1814 Tasting Notes
This is such a pretty tea. The spears are made up of what look like mulitcoloured strands — I can pick out light and dark green, mid brown, and a creamy yellow. I followed the recommended parameters and gave two large-ish spears 4 minutes in water cooled to around 180. The resulting liquor is pale yellow-green. The leaves have a mild grapey scent.
To taste, this is really fairly mild. It’s the second mild oolong I’ve tried so far today, so it just goes to show that not all oolongs are overpoweringly awful. I’m reminded most of all of champagne — there’s a deep grape-like flavour with a mild fruity/floral edge. It’s very easy to drink, although it’s another one that’s reminding me more of a white tea than anything else. I feel odd saying this about an oolong, but I’d really like a stronger flavour. Clearly my tastes are changing!
Pretty much every time I try an SBT, I think it can’t possibly get any better. Then I’ll try a new one, and somehow it will be. This one is definitely one of the best I’ve tried so far! Even when removing the bag from the pouch, I was hit with the wonderful biscuitty, zesty scent of lime cheesecake :) This one got the usual SBT treatment.
Brewed, it’s A-MA-ZING. The initial flavour is zesty lime, but it’s lime zest laced through cream cheese, and so is not too strong or sour. There’s also a slightly gingery, buttery biscuit flavour that’s absolutely dead-on cheesecake base. I’m not quite sure how a drink can taste so much like cheesecake, but this one manages it. It’s the most accurate rendition of cheesecake I’ve ever tasted in a tea (and that’s particularly true of 52 Teas blends…) It’s one I’d definitely pick up again once I use up my current SBT stash.
The second of the Doke teas I brought to work this week. For some reason best known only to me, I tend not to drink oolongs at home. I guess because in the morning I drink black tea, and then in the evening I’m usually looking for a herbal or rooibos blend before bed. I’m at work the rest of the time, or at home and completely exhausted.
So anyway. I’ve been meaning to try this one, and work seemed to be the best place to achieve that. I followed the recommended parameters, and gave 2 tsp of leaf 4 minutes in water cooled to about 170. The liquor is golden yellow, and has very little aroma.
It’s similarly light in flavour. The first sip seemed very delicate to my tastes, and I couldn’t actually detect that much other than a vague sweetness. Successive sips bring out a gentle apricot note, maybe a tiny touch of raisin. Burnt sugar very slightly. On the whole, though, I’m surprised by how mild this one actually is. It reminds me more of a white tea than an oolong. It’s very smooth, though, with no bitterness or astringency, so I might try slightly hotter water or a slightly longer brew time to try and coax a little more strength into my next cup.
A sample from ashleyelizabeth. I’ve left this one until last, primarily because green/jasmine teas have never really been my thing, and part of me at least is a bit scared of them. Silly, but true. Because I’m braver at work, I brought this sample with me to try today. I used 1 tsp of leaf in water cooled to around 180, and gave it 3 minutes.
The resulting liquor is a medium yellow-green. It smells surprisingly fruity. The initial flavour is peach — it’s quite fuzzy and natural tasting, thankfully, as peach is something I can be very picky about. After the initial fruitiness, I get mostly jasmine. It’s quite floral and sweet, although not overpoweringly so. A tiny bit of green tea pokes out in the aftertaste, but it’s smooth, a little grassy, and not at all bitter or astringent.
Overall, this one is okay. It’s a combination of flavours that’s never going to be my favourite, but it’s more drinkable than I feared. Thanks to ashleyelizabeth for giving me the chance to try this one!
This is the first of two Doke teas I’ve brought to work this week, but it’s unlikely I’ll get chance to try Rolling Thunder today as well — that can be tomorrow’s treat! I have to say straight off, though — this is a glorious silver needle. I have absolutely no hesitation in saying it’s the best I’ve tried, and I like silver needle in general so I’ve tried a few.
I followed the recommended parameters, and gave 2 tsp of leaf 4 minutes in 170 degree water. The leaves are so very, very pale — mostly completely creamy white. A few have a tinge of pale green about them. There’s none of the greyness I’ve seen previously here! Dry, the leaves smell peppery.
