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I ordered this sample months ago but have put off trying it because the “decaf” part scared me. I have had a lot of really good decaf teas lately, so I don’t know why I continue to fear the decaf, but, I do. It’s a deeply seeded fear that needs to be uprooted, but I haven’t been successful with that yet.
The aroma is lovely – it has a maple-y vanilla-y sweet scent. Delicious. And I can SEE the vanilla beans!
Wow, this is really good. REALLY good. Smooth and sweet and so very YUM.
Are you sure this is decaf?
I’ve been enjoying my Shui Teas so much that I haven’t had anything new to log for a while. I was feeling a little disconnected from Steepster so, in honor of Fall (even though it’s still 106 degrees here) I thought I’d give this one a try.
This tea (in silken sachets) has a bright fruity fragrance that deepens to an almost bitter citrus. This is true before and after brewing.
Once brewed, you’re left with a garnet colored tea. The taste is mildly flavored. From the fragrance, I expected a high level of bitterness or tartness but there’s just a subtle pucker after a slight fruit flavor. I would prefer that the tea base be presented a bit stronger, but overall this wasn’t bad.
Have a sample of this; seems unique to flavor a Darjeeling, but I think its a cool idea. (At least, I haven’t seen many flavored Darjeelings).
The lemon is a very pleasant, noticeable addition. I didn’t taste caramel, but I think it sweetened/enhanced the lemon flavor. This almost smells like Earl Grey, but tastes nothing like it. There is nothing floral, perfumey, or bitter in the tea, just a smooth lemonyness. (Is that even a word?) I find it a bit hard to give a rating, but I think it’s not quite as good as their straight up DJ blend.
Heaven in a cup. The jasmine scent is fantastic, the white tea is delicately flavored. Breathe deep, savor the aroma, experience the flavor before drinking it down. Peace, rest, another world, away from life. A slight breeze rustling through trees, echoes of nature rebounding off a hilly valley. If I say any more I’ll embarrass myself (even more than I already have).
I love the aroma of this tea! It tastes very good even without additions. Tonight it had the unfair trial of being tasted right alongside The de Cigales by Dammann Freres. The Boston won in the aroma category, but the Dammann Freres has more flavor. Granted it is a different flavor tea, but with the same “mood” of cup in my opinion. They are warm contemplative cups. A very good tea with a heavenly aroma.
I’ve never had Darjeeling before, and I would have chosen a more premium variety (sample) if I could have (I wanted to sample first flush), but H&S didn’t have such samples available.
However, out of all the standard classic (black) teas I’ve tried, this is probably one of my favorite. It isn’t as bold or strong as the Keemun, EG, or other black tea blends that I’ve had, and for that reason I think I like it. It is more fruity?, lighter, smoother… more like green tea almost (though, it doesn’t really taste like it).
I detected almost a bit of spiciness (like pepper) in the cup for some reason too.
I’d really like to try a high quality Darjeeling now, but don’t really want to buy a whole lot. Maybe someday I’ll buy a sample from somewhere else…
Compared to the EG by H&S I had recently, I like this a lot more.
Enjoying the last of my sample from ashmanra! Eee ee eeee!
Every single sip of my three steeps was sooooooo enjoyable! I just simply love this style of tea (smooth, golden, great sans additions), and this tea in particular. I know I really love something when I say (in my head) “Wow! I could drink this EVERY DAY!” and yes, that is exactly what I said (in my head) during my sips.
I thought I would do a State of the Palate addition to this tasting note…it’s been awhile!
Emperor’s Red/Imperial Red style teas
English/Irish Breakfast style teas (with milk and sugar. Soooo comforting!)
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Various flavored black teas, every now and again
Jasmine teas (especially Jasmine Pearls!)
Dark oolongs in general
Green oolongs every once in awhile, but when I am in the mood for them, I LOVE them
Flavored green teas (especially FRENCH flavored green teas!)
52 teas Black currant Bai Mu Dan (but that is really it with the white teas)
(Herbals are by necessity :) Even when they are delicious, they do not excite me (I guess that’s the POINT!)!
Since I drink this several times a week, I don’t usually tealog it every time. However, for a big change I will make a new post about a tea I drink often. The big change…..I am no longer adding milk and sugar! This is a route I never expected to take, but between George Orwell’s admonitions about sugar in tea and my two friends who take theirs straight when we drink it together, I was ashamed to keep adding it all the time! I won’t say I will not add sugar ever, or that all teas will be without it from now on, but the list is getting longer of teas I take straight now. Maybe I am growing up?