1865 Tasting Notes
This smelled so strong in the pouch, I was afraid I was going to have to push the slider clear down to Mr. Yuk. Don’t have to go that far, but I’m not gettin’ much o’nothin’ … Maybe a little piney or cedary hint in the background, which would be more appropriate if I were in the porch swing of an Ozarks cabin on this soggy day, instead of stuck at a desk. Bottom line—diluted Mr. Clean.
A longer review of this is now up at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. This is a nice, tangy Keemun for no-frills, no-flavors, non-adulterated black tea lovers.
This is WONDERFUL (thanks Lori!)—-you can taste each individual flavor distinctly…got the almonds, got the vanilla, got, the rooibos, got the other goodies. Very, very sweet, without needing additional sugar. Spending a lazy Mother’s Day sipping, rocking and listening to Pushing Daisies soundtrack (gift from teenage son) and getting the leaky toilet fixed (gift from husband).
I used more like a teaspoon and a half to a 12-oz mug, which means this smells heavenly, but after I actually paid attention to the directions, discovered that’s a little too strong. Which may be why I’m getting quite a bit of pear bite and not much truffleness in the flavor. But did I say this smells heavenly? I keep sticking my cold morning nose in the cup like a caramel pear truffle pig.
(Addendum): Adjustments made … less leaf, little less steep time … yum!!!
I like Teas Etc. rating system
- zero to coffee. This one is a little more than halfway up their scale. Nice, dark and strong, but I made my first test cup at work - minus anything but tap water, in probably not the most clean/pristine mug in the world, minus my favorite “One Perfect Cup” measuring spoon, and in the microwave - so I don’t have anything very exact to say about it. Taking the rest of the sample home to a friendlier environment. I think I’ll like it.
Another tuck-in from Doulton…thank you for widening my horizons :o)
Green tea + lemongrass is a winner combo for me, but the mate (which I also like, separately) makes this one come out with a Pine-Sol whang. Of course, if it’s doing to my insides what Pine-Sol does to my nasty kitchen floor, the health benefits may outweigh the industrial flavor.