1851 Tasting Notes
I unpacked all of my teas from the trip this morning, and was happy to find out that I had five empty large tins in my collection because five of the teas I brought back were in paper bags and needed tins. Perfect. Now I can’t get anymore 100g amounts of tea (that don’t come with their own tin or airtight pouch) because all of my tins are filled to the brim right now.
This is a restock from my very first time I went to Dammann, three years ago. I loved this tea so I didn’t hesitate getting more of it when I was just there. I was going to try one of my new-to-me teas that I just picked up, but then I remembered that I was having issues with water quality before I left (likely need to change the filter on my brita), so I decided to go with a tea I know and love this morning just in case.
Mmm, this tea is just as good as I remembered. Better, possibly. I love the combination of flavors in this, dominated by fig and florals, with some supporting citrus. I do think my water is making this a bit flatter than usual, but its flavorful enough to push past it. Must get some new filters so I can really dive into my new teas!
Oh, jet lag. I feel it settling in. My body thinks it’s nearing bedtime, when it’s really nearing dinnertime. With that flagging sensation (and the fact that it is warm in the house even with the air conditioner in) I thought of a cold matcha latte and it sounded perfect.
My freezer is somewhat packed right now so I just reached back into the back where my matchas are and randomly grabbed one; turned out to be this one. I added extra matcha for the energy and a couple of pinches of sugar. Of course I forgot to sift the matcha (even though the sifter was sitting right next to me… oh jet-lag brain), but the ice cubes in the shaker prevented any clumping. Now, for the energy to kick in…
Sipdown, 133. Cold brew. I cold brewed this (and removed the leaves) before I left on my trip, so in one respect it was nice to have some already-brewed iced tea waiting for me when I got back. Also, it happens to be a sipdown. With the teas I brought back plus the ones I got in the mail while I was away, my cupboard is at 133, which is pretty darn good still.
As I expected, this was a delicious cold brew. I think the lychee flavor came out a bit more even, and it was nice and refreshing. Love lychee cold brews, so I will definitely be having those regularly in the next few months, especially since it is stupid hot here right now.
Sipdown, 117. I saved this one for last of my Teavivre greens because it is my favorite.
Even though I used the entire sample packet for this one, it was still very light. It’s like the lightness is inherant to its being. Although I wished for a heavier flavor on this one before, I still enjoy it in its lightness. After my short survey of chinese green teas (definitely not exhaustive, but more different greens than I have tried before), I can say that this is my favorite type at the moment. Nutty, buttery, and not too beany or vegetal. Quite lovely, and I may get some more for those times when I need a green tea (rare as they are).
This feels like it should be a sipdown because I just emptied the tin, but I actually have a bottle of this tea that has been cold-steeped in the fridge at home, so I can’t count it yet.
I had a cup of this the other day that I never logged, and it was way more lychee-flavored than this one, oddly. I think I possibly used a bit more leaf than normal while emptying the tin, but not much. This tastes predominantly like the base tea, which thankfully is pretty tasty. Maybe the lychee is overwhelmed by the base tea with excess leaf. But at least it isn’t bitter or astringent.
This morning has been kind of sucky, so I pulled this one to see if I could make myself feel better. Should have looked at my previous tasting note where I said this seemed a bit thin to me, but then again I didn’t actually say how much leaf I used in that one. In this one, I used 1 TBSP for 12 oz of water, and yes, it seems a bit weak. I like this tea, but for me the wuyi oolong gets in the way a bit for me. It lightens the liquor, giving it a mineral quality, and while this may be desirable to some, to me it just lessens the impact of the Laoshan Black. And I love the impact of Laoshan Black. :) Will try to remember to add more leaf next time and see how it goes.
This will be a sipdown when I return from Europe, as I have one sample pack left. At first I thought I wasn’t really going to be into this tea this afternoon. By smell it was very hayish and a bit earthy, reminding me of all the parts of white teas that I usually don’t care for all that much. But then when I started drinking it I really enjoyed it! It was sweet and honeyed, and even a bit floral. Quite a nice afternoon tea, and something to keep me going at my work today.
Sipdown, 118. This was very enjoyable this afternoon. I was pretty impressed actually, since recently it’s been a little lackluster due to age. I think there may have been more pearls in the infuser, which probably helped a lot. That does seem to be the cure for old teas that are waning in flavor… just use more of them. Which, of course, uses them up faster. Perfect solution.
Sipdown, 119. Cold brew.
As much as this tea seems like it should make a good iced tea, I think I prefer it hot. Iced the smoky, earthy, tobacco-y notes of the guranse base really come to the forefront. I’m not the biggest fan of the base on this one, so it’s not optimal for me. That being said, this was still quite tasty and I drank up the whole bottle without a problem, so it couldn’t have been too bad, haha. If I ever pick up more of this I will probably stick with hot tea!
Sipdown, 120. Woohoo, made it to 120 before my trip! I looked back at the Hiatus discussion thread where I said I wanted to be down to 140 before my trip, but this is way better. And I’m not done with sipdowns yet for the week!
This is pretty nice but I don’t think it’s my favorite dragonwell. In fact I think I like the lower grade “Premium” dragonwell from Teavivre better. This one seems a bit grassier and less buttery. Maybe it needs a bit less leaf for the amount of water, too, because even at one minute this is very potent. Still tasty, though, and I’m happy to have gotten to try this one.