19 Tasting Notes
I’m not really a big fan of black teas from China, and this was no exception. It wasn’t unpleasant to drink, just not very strong or particularly to my liking.
I liked the taste of this tea far better than I thought I would from smelling the tin when it arrived. I bought based on the name because I’m a bit of a history buff, and I’m glad I did in this case. It’s just easy drinking and enjoyable.
I have to say that every time I brew this tea I like it a little better. It’s becoming one of my favorites after a good, but not great, first impression.
My ratings always seem somewhat harsh when I judge on a 100-points basis. (The same happens with wine ratings.) But I enjoy this tea quite a bit. If I did put milk in tea, I think this would be one where I would enjoy it. But I don’t, and it’s still quite comforting. I find the small a bit off-putting, but the taste is quite pleasant.
I just want to like this tea more than I do. I get that it’s complex and I guess at some level I do see why so many people like it (and monkey teas in general). I’m just not that big a fan of Chinese black teas. I find the taste ‘in mouth’ (ok, I’m far more familiar with reviewing wines, but I’m trying here!) to be pleasant, but I find it a bit sour and bitter once it’s left my mouth. I probably won’t buy it again, but I will drink what I have already bought.
Enjoyable as either a morning or afternoon tea, I’ll enjoy this while my stock lasts.
Like most breakfast blends this is very enjoyable but probably not destined to be my favorite tea ever. It is, however, a tea that I could very easily see myself drinking every morning and being perfectly happy with life. I’ll be enjoying this tea quite a bit through the winter months this year. I’m so glad I picked it up when I was in Aberdeen.
I like basic black teas in the morning and this is a perfect one to wake me up. I can’t say there is anything overly special about this tea, but it’s just pleasing to my taste buds.