84 Tasting Notes
1/18/14 Noontime cuppa. 3g/6oz/212F/3min First impressions. A thick smoky/malty aroma. This tea is gorgeous in the cup, a rich red-gold. Brisk and bright to drink with a good punch of astringency – like most UK blends, this would be great with milk. A good eye-opener that’s making me wish I’d brewed more then just the single cup.
1/18/2014 First tea of the day on a cold morning. 3g per 6oz @ 212F for 4min. First impressions. Dark in the cup but lighter in the mouth. Aroma is … tea. Good, straightforward, simple. Aroma matches to taste – a smooth and straightforward cup of tea flavoured tea. It’s making me want to play with it, try it with milk and sugar, try it at different steeping times, try it with a wash before steeping.
Caveats – first morning tasting which is when I can’t taste or smell well, tea has been stored (unopened) since 2013.
1/17/14 Drinking in the afternoon on a chilly day after a busy morning. Brewed 3gm per 6oz of approx. 175F water for approximately 2.5 minutes.
First Impressions. Rich gold in the cup, with an aroma that is floral/buttery. Bright and sprightly in the mouth, with a slight astringency. Leaves a smooth dryness. Deeply relaxing while still uplifting.