386 Tasting Notes
This is a bold Assam. Not for it the mellowness of meeker Assams, or the timidness of Assam blends. You will get a sharp caffeine kick from drinking it, and the malty flavours are coupled with a brisk bitterness and a notable astringency that loves to be tamed by milk-and-sugar. Today I’m drinking it with a bit of maple syrup, since I want to feel at least some of its invigorating bitterness, and no milk. It is a great morning companion that I may have to relegate to the office, since it is getting woefully neglected at home.
The caddy is the wonderful F&M caddy (very beautiful, extremely functional, great for stacking), and the dry leaves are a mosaic of warm walnut brown with flashes of gold in between. It smells deliciously dusky, as if warning of you of the potent kick that it holds.
For now there’s a ceasefire, which is good. Let’s see how long it holds. Yesterday wasn’t great with two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, and a coworker’s son that is in critical condition in hospital. He’s been stabilized, but is still far from recovery.
Where there is tea there is hope.
I need to logon to steepster from a proper computer and not an iPad to up this tea’s rating. It has become my favourite morning tea with milk brew. There’s something about it that just comes to life with the creaminess of milk.
Yesterday at around 17:00 there was another rocket siren. I was still at work, so we made our way downstairs. A lot of parents with kids were stuck outside the building, so on our way to the underground parking lot we let them in.
Hoping for peace and quiet. Drinking tea in the meanwhile.
This is one of the free samples that I got from Teabox with my “All the Darjeelings” sample boxes. This Assam has a lot of golden tips, but the ‘“broken” in the FTGBOP clonal grade is justified. The dry leaves smell fruity, but also dusky – hinting at their strength.
It is a highly caffinated tea, as Assam tend to be, but it lacks the trully deep, bass-y aroma of an excellent Assam. It reminds me of a strengthened fruity Ceylon, coupled with Ceylon’s astringncy and flavor profile. Not much malt in this tea, plenty of stone fruit.
Tasty, but not mind blowing.
Had a lovely cup of this, this afternoon. This is a wonderful Dian Hong, silky sweet, rich, with no astringency and notes of chocolate, sugar and honey. I love the little shop it came from in Portobello and I can’t recommend it enough.
After a few days of quiet, I was woken at 6AM on a Saturday by the rocket warning sirens. They were loud and went on for a good five minutes. Dogs started barking like crazy as people left their apartments in their pyjamas and huddled for shelter in the stairwell. Not the best way to start the weekend.
Out of curiosity, decided to have this with some maple syrup. I’ve never sweetened tea with maple syrup before, but as I’ve read a few reviews here where people used maple syrup for that purpose, I decided to give it a try.
It is very, very good. Not as sweet as sugar (a plus), and adds a distinct hint of maple syrup (which I love, so also a plus).
So this tea made me happy, which is good, because the situation here is only getting worse and worse. A soldier was kidnapped during the latest ceasefire. That is every Israeli parent’s worst nightmare. It also means that any chance for a ceasefire anytime soon have just been blown to smithereens. And I can’t even imagine what is going over the kidnapped soldier.
At times like these even great tea isn’t enough :(
For the first time in months I’ve had a chance to brew a tea gongfu. This tea looks like melted honey, and is a very deep, chocolatey malt black tea. The dry leaves are among the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and are sure to impress even non-tea drinking friends. There is a very slight hint of astringency to it, which is unusual for Yunnans. But I only got the astringency when brewing gongfu.
It is really worth brewing this tea gongfu, as it brings out a depth of flavour that Western style brewing simply doesn’t.
Sirens sounded a few minutes ago, with really loud BOOMs. Cat is terrified, and I was pretty startled, even though I’m supposed to be used to it by now. :/
Tea. Just tea.
Had a feisty cup of this this morning. I haven’t had this tea in a while, and it made me fall in love with Kenyan tea in the first place. I love its bass-y, slightly smokey flavor, especially in the morning.
Things seem to be taking a turn for the worse here, which is very very bad. :(
Praying for peace.
We are working our way through Teabox’s All the Darjeelings sample box, slowly but surely. Today’s selection was Arya Ruby, which I can’t seem to find anymore on Teabox’s site. It is a very fragrant tea, on the verge of being perfumy. There is a very slight astringency to it, so you may want to sweeten it up a bit. A nice Darjeeling.