293 Tasting Notes
I bought this tea today since my Golden Monkey Tea has yet to arrive in the mail and I felt like I needed something new to taste. I went to Le Palais de The, looked around, bought some Milk Oolong (hoping that it will be worth the price – it’s waiting for my gaiwan to arrive), and this tea, based on a review in teaviews.
I do not like flavoured teas, so buying this tea was adventurous of me. The smell is overpowering – almost like a cough syrup sweetness. I choked on it. But I decided to buy and brew. The instructions suggest brewing for 4-5 minutes, but I was worried that the tea would be too strong to my liking, and so opted to go by sight and steep for less time (2.5 min). The tea is a bright red with a yellow halo, and the smell, though not very far from my original impression, has toned down somewhat to a very rich toffee smell.
The tea is creamy, with no astringency, and tastes very much like a rich toffee with a slight vanilla and toffee aftertaste. At two and a half minutes brewing time the toffee flavour is gentle – more of a hint than a definitive, overpowering flavour. I liked it enough to try brewing it for 4 minutes next time. The tea is sweet enough to not warrant adding sugar. Not an everyday treat for me, but definitely worth a re-brew, to make my final opinion on it. Not sure that I like it – has a definite powerful chemical taste to it that I’m not sure that I like
The perfect Ceylon if you can get your hands on it. This is not part of F&M’s usual collection, but you can find it sold by weight in their store in Piccadilly or in their Heathrow Terminal 1 boutique. It’s a cheerful, warming tea – bright and malty, and goes well with milk (although I prefer it plain). The leaves are quite small (BOP) so be careful not to overbrew.
A lovely tea to end the day with.