1006 Tasting Notes
I love elderflower. I used to drink the cordial in the summer, although not so much since I found tea. Even so, it’s still a flavour I really enjoy. This is an oolong, which would have filled me with dread at one time, but not so much anymore. Looking at the dry mix, there actually isn’t a lot of oolong to be found here; it’s mostly elderflower, raspberry leaves, apple pieces, and hibiscus.
The lack of oolong is clear in the flavour. It’s there in the background, but the elderflower really takes centre stage here. There’s a hint of apple, too, and an overall “herbal” flavour, but none of the ingerdients overpower the elderflower or try and rob it of its crown. They just act as a sort of framing device.
As for champagne — the lightness and colour of the liquor (pale gold/yellow) go some way towards putting that in mind. I suppose the natural floral, slightly grapey flavour of the elderflower is reminiscent of champagne in some respects.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Thankfullt, my sample will allow me to enjoy a few more cups of this delightful, mellow, spring-like tea. Love!
For a fruit tea heavy in hibiscus and rosehip, this is surprisingly good. They’re usually two things I’m not fond of, but they don’t come across ridiculously tart and sour. This actually takes a while to colour while brewing, instead of turning an instant dark red. I guess that’s a good sign!
To taste, it’s the lemon that comes out first. It’s not too sour, just a touch, and has a beautiful, fresh, bright, citrus flavour. The strawberry is sweet and juicy, and develops largely in the aftertaste once the lemon has faded. It leaves me with the lingering impression of pink lemonade.
This is pretty good as is, but I might try it with a little sugar or honey just to see what that does. I’m pleasantly surprised, though — I wasn’t expecting a lot, and it turns out this is one of the rare fruit teas I can get behind. A good spring/early summer choice!
I wasn’t sure what I’d make of this one, so I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised. The black base is a tiny bit thin for my liking, but it tastes okay and that’s what matters. It’s smooth with a slight edge of bitterness. The sweet toastiness of the nut flavouring counteracts that a little, and the overall effect is pleasant. I’m pretty sure I can taste brazil nuts here, and maybe hazelnut or almond. The “nut” flavour is a bit generic, but that’s my only real complaint. It’s tasty and different! An interesting cup.
I got a little more ginger this time than in my first cup. It’s a great combination with the strawberry — a little hint of spice among the sweetness, a warmth at the back of the throat. The strawberry is slightly candy-like on first sip; light, fresh, juicy wonderfulness. I was surprised how pale the liquor was, but there’s no compromising on taste here. The green tea is fairly indistinguishable, but that’s okay — it just allows the rest of the flavours to take centre stage! I love this one, and can see it becoming a summer favourite. A definite restock!
Another milk oolong, this time the same variety as the one I previously tried. Again, this one is unflavoured. it’s delicately milky, and has a creamy, vegetal note. It’s easy to believe it’s been steamed in milk water! The oolong is a major part of the taste, with the milkiness swirling around lightly. It’s slightly mineral, but on the whole rather light and delicate in flavour. It’s sweet and floral by turns. I have to say that, while I like this better than most oolongs, it didn’t knock my socks off. I think flavoured is the way to go for me with oolongs in general, although this one could be nice when a quiet, unassuming tea is called for.
In appearance, this is very similar to the Margaret’s Hope darjeeling I tried last night. Predominantly dark (black) leaves, with a very small number of silvery buds and green leaves. To taste, though, it couldn’t be more different. This one is a blend, and actually reminded me on first sip of a wuyi oolong. It has a deep, dark, earthy, mineral flavour with a heavy muscatel grape note, and is lightly astringent. It’s as unlike yesterday’s as it’s possible to be. The liquor is a pale peachy gold, but the flavour is strong and fabulous, completely contradicting it’s pale, light appearance.
This tea actually has characteristics I’d expect to find more in a second flush, but there you go. An interesting taste (and comparison!) experience.
This was one of my favourite Mighty Leaf teas the first time I tried them, and it still is. It’s such a fabulous dessert tea — creamy, rich, flavourful. There’s everything you could want. The orange flavouring isn’t exactly natural — it tastes more like a creamsicle than an actual orange — but that’s part of its effect. The creaminess is almost thick tasting, and this is helped by the heavy floral of the jasmine that hangs around in the background and contributes an unexpected depth of flavour. It’s almost like it makes this tea 3D, rather than just 2D orange and cream. The vanilla is the real star, though — it seems to hold the other elements together and makes them into a cohesive flavour. It helps the resemblance to ice cream, too!
I drank this one with milk on this occasion, but it’s equally nice without on the odd occasion I’ve had a cup at work. It’s too much all of the time, but it’s a great treat. One I’ll always enjoy!
This is the second milk oolong I’ve tried, and my second positive experience with this kind of tea. It was actually milk oolong that made me reevaluate my opinion of oolongs more broadly, and what a good thing that’s turned out to be!
This one is unflavoured, and is far more subtle than the David’s Quangzhou I first tried. It’s milky, but not over sweet or artificial. The main flavour is a mildly vegetal, mildly mineral green oolong. It’s a very light flavour, with a pleasant silky creaminess. I wouldn’t say it was outstanding, but it’s pleasant enough in my limited experience. I won’t have trouble finishing the bag, although I was expecting more from the flavour than I ultimately got. One to revisit another time.
This is the second year of first flush darjeelings I’ll have tried. The dry leaf is quite dark overall — there are some silvery buds and green leaves, but not the high proportion some first flushes have. The scent is clearly fruity, though, with a strong muscatel note. It’s like summer in a cup!
I gave this 2.5 minutes in boiling water, which is slightly less than recommended. The resulting liquor is a peachy gold, with the same muscatel note found in the dry leaf. To taste, I can detect notes of stone fruit (peach, apricot) in the initial sip, followed by a floral flavour that’s almost perfumey. It’s rounded out with the development of the characteristic muscatel flavour, and is very slightly astringent.
On the whole, it’s subtle and juicy, and makes for a refreshing drink on a warm spring evening. Darjeelings are definitely something I’ll continue experimenting with — my enjoyment of them hasn’t waned yet!