2062 Tasting Notes
After lunch tea here for me…
I don’t tend to gravitate towards second flushes very often but I have quite a few first flushes and thought I’d at least try it based on the description.
This review is for the tea sachet version of this tea. It steeps up to be a medium orangy-brown. I really like the fact that it has a sweet, almost juicy finish instead of the stubborn astringency I find a lot in 2nd flushes. Has a light muscatel flavor and some woodiness. I wouldn’t really describe this as floral, only slightly in the aroma.
I’ll happily finish off the bag I have of this… IMO it was a bit better than the No. 47 I tried yesterday.
Surprised at the meh sort of reviews this blend has received, I thought it was pretty good.
Definitely a lot of assam in here but the ceylons add a bright note. The keemun is likely my least favorite part, to me it makes the blend slightly muddy, it is very rich though and the bit of smokiness is a nice touch. A good eye opening breakfast blend… I enjoyed mine with a bit of soymilk!
Sorry for the short review but I’m late already.
This came with the black tea sampler I got from Steven Smith teas today…
I love darjeeling (at least the first flush) so I had some pretty high expectations about this. It’s a blend of 1st and 2nd flush teas and came in a sachet.
The instructions say to steep this for 5 minutes which seemed a bit excessive to me. I went for around 4 minutes.
The aroma of the wet leaf is woody and toasty and the tea liquor is a medium reddish brown. I’m definitely getting the nutty and toasty notes from this tea but the fruit /flower flavor seems to be eluding me. I was hoping for some muscatel which I’m not finding anywhere. For a darjeeling, it is very mellow and gentle.
Overall, it’s fairly good but nothing I would bother to keep in stock on a regular basis. If I was going to buy one teabag form of a blended darjeeling it would be Mighty Leaf’s version. Still I am glad I tried it!
Tea of the morning here, I am not wanting to get up today and was hoping this would help. This is a 5g sample from Upton tea Imports – the leaves inside are very dark, slender and curly.
I admit I forgot to set a timer so I have no idea how long this was really steeping for. I am getting some chocolate type notes along with spiciness in the finish. It would be interesting to compare this with the Imperial Bohea, which I really love. This isn’t as smoky as the I.B. from what I recall. I’m not sure I got the full flavor profile because of the timing issue but so far my impressions are very good. Definitely more on the mellow side of teas…
I’ve had this for a few months but never assigned a rating to it until now. I figured I’d better start drinking it before the flavor starts disappearing. It is pretty good but I still feel like the green tea is slightly bitter and I don’t know why. I like the banana/nutty notes in here for sure. I might need to try this as a latte someday. :)
Just got home from a long weekend at Harbin Hot Springs and I thought I’d relax with a nice cup of tea.
This is one of the 2012 ff samples I got from Upton, tried to restrain myself this year and did not buy any full sizes.
I smelled the leaves after steeping and they are so incredibly fragrant and fresh. The cup brews up to be a light orange and I am definitely getting the melon-like sweetness they claimed along with a slight nuttiness that reminds me of almonds or white chocolate. Excellent to sip on plain, needs no sugar at all and putting milk into this would be a crime. Totally devoid of astringency and almost broth like in texture.
When it comes to darjeelings people seem to either love them or hate them, but to me this is like a little bit of heaven in a cup!
I hope all my Steepster friends in the US had a great Memorial day weekend.
Assam tea of the morning here. 3/4 of the Upton tea sampler. The leaves are very slender and broken (GBOP = golden broken orange pekoe)
This is pretty good, I wish I had the foresight to try it plain before I dumped in my usual soymilk that I drink with assams. I’m getting a lot of malty flavor with a bit of chocolate and a trace of bitterness in the finish. I wonder why you need your leaves broken if you’re drinking the tea in loose leaf form… anyway this is pretty good but a bit pungent and strong even with the addition of soymilk. An eye opener for sure but not something I would need to have around on a permanent basis.
I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!
I’ve had this tea for over a year now and I really just need to finish it off… somehow whites are not among my things to reach for when I’m craving a tea.
This is less sweet than a lot of white teas I’ve tried and has more the character of a green; it’s a bit smoky and vegetal. I am going to try cold brewing some of it overnight to see what happens.
Wah, it’s a sipdown. I love this houjicha and it will certainly go on my list of things to repurchase from Den’s when I need some other things. Meanwhile I think I can cope with the bagged houjicha I got in Japantown.
Music of the afternoon: Classical Indian music for Healing and Relaxation. It’s groovy! http://www.amazon.com/Santoor-Solo-In-Rag-Bhairav/dp/B0016UIHLM
After lunch tea here… this is really good iced with some soymilk. yummy yum!
I might try to get some chocolate syrup to put in this. Chunky Monkey tea anyone? :)
Speaking of sweet things I am going to be reunited with my cute guy today, the best part about coming home for sure…