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Tea #7 from HHTTB2
Single estate Ceylon tea was my gateway tea to single estate Darjeelings. I know they’re not really anything alike, but it was kind of a ‘If these are that much better, I wonder what a tea I really enjoy is like’. And I’ve never really looked back. So drinking this now, is kind of like going back to my roots even though I’ve never had this particular tea before.
It’s a very light (tasting) Ceylon, far more delicate than I was expecting (but not in a watered down way). It’s just a touch brisk, with notes of orange and citrus. There’s a little but of floral sweetness I typically associate with Darjeelings. Very clean, minimal astringency, and super smooth. This was a really pleasant and surprising cup.
Meh, really not the best black tea ever. it’s a take-it or leave-it sort. I’m still not certain what characterizes a Ceylon as the others I have tried since first logging this have different characteristics. Relative to the others, this one doesn’t stand out as exceptional.
KittyLovesTea sent me this tea in a swap a while ago and while I had had it before, this is the first time I am doing it with patience and a computer nearby.
Not that I got much to say, this is lovely and making me realize how little I know of japanese tea and that i really should get to know it better (but please no seaweed notes, please, no. I fear the sea notes). This is a very smooth but somehow strong japanese tea, that grassy-vegetal note and is just what i was craving.
Must explore more japanese teas.
And thanks kitty, am enjoying this very much!
From the HH teabox – thanks again everyone! I don’t have Ceylon blends often, maybe because I prefer other black bases. This one isn’t bad but it is a little mild flavored! I think too mild even for me to give a description! Well if it’s the champagne of tea, then I couldn’t really describe champagnes separately either!
I’ve had a lovely day and things just keep getting better. I had lunch with my parents at Bradgate Park (birthplace of Lady Jane Grey and renowned wild deer park) and a small walk. Then I visited a local aquarium centre to get some natural wood for my new fish tank and they had some amazing pieces in stock, I love natural wood. Then as I got home and got the urge to drink some Japanese tea my husband said he would treat me to Yunomi Tea Club for 12 months. :) So to treat him in return I have my new stone and ceramic tea set out and I brewed up some Fukujyu. He likes it but I feel if anything this one is lacking strength…this is a strong tea and I chickened out and brewed it a little weak. Oh well I still have enough left to drink myself into Japanese bliss and prepare the arrival of my new teas.
A sipdown! I haven’t had one in days!
This was a generous sample that was sent to me from Michelle months ago. This isn’t the first time I’ve sampled it, but I think this was my first milk oolong, & it is a pleasant cup, very gentle, lightly floral, & there is a milky quality to it. On rare occasions I add coconut or almond milk to tea, but I personally would never ever add milk to an Oolong. Nonetheless, this is a nice tea, & now it’s gone. Thanks Michelle :)
I’m working on blog stuff woot! I’m moving Oolong Owl from wordpress.com (freebie blogging site) to my own website with tons more control, space and freedom.
I made a pot of this black, as it’s a pretty good black (in my limited experience in unflavored blacks) and I was expecting I’d need a boost in caffeine in case of explosions. There was a few explosions – pictures went missing, then lost posts. Then I got it all back. Then I discovered I need to download plugins because everything looks like crap. Then weeding through plugins that won’t work, are too crazy, or want money.
The NECL was good, crisp, earthy and got cold fast – I also mostly mindlessly sipped away all the tea while I worked.
More fun was my host providered called me to say hello and upsell crap. He asked, “so, what is your website?” I’m “Lots of tea. And crocheted owls trying to steal my tea.” Kind of blew his mind there.
edit: I think I drank too much (plus I don’t often drink this much black tea) I’m freaking jittering all over the place! OOOh yeah!
Another tea I brewed up at the boyfriend’s place… and therefore left my leaves on his counter. Sigh. At least it was tasty, going along with my chicken and garlic bread! :D
Thank you for this generous sample Meeka
I’ve never had a straight Ceylon before, only in blends. I can’t comment on the quality as I don’t know how a Ceylon is supposed to be, but I can at least say that it is tasty.
