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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.
Ah, I’m back to Steepster. I have had so many things to attend recently, that I couldn’t even log my teas. What a waste! :( Who missed me? Nobody? Oh well, I wasn’t a popularity here after all. :p
Let us see this tea. The dry leaves are short and are narrow. It looks like it is a mix of green and black leaves. Maybe with some grass-looking leaves as well. I think Teabox made a good balance with the dry leaves.
Let us brew this tea. The steeping instructions say 5 minutes and 1.25 tsp in a water of around 180-200F degrees. For this sip, I followed exactly what the instructions said.
Let’s sip now! The first thing I saw is that this tea isn’t of the usual black tea color. Personally, I think it looks more like a green tea. But the taste is definitely more like a black tea. Interesting! The tea itself is very creamy and mellow. I can easy distinguish some reminiscence of melon and citrus along with some nut finish. This tea is really full-bodied, if I try harder I can also find some notes of melon! It is also a bit astringent, around 3 out of 10.
Overall, I find this tea really fun to drink. It’s a real treat for an everyday tea!
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Grass, Melon, Nuts, Nutty
This tea is very special and, with Teabox’s recent 50% off promotion, affordable ($19.64/100g).
Infusion: 190 deg F (88 C), 2.3 g per 180 ml water, 4.5 minutes
Fragrant, floral aroma; delicate floral and fruit flavors. Long finish. This is a very fine tea.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity
Finally getting around to the 15 or so 2015 first flushes that I have from Teabox :P I enjoyed this one, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly good. I followed the steeping instructions, but I think that with a five minute steep, it was slightly oversteeped and led to some bitterness in the taste. A nice orange color for the resulting brew and tasted more of muscatel than the “orchid and berry” that was promised. There’s a few floral notes, but they’re hidden behind the raisin flavor/smell of the tea.
An enjoyable white tea. Notes of cucumber and flowers. A bit sweet and juicy. I steeped this for about 4 minutes and it was pretty bland when hot, but a very nice fullness to the flavour developed as the cup cooled.
Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Sweet
Meh, this is a pretty middle of the road Darjeeling. No real muscatel notes that I picked up, just that sort of spiced, ashy taste I sometimes get from Darjeelings. I’ll try it again with slightly cooler water next time. 93C seems to be my sweet spot for Darjeelings.
Flavors: Ash, Spices
I have been so busy at work lately that I brew a cup of tea and by the time it is cooled enough for me to drink I completely forget about it as I am so deep into what I am working on again to even contemplate picking up the cup and turning away from what I am doing. This has been great for my work, but bad for my tea drinking. Today I have a foggy brain. It is Monday, I have come down with a cold, and what I SHOULD be working on today is maddening. So, here I sit with a cup of tea I plan to take a few minutes to fully enjoy.
Assam and I do not mingle often enough. The good assam’s I have had, have been wonderful yet I don’t find myself drawn to them like their friends from China. This cup is perfect for the morning. Lots of malt. A slight fruityness and it just taste like I am drinking good piece of baked goods. I really should spend more time with Assams’s. This cup makes me long for more and more and more. Thank you for the wonderful swap donkeytiera.
This tea is malty like other Assams, but has an interesting mix of sweet and bitter. The sweet flavor is pretty understated though, or maybe I steeped it too long, and the bitter taste became more dominant…it’s a nice bitter, the kind I like from an Assam. I steeped it for 4 minutes; they recommend 4-5 minutes on the sample bag. However, I find that Teabox overestimates steep times for most of their teas. Pretty good tea…I look forward to a second steep after the gym.
Sencha and I have been friends for awhile but I don’t think I’ve met the Himalayan sencha prior to this. Unfortunately this is nothing like a green vegetable tasting sencha that would be defined as prized. It might be because of the area it comes from, but regardless this tea is a bit dry and not on the same level as other senchas that I have tried. The color of the leaf and liquor is also off which doesn’t attribute to any scoring but it proves to indicate to flavor as well for this tea.
This was not one of the better green Darjeelings that Teabox offers. This green tea just doesn’t stand out with any sweet or smoky undertones, as for floral notes its too mild to really comment on- it’s more like a green tea that you brewed few times but still has the tea taste (if you know what I mean)