1245 Tasting Notes
In appearance this blend consists of: small black tea pieces with noticeable cinnamon stick pieces, clove pieces and green leaves of some kind.
It smells of cardamom, clove and cinnamon in particular. A little dry but very refreshing and citrus(y) with a spicy, peppery finish.
Once steeped this tea is dark reddish brown in colour and has a sweet yet spicy aromatic scent.
Please note: A drop of milk was added.
Flavour is medium in strength with crisp, spice notes. It’s a little dry from the spices but the milk helps. Spice wise I can taste the cardamom, cinnamon, clove and pepper which pretty much matches it’s raw scent. The cardamom in particular freshens the blend and adds some sweetness whilst perfuming my mouth in the after taste.
Overall: I found this Chai to be a particularly dark blend which is perfect for adding milk. It can be enjoyed without milk but it may be slightly astringent or too dry. That is all personal preference, though usually Chai is served with milk as standard.
I have sampled many Chai in my years and this is certainly one of the darker, ‘full on’ blends that I tend to favour. The spices are strong but not too much and though dry it’s not an issue once milk is added. It’s a very nice example of a classic Masala Chai. My only criticism is that I love sweet Chai and my all time favourites contain almond, though again that is down to personal taste.
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In appearance the leaves are: long and mostly whole with some rolled and others open. Some are silver and covered in white hairs.
They have a dry yet light floral scent with elements of wood, grass and musk.
Once steeped this tea is light amber in colour and has a light yet crisp and sweet grassy scent.
Flavour is light to medium in strength with sweet grass and floral tones. It’s a little dry which adds a savoury touch and tones down the sweetness. Specifically I can taste: grass, sweet pea, gardenia and wheat. The after taste of sweet flowers lingers in the mouth for a long time.
As it cools it becomes slightly astringent.
Overall: The flavours were nice and pure and I did enjoy the savoury wheat taste, that made it rather unique and different from what I expected. However it did not strike me as amazing, though the quality was very good. I’m trying to think of why it wasn’t amazing but I cannot explain it, something was missing for me…perhaps my love of vegetal and seaweed greens like those found in Japanese varieties have changed my preferred taste when it comes to greentea.
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In appearance this tea consists of: long, thin leaves that are covered with silver hairs. Some are darker in colour though they still have the silver hairs.
They have a sweet, light and floral scent that is dry and almost perfumed.
Once steeped this tea is light orange in colour and has a light, floral and sweet scent.
Flavour is light to medium in strength and bares a floral sweetness. It’s dry and nutty which comes through in the after taste. Also elements of light peach which contrast nicely against the peony and honeysuckle notes. It has no astringency.
As it cools it becomes creamy though remains highly sweet and dry.
Overall: This was a delicious white tea, full of flavour and of great quality.
While I am not the hugest fan of white tea in general I do appreciate a nice pot of it from time to time. This particular type had more flavour and strength than I anticipated which made it a wonderful drink. At times it reminded me of a light Oolong rather than a white tea, and the quality blew me away.
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In appearance this tea consists of: small, dark and curly leaves with some stems and golden tips present.
It smells sweet and woody with elements of cocoa, malt and smoke.
Once steeped this tea is garnet in colour and has a light malt scent with a hint of fresh wood.
Flavour is medium/strong in strength with rich malt tones that are slightly astringent and smoky. Also has a dark fruit flavour which goes into the after taste, prunes and dates in particular. Some dryness is present throughout.
As it cools it becomes more dry and seems thicker, especially the malt tones. Also getting fresh tobacco and wood shavings.
Overall: This was pretty much as I predicted: it was rich, it was dark and very full of flavour. The fruit flavours made me think of a few Taiwanese blacks that I have tried recently, so while this had Assam qualities it also kept my tasting fresh and interesting. That being said I prefer a more classic Assam. Also the quality was again very good.
In appearance this Darjeeling consists of: small and dark, curly leaves which range from dark brown, to red brown, to green to white.
It has a sweet yet earthy scent of wood and flowers. Also a touch of malt and dry musk .Once steeped this tea is amber in colour and has a dry, musky yet sweet wood scent.
Flavour is rich and dark with a hint of sour astringency. It’s very wooden and musky which lingers in the mouth beautifully. Also reminds me of dry, mixed flowers.
As it cools the wood becomes more like malt and the astringency develops an air of light smoke.
Overall: This was a beautiful Darjeeling that bared heavy muscatel tones and offered the warmth of the Indian sun. A great example of what a second flush Darjeeling should be.
On the grand scale of things this Darjeeling was very nice but not perfect, it was missing the nutty and creamy qualities that I admire. Please keep in mind that it is down to personal preference.
