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Recent Tasting Notes
I’m leaning towards liking the resteep (@4 min) of this tea more than the initial steep – it still has a bakiness to it but it’s much sweeter and it has sort of apricot or peach-like notes that come out – ‘stone fruit’ notes I think I’ve heard some people describe the taste.
By the third resteep (@5 min) I am noticing the flavour starting to taper off, however.
It goes decently enough with milk, as it helps take offthat astringent black tea edge. But it also kills a lot of the fruity grenadine flavour, unfortunately. This tea might be better drunk plain with a bit of sweetener, maybe. I’ll see about trying it that way next time.
So continues my quest for the perfect dark formosa oolong. The dry tea has a spicy-ish smell to it. Brewed it has quite a pungent, almost woodsy sort of taste with a strong bakey flavour accompanying it. I noticed that it took on some fruity notes and taste a little bit sweeter as it cooled off.
The second steep (@3:30) has a sweeter, more developed fruity flavour and it tasted less bakey than the first round.
I first had Early Grey with cardamom at a friend’s house. I thought it was divine but I hadn’t been able to find something similar for years. Finally I found it.
The tea smells very pungent. It put me off at first. Steeped by itself, it’s not really that great. However, it’s delicious when you add milk and sugar to it. Very smooth and aromatic (but not overpowering). Ultimate “roundness” in my mouth which I really enjoy :)
Steeped at 205 degree F.
I’m picking up just the very faintest hint of smoke this morning. It’s a nice morning tea IMO for those who want the wake-up but not the harsh taste that some of the Indian teas like Assam tend to pack. This is a very smooth-tasting tea that doesn’t really feel like it needs milk or sugar added to it.
EDIT: It resteeps nicely too.
My only other experience with Monk’s Blend is from a rather unfortunate (and yucky) teabag so I wanted to see how the real blend tasted. The tea was slightly sweet-smelling but not heavily so, scented with vanilla and fruity notes (from the grenadine I’m assuming).
The flavours are not terribly bold and I get the impression that the tea base is supposed to take centre stage and that the flavouring is more a compliment than anything else, as opposed to an actual flavoured tea where you mostly get the flavouring rather than the tea.
The result in this case is a mild, smooth-tasting tea with little astringency and enhanced with notes of sweet pomegranate (some people have said that grenadine tastes more like cherry, but this one at least is distinctly pomegranate to me) and hints of vanilla. Not bad.
Five minutes might have been a bit too much for the CTC tea in this blend. I added some milk and I am picking up a trace of vanilla this time, but it’s an accent rather than the focus of the tea. It’s not a horrible tea but it doesn’t really do much for me – I think I’ll put it up for ‘adoption’.
The tea looks quite similar to the Ti Kwan Yin I got from the same company, although these leaves are rolled up a bit smaller. The dry leaves of both also have a sort of spinachy scent to them, although I think the Tung Ting’s is a bit lighter (it’s hard to compare, I just sent away the last of my Ti Kwan Yin so I’m going by memory and my old tasting notes).
The first steep (1 min) is really only enough to get the leaves wet and to encourage them to unfurl. So the resulting liquid is quite thin and light; floral in flavour with a hint of sweet bakeyness on the end.
With the 2nd steep (2 mins) we get into the real deal. The tea starts off delicately floral, and then a warm, fruity flavour takes over, finished off by very light bakey notes. The aftertaste is somewhat floral too, I think.
I think I’ll go for third steep after this. :)
I have a lot of back logging to do from the weekend but will do that later.
I’m having this tea again this morning because it seems I am a little low on black and black flavors…might have to revisit some Adagio’s today. I am expecting some goodies in the mail from a non-steepster source so once I get that package I will break in to it ASAP.
I got this tea from Jillian and decided to steep it in my Sorapot.
[It was very pretty – I’ll need to take pictures next time.]
First off, one of the things that I absolutely love is the short steep time, because it means that I don’t have to wait that long in between cups. I got a pretty good rhythm going, lengthening the steep time by maybe 15 seconds or so on each subsequent cup, stopping at four. I could have gone longer, I suspect, because the flavor wasn’t weakening for me – a very good sign.
This tea was buttery, with some sweetness that sashayed around and swished through the aftertaste. At times, it had a very pronounced vegetal quality to it, which is something that I’m somewhat indifferent on. For me, it didn’t stick around consistently, and I consider that to be a saving quality. It had a darkness that colored the flavor of the tea, which keeps me from wanting to compare this to a Formosan Oolong since it had some similar qualities.
Overall, I found it wholly enjoyable, so thanks for sending this to me, Jillian! I look forward to many steeps in my future.
This tea is an interesting mix of regular-looking black tea and CTC teas. It still smells sweet and vanilla-y when it’s dry but when I was steeping it the smell actually reminded me of Adagio’s Sweet Potato Pie!
The taste is also still rather astringent even though I added some milk.
Okay, last cup of tea for the night, I promise. ;)
This is another favorite I haven’t had in awhile, this and my Rainbow Rooibos seem to be the only rooibos-based teas that I enjoy. With this one at least it’s a case of there being a good amount of the other ingredients to balance out the taste of the rooibos. And as a bonus it leaves my mouth minty-fresh. :D