429 Tasting Notes
First of all, I love yunnan teas. But this one is very mild. I like a strong, brisk yunnan tea and this is not one. If your into very mild yunnans then try this one. If not, look elsewhere.
I’m not usually a big green tea drinker, but this one is quite nice. I found this one at T.J.Maxx for 3 bucks marked down. I buy a lot of my teas that way. What I like about this tea is while it smells and tastes of jasmine, its not overpowering. A&D’s jasmine was way too much jasmine for me. This tea is relaxing and just a little sweet. I get just a little bitterness towards the bottom of the cup but not too much. This is not a tea I would purchase at full price but for the price I payed a good bargain.
The second steep of this tea actually tastes better than the first. No bitterness at all.
I would call this tea an afternoon tea. Its brisk and malty, organic (a plus), and steeps up to a pale golden color. It has a little bitterness and astringency which I have found in all Ceylon teas. Its an ok tea but nothing I would reorder.
This is a sample I received from Strand Tea co. This tea really surprised me. This tea has slender dark black twisted leaves that unfurl when steeped. The flavor of the tea is smooth and delicate while being sugar sweet. It has an amber color when infused and has no bitterness or astringency at all. The taste is very complex and mild and actually reminds me of sugarcane. This is one tea I will have to order.
I really like this Earl Grey. Its velvety smooth and doesn’t overpower you with the bergamot and has a hint of vanilla. It has no bitterness or astringency and is very mild and tasty. I really don’t think this would be considered a breakfast tea but would be nice for afternoons or desert tea.
Now this is an assam tea. Im getting so many flavors on so many levels that I can’t identify all of them. This tea is rich, dark, and malty. I can’t find any bitterness or astringency at all. The tea is very smooth and chewy. This tea is brisk and has an orange-red color. I’m getting flavors of malt, caramel and honey. This is the first assam that has wowed me since Mountain Malt.
Since I can’t get Mountain Malt, I have been looking for another BPS1 tea. I found this at Strand Tea Co. in Sandy, Oregon. I ordered a few teas on the 15th and had them on the 18th. Thats not bad for shipping to Maine. They even included 2 samples and cookies. I love getting extras. This is an excellent malty assam. Its not as chewy as MM but it is just as tasty. It has no bitterness and just light astringency. This tea is more of a mild assam and could be drank anytime of day. Dufflagher is bright – alive – full bodied – dark – rich and malty.
I really needed an assam to drink so I picked this one. It was also nice getting back to making my tea by measuring the tea, checking the water temp, and timing the steep. My tea horde is also getting low so I’m placing a couple of large orders this week. I love this tea as it is strong, malty, chewy, and delicious. I love vacations but its so nice getting back home. I also missed my dog (Kleo). I know I’m rambling but its nice to write tea tastings too.