Mark T. Wendell

Recent Tasting Notes

91

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this Darjeeling – it’s awesome!

My first impression after the first sip or two was “fruity” – it has a beautiful grape-y flavor to it, and as I continue to sip, I also notice an apple like flavor develop. By the time I’ve reached mid-cup, I taste spice notes.

There is less astringency to this Darjeeling than I’ve come to expect from a Darjeeling, instead, I find the finish here to be remarkably smooth and pleasantly sweet. This is a fantastic Darjeeling.

gmathis

Curious about “clonal” … do you know what that term means?

LiberTEAS

Clonal refers to the way the tea plant is grown. Clonal tea bushes are not grown from seeds, but from hybrid plants.

seule771

Hi, nice review and thank you for reminding me of Estate teas. I had forgotten the term and how significant it is and returned to it while reviewing The Tea Garden Tea pu-erh; which prompted me to try my Bromley Estate teas in bag once more. Nothing new, I do however realize that some teas are best appreciated with milk/soy or something likest to milk.

I was trying to say this review reminded me of terminologies and its importance in classification for noting what one has sampled.

I am not making sense once again. Good review…fruity is this character or is it nuts.

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92

I almost forgot I had this one but am sure glad I found it yesterday! Backlogging! See previous notes…

Yes! It’s grand!

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92

Awww yeah…see previous notes :)

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92

This is really amazing! The leaves look like a cross between (what you would expect or assume from a) Gunpowder Green and a cloudy black. It’s a green-grey-er type black leaf. It has mellow black tea aromas and flavors and brews-up a lighter to light-medium brown. The flavor is incredibly juicy and extremely pleasant. It’s mouth watering and has hints of sweet-floral and natural fruity notes mixed in. This is delightful!

One of the better tasting black teas that is UNflavored but on the naturally lighter and mellower side of black tea offerings. Niiice! And YES…that’s NICE with 3 iii’s!

Doug F

I’ve always wanted to try this, being a fan of Keemuns and Wendell’s teas. thanks for the informative tasting note!

CHAroma

This is a Keemun grown in Formosa, right? So, it’s not like a Formosa oolong?

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86

A reflection of a withering peak in a calm lake

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91

It’s extremely important that the flavor and quality is completely dependent on how many infusions it has gone through.
First infusion: 4 minutes at 212 degrees:
Extremely dark, purple-brown opaque liquor. Smells of wood and fish. When drunk, produces a very dry texture, almost like drinking sawdust. Very earthy, reminds me of camping in the woods. Warming.
Second Infusion: 4:20 at 212 degrees:
Much lighter in color. Much smoother. Still wooden, but a bit of peppery flavor peeks through.
3rd infusion: 5:00 at 212 degrees: Much paler than last brew; golden. Very smooth. Full-bodied, notes of sweet wood and black pepper. Very satisfying.
The third brew is very satisfying. Tons of earthy character in this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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95

OK, I was initially disappointed that MTW did not have the Pattabong Clonal Queen this year, being a creature of habit, but I bought a tin of the Singbulli Estate believing that MTW knew what they were doing. I was not wrong. I have been enjoying this tea on many afternoons. Like most First flush Darjeeling’s it has that wonderful combination that puts it somewhere between a green tea and a black tea. They recommend a 4 minute steep, I do five because I like a little more flavor and it can take it without becoming bitter. I let my tea water stand for 3 minutes after boiling to not scald the fine leaves. MTW scores again!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79

Nice! This is crisp and fresh tasting. The fruit flavors are light… quite subtle in fact, but I like that the tea is prominent here. The fruit is sweet with a tartness that starts out very subdued but then presents itself more in the aftertaste.

Going to make some of this tonight for iced tea tomorrow! Looking forward to that!

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89

Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb! YUM! On top of a sweet green tea! Count me in! This is really wonderful! Juicy, sweet, fruity without being tart, good hot or cold! A real winner!

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95

It’s malty with a crisp, fruity aftertaste. Lots of depth and flavour, but easy to drink. A delicious and satisfying tea that is endlessly smooth, with no bitterness or astringency.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

I first encountered Nilgiri tea on a visit to the Kerala area of the Blue Mountains in India. I collected some Nilgiri tea there, but when I saw this one on MTW’s site I had to give it a try. This is a really fine tea with nice citrusy notes and something I can’t describe, sort of a plum taste. A medium bodied tea that lends itself to drinking without the need for milk to cut the tannin. I am not a fan of using milk in tea so this one suits me fine. I’ve had it for seven mornings not consecutively, and I really enjoy it’s beautiful difference.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
1715 tasting notes

Hu Kwa is purported to be the top-notch Lapsang Souchong from Taiwan. Steeping one cup at a time, I use one teaspoon of leaves per cup, and I steep the tea for five and a half minutes in just-boiled water, as per Mark T. Wendell Tea Company’s website. The dry leaves have a very strong smokiness to them, as is normal with Lapsang Souchong. However, with this one, there is a slight undertone of sweetness that can be noticed in the dry leaves. The aroma of the steeped tea is also quite smooth. Past experience with Lapsang Souchong has exposed me to some that were so rough as to suggest that perhaps one should be sitting outside on the ground around a campfire while drinking them, not sipping this noble drink in a more civilised setting.

The five and a half minutes is up, so I decant the tea to remove the leaves and allow the tea a minute or so to cool slightly (scalded taste buds do not make for accurate tea tasting). Heavily smoked is a good descriptor of the taste, but not overly smoked. That strange line of sweetness that went through the scent of the dry leaves is still present in the tea itself. The smoothness of this tea made it quite enjoyable to drink. Smooth and not thick. This tea deserves an 87/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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95

Incredible tea. I love the lack of grassy flavor and overall complex sweetness this tea offers. It is rich in green flavor and is an acquired taste that is easy to acquire, if you know what I mean. It feels great in the mouth, and it goes down smooth.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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82

If you brew this tea long and hot enough, about 4 minutes at 200 degrees, you get some great, sweet notes in the back of your throat. It has a great mouthfeel, a bit astringent, and is quite sweet and floral in its aroma. I enjoy it very much.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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92

backlogging a cup from yesterday and having another today! This is a FAB plain, white tea! This is incredibly clean and crisp and leave a subtle floral yet sweet after taste. It looks plain simple but it’s darned tasty and squeaky-clean! I like it a lot!

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88

This is a really nice, mild tasting tea. Lightly vegetative… not a strong grassy flavor. More of a sweet, nutty kind of taste (a non-roasted nut). I like this one a lot, I’m already on my second infusion!

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81

Stereotypical Darjeeling – yes – with a little more grassy and floral going on! This is a full flavor Darjeeling that is for sure! The infusion (liquid) is lighter in color but the aroma and taste is THERE. Pretty good!

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94

Backlogging two cups! SIPDOWN – see previous notes

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94

Sturdy but smooth today! See previous notes…

E Alexander Gerster

I have been lucky to have this once or twice at a friend’s house and found it to be a really nice tea. I don’t much about the South Indian teas, but to me it tasted wonderfully smooth and definitely “Sturdy” as you noted. Brings back good memories! :)

Brandice

I’ve found that I really enjoy Nilgiri from most companies. :) Glad you enjoyed it!

ScottTeaMan

Tried a Nilgiri Tea years ago and didn’t care for it—too lemony for me. I’d try a sample (possibly) just to see how I like it. My tastes have changed since I cupped that tea so long ago

TeaEqualsBliss

My teas tastes tend to change a lot :)

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94

backlogging…tremendous! YUMMERS!

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94

REALLY liking this – backlogging from last week and this morning…more info coming soon…

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