2399 Tasting Notes
This is a small size sample I received today in my American Tea Room order, my first order ever with ATR!
I’m having a darjeeling kind of craving so I thought I would try this first. Normally I’m a first flush kind of gal, but second flushes can be really nice too and I’m still awash in 2012 FF’s!
This brews up to be a nice dark red/copper color in the cup with fruity aromas. This is definitely stronger than some other darjeelings I’ve had. This is a great one to sip on plain and doesn’t need any additions. I’m finding it to have a stone fruit character with a lot of pungency and don’t really get the grape note ATR mentions here.
As far as darjeelings go, it’s not bad but not the best second flush I’ve ever had. For me it’s fairly assertive and doesn’t have the delicateness I like with darjeelings. I might try my next cup at a slightly lower temperature to see what happens.
Tea of the mid-morning here (okay, it’s almost noon!)
I’ve had this since last fall and wasn’t totally impressed with it then. I figured today would be a good day to fish it out since it’s Halloween.
I can’t quite put my finger on what bothers me about this, seems a bit thin and artificial somehow and I’m not getting as much pumpkin flavor as I want. It’s ok but not something I would bother to keep around.
Tea of the morning here but I can see how this would be a great afternoon tea as well…
I was really worried I wouldn’t like this after I realized there was bergamot in it, given that I’m not the biggest fan of Earl Grey. It really works here somehow. The orange and the bergamot definitely compliment each other and I am finding this to be really refreshing and almost juicy. Reminds me a bit of Paris from Harney and Sons but different. Great with a splash of soymilk and only tiniest bit of astringency in the finish.
I’m glad I ordered 4 oz. of it!
Sadly I’m all out of this – a sample box I got at Murchie’s in Victoria over the summer. Tea was one of the highlights of my trip! I doubt I will order more since shipping is $10 to the States. Nice with a touch of soymilk but doesn’t need sugar, IMO. Highly enjoyable morning tea.
Part of an ancient sample I found in my tea stash, I decided to finish it off this morning and mixed it with a bit of plain assam. I believe this is the older formulation of tea, without the cloves. Even mixed with the assam it still has very assertive and sweet cinnamon notes. This was better with a bit of stevia which brought out some of the cinnamon sweetness. Enjoyable enough but don’t think it will end up as part of my permanent collection.