509 Tasting Notes
I can see how this tea could easily become too bitter and astringent as some others noted. I usually keep steep times for stronger black teas below 3 min and I am very careful not to use too much leaf. I’ve already experienced too many harsh cups of black tea going for 4min+ recommended times, so now Im afraid to ever steep that long :p
I used a 10oz mug and a rounded 1-cup teaspoon (the one from NM tea company that holds, I assume, about the same as Davids perfect tea spoon) and steeped for 2min45sec. The result is the “delicate” (for a breakfast tea) flavor that some others also noted in their log. I can detect hints of bitterness and astringency that could easily take over if I used different parameters.
Over all, its a fairly generic cup of black tea, but nothing unpleasant. I’d drink it again, but probably won’t buy again.
Of the few Ceylons I have tried, this is the better of them. Unlike the others, this one has a flavor! (I was starting to doubt Ceylon teas). This one would be a good daily black tea. Not too bold and not too delicate. Notes of warm honey (which I usually don’t like) make this a very comforting drink to have around in the Fall.
ETA: There is another flavor I detect that makes the honey notes more appealing to me, sort of a woodiness I suppose, as one of the other tasting notes described it. It all comes together quite nicely :) And now, I really must return to my reading (Florentin for a German class. . .tea and reading =
I, like almost everyone else who logged this tea, got this as a sample with my order. First of all, I adore mint, so I already knew I would like this one.
If I may digress for a moment: I bought a shampoo once that was lemon verbena scented. I had this idea that it would smell like lemons, having no idea what lemon verbena really was. I was terribly disappointed when I had my head covered in a weedy floral scent. I had purchased it in bulk and had three bottles to go through. I pawned one off on my mother and continued using the others myself. Believe it or not, the scent grew on me and now its one of my favorite shampoos. Strange how things turn out sometimes.
So, back to the tea, the verbena gives a traditional herbal-tea aroma about it. I don’t know quite how to explain what I mean, but it is reminiscent of the herbal tea bags that my father drank all the time when I was growing up. The smell almost makes me think there should be chamomile in it too and I imagine this would blend excellently with chamomile for those who I like it (I don’t, so better for me that its chamomile-free).
In summary, the tea has mint and nostalgic value. It’s a win win. :)
This is my very fist experience with Darjeeling, so I have nothing to go by but personal preference. Actually, I’ve tried Ooooh Darjeeling from Adagio, but that was supposed to be an oolong with darjeeling characteristics. From what I remember, this is similar, but with more depth to the flavors. It has an oolong quality to it with honey and floral notes. There is also a hint of citrus. While it was brewing, the aroma reminded me much of guayusa in that it smelled like fruity grass and vegetation. It doesn’t taste so much like that though.
This tea smells so cozy, like the earliest hints of holidays on the way. I wasn’t as impressed by the flavor. It’s good at first, but a quarter way through the cup I began to lose interest as the flavored-tea characteristics started to gang up on me. I am finicky about flavored teas and a lot of them are only good to me while still very hot (luke-warm dessert teas are the worst) and usually only for half a cup before they become too much of a good thing.
My husband, on the other hand, likes this one a lot (he rates it around 95). I was worried about brewing it for him because he hasn’t liked many black teas yet (flavored or not), but this was an exception.
Last time I logged this, I said it didn’t compare to Laoshan green. I take it back. This is currently my favorite green. I think I had this whole psychosomatic response to the Laoshan, being the first fresh-from-the farm tea that I purchased. I made up my mind that is has to be superb, therefor it was. Well of course, it still is a good green, but most of my enthusiasm was the novelty of it.
Anyhow, back to normal daily tea life, this five peaks is the star of my cupboard. It’s such an easy tea to work with. Doesn’t go bitter if I look at it funny, doesn’t have that textured/granular flavor (yes, Im referring to a texture as a flavor, because to me it does have a flavor :p ) that some of the heavy vegetal greens get. Its pleasant, sweet and juicy without overdoing it.
This has been my go-to black tea recently, whenever I can’t decide what to brew. But, alas, I’ve finally used it all up. I have several new black teas on their way to me, so I won’t be re-ordering this one for a while, but that will make it all the more special when it makes it back to my cupboard again in the future :)
Farewell for now, yummy tea, until we meet again (^.^)