67 Tasting Notes
This is a very nice, drinkable, medium bodied tea. I oversteeped it accidentally this morning, and was able to cure that with a little sugar and some milk. I think I prefer this tea milked and sugared anyway – British style! But, with the milk, and the oversteeping, I mostly taste black tea, and not much if any bergamont and almost zero jasmine. That’s fine with me today, as I am drinking this one for its strength. I will write another review later, where I steep it correctly. I’m also anxious to try this one iced.
I got a sample of this and was not impressed. It was very perfumey, and not really smooth. I tamed it by mixing it 50-50 with Adagio’s Vanilla black tea. That did the trick! Now, it’s creamy and what I expected an Earl Grey Cream to taste like. This also solved the problem of what to do with the Vanilla Black tea that was only okay. This blend elevated both of them.
I still will not buy either of these teas, though.
The rating I’m giving corresponds to the unblended version. Blended, I would give this tea an 85.
I drank the bagged version of this tea for breakfast. It is okay, but definitely nothing special. I bought a box of this tea because my mom really enjoys it, and now I have to finish it. I cannot waste tea!
It’s not terrible with a little honey added, but I will be happy to see this box gone.
Meh. I really wanted to like this one! I think the name is really neat, and I like the idea of a chocolate chai. Perhaps the idea of it is better than the actual taste. I don’t know what the base is, but it doesn’t taste like assam.
I do like two of the chai teas from Whistling Kettle: Vanilla Chai and Masala Rooibos Chai. I think I’ll stick with those.
I’m drank this today, as a personal blend. I mixed 1 tsp of this with 1 tsp of Cream tea from Adagio. It was creamy and nutty at the same time. I expect this would be good mixed 1/3 hazelnut, 1/3 cream, 1/3 chocolate chip, but I haven’t tried that yet.
By itself, I did not care for this tea, even with added milk and sugar.
Wow! It smells and tastes just like chocolate cake. I added a bit (1/4 tsp) of raw sugar to bring out the sweetness.
It is woody, sweet like honey, and has a really full mouthfeel. I don’t know how, but it’s cakey! Like drinking cake. Weird. But it tastes good, with a nice honey aftertaste. I don’t know if I want 4 oz of it, but a sample size every few weeks is likely in my future. I’m so happy that Whistling Kettle came to my neighborhood. They have many many teas I want to try, and their sample sized insure that I can try a few each week.
This tea tastes exactly as expected and definitely lived up to my expectations. Malt, sweetness, and a bit of pleasant bitterness from the tannins were my first tastes. The color is bright and coppery. I added a bit of soy milk, lightly sweetened, and the flavor blossomed and became fuller. I really enjoyed this tea for breakfast and had the rebrew, with no additives, for lunch. A very drinkable Assam, smooth, not astringent, and full of interesting layers of flavor.
From the first sip, I could tell that this was a high quality tea. Its leaves opened very nicely and were really pretty after the first steep.
Steep 1: Perfumey, vegetal. I didn’t do a wash, and I wish I did.
Steep 2: It had a nice, round taste with a sugary after taste. Very different from the first steep, and much more pleasant. This was my favorite steep.
Steep 3: Mineral and slightly bitter. Green tasting and light.
I would recommend this tea to someone who enjoys green teas and is looking to try an oolong for the first time. I have been drinking darker oolongs and black teas lately, so it was a nice change of pace tonight.
I have only tried Darjeelings in bags and never as a loose leaf tea. I am really impressed with the complexity of this tea. It has a floral and almost musty taste, which is really pleasant. I definitely taste the muscatel flavor, and it is almost wine-like. It’s second steep is not as flavorful, but still nice. I am really glad I tried this, and will likely try more second flush Darjeelings in the future.