A few days ago I started my morning with this tea and have decided to do so again, only that this time it’s iced. I cold steeped some two days ago and have been drinking it since, it was a nice way to finish the last of this sample. This morning is the last glass full and I have to say that this went down better than I thought it would. Usually with sweet iced tea (particularly fruit sweet) it becomes too pop like and ends up tasting like pure sugar. This however, tastes refreshing and the sweetness is toned down behind a perfumed, grassy green tea flavour. If anything the sweet essence is an after taste that doesn’t last too long. I’m wondering if Frank intended this one to be iced.
Nice start to the day :)
I’ve been drinking this for a couple of days after making a large iced batch. The reason for the delay in reviewing is that I can’t make my mind up about it. On the one hand it tastes so pepperminty that it reminds me of toothpaste, especially since it’s cold. It leaves my mouth tasting as though I just brushed my teeth. On the other hand it’s a handy drink to have if you’ve eaten something smelly like onion or garlic. And after all the taste is actually pleasant and refreshing,
Let me break it down. First sip is citrus(y) with a light infusion of lemongrass and lime (nothing sour, actually rather creamy) but this only lasts for a second. After that the peppermint kicks in and spreads itself around my mouth to leave a creamy and refreshing (almost tingling) sensation. This lingers well into the after taste until before you know it, poof, it’s gone.
The only conclusion I can come to is that it’s nice but because of it’s unusual nature (in iced form anyway) I would have to be in the right mood to drink it. That means it’s not perfect, but the fact that I can drink it at all also means something.
For that reason I will give a fair and rather medium score. ie – Could be better, could be worse.
Flavors: Cream, Lemongrass, Peppermint
My head hurts. I thought some tea and water would get rid of it this morning but it’s stayed with me through lunch. It’s a fairly mild headache but it’s starting to grate on me a little now.
This tea (one steeped) has a sweet and buttery scent, something fruity and berry like with fudge.
Flavour: Toasted grass and flowers, slightly astringent, sweet berries with a creamy after taste of cocoa nib and nuts. Somewhat perfumed and a little dry. The more I sip the more defined the strawberry flavour becomes.
I’m not usually a fan of these sorts of blends and I approached this one cautiously, however I found to be rather pleasant and though far from perfect it was a nice afternoon tea all the same.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Strawberry
Good morning everyone!
My day begins with this Strawberry Zabaglione Chun Mee which was from my 52Teas Christmas box. I didn’t have it around Christmas as I found nothing Christmas-sy about it, in fact most of the teas from the box were not Christmas-sy or wintery I found. A disappointment compared to previous years.
The raw leaf smells strongly of sweet strawberry, reminds me of strawberry gummy sweets. I can also note some large-ish pieces of strawberry amongst the leaves, of which the Chun Mee is rather finely chopped.
Once steeped the tea is golden brown and bares a super sweet strawberry scent with an after scent of perfume and grass. Slightly astringent.
Flavour: Fairly light and creamy strawberry tones with moderate dryness and perfume present. Slightly astringent and sour. The sweetness is rather strong, I didn’t read the ingredients but it wouldn’t surprise me to see stevia amongst them, it certainly tastes sweet enough. Further cups reveal a toasted quality which tones down the sweetness a little, though the after taste is still heavily strawberry.
I did dry the original Strawberry Zabaglione with a black base and remembered liking it. This is nice but I found the base far too dry for my liking and in comparison I don’t remember the original being nearly as dry. The flavour is delightful and I would certainly drink it again but my mouth feels almost furry and after this pot of tea I will have to grab a glass of water. So nice try Frank but it’s still not perfect in my opinion.
Flavors: Drying, Grass, Strawberry, Sweet, Toasted
Hey, Ho, Pip and Dandy.
My lunch time tea is this White Paradise chai chosen to aid me with a kick of spice and flavour after lunch. This low calorie diet is no fun, my 300 calorie pasta lunch was virtually tasteless and I long for something to express flavour in my mouth. Something that is no calories that is.
The blend as a whole smells thickly of cardamom and cinnamon with a refreshing boost of anise. Not overly strong but stronger than expected considering the white tea base.
Once steeped the tea tastes similar to it’s smell. The cinnamon and anise are dominant flavours in front of a dry and spicy pepper and lemongrass herbiness. I can’t taste the white tea but am happy it’s there non the less. The lemongrass is a little odd in this, I seem to be having an issue with lemongrass blends today. Then again I don’t think lemongrass goes with chai and spices so it can’t just be my taste buds today.
On terms of chai this is average, not digging the miss-match of flavours and I’m also not a fan of strong anise in general. It just doesn’t feel like a full chai though with that lemongrass, I just can’t get past it.
Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Lemongrass