1808 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Teavivre for this sample for tasting! I am so glad that I my enjoyment for unflavored green teas has gone nowhere, even though I can’t get behind flavored ones so much anymore.
I think I oversteeped/overleafed this one a bit. Looking at steeping cup, I meant to only brew it for 1 minute but got distracted and it got an extra 30 seconds, so it is edging on too bitter-greens for me. Still, this is quite tasty. Very nutty and buttery, with a smooth, silky texture. A bit grassy, though I think that is accentuated by the oversteep. I am enjoying the later steeps as well, though for some reason they are still edging on that bitter grassiness. I’ll probably cut the leaf when I try this again; I’ll wait until then to rate it.
Sipdown, 151. Cold brew. It was fine, but not anything I would seek out again.
I swear, every sipdown of one of these MBSC teas feels like a triumph. Now that this one is gone I have just three left of the giant order that I placed years ago with a groupon. Next company up to get rid of is Georgia Tea Company… I think then I will have finally cleared out most of the now-regretted early purchases, besides a few one-off teas that I no longer care for very much. Goodbye, old tea!
Mmm, this one to start out the morning. After this I have one pouch of this left which I am reserving for a gongfu session (perhaps this weekend, if it’s not too hot out). I am running out of very easily sip-downable teas… almost everything has 3-4+ servings in it. It is slowing me down but I am still making some progress.
Once I pare down my stash to the basics, this tea will likely have a place in it. I really love a good tan yang, and this one definitely fits that description. Malty, grainy, with notes of molasses, a touch fruity, and basically just very delicious. Definite yum.
I love jasmine, and I was super excited to get this tea in the Reserve Club package a while ago, so why have I never opened it until now? Well for a while I didn’t have a good way of brewing green teas at home, but that’s still just an excuse because I’ve had my variable temp kettle for a month now. It is true that I haven’t had a chance to really sit down with any of my reserve teas lately because I’ve been running around a lot on the weekends. Also, I think I wanted to brew this one in a gaiwan (instead of my small pot), although I don’t have one now. But today I finally decided to break into it, and I am even drinking it western style (though with many infusions).
Of course, my taste buds still seem to be a tad compromised from lunch, so who knows how this will go. The first infusion was lovely and jasmine-y, but not anything more outstanding than some good quality jasmine pearls. I am looking forward to doing these more gongfu style (and I won’t rate them now). Right now they are beautiful and delicious, if not mindblowing.
Sipdown, 152. Sadness!
This tea is delicious and just makes me anticipate my trip to Paris this July that much more. It is really like drinking liquid toffee caramels, and that is without sugar. I am enjoying this last pot so much I may have to get more in Paris, even though I wasn’t originally planning on it. I already have a list of more than 2kg of tea that I want from them (since you can only buy in 100g amounts), so picking and choosing will be hard!
Today was an unexpected work at home day. It also has cooled down quite a bit (enough that I am wearing a sweater in my house this morning), so I can enjoy some of the teas I have at home. Fortunately I have a lot more teas at home now than I used to, and I had brought a few home recently as well. I used this partly in a failed cold brew combo, and had just enough left for another pot.
This is a pretty tasty tea, although it is very light on the flavors. This is a flavored tea for people who love unflavored black teas already. Back before that was true of me, I didn’t really like it. Now, I quite enjoy it, even if the flavors have probably faded further with age. Still a tasty pot of tea this morning.
I really should get around to reviewing the rest of my samples of Teavivre’s spring harvest in a timely fashion. Thanks so much again to Angel and Teavivre for sending me a sample of this new 2013 spring harvest.
The dry leaf on this one reminds me almost of dragonwell in that it is long, flattened and kind of broad. The leaves are quite dark as well, a very rich green. The freshness is really evident in the strong aroma, which is leafy and buttery. Steeped, it smells of butter-sauteed snap peas, spinach, and slightly of chestnuts. Overall the flavor is very mild and as others have mentioned, it doesn’t linger much. It is as ephemeral as a beautiful spring day.
This is a very pleasant green tea, although I have to say it doesn’t leave too much of an impression on me. It’s mildness is nice and welcome, but it means that I don’t really think about this much as I drink it. It’s a tea that I probably wouldn’t ever crave, but I’d still happily drink it every day if it was served to me. I’m glad I got a chance to try it!
I’m not sure how I feel about this tea. I cold brewed it last night and drank it today. It tasted ok, but not great. Mostly generically fruity and hibiscusy, but not in a too-tart way. There was also some kind of odd spiciness to this, which doesn’t really make sense given the ingredients. I think some of the sugared fruits offset the tartness. I also don’t really think hibiscus is that good cold brewed. I may try to hot brew the rest of this one and then chill it to see how it turns out that way. Overall it was just kind of meh.
Very tired this morning, so I decided to finally try this tea that I bought in Montana. There was a brief discussion on the high caffeine content of white teas recently, so I figured maybe this one would perk me up.
The dry leaf smells very highly flavored, and not quite in a good way. It took me a minute but then I remembered where I had smelled this before… 52teas Earl Black, which is also a white tea-black currant combo. This tea is called huckleberry and it has huckleberries, but it also has black currant as well. I love black currant black teas (and really nearly everything black currant), but I had problems with that tea.
Steeped it smells similar, though a bit toned down. For some reason this combo smells to me like grape medicine (not black currants unfortunately), and it is being born out here as well. The flavor is not quite so grapey in this one (maybe the huckleberry is helping?), but it’s certainly candy-ish. Why is it so hard to flavor a white tea with berries and have it taste authentic? Anyway, robust, dark berries like black currants and huckleberries seem like they go better with a nice black base. I guess I know to avoid black currant + white tea in the future. Also, this is supposed to be huckleberry, not black currant, and I am disappointed that black currant is predominant here.
I may try cold steeping this one to see if it’s any better balanced. Glad the tin I bought of this is small.