The taste is like nothing else. There’s a light pepperiness in the aftertaste, but there’s a whole lot of cherry and almond, right there in the middle of the sip. It’s making me think of cherry bakewell. It’s sweet, deliciously creamy, and so, so smooth. There’s a mild floral note right at the end of the sip.
I only picked up a small 1/2 oz bag of this one, but I know I’m going to enjoy every last needle! This is the first white tea in a long time that’s made me sit up and take notice — usually it’s just sweetened water and that’s it. This one actually has an identifiable and distinctive flavour all its own. Divine!
I didn’t know this was a dragonwell — my pouch says it’s a blend of organic estate green teas. It doesn’t look much like a dragonwell, either — some of the leaves are long and flat, with the “folded” appearance I’ve come to expect from dragonwell, but the majority are very small and flat, maybe broken.
It’s probably fair to say that I haven’t been all that impressed with the majority of Mighty Leaf teas I’ve tried. A few are pleasant, but mostly I’ve been pretty underwhelmed. I’m not much of a green drinker, but I’ve had better cups that this one even in my limited experience.
The liquor is a pale yellow-green, it’s grassy and slightly nutty. No astringency. It’s okay, but I don’t love it.
This is a drink I have some experience with, so I was interested to try the SBT version. I drink more tea than alcohol now, so it’s fitting in some ways! I gave this one the usual SBT treatment (3 minutes in 1/4 litre of boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold and into the fridge overnight). Dry, I could definitely smell cola.
Fridge cold, this is a nice experience on a hot day. Far more refreshing than the alcoholic alternative would be! Cola is the first flavour I can taste upon taking a sip, and it’s the usual generic brand, flat cola that 52 Teas do so well. I mean that as a compliment, because I adore Frank’s cola flavouring. The whiskey comes out second, and adds a soft, mellow note to the overall taste. Slightly grainy. It’s actually hard to describe how whiskey tastes — it tastes like whiskey, only without the warming power of the real thing.
I’m enjoying this one, and I’ll happily sip away on it for the rest of the day. This is an SBT I’d pick up again.
I’ve tried this once before, as a sample with one of my past orders. My memories of it were good, so I picked up another bag as part of the “I Love Leafhoppers” sampler a little while back. It’s been a bit neglected in my cupboard, so I brought it to work with me today so that it gets some attention. To say sorry, I’ve made it my first cup of the day!
It’s as good as I remembered. I followed the recommended parameters, and gave 2 tsp of leaf 5 minutes in water cooled just slightly (about 195). The resulting liquor is golden brown, and smells lightly fruity. This fruitiness translates into a juiciness in the initial sip — that’s one of the things I’ve loved most about the leafhopper teas I’ve tried so far. It’s quite spicy, in a cinnamon kind of way, and there’s a doughnutty kind of taste lurking around in the background. Which means, I guess, that the overall taste reminds me of cinnamon dusted doughnuts. The fresh kind, that you’ve just watched being cooked at a fair. Neglecting this one has definitely been my loss, but drinking it today has reminded me how delicious it actually is. I can see this being a morning staple for the next few weeks :)
A sample from Memily! This one made my kitchen smell so gorgeous last night. If I hadn’t known it was tea, I’d have thought someone was baking some kind of vanilla pastry. I gave 1 tsp of leaf 5 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor was a fairly dark red, so I think I may have overdone the brew time a little. I have enough left to rectify this next time, though.
The initial taste is fairly tart — I’m thinking hibiscus, but elderberry could also be a culprit. At first, it’s all I can taste, but then the vanilla pastry I could smell in my kitchen starts to come through. The vanilla is so, so natural — vanilla beans rather than essence. The pastry note is light, buttery and delicious. There’s something a little shortbready, too. If it wasn’t for the initial tartness, this would be an amazing dessert tea.
I think I’ll try a shorter brew time for my next cup, to try and combat some of the tartness and bring out a little more of the vanilla-pastry-shortbread that has the potential to be so, so delicious. Thanks to *Memily" for introducing me to T2 — of the teas I’ve tried so far, I’m pretty impressed!