1812 Tasting Notes
Mmm, rooibos, orange peels, almonds, cardamom, and coriander…this sounds like a delicious tea in the making! When I first opened the package, it was definitely the almond scents that struck my nose first. Then came sweet, slightly juicy undertones. In preparing this tea, I utilised a two-cup teapot, 1 tablespoon of TeaFrog Gingerbread Orange Rooibos (two times the recommended 1.5 teaspoon per cup), and freshly boiled water.
Pouring the water over the mixture, the dominant smell wafting up in the steam was actually orange. I felt this was a good sign, since the name of the tea is Gingerbread Orange. The recommended five minutes past, I removed the infuser, taking a moment to eyeball the tea. I could easily pick out the cardamom, coriander, and orange bits in amongst the rooibos. I was not too sure about where the almond was, but I knew I had smelled it earlier…oh, there are a couple of pieces. Whew. My nose has not deceived me.
I take my first sip. Hmmm, I can definitely taste the cardamom. It is coming through quite dominantly. I take another sip, and another, and finish off the first cup. My thoughts so far run somewhere along the line of it tastes spicy, as gingerbread does, but yet…this tea has not so far reminded me of gingerbread. The spiciness of the flavour is quickly followed by tasty orange, and then some almond-esque undertones. Not having fully felt that I understand this tea and all that it has to offer, I pour myself a second cup.
The deep orange-red, nearly rust, colour of this tea is quite pretty. As I sip this second cup, it seems that it follows much like the first. However, I am now beginning to follow the connection of the flavour of this tea to the flavour of gingerbread. This connection is especially prominent in the aftertaste, which is quite pleasant. I finish off the pot with a new outlook on this tea.
I think this tea would be a great treat any time of the day. I drank it in the morning and really enjoyed the experience, but I can see it being a lovely evening tea as well. If you are interested in this tea, I would definitely recommend trying some. I would rate it an 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.
Adhering as much as possible to Jing Tea’s online directions, I began by steeping two teaspoons of this tea in a cup of properly heated water for three minutes. The liquor brewed a bright and pale yellow with a myriad of little tea particles suspended on the surface (I did not use a mesh infusing basket, merely a glass one, but it gives this tea character). This tea smells earthier than other jasmine-infused white teas I have drunk in the past. Perhaps Jing Tea has succeeded in not over-adding jasmine to their tea blend? The flavours shall tell, so I pour a cup of this brew, savouring the sweet strain of jasmine scent that wafts to my nose.
As the tea cools slightly in the cup, I take a moment to clear some clutter from the desk that is my tea table this morning. This tea seems to demand the respect of simplicity and cleanliness. I move to take my first sip, not knowing whether three minutes will have been too much or too little… and the tea is delicious. The sweetness of the jasmine is neither over- or under-whelming. It complements the white tea very well, though I fear two teaspoons might steep to a brew that is a bit strong for some people’s white tea preferences.
Drinking my way through the pot of tea, I find that the tea has fruity notes that provide for a very pleasant and full finish. I enjoyed drinking this tea and feel that it would be an excellent choice for those seeking an afternoon refreshment or a tea for evening relaxation.