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An excellent darjeeling and my first autumnal flush darjeeling. <3
one of my favorite Jasmine teas. the aroma is very surprising and gives you a pretty intense flavor. this tea was recommended to me by an employee at the chado tearoom based on the selection of teas i was picking up at the time. its really fun watching it unravel if you have a clear teapot, and the flavor is as amusing as the presentation.
Brewing up a bit of this, towards the end of a batch purchased probably more than a year ago. I had loved the pouchong I bought at TenRen—my first experience of a lightly oxidized oolong—and was looking for more of the same. What a surprise! This is a darker, spicier, fruitier tea, not as earthy and toasted as the SeaDyke Ti Kuan Yin I ‘grew up’ drinking, but not much resembling the lighter TenRen tea. I keep forgetting and rediscovering it in the back of the cupboard. Shame on me. It doesn’t deserve forgetting. The spice is reminiscent of the Rou Gui I recently tried for the first time.
The dry leaf is dark, long, relatively straight but twisted around the long axis. It smells fruity/spicy already.
Brewing about 1 gram of leaf per ounce or 30mL of water in a small gaiwain, water at about 195 degrees.
The liquor is amber to reddish, sweet, spicy, but like Rou Gui, doesn’t have the really long legs of a Dan Cong or Wuyi Oolong: it’s tiring at 5 infusions, with spicy still there but more astringency and the fruity gone. Even after all 5 infusions, the leaves aren’t fully unfurled, seems like there should be more to give, but tonight a 6th infusion is pretty much just spice.
If rated on the first infusion alone, this would be a 90; on the first-through-5th, it’s lower.
This tea tastes pretty much like a plain rooibos with the essence of something fruity in the background scent. Not much flavor at all. Such a shame. I was so excited when I saw that Lisbet had included a sample of this in her package to me. I really wanted it to be full of raspberry and strawberry flavor, but not so much.
Argh. I need something strong to keep me up to cram but soothing after what just happened during OT during the Sharks game.
First tea of the first quarter. I sleepily packed this into my new tumbler and headed off to lab early this quarter. It definitely helped me stay alert for the morning. I managed to get three steeps out of this one.
I can’t think of much to say about this, as it is very weakly flavored, and I mostly just get ‘rooibos’ from it. I’ve added honey to try to make it more interesting, and tried oversteeping it. Fine, I suppose, if you enjoy very mild fruity notes. Very mild.
A mild, sweet tea that tastes mostly of rooibos and not the delicious sounding flavor additives. If I had to identify the strongest flavor in this tea it’d be the hint of strawberry. I’ve tried brewing this at different strengths and different durations and have just concluded that the flavoring isn’t strong enough for my liking.
I really like this chai. It’s great with a little vanilla almond milk and some honey. It’s also great on its own- the combination of whole cardamom pods, vanilla, and rooibos creates a sort of spicey-sweetness that I adore in a good cup of chai. Definitely recommended.
I really like the notes in this. The flavoring is mild, very lightly sweet- maybe not what you’d expect from bourbon, but more of a ‘bourbon vanilla.’ I do wish Chado teas’ rooibos flavors were a bit more strongly flavored, but I don’t dislike any of them, and this might be the best of my last big order. The sweetness definitely takes a back seat to the natural flavor of rooibos. I am oddly finding that the more I drink this, the less impressed I am with it.
Mild, with a slight hint of rum to it. The chocolate doesn’t come through particularly, and there aren’t very many chocolate chips. (This is okay because oddly enough, they didn’t melt on their own, and when stirred, didn’t seem to add much through a filter.)
This morning’s tea! Brewed very strongly. <3
Brewed this darjeeling very strong today — I did not have a productive three day weekend… thus far?
First tea of the day so I’m starting out with my strongest black tea. One more final to go!
Yummy, rich flavor. Starting off my study session with a black tea, after which I’ll switch to a green to just keep me stable~