81 Tasting Notes
A true mother of all teas! Probably the first of bushes to be made into tea, and very ancient. A sip and much more will yield the history of every leaf, every nutrients, every seasons, throughout the most of bountiful of seasons to the harshest…its much like a journey throughout the many eras of life! Its all thanks being picked from the same shrubs that produces Pu-Erh which supposedly have deep and encompassing roots that imparts many flavors around its growth! Its much like Assam reincarnated but with hints of pepper, a bit leathery and chocolaty like Pu-Erh which a combination of the two really goes well for a cuppa and served alone. A true testament to tea and flavors that reflects the ages!
A packaged arrived just today of which I asked a friend of mine to send me any tea straight from Paris. Being quite the tea addict as I am, he picked out probably what I consider to be the best blend made by Mariage! oh so sweet shanghai! The blossoming lotus of the Yangtze! The aromas when I first pop the tin open was the smell of spring and a distinct tea very much close to a japanese greens. The floral and fruity aspects gives a crisp, clean and bountiful tastes if not eerily similar to other blends made by Mariage. The green tea tasted a bit vegetal with a hint of nuts that compliments a fruity floral finish that always linger on the start and finish. It maybe a bit astringent and tannic after a couple sips, but still great hot or cold.
If any if you dear readers would ask how it feels to be in a meadow while feel the midday’s heat in the highlands? Its calm and serene and raw and brisk much like this tea! Tregothnan Tea grown in the northern hemisphere seems to capture the calm of a winters season and serene floweriness after a winters thaw. Naturally a tropical plant, it still imparts raw and brisk flavors untamed to be made lively for a drinker who seeks the liveliness of a jungle with much of starchy richness and malty flavors. The added orange essence compliments a floral meadow much beloved in this tea. A must for any one trying a truly unique tea made in England!
A Classic pick me up and traditional brew! Its perfect to drink straight up and to drink it “cuppa style” with lots of sugar and/or milk early in the morning or afternoon. The tea not bad at all, not as stong and assertive as one may think of Assams teas but it delivers just the best amount of kick and character normally expected of Assams. The flavor was quite balance with a good amount maltiness and a little starchiness that gives this tea its comforting nature begging its dear drinker for more than a cup!
A more than decent tea with the most amount of chamomile and herbs blended together…quite the a blend! Its like a tea that begs you to sleep and promises a new day that will be as fulfilling as the next. The usually chamomile flavors are present giving an almost earthy-flowery profile while the orange zests and rose hips gives it a delicate touch and energy . The lemon grass, mint, and lemon myrtle imparts a really gives me a sense of a upliftment for the next day!
Okay, this tea is quite mute at some ends but not all for some. The first brew over hot water at 208-210 degrees at ten minutes to fifteen for an extra kick( An experience I have learned drinking rooibos). It tasted quite floral and crisp although the rooibos was found to be lacking apart from its tangyness. A couple mintues into the first brew, the rooibos still did not presently itself much further to my anticipation. Only after when the tea has really cool down to a point being lukewarm is when the rooibos can be tasted but not as much. A good overall, just needs the rooibos to come out a bit:)
A simple infusion and of simple blend really makes the a nice refreshing brew! Its all minimalist and proudly shows just how much a delicate sweet flavor of mangoes and the energy and heartiness of black tea makes this quite tea for hot summer days.