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This is one the my friend picked from the shop outside the Capital.
The taste was very earth and lacked the chocolate tones of the monkey counterpart. This brew had a more malt and spice taste rather than smooth and dessert like. It also carries a light rose hip flavor which was strange. I did enjoy this, but I mostly stuck to my Golden Monkey :)
Flavors: Earth, Malt, Rosehips
I am back from another vacation :) This time I was in Washington D.C. and of course I must stop for Tea. I’ve been wanting to try this tea house out for awhile. I will post a review in the Discover/Explore section.
I couldn’t decide on a brew, so my friend just picked two closely related blacks and we sampled both. This was the one I chose. This comes in a very generous amount. The liquor is a deep chocolate crismon soup. The aroma is of dry cocoa and malt. The flavor is a deep coco tone and smooth. It tasted similar to a decent quality Jin Jui Mei. The last sip finished with a silky caramel tone. I really did like this tea, but it was on the pricey side. I know of other businesses where I can get much higher quality for about half the price. I believe the price was for the experience of drinking tea within sight of the Capital.
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Smooth
A friend gave me a bag of this. She in turn had picked it up from the freebie table at her workplace. And I never turn down free loose tea.
This is lovely. Light, just enough jasmine to satisfy without turning into perfume. It’s perfect.
I just looked at the Teaism website and it’s a bit pricier than I’m used to paying for jasmine tea (11.25/2 oz) but I’m glad to have this bag. Given the price and my knowledge of where to find similar or better quality for less, I probably won’t make my way down to their store in Penn Quarter to purchase more.
I had this tea the other night after dinner at a fantastic restaurant in DC, and while it took a while to steep (longer than the 3-4 mins my waiter suggested), it was quite delicious – very light, yet with a comforting apricot flavor with an intriguing cinnamon twist. I’d definitely drink it again.
Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Flowers, Honey
Wiry, lightly oxidized black tea with lots of golden tips. Golden is great word to describe this tea: a honeyed aroma is prominent, with undertones of hay and quince. Reddish brown color in the cup. With careful brewing, can be brewed twice, but initial brew should be less than boiling. This review is for the 2012 harvest.
So I lost this elaborate post I just wrote…so I’m going to just gloss over it because I’m lazy and want to hurry and get to my newly arrived Samovar order! Basically I’m going to say that I was scared, but drank it anyway. It wasn’t bad, and I’m glad I tried it.
I think it’s just too far from the flavors I’m going for lately. It’s very forceful and savory, while I’m tending to like sweet and complex. I know that quality could have something to do with it, but I think it’s something I would have liked more when I was more into black tea anyway.
Honestly, and I know that it’s not necessarily the case with all Lapsangs, all I could get from the smell was “bologna”…Being a vegetarian I haven’t had bologna in about 10 years, so I suppose I could be wrong, maybe a hot dog, but it was pretty distinct. The taste was black tea with hints of bologna…>__
I grabbed this one at Teaism after my work day was over to relax with on the bus on the way to my friend’s house. It was floral and buttery, but it suffered from both a paper cup and a paper tea sac. Mmmm paper. Blech. Still better than having no tea, but I am so sensitive to papery flavors in my teas.
Traveling again! A quick two-day trip this time. I am in DC and got up way earlier than I needed to this morning because the friend I’m staying with had to be at work way earlier than I can arrive at the museum. The place where we had breakfast didn’t have any tea, but lucky for me this tea shop is very near the museum.
I’ve never had a golden dragon tea before, though if it’s Chinese and has “golden” in the name I’ll try it. This is pretty tasty. I can feel the energy slowly flowing into my body as I sip it. It’s a bit malty with a kind of earthy note toward the end of the sip. As I drink more its definitely reminding me of some kind of black tea-puerh hybrid. Not entirely my thing, but decently tasty nonetheless.
A very nice blend, and if you happen to be in DC, it’s absolutely worth it to go buy a cup in their shop. Try a salty oatmeal cookie, too, while you’re there. It’s a pretty expensive tea to buy to bring home, and I’d usually rather spend the money on a good Kashmiri Chai loose leaf, but this is still definitely a favorite.