2341 Tasting Notes
I love the name of this tea, as well as the backstory, that his lordship had a different black tea for each day of the year! He is my hero! I love black tea so much, in all it’s various shapes, sizes, flavor nuances, ect. I haven’t counted lately, but I’m certain that if I only drank 1 tea a day, I have enough black tea in my current collection to drink a different one every day for 3 months. Of course, I generally drink 2 or 3…probably more, lol, each day. Including all of my teas, I could definitely drink a different tea every day of the year, but who, among us, only drinks one tea a day? :D
I met his Lordship before, thanks to an introduction by cavocorax. I originally wanted to sample this tea because of the name & the backstory. Without a doubt, his lordship is a bearded man, who smokes a Meerschaum on occasion, likes the hunt, laughs often, takes his tea black & bold, but is, like all Lords should be, refined. This tea is rich, thick, savory, & chewy like a homemade loaf of pumpernickel rye, with a tangy citrus marmalade edge. This tea is the reason I was perusing the Devotea website to begin with. I’m glad I did.
We’ve been watching episodes of Supernatural all afternoon, just chilling out & drinking tea. I’ve had enough caffeine, for now anyway. I not a big fan of rooibos, but this tea is delicious. Without a doubt it wins the little terri award for Best Tasting Rooibos Tea, Best Pumpkin Tea, & Best Herbal Chai. I bought a little stash of this, & will be sad when it’s gone. But that day is not today, so let us not speak of such things, but rather, let us savor this moment only, along with the last few sips in this cup.
I love ginger,and I’m ok with lemongrass, which I grow every summer in my garden, along with lemon balm, lemon thyme, & lemon verbena (& several other herbs). Plain, this cup was so-so, with a little sweetening added it’s a nice little herbal cup. Warm, a little lemony, & the white tea adds a little thickness to the mouth of this.
Anybody who knows me by now knows that I’m not a fan of the Earl. Most Earl Grey’s feel acidic to my stomach, & on a general rule I don’t really care for them. Tony, on the other hand adores them. So I made him a cup of this one, & after a few sips, he said, “Where did you get this?”.
I love it when Tony is impressed with a tea! I even took a few sips, & actually, it’s a pretty nice. one. Very drinkable.
In addition to getting the 15 tea sampler, I also picked up sample packs of some of the other teas the Devotea has to offer, including this one.
Sometimes it’s good to take a break from strong black teas & try something a little lighter, & this qualifies. This is very different from the other oolongs I’ve tried. It’s not particularly floral, it’s not roasty, it’s not even very fruity. I’m getting a little of an apricot aftertaste, a little of a ‘green’ taste, a hint of an herb I’ve had before, although I can’t quite pinpoint it yet, & a malty thick mouth.
It’s not the bold type of tea I usually go for, & not like the oolongs I usually drink. It kind of reminds me of cream of wheat.