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The third and final tea from my first box from Postal Teas.
A very smoky tea (most Lapsang Souchongs are!) and like other Lapsang Souchong teas, it smells smokier than it tastes. The difficult thing is getting past that aroma. It was especially difficult for me the first few times that I tried Lapsang Souchong, and for a very long time I wouldn’t even keep the tea in my house because the smell was just so off-putting for me. I’ve since been able to come around and not only “accept” Lapsang Souchong’s smoky quality but actually enjoy it. For some of us, it’s a bit of an acquired taste and it takes some know how on how to acquire a taste for it (the way it’s brewed is crucial.)
This is a pleasant Lapsang Souchong. Beneath the smoky notes, I taste a luscious caramel-y undertone and a note of ripe plum. I like the way the plum and the smoke unite in the sip … the flavor tastes a bit like a smoky, charred plum. Sweet and lovely.
The second tea that I sampled from my first Postal Teas subscription box. While I was less than excited about the teas of my first box (the theme behind the choices were tea cupboard staples and this seemed a little boring to me since I’m always looking for something I haven’t tried yet!) I’ve been very impressed with them. I like the personalized attention that is given to the customer. It’s easy to find a company that will sell you tea. They’re all over the internet. Not all of them will take the time to write you a personalized note. I like that.
This Genmaicha is … well, it’s a genmaicha. It’s not really an extraordinary Genmaicha. It delivered what I expect from a genmaicha: sweet, nutty notes with a light grassy note. I enjoyed it.
On another note, this is my 4500th tasting note!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/06/first-date-genmaicha-green-tea-from-tease/
This was the first tea that I tried from my first box from Postal Teas. Postal Teas is a subscription service that is a little reminiscent of what Amoda Teas used to be.
Anyway, this Black Pekoe tea is a Kenyan black tea. This first box that I received focused on tea cupboard staples, and a good black tea is something that everyone should have in their cupboard, right? This is a good one.
Robust, full-flavored, smooth and rich. Malty. It has that chewy taste to it that you might experience when you’re biting into a piece of freshly baked bread … the crust has that chewy texture and caramelized crust. YUM!
This is a great black tea with plenty of gusto. Makes a great morning cuppa.
And the box from Postal Teas is a fun one to receive! My first box even came with a small notebook for tasting notes. Cool! And best of all, the note that was enclosed with the box was handwritten to me specifically. I dig that. I like it when I get that kind of personal attention from a tea company.
From the reddit 2014 travelling tea box!
I got the box at like 630pm, just enough time to squeeze one cup of caffeinated tea. I went to take pics for the tea blog and my battery died plus my spare battery wasn’t recharged. Pretty sure my memory card is bursting full too. Crap. So much for getting stuff done sooner.
This tea, I think, is from Tea Guys technically. Anyways I got sucked in with the maple leaf on the package – miss you Canada! This one has a nice maple flavor, woodsy, smokey, malty and sweet. The maple isn’t as intense as say, DavidsTea’s Oh Canada, but it does come through. Only weirdness to this tea is the oily film floating at the top of my cup.