1626 Tasting Notes
So I dug through my sample basket and found this laying in there! Wow I can’t believe I haven’t tried it. So I ripped it open and steeped it up! The leaves were exactly like the picture. Small, black but not ground up. It smelled almost metallic like a yunnan. The liquor was a nice ambery brown. The scent was warm and toasty. It didn’t taste metallic, but there was some astringency in the back of my mouth. Even with the astringency, there was no bitterness!! Woo! The taste was malty and slightly nutty and fruity, almost like berries. The feeling in my mouth was also smooth. Delicious! I was surprised that I didn’t need additives!! It tasted good without any milk or sugar.
I am glad I left a little for another steeping session. I want to try this with milk and/or sugar next time.
I received this in a swap and used the whole tin to brew up a pitcher of iced tea. I saw that this product may contain some hibiscus and lavender, which don’t fare too well, in my opinion, in hot water. There may have been too much lavender in this mix as it tasted a little bit soapy. Nonetheless, it is a good, juicy iced tea. I don’t think this would be good warm. Iced, it is strong, and I didn’t even have it steeping in the fridge for 12 hours when the brew was already a dark red color. I took it out after that. This is just okay.
I took the day off to run errands and relax today. I am so happy I did. I get to enjoy teas as well! This tea is so good! It gives me a soft but nice caffeine kick. The nutty notes definitely stand out, as well as the cocoa and slightly tobacco-ish notes. Good tea. The leaves look like yunnan leaves with its brown to light brown, soft, fuzzy waves/curls. It smells and tastes almost like yunnan as well!
This one was not like I expected it to be. There wasn’t a smell to this tea, but I think it was because this package was mixed in with the other samples. After I steeped it, the leaves smelled very vegetal and delicious and buttery. In the cup, however, the taste didn’t translate in quite the same way. It tasted almost like…. floral-y, slightly sweet, slightly creamy, cardboard…. yes… cardboard. I don’t know why it tasted like that to me. Do I have to change my steeping parameters? Never has an oolong, especially a milk oolong, disappointed me. This may be the first. But I have more one more sampling session. Any suggestions?
On another note, I am upset about where I’m living. I’m on a 2 level apartment complex and I live on the first floor with my husband and 2 cats. Some strange person came to our window and banged on it REALLY hard and scared my husband. He didn’t do anything :/ But its frustrating that these things happen. He experienced racism from someone else here too. It is crazy, and this place is supposed to be a nice area…
Anyway, I’ll just drink more tea.