1090 Tasting Notes
From my wonderful husband for Valentines day. :)
Shame it took so long to arrive and so I’m drinking it post Valentines. Never mind.
The blend looks beautiful with red rooibos mixed with rose petals and blue flowers. It smells like a floral vanilla.
It tastes similar to the smell but the rooibos is not overpowering. Instead I can taste both rose and vanilla before the sweet rooibos gives it a caramel finish. Its smooth, sweet, creamy, floral and delicious.
Sets my day at work :)
Happy Valentines Day everyone!
I’m starting my day with a cup of Sweetheart Cinnamon which was a gift from a friend last year and I had forgotten all about it. Then on Tuesday I was re-arranging my tea shelves and I came across it and just in time. :)
The tea is red/brown in colour with a strong and sweet cinnamon scent. A few sips in and I am in cinnamon apple heaven. The cinnamon spices up the sweet apple and leaves a tasty treat after taste. Half way down my cup this tea has started to leave my mouth and tongue dry, it tastes nice but I hate getting dry tea mouth…perhaps it’s from using cinnamon powder instead of bark/stick.
It reminds me of cinnamon chewing gum from USA that I loved as a teen.
This White Peony (Bai Mudan) comes from the Fujian Province in China.
The mixture whilst raw consists of dark green and silver green leaves that have been roughly broken. They are dry and crisp to the touch. Mixed amongst them are a few full dried rose flowers with the occasional dried rose petal that has become loose into the leaves.
Steep One – One Minute
The colour is golden with a sweet and floral scent that is very rosey. Taste is very subtle and fresh with sweet and floral yet vegetal tones. The rose adds a sweet mist in the after taste which mellows very quickly. It’s also a little nutty and dry. Very pleasing.
Steep Two – Two Minutes
More vegetal than the previous steep and it reminds me of fresh pea pods/ string beans but with a sweet floral kick. It’s strength is stronger but still rather refreshing and lght. The rose is still in the background but not as noticeable.
Steep Three – Three MinutesYellow in colour with a very soft floral smell. Now there is a delicate dryness that is a little nutty and buttery but still with that hint of flowers. This steep finishes off the tea nicely and ends it with a refreshing high.
For pictures and a longer review please read my blog.
Holy moly…. this smells delicious! Just like strawberry sweets :) It smells rather natural too and very sweet and juicy. I was tempted to eat the raw mixture but managed to behave myself.
This is my lunch tea to help wash down my vegetarian chicken salad cob and watermelon chunks. I decided something fruity would go down nicely.
Once steeped the tea becomes dark red with the same strong yet sweet strawberry scent. So juicy and sweet licks lips.
Just like the smell this tastes sweet, strong and fresh with the strawberry being very dominant, so dominant infact that It’s hard to detect the kiwi. After the sweet strawberry there is an after taste which is slightly sour yet sweet and sharp which reminds me of the taste of fresh kiwi. It’s so sweet that I would never think of adding any sugar, infact I think it would be far too sweet if I did. It still tastes like strawberry jelly sweets or cordial.
I bet this would make a delicious iced tea, I will have to try that theory later.
My second Gongfu of today. My previous experience with this tea was not a positive one (so much so that I did not review or rate). My first encounter was bitter and sharp (from what I remember) which I believe to be down to their default instructions. The packet says to use boiling water and keep covered for 5 minutes. It was yucky.
My Gongfu today is using a cooler water temperature and having my first pot steep for 1 minute. My own instructions :)
The leaves whilst raw are a dark brown colour with the occasional yellow flower bud or stem. It has a scent of musky jasmine.
What is produced is a lovely honey coloured tea with that beautiful sweet, floral jasmine scent (that us much expected). This is much tastier than before, it’s far more subtle with the sweet jasmine being fresh, light and at a perfect strength. The quality is not by any means the best but this was a cheap tea (roughly £3 for 227g/8 oz) so for that price it’s a nice every day jasmine tea.
Well first I thought I would have to throw this tea away but my second try with different methods has worked wonders. I may even take this to work. :)
I’m “up tiddly up up” very early this morning eagerly awaiting for the arrival of a parcel that I have asked to be re-delivered. My first tea this morning is a Gongfu of this premium Keemun due to craving something rich.
Malty, rich, slight sweetness in scent. Dark brown red in colour. In flavour this is thick and rich with a strong malt tones that have a little sweetness. Though it is strong it is also clean tasting with a subtle sour tang.
It’s a nice Keemun overall and great for a breakfast/all day tea.
Thank you Courtney for this Earl Grey. :)
Whilst raw this tea has a sweet and very strong bergamot scent that it also rather perfume like. Different to what I am used to…It’s a nice, strong, fresh smell but there is a sort of muskiness in there too.
Once steeped the tea has forms a classic Earl Grey scent. Sweet and citrus bergamot with earthy black tea that smells fresh.
With milk: The bergamot is very strong and a little waxy in the first few sips. I love strong Earl Grey. It’s also slightly sweet and floral with a strong bergamot after taste. It’s a little on the sharp side but I could drink this without sugar very easily.
With milk and sugar: The milk has lightened the sharpness of the bergamot and created a much smoother tea. The bergamot is still strong and not overly sweet but the waxy taste has reduced.
It’s delicious. More so than their creamy blend. Great for fans of strong Earl Grey.
Thank you Kasumi no Chajin for this tea.
I could smell this tea as soon as I opened the envelope and boy was it strong and chocolatey. A closer smell of the raw leaves reveals an earthy nuttiness along side the sweet chocolate.
Once steeped the smell reminds me of Nutella (chocolate and hazelnut spread).
Without milk and sugar:
The chocolate comes through with a little sweetness just before the hazelnut brings a nutty punch to create a sweet yet earthy drink. The black tea is a little bitter and the earthiness from the nut does not help it’s smoothness which makes the chocolate very cocoa nib tasting.
With milk and sugar. The chocolate is more chocolate like rather than cocoa nib (smoother and sweeter) while the nut is a little softer. The milk really tones down the bitterness and enhances the chocolate. It now reminds me of hot chocolate you can buy in ready made sachets with powdered milk.
Overall it’s a very nice chocolate tea (as far as chocolate teas come) and the nut is a perfect little touch to make this one stand out. Very yummy. :)
Thank you Courtney for this tea. I love Earl Grey :)
In raw form this tea has a very strong citrus scent that also reminds me a little of liquorice (for some reason). Ahhh thinking about it now it must be the vanilla pod.
Once steeped this tea has a creamy and sweet vanilla scent with waxy bergamot behind it. Very nice.
Without sugar or milk: Slight sweet from the vanilla with a soft creamy element to it. The bergamot is a little sour and floral which gives the tea an overall tangy taste. It’s drinkable but it would take a few mugs to get used to it.
With sugar and milk: Now I can pick up the vanilla pod a little better with it’s thick licorice like taste. The bergamot is less sour and blends in better.
It makes a huge difference with the added sugar and milk, almost like it’s a completely different tea. Me and my husband love it. We will be drinking lots of tea tonight whilst we play FF IX :) Thanks once again Courtney