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Flat. One-dimensional. There are only hints of what a good black tea should be.
I really want to believe in this company because of the good that they do in Bangladesh, but this is the second tea of theirs that I have tried that is lackluster and bland. Everything is right about this company except for the quality of the tea itself, save for their loose leaf white tea. Luckily, quality is a variable that can change with even slight alterations in the process. I really hope that Teatulia continues to grow in this aspect.
I’m confused. Delighted to the utmost extent, but confused nonetheless. I taste black tea maltiness, white tea fruitiness/mustiness, green tea nuttiness, and anxi oolong sweetness. Sounds amazing, right? But all of this in one cup? It makes my head spin. I think I will use this tasting note to sort out the chaos that this tea has caused in my mind and senses.
First things first. The appearance, aroma, taste, and mouthfeel resemble nothing close to a Fujian white tea made from the Da Bai Hao cultivar (many tea fanatics, myself included, believe that this is the only “true” white tea). The needles are shorter, grayer, and do not have the same mushroom smell. The brew is much darker than the pale yellow of a Fujian Bai Hao Yin Zhen brew.
And the taste? OMG, the TASTE!!! There are hints of oxidation: fresh bread, malty flavor, all indicative of a black tea. A certain saltiness tickles my taste buds, which is what Fujian white teas do. I get a hint of jasmine and umami, all of which are usually present in the highest quality oolong teas. There is even a shade of the nuttiness that characterizes a Long Jing. How on earth can a cup of tea incorporate all of the best qualities of every type of tea into itself? My mind. It’s experiencing growing pains again.
One thing is for sure. I cannot call this a white tea, not just because of the “fujian da bai hao” bunk that I believe in, but because of its inherent character. It is truly a unique tea that deserves its own category. It should be called… I don’t know… a royaltea?
Who would have known that Bangladesh would become a place that produces a high quality tea? Talk about “finding a priceless pearl in the poor.” I’m not just talking about the tea here. Teatulia is doing some amazing work on this 2,000-acre part of the world to create an infrastructure of community, equity, and sustainability. More information about this can be found on Teatulia’s website. They are really creating a goldmine in a land of rubbish, and I really hope that Teatulia’s efforts will positively affect everyone who comes in contact with the company. If they continuously produce a product of such exquisite quality as their loose leaf White Tea, and translate this quality to every product that they offer, then they will have no problem doing so.
-Dry leaves have small pieces of light green stalk. Wet leaves show a range of green and brown plump stalks.
-Dry leaves have a delicate grassy citrus aroma. Tea liquor smells strongly of lemon.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow color.
-Light lemony flavor with a pleasantly strong finish.
-Best with no additives. (Sweetener dulls lemon flavor).
-Good tea. Tastes like warm lemonade. Much better when prepared iced.
I’m sitting at a coffee shop in Denver that I recently discovered. The ambiance is nice, and the coffee is great. Today, I decided to check out their tea menu. They had a modest offering of teas from Teatulia and the Tea Spot. I decided to try this green tea, and I was not expecting much. I opened the pot for a sight and a smell. Just as I expected, the leaves were all broken. They literally looked like the sweepings off of the table after the real tea had been processed.
The flavor of the tea was virtually the same as Celestial Seasonings’ Authentic green tea. It was highly processed to the point where the flavor was flat, leaving no trace of the good things that I associate with green tea. There was no nuttiness, vegetable, sweetness, or anything of the sort. Even astringency would not grace this cup with its undesirable presence. It does not deserve to be a loose leaf tea. It would have been much better off in a bag like its equals. That said, I am very grateful to have this cup of tea right now, and the space that I am drinking it in is very relaxed. I’m in a good mood right now.
Finishing off the last that I have of this tea in my cupboard – it was part of one of my recent tasting boxes from Foodzie. I love it when the tasting boxes include tea!
I am noting a hint of savory bitterness toward mid-sip that I didn’t pick up on in previous tastings. It’s quite nice, actually, as it gives an interesting contrast to the cup.
A really good Earl.
My second Earl Grey of the day, and third in my tea bag sipdown today. I’m not sure, but I feel like this one is suffering in my rating because of how much I enjoyed my cup before (Charleston Plantation’s). There is a unique black tea base to this one, and while I do enjoy it, I’m not loving it the way I did the other. When I added a half teaspoon of sugar the lemon flavour came to the forefront, making it a much lovelier cup, however it still isn’t perfect to me. Sippers who like unique mild twists to the classics should definitely look into this one. I do like it, but as I said, I just liked my cup before more.
What I do like about this one though is how quality the tea is for a bagged tea. I am seriously enjoying the quality that Teatulia puts into their teas!
I got this from a friend in a tea exchange a while back (sorry JC that I just got to it now!). Since I’ve decided today is teabag sipdown day, this one called out to me to be tried first. (Probably my guilt of having so much Teatulia tea sitting waiting for me, being neglected by my looseleaf obsession.)
I brewed it according to package directions, giving it a short but hot steep. Black, I wasn’t sure what I thought of it. The tea flavour was pure, which I appreciated, with just a hint of something more. Curious, I added sugar, and that’s when the tulsi leaf came out to play, adding a lovely note of a spice I’d never had before and would never be able to adequately describe. The cup went down nicely, and I’m now looking forward to trying my other types from Teatulia!
I’m not really sure what neem is supposed to smell or taste like as I’ve never had it in anything before. It’s apparently something of an Eastern panacea, so perhaps it’ll cure all that ails me. ;)
The flavour comes across as being rather bitter, at least at first, but I got used to it as I drank my cuppa. I suppose it’s the neem that gives the tea a clean, fresh sort of taste; the bitterness is a bit much to get used to though, at least with nothing else added to the tea. Maybe I’ll do what LiberTeas did and add a bit of sweetener next time.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is an excellent silver-needle type white. It has an abundant flavor that is slightly grassy but with strong notes of fruit and flower. I am finding it slightly stronger in flavor than a typical silver needle.
I am winding down now… and I like the mild character of this tea and how it calms me.
This is one of the first teas that got me into loose leaf. I picked up the bagged version on Woot in a really good deal. Huge eye opener to what tea could and should taste like compared to the tazos and stash I was drinking.
It’s a good, straightforward, no nonsense black tea. Has a good roasted flavor to it. Almost a honeyed kind of sweetness. No bitterness as long as it’s not oversteeped. Good, clean taste – especially for a bagged tea. One of my staples.
Full Review: http://www.tea-tank.com/?p=46
Harrod’s now sells Teatulia teas!
I must agree with TeaEqualsBliss assessment – this really is a different peppermint. It has a deeper, more complex background that made me double check the label to make sure it was 100% pure peppermint and not a black tea/peppermint blend. It has a solid flavor to it, not just minty (which of course it IS minty). It has a smoothness to it. It is rich and delicious. I’m really liking it.
Unlike any other straight-up Peppermint I have tried!
What’s different about this one – you might ask…well, let me tell you…
This smells like a chewy-black tea and peppermint but it’s JUST peppermint…not a black tea. I LOVE the aroma with the chewy-bakey-cakey-ness to it!
It infuses fairly dark…about a medium green-brown. The taste is minty but oddly creamy too and I REALLY like that about this offering! It’s truly one-of-a-kind and minty-fresh but with a little extra something! It’s hard to believe Peppermint Leaves are the only ingredient!
I really like this one. I wish I had tried it sooner! I’ve had it for a couple of months now, it was sent to me free along with my order. (Have I mentioned how much I love Teatulia’s customer service? They rock!)
The black tea is rich and delicious, the tulsi is spicy but not hot. Invigorating yet soothing. I like this very much!