946 Tasting Notes
I’m on a black tea binge this morning which my husband agreed would suit him well this morning. I’ve visited India with a cup of Darjeeling (which wasn’t logged) and now I’m off to China for a pot of this Yunnan black. The tea smells wonderfully musky and autumnal, and the leaves are long and twisted into knobbly shapes with some golden tips present.
Flavour is rich with classic Yunnan musk, wood and fruit tones. Also has some smoky tones in the after taste and a little bit of dryness. It’s slightly astringent too but in a nice way, it’s medium strength which helps keep it strong yet on the lighter side, otherwise it would be too astringent. I still prefer the golden tips but this makes a nice change to my usual Yunnan black teas.
I was just sorting out my old coin collection and I came across an old one that I had forgotten about, It’s a 1797 George III one penny known as a cartwheel. It’s amazing to think of how long ago it was made and the amount of hands it has passed through over the years. Unfortunately it’s not in great condition otherwise I could have gotten a lot of money for it, but for now at least it’s nice to admire it.
To celebrate my coin find I chose a blooming tea from my Teavivre stash and this particular one was chosen at random. Waiting the five or so minutes and watching it bloom into a beautiful flower is almost breathtaking, such beauty from almost nothing. And beautiful it truly is, the red flowers are pale and look very soft.
Flavour wise this is reminds me of white tea similar to silver needle, it’s light yet creamy and floral with a delicate sweetness yet an almost toasted quality. Like a white tea meets a light Oolong. The more I drink the stronger I can taste a honey like flavour.
It’s nice, I would have it again. :)
I love the large rose buds in this blend, they are whole and look so beautiful. I could smell their sweetness as soon as I opened the packet. There is also a hint of cinnamon behind the sweet rose which is unusual but still pleasant.
Flavour wise this is stronger than I thought it would be, I can taste the licorice rather strongly with the sweet rose misting over the top and through to the after taste but the cinnamon has gotten lost in translation. The rose may be subtle but I’m happy it’s still present, and that it’s enough to cover over the licorice as I’m not a huge fan.
This is just a strange blend if I’m honest, or at least strange for me, but it is nice and I’m drinking it with ease. My husband said it’s nice too. Not sure if it’s a tea that I would re-stock but it would be nice on a warm day.
From the first round of the EU TTB.
The tea has a sweet scent, rather fruity like strawberry or apple, or maybe peach. Smells very sweet anyway, like candy. My husband poured the boiling water into the pot and he said it smells of peach too.
The tea is sweet and perfumed but the black base adds some malt and strength behind it whilst remaining subtle and of medium strength. Definitely tasting peach too, even the slight fuzziness of it’s skin, but it’s softer and leaves little to no after taste.
It’s a nice tea, perhaps not as strong as I would like but I’m enjoying it non the less.
I had enough of this left last night from my large teapot to make a flask of iced tea, so It had cooled down and been put into the fridge until nice and cold. I prepared myself and took a sip but all I could really taste was the Rooibos. I tried to like the flavour of Rooibos by itself but it’s just too chemical like and odd for my pallet. The honey is more like a thick treacle that is less sweet and very subtle compared to the pure thickness of the Rooibos. So iced this tea just isn’t working for me, but looking back I don’t recall being a major fan of any iced Rooibos teas. Maybe I just don’t like them iced period.
Thank you ashleyelizabeth for this tea.
This Rooibos smells very thick and treacle rather than honey but it still has that nice sweetness I was expecting. Putting that aside it at least smells natural and sweet enough that it may tone down the Rooibos.
A long 8-9 minute steep later and it smells much sweeter and honeyed, purer than the raw scent. It’s a little softer too so it is honey rather than treacle now.
Flavour is light, sweet and wonderfully honeyed. It tastes as pure as it smells and covers the Rooibos very nicely, so there are no chemical or strange flavours from the Rooibos at all (as there sometimes can be). It’s not overly sweet but at a nice level for myself and it leaves a lovely honey after taste.
Very happy I got to try this one, it’s very nice and I’m lucky to have enough to last me a while. :) I imagine it would be nice iced too, will have to try that.
Since my last cup of tea was not for me (but rhyming appears to be) I think I will try this Earl Grey, it will hopefully take away the sour taste in my mouth. (Yes chicory is now on my never, Never, NEVER! list). I want to apologise for I can’t remember who was kind enough to gift me this sample, please know that I appreciate it as I am truly an EG fan.
Sampled with a drop of milk.
This is of medium strength in terms of bergamot which is perfumed yet subtly sweet. The black tea base is a little smoky but the perfume of the bergamot dominates. It’s a nice blend but as the bergamot is not as strong as I like I’m going to add some sweetener.
Sampled with milk and sweetener.
The bergamot is smoother now than before and most of it’s perfume (and dryness) has gone. It has also balanced the bergamot and black tea base more that it was without the sweetener.
Overall – It’s a nice Earl Grey and it offers a pleasant level of bergamot for my personal taste but if I’m honest I don’t think it’s a memorable EG. If I was asked to sample this from a line up I don’t think it would be unique enough for me to pick it out, that could be a good or bad thing.
This tea made me read the old nursery rhyme of Hickory Dickory Dock which I had not done for many years, as I age I like to learn about the history around such childhood rhymes. This one doesn’t seem to have a definitive answer as to it’s origin but it was nice to read it non the less. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hickory_Dickory_Dock (For any one interested).
Sharing a pot of this tea with my husband tonight, it’s our 11 year anniversary tomorrow and I’m going to the UK’s largest vintage fair tomorrow with my mother for a spot of shopping. Then on Sunday I’m going to London with hubby for some shopping. Going to Camden Market in the morning and we booked a table at Teanamu Chana Teahouse which is an authentic Chinese tea house that serves vegetarian food too. There are only a few tables (around 7 or 8) so I feel very lucky to have managed to book a table.
The tea mix looked large and dry, different to the picture. It has a slight cocoa scent but was very dry and made me sneeze as I inhaled deeply.
Flavour wise we are comparing this tea to very cheap coffee as it has a strange chemical taste, which we are putting down to the chicory. It sounds nice on paper (chicory, almonds and vanilla) but I don’t think the execution has worked, at least not for our pallets. Extremely sour.
I’m sorry but I can’t drink it…tipping this away. I don’t know if I steeped it too strongly or if it’s actually just the blend (which I noticed has a low overall rating). So I wont be rating this but to make me throw it away is bad, and for my husband to say he can’t drink it (and he drinks loads of cheap coffee) then I know something is wrong.
Thank you Courtney for this sample.
I’m not used to steeping white tea with boiling water but I always steep at the recommended instructions for first time samples.
The leaves are curly and very shiny and silver, they taste nice and floral (yes I have a bad habit of eating white tea raw).
Once steeped this tea reminds me of autumn, it’s orange/brown colour like autumn leaves and it smells a little musky yet sweet and somewhat floral and fruity. Taste wise it’s a little dry and nutty with a floral freshness and sweetness. It’s a nice medium strength white tea. Further sips reveal an almost spicy undertone. Also a little toasty.
It’s very nice, a medium strength white tea edging on being strong, which is something I personally look for in a white tea. This one is wonderful, and while white teas may not be my favourite I know I could drink this one often. Thank you for the sample Courtney.