511 Tasting Notes
Got this as a sample with an order …
I steeped it 4 min 30 seconds. It’s got a richness and a sweet coffee & chocolate-ish flavour, but it ain’t coffee.
Ain’t tea, either.
Like David’s Coffee Pu-Erh, a really intersting fusion.
Not sure if a sipper who does not already like coffee would like this coffee-laced tea. But it’s good. Better with every sip.
The owner of Britannia Teas warned me I would not be able to ‘go back’ to other (and less expensive) jasmine teas once I tried the Jasmine Dragon Tears. She was right. Not perfumey, not bitter, but certainly not weak … and the jasmine ‘hit’ lasts and lasts. Demand may increase the price of these hand-rolled tears, but I don’t care.
My favourite black tea blend, ever, and I have drunk many. While David’sTea’s David’s Organic Breakfast gives this blend a serious challenge, Britannia’s English Breakfast remains my Writin Tea, my comfort, and, when needed, my wake-up. I am not sure what’s in this blend, but I will guess at a goodly amount of Keemun (winey), Assam (malt and heft) and possibly Ceylon (brightness). Deep and complex, with many tastes dancing in the mouth. I never let myself run out of this one. I steep it just over three minutes but have drunk it after 5+ minutes. Can get a little tannic and astringent around 4-5 minutes, so just treat it nice.
I must have a REALLY fresh batch this time, because the apple-y taste of the green rooibos dominates. And that’s fine. I get the cocoa on the aftertaste. Perhaps not as much cinnamon as last time. Still, my favourite rooibos-based blend ever. And really refreshing.
I wish, I so wish, I could find or blend a tes and spice mix that satisfies like this concentrate; I always feel like I’m cheating somehow when I enjoy this. I make this withone part conencetrate, one part milk. If making it on the stove, I might add an extra ginger&black teabag or two (Stash Ginger Breakfast). Pleasantly warming with a goodly punch of ginger; creaminess from the milk soothes any burn. A bit sweeter than I’d normally drink milky tea, but then adding water or more black tea can help fix that. Fabulous treat when you’re chilled through to the bone. Not much black tea taste on its own. Prepares easily in the microwave, but it tastes and feels better to me on the stove, with extra black tea added.
Yes, I’m yakkin about Super Chocolate again.
Today I steeped 1TB in a filter bag in a 300mL glass mug rather than in my 450mL travel mug, and I forgot to add stevia. So I have a stronger tea base, and I can really get the sharp nip of cinnamon this time. Seriously, the more I drink this stuff, the better it gets. Puh-LEEZE, Canada Post, bring me my order that you said would arrive on the 28th.
Sweet, almost too heavy on the papaya, and grassy. Potent kick through the bombilla. Gives at least four good infusions. For all the sweetness, I find I still need to add stevia to it or the blend upsets my stomach. Not an everyday cup for me, but it certainly delivers what it promises.