2577 Tasting Notes
I cold brewed two teabags of this overnight and today I am drinking it over ice.
woooah – it’s really good this way! Very strong and invigorating. I’m getting the smokiness from the gunpowder and a ton of mint with a touch of sweetness. I wonder if there is some sugar in the teabag already? Anyway I highly recommend trying Moroccan mint this way!
A sample tea I got from Upton with one of my recent orders.
I have to agree with Jacqueline that this is a bit lighter in body and more oolong-ish than the Chinese Keemuns. My cup is a lovely dark red. I’m not really getting the smokiness myself, but I’m picking up on a sweetish, woody type of flavor. There is a definite tannin bite in the finish of this tea which is bugging me… maybe it needs less steeping time than what Upton recommended (5 minutes).
I enjoyed this a bit more with some soymilk which cut out some of the tannins and brought out a sweeter note. This was ok but not going on my list of items to buy.
I am enjoying this tea today courtesy of Teavire – thank you
I used slightly more leaf today than I had before (more along the lines of 2 tsp/1 cup and the results were more to my liking. I also steeped it for three minutes. Now I am picking up more of the gentle, nutty notes. Raised the score a few points also. Sorry for the short note, must be leaving home soon!
I’m really getting sick of flavored green tea but this was sent to me as a sample by Lupicia in their newsletter so of course I had to try it…
This is one of the pyramid teabags, and before I read the description I could have sworn this was a melon flavored tea. This smells vaguely of alcohol, but not in a good way, a bit like a cheap wine cooler, me thinks.
As the cup cools down, the smell is dissipating. Now I am getting a bit more peach here but this combination of flavors is not really making me happy. Lupicia has a few flavored green teas I am fond of but this doesn’t seem to be one of them…
I’ve been trying to figure out how to divest myself of these Palais de Thes samples so yesterday I cold brewed this in my Teavana tea maker for 12+ hours (don’t judge – it was a gift, lol)
This has really brought out the flowery, perfumey notes of this tea. I am drinking it over ice and it is tasting pretty soapy. Kind of arguing with myself about whether I should dump it out, but will probably suffer through it and just finish it.
Oh, I think I will miss this sample a lot when it’s gone but I must resist the urge to buy more since I already bought one larger size of the Risheeshat and one Puttabong this spring. Don’t make fun of me, ScottTeaMan!
It’s true a year ago I thought all darjeelings were dreadful but I have since learned the truth! Plus learning how to steep them properly has definitely helped…
This tasting note is for the 2012 version of this tea.
And I’ve gone a bit FF darjeeling mad recently but it’s all been worth it, hee hee.
The dry leaf smells very fresh and floral in the tin. When you steep this up you can see how green the leaves still are! I’m not sure of my exact temp. since I don’t have my thermometer here but it was definitely below boiling.
When I steeped this up, it’s a medium yellow with a slight flowery aroma. I was hoping for a slightly more floral aroma but the flavor of this is outstanding. I might try steeping for a longer period next time. I’m picking up nuances of tropical fruit with a slight spice and a bit of rich nuttiness. I’m finding this to be sweet and mellow with only a slight astringency in the finish. A bit pricey but definitely a good purchase I am not going to regret … :)