277 Tasting Notes
It has turned very vegetal and puts one in mind of fresh mown grass -but in an oddly pleasant way. So far I’ve yet to find anything distinctly non-pleasing about this tea; each flavor that comes out is enjoyable.
I’m not sure I can stretch this to another steeping, but will give it a try.
I put 13 in my 12oz steeper cup.
The color is very clear, but with a cream hue.
The scent is sweet with a strong berry tone.
The taste is very lightly sweet with a hint of berry through the nose area, with a green and hay-like roundness in the mouth and back of throat. It has a medium and light finish.
This is my second white tea, after a Drum Mt. White; my spouse bought me a sample of each of Imperial Garden’s whites. I wasn’t quite sure about whites after the first one, but curious to try more. This makes me glad I tried more. It’s just lovely.
I look forward to fiddling with steep times and such; it’s a very pleasing tea… you could scarf it down if it wasn’t just so good you want to sip it.
Nope, didn’t like it NOR think it’s good quality.
The smell of the steeped tea is lovely; all black tea and richly raspberry.
The taste has no raspberry in it, is all bitter, stinging black tea. The Ceylon isn’t even pleasant in this. The whole of it would be more suited to nasty medicine than a tea.
Another case of “I liked it but wouldn’t buy any more of it”.
The dry and steeping scent is of apple & cinnamon sweetened oatmeal or maybe apple crumble.
The taste is much the same, but weaker. I’d steep it for longer next time to see if that strengthens the flavor, as it was at 4 minutes it was a little watery.
It tastes mostly of apple, red apple flesh in this case, with a hint of cinnamon sweetness in the nose and a toasted flavor around the cheeks just as you finish your sip.
It’s much more an apple drink than anything else. Would likely be loved by those big on fruit tisanes, but I’m not one of those. Again, I think it’s good as a fruit tea but I, personally, wouldn’t get any more of it and will be trading a lot of it.
This time made with 4.5g to 12oz water, steeped 1 minute.
The smell has a stronger “muscatel” fragrance than other Darjeelings I’ve had. Slightly sweet.
This one is best drank warm but not hot. When truly hot the flavor doesn’t yet come out fully.
It’s a richer Darjeeling than I’m used to. It doesn’t have the (much loved by me) daintiness of others I’ve had.
It’s very round and filling in the mouth without hitting one particular area for flavor/feel. I’m not getting any of the pineapple or such from this. It’s a fairly flat tasting tea.
I’ll try this cold-brewed and see what I can get out of it that way.
The steeped tea is yellow, with a strong fresh apple scent… sort of a tart, maybe green apple.
The tea isn’t sweet or apple-juice toned at all. It’s a touch bitter and astringent and has only the lightest, barest hint of fruit to its finish… and that seems more plummy than apple.
As it cools it takes on more of the taste of a green (maybe granny smith) apple’s skin. It doesn’t have a flesh or juice taste.
The more I drink, the less I like it. Not finishing the cup.