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Didn’t know what to expect with this one. the dry broken leaf looked anything like a green tea. The aroma was not of a green either, but when steeped it did provide a unique tasting experience for this Gua Pian/Bi Luo Chun lover. The Teabox descriptive notes are pretty much right on, menthol, vegetal and I would add smokiness. I missed the citrus yet it is definitely a complex flavor profile with some fun palate and back of the throat sensations.
I did wonder, if this tea was given the same treatment as the Yunnan raw Pu Erh’s we all love, it could be a fun experiment.
Really was chilly this morning and needed some black tea to warm me up. This tea was not what I was expecting. It is a light black tea with nuanced flavors of berry and vegetal tones, no malt to be found. Very light yet not wispy. Slightly sweet and a hint of astringency. In other words not the kind of black tea to get my engines roaring in the morning, willuse the rest fro an afternoon cuppa.
Very nice first flush. Loads of florals mostly marigold and faint touches of lemon lime. I brewed first by sites recommendations and the flavor profile is as stated on website, then I increase to 5 gm in 200 pot for 3 1/2 minutes and got a bolder versus with just a twang od astringency. I like the bold better but the first flushes I’m trying so far from Teabox have all shown this delicate yet superb softness. It is way expensive but simply a well made tea.
This would be a nice introductory tea for beginners, smooth nothing overpowering. Light florals, citrus, muscatel, and malt. It really reminded me of Bai Mu Dan. Also light in caffeine so can be enjoyed in afternoon or after dinner. I started out with the instructions and it was a perfect brew but I needed a bit more oomph so I doubled the grams and cut the steep by a minute. More really good tea from Teabox.
Really nice black tea, not a super black, I would even say more like a oolong. Notes of muscatel and lemon with faint florals remind me of Darjeeling. Although this tea seems out of place, it is very pleasant on the palate with a modicum of astringency.
Flavors: Lemon, Muscatel
Not as complex for me as the Teabox website suggests, although it is definitely mellow. It brews up a nice bronze so you’d thing big bold flavors but it just isn’t there. Next time I’ll increase the amount of tea and reduce the volume a bit, see if I can’t coax out something.
Looks like a black tea, smells like a black tea, brews like a black tea, tastes like an oolong. Florals, dried herbaceous notes and some stone fruit more on the plummy side. The grapey muscatel flavors remind me a bit of a light roasted cliff tea with a slate twang in the back of the mouth. Deemed an afternoon tea on the website and it is rather happy to boost the lunchtime postprandial blahs.
Simple is not the word for this luscious tea. Your tongue will thank you as you sip (I slurped) it’s many layers of spice, citrus and florals all within a gentle sweetness. Again I’m impressed with the selection of Nilgiris Teabox offers and as I am a novice in this terroir I do know a good tea when presented to me. It also has a great kick to it so follow the steeping guidelines, which I did for the first cup then added another dose in the second on top of the first. BOING is the appropriate word.
Very nice sample, again following the steep guidelines to a ‘tea’, I used a non descriptive teapot 6oz and took my time brewing, being mostly a small gaiwan gongfu kind of guy it really is hard for me to wait the requisite 5 minutes but I persevered.
The wait is worth it, dark coppery liquor with wet leave whiffs of graham cracker and dried peaches. The flavors of muscatel is what brings this to fame and the emergence of different fruit notes that are all in like a line up, musk melon, peach, and dried apricot. There is a bit of sweet and tannin. The tannin had me add 1/2 tsp of dark muscovado just to give it the ‘tea and peach pie’ all in one flavor. Teabox is showing its best teas in its free samples and why not, I would reach out to this tea again for sure.
Forays into Darjeeling, large sample order from Teabox. I followed the instruction on the bag and used a small teapot. Liqor was deep orange gold with aromas of what I thought marigold petals. the flavor of muscatel, lemon, honey all equally balanced but slightly muted, slight sweet and bitter not too noticeable. Seems to me to be a nice afternoon tea although I drank it post morning. One sample down 25+ to go.
Very pleased with this tasty, aroma filled Assam. A very pleasant maltiness in the background and a sweet, fresh flavor and aroma up front. Much less dark and dense than many similar teas that are picked later in the year. Clean and crisp.
Flavors: Dates, Honey, Malt
Thank you kieblera5 for this tea (I think I’ve got the right one here.) I haven’t tried many Darjeeling teas in the past so this was a fun try for me.
I’m really digging this unique sweet bite like flavor with each sip. I cold brewed and hot brewed it with about the same results. I didn’t get the mango flavor that was described on the package but I got a sweet like note.
Overall I’m happy I was able to try this and enjoy some time with a new tea.
It took me quite a while to figure this out, but First Flush Spring Darjeelings are really green teas in disguise. Case in point: this fine specimen from Runglee Rungliot by way of Teabox. Very smooth, clean, and fresh flavor. A pale yellowish-green liquor. Thirst quenching. Not at all bitter, but should be brewed as a green, not as a black tea. Why? Because it is! Just look at the leaves!
At first a small bitter taste but that disappeared after a few sips, strange. Definitely feel the awakening feeling almost right away, very pleasant! For the taste, it’s smooth, good, and earthy, each sip brings a different subtle flavor. As its cooling the bitterness starts coming back and with more strength, though. Will have to try the next sample with different steep time.
Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms
First steep (200, 5 min): Excellent upfront lemon taste. Probably my favorite black tea thus far. Slightly astringent but this is my fault since my kettle can’t reach the prescribed 194 degrees. Next time I would decrease the steep time/keep temperature at 200 or increase steep time slightly/decrease temperature to 190.
Second steep (200, 5 min): Toned down lemon, but still very flavorful. More vegetal in this cup. Astringency in first cup was nearly gone.
This tea was very interesting. First, it is a black tea that brews a green liquor, darker than usual green teas but definitely not close to a black tea. Secondly, the usual floral taste found in many blacks was not present. It is dominated by the lemon flavor. Although lighter than most blacks, it was just as flavorful. Highly recommended, kinda wish I hadn’t had this because this is going to be a hard find after this steepster package.
Flavors: Lemon Zest
I was happy to see this months Steepster Select box had a mix of tea types. I was nervous that each month would be one type of tea after the first month was ALL green teas. So the moment I saw an assam (my favorite) I knew I had to try it first! The dry leaf smelled pretty malty. Just how I like my assam teas. I let it steep for the suggested five minutes. Which I first thought was a bit much, but then realized it was actually just right when I took my first sweet sips. So much malty goodness in this tea and the aroma is to die for with hints of honey and fruit! It’s a good thing you get two steeps out of this one as I think I’m going to need another pot!
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Malt
I have never tried rose with black tea before and thought that rose would be overpowered by the intensity of the tea. I was pleasantly surprised by the delicate scent of rose permeating through the smell and the taste and naturally enhanced by the softness and tanginess of the quality black tea. The cloves are just slightly present in the beginning and come out a bit more as you keep drinking. This tea can be enjoyed with desert or by itself as an after meal delight.