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Another tea from Ost. Thank you!!!
Meh. I couldn’t coax much flavor out of this one. It wasn’t bitter or astringent, and I picked up a little cocoa and maybe stone fruit as the tea cooled. Other than that it was pretty bland. I added some sugar at the end which highlighted the fruity note. If I have this again maybe I’ll try it with sugar and cream.
This tea was another gift to me from Capital Tea Ltd! Now, having just tried it, I wish I had sampled it before placing my most recent order because I really enjoyed it.
This tea has long wide and very loosely twisted hand rolled leaves that range from greenish gold furry buds to chocolate and reddish brown. The dry leaf smells of honey, cocoa and malt.
I brewed roughly one teaspoon in 225 ml of 95°C water for 3 minutes. The resulting tea was a medium amber tone.
The brewed tea smells of citrus notes above deeper warmer spice notes, floral notes and hints of nuts. The impression is warm and spicy overall.
The tea tastes smooth on the tongue. My first impressions are of a bright green note dissolved in dark honey with a touch of molasses, quickly dissipating into a hint of cocoa, dried, fruit compote, hints of almond, sandalwood and a touch of amber. There are upper notes of citrus and muscatel notes. It kind of reminds me of the bright light citrusy notes of a pinot grigio. This tea had a good balance between the warm and enveloping and the bright natures of the flavours. The tea manages to be both rich and sweet and light at the same time.
The second steep (3.5min) is just as sweet with stronger spicy floral notes present among the notes listed above and a very distinct muscatel scent and a slightly deeper body. This steep left a freshening feeling at the front and top of the mouth.
The third steep (5min) is not quite as sweet but still rich and spicy in flavour.
Overall I was rather won over by this teas rich sweetness and spice. On to the wish list it goes.
I bought this as a possible replacement for my beloved borsapori which is no longer being produced in orthodox form. It is a very nice tea, but it is not as sweet, nor does it have that milk chocolate note. It also is not nearly as floral. What it does have is a good deal of malt, cream, sweet potato, fruit, and spice notes with a bit of honey. It is quite a strong tea a level tsp is more than enough leaf for 225ml of water.
The brewed tea is a bright but deeper reddish orange tone. The dried tea smells of malt, horse feed and spice.
I have gotten 3-4 good steeps out of this tea each time I have had it. The latter steeps tend to be sweeter.
Scent: lemon and sweet potatoes with the upper tones of malt, cream, hints of short crust pastry with lemon juice, honey, and a soft sweet and bright spice.
Flavour is deeper than the scent with first sips containing the deeper tones of malt, cocoa, and sweet potato. Upper tones are cream, soft stone fruit, light citrus notes with zest, honey, a hint of butter pastry, and a soft floral.
3.30 increased uppertones of malt, addition of some currant, stronger spice notes with zest, cream, sweet potato, honey, citrus notes. Increased astringency.
4min, honey and spice over cream and malt and breast notes with currant. Still quite flavourful. Tannic.
While I am not sure if this is my replacement tea it is quite a nice tea and I am happy to have it in my cupboard. A nice option for those who want a malty and not to sweet tea with some complexity.
A really excellent Golden Monkey. Smoky, yes. Leather-y, yes. But also rich with notes of chocolate and undertones of caramel and I like the way all these flavors play together. Pleasant and smooth. Robust.
Thank you Ost for sending me a sampling of this tea. It’s a pleasure to be sipping it.
This is a nice decent jasmine tea – it’s not too heavy or perfume-like. Not quite as sweet as other jasmines I’ve had, though.
I don’t have a lot of other jasmine teas in my cupboard right now. Thing is, though, I’ve recently had a cupboard explosion! So, much as I may want new jasmine tea, I don’t really need it.
First tasting note for this tea!
I had this last night after my Capital Tea order came in. This seemed like a good option – I find it’s not a good idea to drink black tea in the evenings.
When I opened the package, the smell was sweet, sweet jasmine. The leaves are wiry and dark grey-green. I ended up overleafing just a tad, but it was okay. The package says to steep for 2-3 minutes but knowing other jasmine greens, I erred on the side of caution and went for just over 2 minutes.
The liquor was a lovely clear gold colour. After I lifted the leaves out of the hot water, I could smell a nutty, vegetal spinach smell underneath all the jasmine. The taste was mostly jasmine, though.
