849 Tasting Notes
Quick notes on this one. I’m watching Breaking Bad (on series 4 now) and I ordered an Indian takeaway and felt like having a black Indian tea while we wait. This one is nice, it’s bold, malty, smoky and wooden with a slightly dry after taste. It does has some astringency and the more I drink the dryer the after taste becomes and it also has a leather like taste.
I like it, not one of my favourites but a nice Indian black all the same. The strength would also make a good breakfast tea.
This arrived yesterday and was an impulse buy thanks to the awesome Teavivre Black Friday sale.
The leaves are dark brown with some golden tips and stem amongst them. They are small for the most part but are squiggly and thin. It has a rich cocoa and sweet wooden scent.
Using my new Gongfu teapot which holds 200ml with 7g of tea.
1 minute – Smoky, sweet, musky and wooden. A rich first steep with a wonderful dark and smoky base that carries on through to the after taste.
2 minutes – The smoke has carried through but this steep is sweeter than the previous steep. Also getting some fruit behind the smoke and wood, like mature prunes. The after taste has some cocoa.
3 minutes – It’s still smoky and smooth and the prune is thicker in this steep. So very wooden and mature.
It’s a nice smoky black tea and though it will never replace my beloved Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tips this is a nice alternative for when I want some variation. Very happy I got this tea, it’s certainly a welcome addition to my black tea collection.
Thank you Lala for this sample. From my Secret Pumpkin package. :)
The cinnamon is strong in this blend but there is something spicier lurking behind it, like pepper or chilli…it tickles my nose as I sniff.
Flavour wise I had to double check I had the correct tea…I can taste cocoa mixed with cinnamon and spices. No pumpkin though which is a shame. The black tea is strong compared to the rest of the blend and at best it tastes like a black tea with mild spices.
Some sweetener lessens the black teas thickness but there is even less spice if none now to speak of.
This tea is just not for me, it’s disappointing but at least drinkable.
Wowsers….this is super pepperminty with a gentle touch of vanilla resembling Twinings – Butter Mint. It looks like mostly finely chopped peppermint leaf (with some dust) and some small to medium sized Oolong balls amidst it.
The flavour is very mild considering it’s strong scent. In my first few sips it took a few seconds before any flavour came through and when it did I feel the strongest was the cocoa. It’s sweet but also creamy and very light. I wish the peppermint was stronger.
This blend is too mild, I may try and double the dose or the steep time for my next cup. So far this one is disappointing.
Time to start pulling out my Christmas themed teas. I’m watching ‘Orange Is The New Black’ on Netflix, very entertaining!
This smells sweet and minty, exactly like candy cane. The mint is quite distinctly peppermint but definitely more like sweet peppermint than pure, leafy peppermint.
Taste is nice and sweet with a refreshing peppermint but the black base is still quite strong. I like that I can taste the black tea, it’s smoky yet malty and dark which is a nice contrast against the sweet and sticky peppermint. If I was to be critical of this tea then I would say that the peppermint would have been nicer if it was just a little stronger but honestly by itself this is very tasty.
I have no idea why this doesn’t have any other reviews, it really should have. My first Christmas tea of the year and I have plenty of this one to celebrate the holidays with. :)
My husband asked for a black tea or similar that is not too dark but neither too light and has some flavour and complexity. I chose this sample with the hopes of granting his desire.
This tastes rich, malty and smooth with hints of chocolate, smoked hazelnut and mature honey. The balance of strength and combination of flavours is perfect. There is no astringency or harshness.
Very similar to Teavivre – Fengqing Dragon Pearls in terms of strength, sweetness and maltiness but the Laoshan features more complexity.
This is a very nice tea, something that I could most certainly get used to. Could be one to consider purchasing.
This teabag smells divine. Bright and fresh grapefruit with a slight perfume finish.
It tastes sharp, sour and generally has a fresh grapefruit tang. Milder than the scent but pleasant and again somewhat perfumed and dry. The green tea is light and sweet with a little astringency to match the grapefruit.
I wasn’t expecting a lot from this tea but it is very tasty. Would make a nice morning tea addition. Thank you QueenOfTarts for this sample.
I was up early this morning and dying of thirst and it got me thinking. What black tea is delicious yet un-offensive and best without milk? Bingo – these Fengqing Dragon Pearls. I’m sure glad I remembered about these little beauties, they perfected my morning cuppa.