494 Tasting Notes
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped 5 minutes.
Ooops. Four minutes is my favourite for steeping black teas. I got distracted — what else is new? What I have here is stronger but not bitter. There’s more of an Indian-tea taste: not malt, but some other note you get in some Assams, and very rarely in a Darjeeling, almost a breadiness, with a hint of rose. The honey notes are stronger in the aftertaste. This one is crying out for milk, but I always regret it when I add milk to black tea. Stronger Yunnan-wood notes, too; I think these tea bushes were Yunnan clippings planted in Nepalese soil on the Jun Chiyabari estate. When I say wood notes, I mean ancient trees and clean air, not that woody-sour note some roobios has. A happy accident, steeping this too long.
1.5 tsp for 300mL @ 100C, steeped six minutes.
Two big mistakes here. 1) I oversteeped. 2) I used way too much leaf.
This blend is incredibly potent, some sort of super-tea. Definitely follow the instructions. I knew better, too. I just forgot.
A thick body, lots of Ceylon I think, copper notes, with bergamot a cardamom, all so gentle … and all so packed with caffeine. The closest comparison to this blend would be Ahmad’s English Tea No1, and, while I like Ahmad’s English Tea No 1, it doesn’t come close to Persian Tradition. Excellent tea.
1.5tsp for 250mL water @100C, steeped seven minutes.
I steep herbals a long time.
This is an excellent ginger tisane. You must like ginger to drink this. It burns. When you’ve got a sore throat, this burn is goooood. I don’t know why; it seems counter-intuitive, coating a sore throat with ginger and pepper, but it soothes. The ginger here is good for nausea, too, if you’re not too far gone to throw up a sip of liquid. I still miss the Electric Lemon from a few years ago, but this one rocks.
1 bag for 250 mL water @100C, steeped 5 minutes, drunk bare.
I got a chest of Ahmad bagged tea last night: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and this rather scientific sounding English Tea No 1. I was dubious: light with bergamot, huh?
It’s pretty good. The tea base is strong, with lots of copper notes from a Ceylon. The bergamot is very light, giving a dry mouth-feel, dry like white wine, but without any acidity. I like this much more tha I thought I would.
Ahmad just might be my favourite for bagged tea, Ahmad and Stash.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped five minutes, drunk bare.
So long as you like chamomile … which is fresh and fragrant and even a bit apple-y in this blend. The mango tastes and smells authentic, and the vanilla works well. It tastes nothing like a mango lassi; it tastes like chamomile with mango and vanilla flavouring. I like it in the evenings.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @80C, steeped two minutes.
I like this one. I remember liking it a few yeas ago, too. The apple flavour tends to the Granny Smith end, and it can get a bit Jolly Rancher-ish. I might steep this one minute next time. Nice nibble of cinnamon. I can’t taste much green tea. Soothing. I used to drink a lot of Celestial Seasonings Apple Cinnamon when I was in university. This reminds me a lot of it, and of the happiness of fall studies.