1902 Tasting Notes
Tea of the afternoon here, it isn’t too bad but also not destined to be a favorite of mine. A little brown sugar made this one better. See previous notes for more info….
Tea of the morning here, somehow I felt like something light and green. :)
This is not for purists, it’s a blend of green and black tea with strawberry and papaya. The papaya makes it a tiny bit tart on your tongue and the strawberry is present but not overpowering. I’m not picking up on much sweetness and am even tempted to add a touch of sugar. I had this iced over the summer and I think it’s really good that way. I like it a little less when it’s hot but it’s still fairly tasty and refreshing.
I have enjoyed it but not sure I will need anymore when this supply runs out.
I apologize for the low res photo but if someone can grab the bigger one, then please feel free.
Okay I’ve had this brick for a little while now but am just getting around to tasting it, what a slacker I am. :)
I am using the YiXing teapot for this and managed to break off a small piece with my hands. I did a quick rinse and got a very nice earthy, woodsy smell.
The first steep I did for around 30 seconds. I am surprised that this tea is already so mellow and seems to have some signs of aging creeping in. It seems woodsy with a cinnamon sort of flavor, and the aftertaste is slightly bitter.
2nd steep: some interesting flavors are coming up, again I am reminded of cinnamon and also orange. A bit of the bitterness is retreating. There’s a slight bit of smoke, I think and a light tobacco flavor.
3rd steep: I did for around 45 seconds, that may be a bit too long for this tea and my tastes, I’m getting lots of tobacco with a woodsy smell. I can’t quite place it, perhaps oak?
4th steep: 10 seconds. Definitely this is a better steeping time for me. This is pretty good now but I wonder how much better it will be in 10 years??? Glad I got some!
Recently I ran out of assam so I decided it was time for me to place an order with Simpson & Vail for some more black teas. :)
I went to their website a few days ago after getting my order and this tea is no longer there. I wrote and they told me they wouldn’t be getting anymore because the price would have almost tripled. Maybe I got the last of it, I don’t know.
This is really a lovely assam, though. Sometimes they can be a bit on the bitter of “winey” side but this is luscious and smooth. It has a slight floral nose and the flavors are definitely of malt and a dark European bread, perhaps of pumpernickel origin. I added some soymilk and it is delicious that way, but I can also drink it plain which is unusual for an assam. I’m a bit sad I won’t be getting any more, this stuff is great!
After lunch (green salad), tea of the afternoon here…
This is definitely a nice sheng if you’re looking for one you can drink now, and which isn’t too bitter or overpowering. See previous notes for more details.
This is a delicious blend of black teas, I got this one for the office and to drink in the morning. It is fairly bold and hefty, there’s definitely some malty assam in here but I’m also getting a nice fruitiness which makes me wonder if there’s a ceylon in here, perhaps a keemun?
This is really delightful with a splash of soymilk, which is the way I will be drinking it. I did try a sip of it plain and it didn’t seem too bitter at all. Great breakfast/morning tea and even better than I was hoping it would be. Highly recommend it this if you like this type of tea.
I got this recently with my Simpson and Vail order. Oddly I am running low on traditional type black teas and I do like these kind in the morning.
Definitely a good ceylon, I’ve had others from this estate before. very smooth with a chocolate flavor, not bitter at all, accomodates a splash of milk really well. It’s almost as mild as a congou, I may have to try it plain someday. It would be good in the morning or the afternoon, I think. Really works for me.
New order arrived today from Simpson and Vail, based on the reviews I was really looking forward to trying this one.
So I agree it is somehow “cake like” but I guess I was hoping for something more on the flavor, it’s better than the version I have from RoT, but the flavor is a bit light. Don’t get me wrong, it’s enjoyable, but mostly what I am tasting is rooibos. I think this needs a much longer steep before I can rate it properly. I know sometimes rooibos benefits from an 8 or 10 minute steep.
Thank you, Stacy for sending me this sample in my latest order!
I steeped this for around 1.5 minutes at 180f per Butiki’s instructions.
First steep: a lightly vegetal, very aromatic brew. I get the sweet, slighly floral scent of honeysuckle coming up in the flavor of this. Slightly spinachy, yes… but not in the same way as a sencha, for instance. The tea has a sweet lingering aftertaste with some vanilla on the palette.
Second steep: ooh, I forgot about this one for a while and I can’t remember how long it was steeping. Now it has definitely gotten brothy, buttery and very floral. it isn’t as sweet as steep #1 but I also let it steep for too long, I think.
3rd Steep: floral notes seem to be retreating slightly and now I am getting a nice, nutty flavor reminiscent of almonds. Still a great light vegetal and brothy flavor too with a bit of sweetness. mmm. I have enjoyed this a lot, thank you Stacy!
Oh, man this smells amazing in the bag, pineapple and flowery, a touch of Hawaii for sure. I could hardly wait to try it.
I steeped this for around 3 minutes at 180F and got a very light yellowish/green tea liquor. This smells very pineapple-y and tastes lovely, really like pineapple juice especially in the finish. I’m not picking up much on anything buttery but I am getting the orchid notes for sure. I will have to play with my steeping parameters a bit on this one. This will be a great one to experiment with as well, I bet it’s really good with soymilk added or maybe some rum extract. Virgin pina colada tea… yummy! I don’t sweeten too many things but I thought this was better with a touch of sugar. =)
I got a second steep out of this one and it is still flavorful.