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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)
I was very surprised by this tea, it was nothing like the last Nilgiri I tried. The color was very light, and the scent was floral. The flavor was kind of muscatel and earthy…tasted a lot like a Darjeeling tea to me, with a little sweetness as well. Nilgiri teas are definitely more diverse than I thought! Thanks for the sample, donkeytiara!
Malty, floral, and just a tiny bit bitter and astringent. The floral note combined with the bitterness gives it a slightly soapy quality.
Dry leaf is small and dark with a good scattering of silver tips.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Malt, Soap
This is a really interesting and unusual Darjeeling. I don’t think I’ve ever had one quite like it – the dominant flavours are wood, smoke, malt and raisins, with some spice and cannabis notes in the background that hint at the origins of this tea. It’s quite sweet and bold, and the brew is a rich, dark brown. There’s almost a rose note in the fragrance of the brew, and just a touch of floral in the flavour.
There’s a bit of pleasant astringency to this cup – just a faint drying sensation that feels like it fits.
I’m reminded of a cross between a Darjeeling and a Qimen.
Definitely an interesting cup and worth a try.
Flavors: Astringent, Cannabis, Floral, Malt, Raisins, Rose, Smoke, Spices, Wood
The time change. The time change. The time change. Spring forward. Seriously? Ask me a week into it and I’m not “springing” anywhere…lucky if you can get me to crawl out of bed, let along spring. Because of this, it has been a heavily Assamed week. And all I have to say is thank GOURD for assam.
Mangalam Gold from Teabox is a sweet malty smelling tea with lots of golden tips. In the cup this translates into a well balanced assam with a medium heavy malt note that is complimented by a touch of stonefruit and nut. There is a slight astringency that carries the after taste of burnt sugar after the tea is gone. The flavor profile of Mangalam gold doesn’t sit at the bottom of the cup like some assam teas. It’s notes harmonize mid-cup and make for a rousing but not boisterous cup of assam tea. Very welcomed on this spring morning where the thought of crawling back into bed is ALMOST winning. :)
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Malt, Nuts, Stonefruits