105 Tasting Notes

80

Really was chilly this morning and needed some black tea to warm me up. This tea was not what I was expecting. It is a light black tea with nuanced flavors of berry and vegetal tones, no malt to be found. Very light yet not wispy. Slightly sweet and a hint of astringency. In other words not the kind of black tea to get my engines roaring in the morning, willuse the rest fro an afternoon cuppa.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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84

Very nice first flush. Loads of florals mostly marigold and faint touches of lemon lime. I brewed first by sites recommendations and the flavor profile is as stated on website, then I increase to 5 gm in 200 pot for 3 1/2 minutes and got a bolder versus with just a twang od astringency. I like the bold better but the first flushes I’m trying so far from Teabox have all shown this delicate yet superb softness. It is way expensive but simply a well made tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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84

This would be a nice introductory tea for beginners, smooth nothing overpowering. Light florals, citrus, muscatel, and malt. It really reminded me of Bai Mu Dan. Also light in caffeine so can be enjoyed in afternoon or after dinner. I started out with the instructions and it was a perfect brew but I needed a bit more oomph so I doubled the grams and cut the steep by a minute. More really good tea from Teabox.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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88

Really nice black tea, not a super black, I would even say more like a oolong. Notes of muscatel and lemon with faint florals remind me of Darjeeling. Although this tea seems out of place, it is very pleasant on the palate with a modicum of astringency.

Flavors: Lemon, Muscatel

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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76

Not as complex for me as the Teabox website suggests, although it is definitely mellow. It brews up a nice bronze so you’d thing big bold flavors but it just isn’t there. Next time I’ll increase the amount of tea and reduce the volume a bit, see if I can’t coax out something.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

Looks like a black tea, smells like a black tea, brews like a black tea, tastes like an oolong. Florals, dried herbaceous notes and some stone fruit more on the plummy side. The grapey muscatel flavors remind me a bit of a light roasted cliff tea with a slate twang in the back of the mouth. Deemed an afternoon tea on the website and it is rather happy to boost the lunchtime postprandial blahs.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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92

Simple is not the word for this luscious tea. Your tongue will thank you as you sip (I slurped) it’s many layers of spice, citrus and florals all within a gentle sweetness. Again I’m impressed with the selection of Nilgiris Teabox offers and as I am a novice in this terroir I do know a good tea when presented to me. It also has a great kick to it so follow the steeping guidelines, which I did for the first cup then added another dose in the second on top of the first. BOING is the appropriate word.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Doug F

Maybe I’ll start with this one. Sounds excellent!

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90

Very nice sample, again following the steep guidelines to a ‘tea’, I used a non descriptive teapot 6oz and took my time brewing, being mostly a small gaiwan gongfu kind of guy it really is hard for me to wait the requisite 5 minutes but I persevered.
The wait is worth it, dark coppery liquor with wet leave whiffs of graham cracker and dried peaches. The flavors of muscatel is what brings this to fame and the emergence of different fruit notes that are all in like a line up, musk melon, peach, and dried apricot. There is a bit of sweet and tannin. The tannin had me add 1/2 tsp of dark muscovado just to give it the ‘tea and peach pie’ all in one flavor. Teabox is showing its best teas in its free samples and why not, I would reach out to this tea again for sure.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Doug F

Is this a 2015 second flush?

BigDaddy

I think so, website is not specific but I’m assuming its from 2014 summer (second) flush.

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82

Forays into Darjeeling, large sample order from Teabox. I followed the instruction on the bag and used a small teapot. Liqor was deep orange gold with aromas of what I thought marigold petals. the flavor of muscatel, lemon, honey all equally balanced but slightly muted, slight sweet and bitter not too noticeable. Seems to me to be a nice afternoon tea although I drank it post morning. One sample down 25+ to go.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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