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Thanks to queenoftarts for this tea! I got this tea since I love good jasmine tea, and it is my mother’s favorite tea. When I tried it, it feels just like jasmine. Small pearls of rolled jasmine leaves looked pretty. Nice, mild floral scent you can find in jasmine was definitely there with mild, refreshing and clean taste. I liked it! I brewed in just my usual pot but I think I wanna try using gaiwan next time and see how it goes :)
First tea I am trying from the returned traveling tea box!!!
It just felt like a Ceylon day, and I love me an estate Ceylon.
This one is a lot more subtle than others I’ve had, there is absolutely nothing brisk about it. It actually tastes more like a Darjeeling, minus any astringency. It’s very citrusy, definitely orange, with just a slight hint of flowers.
Very, very clean on the palate. Super smooth, too.
Wow, Sil, you have one heck of a memory! I had no recollection of requesting to try this, but seeing your post, I suspect I did :D Thanks!
Basically, I have to say that this is a decent milk oolong, but I have had better. In part that’s because this is tasting kind of weak to me (it’s possible that I intentionally overleaf when I usually brew milk oolong, and did not here, but I don’t think so). Flavourwise it is milky and oolong-y like most others, though!
We have been so busy moving for the past month that I haven’t put up any new tasting notes. That does not mean however, that I have not been drinking tea! :) I had some of this today and it was a great choice for my mood. Bold and warming and smoky.
I again don’t have time for a long tasting note but I felt I should make an appearance! Lol!
A Japanese tea to go with my Japanese film marathon (I’m currently watching Tokyo Gore Police).
The tea looks like dark green crisp and dry leaves that have been cut into small, thin pieces. It smells a little vegetal, like broccoli.
Once brewed the loose tea smells much stronger and very much like broccoli or cabbage. Yum Yum.
The tea colour is light yellow and it has a very subtle yet sweet smell of fresh vegetable soup. It tastes as it smells, very vegetal with sweetness and a little floralness. There is an edge of not bitterness but green harshness to it. It’s very nice :)
Perfect, now I feel like I’m in Japan watching the films. :)
1.25 tablespoons for 375 ml of water.
The brewed tea has an enchanting milky-floral aroma. These scents transfer to the flavour. I’m getting a heavy cream mouth-feel with floral notes in the background. Sweetness throughout. Hint of tangy-ness.
Second infusion at 4 minutes. Hint of banana flavour.
Third infusion at 5.3 minutes. Detecting the tangy grapefruit taste that I have found to associate with other milk oolongs in the past.
Thank you to Indigobloom and Sil for sharing this with me!
Today, there’s no astringency in my cup and it’s almost fruity? sweet? I really enjoy this cup! I think i’d actually order this for myself sometime when i’m in the market for an order from Pekko teas. Thank you so much Nicole for this sample.
Thank you Nicole!
This might be the first darjeeling that I’ve tried, though I have a couple in my cupboard. :) This isn’t a deep robust black and there’s a hint of astringency. Again, i should try this with a bit of milk to see how that pulls the tea together. There’s an almost fruity taste to this as well that is interesting. I’ll be happy to try more of this later :)
mmmmm funny today that this time i’m not getting the maltiness in my cup. It’s still a delicious cup but today there’s more of a fruity undertone to this one. It’s smooth and delicious though so no complaints here.
Another stomach cramp :( I’m starting to think I may be coming down with something. A little tidying up is all it took for me to crave another cup of tea. On the bright side my husband fixed the net curtains that fell down months ago when my kittens realised they can climb.
I opened my cupboard and remembered my notes stating this tea tastes like mulled wine so it’s perfect for the holiday season. Brewed a cup for my husband too and he said it smells like it has whisky in it….it sort of does. Very alcohol and mulled and spicy in a marvellous hot tea way.
Thank you Nicole!
This is a really nice assam. it’s not as malty as say laoshan black but it’s got some rich undertones that i really find enjoyable.
I had to phone in sick today at work as I have had virtually no sleep over the entire weekend and I feel like a zombie (not the fun BRAINS!!! type of zombie which would have been awesome). I wonder if I would still drink tea if I was an undead zombie? But anyway I digress, since I have had some time today now my schedule is wide open I decided to gaiwan my sample of this tea. Thank you to Pekko for including this as a gift with my order. :)
Gaiwan Instructions Tea:12g Water Temp: Boiling
9 steeps: rinse twice,20s,30s,40s,50s,1m10s,1m30s,2m,2m30s,3m30s
First Steep – 20 seconds – Strong and slightly astringent with robust earthiness.
Second Steep – 30 seconds – Smoothing slightly with strength and astringency. Also picking up a slight muskness yet sweetness.
Third Steep – 40 seconds – Slightly bitter but still musky. Very dark, very earthy.
Fourth Steep – 50 seconds – More mellow and musky but sweet, almost fruity or floral.
Fifth Steep – 1m10seconds – Much more palatable, not harsh or as strong and remains earthy and sweet with a hint of dryness.
Pictures and more details on my blog. http://kittylovestea.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/young-pu-erh-pekko-teas-gaiwan-style/
Really good: creamy and sweet and a little bit floral. I’m really sad to see the end of the bag – I still have a few more steeps left, but still.
A great darjeeling. Kind of fruity. Full bodied. Not my all time favorite darjeeling, but one I enjoy drinking and buy infrequently.
