412 Tasting Notes

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drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
412 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.

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drank Nilgiri by Whittard of Chelsea
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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Backlogging. This is a great combination for a summer Earl Grey, but I think that in the winter my hand will reach out for Twining’s Earl Grey, as it has more body, and less acidity. Still need to form an opinion on the third Earl Grey that I have – Fortnum’s.

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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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Hmm… Had this tea yesterday again, and it caught me by surprise. Suddenly these malty, smokey rich flavours emerged, and made for a very joyous cup. Curious. Bumping up this tea’s grade, and keeping an eye on it.

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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).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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This is my favourite Assam to date – than you Terri for giving me a chance to taste it! Malty, chocolatey, sweet, smooth, strong but not bitter, little to no astringency – fantastic. Did not drink with milk – will try another cup with milk this afternoon. Immediately goes on my shopping list

Terri HarpLady

Yay!! I’m so happy you like it!

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.

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