Fruity, smooth, not so bold; a comfortable cup of black tea for when one is not feeling daring :)
I’m enjoying a bit of a day off, for the most part. Originally I was suppose to have students at 9:30 & noon, & meet someone at 2:00. So far the 9:30 & 2:00 have cancelled. Hopefully the noon will show up! People tend to forget things around holidaze, so we’ll see.
Months ago I did a nice little trade with Michelle, & today I’m working on sipping down some of those teas. This one is not a sipdown, as I have enough to drink it probably one more time.
This is a gentle cup of milky rice pudding, probably made with jasmine rice, as it has a hint of floral to it. The floral is not jasmine, but that’s ok, don’t ruin my fantasy. :)
I haven’t drank this one for awhile.
I have 2 ladies here practicing their Harp duets & I always serve them tea. I served this one, in part because I’m really trying to make it through my entire menu of teas by the end of the month, which won’t actually happen, LOL, but at least I can make it through all the black teas then. Also, I haven’t drank this one for awhile, as ceylon teas tend to not interest me much, they tend to upset my stomach if it’s empty (along with white, green, puers & oolongs), and so I figured it was time to give it a try again. After breakfast!
It is, of course a much more gentle brew that what I tend to go for, very light & ‘clear’, with a taste closer to the ice teas of my youth, but today I’m really noticing a very lovely apricot flavor to it! Perhaps I originally judged this tea unfairly, for today it is quite nice! The ladies are enjoying it too. :)
Figured i might as well finish this off since there was only a small regular person’s sized cup left. Thanks again for this one terri! lol
I had this earlier today and while it wasn’t a bad black, there are so very many more out there that I vastly prefer to this one. I like my black morning teas to be bold and robust and announce their presence! This one did not….but it was still a decent cup of tea. Thanks Terri!
Mini-sipdown! 845. This one’s from Sil – I had two separate entries for it, since I received it on two different occasions, but now the one baggie is gone :D
Anyhow, not really anything new to report. It’s a milk oolong, and it’s tasty. Perhaps not my favourite, but I’m happy enough to drink it anyhow!
Having what I had left of this sample iced! The dry leaves still smell very fragrant, but it’s about eight months old now and I think I should finish it off.
The toastiness is still nice and robust, the orange/fruitiness is less pronounced than I remember (probably due to age), but it’s still a very decent oolong and still has the crispness I noticed in my earlier note. Moderate astringency that dries out the mouth afterwards, but not unpleasantly.
So I guess when you deprive yourself of tea long enough, it tastes utterly amazing when you get back to it! First cup of milk oolong in a long while, and it was absolutely heavenly. This packet resides at the boyfriend’s house for the time being, which was a great thing to have remembered last night :D
Last sample from a swap with Sil. I figured I should get through all of the stuff she sent me in our last swap before we do our next.
This milk oolong smells very pleasant. Like a creamy oolong, I wanted to say there was a jasmine smell to it, but that must be the orchid.
The tea tastes creamy, milky, lightly oxidized oolong. There is a flowery taste to the tea which I would assume to be the orchid, but it tastes similar to jasmine, in my opinion.
The tea nuggets unfurled nicely during the steep, but looks like there could dbe many more steeps out of it.
I was reaching for the Laoshan Black, but then I thought to myself, “Quit copying Sil”. So I looked around to see what I hadn’t drank for awhile, & this Ceylon was it.
I’m not a huge ceylon fan, I admit it. It tastes like tea. Just plain old tea. Like the kind we all drank when we were kids, like lipton, or something. I want to dye eggs or white fabric in it. It doesn’t have all the malty, chocolatey nuances I tend to reach for. It’s a light & refined tea, & I’m into bold & deep. Ceylon is royalty, I’m a pirate.
BUT regardless of that, this is a high quality tea with a bit of a citrus-ness & maybe a little allspice. I overleafed a bit, & I think I’ll do so from now as, as that added a little thickness to the brew.