24 Tasting Notes
just brief impression
only tried this once – got in a sample pack so keep that in mind
although its an irish breakfast it seemed pretty chinese to me. couldn’t specify a specific region for sure, but tasted far less assamy than most irish breakfast teas.
while i dont prefer the taste of chinese teas (will effect my rating) i thought it was pretty good… had more of a weighty mouthfeel than english breakfast teas(not same flavor just reference point) less thin which i like although not quiet as round/heavy a mouthfeel as some other irish breakfasts…. if memory serves correctly i would put it around a fujian tea
other thoughts : this tea came in a bag, with leaves about the size you’d expect from an irish breakfast. the smell pretty closely matched the taste, the tea bag itself kept the tea inside let water through and didnt effect the taste… although might have been a little small(normal sized) and didnt have a string.
took on the long side steep time wise but didnt seem bitter at all and had a pleasant aftertaste
Leaves: they have a distinctive fairly strong scent… that i just cant seem to identify… it just smells like something you’d imagine drinking in the morning… the leaves are pretty small while some look rolled others do not, not sure if this is intended?
Liquor: the color is dark, and it steeps very very fast… ive often overbrewed this tea… i use times dramatically short of the 3-5m prescribed times for blacks….that being said if you get it just right its very nice and worthy of everyday drinking, has that smooth(malty???) feel and if you dont overbrew it has a slight tinged taste to it? like a metallicness? or a rawness? not a bad thing just strange
overall i do like this tea(when i dont over brew it :rage:)… but i would like to try some more teas before settling( irishbreakfast teas are my staple tea )
Leaves: the smell of these is interesting..has a chocolatey smell(darker) like you would imagine a bag of chocolate(not milk chocolate)crumbs might smell- the leaves are pretty small but bigger than CTC
Liquor: the taste was pretty bold/upfront and it struck me as a bitterish tea, not so much in the brewing but in the rough/chalky kind of way.. might be considered astringent?
overall not the worst tea ive had… but i wont be stocking any “keemun” teas
Tippy Orthodox Assam
Leaves: mild smell- mild black tea smell(of the brkfst teas) but sweeter…better smelling(imo)- the leaves are about average size
Liquor: this has a lighter liquor than the breakfast teas, comes off close to an irish breakfast but smoother i guess you could say, also has a full mouthfeel
overall i really like this tea
leaves: hard to say but overall mildly sweet fruityish scent, leaves larger than CTC but not the biggest leaves ive seen-after steeped leaves just smell like… wet leaves, not really distinctive
Liquor: the color is lighter than other blacks ive tried, the mouthfeel is pretty round and i almost want to say tangy feel/taste… not the most bold tea but imo one of my favorites for taste/mouthfeel
the only thing keeping me from drinking this tea as a primary is that i feel the ‘kick’-caffeine is not there… it just doesn’t have a strong physical effect :sadface:
i have been a little hesitant to review black teas, as they are (imo) harder to compare to other tastes/experiences …but ill do my best
the leaf is cut/rolled into tiny pellets(very tiny) and has an almost absent smell… i kinda like the mildness of the scent
when steeped the water turns dark very very quickly(in my experience) possibly due to the larger side surface area of the leaves(being in tiny pieces?) i tend to cut the steep dramatically short of the prescribed 3-5 for blacks
it also provides what i consider a large amount of brews/cups(compared to other blacks)
the mouthfeel tends to be really thin… i dislike this greatly… but it is my understanding that this is usual with englishbranded teas?
the taste i don’t much care for as i prefer irish/assam type blacks more.. but the taste lines up with what i’d expect from an english breakfast
overall im impressed with the tea but alas it is just not for me
received a sample of this(so only tried it once)
but it tasted kinda keemuny to me .. like an astringent/rusty quality to it… feels like your tongue is coated with it after your done
a little more bold than other black teas ive had, overall decent .. although not something i’d buy