Mark T. Wendell
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It’s hard to believe that I haven’t written a tasting note on this tea yet. This tea has become my favorite tea in the world. It should be admitted that good Darjeeling is at the top of my tea drinking list. I have tried many Darjeelings and I find the first flushes too light for morning tea and many are too coarse producing a cup that can only be consumed with milk or cream added to cut the excessive tannin. In the past I have had to go to the Extra Fancy grade to get a Darjeeling that has the aroma and smooth taste for my daily cup of tea. When I first ordered this tea two years ago I was immediately surprised that it was as fine as any of the Extra Fancy grade Darjeelings that I had bought. It has now become my daily morning favorite.
I am trying this today as a latte. The last time I tried it, I tried it sweetened but without the milk. This time, I went the whole 9 yards with it.
It’s very good. The steamed milk brings out the vanilla note nicely, and it is really creamy and delicious. Spices are well balanced with the other components in the blend and do not overwhelm the cup.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way!
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this to try!
This is a fairly decent Masala Chai. It has a delicious balance of spice. Not overly spicy, and it’s one that can be enjoyed with milk (I’m guessing here, because I’ve not tried it, but it does seem to me to be strong enough to withstand the addition of milk) or without (as I’m drinking it now). It has a slightly creamy note to it without the milk because of the vanilla in the blend.
Slowly, very slowly, working my way through my TeaEqualsBliss tea gift bag.
I >love< Puttabong. That classic muscatel flavour that is everything wonderful about First Flush Darjeelings is abundant in Puttabong. Always a good choice. This leaf is no exception to my expectations, so I’m rather satisfied. Malty and fruity and divine.
This is a staple in my tea cabinet. I never run out of this one!! Dragonwell to me is like ambrosia/medicine. My body loves it as well as my senses and my taste. It just feels so good drinking it in the afternoon. I sometimes forget I’m drinking it and wonder where it went!
I often get a second steep off the leaves which is less grassy and rarely a third but it still shines.
Just finished another fine cup of MTW Dragonwell. I like to drink it out of a small cup to let the pot brew a bit. The first half cup is light and hot and as it cools in the pot it gets stronger. It’s never bitter, it just keeps improving right down to the bottom of the pot. The grassy smell and the pleasant taste are complimented by the wonderful feeling as the tea takes hold and I sit here saying to myself, this is really fine tea and the world is alright. 3 min minimum steep time and proceed from there…
One of my favorite afternoon teas. Dragonwell to me is the king of green teas. This one is very fine. It makes a very substantial cup of beautifully scented and tasty tea. It is my tea of choice if I am working on a project that needs my absolute concentration. A small purple clay teapot with a teaspoon and a half of Dragonwell refilled periodically with hot water takes me through the afternoon. The scent alone is worth the price.
Well, I love Jasmine tea particularly in the afternoon where it’s light liquor, subtle taste and indescribable scent waits to rouse you from the afternoon doldrums. I love it just as it is, straight from the pot preferably a Yixing purple clay Teapot which Mark T. Wendell sells. The tea pot makes a real difference.
Well, Genmaicha is sort of like the white bread or jug wine of teas. This Genmaicha is real, serviceable and drinkable. Is it exciting?, no, is it subtle, no, but when you really want a drinkable Genmaicha without buying the Sencha and toasting the brown rice for yourself, this will do…
It’s taken me a while to post this because I needed to live with this tea to really get to know it. For the most part I really like full bodied Darjeelings, so first flushes are not what I would drink on a regular basis. I usually drink green tea in the afternoon and instead I have been giving this first flush a try. It is very light compared to most black teas, but when compared to my usual green teas it compares very well. Over time I have come to really love it’s beautiful floral notes, almost as if it were perfumed but with a exquisite subtlety that has you reaching for more. In short (it’s too late for that) I am enjoying this tea immeasurably and if you like teas which are a delight to your nose as well as you taste buds, try this one.