I kinda wished I could have tasted more of the base. The jasmine taste was straight and uncomplicated.
This is a very nice jasmine tea, but I’m glad I only got a 20g sample. Knowing my tea drinking habits, this will last for quite a while.
Currently sipping on this tea – thank you Ost for sending me a sampling of it.
This is not my favorite Keemun that I’ve ever encountered, but, it’s a pleasant one. The leathery notes are stronger than I’m used to from a Keemun, I’m used to a rounder flavor. There are some notes of smoke that mingle in an interesting way with the leather notes. As I eluded to a couple of sentences ago, I look for a more well-rounded flavor in a Keemun and this one seems a little thin. It seems like it’s all leather up front to disguise the fact that it doesn’t really have that satisfying, nicely balanced flavor.
It’s OK, but not my favorite Keemun nor is it my favorite that I’ve tasted from this company thus far.
I feel like writing lazy tasting notes today! :D This sample came from the lovely Dexter.
This tea is a bit too earthy for me, as I tend to prefer the lighter Yunnan teas. It does have some nice flavors going on, though! I can taste a bit of dark, syrupy raisin and there are caramelized sugar undertones going on, though not a lot of sweetness. The main flavors are earth and wood, which are not my favorites. Perhaps a teeny touch of some sort of herb near the end?
Thanks, Dexter! I appreciate the chance to try these teas even if I don’t love all of them. :)
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Earth, Herbs, Malt, Raisins, Wood
I just received my package from Ost today – Thanks, Ost! This is awesome. I know you said in your review of this tea that you aren’t all that wild about it but I LOVE this. I love the deep, rich, chocolate-y flavor that is like dark bittersweet chocolate, notes of honeyed caramel in the undertones, and the woodsy earthiness to this. I taste notes of molasses. This reminds me more of a Fujian tea than a Ceylon.
I brewed this along with Capital Tea’s Rohini Estate 2nd Flush and it’s amazing how different they are. The leaves in this one are very green, and the aroma is very floral – like lilacs, or lillies of the valley? The taste is light, floral, slightly astringent. Very interesting!
Okay….It said to steep it for 3-4 mins. I did for 4.
That was clearly a mistake.
This seriously tastes like ink. (Yes, I do know what ink tastes like, because I used to be one of those people that bite on pens when they are bored in class).
At first it was such a strong flavor that I thought for a moment it was another leather tea.
But no! It’s like…an ink tea. 0_0
And yet the smell of this one was more on the malty side. But no sign of malt in the actual tea. Oy. :S Not for me.
And that was the last of the samples that Capital Teas Ltd sent me! They kinda got weird near the end….least tonight. xD
But was such a privilege to try them! Can’t wait to put in an official order! Hoping they really do have a good sale sometime this year!!
So, this one definitely smells malty, which is usually a good sign for me.
As for the taste, it’s a lot of malt and leather. Yes, another tea with that combo. Neither are too overpowering. So it’s not too bad for me.. Definitely drinkable.
But definitely not going to buy more.
Glad I tried it. Just not for me!
Flavors: Leather, Malt
Okay, so I was expecting the other tea to be smokey. Wasn’t expecting it from this one at all!
But this one is super smokey. I’ve never had a smokey tea before. But that’s the main flavor of it. Other Golden Money teas that I’ve had have been bready and malty. This wasn’t at all what I expected!
The steeping aroma of this one actually smelled kinda like leather, which also threw me off. But not as much as the taste.
I don’t think this one is for me. I don’t think smokey teas are my thing….
This just reminds me of BBQ, which I’m not a fan of at all either!
So yeah, just not for me. And pretty disappointing!
Glad I didn’t waste my money on this one though!
Flavors: Leather, Smoke
So, this is my first Keemun tea. For some reason, I thought that they were supposed to be smokey? But, this isn’t like that at all.
Again, It’s just like a leather tea. Not nearly as bad and overpowering as the teas from H&S I tried earlier, but just enough for me not to want to finish this cup.
Keemun has never really appealed to me in any way, but they sent me a sample of it, so I thought I should at least give it a try.
Anddd now I know haha!
First tea of the day! This sample is from Dexter. It looks like a pure bud tea, and the fuzzy buds are mostly golden with some darker grey/brown parts. Dry scent is very sweet with some nice, mellow hay notes. I set my kettle to 200 degrees before I had chosen my tea, and I probably should have lowered it to 190 for this tea, but we’ll see how it goes!
