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While not a black tea fan, I heard good things about 1st flush Darjeeling and decided to take advantage of a sale at SilvertipsTea. I think this tea is best brewed with a gaiwan. I was surprised by how delicate, flowery, and smooth the first steep was. This tea’s fragrance reminds me of Bai Mu Dan. Successive steeps had more typical black tea qualities—a sweet, tangy, and wine-like orange hued liquid with a pleasantly mild astringency. It left a good first impression.
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Flowers, Orange Zest, Tannin
This is my first tasting note! I want so much to like this tea as it was recommended highly to me by another customer at this tea shop. It is a strong tea, and I do detect a cocoa-ish aroma. I am afraid that I will be writing very boring tasting notes, as I am not able to detect any other flavors. That said, this is a nice strong tea.
The first tea I tried from the August Steepster box.
Tea of the morning…. I am not that experienced with Darjeelings, but this one is good and smooth, even plain, for this not-usually-plain-tea-drinker. The leaves are green and brown, the liquor is amber colored. I do get the light astringency mentioned in the description. I will be interested to see what everyone else thinks of this one….
24 oz teapot, 4 1/2 actual tsp tea, 3 minutes with boiling water. No additions.
This was one of the free samples from the tasting I attended on Saturday… bagged, but not too bad. I added milk and some agave, but I think the milk at this workplace (I have two) is always on the edge of turning because this tastes really heavy and earthy. I’m not enjoying this cuppa much because of it :(
Not gonna rate it this time, I have another bag so hopefully it will be brewed under better circumstances then.
Atleast I’m getting some caffeine out of this deal. Hmph.
I don’t know if I used too hot of water or steeped for too long (4 min too long?) but this was very astringent while hot and warm but once it cooled down it was decent. It would make a better iced tea in my opinion. I’m normally a fan of Assams and Assam blends but this is a straight Ceylon with no flavoring (like French Breakfast – which I like). Worth a try at least once! I’m glad I was able to get this as a sample (Silver Tips Tea does one free sample with every order:)
This is a very lovely cuppa! At first I was put off by it but once it cooled down I LOVE the strong vanilla that comes through:) It’s smooth and strong. Not as strong as an assam but quite good. I thought being a Ceylon it may be very astringent but not much if at all. I love everything I’ve tried so far from Silver Tips Tea…thanks for this free sample guys! I love your company so far:) Generous sample sizes are great:)
Rich, bold, smooth flavor. I can’t stop drinking this stuff. It would pry taste amazing with a little sweetener but it stands great on it’s own!
Again, it was water straight from the coffee pot…I don’t have a thermometer yet…waiting for my DavidsTea order to get here:)
I received this sample with my recent storage tin purchase from Silver Tips Tea. I didn’t even know they sent samples with purchases, yay!
This is a really good tea (although I haven’t tried very many to compare). It has a rich, creamy taste to it…no bitterness at all when I think of black teas. Very little “dust” left in the cup (compared to my Teavana teas I have). It would pry taste even more amazing with honey or a little sugar. I don’t have a thermometer or fancy kettle to tell me the temperature at the moment so the water I use just comes straight from my “coffee” maker, lol.
So I decided to stop being lazy and add this tea to the steepster database.
This is from my local local tea house that I have been to a few times in Tarrytown NY.
This is my first Organic Assam that I have.
The flavor is rich and bold, nice for breakfast.
It reminds me of a full flavored tea, such as an Irish Breakfast.
Nice hot or iced.
This tea is very similar to East Frisian by Harney & Sons
I received this – my first ever straight Darjeeling – from Angrboda. Thank you so much!
Dry: floral with a little bit of almost juicy red berry. Definitely sweet smelling.
Liquor (3min): Beautiful coloured tea which reminds me of fuzzy peaches for some reason. It smells so good. I can’t even describe it… thoughts of a red gummy bear pop into my head. As for taste – I do not detect any astringency, instead I get a lovely berry.. huckle berry? I think so. It is quite mild with a hint of tang…much like a huckle berry.
This is rather floral though at the same time. It started to develop after the first few sips and now takes residence in the mid/late taste, with initial flavours being berry, then perhaps a lemony citrusy step into the floral.
Interesting and complex tea. I will try a resteep. I am so thankful this wonderful tea was my first introduction to Darjeelings. I may have to try more.. I’m intrigued. Thanks again Angrboda!
The second tea I tried from the August Steepster box. It’s a delicious darjeeling. Slightly green and floral. A little bit astringent. I try to under-steep this one to avoid bitter notes. Very nice overall. I could see drinking this on a regular basis. Not much flavor on the second steep.
Another tea from the Steepster Select August box that dear Ricky sponsored for me.
I was in the mood for this. I’m not sure why, I just was. It’s weird because I’m not actually a Darjeeling fan at all. I tend to find the grassy, spicy notes rather too prickly and sharp. I used to really appreciate it, but things change.
But today this was really nice. Of course I do have that sour aftertaste now which is making me contemplate what tea to have next to make it go away with, but otherwise it just really hit the spot. Possibly because it wasn’t really all that offensively strong on those aforementioned prickly sharp notes of grass and spice.
My first tasting of the teas that were sent out in the Steepster Select box this month.
This is a decent Darjeeling. Certainly not the best one I’ve ever tasted, but it’s a good one. It’s a bit different than some Darjeeling teas that I’ve tried, it has a bitter note about mid-sip that then transcends into an astringent tangy note. Not unpleasant, just different. It has a really nice fruit tone, and a beautiful wine-like note toward the tail end of the sip. It is a pleasantly complex Darjeeling. I like.
Fresh out of the Steepster box, this too was the first tea I tried a cup of. I have had dragon pearls before and wasn’t in the mood for ginger.
The color I got was a great light honeyed brown at a steep time of 3m15s. I feel that the brew time is pretty spot on, getting a light tannin on the finish, leaving some nice mouth watering, but not so tannic that it is unpleasant.
As far as smell and sight I’m still learning more about properly evaluating and describing them. I had this with no sugar or additives. It was very mellow on the front and side of the tongue indicating not much sour or sweet tastes to it. There was a brief honey scent on the nose with some grassy and earth aromas.