4837 Tasting Notes
This wonderful tea arrived in my mailbox yesterday.
The leaves are thin, tiny and curly. Very green with little tiny white hairs.
I brewed this in my gaiwan and used a strainer to pour it from the gaiwan to my teacup, but, I’m happy to report that very few of the leaves (maybe 3?) escaped.
The flavor is very fresh, sweet and fruity. I am really liking this a lot. It is certainly an excellent tea to enjoy with the spicy Szechuan food that I’m eating for dinner. Fire-y hot (and delicious) tamed by the sweet cup of tea. A really lovely culinary experience.
I am going to raise the numeric rating of this because I toyed around a bit with the brewing parameters. It is much better if the kettle is pulled just before it reaches the boiling point. I think that this is true of most Darjeeling teas.
The bergamot is strong in this blend and plays well with the muscatel notes in the Darjeeling tea. The woodsy notes of the Darjeeling seem to meld with some of the floral notes of the bergamot, giving the fruit more opportunity to be more citrus-y and less flowery… I would say that this is a masculine Earl Grey. Very clean and bright in flavor.
This tea ALMOST reminds me of Dawn from The Simple Leaf – although it not quite as chocolate-y as Dawn. I found that reducing the brewing time to 2 minutes reduced the note of bitterness slightly. There is still a bitter note, but, it is not a “bad” bitterness.
There is also a sweetness – almost like honey – to it, and I think this is why the bitterness is a good thing, because without the bitter note, I think it would taste a little too sweet and it would overwhelm some of the savory notes in the cup.
A very delicious cup that is refreshing for the palate.
The scent is unmistakably pumpkin and it is especially evident in the dry leaf. The liquor still has the pumpkin aroma but when combined with the scent of the brewed black tea it smells a bit different…
The flavor is pumpkin-ish however it doesn’t taste authentic to me. Like artificial pumpkin flavor. It doesn’t taste bad, exactly… but, it isn’t the tastiest pumpkin tea I’ve encountered, either.
So I decided to get out the frother and turn this into a latte-treat, and it tastes so much better this way.
A very pleasant Assam.
I usually drink my Assam tea with a splash of milk but this one doesn’t really need it. I’m sure it would be really tasty with it, but, it doesn’t NEED it to curb that edge that I often experience with Assam.
Brisk, strong with lovely malty highlights.
A very nice way to wake up.
I received this sample from NecessiTeas what seems like ages ago, but I am just now getting around to trying it. The aroma of the dry leaf is nice, I can smell the lavender and the vanilla and the coconut. It is a lovely, delicious fragrance. The brewed liquor offers hints of the vanilla, chamomile, coconut and lavender all at once, it smells interesting and different… very pleasant and unusual and soothing aroma.
This is a very tasty tea. There is a really nice balance between the vanilla, coconut and lavender. The chamomile is not a strong flavor but I can detect its apple-like note, which plays in nicely with the other flavors here. The black tea is a smooth, unassuming base flavor that is not particularly strong, but it’s there. There is also a interesting note of chocolate, not a sweet chocolate, but more of like a savory note that is somewhat deep and chocolate-y.
I really like this. Very nice.
Yum… Chai Latte Time!
Yep, I even warmed up the milk and frothed it.
This is really nice. A pleasing balance of chocolate (rich and delish!) spice (strong but not super spicy) and tea (brisk and strong enough to hold its own with the other powerful flavors). I will have to try this without the milk sometime and see how it is – but it is EXTRAORDINARILY good with the milk. yummy nom nom nom!