1885 Tasting Notes
Tea #27 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
I wish there had been more of this in the box because I really enjoyed it. Even with a short 1m steep the jasmine flavor was strong, but not overpowering, as jasmine blends can sometimes be. Beyond the jasmine there is a subtle sweetness that I am picking up that really adds to the flavor. It is the sweetness in this tea that makes it stand out a little bit more than other similar blends that I have tried.
Before this TTB I wasn’t familiar with Shang Tea, but I do know that I will be checking them out at some point now that I’ve tried this tea.
Tea #26 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
I made this last night and fell asleep before I could drink it. I wish I would have read the description before I made it, because it sure gave me a surprise when I reached for it this morning. I wasn’t expecting to start my day with such a lapsangesque tea. One thing that I have been sure of for quite some time is that I will likely never enjoy keemun or lapsang souchong, I just don’t enjoy even the slightest hint of smoke in my tea.
With this blend I think the smoke actually covers up most of the flavor, I’m not tasting any blueberry and barely a hint of lemon. This tea is going straight back in the box, hopefully someone else can appreciate it a bit more than I can.
Tea #25 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
Even when steeped for 5 minutes, as listed on the sample, this tea had a very weak flavor. I picked up the fruit flavor before the green tea, but most of what I tasted was still water. Since I’m not sure if this is due to the age of this tea, or the tea itself I’m not going to assign a rating.
Tea #24 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
I thought this tea had a rather odd smell to it, I’m not sure if it is coming from the flavoring or the yogurt pieces. Once steeped I didn’t notice it nearly as much, I got more of a generic melon scent and flavor. The yogurt pieces never did really melt, although the tea did have a very creamy feel to it, so they do add quite a bit to this blend.
This is another one of those teas that I think I would enjoy much more during warm weather when I could try it iced. As it is, I couldn’t finish the tea hot, I let it cool completely to room temperature. The flavors came out quite a bit more and I found it to be a much more enjoyable cup.