The Tea House - Covent Garden

Recent Tasting Notes

Another Sipdown from NofarS box of goodies!
A decent little shu, leaning more to the dark & earthy side, but no off flavors. I enjoyed this earlier today. :)

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It’s day 3 of Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!

First sipdown of the day is a sample sent to me from NofarS, and it’s tasty one. Very bright, a little tart, especially around the outside edges of my tongue. Not particularly bold, but mouth-filling none the less. Thanks NofarS!

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Another tea from my awesome trade with NofarS! Thanks!

This is nice bold Assam, a little sharp around the edges, and a bit of an edgy bitterness as well. Not particularly sweet, but a good basic Assam that definitely packs a punch! I’m headed out to play a wedding, & this will do the trick!

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I’m claiming a triple sipdown on this entry.
First off, I finally made tea eggs, using the last of the Happy Lucky’s Lapsang, plus the last of the Lapsang from the London Tea Room. Drew & I split one, & he thought it just tasted like a boiled to him. Of course, there is much more to the flavor than that, but I’m not quite sure how I feel about them, to be honest. They look cool though!

The third sipdown is for this Nilgiri, thanks to NofarS.
I’m enjoying it as an after lunch tea. It’s a little on the bright & edgy side for me today, but not a bad cup, & will be followed by a shower, as I have a new student coming in about an hour. I don’t want them to realize what a slob I am until they’ve had a chance to get to know & love me first! :)

Bonnie

I don’t like them plain either, but with other things like fish, not bad. (Smoked eggs) At least you tried. I think the Chinese way is to soak them way longer!!!

Terri HarpLady

I ate 2 for brunch, along with a few olives, some of my fermented dilly green beans, & tea. I sprinkled the eggs with sichuan pepper & a little salt. Not bad. Probably not something I’ll make again as deviled eggs are way better! But it was worth a try, right? I might turn the rest of them into some kind of egg salad & try to pawn it off on the boys, LOL. I combined a couple of recipes I found online that required an initial boiling of the eggs, then cracking the shells, then a 2 hour simmer in a mix of the tea, orange peel, cinnamon stick, star anise, sichuan & black peppercorns, & tamari. I think that’s everything. They might be good topped with a little homemade mayo spiked with sriracha… hmmm….

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I’m enjoying a lunch of yesterdays leftover Potato & Lovage Frittata with some homegrown radishes & asparagus. A tasty black tea is just what I needed to complete the meal.

This Nilgiri is from an amazing assortment of mostly black teas that I got in an awesome trade with NofarS. This is only the 2nd tea I’ve sampled from the box, not because I don’t want to drink them, but because it’s just so hard to pick one. They are all beautifully packaged, I might add, & I’m truly grateful for the trade, Nofar! I’m also grateful that neither of our boxes got stuck in customs! Yay!

This is a medium bodied tea with some brightness too it, kind of fruity in the sense of blackberries. Not particularly bold or bassy, no bells & whistles, but it’s a pleasant cup & nice with lunch.

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Aroma from the bag: citrusy, floral, very sweet

First steep
Scent while steeping: mostly charcoal-y
Color: medium yellow-brown
Flavor: charcoal-y with some sweetness & floral notes

I used 1 1/2 tsp loose tea and probably too much water (I was shooting for 8 oz in the tea maker but it wound up almost overfilling my mug), so no rating just yet.

ETA: 2nd and 3rd steeps were much more smooth and mellow with nice fruity-floral overtones and a mild complementary smokiness. I’ll wait until next time to rate, but it’s a good’un!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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So this tea reminds me of fall and what a wonderful treat for this cool autumn night :) enjoying it while watching a scary movie :)

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Additional notes: ICED! At Dinosara’s suggestion this is one of the blends I wanted to try cold. I steeped this in a mason jar for a couple days. Sadly, I think I’m getting more of the preservative apple flavor cold and not less. Drinking hot, the apple flavor gets better as I’m drinking it. I do like this regardless though. Though the black tea flavor doesn’t really exist at all cold.

