1791 Tasting Notes

drank Irish Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
1791 tasting notes

Strength without astringency. Sounds like the motto of some tea-related empire. However, it is the perfect descriptor for this cup of black tea! Thanks to DavidsTea’s “free cup of hot or iced tea for wearing green and visiting on St. Patrick’s Day” offer, I was able to try this.
Thanks, DavidsTea!

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drank Tie Kwan Yin Oolong by Tea Ave
1791 tasting notes

“Previous experience with many tie kwan yin (or ti kwan yin or ti guan yin or several other spellings) had attuned me to a typical green, buttery, creamy, smooth nose with these oolongs, but this one is different. I note that the tea smells darker, stronger, and more intense.
…in the flavor, I taste what had surprised me in the dry leaf aroma – those deep, rich notes. Originally, they had reminded me a bit of a roasted oolong, but I realize at first taste that this is not the same. Natural and flavorful, even not quite yet full, the mouth-coating flavors embody a dark, green sweetness. The very faintest hint of bitterness sits on the tongue in the aftertaste, truly not strong enough to distract from body (and perhaps even contributing a bit).”
Full review here: http://www.createwritedrink.com/2015/03/tea-review-tuesday-review-of-tea-aves.html

Teaave

Hey Spencer, we are wondering if you’d like to stop by our site sometimes and leave your review and rate our oolongs when you have a minute? It will help us in great deal, thank you so much.

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
1791 tasting notes

“The oolong scents are subdued, but the leaves are only just beginning to open. The first sip awaits… The jasmine bursts across the tongue, naturally sweet, yet not cloying, strong but not overwhelming. The tea has a surprisingly-thick mouthfeel. The taste of oolong is very subdued, much like the aroma had been, but I think the next steeping will open it more.”
Full review here: http://www.createwritedrink.com/2015/03/tea-review-tuesday-review-of-tea-aves_17.html

TeaBrat

this sounds lovely

ashmanra

Nice! This is on my shortlist! I am exchanging the remaining teaspoon of two of my samples for the remaining teaspoon of someone else’s. After I taste those two I will make my final decision on my order!

Spencer

TeaBrat and ashmanra, it was great. I highly recommend this one and (even more so) their Tie Kwan Yin.

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Magical mid-morning cuppa. Decent pu’erh, and the ginger is a nice touch. Not award-winning.

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drank Sencha by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1791 tasting notes

Drinking the bagged version, which is mediocre. It was okay, but I am glad I did not bring more to drink on this trip.

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Not really caring about quality, I simply needed a cup of this to wake up this morning. Not only did it do the trick, but the double bergamot is delicious!

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
1791 tasting notes

Drinking the last of this sample. That was a wonderful cuppa. I recommend it, even if it is no longer available.
Thanks for sharing, Terri HarpLady!

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Finished off the last of my sample by oversteeping it. Result? Still excellent and not astringent. Definitely recommending this tea and adding it to my future purchase list.

Full review from this past Tuesday, here: http://www.createwritedrink.com/2015/02/tea-review-tuesday-review-of-andrews.html

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Oversteeped the first cup of this. Still delicious. I love pulling the strainer from the steeped tea and just breathing the aroma coming off the leaves.
The second and third cups were also delicious.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
1791 tasting notes

Going for a second cup. Added some new leaves and kept the old ones. Bit of a darker brew, slightly more “black tea” flavor with a touch more astringency.

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The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

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