498 Tasting Notes
This tea keeps drifting in and out of our stash – we get some, we give it away, we get some more, we give some more away. I thought we were all out, until we started cleaning the living room and found a stash of a dozen or so teas. And lo, there was Southern Belle! This is another of those blends that bowls me over with the scent but doesn’t quite deliver. Even so, it’s a very pleasant sweet peachy tea that’s not too over the top in any way. I think I’ll keep it around this time.
This tea always smells amazing, all spicy and mysterious. I just wish that it delivered. I have tried different steep times, from my usual two minutes up to a very bitter base, but the flavouring just never steps up. The florals – which I don’t usually like – are almost non-existent. It wasn’t a bad cup, just . . . disappointing.
Having a lot of trouble sleeping lately, and now that it’s getting cooler in the evenings we’re trying tea to help. I agree with what others say – this really knocks you right out.
We’ve been drinking this blended with the now-discontinued Vata Ayurvedic, but we picked some more up to try just straight, and it’s a much more mellow blend than we anticipated. The flavour isn’t overwhelming, but it’s perfect for a nighttime tea. There’s also a sweet lemony flavour that gets lost in the bold spices of the ayurvedic when they’re blended. On its own, it wasn’t nearly as medicinal as I was expecting, though towards the bottom of the pot it was a bit more tart and acrid.
Steeped this with a touch of brown sugar last night, it was amazing. Trying not to have any caffeine after seven or so, and didn’t end up getting home until nine, but this was exactly what I was craving. I’m always a little thrown off when I reach for this one, because it looks like it would be very floral and the cinnamon scent is quite strong, but brewed up it all evens out into this delicious oatmeal crisp type flavour, very warming. Did the first steep at about four minutes, second one just over five, I think five would be better.
God, this was just gorgeous. Such a flavourful straight black tea, it’s amazing that it doesn’t have anything added. I was savouring each mouthful (brewed a small pot, Western style), but I would definitely make this for an everyday cuppa as well. Very mellow and with a hint of natural sweetness.