1673 Tasting Notes
I keep coming back to this one, so I’m upping the rating. I haven’t done a full fledged cold brew, but I remade some after a first hot tumbler session. The cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and orange get really strong in longer steeps, but not overpowering. The cold water in the refill brings out more citrus and vanilla with some strong spice that’s really soothing.
Sipdown. This one is better tumbler style or in longer steeps. It does work gong fu, but there’s more layers the more you draw it out. It’s moslty floral and marshmallowy gong fu, and longer brews western and grandpa are sweeter, leaning more into some fruitier elements.
The first time I had it, I would have rated it 88, the second time 91, and the last few times 85, so I’m leaving it at 86. It’s a very good Lishan, yet it can be fainter compared to others gong fu. However, it’s got it’s own distinct vibe that super easy to drink and brew for longer periods of time.
It’s a little bit weaker with less leaves. Longer steeps had a caramelized marshmallow green taste, shorter steeps brought high mountain green oolong that was not quite as complex. There were more complex smells for sure, but flavor was a little faded.
It also does better when cooled down or with cooler temperature. I liked it more in spring and winter. It’s marshmallow profile and complex florals still standout, though I’m not ready to rate it. I’ve got just enough for one more Grandpa and gong fu if I go heavy.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Floral, Green, Marshmallow, Milky, Pineapple
This Month’s Wanderlust, and an easy winner. I like oolongs, and this is very Limoncello vanilla lemon leaning tea, but has a bit more complexity from its other flavors like the rose and the figs. Apricot makes it tarter and sweeter. I kept brewing it up, and it rebrewed nicely. It’s similar to the Harney and Sons Chinese new years lychee oolongs, but I like this one a little bit more . I’m basic and like vanilla, but it smoothens out everything else without being cloying or overly tart. Not rating it yet,
I got this for my girlfriend’s birthday. I was a little disappointed since it was primarily rooibos tasting, but the vanilla and butterscotch did have some extra dimension. This one really needs cream and sugar to draw out the flavors. It’s good, but it needs to grow on me and is a little bit more generic compared to the other blends I’ve had. Tulum is one I’d substitute over it, though this tea is far from bad or mediocre.
Flavors: Apple, Butterscotch, Rooibos, Toffee, Vanilla
This was the primary Xmas themed tea I wanted and hesitated about since it’s a while combo of silver needle and matcha…with vanilla mint flavoring. It could either be great or terrible, and it was great. The actual tea is not as green as the picture, but it’s smell is incredibly and very similar to the Retrograde Remedy tea. I thought I’d like that one more, but this is so close in profile and a lot smoother. The green tea can be a little distracting muddying the water. However, the vibe is there and the flavor itself is seamless hot western. I liked it a little more than the Pu-Erh blend, and I have a feeling it’s going to be better iced. I’m a sucker for off the wall blends anyway.
Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Creamy, Evergreen, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla