708 Tasting Notes
I had four of these for about a year and used them almost daily. I love the size of the mug, that it has a nice lid and that it is clear so I can watch my tea steep. Sure they probably don’t hold heat as well as the ceramic version, but I rarely get to the bottom of a cup and have cold tea.
Now that it’s been over a year, I only have two of them left. The two that broke both developed hairline cracks at the bottom when I was washing them. I use a dish brush and noticed an odd sound when the plastic part of the brush came in contact with the glass. It was the crack forming. I’m not slamming my brush down in the cup, but I’m apparently not being as gentle and careful as I should be. I guess I’m going to have to suck it up and switch to ceramic. No more watching the water change color for me. :(
I went to New York this summer and was very excited to see a selection of bulk teas at a local Fairway market. I sniffed a few and ended up going home with about three or four of them.
I’m having this tea with a little cream and sugar right now and it is really quite nice! It is so well rounded and hearty. There is a tiny touch of smoke, a little citrus and a really nice base. I had some Marriage Freres French Breakfast this morning and this tea is very similar and hits the same spot. I could see falling in love with this, but how do I get my hands on more?! Talk my husband’s cousin into picking some up for me? It may come to that.
I can’t find any mention of this tea online! My husband went to Korea and visited one of the Seoul TWG shops for me. I had asked him to pick up London Breakfast, but all they had left was a tiny amount at the bottom of the tin (and I’m learning it’s not anywhere near as lovely when it isn’t fresh) so the ladies sold him this as a similar substitute. This tastes nothing like LB, but it is a nice breakfast tea with cream and sugar. I tried it plain and I found it unpalatable, but with the additions it is nice. I don’t know what the cost was, but I’m sure I have had breakfast teas that were as lovely if not more, for a lower cost, that were easier to get. I’ll likely go through this slowly and not reorder unless I have some sort of epiphany with this tea.
Have you ever had a honey flavored candy? This tea tastes like a faint floral version of that. The aroma is lovely and a little stronger than the taste. I’m having it with a little cream and sugar which I think I prefer over having it plain. I’m not really tasting the black base at all. I don’t know that this will become a favorite, but I’m sure I will enjoy what I have. Big thanks to my hubby for picking this up for me in Korea! (He’ll never read this, but it’s out there anyway)
This has been one of the most challenging teas to try to get an awesome cup out of! Today after going over my past notes I decided to go for 195 for 2 minutes. There is no bitterness and it is quite nice, but it still doesn’t have some of that malty depth that the bitter cups had. Is it possible to get malt without the bitter? I love this tea, but I’m starting to wonder if it will ever be as wonderful as it smells and as I hope to taste.
On a brighter note, I found a super low price for it! Market Hall Foods sells it for $13.50 for a 3oz refill which is MUCH less than the $30 I shelled out for a tin!
It’s been a while since I have made a tasting note on a tea. That is because it has been a while since I have had my sense of taste and smell. SO glad it is back because looking at my tea and knowing I couldn’t enjoy it was torture!
This tea has that strange yet enjoyable base that some of the Lupicia teas have. I get the astringency from the chestnut, which mellows out with a little sugar. I can pick up on some cocoa notes too. I enjoy it even when my cup has cooled because I’m taking my sweet time sipping it. Ah tea! How I missed you!
I was looking for a particular tea today, one I think I left at someone else’s house, when I caught a whiff of this and needed a cup. It’s strange that I likely have a couple hundred teas to choose from, but I’m focused on one that I noticed was missing and not there when I wanted it. I’m glad this tea was there to distract me.
The caramel smell is much stronger than the flavor, but the flavor is quite nice. The roastiness goes well with the caramel making a well rounded tea. No sugar in my cup today. I still get a lot of flavor on the aftertaste. I think I have about a serving left of this tea and I may cold brew it since I don’t think I have tried it that way yet. I can’t believe I got this tea two years ago according to my first tasting note! Time… she is a flying!
Today I’m having this with cream and sugar. I’m still getting the solid breakfast background with the chocolate coming through part way through each sip. It’s really nice and I have apparently drank a decent amount of it in the past two months judging by how much of the tin I have gone through. It does remind me of New York since that is where I bought and first tried it. It’s neat having that association with this tea!