Steepster! It’s been far too long! I seem to have come across a great deal of bad luck recently. First my favorite glass kettle broke, then a stomach virus, then some common cold. Needless to say, tea has been a bit out of reach for me recently. :( But I’m back! And with a new Utilitea kettle to boot! I have a lot of catching up to do, and this sample was the first I tried when I well enough to taste “real” tea.
I thank Pekko Teas for this sample, and I must say I’m impressed. This is a tea with an awesome name and a taste to match. The jasmine flavoring is just that: it isn’t overbearing and allows the tea leaves to exert their influence wonderfully. I’m constantly sickened by jasmine “scented” teas that give me a headache and make me feel like I’m drinking perfume. This certainly isn’t one of those.
I use about 18-20 pearls in a 100mL gaiwan with very short steeps at ~175 degrees F. (5", 5", 4", 5", 5", 6", 8", 10", 14", 22", ~35") —> That’s usually the pattern I use, sometimes performing a bit longer steep for the first one to allow the leaves to unroll further.
The liquor has a medium body and a smooth and buttery mouthfeel. Prominent tastes include vegetal, steamed greens (a rotation of asparagus, green beans, and spinach throughout steeps), and honey in addition to a humble jasmine tone. In further steeps, a parsley spiciness and cool minty effect come into play. Only the fifth steep has ever been bitter to me, and it’s hardly noticeable. Throughout the ten steeps I can usually get out of these pearls, the flavor never reaches that astringent and earthy taste that I’ve noticed some jasmine greens revert to midsteep. Instead, an deep earthiness climbs out of the aromas. But with the sweet, waxy floral scents, the lid of my gaiwan smelled like planting flowers after removing them fresh from the pot. Smells of sweet, moist earth and intense florals.
The aroma of the wet leaves is top notch. It has that brilliant mixture of deep vegetal greens, sweet honey, and penetrating florals. It’s a particular scent that is essential for jasmine teas to have for me to love it. The leaves themselves are somewhat questionable to me, however. They appear a bit faded and drab, like the color was leeched out of them. The are, however, very clean: very few particles and broken leaves or stems.
Overall, a tea that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!
From pineapple Oolong to Orange Blossom Oolong (Ghee I wonder what sort of mood I’m in). This is my second Oolong tea from Pekko (my first being Blue Spring which I remember was very toasty).
Colour – Dark Brown with a touch of gold.
Smell – Earthy and light
My first sip in and I can tell I’m going to enjoy this. It’s a sweet and floral Jasmine tasting Oolong with only a touch of toastedness. The jasmine picks up in flavour the more you drink and starts become perfumey but in a nice way (in other words strong but not overpowering). It’s still citrus sweet (which tastes natural and more orange rind than pulp ie a little waxy) and very refreshing. There is a sort of ‘dark horse’ behind all of the flavours going on and that must be the Ceylon, it gives the blend more depth and strength.
This is so yummy, I’m glad I have roughly 47g more of this to enjoy. :)
I’ve been drinking out of the huuge sample of this that Pekko Teas sent for a while!
I’ve noticed that there’s starting to be more of the toasty scent on the leaves than the orange scent that was there when I first got it (hopefully not a sign that’s it going bad?), though I never really did notice the jasmine all that much. I might be looking for too much jasmine though, since the only other jasmine-scented tea I’ve had was /really/ strong (in the words of my boyfriend: like drinking the liquid from a Glade plug-in).
I love this one a daily kind of oolong! It’s a really cozy tea – a little floral, a little fruitish, but mostly a warm and crisp oolong with a perfect amount of aftertaste and a natural sweetness. I haven’t noticed any astringency in any of the cups I’ve had so far. Haven’t tried it iced yet, but I bet it’s going to be just as good.
Thank you so much for this very generous sample, Pekko Teas!
Reaching into the box that I received from my SororiTea Sister Azzrian (thanks!) I grabbed a random tea, which turned out to be THIS Darjeeling Mim.
And it’s excellent!
I love Darjeeling as it is, and Mim is one of the very best available. It has a lovely muscat grape note, sweet, almost wine-like, slightly astringent but not overly so. Everything that I expect from a high quality Darjeeling, I’m pleased to say!
Thanks again, Azzrian. This is lovely!
I keep looking at this tea on my shelf with interest as the ingredients sound very delicious and interesting, today is the day I give in to temptation and try it.
The mixture is very fragrant with a sweet and spicy finish, there is so much going on that it’s hard to pin point each different smell separately. I like that the apple chunks are fairly large as are the rest of the ingredients and it does look the same as the picture. I just worked out what the smell reminds me of…..mulled wine. Also the colour once brewed is dark peach.
Unfortunately there were no brewing instructions so I just brewed this one as a standard herbal tea, 3 minutes (since it smells strong) and fresh boiling water. I also used one and a half tea spoons of tea for this cup.
First few sips are very flavourful with apple, cinnamon, clove and cardamom being very predominant. I just keep thinking about mulled wine, it smells and tastes like it….perhaps this is a perfect Christmas blend.
I find the strength is about right for me so the standard brew was a success. Half way down the cup and the blend gets a little sweeter and the clove becomes refreshingly stronger. I’m not a fan of clove or cardamom but this blend is very nice, it’s fresh and there are other flavours going on (apple, cinnamon, ginger) so I can focus on one that I do like.
Wow this has made me feel the Christmas spirit in a tasty way. Very glad I took a chance with this one and I will be saving the rest of my blend for December.
You will like this tea if you like mulled wine, like anything that tastes christmasy or are a fan of strong herbal teas.