1893 Tasting Notes
Perhaps my sense of smell and taste aren’t keen enough, but I’m not picking up the magnolia or anything else flowery really. It’s basically like a plain pu-erh although it is on the lighter side and quite smooth. The flavour is earthy/peaty though unlike some it doesn’t bring to mind eating dirt, and it also has some sweet hay-like notes. It’s pleasent enough as far as pu-erhs go, particularly a bagged one, but the name feels like false advertising.
I haven’t tried many flavoured oolongs so this is something of a novelty. The base appears to be a standard rolled green oolong mixed with what looks like dried cherry (?) blossoms. I was rather cautious about this tea at first, but as it turns out it wasn’t necessary. The strawberry flavours were just right for this oolong and the end result was slightly sweet and deliciously fruity without tasting artifical. Damn, what a good tea.
The second steep (@ 5 min) held onto its flavour fairly well too, although I got more oolong than I did strawberry. This is another tea I would totally order again given the chance.
I’d love to try steeping this tea gong-fu style one of these days but since I don’t have a scale sensitive enough to weight out 5 grams nor an appropriate teapot/gaiwan, this time I had to do my usual method of 1 teaspoon in my strainer mug. I did follow the directions that recommended a quick initial rinse and short, high temperature infusions.
I have a soft spot for Tie Guan Yins and in my opinion when they’re good they’re really good.
This is a really good oolong.
It starts off sweet and floral before changing into a richer roasted or baked flavour with some nice fruity notes. I’m not tasting the smoke that other people seem to be, or maybe I’m just interpreting it differently, but given how good this tea is I’m not fussed. It has good staying power too – I did three infusions and could have done more if it wasn’t getting so late. It’s quite good at keep its flavour, though I noticed that the second steep was a bit more floral and the third one was a bit more fruity.
A+ for this one.
I’ve drank a lot of earl grey blends, but never an oolong-based one before. The dry tea just by itself is interesting to look at with loosely-rolled green oolong tea leaves, bits of orange peel, jasmine flower buds and what I at first thought were juniper berries but later I realized were actually schizandra berries (thankfully).
The first steep brewed up quite a light gold colour with a delicate citrus-floral odor. The flavour was quite smooth though tangy with a subtle floral finish that isn’t too perfumy. I’ve never tried schizandra berries before so I have no idea how they tastes and I really couldn’t say if they’re influencing the flavour at all.
The second steep wasn’t any darker in appearance and there was an odd sour note (from the citrus maybe?) that made it not as palatable as the first steeping. I’m also not getting the usual sweet flavour I tend to taste in green oolongs as they cool off. So not a good re-steeper in my opinion but an intriguing novelty over all.
I visted the Tea Desire store in Vernon last week and I picked up a bunch of little two-cup samples that they were selling quite cheaply. This one smells like an Italian spice mix – appropriate since tulsi is in the same genus as the sweet basil many of us cook with. It has that same basil flavour but mixed with some peppery notes. I’m not sure the "lemon’ part of the name is entire deserved as it isn’t very noticable, though what’s there meshes well with the basil. Very interesting – it makes me curious about trying other tulsi teas.
I’m afraid I forgot who sent me this tea – I’ve got so many little samples kicking around that it’s near impossible to keep track of them.
This tea has a very dark, mocha-like scent with a bit of spice. I didn’t realize it until I read the package but aparently this is flavoured with coffee so I’m really hoping it doesn’t upset my stomach.
I’ve not getting ‘cinnamon cookie’ so much as I’m getting ‘mocha with cinnamon sprinkled on top’ from the flavour. The pu-erh is an interesting choice of base and I think it works quite well with the flavours, though I’m tempted to add milk to this tea to see if I can coax more of a cookie flavour out. Maybe next time.
I picked this tea up when I was visiting an Iranian friend in Victoria – apparently this is one of his favorite teas. For a bagged tea it’s not bad at all. The addition of the bergamot gives the tea a subtle earl grey flavour, though this is more apparent when the tea is taken plain rather than with milk. It has a hearty, robust kick to it but at the same time it’s smooth enough that it can be drunk without milk if you prefer your tea with no additives.
I think Friday the 13th decided to come early for me so I was glad to finally get the chance to sit down and veg with a cup of tea this evening.
This is nice green blend that smoothly incorporated the ginseng without making it to too strong or seem too out of place. Adding the ginger helped in that regard I think. Not to herbal or too bitter, it’s a pleasent little cuppa to (finally!) relax with.
I’ve had repeated failiures at getting a good iced tea out of this blend. Finally with the last little bit I had left I think I’ve suceeded in making it somewhat decent.
The recipe I used was 8 tsp of tea in two cups boiling water, steeped for 5 minutes. Then I strained it and poured it over some ice in a 2L jug to quickly halt the steeping process, and topped up the jug with cold tap water. I sweetened it with about 1.5 tblsp of agave nectar.
There’s still a tannic astringency that I can’t get rid of no matter how I steep this tea. I think it might be a character of the tea base itself rather than the steeping process. I wish that they’d chosen to use a different black tea because the lemon flavour seems to only exacerbate the astringency.
So in summary, this works in a pince for iced tea, but I’ve had better and I didn’t care for it hot either. I don’t think I would buy this tea again.
I’m glad I finally got the chance to try out my Bodum double-walled glasses that I got for Christmas. The blossom was quite well-formed and lovely, though I think the glass was slightly too shallow for it to expand to its fullest height.
Flavour-wise the tea doesn’t taste any different from your basic – if good quality – green tea. The flavour is grassy and lightly astringent with some nutty notes that are more notceable on the re-steep. It holds its flavour nicely through several steeps and it almost seems a shame to throw the spent tea blossom out because it’s so pretty. Ah well, all good things must come to an end, I suppose. The Bodum glasses worked out great by the way – they were comfortable to hold and displayed the flowering tea very nicely.