Preparation
Iced

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thanks so much, Dinosara for sending some of this one! There seems to be two apple flavors layered here. There is that preservative apple flavor I don’t like (I’m not sure if it is actually “preservatives” but it isn’t a flavor I actually associate with apple), and then it seems there is an actual apple flavor coming from the actual apples. As I’m sipping, the preservative flavor is less present, and then the name becomes accurate. There is a very sweet flavor to it all of a sudden! I don’t know why it changes. The black tea is okay, not very distinct, but it fits well with the apple. I just wish the preservative flavor would go away.

Dinosara

This one is pretty good cold brewed…. There may be less of the preservative flavor then.

Tea Sipper

Good idea.. I’ll try it cold brewed sometime!

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A fairly good shu – dark reddish, smoky, earthy and strong with some sweet notes. Endless rebrews, not complex or subtle, but a good honest tea for a very good price and conviently packed

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This is not as good as Gillard’s Kenya, but it will most definitely do.

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First tea of the morning. Brisk and smooth

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Back logging a cup from yesterday. Great morning brew

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First cup of the day. A much needed after lunch pick me up

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First tea of the day. Needed the caffeine kick

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Light bodied strong tea with pepper and citrus notes and no astringency.
Works better without milk, although it can be brewed darker and taken with milk. A good pick me up on the coldest and stormiest day of the year.

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Another cup backlogged from yesterday. I really need to take the time to properly review this tea…

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Smooth creamy tea with no astringency or bitter tones

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83

Peppery tones, no astringency, very unique tea.

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I bought this a few weeks ago, the same time as their strawberry green tea. I usually shy away from flavoured teas, but as soon as I smelt this I wanted it. It’s a buttery marzipan kind of almond – kransekage and frangipane, more than almond butter or Battenberg. Compared to the marzipan black tea, the almond seems more prominent – but I tend to prefer lighter teas anyway.

The loose leaf is beautiful – green tea strands, mate pieces like glitter, red rose petals, cornflowers (my favourite). Emeralds with garnets and sapphires – the kind of tea that demands a pot, not a tea filter or a simple mug. Two for me, one for the pot. Water straight off the boil, and brewed for three minutes.

The brewed tea is a golden-green and smells beautiful, though it tastes a little disappointing. Imagine a nice, soft, rounded green tea with a drop of almond essence – it’s nice, it’s tasty, but it’s an anticlimax after that amazing aroma. I will say this is a really nicely blended tea, though – it’s very smooth, with that earthy mate lingering in the background and a toasted coconut note that weaves its way through the green tea and almond. Very pretty and drinkable.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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I just tried this with my new heart-shaped tea strainer and I’m not sure I like it as much as I do with the leaves loose in the cup – the strawberry note hides behind the sencha, which comes across more bitter than rich. Strange! Still a favourite tea, though.

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Oh my. I bought a full bag of strawberry sencha a couple of Sundays ago and I am quite enamoured. It’s a little confusing – it tastes like it smells, but not like it looks or sounds – but it’s fun, that’s for sure.

The tea is good quality, all clean-cut, rich green sencha, and there are nice chunks of dried strawberry mixed into it. The scent is STRONG. I could smell it wafting out even before I opened the bag, but it’s lovely, gently toeing – no, pirouetting – the line between real strawberries and strawberry ice cream nostalgia.

The brew is largely normal green tea with an overlay of juicy fruit – like most flavoured teas I’ve drunk, it lacks depth and is more scent than flavour, more pink and fizzy than grounded and natural. That’s not to say it’s bad; it’s not at all.

It’s not ‘must keep stocked in my cupboard’ good – that accolade has only been earned by Sleepytime and Twinings’ pomegranate white tea – but it’s good enough that it’s one of the more exciting, enticing teas in my cupboard right now. It’s green tea for the Miss Dior Chérie girl.

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Thank you Dinosara for this yummy tea!
Its sort of chai like but berry too – very yummy and soothing after what has been a MEH day.

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