1855 Tasting Notes
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!
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.)
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?
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: )
I tried to add a little warmth to a bag by grating and adding some dried candied ginger, but my fingers got sticky and my small grater was so dull it just wallowed the nugget around without really slivering anything. So I just plunked it in the cup.
So the ginger effect is mild, but still adds a teeny bit of zing to this gentle and reliable apple-y nightcap. (It’s still early…eveningcap?)
Gray and gloom, colds and flu lurking—so to stave off all of them, I started this morning with my favorite no-fail fruit tea. (You can’t ruin this, no matter how bumbly you are.) Tossed in a basket with about 1/2 teaspoon of elderberries for the colds and flu part. Hope there’s sunshine in your world today.
Sometimes you have to jam your hand down to the very bottom of the basket to see what’s there. This was.
Sweet 16 is a cheerful, sweet little concoction with a red kool-ade scent that might make you feel nostalgic for church multipurpose rooms and sandwich cookies on napkins. You get “generic fruit” more than you get papaya, but it’s good all the same.
I love sunflower (which is in this) and calendula (which isn’t) in teas—they just give it a happy taste. Definitely not strong enough for workday mornings, but it’s adding a little serendipity to a gray Sunday morning.