304 Tasting Notes
Just grabbed at the NYC Coffee&Tea Festival and liked the sample enough to pay the large amount. Worth it.
Yup, worth it. Like other tisanes it doesn’t rebrew a ton of times and more than tha is suggested for the water amount. I learned on first brew to added more, but the taste when it does is delicious cookie or pie with the almond and fruit.
Very yummy when I’m not one who really goes much for these sorts of things. The almond make a clear pie crust flavor to me, the apple is in the front fruit flavor and that’s how it balances – first the almond makes a brittle and crumby and sweet sort of taste forming a crust, then the fruit comes in second like a bite of pie would.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cookie, Fruity, Nutty, Pastries, Sweet
Have had this tea for a while now and can’t figure out why I’m still working on the first ounce still from buying it. It is so intense, with bitter greens that fill the middle to front and top back sides of the mouth and throat. In a rich way, not too strongly where it’s negative.
I’m sure it’s lasted this long because it is so intense; it’s not an all the time tea for me. But it’s a great one that I’ve grown to enjoy more and more as time has gone on. I think I got it at the coffee and tea festival a year or so ago, but I’m not sure if I did or online…
In any case it’s strong, dark and bitter greens. Stronger than dark veggies I can think of, but I rarely have plain greens of heavier sorts, my dark vegetables usually have mixed in other vegetables, fruits, sauces, whatever’s. I’d make a guess of collards or kale from loose memory.
Anyway, I suggest grabbing some either trading samples or buying it direct and giving it a try. A nice full flavored heavy green for days you want something more pushy.
Flavors: Bitter, Green, Kale
Im not really liking this one. It’s a mix to me of black tea acrid and fishy. And as I drink it it hasn’t grown on me
It’s just black in my mouth. That’s all I get really to describe, it’s black in my mouth. (Color, not referring to the type of tea)
Got this as I am still seeking the right Keemun Mao Feng for me.
This is nicely smokey and rich with underneath deeply below a pleasing black tea acrid feel in the back of the throat. Sweetness and honey colors at the roof of mouth. Moderate astringency.
This is a dark rich tea without being. Too heavy. In fact, I’d like a bit more weight so I may try later brewing with a bit extra leaves. But this may really be the perfect balance. Experimenting is good, though.
Very nice. Might be a standard for me.
Flavors: Heavy, Malt, Smoke, Sweet
Welp, follow up. Went and had it again without remembering my previous tasting.
Loved it on first mouthful.
Came back to leave a review and reread my old one. This is a really tricky one, for sure.
I’ve ordered more since this one was a all from a sample tin. Quite an oddly indeed.
Floral, green, light playful bitter perfume taste on main flat of tongue. The tiniest tinge of sweet but not sweet in the back of the throat.
This so very does not taste light a black tea. It has a Darjeeling feel. Black but not black.
I wouldn’t call this a solid tea at all, taste-wise. Delicate, light,
It has some noticeable astringency that is stronger than the rest of the above flavor description but it doesn’t overwhelm those parts. It all ties together into a structure of greens and pinks and yellows. Light greens to the flowers and bitter greens to the astringency.
My first sip went, “yum”.
If I keep enjoying this sample packet I’m gonna order some of this. It is great for a day you want a black tea but not a typical or Strongly Black one.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Green, Perfume, Sweet
Second time with this tea a couple months later.
Still thick mouth feel and chocolate underneath. It’s round, brown, green, and gentle – low to almost no astringency for me.
This second time this really grabs me as a gentler black tea. I’d say it has a charcoal feel with zero of the burnt or acrid tastes that many blacks have.
Yup, like it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Green
This is front of tongue dark. Orange hard in back top of throat. No middle tongue. The smoke in this is medium to light… A nice level for me as I like lapsang souchong but so often the smoke strength is way too much for me.
Purple-pink but solid, not light soft of pastels, and reds starts to spread more in the back top of the throat as more and more sips are taken.
It has a short finish in the mouth, but smoke lingers in your nose.
This is a gentle lapsang souchong. Not empty, not lacking, not light…but gentle. There is a richness that is soothing and while no invasion feeling.
I’d recommend this. It doesn’t touch the middle tongue but the front and back of the mouth get plenty.
Thick taste and full mouth feel. I see those hints of chocolate described.
It has that acrid undertone of blacks, in this one it is quiet. It’s just a touch at the base of the flavor.
Since the format of the new review popup doesn’t allow for decimals I’m going to start listing at the top my steeping info: 4.5g to 12oz of filtered water for 3 minutes.
Something makes me think of the dark flavor of the skin of red sweet cherries. Not the fruit themselves, just the skin.
Greens that are dark like broccoli or collards mixed with a brown dress.
Light sweetness in the back upper right of the throat.
It rolls over the tongue in texture and flavor in a very nice way and the first sip hits your mouth hard.
The flavor comes up from the mouth into the sinuses in a way you can physically feel. The finish is about medium-long and focuses on the brown dress and black of charcoal or lava fields. That is what the brown is, largely: that of the trees I’ve seen left over in the lava fields I’ve walked.
It’s a very strong and rounded tea in each sip. All dark tones in taste, but a very enjoyable mix of them. Balanced. Rich, I’d call it.
Am gonna resteep a coupla times for more impressions, but on first steep this is easily a new favorite I may need to buy for home beyond my samples.
Thinking on it further, part of what I’m tasting in the finish is the flavor of redwood trees. Both the look and the actual taste when you put a bit of the bark in your mouth.
I found I had to send the email suggesting flavors on trying to add them on this review.
Flavors: Bark, Broccoli, Green, Thick
This hits with melon in the back of the throat and it’s nice, where I am generally not a fan of melon tastes. The melon has pink and yellow tones, almost swirls. Then a vibrant green into medium but sparkly yellow roll over the tongue and underneath.
The flavor and scent breathing in during a sip is sweet and more yellow and pink melon. It’s definitely the main tone going on here.
Underneath that all is an earthy dark tone… Shale, crumbly light brown dirt, and the water that comes down the layers of sedimentary rocks of New York Fingerlake gullies. That gray and blue and ground -texture rock and dirt flavor when you drink it. That stabilizing and solid base for the sweet and light flavors above it.
Pinks, yellows, greens, and greys.
It fills the mouth nicely. A lovely sweet and diversely flavored tea. I’ll have to drink more over a few steeping a and all, but so far I’m really likening this!
Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Green, Melon, Sweet, Wet Rocks