The steeped aroma is quite powerful, with the expected sweet potato and bread notes along with sweet honey, stonefruit, and a touch of earth. Woo, this is a very concentrated Yunnan brew! Strong and thick sweet potato and dark wheat bread here. This is the sweeter side of Yunnan, it has yummy honey notes instead of the smoked meats flavor I often find. I can also taste apricot, especially at the end and in the aftertaste. There’s a little bit of a drying sensation at the end, probably from brewing at slightly too high a temperature. Overall though, yums!
Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Earth, Honey, Sage, Sweet Potatoes, Thick
Another morning assam. I’m not getting all the flavours that other people have listed in their notes. :) But it’s, a nice, full-bodied, malty assam. I again found a little bit of bitterness, but just a splash of milk smoothed that right out.
Trying some Assams this morning – tasting this one along with “Black Beauty” from Tealux. The dry leaves are small, with lots of golden tips. The scent has a lot of floral and fruity notes, and some buscuit maybe? The scent as it brews is actually quite mild, and the taste is smooth and balanced – no one flavour is really jumping out at me. There’s a slight hint of bitterness, but I think I probably just haven’t figured out the ideal way to steep this yet.
I was in the mood for something a bit sweet after dinner, so I brewed up a cup of this. I added sweetener (xylitol – does anybody else use that in place of sugar?) and milk, and it’s hitting the spot quite nicely. :) I get caramel and vanilla from this – not really any fruitiness, but maybe that’s because I added milk right away. It’s nicely flavoured, not too strong or overwhelming.
Addendum: I stuck my nose in the bag while waiting for the water to reboil, and yeah, the scent of the dry tea is definitely fruity! Smells like chocolate-covered cherries. The 2nd steeping is pretty light and I’m drinking it straight. It still has a subtle sweetness to it.
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
I don’t even know where to start.
Like. It’s just amazing.
It’s smooth and strong. Malty and sweet. Just. Ugh. This tea.
I’m a little in love with this one, to be honest.
Definitely going to order some of this when I officially order from Capital Teas Ltd. So happy they were awesome enough to send me a sample of this one!!
Flavors: Malt, Sweet
Another black tea sample from Dexter! The leaves are very thin and wiry, similar to jin jun mei. They’re about half black and half golden. Dry scent is malty and a little bit savory, which makes me a bit excited since I haven’t had a yummy savory Chinese black for a while.
Oh my… The aroma of this tea makes my skirt fly up a bit. It’s very heavy on the savory smoked meats with a touch of a bread accent. I hate waiting for tea to cool! :P Mm, definitely very smoky, but not in a harsh charcoal way. This tea reminds me of smoked beef jerky, and it’s making me extremely happy. There’s a bit of bready taste and thickness supporting the smoky flavor. So good…
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Meat, Smoked, Sweet Potatoes, Thick
First tea of the day! This one came from Dexter’s amazingly generous care package. The leaves are quite pretty. They’re long and twisty and somewhat thick – similar to Taiwanese black teas but a nice warm chocolate brown in color. Dry scent is mildly sweet and raisiny with a bit of malt. The amount of leaves I had left looked like more than enough for one cup but not quite enough for two, so I used it all and made a 10 ounce cup instead of 8. :)
Steeped, this tea smells very fruity with some bread and floral notes. I think I may have overdone it slightly on the leaf, it’s just on the edge of being slightly bitter. However, the flavor itself is quite tasty. There’s definitely a heavy raisin influence here along with an overall strong malt flavor. I’m getting a tiny bit of floral as a top note, and while I could do without it it’s not ruining the tea for me. Touch of astringency as well.
Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Malt, Raisins
Got a sample of this from Boychik!
Happy to try another tea from Capital Teas Ltd!
This one I was pretty hyped up about, which was bad, because I feel a little disappointed.
Perhaps it’s the fact that I accidentally steeped this one a minute longer than I was supposed to. Because it tasted a lot like leather. :/
There was a decent amount of malt, and a bit of sweetness from a honey flavor, but the overall taste was leather. So…Can’t say I was a fan of this one.
Maybe in the future I’ll give it another shot and not let it oversteep at all.
Thanks for the sample still, Boychik!
Flavors: Honey, Leather, Malt, Sweet