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A great Keemun and a great Breakfast Tea. Initially I tried it with just 1 tsp of leaf and the tea was appetising with a slight smokey edge. When I upped the leaf to 1 tbsp, this was an intense, full throated cuppa with woodsy, almost ripe Pu’erh notes. It brews up quick in 2min on the first steep. I sipped my way through 250g of this excellent tea.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Smoke
Surprised not to see this one on here already. Yay, I get to be first, even if it is only a cursory tasting note because I did not sit down and do a full tasting. So, I started the day with Canton’s 2010 Xing Hai, but felt like a change of pace for the evening. I’ll save the rest of the Xing Hai for tomorrow. I’ve now changed to this tea for the evening. It’s a new one on me and I only received it in the post last week. I tried it the day I got it, but was not overly happy with how it brewed. FF Darjeelings are notoriously finicky, and that first trial was a victim of over-enthusiasm and lack of control of the brewing conditions. This second time around is much better.
The first cup came out golden in colour. It was clear, crisp and silky in texture. Light muscatel flavour is there, some sweetness and some dryness. It has many of the characteristics of some light, dry white wines I have had in the past. The second cup I steeped for 3 minutes and that was perhaps a touch too long. The previous flavours were all enhanced but an edge of astringency has introduced itself. I shall steep a third cup for 3 minutes again later and see how it does, but I can definitely state that this tea passes muster for this Darjeeling fan. I’m not completely blown away by it, but I am definitely satisfied.
The dry tea is an appealing mix of green, white and brown leaves. The tea soup is clear and golden with a fruity and vegetal aroma. The astringency is very faint, perhaps because I was careful to steep at the recommended temp of 195F and time of 2 min. I’ve learned it’s worthwhile to coddle a Darjeeling first flush a bit. Easy drinking was the result and a second steep at 208F for 5 min was a nice bonus.
Flavors: Caramel, Dry Grass, Floral, Fruity, Tangy
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A sweet, slightly vegetal smell from the steeped leaves. A nice honey liquor, with a honey aroma coming from the cup. That works really well for me! The liquor is thin, clean tasting, sweet and woody, slightly vegetal, slightly honey, a little bitter, a little astringent. It holds up well I think. The sweetness leaves a nice slightly numb tongue. The aroma is always 50/50 honey/plants, with the astringency always tugging your tongue back. Its a nice balance. As the cup cools it dips into deeper territory, with a slight hint of nuts. not sure which, but it was there.
All in all, a very nice first flush Darjeeling.
Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Nuts, Plants, Sweet, Wood
There aren’t many days in the year when I wake up and crave shu, but today is definitely one. My choice of tea this morning was completely obvious, but I decided to go for a new-to-me Pu-erh rather than an old familiar favourite.
Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/29/canton-mini-tuo-cha-cooked-pu-erh-canton-tea-co/
Dragon Well has become, to my surprise, one of my favourite green tea varieties. I used to think I didn’t like green tea, but I’ve been persuaded over time by some those I’ve been fortunate enough to have tried.
Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/17/organic-dragon-well-green-tea-canton-tea-co/
Tea number two from the EU TTB Round 4!
Now this is Autumnal! Although a little more mellow than I had hoped (the tasting notes on the packaging does say that it’s mellow) it’s a beautiful TGY with cocoa and oatmeal biscuity notes. So relaxing for this kind of day. The aroma of the tea brewing is woodsy and a little smoky, so I was surprised that that didn’t come through in the tea. I love roasted oolongs, but haven’t yet tried as many as I would have liked to. I don’t think I’ve had a single one I didn’t like! The oolong balls are still furled up pretty tight after a 3 minute steep, so I think I’ll be trying a second steep of this one. The experiment continues!
Business usually slows down for an hour or 2 at the shop after the office working crowd got their morning coffee. Which means I have time to make coffee and tea for myself.
Today I made a pot of this tea again. It tasted as beautiful as the first time I had it.
Sweet and malty, with a good rich body, and with this slight tang from a good Ceylon to wake up my palate.
I may re-purchase after I finish this tin :)
Flavors: Malt, Sweet
I love this tea. Let me say again. I LOVE THIS TEA.
It is gorgeous.
It is sweet, quiet, mature, refined, beautifully blended, harmonious.
To me, this should not be called breakfast tea. It would be ruined and wasted if I had this tea with breakfast food.
I prefer my breakfast tea a punch in the face / kick in the teeth kind of CTC blend.
To fully appreciate Canton English Breakfast Tea, I would wait until I had finished my cuppa builder’s brew and breakfast, and then make a pot of this beautiful tea.
I managed 3 flavorful steeps from 3grams of tea leaves. Each steep 3 minutes with boiling water.
I really like the bergamot flavor in this tea.
The Darjeeling in Canton Tea’s Earl Grey is really nice, however I prefer my Earl Grey with a bolder tea. This tasted a bit too delicate for my taste.
