157 Tasting Notes
Been meaning to try this for years.
Bitter, bitter bitter.
Was glad to see the back of it
Now that I take no sugar in tea, I’m having to learn to love some teas again.
Funnily enough, the mildly smoky’s have become my absolute favourite blacks, while LS has not gone down well. It’s very, very savoury without sugar.
So making a cup at 5am was a little risky.
In sort though. it’s been a rough night and I need some invigorating.
This isn’t it. It tastes good, but sometimes, went you need your tea black and strong, the smokiness gets in the way.
I’m not going to blame the tea, rather my choice. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed it, I just might have enjoyed something else more,
I’ve been a little obsessed with this one lately. It’s good. really good.
Balanced, not bitter. Invigorating. A Prince among greens!
Whereas my favourite Pai Mu Tan is a clear white, this one is proudly green. Slightly acid after-taste goes away each time you sip, making it more-ish. Steeps Well 2 or 3 times.
Worth a try. It was my Tea of The Week a few weeks back on www,robertgodden.com.au/id5.html
The lavender was bold enough to be seen in the glass teapot, and strong enough to make the tongue tingle.
The oolong was dry and twiggy like many good oolongs.
I felt the meshing together was about 90% there. I didn’t feel like the two tastes blended, or even completely complemented each other; but they held their own.
My drinking companion was also suitably impressed.
Enjoyed this last night for the first time.
From the dry leaves, it looks like it might be a little lighter than your usual Assam, but appearances can be deceptive. It’s strong and malty.
Good aftertaste. Shared with the other half, and it looked to take milk+sugar well.
Certainly worth a few more goes and a little experimentation with strength.
I’ve been partaking of green first thing for months, but today – a black.
This a truly a lovely tea. Alex at Café 16 – who I think is a coffee drinker really, but one must’nt judge – tells me this is the tea he drinks from his range.
(Can’t see why anyone would restrict themselves – I had a fair crack at the 164 teas we had in the tea store we used to own, only skipping those that presented allergy problems. I even tried all of the Japanese greens)
So, the Ceylon. It’s sweet up front, warm in the middle with a really fine woody character, and has the long-lasting aftertaste of the true Ceylon. Just lovely.
It’s hard when the staff in a cafe have no idea about the teas they have. After looking a few, I decided that their tea company didn’t, either. For example, a tea labelled “Orange Pekoe” had rose petals and orange peel in it.
So, the Ceylon Breakfast.
Dry, brackish, savoury, ok I guess. They used a little too much.
This is supposedly one of the best restaurants in Adelaide, but they failed to teach their staff anything about tea. typical. And they certainly don’t want to hear my opinions, clearly I must be a nutter.
So here it is, The Devotea’s Golden Rule 1 – If you let someone else choose the venue, the tea will be crap.
Tried this last night at the T-bar, was sensational but a little cool. They were about to close, all our tea seemed a little cool. Perhaps to move us along quicker?
What a great tea. Aromatic, I find it works wonderfully with or without a little sugar – I ofetn add a little to my first cup or two in the morning and last couple at night, and this suits that habit perfectly.
Oolong- like but less brackish. Just really lovely.
Which is why I bought some on the spot and am sipping this cup now.
Also, I can make “raise my eyebrow” puns to the glitteratea
My first thought on tasting this was “must change water filter” The water here is so bad I never use it without filtering.
As always, a good strong brew is the answer, so I poured in back in the pot for another minute.
And it delivered. Sadly, the last of this batch. Off to buy some more this morning.
This is my second tasting of this. I don’t seemed to have logged the last one.
I’m not sure what the “Red Thunder” refers to, but the tea itself does have a reddish hue. If I looked at it in a glass I’d think it was Kenyan, but it isn’t.
It has classic Darjeeling character, but there’s a spice element. Most of the Red Thunder listed on-line is a Darjeeling Oolong, but this isn’t.
Best guess would be to say that it has an alluvial, rich soil that is altering the character slightly. A bit like others I could name, notably Daintree.
All in all, very nice. Classic Darjeeling, and then that mildly peppery aftertaste.
My companions had milk. I don’t imagine that worked at all. It looked very light. But they both enjoyed it.