1030 Tasting Notes
I did a short steep (2 minutes), and the result was a nice light Keemun that’s full of plum and honey notes. When I say full I mean full. The plum notes were juicy and sweet, and the honey could be tasted throughout the sip but was strongest at the end. It was really, really good!
The deeper notes of grain and malt you can get from a longer steep are nice, but the brightness and fruitiness from a quick steep was delicious, too. I’m starting to think this is one of those teas that’s tough to mess up. No matter what I do to it the flavor is excellent!
Mmm. This is sweet, minty, creamy, and it has a nice soft vanilla flavor. I definitely like this one. I’m hosting a rather large tea party at the end of the month, and I think this will be a big hit there. The flavors aren’t over the top, but the tea still manages to have a dessert tea vibe about it. I do have to remember to not use boiling water with this one and to overleaf just a bit in order to get the best flavor, but it’s worth it. This tea is yum.
This tea makes me long for a fireplace. I want to tuck in next to a nice warm fire and sip this dark, rich tea. It has thick malt notes as well as an earthy tobacco flavor and hints of leather. To keep it from getting too dark there are bright fruity notes mixed in, too. It’s robust, warming, and delicious, and it’s perfect for combating the freezing temperature outside.
I drank this for most of last night. It was slightly sweet and had a clean vegetal note that reminded me of really crisp lettuce. There was also a mineral note that I found pleasant, and again, clean with a really fresh finish. I want to say the finish was minty, but I think it was closer to eucalyptus than mint. At any rate, it was very nice, and the tea withstood seven steeps before I felt that it was starting to lose some flavor. I probably could have continued for a few more steeps before the leaves were truly spent.
I’m taking it easy today and drinking some of my favorite teas. I still have lots of samples to try, but I also have a headache that won’t quit, so sampling new teas wouldn’t be much fun today anyway. However, I must have tea, and my faithful standbys are waiting to meet cup and water. Have I mentioned lately how thankful I am for tea? Love this stuff!
Ah, Earl Grey Cream, such a lovely mix of Ceylon, bergamot, and vanilla. The taste is creamy and full of citrus and vanilla notes, both of which I love. There isn’t an overly perfume-y taste that can often accompany Earl Grey teas. Instead the bergamot is well balanced against the vanilla, and it carries much more of a fruity note than a floral one. That, combined with a super creamy vanilla that has no artificial flavor to it, makes this a complete winner for me.
Happy to have this as my first cup of the day.
Thank you kimquat for this sample!
I’m liking the mix of pine and jasmine in this blend. The two flavors play off of each other nicely while allowing the creamy note of the base tea to come out and play, too. Normally I’d be surprised at the strength of the pine, but this blend is a mix of green tea leaves and tiny pine needles. It’s very pretty, and it smells incredible. In fact, I thought it smelled like spring. While the pine is noticeable no one flavor drowns out the others. It’s a really nice blend. This is another tea I think I would naturally reach for after meditating or when I needed to find some calm. It’s a relaxing, delicious, lovely tea.
I used my last teaspoon of this, and it was so good. The apricot flavor is so fruity and juicy. It’s manages to be sweet without tasting like candy or even dried fruit. I’ll definitely pick up more of this. It’s a bright, happy tea, and I enjoy having it in my cupboard.
Tea of the morning. This is another sample that came to me from the kind Naylynn via the Christmas Card Swap. Thank you!
When I think Irish Breakfast a few words automatically pop in my head: strong, bold, and malt. Irish breakfast teas are famous for their thick malty flavor that stands up to cream and sugar so very well. Today I learned there are Irish Breakfast teas (or at least one tea) that break that rule. I love a rule breaker.
The first thing that caught my eye was the low water temp for this tea. It’s recommended at 195°F, and since I’ve never had this tea before I followed the directions. I’m glad I did. I took my first sip and possibly gave myself whiplash. You can imagine the double take I did at my mug when I sipped this and found a distinct lack of malty notes. I sipped again and what I tasted was a rich, creamy, wonderfully thick tea that tasted like the French rolls my favorite bakery sells. Oh… holy… yum. As wonderful as the bready note was the texture of the tea was what had me smiling. It was like sipping velvet. As the tea cooled the malt flavor began to appear, and I got more of a traditional Irish Breakfast feel from the tea, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Next time I have this (Naylynn sent a generous sample!) I might add cream and sugar just to see, but this is wonderfully tasty all on its own.