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I love the aroma of this tea. It smells so delightfully cinnamon-y. I don’t generally “love” the aroma of a pu-erh tea, but this one is an exception to that, because the cinnamon seems to work very well with the natural earthiness of the pu-erh. It doesn’t smell like a spicy cinnamon, it’s more of a sweet cinnamon like the smell you’d get when there’s a fruit pie with cinnamon baking. That kind of sweet cinnamon smell.
The cinnamon is smooth and rich … which is an unusual way to describe cinnamon, because it isn’t what I would normally categorize as a smooth spice. But with this tea, the flavor comes across as a true, rich cinnamon flavor like something you’d find in the top-notch spice shops. This is not your average grocery store cinnamon.
The pu-erh is mellow and earthy, but again, the earthiness here works to the cinnamon’s advantage. This is a really harmonious combination of flavors.
The early infusions were mostly about the cinnamon, but as I continued to steep I noticed the cinnamon began to wane and more of the pu-erh began to emerge. Deep, smooth and flavorful. Not bitter or astringent.
A really lovely tea experience.
Too medicinal. Description lists rose as one of the flavors but I can’t smell or taste any rose. I was expecting more woodsy and spicy aroma with the chai spices but it was way too gingery and orangey. Reminded me that of Chinese medicine. Not that Chinese medicine tastes or smells bad, it just wasn’t what I was looking for in this product.
This tea’s first review! No pressure or anything. :P
Another Yunnan specimen from Nicole! Looks similar to the Steven Smith version I just tried – mostly dark grey/brown leaves with a few golden buds mixed in. Dry scent is mildly malty, somewhat musty, and quite sweet, although I’m not sure I’d describe it as honey.
Whoa, powerful aroma! Very malty with an earthiness that’s mineral and almost smoky. I can catch a little hint of raisin in there somewhere. The taste is way less intense than I expected from the aroma! Primarily malt and dark bread. There are some earth and wood flavors, but they’re not overpowering. I also taste slight leather and tobacco notes. There’s a little bit of sweetness, but in a rich way, similar to molasses or dark caramel. I was very surprised to find an aftertaste of sweet honeyed toast!
I was very pleasantly surprised by this tea! I had expected it to be very intense and “manly” based solely off of the aroma, but it tastes much milder. I feel like this tea represents a good happy medium between the darker, rougher Yunnans and the light honeyed versions. A nice everyday tea! :)
Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Earth, Honey, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Toast, Tobacco, Wood
(backlog from 5/29/14)
This pleasant rooibos blend from Palais des Thes brews up amber and tastes smooth. The mint and the linden are quite light but serve to moderate the rooibos a bit (not much of a rooibos fan here…).
The pores of the muslin sachet are rather large so that small woody pieces jutted out before brewing, and there were some particles in the bottom of the glass.
(Blazing New Rating #13)
Drinking this while listening to this:
Mozart’s Symphony no. 40 in G minor played from memory by the Aurora Orchestra during the wonderful BBC proms season that is going on right now.
What more could a person want (except for peace, and a few more hours of sleep)?
Working my way through this tea, because I happen to love it and because I want to clear room in my tea cupboard. Had it with a hint of maple syrup and brewed stronger this time, just to see how far it can go. The leaves grow large (although they are broken) if you give them enough time, and the coconut flavour was kind of lost in a strong brew. Brewed it lighter and it was much tastier. A testament to what brewing time can do to tea.
I popped into Palais des Thes after work today to buy two cup and brew basket sets for friends. I of course, made the mistake of checking out their highest ranked teas in Steepster first. Woe is me :)
I bought two plain black teas (one Assam and one Yunnan), and since I was feeling adventurous – this coconut flavored tea.
Why adventurous? Because I don’t like flavored teas. But this didn’t smell overly sweet or artificially flavored. It was actually so pleasant that the other sales attendant dropped her gift wrapping and came for a sniff.
How is it?
Delightful. It’s a Chinese black tea base, with a bit of astringency and dryness, and has a great, juicy taste of coconut, that isn’t overpowering or artificial. It lingers slightly in your mouth, and makes you think of palms waving in the wind, on the white shores of beaches lapped by aqua blue waters.