232 Tasting Notes
I bought this one because of Nicole!
She kindly sent me months ago a sample of Sungma Darjeeling from H&S and I loved it. Unfortunately it is not available here in France and I found this Sungma at Mariage Frères so I decided to give a try.
It was clearly a good idea : this is a fruity, light and energetic Darjeeling.
The classic muscatel taste is really there.
However it resteeps quite nicely (2nd steep) and even if you oversteep it (15 minutes this morning as my boss came in my office and I forgot to pull the basket off my mug :S) it doesn’t become bitter : incredible.
Sure I got my Darjeeling staple :)
I have a cold and I am not able to smell the dry leaf unfortunately.
But my taste remains intact and this vanilla tea is really different from the ones I have had until now.
The mellowness of this tea is incredible, it’s so smooth, delicious feeling.
The Vanilla is not a sweet vanilla, it’s a lovely sharp Vanilla to me but it may come from my steeping time (4,5 min) and the tea base used by MF.
I think there is some assam probably here because I get a hint of astringency at the very end of the sip and it may be different with a shorter steep – I’ll retry next time with 2,5 or 3 min.
Anyway this astringency is a pleasant one so I can rate this high quality tea.
Thank you so much cteresa for this sample, this is lovely.
prepared western style (I don’t have any gaiwan)
A strong,malty and lightly smoked tea.
I was just like …oh how many pearls should I use for my mud and decided to go for 5, it was a good choice.
Thanks to justjames for sending me this lovely tea
Stacy, James : BRAVO – Well done, congrats – what a delicious cup !
I think this blend can directly join the Butiki Teas official card but of course it’s up to Stacy.
I’ve been happy to see the puerh has been replaced by the Premium Taiwanese Assam, I love the tea base.
Of course a caramelized coconut is hitting me first then seconded by banana. Praline is not so evident to me. What a shock ! ouch what a match but all these flavours are pairing so well together it’s a real greedy pleasure to drink my mug.
I don’t think this is a tea I would drink too often because it may push me to go to the cupboard and take one or 2 cookies for a decadent afternoon break ! Be careful !
Thank you so much justjames for sharing some of your custom blend with me
I’m late at tasting all my samples kindly sent by justjames
I decided to spend more time with teas this afternoon and I am now with 2 cups in front of me, including this lychee Oolong.
J’ai deux amours…mon Pays et Paris as Josephine Baker sang…yes of course even if for me Paris is already IN my country, it makes things easier…but I have 2 other loves, much material : Raspberry and Lychee !
Unfortunately it is rare to find fresh lychees (we write litchi in French)in our supermarkets, we need to go to special Exotic markets.
Having said that I am so lazy and so impatient to eat them, I just hate to take the shells off…even if I have to recognize nothing compares a fresh lychee.So this is a wonderful fruit I rarely eat as fresh fruit.
I wanted to taste this tea for ages and here I am thanks to justjames
I love it, I was sure I would and I do love it.This is fresh lychee for sure combined with a mellow Oolong with a hint of flowery taste. It’s gorgeous.My big mug is already finished.
A very very elegant tea.
Thank you James for sending this blend ! I think this one is the one which made me crave for rose and marzipan.
This is a very lovely blend combining extraordinary flavours.
There is something special in this blend, the flavours are pairing well together but there is something extravagant…I cannot put a word on this…I’ll continue to try it to make a proper note and to try to find the word to express what I feel.
Thank you justjames for sending me this lovely Amandine Rose
Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got
Not much of a girlfriend, never seem to get a lot
Take a jumbo across the water, like to see America
See the girls in California
I’m hoping it’s going to come true but there’s not a lot I can do …..
No idea if this blend is a tribute to Supertramp’s song breakfast in America…but it makes the job !
What a lovely naturally malted and chocolatey blend. The base is not as strong as I feared but yes, it reminds me a little Wedding Impérial, I agree cteresa.
For me I keep my Wedding because there is caramel inside but this one is really a very good MF and for sure it will go sometimes in my cupboard.
Thank you so much for sharing this one with me cteresa.
Another plain tea I love !
Thank you so much cteresa for sending me some of this tea. I wanted to taste it for ages but each time it was out of stock on the internet website.
Now I’m recovering from pneumonia I can find some courage to prepare a tea.
The blend itself is so lovely with these rose petals and it smells delicious and I decided to strictly stick to Theodor’s brewing instructions. I may have been wrong because I think 90°C may have been better.
As cteresa I find more chocolate and coconut in this tea than almond and pistachio…and this is not what I was looking for.
The tea base is too weak for my taste and I will continue to try this tea with different steeping times and temperatures.
Pistachio comes more when the beverage is cooling.
I am not in love with this Theodor creation even if of course it is more than correct and decent.
There a lack of explosion in this tea, something I miss. Exactly when you have an appointment with a sexy guy to have dinner and …meh…there is no electricity between you and him, you begin to look at your watch…
I may have put too much expectations in Je t’Aime…but I’ll continue to have some dinners with because I think something may happen.
Aaaaaaah Autumn…falls, colours, rain, clouds and…diseases !
I’ve been quite absent from steepster because I have a pneumonia…first time of my life I have such a delightful disease…15 days of high temperature and the impression to suffocate while breezing is really an enjoyable experience (so I had it now, thanks, no need for future)
The funniest is to have worked for 10 days with high temperatures, do 3 hours/day of transport time to be a good manager and finally being stopped by an angry doctor…to discover this effort seems not being enough to the boss…I had to shut my Blackberry down to avoid all the messages about things to do (things he can do easily in 2 minutes)…well I know I should be happy to still get a job but really sometimes it sucks to be treated as a machine.
My doctor asked me to drink a lot of hot beverages but I’ve been unable to prepare tea until yesterday and this cup is the first one I am really enjoying.
I am at the very end of the bag and I probably get much pumpkin aromas because of that (I had a lot of powder mixed with tea leaves), I love the extra aroma of pumpkin here and I still love this blend,so mellow, so comforting : it gets me reconciled with Autumn !
I’ve been asked by a friend of mine to bring a cheesecake tomorrow for lunch and I don’t feel like I have the strength to prepare it…so I have some pressure as I cannot spoil it …she thinks I am a good cheesecake cooker…not sure to be really today.
I am ill today and I was searching for a good starter to push me to make this cake…I need a comforting tea and remembered Nicole sent me this one a long time ago and I never had it …shame on me !
This is a lovely kind of Lady Grey. I have to recognize that I was expecting something stronger especially as it is a blend dedicated to the British Queen and remembering the English teas experience I had I’ve been surprised by the lightness of Diamond Jubilee.
Anyway this medium bodied tea is absolutely pleasant with its notes of lemon mainly and of course grapefruit which gives the blend a touch
just a touch of tartness very welcome.
Next time I’ll let it steep a bit longer to see if the tea base can come out a little stronger.
Thank you Nicole for sharing