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I haven’t really enjoyed darjeelings for the last couple of years. I have always participated in First Flush -tastings whenever possible, I felt that DJs are supposed to be tasted every spring. It was my duty, but not a particular pleasure.
I haven’t tasted anything from Teesta Valley specifically, so I am comparing this to my general memories of Darjeeling FF2010.
Dry leaves were especially green, I recall last year’s leaves were darker. This is also reflected in taste, this tea was really light. Taste sort of flows through me, it is hard to get hold of anything but a sweet, somewhat floral aftertaste. I find this taste seducing, teasing, but pleasant. Maybe this year I enjoy Darjeelings!
Aftertaste hit pretty quickly, and it is sort of honeylike, floral berrythingy.
There aren’t any elements I commonly associate with black teas, and that I like. It may be my light brewing, I used few leaves in a low temperature. I tried later with more leaves and hotter water, and I think the tea lost its balance with higher temperature.
Overall a really nice tea to have.
I have to say, I’m not really tasting the blackcurrant.
There’s a small hint of it in there, somewhere. At least the aroma is full and very blackcurrant-y. I’m definitely tasting the tea over whatever flavoring is supposed to be here. Perhaps I steeped it for too long – 2-4 was the recommended. I did 3. Perhaps I steeped too little.
It’s still a pretty nice tea! A while after taking a sip, you start to taste the blackcurrant. I just wish it was present in the sip itself.
It smells just like apple pie! It’s uncanny, yet delicious at the same time.
The taste, however, is a lot more subdued. It’s a bit of an abrupt change. You can definitely taste the tea (this is a blend of two green teas and two black teas, but I mostly taste the black) more than the flavorings (flavored with apple bits, cinnamon and “aromas”). I’m not quite sure what to think of this, but it’s really good if you don’t like overpowering sweetness. I can imagine this going very well with something sweet (like – dare I say it? – apple pie).
This is an excellent tea for the price (I paid only 3€ for 100 grams), although I do believe that it’s only really available during the winter. Shame.
Thanks to Meghann for letting me try this one!
I have been studying Japanese all day. I have to take two tests tomorrow, because I was away at a conference on Friday, and missed one. Actually, it’s one test and a midterm. So cramming away I am. My head hurts, and I am tired of vocab, so this tea, despite having 山本 (yamamoto) in the name, sounded refreshing.
Indeed, this would be brilliant iced. It’s citrusy, in a pale and pleasant way, and definitely tastes of sencha. I think even my ‘flavored tea is a waste of tea’ husband wouldn’t mind a little citrus with his sencha.
This one interested me in the store because it included lemon peel among the ingredients – something I haven’t often seen compared to the much more ubiquitous orange peel. It also features a wide variety of tasty spices which I hope come out in the flavor. It certainly smells spicy and citrusy at the same time, like lemon peels coated in ginger-cinnamon dust. There are lots of spice pieces to be seen mixed in with the rooibos too, so I’m hoping this will be a strongly flavored chai. For the first time though I’ll make it tea-style rather than chai style and see how that comes out.
The two main flavors are lemon and ginger, which I think go well together. The other spices are there more as a texture than a taste – they add body and warmth to the two main elements. With milk and sugar, it’s a very tasty chai but still a bit mild – I will definitely have to try it chai-style at some point.
Ah, that’s much better than the Flavia mistake earlier this morning – I needed something to cleanse my palate after that. I put a little extra half/half and sugar in it, so now it tastes like warm cherry pie a la mode with a hint of almond extract in it. Gooood….
Another tea from Adham. This is the tea that I hit my nose first when I opened the package of teas. Wow, is the cherry fragrant in this one! The almond is a great combination with this, but doesn’t make it taste amaretto, like I thought it might. The leaves look like a mixture of brown skinny leaves (ceylon?) and then there are greener large wide leaves that must be the china part of the blend? Once I saw the wet leaves I thought maybe I had steeped this wrong, and thought it might be a black/green blend…still not really sure, but it tastes just wonderful brewed as a black tea. I love how fruity and floral this blend is. I wish I had some black cherry preserves and a scone to enjoy with this. Or maybe a bear claw from work to bring out the almond flavor…delicious! I really am enjoying this tea.
Another tea sample from the Secret Santa package Adham sent. The package the teas came in smells so wonderful. I’m not sure if it is the combined fragrance of the teas, or if one of the teas is really overpowering the rest.
These dry leaves smell spicy, not in a caliente way, but as in chai spices. There is a vanilla sweetness to the leaves as well.
I brewed this at 3 minutes after reading Adham’s note that it brews quite brisk. Seeing how dark the infusion became after hitting the 3 minute mark impressed and scared me a little. Tasting this tea I definitely get the strong malty notes of assam. Wow, this is a full bodied tea. I’m glad to have chosen this to drink this morning, I need the pick me up. I’m glad the vanilla is in this tea, it makes it a bit different from other teas.
I received a package of this tea from Adham as a Secret Santa swap present. Thanks Ricky for putting together Secret Santa!
The leaves are a deep green in color, a medium length sencha leaf and mixed with pieces of citrus peel, lemongrass and flowery blossoms. The pouch smells fantastic, clean and vibrant. I sniffed the pouch as I was waiting for the tea to brew up.
The brewed tea is a pale yellow infusion. The citrus peel and lemongrass definitely show through in the taste but still allow the flavor of the sencha to come through. I could see this being a tea I drink daily, as it isn’t too fragrant or flavored, it is just right.
I’m really beginning to like green teas, I haven’t ventured to try many unflavored greens, but really enjoy these flavored blends.
Thanks again Adham for sending me this tea!
I made a nice little pot of this today but then was immediately called into a meeting and didn’t get a chance to try it until several hours later, when it had gone quite cold. I’ll hold off rating until I get a chance to taste it properly, but I do think it will be a good one. It’s got some jasmine in there too, so I’m hoping the two aromas/flavors will play nicely together.
Another one picked up last week – it interested me because it brings together rose and vanilla, a mix I wouldn’t have otherwise thought about. It also lists a rather vague “fruit aroma” in the ingredients list, so I’m not sure what that will do. The dry leaf is dark and smells very fragrant – rose for sure, not much vanilla, but a generous helping of fruitiness too. And as I look at the leaf closely, I can see the rose petals and bits that look a lot like little dried squares of orange peel. This could be interesting!
It really smells good as it steeps, and comes out a medium brown liquor. The flavor profile is floral, very aromatic from the rose petals, with a little bit of juiciness from whatever fruit aromas they’ve used. Very little astringency or bitterness, even without any additives. Once I put a bit of sugar in, it becomes softer and not so perfumed, and with half and half it’s dialed back even more. If I’m going to put additives in a tea, I almost always put both sugar and some sort of dairy product, but I think this is one tea where I’d put sugar only so that I don’t dull the flavors too much. The vanilla never put up much of a fight against the other notes in this tea – too bad! I would have enjoyed more of that flavor.