1096 Tasting Notes
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
Thank you Reasoned_Melody for this tea.
My birthday was a few days ago but I only received this today and my party is tomorrow…I think it’s only fair I have a cup of this tea at the present moment. Plus it would have been my cat Mr Bloo’s birthday today (he was my best friend and childhood pet, he died last year). A very sad day and would be birthday.
This tea is vanilla and creamy in scent whilst raw. Once steeped with a sugar and drop of milk added this tea is a rather tasty mix of caramel and creamy vanilla. Smooth and silky yet being black tea based there is an earthy darkness behind it all. Rather a nice blend and the rainbow sprinkles in the raw mixture are fun. _
Steep 1 – 15 seconds
Golden red brown in colour with a rich, sweet, malty scent. The first thing that strikes me is the smoothness that comes packed with a sweet malty mist of flavour. It’s mellow yet rich and very clean tasting. A touch of sweetness lay amongst the malt.
Steep 2 – 25 seconds
Maltier in flavour with a much richer and velvety after taste. The sweetness is better blended and does not stand out as much as the previous steep. It also remains fresh, misty and mellow.
Steep 3 – 40 seconds
There is a slight roasted flavour that mixed with the sweet and fruity malt not only makes it smell like malt loaf but also taste like it. Still remains rich, smooth and consistent to the previous steeps. When I say fruity I mean fermented like currants and raisins.
Steep 4 – 1 minute 10 seconds
Toning down now in it’s rich flavour. The sweetness is once again in front of the malt rather than being paired with it equally in the previous steep. Very light, a little smoky and still very smooth.
Steep 5 – 1 minute 30 seconds
Golden brown in colour. Not much left now beyond a dark fruity sweetness with only a slight malt touch. Perhaps also a slight floral touch is present now too mixed in with the fruit. Even though it’s very subtle it’s still a nice steep and very worth drinking.
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It’s been a while since I last had this tea but felt that after having a few cheeky ciders last night and madly craving pancakes this morning I would settle with a cup of tea. No idea why but I was up at 5:30am for no reason and it’s very unlike me so something has changed my sleeping pattern…. or maybe it’s just the coming of age. On a side note yesterday night I had a few pints of toffee apple cider which was delicious, it reminded me of the Della Terra – Caramel Candy Apple mixed with Cider Guayusa – Butiki. Scrumptious.
This tea is actually better than I remember it. Drinking this with one sugar and no milk, it’s pure maple syrup flavoured :) Very nice in the morning (even crazy hours in the morning).