403 Tasting Notes
Yes! This tea is wonderful when iced! All the fruity notes and the complexity survive to make a cup of iced tea the likes of which you can only get when brewing good quality tea at home. My dad, not a tea drinker at all, came in on Sunday to help me build a cabinet (for teapots, cups, gaiwans,etc if you are asking :) ), and he loved it. It doesn’t need any sweetening in my opinion, and adding mint, lemon and other “tea additives” will just take the edge off the wonderful depth of this tea. I’m so, so, sorry that Norbu no longer stocks it regularly (they are willing to special order it, but only in large amounts). Solidly one of my favourite teas.
A new batch – this is notedly less astringent, and this smooth and rather light bodied tea is becoming an office favourite for an afternoon pick-me-up. A well-mannered, slightly shy tea, that is immediately likeable.
Takes milk admirably, but take care to brew it much stronger, and it tends to brew on the lighter side of Indian black teas.
Drinking this iced (made in a Takeya flash chill tea maker – a great purchase!) – very, very refreshing. This is hands down my most versatile tea, and a staple must in my cupboard. Light, smooth, brisk and refreshing.
Something to drink lounged in a beautiful, summer garden.
I’m in the process of moving my desk at work, and so I’m clearing up a good amount of clutter. Imagine my surprise when I found three pouches of good tea and one tea sample hidden at the back of one of my drawers? I immediately stopped moving, and had a cup of this lovely tea, brewed Western style, and shared with my moving mate.
Well, whoever though of coupling bright, acidic, delicate Darjeeling with not-too-much bergamot was a GENIUS. They go fantastically together, dancing with refreshing delight on our parched and dusty tongues and throats. The bergamot leaves room for the Darjeeling to sing, and the Darjeeling flavours are enhanced, not overpowered by the bergamot. One of the few cases where flavouring and tea meet together to create a bigger, better whole (in my opinion – I don’t like flavoured/scented/smoked tea).
Drinking this tea iced – and it is fantastic! A great way to unwind after a long and eventful day. The golden tea is malty, slightly fruity, with a touch of astringency that finishes off the cup. Although it smells like a Mi Lan Phoenix Dan Cong when dry, it has very little in common with it. There’s an oily smoothness to the liquor, and no pronounced floral aromas.