1850 Tasting Notes

drank Wenshan Baochong Oolong by Tea Ave
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This is the most floral of the three oolongs I’ve tried from Tea Ave. Big spinachy leaves; nice bronze velvet color and texture. It smells like Mom’s lilac bush, and the taste is close, too. Nice cup of spring when all about me is muddy, cindery, snow slush.

This is not the one I’d choose for a Tea Ave rerun, I think—that’d probably be the Dong Ding—but that’d due to personal preference, not to the excellence of the oolong! Those of you with more delicate palates than me will likely love this.

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Thank you for trying all three samples from us, gmathis!! We are glad at least you find something you’re interested in among the three, they just have different characteristics, and they may also surprise you in cold brew!! We would like to invite you to take a minute to transfer your reviews to our website under the product pages where others can see your comments and thoughts. It will really help us a lot :) Cheers.

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drank Tie Kwan Yin Oolong by Tea Ave
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I often joke about how subjective tasting is…what’s grapes and dark chocolate to me may be moldy bread and scrap lumber to you. So it made me smile when my impression of this nice Tea Ave oolong was exactly as advertised on the packet. Teeny hint of roasted bitterness to give it some backbone. Mellow. Fruity. Precisely. Sweet peaches and apricots.

Isn’t as thick and heavy on the tongue as the Dong Ding from Tea Ave I tried before, but that makes it no less fine.

Thanks, Tea Ave, for broadening my tasting horizons!

K S

Made me smile. I don’t mind my experience not matching the company one, or usually any one else’s. Unless. Unless someone mentions a flavor I love and don’t catch in it. It drives me crazy trying to figure out what to change so I can taste it too. I do love me some moldy bread and scrap lumber. I have this one yet to try.

ashmanra

I love Dong Ding, and I love TKY. These notes sound drool worthy.

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This anonymous little dragonwell has suffered perhaps not deliberate, but obvious, neglect and still steeps up beautifully despite its long languish in nothing but a cellophane packet. Gentle golden color, with a very nutmeggy personality. May have to research source and availability more carefully once it’s gone.

Tastes like a bright spring day instead of the mucky, muddy, half-thawed, questionably cloudy sloggy afternoon outside my window.

yyz

We could all use a little spring right now:-)

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drank Black & Green by Tetley
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This one is really growing on me. The green freshens up the blend a bit, makes it a little bright and brassy and cheerful. Work-microwave friendly; does quite well in a steaming, not boiling mug.

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Mornin’. Brr. At least I could drive to work. Some of you had to skate.

Frozen toesies call for stronger teas. Yunnan Imperial called for me this morning. Dark mahogany wood, leather, burlap sacks full of feed…barn kittens (no, it doesn’t taste like kittens; all that barn lingo made me think about the little ‘uns that we’d find tucked in a hay-ey corner)…

K S

barn kittens :)

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drank Dong Ding Oolong by Tea Ave
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I’m not sure that its appropriate for a heavy-handed, cheapster, black tea-loving amateur to provide the initial review for such a fine and lovely oolong, but with mine in place, there’s nowhere to go but up, yes?

One of the things that a very good quality oolong impresses upon me is its texture. This slides across your tongue like soft, heavy silk. I feel like I just put on lip gloss. At the recommended 1-minute mark, it’s the color of champagne. So the sensory impact of this one is significant.

I don’t feel as vocabulary-equipped to address the flavor. “Roasted” is an adjective used in Tea Ave’s vendor description, but I’d call it very lightly roasted on its way to the fruity-floral spectrum. If you break a twig off a tree in very early spring to see the pale insides—-this tastes like what that looks like. How’s that?

Label says this will take multiple steeps with ease. Next time I’m going to dredge it a little longer to see if I can kick up the roast a notch.

Equally impressive is the presentation and sincerity with which Tea Ave has presented their samples —my very sincere thanks!

ashmanra

I LOVE Dong Ding!

gmathis

Two to go—their tieguanyan and … something … but I want to wait until I have time to enjoy. It’s been a grab’n’go week.

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drank Harmony by Remedy Teas
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The vendor description calls Harmony a potpourri, and that’s an apt description—it’s beautiful to look at. Like confetti. The flavor is a bit of a mishmash—since it was a pass-along, I didn’t have an ingredient list in front of me, so I had forgotten what to “think” for. Last night, I thought it tasted like hibiscus and mint, maybe a little cinnamon. But not unpleasant for an after-dinner cleanse-your-palate treat. (Or maybe tease-your-palate.)

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drank Black & Green by Tetley
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Needed a diversion yesterday. The little orange sticker diverted me at Big Lots … three bucks for 72 bags. (Cheapie! Steep me! Need me!)

Tetley thinks this can handle 3-5 minutes with water brought right off a rolling boil. I departed from that a little; did water in my Hot Shot, which just barely boils before snapping off. Results…a decent, though not stellar, bagged tea with a good showing of vegetal freshness. Not strong enough for weekday mornings, I don’t think; this one will be an afternooner.

The Big Lots run was for marshmallows. I’m teaching Samson to my kiddos today; we’re going to thumb wrestle with marshmallows stuck on ’em. Want to come play?

K S

So how many marshmallows survived the battle… and how many vanished without a trace long before?

I loved my Hot Shot and still miss it.

gmathis

As a hat tip to hygiene, I had a “used marshmallow bag” that previously battled shmallows went in; we ate more afterward. One of my boys said, “This is the funnest game ever!” I grinned the rest of the day.

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drank Black & Green by Tetley
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drank Tropical Nut Paradise by Teavana
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Don’t see this one on Teavana website, so I’m glad I still have a moderate amount left—it’s more tropical (pineapple/coconut, mostly sweet pineapple) than nut. It represents the lovely, warm, deserted, comfortable beach house in the mountains that I want to run away to after a screamer of a work week. (Hey, it’s my fantasy; I want temps in the low 80’s accompanied by whispering pines and snow-capped mountains; a hot tub on the deck, and a small mountain of books. You’re welcome to visit as long as you are quiet: )

ashmanra

You won’t even know I am there.

OMGsrsly

Ahh, cabin in the mountains… What a dream. :) (I’m reading about tiny houses, I really really want one. But I’d need land. Or a vehicle. Or both. Hmm.)

gmathis

Those itty-bitties are awfully cute—I’m a little too claustrophobic to envision myself actually staying in one, but if you build it, I’ll visit :)

OMGsrsly

I would have to downsize a lot (including my teas!) before I would fit into one. :) A first step might be altering a cargo trailer into a stealth camper… but I’d still need a vehicle.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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