4613 Tasting Notes
Starting my day with this delightful British gentleman. He is so wonderful to wake up to!
The bergamot flavoring with the Keemun leaves really make this tea a stand out amongst other Earl Grey blends.
For those of you who might not know this, TeaEqualsBliss and I have started our own tea review blog – It debuted yesterday with a welcome message but we will be posting reviews very soon. This tea will be the first that I review for that blog.
Thank you to Doulton for allowing me to sample this tea!
This tea is very good – a robust tea that starts off with a spiced floral-woodsy taste, and then becomes a bit fruity in the finish. It has a very pleasant astringency.
I really like this tea, but, there are other Keemun teas that I’ve enjoyed more. After tasting several of Dammann Freres amazing flavored teas, I think my expectations were a bit higher and the tea did not deliver. That isn’t to say that it is a bad tea, just not as great as I had hoped it would be.
OK… my package of this tea is nearly gone (I’ve shared it with a few others) I think I have enough for one (possibly two) more pots of it, and I have finally cracked the code on brewing it! I bring the water to a boil, and then I pour the boiling water into a cold, empty ceramic teapot, and wait a minute, and then I pour this cooled water into the the smart brewing device containing 3 heaping teaspoons of this tea, and allow it to steep for 3 minutes.
The rose and bergamot in this blend are very compatible. The tulsi is quite soft (as is its nature to be) and seems to enhance the fresh, vegetal flavor of the green tea, which is also quite soft. A very pleasant floral essence that has a citrus accent, and a fresh-tasting background.
Increasing the rating by a couple of points after having experienced it with these steeping adjustments.
I must admit that I caved with the Tavalon Steepster Select last week. The Summer Fruit tea sounded so good. But… while at the Tavalon site, this one sounded even better… It was the photo that got me… all those almonds and huge chunks of spices. Had to try it!
I got out my frother and made a lovely, frothy chai! And I am really liking this chai blend. One of the better green chai teas that I’ve tried.
I am not going to get really descriptive with this tea at the moment, because I am enjoying this with a rather spicy pizza, and I feel that the spices from the pizza are affecting the flavor of the tea.
I am really enjoying it though!
I am up way too early for a Saturday. My youngest daughter had a friend spend the night and they’re up, so… guess what? I’m up too.
The one redeeming element in me being up so early is that I can start drinking tea. And I’m starting my day with some Butter Pecan!
I tried it today as a latte, thinking that this might bring out some of the creamier qualities. After having tried it as a latte, I think it’s better without the milk. It’s still good with it, but, better without. The milk mutes some of the strong nutty flavors that I found so enchanting.
But, as I say, it’s still good. Very creamy. Delicious. Definitely one of 52Teas best, in my opinion.
Thank you Doulton – you are the best!
The aroma of the dry leaf is magnificent! It smells like peaches and cream! There isn’t much fragrance from the rose petals, maybe just a hint of floral essence. Once brewed, some of the earthy qualities of the black tea emerge in the scent.
The flavor is also quite magnificent! Smooth and rich. The peach and cream flavor is there, however, the black tea is much more pronounced. This is black tea with peach and vanilla flavor, not the other way around. It has a very bright flavor. Astringent with a slight tannic quality – but not an overt bitter note. Just a little something that sort of rests upon the palate to let you know that it’s black tea that you’re drinking.
I can’t believe it’s been a couple of days without Oolong!
This is not a bad Oolong… especially when one considers that it is a bagged tea.
A nice roasty-toasty aroma and flavor. A pleasant sweetness. I love the “freshly baked” flavor of this tea – like a loaf of bread that just came out of the oven, it’s a very comforting flavor.