1851 Tasting Notes
Note for posterity: do NOT cold brew this one. The liquorice root, which provides a light sweetness when brewed hot, became sweet in a gross way when cold brewed. Sickeningly sweet, really. I could only drink half my bottle, and only because I was drinking it with lunch.
Sipdown, 135. So glad to get another sample of this from Teavivre because even though I’ve tried it before, I really like it! Also it’s always nice to have teas you haven’t tried in a while to reassess your love of a tea.
This one definitely has more of a buttery/creamy smell to it than the Yezi Jin Xuan I just had. It also has quite a distinct taste from other Taiwanese oolongs, namely it isn’t as floral and has more of a creamy character that grows with each sip, and a very light sweetness playing around the edges. Still really enjoy this one, and it’s still my favorite Jin Xuan so far.
Sipdown, 136. I’m having this one in close succession with Teavivre’s Jin Xuan (unflavored) as a comparsion, since I happen to have both on hand. I have had mixed success with jin xuans, although mostly I don’t find them super interesting. I do love Teavivre’s however, and I’m often interested to try new ones.
This one, unfortunately, is kind of boring. Vegetal and slightly floral, but pretty much lacking the creaminess that I expect from jin xuan. Well, the texture is fairly silky and smooth, but it’s not there in the flavor. This tastes more like a generic green Taiwanese oolong to me. A decent tea, but not my favorite.
Love the two black teas that I got from Yezi but I am less enthralled with this one. So it goes!
Thanks to Sil for this sample. Almond is one of my favorite flavors so I always take the opportunity to try and almond tea, although I have only found a few that meet my fairly high standards.
This one is pretty good. I would say it’s more truffle (chocolate) than almond, but there is still a distinct nutty almond flavor to it. Particularly in the aftertaste, I get the sensation that I just ate an almond truffle. The chocolate is a dark chocolate flavor and is nicely done so that it is almost natural-tasting, at least in the initial sip. This reminds me a bit of my beloved Chocolate Almond Allure, but without the caramel notes. Pretty tasty overall.
When I first started drinking this one it was a bit underwhelming. I mean, it was tasty enough, but not overwhelmingly awesome. But then it became overwhelmingly awesome as it cooled. Sooooo naturally sweet, like honey and caramel. And despite Yezi’s description of this tea, not a hint of bitterness. A super smooth and delicious chocolatey tea. I am definitely pleased with my selection of this one! I honestly drank up the cup so quickly (and while working) that I didn’t really pay super close attention to it. But I will with my next cup and try to write a more detailed review. This one may have to go on my to-reorder list!
Thanks to Teavivre for a sample of this tea. I am excited to try Teavivre’s new Taiwanese high mountain oolongs; this one I had a gongfu session with this afternoon.
The first steep was light and floral, slightly buttery and a hint of sugary sweetness. In the second and third steeps, more of the vegetal flavor came out, spinachy and generally leafy. Also the sweetness abated, leaving mostly floral and vegetal. As I have noticed with Taiwanese high mountain oolongs in the past, this is crisp and clean, without the really buttery and fruity notes that characterize tieguanyins. I tried each steep then dumped the remainder into one cup to drink later. It’s more floral and a touch sweeter when all are combined, but otherwise pretty similar to the individual steeps. This is a very nice example of these high mountain oolongs, nicely fresh and floral.
Also I had only one pack of this so sipdown, 137. Thanks again to Teavivre for the sample.
Sipdown, 139. Thanks to Sil for this sample. Another assam, haha. I tried this straight first, did a quick nope, and added milk and sugar. I have come to the realization that I was correct in my assessment that assams are, in general, not for me. Too “brisk”, too “robust”. Taiwanese assams often are the exception to that rule, but I am generally not much for teas from the Indian subcontinent in general. Ah well.
I was out near a Teavana and remembered that I wanted to get a to-go cup of this one to try it out. It sounded promising for a Teavana blend, and every once in a while they come out with a blend that I love.
This was pretty tasty but a little boring. It was mostly “pumpkin pie spice” with a hint of sweetness from the caramel (I got the tea unsweetened), but no real pumpkin to speak of. Also not so much oolong flavor, although perhaps that is not surprising given how far down on the ingredients list it is. This one wasn’t a winner for me but it was still a decent cup for the evening.
Sipdown, 140. I overleafed this one a tad, but it still turned out pretty well. If anything the bergamot was a bit overly strong (and if I’m saying that, you know it must be way strong), but it mellowed as it cooled. Not too sad because I ordered more of this through the crowd funding campaign. A nice, well balanced Earl.