30 Tasting Notes
When I read the description I was a bit confused on the aroma of sweet potato, as I’d never perceived such a thing when brewing tea before. Well, now I understand.
Upon completion of steeping this tea’s initial aroma is very similar to boiled sweet potatoes, before fading to a more typical black tea aroma. It is a delicately sweet tea with no real bitterness and just a slight tug on my tongue from a light astringency. This is on my growing list of favorites.
I just got both the medium and large sized brew baskets. The large is narrow enough to fit a regular sized mug, so you don’t really need to have both (unless you need multiple brew baskets; I happen to need a spare at work.) The large worked great in my tea pot. And best part of all: in Deutschland hergestellt!
I was afforded an opportunity to try this by another tea loving colleague. It is the second Darjeeling I have ever had, and is very different from the first – the New Moon Darjeeling from The Tea Spot. Where the New Moon was close to a typical black tea in flavor, this was on the oolong/green end of the tea flavor spectrum. This had a distinctly floral and subtly sweet flavor during all three times I steeped it, and an aroma to match. The dry leaves looked light green and yellow, and the wet leaves were more distinctly light green. The liquor was a light golden color.
I am glad I got to try it, broadening my Darjeeling experience. I couldn’t help but get the sense there was some sort of flavor enhancement in it. Otherwise it was surprisingly flavorful for any tea I’ve had.
I am enjoying a bottle of this cold-brewed with The Tea Spot’s steep n go. It is one of only three teas I have had cold-brewed, and is somewhat different cold-steeped than it is hot. There is still a very faint sweetness to it, but it is almost overpowered by the grassy or “green tea” flavor (I say “green tea” because it is the only thing I can really describe the flavor as, a delicious but acquired taste). It is refreshing to drink it cold, and a great break from hot tea.
Clouds and Mist is my recent go to green tea, for its freshness, great flavor and reasonable cost. Its dry appearance is of curly needle shaped leaves, with a deep green hue. Its dry aroma is mildly vegetal. I have found this is a great tea for me to steep twice. My first steeping is 1 1/2 minutes at about 170 deg starting temp. When steeping, the vegetal aroma from the leaves really pops, and is almost off putting. Once steeped, the tea itself has only a mild vegetal aroma that blends with a sweeter floral aroma. The flavor is a delicately sweet and typically green tea flavor. I steep for a second time about 2 1/2 min at 175-180deg. The flavor is slightly more bitter, but a slightly stronger sweetness to accompany it. Honey can be a great addition to this tea, but can overpower it. I personally like it without any additions.