529 Tasting Notes
How many times have I reviewed this one now? Too many? Either way again today I’m loving this tea. I steeped up western style as I have somewhere to be in about an hour and still have to pack a diaper bag and get ourselves ready to go out the door. But this time I’m adding some milk! I know it’s crazy to do that with this lovely tea but for some reason I just wanted to.
I love this tea. So smooth and yummy. It’s helping my day start a little better.
Do you ever have one of those days where you wake up and instantly think about everything that’s gone on in the last few weeks? Today was one of them. My husband is finishing his last week at a job he basically hates now and is starting a job next week that i think he’s going to love.
Mid to late January we had to put our one cat down. He was becoming too aggressive and spooked about everything and he gave me such evil looks near the end and I thought he was going to pounce on me and my son. He didn’t handle change too well. I didn’t want to have to but we knew it was for the best especially since we knew he wouldn’t do well going to the humane society, if he couldn’t handle me moving furniture around and a few new noices of my son I knew he wouldn’t handle the humane society. Something was off about that cat. I miss him because he was so sweet at times but I don’t because his bad times where really bad.
Anyways…. Lots on my mind today. And it’s nice to have a moment to sit and wash it all down with a very delicious tea.
Another sip down! Still on my straight tea kick. Not sure why yet. Anyways, last cup of this today. I’m still doing the milk and sugar thing but whatever. haha
I definitely get the jam/fruit taste which is fine, but not something I would go for everyday. I definitely prefer black teas that don’t have that.
But even still, this is a good tea and I can appreciate it for what it is. I probably wouldn’t get this again though.
For some reason I’m on a straight tea kick. But I’m making it the way I always use to make my Orange Pekoe when I very first started drinking tea: milk and sugar. It’s so yummy.
This tea didn’t stand a chance. I inhaled it. I would love to get more of this one as my alternative to Orange Pekoe, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get it easily again or not. I found this on the discount shelf at the grocery store sometime last year… But I do know of a place not far that sells a Canadian Breakfast tea from Metropolitan tea company so maybe I’ll switch back to that one.
Either way, this tea is super good and I loved it. It will be missed for sure.
Okay, so here we go! I deleted the last note of this one and will write my full one now!
1st steep (5sec): Light amber in colour with a light taste. It’s slightly sweet. Yum!! Smells very earthy but doesn’t taste strong of earthiness yet.
2nd (6sec): Slightly darker with some earthiness hinting through.
At this point, I pulled some of the leaves apart as they were really sticking together. Next time I wouldn’t do that and just see what the taste is when left as is.
3rd (7sec): Colour is going slightly red. Earthiness is most predominant. Not noticing the sweetness anymore.
Steeps 4-7 were still very earthy.
8th (9sec): Roasted hickory smell! Yummy! Reminded me of campfires but in a light way. It is earthy but very good. Tastes slightly woody with some of that roasted almost hickory taste! LOVING this steep! So delicious! I’m loving the hickory taste.
9 & 10: Same as above. Loved the last three steeps especially. Finished on 10 as I just felt done.
So, in conclusion, I am really enjoying this tea so far. I love using a gaiwan. I love using a tea pick. I love noticing changes in the tea as I steep it. I love how it actually does change as time goes on. I love how it brings me to a place where I stop and relax. I know to a lot of family and friends that don’t get it, that I probably seem crazy, but I love this tea journey that I seem to be on right now and how I’m really trying to find the ways I love tea the most.
First one to review this! PLUS, it’s my 500th note!
I’ve been waiting to write my 500th note until I tried something new, not just write a review for something I’ve had before. And when I saw this in store yesterday I knew this was the one. I am so excited about this tea.
So, Steeped it up for 4 minutes and took a nice lovely sip. This tea is naturally sweet and bold. It really does live up to its name. I’m not one for honey at all, but this one really works for me. It’s sweet without being overbearing honey flavour. It’s just a lovely sweet bold, slightly malty tea that just has everything going for it. I know several people that don’t care for it all the much already, but I love it. It reminds me of Nepal Black in some ways, but it’s very unique to itself also. I should almost do a side-by-side comparison. That will happen another day though.
So anyways, I LOVE this tea. I will probably get more soon. It’s so lovely and delicious, sweet and yummy. I definitely recommend.