12 Tasting Notes
While doing some online tea shopping the other day, I read on the TeaSource site that Pu-erh teas and other Chinese “dark” teas are probiotic. I’ve been interested in probiotics lately, and I would prefer not to have to get them through dairy or pills. So the thought of getting them through my favorite beverage was enticing.
I’ve not drunk a lot of pu-erh teas in the past, because the ones that I have tasted seemed a bit watery regardless of how long I steeped them. I decided to give them another shot and ordered several cake-type pu-erh and dark teas, along with this spicey loose-leaf concoction.
The tea gives an extra dose of both flavor digestive health, with the addition of licorice and pepperment. I don’t think clove does much for digestion, but let’s face it, it makes tea taste good. The aroma of the opaque black brewed tea is mostly peppermint, but the other spices come out a bit more in the flavor. The overall taste is a lot more like an herbal tea with bit more of a full flavor. It does lack the definitive kick of real camellia sinnensis that I prefer even my flavored teas, but I think I will enjoy this as a mid-morning tea, especially knowing that it is good for my health.
I mostly purchased this tea because it is a rare merging of my two favorite things, tea and mountain biking. I’m normally not that crazy about Yunnan teas, but this one has deeper flavor than most. The aroma is wheaty, and the tea is very smooth and rich.
“Intoxicating aroma” is the phrase that comes to mind while brewing this tea. It’s the most fragrant unflavored tea that I’ve ever tasted. The pure tea-like goodness rolls from the cup as it’s poured and the flavor does not disappoint, either. Incredibly smooth and spicey, it reminds me of assam, but it is lighter and not so full-bodied.
Over Christmas, I had my first experience with Kenyan tea. Someone had given my mom a box of black tea from a Kenyan estate with tiny broken leaves and a so so flavor. This prompted me to look for a better Kenyan tea to see how it really tasted. I ordered this from TeaSource and I’m very pleased. It’s one of the smoothest, most flavorful black teas that I’ve tasted and has a really nice aroma to boot.
I think I had tried this tea before, but after my last shipment, I believe it is my favorite tea. Period. I like Indian black teas, especially Assam, but I’m always interested a traditionally black tea is processed green or white. This tea is perfect because it is malty and light at the same time. Delicious.
I’m not so good at classifying the aroma of teas. The description says it’s floral, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it that, but it is definitely pleasing. It’s a bit like Assam, but darker and smoother.
Warm and smooth with a good balance between tea, fruit, and floral flavors.
I normally don’t like fruit flavored green teas, because the tea can’t stand up to the fruit, but this tea has a nice balance of strong sencha and cherry flavors.
Clean, bright, and yes, a bit buttery with that special something good green oolongs have.
Probably the best black tea I’ve had in a while.