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4 Tasting Notes

67

We ran out of Twinings English Breakfast and needed a strong, quality loose black tea quickly to make sure we had a morning brew to kickstart the family. I wanted to try something stronger and more malty than English Breakfast but Twinings does not import any strong teas into Germany. Not even Irish Brekkie. I will need to find a specialty shop in Munich or somewhere – or just order online. Anyway, let’s not go into that. This classic East Frisian blend was the only thing around the local grocery so I gave it a shot. No regrets so far – it is supple but not overwhelming. We have it with a bit of very creamy milk fresh from the farm, and given the very hard water around these parts, I just could do with something more malty and punchy in the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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78

Ok this tea is probably the best quality green tea I have drunk since I attended a tea ceremony in Beijing many years ago. Which does not say a lot given my absolute ignorance and lack of experience aside from that one time! Also, this tea will need more experimenting in terms of how it is prepared. One go is not enough. But that said, I very much look forward to it. On the first go, this already is a potential favourite as work horse and allrounder. Light but lingering taste. High quality but nothing fancy shmancy going on: a great go-to for afternoon lulls at work. Very pleasant, probably great as a cold thirst-quencher too.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92

Made this one for the wife as she did not enjoy the Pu Erh all that much and I had ordered a batch from Schrader. She absolutely loved it – she raved so much about it I had to have a few sips to try. Delicious. Fragrant. Sweet but not sickly.

This definitely could become a family favourite.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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67

Tried this when I got home after dinner as an evening treat since it arrived today in the mail. My first pu erh. I did not use the first steep, but tried the second and the third.

Smells of hay bales, not unpleasantly so. Taste was quite light, though distinct, given the very dark liquor. Probably did not use enough – I used one “hat” in almost a litre of water. Schrader recommends using 3 per litre. Hmmm. Might try that some other time.

Certainly not something I would drink every day, but a treat after rich food on cold days, or as a pleasantly earthy breakfast drink.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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