this tea. It is tasty and almond-melony as usual. I enjoy it with additions but I do wish the base was smoother so that I wouldn’t have to drink it with additions. Ah well.
Sipdown, 115. Thanks to Teavivre for sending along this sample.
This one totally surprised me. I think the only other Li Shan oolong I’ve had was a pretty typical super green, super fresh variety without any roasting. This one wasn’t quite roasty, but it did have a bakey, nutty flavor that was unexpected. Floral and buttery as well, this was a very tasty oolong. I didn’t fall in love with it but I would happily drink this one again.
This one really walks the line of type of Taiwanese black tea that I like. Whatever that fruity-floral note that this type of tea has that turns my stomach sometimes, it’s present in this one, but the tea itself is soooo smooth. Normally that scent is associated with astringency in my mind, but not so with this one. I dunno what it is… just a scent that I don’t like. shrug Nevertheless, even though the scent of this one puts me on edge a bit, the flavor is great, so I get over it.
Hmmm, I’m not sure about this one. I like the idea of an elderberry-based herbal, but the dry leaf smells odd. It’s hard to put my finger on, I think its the fennel. Fennel in tea?
It brews up this crazy purpley-black color. I’ve never seen a tea brew up so black. Steeped, it smells sweet, tart, fruity, and spicy. It was kind of familiar, and I figured out it was mulled wine. There’s also something to the aroma that is a location-based olfactory cue… it reminds me of Montana, and I don’t know why. Weeeeird. I can also smell the similarities between this and Campfire Blend, a somewhat toasty, pastry-ish aroma that must be the coriander, carob, and cinnamon, which these blends have in common.
I used the recommended steeping parameters but was surprised at a one minute steep time. The flavor is a little weak. I expected more berry, I think. I will say that brewed it smells and tastes way better than it smells dry. Thankfully, since I have a few more sessions with this tea. It’s still an odd blend to be sure, but it’s reinforcing how cool this blends club is… I get to try experimental, odd blends that most other companies wouldn’t dream of, and get introduced to all kinds of odd ingredients. Educational and fun!