207 Tasting Notes
This was a sample sent with my whispering pines order.
I knew this was a blend of two teas but couldn’t recall which ones when I made it. Right after the first sip, I knew there was the Ailaoshan black, but then also could detect keemun. Ah, delicious!
I might even prefer this blend to the straight ailaoshan – it has more grain and chocolate malt notes which meld with the fruitiness so beautifully.
A fancy and gentle breakfast tea, which would also be good anytime of day.
Quick rinse in boiling water and steeped 7 minutes in an 8 ounce mug.
Brewed color is coffee-like, and smells earthy with the light scent of cooked rice – very fragrant.
Tastes rich and earthy with a hint of sweetness that again would be similar to boiled rice.
Very nice, and I drank it with milk added which increased the sweet taste and added an extra smooth creaminess.
I think this would be an excellent and convenient option to take with you when not at home and craving a nice cup of pu-erh without any fuss.
Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for sending this sample!
This is a tasty blend and probably the best new thing I’ve tried from davidstea recently, although I really haven’t had a lot from them lately.
Smells custardy and sweet and tastes the same with the addition of apple. It is reminiscent of davidstea forever nuts in a way, but with creamy custard. I’m happy to have tried it and enjoyed the sample I had, even more so when I added it to half a cup of brewed black tea I was also drinking, as that just seemed to soften out the flavours and make it even more to my liking.
A tasty and sweet herbal blend, and am glad I picked up this sample to try.
Autumn 2014 version
Upon opening the bag, this batch didn’t have quite the same intense initial chocolaty scent as my last batch seemed to (still noticeable but not quite as much).
Brewed taste is pretty similar though, but I would say more toasted cereal notes and less cherry than the last. Still chocolate and sweet malt, and so enjoyable.
Always a delicious favorite!
First cup was much lighter in color than the second; maybe because the leaf rested in between.
Tastes smooth, sweet and like slightly leathery/earthy caramel, with aroma to match. There is a very gentle tart-like juiciness that lingers after drinking. Mellow and lovely.
Will save the leaves to steep again later.
I say this every time, but think this is my favorite ripe mandala pu’er sample so far – so gentle. :)
I picked up a bit of this to try when passing by the store the other day, as noticed that it was from India and I have not had a green tea from there before.
Dry scent is mild and a bit grassy.
Brews a clear strong yellow color.
Brewed scent is unusually floral and wine-like.
Taste is also floral and fruity like some sort of white wine without the alcohol. Very different from other green teas I have had, and there is not much in the way of vegetal or savory notes that I can detect. This somehow seems like it should be a black tea in a way, or a cross between black and green.
It is interesting and different, and definitely unlike anything I have had before, but also not a tea I would prefer… Chinese greens are my preference.