1812 Tasting Notes
Opening the package, the dry leaves smell grassy and have a perky sweetness about them that I’m eager to try (too much time spent drinking roasted and musty green teas has drawn me from teas like this). Two teaspoons of leaves, two cups of water, and three minutes later, I had a pale green brew with a much deeper aroma than the dry leaf had. Deeper, yet still as sweet, the grassy notes linger as well.
Deliciously smooth. The grassy flavour does not overwhelm, as some greens are apt to do. For such a lightly flavoured tea, the brew seems to carry a moderate amount of thickness to the mouthfeel. However, even those light flavours are complex by themselves, making each sip a lingering pleasure, if left to settle on the tongue.
The sweetness and delicacy of the brew leave one with a very refreshed feeling, and it is a very enjoyable tea to drink. I gladly give it a 77 out of 100 on my personal enjoyment scale, and would certainly recommend it.
Noticing that the last tea I drank that had “Mao Feng” in the title was a green tea, this made me curious, so I first went and looked up what “Mao Feng” meant. According to the “wonderful source of all knowledge,” Wikipedia, Mao Feng “is a term in tea manufacture denoting the picking of a bud and two leaves of equal length.” It goes on to tell about their broad, curved shape and the desirability of this design.
Dry, these leaves are long, thin, and wiry. The aroma is mild and a bit malty. After steeping for the recommended time, the aroma really opens up, revealing delicious smelling honey tones. Hmmm, but the leaves haven’t expanded very broad…though they are curved and flat.
Taking my first sip, the flavour explodes across my tongue, drenching it in much the same flavours as were smelled in the completed liquor: a bit of a malt, with sweet, dark honey tastes.
What seems to be a simple tea actually contains a myriad of experiences for the senses, all coming together to make this a nice tea experience and a delight to drink. I rate it a 75 out of 100 on my personal enjoyment scale.
The dry leaf was incredibly sweet smelling. This proceeded to mellow out when steeped, so that the aroma of the black tea mixed wonderfully with the smell of toffee.
The taste was merely mediocre, I’m afraid. Black tea with barely a hint of the toffee that was so tantilizing in the scent. Pity.
Drinking this more for the rooibos than for the virtually non-existantant orange. The only reason it gets such a high rating is because the rooibos (not whatever else is in here) is tasty.
Should more aptly be named Bad-kop Rooibos Orange, instead of Good—kop.
Meh, rooibos is rooibos, and mediocre rooibos is better than no rooibos at all.
On a side note, that was my last bag of this tea, and I certainly will not be searching after this tea in the future.
When I opened the package, I was a bit weirded out by the glossy/greasy look of the leaves. In past experiences, this basically implies leaves coated with artificial flavouring – bleh. Steeped two cups for two minutes. With the amount of bitterness I got from the first sip, it was as though this was two minutes too long. Great smell….fail taste. I splashed a bit of milk into the cup after having one cup straight. That helped to cut the bitterness, but the bite was still there.
At least it was better than Bigelow’s French Vanilla.
I didn’t bother resteeping the leaves.
Tasty pu-erh, though I was a bit disappointed at the strength of this tea…the steeping instructions really should read 5-6 minutes, not 3-4. But that’s just my personal opinion. Perhaps under different steeping circumstances, this would have turned out better, so I will have to try it again later (under different circumstances).