519 Tasting Notes
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @95C, steeped four minutes, drunk bare.
I am experimenting with cooler water on black teas, but for this robust blend, I think a full 100C boil does the best job of bringing out the creamy heft of Assam. The smokier (Keemun?) tea dominated and got a little bitter. Very enjoyable, still, and it gave me a great boost this evening.
5 tsp for 1,000mL water @ 95C, Breville, four minutes 30 seconds, basket cycle on.
Ohhhhh, yes, baby. I’ve been waiting to treat myself with this lovely Keemun in the Breville. Today’s been rough. Tonight means Keemun Hao Ya. (Breville Tea Maker, you are my friend.)
Toasty, winey. Orchids notes. Some smoke. Some grainy/cereal notes I’ve not picked up before, a bit like Grape Nuts; I guess that’s on the toasty end of the spectrum.
Addition: I normally drink my tea bare — no milk or sugar — but this evening I added maybe 2 tsp of 2% milk to this Keemun. The milk mutes the smokiness at first, yet seems to increase the smoke in the finish. Milk als amps up the wineyness. It’s nice, but I don’t enjoy it as much.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @95C, steeped three minutes and thirty seconds.
Oh, oh, OH! I can taste orchids! The slightly cooler water brings out this tea’s sweeter, more floral notes, almost oolong-y. I used cooler water by accident. The oak and smoke and minerals remain but are gentler. So clean. Really special.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, steeped four minutes.
A very enticing blend. Creamy heft from the Assam, muscat from the Darjeeling, wineyness from Keemun, fruitiness from the oolong, and a hit of jasmine. Drinking my second cup in less than an hour. Soothing and delicious.
I find this one tastes better when made with slightly cooler water.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @ 100C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.
An excellent Assam. Bold, not bitter. Notes of freshly baked bread, roses, and sunshine. Medium to heavy body. Drenching Assam taste. Good malty pucker but not so astringent as to tear the mouth off ya. Sweet notes. I prefer it steeped a little longer.
1.5 tsp for 330mL water @100C. Steeped 4 minutes. Drunk bare.
Oh my GAWD.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had any Black Needle Yunnan, and this tea from Stash is very, very good. Liquor is dark brass. Notes of honey, musk, pepper and minerals. Clean finish. My favourite Yunnan. I forgot the leaves can be re-steeped and am kicking myself for tossing my leaves after just one cup.
Worth every penny, even shipping.