944 Tasting Notes
I thought some black tea this morning would do me well so I looked around my cupboard this morning and found this tea, in pyramid bag form. Drinking this straight black (for a change).
This tea is really nice, it’s sweet, smoky, malty and dry. When I say this is sweet I really mine it, like stevia and hay combined to make some sort of ultra sweet blend which smooths out most of any thickness the black tea has. Though it still has the qualities of a black tea it is rather mild and the sweetness strong. It’s nice, I really like it, but I couldn’t have it all the time. I would consider buying more, I only got a few bags from a sampler to try them.
I’m not usually one for carrot cake but I do have a serious craving for vanilla right now. I blame my husband, we went out last night and he ordered a pitcher of cocktail that tastes like pure vanilla, I think it was vanilla vodka and Pepsi, well that’s left me craving more vanilla all day.
I can taste the black tea which is earthy, smoky, rather light really overall (delicious too) but as the black tea subsides there are elements of spice (like cinnamon or nutmeg) and carrot which tastes amazing, natural and fresh. The Vanilla mostly comes into play during the after taste.
So the whole cup goes from nice black tea, to spicey black tea, to spicy carrot tea and then to creamy vanilla finish. The whole experience leaves a real carrot cake likeness though if I had to criticize then I would say the black tea was a little strong in comparison to the rest of the blend or that the vanilla should have been a little stronger. But really it’s all personal taste.
Perhaps I should try this one iced and see if the vanilla increases in strength. Or even try a shorter steeping time.
Thank you Dag for putting this into the EU box.
It’s a creamy Darjeeling with nutty and floral delicate touches. It also has some sweetness but more in the background towards the after taste. While it’s soft there is a crispness about it, like a warm spring day that has a cold and crisp wind.
Overall it’s a delicious Darjeeling and one that I am honoured to have tried. I hope our paths may cross again.
I saved some of this tea from last night to try iced this morning. It takes on completely different characteristics when it’s iced. It’s very thick and muscatel, edging on being astringent but not quite. It’s also a little dry in the after taste but it still has some sweetness and floralness to it. It’s as though it’s a completely different Darjeeling.
It’s nice iced, especially since it’s stronger which is what I like but it has some astringency and that means I have to be in the right mood for it. This morning I’m lucky in that I don’t mind it but it’s not as nice as I expected.
Another tea from the EU tea box (first round).
This tea is silky, sweet, musky, floral and overall subtle. Lighter than a lot of Darjeelings can be but still with a nice sweet impact. Like honey but with earthy tones to it and much lighter.
As much as I adore Darjeeling this is a nice tea but it’s not as strong as I like my Darjeeling to be. I prefer stronger muscatel tones, perhaps even second flush. But this first flush would be perfect for hot summer nights and maybe even iced for a picnic. I will have to try that.
This morning I decided to use the last of this tea (which was roughly 10g) and make a large batch of just over 1 litre. Part of it was drank this morning with breakfast and a few cups were left over which became perfect for iced tea. It’s very nice actually, iced it has a wonderful musty/earthy tone that is stronger than when it’s hot. The fruity tones are also stronger when it’s iced.
It’s as smooth iced as it is hot and I’m sorry that I didn’t try this sooner.
Another tea from the first round of the EU box. I decided to steep a large batch of this one so I can have enough for my new flask to turn it into iced tea. I think Rooibos and lemongrass would make a nice iced tea combination. Anything to get me through work tomorrow :)
It’s a nice blend, simple, sweet, lemony, smooth but very delightful. I love lemongrass teas but have not tried it blended with Rooibos before, probably because I’m not a huge fan of it but together they work well. The balance is nice, the Rooibos is a little heavier to start with but towards the after taste the lemongrass shines through. The Rooibos is thick so it does have that unusual chemical flavour but luckily it does not last for long.
I can’t wait to see what this is like iced, possibly better than it is hot.
I was lucky enough to be chosen as a winner for the pre-launch, I asked for an Oolong and received this wonderful Formosa Jade Oolong. Thank you River Tea
Brewing this tea in my new kettle teapot which can hold up to 1.5 litres and has a retractable egg steeper. I brew three large spoons of Oolong and infused it in 1 litre of water for three minutes.
My result is a yellow tea with a mild yet sweet and floral scent.
The flavour is also mild but tastes sweet, almost honeyed, and has a fresh, floral and fruitiness to it. Rather like subtle forms of honey suckle flowers and lightly toasted peach slices. Not only is it light but it also has a buttery after taste too.
A nice Oolong that will be perfect to use in my new flask to take to work. Due to it’s sweetness and general lightness I’m imagining it would be amazing iced.
My second tea from the EU box.
While my husband was making this tea he said it smells like TCP, not exactly what I want in a tea. It does smell chemical, not sure it’s TCP like but maybe like a floor cleaner.
I can taste thick Rooibos and some vanilla which also has some sweetness. I can’t taste any champagne or anything similar. It’s now a bad blend but it it’s too Rooibos heavy for my personal liking. It was not a lost cause though because my husband may have disliked the scent but enjoyed the flavour.