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drank Royal Garland by Samovar
911 tasting notes

This smells so fresh buttery that my mouth is watering. Literally. I’m drooling.

Tried this at a lower temp to see how that adjusted the taste. Still has the bright, Darjeeling-esque notes of muscatel that I tasted at the higher temp but there is more of a buttery taste to it, too. Not quite as much as the smell, though. Also, the Darjeeling aspect of the tea isn’t as hard hitting as at a higher temp. Now it tastes more like a softer oolong, maybe grown in the same region. There’s still a hoppy note at the end, but it seems to blend better with the softer taste of the tea. Almost gives me flashbacks of the Schlafly brewery tour and tasting from yesterday, but not quite.

I definitely like it better brewed at 195 so far due to the slightly softer taste to the tea and the addition of the buttery taste that, to me, seems to pull the flavors together a little better. I think I have enough for one more session with this and I might go down to 180 just to see how it does there.

Sharing this one with the husband. He said it tasted like an oolong plus herbal but then he’s not really had much experience with Darjeelings so I think the fruity Darjeeling flavor is hitting him as fruity herbal. He didn’t try this one at a higher temp, just 195 so can’t compare that way, but overall gives the tea a 4/5 stars. I think if I could get a little bit more buttery out of it, I’d make it a 4, too. Again, I’ll see how the last bit does at about 180.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Mmmm! I love it when I can pick up buttery scents in teas! It just makes me want to dive in even more. Hopefully within the next couple of days I’ll be trying my first Darjeeling, so I’ll be able to understand the fruity/muscatel elements that everyone raves over!

Jillian

raises an eyebrow A “hoppy note”? Does it bounce around your tongue? Does it leap over your taste buds? ;P

Auggy

Hehe – not quite! Hoppy as in beer hops! Though I do not discount it bouncing…

takgoti

Gonna have to drink this one again now that I’ve toed the waters of a darjeeling. Too many teas. Not enough time.

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teaplz

Mmmm! I love it when I can pick up buttery scents in teas! It just makes me want to dive in even more. Hopefully within the next couple of days I’ll be trying my first Darjeeling, so I’ll be able to understand the fruity/muscatel elements that everyone raves over!

Jillian

raises an eyebrow A “hoppy note”? Does it bounce around your tongue? Does it leap over your taste buds? ;P

Auggy

Hehe – not quite! Hoppy as in beer hops! Though I do not discount it bouncing…

takgoti

Gonna have to drink this one again now that I’ve toed the waters of a darjeeling. Too many teas. Not enough time.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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