115 Tasting Notes
Oh Black Lotus how I’m going to miss you… One of my favorite teas ever!! I was seriously sad when I heard that Stacy was finally out of this tea and I had to commiserate with a cup or two of nostalgia… ah who am I kidding, I’ve hoarded this tea like a doomsday prepper since the news broke and I must admit, finally being no longer able to buy this does feel a tinsy bit like the end of the world right now… any one who happens to have a good suggestion for an amazing breakfast tea I would be more than appreciative…. any ways, what can i say other than I love this tea and will miss it like crazy…. sob
I had two bags of this tea in my tea box as part of my $50 happy bag and since we were camping this weekend I thought this might be good to bring along, I generally hate dealing with tea leaves when camping, especially in the backcountry!! It’s just messy!! This tea just screams breakfast to me. Perfect with milk and a touch of sugar it reminds me of the teas I used to drink with mum and dad growing up back home in Oz. Nice but nothing to write home about.
Thanks yyz for the hint to brew this slightly cooler than I would usually for a black tea to really bring out those delicious cocoa notes.. At 100C all I got was sweet potato and bread, but at 85-90C the aroma and taste of this tea changed to this amazingly malty, chocolatey goodness, seriously the aroma was so fantastic I wanted to fill my bathtub up with this tea and just soak in it!! Unfortunately it was a sip down which means another yunnan sourcing order is in my very near future… just as soon as the imposed budget will allow!
There is a definite rhubarb and custard flavor to this tea however unfortunately the stevia is ruining it for me… note to self, you don’t like stevia so stop buying teas that contain stevia!! The addition of milk brings out the custard and creamy notes. The remainder of this tea is going into the swap pile for the Herbal TTB.
Received a very generous amount of this as a sample with my Yunnan Sourcing order which arrived today (YAY!!! Auspicious Dragon teapot… super excited!!!) Everything I’ve read makes me think I should be getting some serious chocolate/cocoa notes out of this tea so why the crud am I tasting bread, malt and sweet potato?!?!?! Maybe its because I’m being lazy and brewing western style this afternoon? Guess I’ll try again tomorrow with the gaiwan… still very tasty!
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Tastes exactly as its name suggests, nothing too fancy but it definitely reminds me of the large pots of tea you get an Chinese restaurants… Think we’ll drink the rest of this with some homemade Kung Pao zoodles to give me the Chinese restaurant experience while snuggled up at home against this unusual cold snap.
I’m a complete sucker for a vanilla bean black tea! When I saw this in a store in Telluride I just had to buy it… 3oz of tea untasted might have been a little crazy but thankfully it worked out pretty well! The tea is a mix of Yen Bai and vanilla bean. The base leaf gives the tea a nice cocoa flavor with a touch of spice while the vanilla bean adds in the sweetness. Not my favorite vanilla bean tea but its a slightly more affordable change of pace than drinking my absolute favorite tea every single day :)
Looking for a cup of tea to warm me up on this cold cold southern Californian afternoon I immediately reached for my bag of Christmas Tradition… Is it wrong that I didnt manage to sip this during the Christmas period and am only now opening it up on New Years Eve?? Too many teas, not enough time!! Anyways, this reminds me of David’s Tea Santa’s Secret only a little less pepperminty and a little more vanillary…. The popcorn and silver balls are a nice touch but don’t add a lot of flavor… They do however make this tea super pretty to look at! I’ll enjoy sipping this down over the next few days of what passes as winter here!
I’ve sipped this tea a couple of times now and have been happy with it but not blown away, most likely because although I get the blueberry I really dont taste any cream cheese danish which is what really intrigued me. Overall its been a pretty blah tea for me…. until now…. So for christmas, I was spoiled, and when I say spoiled, I mean big time!! Hubby bought me a Breville one touch tea maker!!!! No longer do I have to guestimate my water temperature or brewing times and suddenly (seriously) tea tastes sooooo much better!!!! Finally I’m getting some cream cheese and major buttery pastry notes out of this tea which makes me deliriously happy!!! Unfortunately its such a touchy tea that you really do have to baby the steeping parameters… if its not perfect, all you’ll get is overwhelming blueberry which drops my overall rating.