1810 Tasting Notes
Today the keemun was strong with this one, and it was not pleasant. I made it strong to drink with additions, but my taste buds were having none of the keemun. Some keemuns work for me, but many do not, and this is one of the ones that doesn’t. I brought it home at some point (as opposed to having it at work where I drink most of my teas) so I figured I had intended to drink it up with additions, but now I think not. Now I’m thinking perhaps I brought it home to cold brew.
Sipdown, 132. Got a free sample of this with my latest Teavana order.
Of course pre-blended with a pile of rock sugar, but then again this tea has hibiscus and rosehips in it so I figured the sugar might be welcome. This smells strangely exactly like the powdered hot apple cider mixes that my mom used to drink in the ’90s. Actually she would sometimes mix them with Tang (yes, it is an odd blend), which totally matches with the orange flavoring here.
And yes, this taste pretty much exactly like that, especially when she would mix them a bit weaker. Fruity, tart, appley, citrusy, with little else to it. It’s not bad, and I enjoyed my pot of it, but it is certainly not very exciting as a tea. They could take the tea out of it and market it as an herbal blend (and I do like some of their herbals), but then they couldn’t tout the “health benefits” of white tea.
Sipdown, 133. I can’t believe I finally finished this tea! I had some from the Harney Soho store from what seems like ages ago now.
I am less taken with this than I was the first time I had it, but it was still quite tasty. I won’t be restocking it though, as there are plenty of other teas that I prefer these days. This was taken with additions, as I stopped enjoying this one straight all that much.
Here’s something to cheer my day, I came home to a package of tea on my porch. I immediately poured this tea into the tin I had ordered from it and was loving the scent so much I knew I had to have it tonight. Plus it has been a lot cooler here lately so I am happy to have herbal tea in the evenings again.
I haven’t had this one in a long time, partly because its heavy and I was afraid of tearing through my two ounces that I originally bought too quickly. Yay 50% off sale, because now I have a pile of it. And mmmm I love this tea. I bumped the rating into the 90s because I love it so much. Is it particularly rosy? No, it’s mostly figgy and almondy and caramelly and a little bit tart. But it’s one of those things that even though the blend didn’t immediately live up to my expectations, I still love the flavors. I’m sure they’ll discontinue it and devastate me, but for now I will keep loving it.
This morning was just bad. Exhausted even though I slept a full night, troubled by mild food poisoning from last night, and most of all, the continual feeling of overwhelming panic about my dissertation. If I seem a bit scarcer than usual around here, it’s because 120% of my time is taken up by dissertation writing right now. Can it be October 18 yet?
Anyway, I had this this morning in an effort to feel better, but for some reason it didn’t taste as amazing as it usually does. I mean, it was tasty but it wasn’t amazing. Maybe I over leafed? It certainly fit in with the rest of the morning.
This one was high on my list to pick up at Fauchon, and even though the matching confiture was sold out, the tea was still around. I love almond, orange is pretty great, and it’s an oolong.
They had a small jar of the dry leaf sitting out at the store and it looked kind of like a traditional tieguanyin base… hand curled leaf balls, but dark, olive green color. Turns out I was correct. There was also some unexplained large-diameter stick in my infuser, but whatever. I am normally not huge on traditional (roasted) TGY, but I think it can work really well in some blends, and this seems to be one.
The roasty flavor is a nice complement to the sweet almond. I wouldn’t call this particularly citrusy, but the orange adds a slight brightness and slight sweetness to the blend I think. It’s kind of like a slightly orangey almond cookie, complete with oven-baking. Oh, maybe even more like orange blossom almond cookies, which I love. Anyway, the afteraste is awesome, as it is very almondy, like I just drank some amaretto. I am happy with this one for sure.
Sipdown, 132. Cold brew, with a pinch of Troika added to supplement the not-quite-enough leaf I had for this.
I do enjoy these Kusmi teas better as cold brews, and as a plus I am flying through my sample tins by preparing them this way. There is something about the base tea that I dislike hot, but it fine cold. Anyway, they tend to be fairly generically citrusy black teas when cold brews, which is fine for me, although I do feel like they probably lose some of their subtlety.
Trying this again. Even though this tea says that it’s 100% black tea on the website, some of the leaf chunks in my infuser were somewhat greenish, so I steeped it at a slightly lower temp. Not that I think that there is green tea in this, but rather maybe a milder black that needs a lower temp, perhaps a darjeeling?
This tea smells a lot like a macaron… it has a light, baked, cookie-ish aroma, along with raspberry and rose. In short, it smells awesome. The taste still has a very faint sharp bitter note, though. It is definitely lighter than before, so perhaps I just need to go lower in temp even, but it’s odd because it’s kind of unlike a usual oversteeped bitter note. It’s also one of those frustrating things where you can tell the rest of the flavors are awesome, but the base tea seems to be mucking it up. Sigh.
Oh and apparently I can’t read because the base is a darjeeling and it says on the website. I guess this goes to show that, no, I still don’t like darjeelings, even flavored ones. Well maybe if I play around with the steeping parameters I can get it to work for me.