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I got this as my intro to the Tea Centre and I have to say, I’m very impressed! It’s very smooth and one flavour never really overpowers another. It was also sweet without being sickly and the sweetness complements the black tea. It could have been a bit stronger, but that’s just my personal preference (and I could try adding another minute to the steep). Plus both the leaves and the brew itself smell really good.
I had this cold brewed today with milk and maple syrup because I was too lazy to make up a simple syrup. It needed sweetening but perhaps that was because my 6 hour brew turned into 8/9 hours when I went to pick my parents up from the airport and their plane was delayed…I liked it a lot better than hot. I still feel like it is lacking something. Maybe it just isn’t for me.
Today’s cup of this is much less coconut-y and more fruity tasting?? Thats happened with a few teas today so maybe my tastebuds are having a weird day. This is an interesting tea, though the difference today is pretty huge from the first time i had it. I like it, but it wouldn’t be a repurchase, which makes me a little happy since getting this from Australia would be a pain in the ass :) Thanks so much for the share though alice as it’s been an enjoyable cup :)
mmm! this is the second flush from Alice that i drank to compare against the first flush darjeeling that she sent my way. This one has a darker taste to it. The muscatel taste isn’t overly strong in this one, but there is a nice balance of astringency mixed in with the taste here. There’s no floral notes in this, which makes this slightly more enjoyable to me than the other, but not by much :)
Thanks Alice! these are both delightful.
I’ve been waiting to try this one and the other darjeeling that Alice sent me because one is first flush and the other is second. I haven’t had an opportunity to try darjeelings like that side by side. they’re not the same darjeeling but i figured it was better than nothing :)
This has a lightly floral aroma as well as taste. It’s not overly floral but it’s there. I quite like this one – i think it helps that i’ve figured out how to brew darjeelings from the darjeeling day i had a while back :)
This is also a really fresh sort of tea. no astringency…a delight!
I started a new job this week and my workplace doesn’t have a kettle (what?!) so I’ve not been drinking too much tea, mostly coffee. I did an overnight cold brew of this though and it is delicious, like sunshine in a cup.
I’d never cold brewed a darjeeling before but it worked really well. I left it a bit longer than I usually would because I slept in and it is really interesting to get the flavour of a darjeeling that strong without the astringency.
sipdown! (174) I had another cup of this today and it was pretty tasty. Less malty than a number of assam i’ve had with a mild bit of astringency. Over all a decent cup. Thanks for sharing Alice!
sipdown! I don’t know how to explain this one. It reminds me of wild mountain black without that juiciness that it has. I have enjoyed this one quite a bit. It is not a smokey keemun, which are generally my favourite but this was a really nice black. The last little bit of this is headed to one of my tea friends to try :) Thanks again for this great one alice!
i had 2 cups of tea today. I won’t get in to my day, but it suffices to say that I’m currently hiding from my blackberry having 5 mins away to drink some rye and coke before the next headache starts. As a result…i didn’t get to fully appreciate this while i was drinknig it today but it DID get my through the day. I did NOT add maple syrup to this one as i usually do with keemuns and it was a really wonderful cup of tea. thank goodness i’ve got more to enjoy later!
This is another tea from Alice and i can’t say that I’ve ever had a “cherry ripe” bar but i was curious. I’ll have to try this with milk next time as i mostly had a sense of the coconut while drinking this. There wasn’t a lot of cherry or cranberry. However, this is chocolatey and coconuty. Coconut isn’t my favourite taste but i was still looking forward to drinking this. I’m glad i have a few more cups! thanks Alice!
this is a sipdown, even though Alice was generous enough to send me enough for a bunch of cups. I just drink big cups AND want to share/return the tea favour with tea friends. So the rest of this is going off to a mystery tea friend since i think she/he might enjoy it. ha! this isn’t bad. i found myself drinking it and wishing it was just a little bit more apple pie like, but still enjoying the flavours and the fact that the tea base is still present, unlike a vast majority of flavoured teas. So thank you Alice this was enjoyable!
