1805 Tasting Notes
First impressions of this tea upon opening the package: It smells old, and it smells like lemon. Not a bad old, but just…aged. There was also a bit of honey in the smell.
When I poured the water over the leaves, there was a really strong smell of flowers, but not an overwhelming smell.
Steeped according to the directions on the website: 1 tbs of leaves per cup of water for about two minutes.
After a couple minutes, I started to notice a deeper oolong smell to the steeping tea. Deep and rich, it smelled wonderful.
My first of this tea was delightful. I felt like my mouth was filled with flowers but not in a bad way at all. Delicious and smooth, I enjoyed how light it felt on my tongue. Then I swallowed the tea and encountered a whole different side. The aftertaste was completely oolong, no more flowers. The oolong flavour was rich and deep, and perhaps even a tad rough (something I am sure that will smooth out after a few steepings).
I had to force myself to drink the first steeping slowly. It was so tasty that I wanted to keep on drinking it.
The second steeping tasted much like the first, but sooo much smoother. There was a definite developed sweetness to the tea as well.
This is a great tea for people who want to start drinking oolongs, but are used to the light sweetness of floral green and white teas. I was a little disappointed that this tea did not live up to much of the hype I have heard surrounding Dan Cong oolongs. Regardless of this, I really enjoyed the experience of drinking this tea and give it a 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.
Water quality really does make a lot of difference in how good your tea tastes. This tea tastes terribly mediocre, with almost a hint of coffee, all because I made it with some hot water from a local cafe instead of my own purified water. Thank goodness this tea is so quality, otherwise this cuppa would taste horrid. As it is…it could be better.
For this review, I’ll be using a two cup teapot and the recommended amount of two tablespoons (one per cup).
While the water was boiling, I took a moment to look at the leaves sitting in the glass teapot. Crinkled and shriveled, the colours range from dark green to dark brown. They appear, in this state to be very small. The smell is rich, with a bit of what seems to be almost a spicy bite, when the dry leaves’ aroma is inhaled.
After steeping the tea for two minutes with just-boiled water, I poured a cup. The pale orange liquor has excellent clarity, and reflects light well. Inhaling the smell of the tea, I noticed that any bite that I had smelled in the dry leaves is gone, replaced by a smooth, rich aroma, with what almost seemed like the faintest hint of cinnamon in the undertone.
Taking my first sip, I notice that this tea sits very light on the tongue. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, yet the flavour is still quite rich. It seems as though just drinking this tea relaxes one immensely, clearing and settling the mind at the same time. The taste of this tea is not strong, but it has a subtlety bold flavour that grabs your attention if you let it and pleasures one’s senses. There is just the faintest hint of bitterness, but the light astringency is very pleasant.
I was eager to finish the first steeping so that I might steep it again, but at the same time I was thoroughly enjoying this first pot.
For the second steeping, I gave the tea three minutes, during which I gazed on the now-expanded leaves. Their colour was a very uniform green and of good size, though quite a few of the leaves had torn up edges, and a decent number of the leaves had what looked like bruising on them.
The three minutes were not enough. The second steeping at three minutes was much more pale and the flavour a bit flat. So I left the tea for a bit longer. At six minutes, I figured it had had enough time, so I poured another cup. Mmm, I am glad I waited.
The aroma was much the same, but the flavour tasted like it had expanded to twice the size it was before. Very, very smooth mouthfeel, the tea is absolutely delicious. Smooth, almost creamy, is the best way to describe it.
I highly enjoyed this tea and would give it a 90/100 on my personal enjoyment scale. This is one tea that is both affordable and delicious, and I would definitely recommend it.