2622 Tasting Notes
This came as a belated Christmas gift from a friend who says it is one of her favorites – it’s good to have friends that have nice taste in tea. :)
This Assam comes as one of their “stronger black teas”. I steeped mine at boiling for around 3.5 minutes. It’s pleasantly robust, very malty and smooth. There is an underlying fruitiness in this blend which I am quite enjoying. You get a bit of pungency in the finish which I am not loving, and overall it’s a bit strong for me. This is one I will definitely need to take with soymilk and a pinch of brown sugar.
The boyfriend seems to like stronger black teas and he took to this more readily than I did.
Again like the Nepal tea from yesterday it seems like a shame to call this darjeeling a black tea…
According to wikipedia: SFTGFOP—Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe: Sometimes used to indicate the very finest.
I was a little worried about this one because “clean astringency” sounds like it could be too acid promoting or sour so I only got the sample size. This was steeped at 4 minutes at around 190 F.
The dry leaf in the bag smells very aromatic and they are beautiful olive green and silver grey leaves.
This is a lot more mellow than I thought it would be, which I am enjoying. It’s a golden yellow liquor with a light bodied and smooth taste. Slightly earthy and spicy at the same time. A little bit of peach but the fruit notes are not quite as prominent as I thought they would be. The finish is also not very harsh or astringent. I am not a darjeeling expert but overall I quite enjoyed it – also I can’t say that I need to buy anymore right now.
Certified Fair Trade and Organic – always a bonus
I wouldn’t really have ordered this as a stand alone thing but it came in my sampler pack of Shang teas.
I love the way the wet leaves smell here when brewed – this is high mountain tea and it smells so fresh, sweet and delicious! I really love the white tea that Shang is using here as their white tea base and I think it makes a huge difference in the flavor of this blend.
This sample is about 3 g and I decided to steep the whole thing using short infusions in the gaiwan with water that’s about 180 F. The jasmine is fairly subtle here, definitely not in your face as TeaEqualsBliss describes below. It is very nectar like and relaxing but jasmine never really sits well in my stomach. If you’re a jasmine lover I’d highly recommend checking this one out. Probably one of the best I’ve had of this type but my personal preference would be the Shang white honeysuckle over this one. Keeping the steeping times shorter is helping to keep the jasmine under control.
The package instructions say to steep this at 185F for 4 minutes. That’s what I have tried to do here.
It almost seems like a misnomer to really call this a black tea. When I steeped it up it was a light amber color. Very similar to a first flush darjeeling only it’s from Nepal. :)
This tea is exceptionally clear and bright and is gentle with a honey like sweetness. It definitely has a fruity peach like quality with barely a touch of astringency. It does seem like it would be a shame to add any sweetener or milk like stuff to this tea since it really doesn’t need it. I thought this was an exceptional bargain at $6 for 50 grams.
Thanks to Dinosaura for this one!
I had a feeling I would like this, it looks very pretty and smells great in the bag. White tea and roses does seem very girly but I’m a chick so I guess it’s all okay. :)
I steeped this for approx. 2 minutes at around 180 F. The aroma of this one is very light and fresh and flowery. The rose was very light and flavorful in my cup, not too perfumey, it was nice. As it cooled off I did notice some bitterness and I wasn’t sure if I accidentally steeped it for too long or at too high a temp.
I did attempt a resteep at a lower temp. and I thought I got better results with the second go around. It’s too bad this is only available in the U.K. but I see that Zhi makes something similar. I’ve been known to put rose petals in my white tea and I buy those in bulk from the health food store. :) It is a nice combination for sure.
I had to get up at 5 am this morning not feeling too perky. This tea really did a great job of reviving me into a semi-conscious state.
This is a great morning blend, slightly malty, chocolatey and dark but without any underlying bitterness or astringency. Had a delicious smoothness, I might need more later in lieu of a nap. :)
sorry for the short note, I will try to elaborate more on this one in the future.
I’ve never had honeysuckle in tea before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect.
Steeped at around 175 F for 2 minutes the liquor of this tea is a lovely golden yellow color. The aroma of the honeysuckle is not too strong and the flavor complements the white peony tea quite nicely. Quite a lovely combination really… This is slightly nutty and sweet and would be nice for a mood booster and pick me up. It could be my imagination but I feel like this is soothing my frazzled nerves a bit. I look forward to trying more of my teas from Shang (I got one of their little tea samplers).
If you told me a few months ago that I’d be sitting around enjoying a darjeeling tea I never would have believed you. It’s funny how our tastes can change over time. This one seems very enjoyable and fruity, I upped the rating and I’m drinking it in my new Bodum tea for one cup. :)