3049 Tasting Notes
This tea started out ok for me. The aroma of the leaf hints at peach, roasted oolong, & light florals. The flavor didn’t really deliver any of the flavors promised, other than a very lightly roasted oolong & a physical discomfort on the tip of my tongue that I associate with artificial flavors. There was also a soapyness/perfuminess that built up after a few sips…blech!
- from TTB-A
When I first saw this one I was immediately excited, as I enjoy a good rose black tea, & this one looks so beautiful with the pink of the rose petals against the dark chocolate color of the tea leaves. The rose scent is not particularly strong in the dry leaf or the brewed cup, & for the most part, it’s a fairly nice cup of tea. I’m not a huge fan of ceylon, I much prefer a Keemun as the base for my rose teas. Also, there is an odd after taste & sensation, kind of salty, but not really salty, if that makes sense. Kind of soapy, but not really soapy…
Sorry for being vague…it’s hard to define.
TTBA!! (For those who are new to Steepster, that stands for Traveling Tea Box A).
There’s an envelope with 2 bags of this. I had one as my pre-breakfast tea. I probably should have made it my breakfast tea, it’s nicely bold & malty. Not sure if I’ll drink the other bag, as it’s a little on the bitter end as well. I might leave that one for one of my other black tea loving friends to sample.
Anyways, for a bagged tea it does pack a punch, which I find rare, but probably not something I’d stock.
Added 4 hours later: Had errands to run & knew I’d be stopping off for 2nd breakfast at a little hole in the wall I like, so I brought the 2nd bag, which as was pretty nice with the meal.
Home from my performances, I’m enjoying a cup of this. Although I’m not always a fan of bergamot, I am a fan of Steven Smith, at least of the teas from him that I have tried so far (plus, as I’ve said before, I had a crush on a boy once named steve smith, so I can’t help but feel a small bit of nostalgia). The Earl is a little bolder than most, as it includes some Assam along with the usual ceylon. All of the blacks are of high quality, as is the Bergamot oil itself, and that, my friends, makes all the difference. :)
Yes, I am still hoarding some of this, & how could I not. I hadn’t drank any for awhile, & so I steeped & resteeped, filling a 16 oz cup to take with me to my gigs today. It was such a pleasure to sip while playing: Puer, Ginger, Licorice, Elderberry…it is the most delicious tea blend ever, IMO. I will be sad when it is gone, but I also have a small supply of Yanxin’s Reserve Shu, & I have plenty of licorice, elderberry & ginger, so I might try making a similar blend. I even have sichuan peppercorns! It is rare that I enjoy Shu mixed with anything else, I prefer such teas on their own, but this one is the exception.
This morning while I was getting ready for my gig, my son’s Drew & Leif fixed breakfast! Leif steeped a large pot of this tea, which he refers to as ‘Lemon Song’, to go with breakfast. It’s a mix of earl grey moonlight, rooibos lemon cloud, & coconut. It’s a bright & lemony brew, I don’t really taste the coconut. Purchased because of our love of Dr. Who, of course! :)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there in SteepsterLand & Beyond!
I will spend most of the day playing for other Mothers at 2 separate events, a brunch which I will leave for soon, followed by an Afternoon Tea.
I chose this Hattialli for my first tea of the day because it’s A very nice assam with malty fruity flavors, & nicely bold enough to start my day, but not so bold as to yell, “I AM ASSAM!”