164 Tasting Notes
So, although I haven’t been on steepster much the past few weeks, I fortunately happened to have the time and focus to check on the day it was announced that A&D were having free shipping to Canada – yay! So I decided to try a couple thing I have been wanting; this being one of them.
I made a cup of this shortly after my package arrived, and was quite pleased with this tasty keemun. Earthy, floral and fruity, with perhaps the lightest hint of smoke. Delicious and flavourful!
This was a sad sipdown.
Chocolate, malt, honey with a hint of smokiness and perhaps citrus.
I still find it similar to verdant’s laoshan black, but this is more crisp and earthy and less toasty.
Very delicious, although I would have to say that the laoshan black is my favorite of the two.
Even though I often don’t care for fruity/berry flavoured black teas, I picked this up with my recent zen tea order as I don’t have many flavoured teas and this had good reviews.
This turned out to be quite a nice tea which is well balanced with both soft strawberry and cream. There is also a very slight green bitter sort of note from the strawberry leaf that seems to add a freshness to the strawberry flavour.
I enjoy this more as the cup cools, and re-steeped the leaves for another tasty cup. Nice to have for something different once in awhile.
When brewed, this smells like fresh sweet coconut.
Tastes buttery and smooth with sweet, light and fresh coconut. The green tea blends nicely and adds a bit of savoriness.
Re-steeps well for a just as fragrant and tasty second cup. A nice coconut tea!
I did try cold brewing the used leaf overnight to see if I could have a refreshing glass the next day, but the taste was light and too vegetal/seaweedy for me.
These lovely green leaves really are huge, and the large flat leaves fill the sample packet from end to end.
They do not seem to expand a lot more once brewed, but do become so soft and velvety, and have a soft vegetal scent with a hint of corn silk and perhaps tender green beans.
Brewed color is a clear yellowish hue, and smells sweet and buttery.
Taste is gentle and smooth, and has a sweet creaminess with the mild notes of green beans and corn. So deliciously sweet!!
I like very much, and thank you Angel & Teavivre, for sending this beautiful tea for me to try.
Finished the jug of this I made (brewed hot then chilled).
Brews a reddish colour and smells a bit like blueberries and apples.
Tastes tart and fruity with hibiscus, apple, lemongrass and blueberry.
Refreshing, but not a favorite due to the hibiscus which seems quite strong in this.
Dry leaf is beautiful with thin twisted multi-hued green leaves, and very fragrant of spinach.
Wet leaf remains a lovely green and smells a bit more sea-like.
Brewed colour is a clear yellow.
Taste is savory and flavourful with vegetal notes, spinach and smokiness. The smoke becomes especially noticeable as the cup slightly cools, and the aroma is quite lovely – somewhat like grilled vegetables and a sea breeze. There is also a hint of a pleasant bitter note at the end of the sip, which reminds me of the type of bitterness when eating a fresh green pepper.
I really enjoy this tea, and find it very flavourful, fragrant and refreshing. I drank two pots – one hot and one room temperature. So delicious!
Thank you Angel & Teavivre, for sending me this to try!
Dark green twisty leaves that look like fresh mown grass. Fresh green scent.
Brews a very pale clear greenish yellow hue.
Tastes a bit nutty and fruity with some floral creaminess that is also present in the aroma. There is also a mild green bean taste and a freshness that gives a somewhat minty sensation.
Smooth, gentle and refreshing – a lovely tea!
Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for the generous sample.
I noticed that the brewing guideline on the sample packet differ from what is listed in the description – I brewed per the sample packet which recommended 185F for 3-5 minutes.