1603 Tasting Notes
I received this during a holiday swap! I found it tucked away in the back of my tea cupboard! I am not sure if this has gone stale, but it wasn’t as flavorful as other Formosa oolongs that I’ve tried. The smell of the dried leaves was fantastic, just like other formosa oolongs! The leaves look like dry, dead leaves. Very pretty. I steeped it in my gaiwan for 30 seconds and water at 190 degrees, and I got nothing special… It tasted like slightly flavored water. :/ I am trying it again with a whole new set of leaves but steeping it for 3 minutes instead. Ok still nothing special. There is more astringency in this steep. Otherwise, it may be stale.
It has been a long time since I’ve had this tea but today was a good day for it. I think this is the oldest tea in my cupboard but I feel as though it tastes a lot better now then when I tried it for the first time. I steeped it for 1 minute after an initial rinse. It was murky looking but the flavors were delicious. There is a lot of chocolate and light earthy tones to it. I think adding milk enhanced the chocolate. Good overall!! :)
I received this from Ottawa Tea during one of the holiday swaps. I didn’t have too much information about this company, but I am guessing it is a local shop. This tea drove me crazy in a very good way when I took a nice whiff. The leaves look like black tea leaves. The smell was fantastic. It smelled warm, a tad smokey (but not in a keemun or lapsang kind of way), and very nutty. The liquor was a medium honey brown color. During the end of a sip, there was some astringency to it, but it wasn’t off putting for me at all. Very delicious. I love oolongs! wow! I steeped this tea 4 times with my gaiwan.
Wow. I finished this tin! It took me a long time to do it, but I did! I took some to work with me today. Yum! It doesn’t need any additives. So good!
I don’t think I’ll be making any new purchases of teas until I’ve drank half of my tea stash! Who knows though since I love trying new teas! Anyhow, I will miss this tea! This tea holds so many memories for me. Its so interesting how certain smells and tastes are associated with memories. Birthday Tea reminds me of one of my trips to Tanzania where I went with my 2 good friends. I brought this tea along with Blueberry Rooibos with us to share. Every morning we would have Birthday Tea, chai bora during breaks and for lunch, Blueberry Rooibos before bed. :)
My palate has become spoiled by all the good teas I’ve tried, but birthday tea will still be one of my favorites! I love the sprinkles! I wonder if they have gotten rid of them in the newer batches?