2542 Tasting Notes
A sample pack from Upton – I have been interested in trying a few different Ceylon teas lately as I think I’ve been missing out on the good stuff all these years. :)
I steeped this via regular infuser mug method. I really needed something to wake me up this morning so I’m hoping this will be a good choice. I’m definitely getting some nice cocoa and caramel notes out of this one. Rose aroma? hmmm. Perhaps. Every so slightly.
I found this tea to be a bit on the astringent side (but not bitter). I did seem to enjoy it more when I added soymilk to it. Not the best ceylon I’ve ever had, but certainly a solid choice for the morning time.
I’m revisiting this one again this morning. It definitely has an interesting flavor profile (a blend of green and black teas). There are some definite savory notes here, today I am getting a bit of pepper in the finish. But it also is very moist on the palate and not too astringent. Enjoyable for me – but does not qualify as a “must have” item – see my previous notes for more info.
My review is for the coarse cut Egyptian organic spearmint. Like a lot of people, I purchased this one with the intention of mixing it with other things, like green tea, but I thought I would try drinking it plain tonight.
I don’t know if I’ve ever had a straight tisane of spearmint but I’m enjoying it. Sometimes peppermint gives me reflux but the spearmint has a lot less menthol in it, which will be better for me. I steeped mine for 5 minutes in a large mug with about 1 tsb. of leaf, it is pretty strong. I felt the need to add a bit of agave to it. This is pretty nice though, I’m glad I bought it and will welcome it to my stash of herbal-y things. There isn’t a whole lot more to say. :)
This delicious golden monkey was the result of our tea tasting experience yesterday – if you’d like to read about that check out my new blog over on Tea Trade:
This is very dark and luscious for a golden monkey. The aroma of it reminds me a bit of the supreme red robe I also got from the Vital Tea Leaf. I am following the suggestions and steeping it for 30 seconds in the gaiwan with multiple infusions.
It is a bit smoky, with a sweetness like burnt caramel. If you let it steep longer it becomes a lot darker, but I like these shorter infusions. A very smooth tea with a moistening mouthfeel. This is yummy… or even yammy as it has a bit of roasted sweet potato flavor too.
Recommended if you ever get the chance to go there, as I don’t see this tea on their website.
This is the first year I have been so geeky about tea that I wanted to try a few first flush darjeelings as soon as they came out. OK, last year I’m not even sure I could tell you what a first flush was but I’m learning quickly. ;-)
This is a sample but it the most expensive one I got. I read there’s been a drought in the darjeeling region so this may affect the prices and availability of some teas.
The leaves of this tea are indeed still very green and look like the picture here. I noticed right away a fruity-flowery aroma. My impression of the nose of this tea are: vanilla, tropical fruit and a touch of anise. This is a great tea to savor because the nose is so very pleasant.
The color of this cup is medium yellow and very clear. I do agree with the pineapple description, it’s a bit sweet juicy fruit, but also a bit tart. As my cup cools, I am picking up on some more nuanced flowery notes as well as a slight butteriness, even.
I am not finding this to be very astringent like some other first flush darjeelings I’ve tried. I do believe this is an excellent selection from Upton and would be very tempted to buy more, although it is fairly pricy at $33/100g. I will certainly relish and savor what I have here. I’m thinking to myself, “OMG, this stuff is awesome!”
I’m finally getting around to trying my sample of this today (thanks, G)
I really like the way this dry tea smells! It reminds me a bit of the pu-erhs I’ve been drinking which are flavored with the rice herb. I did give this a quick rinse in boiling water and now it smells earthy and sweet.
Steeping method: gaiwan.
1st steep: 30 seconds. A smooth and dark reddish-brown liquor. A very soil, rich kind of earthy with a definite sweetness bordering a bit on fruity. No off odors or flavors like fishiness are present. A hint of… tobacco perhaps?
2nd Steep: 10 seconds. Believe it or not, 10 seconds was plenty, especially for the way I feel like drinking it today. But it still got very dark! I’m getting a slight smokiness in the aroma here, kind of chewy in the flavor, nice forest floor aroma.
3rd steep: 30 seconds. I am starting to feel some of the invigorating effects of this tea. I did really need it today somehow. Even matching up my socks from the laundry is feeling like a chore. It has a very smooth feel in the mouth, which makes me want to sip on it slowly and linger around with it. Aside from earthy and smoky I feel like I’m getting a bit of raisin here.
It is fairly warm here today, which makes it hard for me to think about drinking more shu so I’m going to save the remainder of these leaves and experiment with cold brewing them.
This is a very nice offering from Mandala’s private pressing, I have enjoyed trying it and may need to get some more in the future. Good job…
This tea has not gotten very good ratings on Steepster so far and after trying this sample I can see why. The aroma of it reminds me of orange kool-aid or tang. Actually it was not as tart as I was afraid it would be due to both the cranberry and orange element. It really reminds me more of warm juice than tea.
I do not think there’s hibiscus in here but it is very tart, too tart for me. Not sure if I will finish the rest of this sample or what I will do with it, barely drinkable IMO… to be fair the other cranberry orange rooibos I’ve had also had a similar effect. I just do not think those are two things I care for very much in tea anyway.