1693 Tasting Notes
Excellent cup this morning! It is medium strength, not smoky, not astringent, full of good tea flavor. Yum!
Drank this side by side with Malachi McCormick’s blend today, and this time I DID notice the astringency. Not that it is terribly astringent, just that when compared to MM it is a noticeable difference. A good tea, I think I like it better for afternoons with a snack than for my mid-morning cup.
Had this one side by side with Palm Court this morning. This tea is what it claims to be – a decent cup of tea and a good breakfast companion. Not pushy, pretty laid back, and nice to be with. Not a lot of smoky keemun flavor, definitely has the smoothing effect of the assam. A good keep-it-in-the-cupboard tea.
This tea is FANTASTIC without milk or sugar! One of the few that I can drink that way and really enjoy it.
Delightful every time!
When I first started drinking tea I couldn’t wrap my head around the thought of combining these two flavors. I mean, tea is tea and chocolate is chocolate. I decided to try this one after I enjoyed Florence so much. It is VERY GOOD! It isn’t just Florence minus the hazelnut, either. I add milk and that really intensifies the chocolate flavor, and I do add a bit of sugar but that’s just me! If you wanted a great chocolate dessert and didn’t want a lot of calories, this should take care of it!
First, the leaves smell awesome! And I mean, AWESOME! It is a sweet aroma without really smelling like honey, and TEA! I don’t really smell the smoke in the dry leaves so much. (I opened a packet of lapsang once and thought I had stuck my nose in an ashtray. Yeh, this isn’t like that at all.) The wet leaves DO have the smoky aroma and it is mmm-mmm-good. The tea? Delightful! I added milk and sugar and drank it all on the way to the gym, ooh-ing and aah-ing the whole time. And it is organic! I haven’t had many lapsangs, and I understand that this is supposed to be about the same thing as a bohea if that gives you an idea of the strength of the smoke. No wonder the Dutch came back for more…..
Bought a sample of this – youngest child aka the tea addict says BUY A TIN! This tea has a wonderful aroma – I could sit here sniffing the leaves for the rest of the afternoon but I have to go to the gym. (We had eclairs with our tea this afternoon so it is especially important!) The dry leaves are interesting to look at – black, straight leaves, thin lightly curled ones, and green ones that aren’t green tea I think but maybe darjeeling? At least when it is steeped they look just like my 1629 Blend Darjeeling from Southern Season. It was initially astringent, which I don’t like, and might mean I should steep it for less time. I added milk and a little sugar (my friend added only milk and was satisified -she’s a no sugar gal) and it was deeee-licious! This one is a keeper! Plus, I LOVE the history behind it. And my kid wants it, so…….
I bought this because it was on sale. I will buy it again because it is AWESOME! There are strong honey notes – nay, the pot fairly exhuded honey and honeybees! Winnie the Pooh would follow this pot of tea around! If you like Golden Monkey by H&S or Zhen Quo by Southern Season, you should like this one as well. Sweet and light, with plenty of flavor. It went well with our chilled eclairs! (It is about 100 degrees here.) This was wonderful without milk or sugar.