1610 Tasting Notes
Not what I had in mind for my 1500th note! But none of the teas I’ve sampled lately seemed notable enough so I figured if it can’t be fabulous, I might as well embrace the terrible :)
Anyhow, this brew is rather biting. I had hoped there would be more honey than ginger, but I found it so harsh that my mug went down the drain. It already had honey so no amount of sugar could help! and diluting it with twice the amount of neede water did zilch.
Normally I don’t mind a bit of ginger… but it requires moderation! too much makes it taste like a chemical burn down my throat. Not fun.
Perhaps I can use the other packets my friend gave me in cooking. Honey ginger chicken? That might work…
The first few sips of this are so strange.
Something tastes artificial, but I think that may be the truly odd mix of teas in here and how they meld.
Definitely also caramel notes. Fake ones, but they are there.
Also something smoky and I’m not sure which tea the smoke belongs to.
Things get less overwhelmingly strange as the cup cools. Thankfully.
Overall a very interesting cup, but not something I’d want to seek out more of. My friend gave me two more bags… I’m not sure what to do with em!
Ok so I tried this again. Thought about doing gongfu but then checked Steepster to see if anyone else had tried it that way, and saw that the average prep was ONE tsp, not one and a quarter as per the packaging!
So I used a regular mug instead of my monster sized one, with a single teaspoon…. and you know what? this is much better. I’d still like to try it gongfu, but at least now I know what to expect! totally goofed on the timing of course, in that I forgot to use a timer… but I think it was around 3 min.
And YES there is honey!!! A rather drying sensation at the back of the mouth as well, and a mineralish note in between. Also got that wonderful warming sensation that spreads through the body like a warm hug. Mmmmm love that!
Anyhow, will see what happens with my gongfu experiment before deciding what to do with my free 50g.
The other thing I have to consider is that I have a whackload of black tea in my cupboard, and won’t ever be able to finish it before spring arrives, probably even summer… so maybe I should get a green or oolong instead? who knows what I’ll be craving by then. Sighs.
Got this to go, iced. I was so thirsty! Shopping does that to a girl, apparently.
And oh boy did I shop!!! Got almost all of it done. and some great deals as well. Now I have a bunch of returns to make. You know, the ones you buy as back up gifts but then end up finding that perfect gift for someone. Ahhhh and I forgot to buy me some wine for Xmas dinner. Ooops.
Not that I would have been able to carry it, with all my packages.
Anyhow, the tea was ok I suppose. Much the way I remember. But I really did wanna know if some chill sparked any difference. The answer? not really. and I am really ok with that. Also chose it because of the ctc factor. Needed me some caffeine!
Night all xo
Uhhhhm ok so this tea? so good. So so so freakin good!
The first steep was wonderful. Even after it had cooled a bit, I found the flavour to have an essence of warmness about it. Like sitting by a fire, but not too close.
Something creamy in there as well. I found that there were fleeting hints of cocoa as well, but never for long enough for me to grasp it.
The second steep was good too, more like the traditional high quality keemums I first fell in love with and then couldn’t find again, years ago. Not quite as warming or dark, with definite emerging cocoa notes this time, and an edge of creaminess. Finally, I noticed a lingering honey like sweetness in the aftertaste.
It’s been a long time since I was excited about a third steep, so fingers crossed it delivers!
So I made this seeing that it was a green, and didn’t think to check ingredients. Oops!
I was finished more than half my cup before making it upstairs to see that the eeeeevil blerg plagued this blend. Welps. That isn’t good.
Well, kindof. I’ve been meaning to test the waters and see if I’m still sensitive. After all, I seem to be ok with vanilla and jasmine now. Of course, I always had the strongest reaction to Blerg (and lavender oil).
Anyhow. I had noticed that my tongue was a tad numb, but I’ve experienced something similar before with minty teas so simply assumed that was why.
I also didn’t notice any citrus at all, either in the dry/brewed scent or the taste.
Anyhow, asides from the numbness, I found this cuppa nice but not mindblowing. I’m glad to have tried it, and hey I didn’t die!! yay. Sorry, my sense of humour has swung to the dark side today :P
Thank you MissB for the sample, and Sil for the distribution!
I can’t believe I have some of this left in my cupboard! Eeeesh. I really did fall off the herbals bandwagon. They just aren’t my thing anymore, not the way they were back in the day. I still have a cuppa once in awhile but there was a time when that was every single night. Oh well.
I’m glad this was still around though, as I wanted something spicier to mix with some eggnog, and since it was late I thought caffeine free would be good. And I was right, it was durn good! Now reading my earlier reviews I wish I’d added a touch of mint. Oh well. Live and learn :)
Also, I just noticed that on on the David’s Tea website under Green’s, they have both Dragonwell and Lung Ching listed. I get that one is likely higher quality than the other… but still, having two teas with the same name is a bit redundant. SMH.
Have you ever had mulled wine? I’ve only tried it with red wine. Can you make white mulled wine? This tea reminds me of what I imagine mulled white wine would taste like.
When hot, I found it quite tasty, and was kinda cursing DT for making a tea that I may have to stock in my cupboard. But then as it cooled, well it pops a bit less and takes on a sort of bubblegummy note. I noticed it in the dry scent as well.
The flavours do meld together quite well though. Hey! Actually, you know what it reminds me of? Mulled beer! I had some at the Christmas Market last weekend. Yep. Forget what I said earlier about white wine!! Either way, I’m ok with it. Just not in love. Maybe I’m in like?
So while I may buy a tiny bit more for the cupboard at some point, if they have any in stock, I won’t be rushing to the store or anything.
I like it!!
Thank you Sil & MissB :)
Pear is a flavour I really do enjoy when done right, and I find that this tea has a great balance. A little sweet, a bit tart, and the chocolate accent really pairs well. Adding just a bit of sugar cuts down on the tart and brings out more of a caramelized pear note.
So yeah. Compared to the other tea I just tried, this is a welcome cuppa heaven!