It is still a nice Earl Grey tea.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy, Floral
first infusion produces a great lychee aroma and taste.
second infusion continues but with some harshness (40 seconds)
only had time for a third, similar infusion. taste appears to be waning though after the third
This was the 2013 crop (not 2011 as stated elsewhere). It was sealed in a small package and has retained good quality. Fresh floral notes, bright clear pale amber soup, no objectionable bitterness or astringency. In short, very enjoyable. Even got a 2nd steep from the lovely leaves. Mmmmm …
Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Grapes, Mineral
I’m on a quest for beautifully flavored chocolate and vanilla teas. During the winter when my allergies are unkind to me via the desert winds of Southern California, my palate plays tricks on me, and I’ve found having a leading familiar note helps me find the flavors of my cup in the morning. I am thankful.
Canton Tea Company is turning out to be one of my preferred sources for tea – and even I’m surprised by that statement! Their blends are thoughtful and different from the ones normally found at a mid-sized purveyor of tea, and their Vanilla Black is a wonderful example of this.
This tea is named simply, so it’s a good thing I looked at the description of the tea prior to closing out my last order with them. This flavored blend is led by the organic vanilla bean. Rich and sweet vanilla….really, is there a better flavor on the planet? Vanilla’s ability to comfort is well known, as perfumers have been using it to women’s advantage for decades….it is men’s favorite fragrance. As it is mine. NOM. The base of this tea is a heady blend of Chinese black teas. The Chinese black tea brings a soft plum-like cocoa flavor to this blend, with a sweet maltiness that harbors no astringency whatsoever. It has a lovely round mouthfeel and the balance with the vanilla note is glorious. For aesthetic value, Canton Tea Co uses cornflowers for a touch of color….not necessary but a nice touch.
This blend is an example of the magic that can be created by a master blender. The one that works at Canton Tea Company has continuously provides satisfying blends of wonderful teas. Vanilla Black is another example. Well done, Canton Tea Co. I’ll be cursing your shipping fees on a regular basis!
Flavors: Caramel, Plums, Vanilla
This Puerh warranted some research as I was not sure exactly what it was. It was a Canton Tea Club arrival from a while ago and I’ve finally got the curiosity to try it. The research shows that this Puerh is from Nan Nuo mountain in Yunnan, China and is traced back to three 600 year old trees that especially produce this tea. The idea of something being so remote sounds very special. I also found out that Maocha is Puerh that has not yet been turned into cakes, it’s known as ‘rough Puerh’. A lot of Puerh farmers drink it ‘unrefined’ such as this sample. Very interesting! Nice little story to go with whatever I’m about to experience.
Lets start with the raw leaves. They are long and whole (width folded in half) with some stem still attached. Also they are a blend of brown, dark brown, green and silver colours which have a lot of hairs and a super high gloss shine. They smell sweet and wooden with some smoke and must present.
Yixing teapot – 200ml
Leaf – 5g
Temp – 90C
First Steep – 15 seconds
Colour is light yellow and bares a light smoke and earth.
Flavour is light, sweet yet smoky and somewhat musty. Though mellow it does have a subtle refreshing after taste that reminds me of licorice.
Second Steep – 25 seconds
Liquor scent is stronger and the smoke seems thick and smog like.
Flavour is more pronounced though still rather soft. Damp wood, earth,licorice and finishing with a sweet and smoky smog.
Third Steep – 35 seconds
No longer light in strength, this steep has some astringency as well as an increase in licorice tones. Not much wood remains though there is still some dampness in taste, along with a new dryness towards the after taste. Almost nutty like pistachio.
Fourth Steep – 40 seconds
Lighter than the previous steep. Remaining sweet and smoky with high licorice freshness and a lingering after taste.
Overall: I really enjoyed this Puerh, I found it similar to the Sheng I had earlier so there are similarities though I found this to be more interesting. It did not have as much flavour as I expected considering steep 4 was weakened somewhat, but that being said I will continue steeping it anyway and see how far I can take the leaves.I took a before and after picture to show you.
It’s something I would consider buying in the future for when I don’t have time to fully commit to a nice piece of Puerh, seeing as I love to steep it for hours.
Flavors: Earth, Licorice, Nuts, Smoke, Sweat, Wet Wood
I’ve been working my way through my little cake of this, too, recently and it’s another tea that I’m just really enjoying. It’s sweet, slightly creamy and very moreish. I broke off some little pieces to use in my Gaiwan this morning, with a lovely fresh hot-cross bun, for breakfast! They made for a pretty good combination too, actually.
(I enjoyed all of this whilst watching Fortitude, too – any of you guys been watching?? What a bizarre program :O It’s darn compelling though, that’s for sure!)
As I’ve not really ever owned or broken up many sheng puerh cakes before, I don’t know how this compares, but it’s definitely a little more loosely packed than the other two that I’ve opened. As such, when I went at it with my pick, I was basically removing little fragments of two or three leaves at a time. It wasn’t really an issue, as they remained pretty intact so the brewing didn’t get bitter, but it is a very different experiences, say, to the stone-pressed 2004 or the big-leaf 2006 shengs I have from Verdant.