225 Tasting Notes
This turned out to be quite a lovely vanilla tea.
There is a smokiness to the golden monkey base in this which is especially noticeable when the cup is hot, and I initially thought this had keemun in it. As the cup cools, the vanilla becomes more prominent and is smooth, sweet and fragrant. A hint of tanginess remains throughout but is quite delicious and dessert-like. Vanilla still noticeable in the resteep but the tea is weaker.
A nice afternoon or evening treat.
First tippys tea to try from my recent order from the April fools sale – cute packaging with little googly eyes on upside down fishes, and a lovely handwritten note :)
The brewed leaf smells sweet like honey. Taste is sweet, smokey and somewhat malty with a bit of tang. Quite a smooth, rich cup, with the keemun standing out the most to me. Makes a tasty cup of afternoon tea.
This is such a good blend that I intend to keep in stock. I love that it is herbal, but if I want to change it up, can add some black tea and it becomes different and even more yum.
And as an update.. as I had mentioned in the past, this was originally purchased for my husband who expressed a request for chai last year. He has been in hospital most of the past 8 months and even though it was only a short while ago that doctors said would never be home again, a miracle of sorts happened and he is indeed now home!
So, being able to share a pot of this together again is something very special and precious, and I am so thankful for that simple thing.
Lately I have been wanting an inexpensive, plain, non-fussy tea that I can just brew up a pot of. I want to be able to add a bunch of milk in my cup and drink without much thought. And I want it easily accessible in case I want more.
So since I finally had a chance to go shopping, I picked up this in the hopes it would be good.
And happily, I am quite pleased! It brews up a dark and bold, tastes malty and nutty without any peatiness, and has a lovely buckwheat honey sweetness. Makes a delicious pot of tea that I can smother in milk, and even resteeps well with a more nutty taste in the second cup, (although I greatly reduce the water in the second steep).
So, quite happy with my new plain, yet very satisfying tea!