58 Tasting Notes
Lately I’ve been craving coffee. The strength of taste, the bitterness, the ‘kick’… My normally preferred whites, greens, greenish oolongs and mellow (Chinese) blacks just weren’t it. Trying to get off this coffee bing, I decided to try Britisch Breakfast. And what a happy choice that turned out to be! This tea is a ‘real’ black tea with lots of character. It’s strong, it has a slight bitter-ish note and it definitely packs a punch. It probably won’t become a real favorite as I usually like something a bit sweater and ‘kinder’ in taste, but I won’t automatically pass up on breakfast teas anymore either.
There aren’t many teas from Theodor I don’t like, but this is one of them. In my opinion the fruity flavoring and the oolongy characteristics don’t really mesh well. It’s not awful, but nothing special either. Not my cup of tea…
I’m nearly through my stash of Golden Yunnan Black.
IMO this represents the ‘real’ black tea. Black tea like black tea should taste. The commentary by tea-adventure may be that this tea is exceptional and different, but – although the taste is indeed very good (and maybe exceptional, my taste buds aren’t that refined) – it’s also everything I’d expect from a black tea and in that respect not so different.
A good quality tea that taste wise is a happy middle of the road tea, without ‘typical’ taste qualities that one may of may not like.
A real stasher! I’ll be restocking soon…
It’s been a while since I had this one (actually I’ve hardly drunk any tea lately).
Again I experienced that first moment of “what the heck?”. The fruitiness has something of a cherry flavor to it. It’s also faintly reminiscent of the Quatre fruits rouge of Damman Freres. I love it (after the first few swallows that is…:-)).
This is by far the sweetest Theodor tea I know. I believe it’s a white peony with tropical fruits. As a result it tastes sweet and syrupy in that particular way tropical fruit juice mixes tend to taste. If you’re in for something new that doesn’t emphasize the tea but rather the flavoring this would be a good choice.
Brewing: anything from 3 minutes and up.
Recently I tried this tea cold brewed. After putting it in the fridge I forgot all about it, so it sat there for approximately 1,5 days. This tea turns into a rather nice iced tea. The flavor is a bit less potent cold brewed when comparing to hot brewed but very suitable for a hot summer day!
This tea really grows on you. Reading back my first entry I saw that I wasn’t overly enthusiastic back then. Now however, I just love this tea. After I finished the sample I bought a 50 grams package and I’m nearly through it already. This is a tea my partner also likes, despite not being a tea drinker, much less a black tea drinker…
I’m bumping the rating up.
The ‘little oolong tea adventure’ contains a number of oolong teas, amongst which the Golden Water Turtle, the White Cockscomb and the Big Red Robe. It may be my not so advanced palette and the fact that I haven’t been tasting these side by side, but to me they are rather similar. In all these teas the roasted mineral impression is the dominant feature. I really love it…, but won’t be reviewing the others as I can’t really pinpoint the exact differences…