4366 Tasting Notes
This is lovely. I brewed it in my gaiwan, using a less-than-boiling temperature (to avoid burning my fingers) and steeping for 1 minute for the first infusion. The result is perfection. The cup is rich and robust and full-flavored, surprisingly so after such a short brew time. There are deliciously sweet caramel-y undertones, as well as a delicious bake-y kind of taste. Would be a good first-thing-in-the-morning tea as well as a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon.
Townshend’s Tea appears to be remodeling their website, because when I went there I could not find this tea … and the website looked quite different from what I remember. I hope that the missing few teas is only a temporary thing, because I don’t see my favorite Pear and Pomegranate tea on there yet.
But this tea is quite nice too. The vanilla is strong. A good tea to represent Mt. Hood which is usually covered in snow, one of our most picturesque views in this area is looking toward Mt. Hood. Some days it appears to be floating.
A nice, pleasant tea. I might like the black tea base to be a little more rounded, perhaps a blend instead of one tea type (I suspect this is a Ceylon because it’s not particularly bold. It’s delicious, but just not as sturdy as some other teas that could have been selected for a base). But it is still quite a nice afternoon tea, and I suspect it also makes a heck of a latte.
I am in the process of brewing some of this (double strength) to drink tomorrow as traditional Thai Iced Tea, but, I decided to try a cup of it hot first (not double strength) to see how I like it hot.
It’s really quite fabulous served hot, too. The black tea is good and strong, which makes me hopeful for the iced tea to come, but I can also taste the spices. The vanilla is soft and creamy. YUM! Can’t wait to try this iced tomorrow!
This is an amazing Earl Grey. Perhaps not my favorite, I think that the Earl Grey Excelsior still holds that title, but this one deserves high marks. This one does have mixed reviews, and I think that is because there are many who just are not fond of Earl Grey (how could that possibly be? This tea drinker doesn’t get it. I know that every palate is as individual as the person who possesses it … but, still) and this is truly an Earl Grey. The bergamot is clear and focused, and tastes crisply citrus-y with its lovely tangy quality. The slight tongue-tingly sensation can come off as a bit perfume-ish, because that was my initial reaction, but now as I’m more than halfway through the cup, I realize that this is more of the tart-tangy taste of the bergamot, and not so much perfume.
A really, really good Earl Grey.
The second infusion is noteworthy because the tones have all softened. Not really lightened as in diminished, but softened as in become quite harmonious with one another … melding into a more unified flavor that is floral and sweet and soft and creamy. I think I like this second infusion even better than the first.
I find this tea to be confusing … or at least, I think that the Spice and Tea Exchange is confused. The ingredient lists green tea, whereas the description and title calls this a White tea, and the leaves look like white tea to me.
This has a very romantic overture to it, the rose and the jasmine and the lavender are the most prominent flavors here, with the rose being the primary focus. The peppermint is rather soft, really, and seems content to sit off in the background. The white tea is not lost here, either, and offers a light, sweet, slightly creamy taste to the pleasing floral tones.
I’m on my fifth infusion now, and I’ve noticed that in these later infusions, a sour fruit taste begins to emerge. Not overwhelmingly sour, but a nice contrast to the sweet and creamy notes of the tea. A vegetal tone is also emerging – it is slightly sweet and complements the other flavors.
A really like this Oolong, and the more I sip it, the more I enjoy it.
This is a pleasing Milk Oolong. The leaves were a bit smaller than I expected them to be, not all of them looked to be in tightly wound pellets the way I usually find with a Milk Oolong.
The flavor is beautifully sweet but not overly so, and it does have a very pleasing creaminess to it, although I did not find this to be quite as creamy as I usually notice with a Milk Oolong. It could be that it is a naturally occurring milk Oolong rather than a flavor enhanced one.
I find this to be very enjoyable. Sweet, creamy and quite soothing.
Wow! This is remarkable. This is truly a unique green tea, quite unlike any other that I’ve tasted. It is perhaps the smokiest green tea that I’ve tried, and the smoke element gives this a pleasing savory quality. The union of rich green tea flavors together with the smoke is quite delicious, lightly sweet and very savory … Definitely a must try, in my opinion!