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Awesome! I just noticed that this tea was picked on my birthday!
And it is a fantastic 2nd flush. Reminds me quite a bit of my first Darjeeling I ever tasted … and fell completely in love with. It has those same strong fruity tones – beautiful muscatel. A very pleasant astringency to this … not what I would categorize as a dry astringency or as a tangy astringency… this is really rather smooth … but with a slight tingly effect on the tongue toward the finish.
Light, but not quite as light as some other Darjeeling teas that I’ve tried, this one has some body to it, and even a hint of malt. There is a toasty quality to it in the background as well. It is as though this Darjeeling wants to be an Assam … not quite as bold or thick as an Assam, but with some intriguingly similar qualities. Nice, very nice!
PS: KTeas is currently having a Birthday Sale now through December 11 (20% off subtotal!) Check out their homepage for details. http://www.kteasonline.com/ (not affiliated with KTeas – although at one time I contemplated selling them my Breakfast in Bed Recipe but that’s another story – I’m just a very happy customer)
Nice flavor to this Ceylon. A very pleasant sweetness to it. It is smooth yet rustic. Somewhat astringent toward the finish… accompanied by a citrus-like tangy taste that seems to just “go with” the astringency. Some floral tones in the background. A very nice Ceylon, this is right along the lines of what I think of when I think of a Ceylon. A very mild, pleasant black tea – strong, not bitter, just a very nice cuppa.
This one isn’t on the website, I don’t know if it has already sold out or not. I will have to drop KTeas a line and find out.
This is an incredibly strong Assam: bold, malty and a considerable amount of astringency at the finish. The aftertaste is especially nice: I can still taste the malt and it brings forth a pleasant caramel-y sweetness. A good, strong Assam!
Wow! This is really quite different from the other Morawaka estate Ceylon teas that I’ve tried (those being broken leaf, this is whole leaf). This is lighter and crisper in taste, while the others were actually quite a bit stronger and bolder. This tastes very clean and very much what I’d expect from a Ceylon, only fresher in taste. Very uplifting and makes a nice afternoon cuppa.
The sweetness here is more like honey than burnt-sugar or caramel.
Yummy, and goes great with shortbread cookies too!
This is so good. Beautifully floral and sweet. It is similar (somewhat) to a Bai Mu Dan, but, it has a heartier flavor. This would be an excellent white tea for those who find a typical white tea to be too delicate for their palate.
So far my favorite of the Hawaiian Grown teas that KTeas offers.
I just got finished writing a review of this tea for the SororiTea Sisters blog (which will publish next week). I gotta tell you how impressed I am with this teabag. I am not one to normally GUSH over a teabag … but this one is an exception. This tea was harvested in February of this year, and processed into teabag form immediately. This has got to be the freshest tea in a teabag I’ve ever had the opportunity to drink!
It is a great Ceylon, too. Bold … much bolder than most Ceylon teas I’ve encountered, with a malty undertone. There is some astringency, and I recommend steeping at just 2 1/2 minutes to keep the astringency under control. My first cup at 3 1/2 minutes was a little too astringent for my liking, but, at just 2 1/2 minutes, this cup that sits before me is just perfect. Bright flavor with a sweet note that develops as I sip.
If you’re looking for a fresh alternative to the teabag for the times when you need that teabag convenience … you really should try this. I think you’ll be surprised at just how much freshness and flavor these teabags hold!
Another LiberTEAs surprise! Thanks Girlie!
This is a medium strength black tea that has a hint of citrus to it – naturally! There are also slight hints of a creamy-sugary taste to it much like caramel. It’s a very even taste – somewhat velvety – from start to finish! This is a nice relaxing, comforTEA!