I received this one from Alice in our swap and honestly, i just wanted to drink it because the name is fun to say. :) It also helps that it’s an assam, which i love. I don’t recall much of this one as it’s a backlog from yesterday but i do remember enjoying it thoroughly. I have just enough for a small cup to really pay attention to it, while still being able to send a taste to Terri for her to try :)
I don’t know. I feel like I still must be doing something wrong because this tea just does nothing for me. Assam isn’t my preferred black tea and now that I think about it, I can’t name any that stand out to me. Maybe there is nothing there in this tea or maybe there is and I’m just not capable of appreciating it.
My partner loves a good Assam and seems to really enjoy this which makes me think it might just be me. Perhaps I need a crash course in Assam appreciation.
I know I said I’d be drinking Laoshan Black today but I wasn’t feeling so well and since I only have a sample, I don’t want to waste it on a stuffy nose day.
As for this tea. I still haven’t worked it out. I was hoping that it would wow me but it hasn’t and I’m continually adjusting how I brew it hoping to find a sweet spot. I’ll give it a proper review and rating after a few more trials.
On a side note apparently the Joonktollee tea estate also produces a green assam tea which I’d love to get my hands on someday to try.
I am still surprised by every sip at how citrusy this tea is. Such an uplifting drink!
I think 85C is better than the 80C I brewed this cup at, 85C has a more intense flavour but not too bitter or astringent.
I’m drinking this with milk tonight which seems a bit indulgent given the price, I don’t know, I just feel like fine teas should be drunk straight to really appreciate the subtleties. At the same time since Keemun is the base of a good English Breakfast it also seems appropriate to drink with milk.
This is a world away from your typical english breakfast but delicious with milk all the same. It is sweet, malty and floral with an earthy pine aroma . When I’m craving something sweet I sometimes take my tea with about a quarter of teaspoon of sugar and this tea has that sweetness without needing to add any sugar.
I’ve enjoyed this tea straight a few times and I’m surprised by how much I enjoy it with milk too. I’d love this to be an everyday drink if only it wasn’t so damn expensive.
I was trying to brew this to get a tiny bit more astringency out of it. I upped the temperature by 5C and steep time by 30 seconds and I’m sipping a completely different drink!
I got more astringency than I bargained for, less sweetness and a fuller bodied almost malty flavour. Overall the flavours are much flatter than my previous brew and astringent enough that if I don’t chug it down while still very hot, I’m not going to enjoy it as it cools. Next time I’ll stick to 85C and try 3 minutes.
It just goes to show how temperamental some teas can be.
First off this tea has a beautiful soft straw colour and a fruity/citrusy scent. It really smells amazing. It is a green style darjeeling and you can definitely pick up those vegetal notes but they are far more delicate and subtle than in something like a japanese green tea. Even if you don’t usually like green teas, as long as you don’t mind a bit of astringency, you could probably enjoy this. It isn’t suitable for milk and great by itself but if you wanted to add something, lemon would be a nice match.
In Perth after weeks and weeks of rain it seems like today spring is finally here and this tea is just perfect to sip from a glass cup in the sunshine.
Finally have this one at home. I’m not great and describing the more subtle tasting notes in tea but this is hands down my favourite tea right now. It is smooth and sweet in the mouth with that musky 2nd flush darjeeling taste.
The slight smokiness that I experienced last time is gone and I wonder if the cafe hadn’t quite washed out the pot after some russian caravan. I like it even more on this tasting so never mind :)
I know that 1st flush darjeelings command a higher price and more prestige but I haven’t come across one that I like more than this. I do have a new one in my cupboard to try later this week so we’ll see.
I reordered this since my last review because I found myself craving it but I am less enthused this time around. I am still enjoying it but this batch is sweeter and less tart. I keep longing for the sourness of my last packet.
Maybe I just scooped up too many of the sweet caramel lumpy things in this steeping.
This one has mixed reviews but I love coconut so was pretty sure I’d like it and I was right.
The cherry aspect of the “cherry ripe” (from the cranberries I suppose) is lacking, you could get away with calling this one “bounty bar” as it is mostly coconut and chocolate. That is fine with me but I can see it would disappoint some.
This is a tea to snuggle up with at night. With or without milk.