I love the smell of jasmine, and a good jasmine tea can be an absolutely wonderful thing. The aromatic quality of a good jasmine takes the normal scent profile of tea and ramps it up to an amazing place. Additionally, I really like pearl-style teas. Watching them slowly unfold as they brew is always a relaxing activity (which is why I tend to keep them at work, I need all the relaxation assistance I can get).
So being both jasmine and a pearl tea, I was really looking forward getting to try this sample. And it does not disappoint. It is definitely on the delicate end of the spectrum (the brew is almost colorless), but the aromatic qualities of the jasmine come through without tasting like you’re drinking perfume – a definite possibility for some of the not-as-good jasmine teas. The green buds forming the base of this tea are very subdued, but do provide the backdrop for the rest of the tea. Overall, it’s a great light flowery tea. Yum.
I always think it is interesting when you try a new tea and you like it enough, but it doesn’t blow you away….until later on you realize that you are craving that tea, so maybe you like it more than you initially thought. I was really craving this tea last night but it was late and I picked rooibos instead. I woke up today and was considering this tea when I saw wombatgirl drinking this – I knew, it was a sign, I needed to drink this tea!
Today it appears that I used more pearls than yesterday (even though I measured out the same 2 teaspoon serving, maybe I should have weighed it) and I think this is the way to go! The tea has a broth-like feel that almost has a buttery aspect to it without the butter flavor. The jasmine is very smooth and I’m starting to kick myself for not trying jasmine pearls sooner. I think I may need up up the rating, but I will not do so unless:
1) This tea can hold up nicely to several infusions (the more, the better)
2) The next time I have this tea I feel the same way – I don’t want to up the rating if my feelings about it today are a product of my mood or if I can not replicate the brothy fullness I’m getting today.
There was a time early in my tea drinking that I would have never, under any circumstances, thought about trying this tea. Why? Because I was pretty sure I hated super floral tasting teas. Lately, however, I’ve noticed that my tastes have changed so I thought, maybe I WILL like this tea…..
The little pearls are so cute and fuzzy, but they have a very, very strong scent. Perhaps it is because I’ve been avoiding several floral teas, but this doesn’t smell like I thought jasmine smelled like….but I’m pretty sure the company used jasmine so I’m obviously off. The brewed tea is light gold in color and still has a really strong aroma that reminds me of soap or lotion or something…eek!
Thank tea heaven! The taste is not that of a soap or a lotion! It is actually a nice green tea with a layer of floral jasmine with hardly any aftertaste. I’m sure my rating with change as I become accustomed to this floral tea, but I am really glad I got up the nerve to try something this far outside of my comfort zone.
Second infusion is a tad sweeter, but other than that the taste is the same as the first infusion. This tea could probably keep going for awhile, but I have so many other teas I want to try….
Well, these pearls certainly are downy…I felt one of the little balls of tea and it was soft and fuzzy. The jasmine smell is sharp and sweet in the dry leaf, and makes me wonder if the taste will be the same.
I used approximately two teaspoons of pearls, in two cups of water, for three minutes (give or take ten seconds, as I initially forgot to start my timer, oops). At the end of three minutes, the brew was very watery, so I let it sit for two minutes more. At this point, I’d like to take a moment to say that while I enjoy the challenge of matching up just the right steeping time with just the right amount of leaf and water to make a delectable cup, I do wish that more companies would give what they believe the ideal steeping conditions to be, even if it’s a rough estimate, since not all teas are created equally, and generalizing conditions does not always work out. Regardless, the extra two minutes seems to have helped immensely, as there is greater unfurl to the leaves and more colour to the liquor.
The jasmine scent is just as sharp in the completed cup as it was in the dry leaf. And the taste….Wow…that’s incredibly…mediocre. Thankfully, the sharpness of the jasmine hasn’t come through in the taste of the liquor, yet everything about it is very average. The flavour is smooth, and light, and has a nice jasmine scent and taste, but, all in all, it just seems to be lacking something in a big way.
I enjoyed drinking it, but Jasmine Pearls are one of my favourites, so that could bias me a bit. I give it a 65 out of 100 on my personal enjoyment scale.