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It’s been a slow, lazy morning and I still feel stretchy and as though I could go for a knap in a little while. I probably shouldn’t though, as that would likely mess up my ability to fall asleep tonight.
I had this with my French toast breakfast this morning, and nailed the steeping parameters perfectly. Such a smooth and appropriately bold cup to accompany breakfast. I’m realizing that I really enjoy what I’ve tried of darjeelings so far, and am considering ordering a sampler from Upton tea imports, although to be honest, the variety is rather overwhelming, and I’d probably just end up picking a sampler at random.
I don’t have much on the agenda for today, which is lovely. I still get these occasional twinges of guilt because I “should be studying for the exam” but then I joyously realize that the exam is long gone, and I can sit around and be lazy and irresponsible again.
Just so I can do this again: 1 tsp of tea, usual amount of rock sugar, splash of cream, about 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Mmm.
Wow, this tasting note was really not meant to be posted. I’ve already written it twice, and lost it both times. Bullet points it is.
-Tea has become a staple in my breakfast rotation.
-strong, bold, and can hold its own against cream and sugar
-has the lovely woody feeling of a Darjeeling which is wonderful.
-works well with breakfasts that are either savoury or sweet
-will possibly reorder. At this point, I can’t really see why I wouldn’t.
-going to post this before everything blows up.
I’ve actually had this tea a few times now, and I wanted to hold off on making a tasting note for it because somehow, I seem to get a drastically different cup each time I prepare it. Granted, the other day I used water that was far too tepid, and the resulting sludge was its own disaster, but even still: I don’t seem to be able to get a perfect cup of this every time. I tend to prefer that my breakfast teas be relatively easy on me, since I can’t really account for the type of mood I’ll be in on any given morning. I can say with certainty that this tea has potential, and that it does indeed have the distinctive dryness of a good Darjeeling. I think what I’m missing here is that appley woody mouth feel I so easily got from the biodynamic Darjeeling from art of tea. Their batch of that particular harvest had run out though, so I don’t even know that I’ll ever really get to taste it again. Like I said, I’m definitely going to continue playing around with it, as I do taste potential here—it may simply be a matter of figuring out what my particular magical steep is going to be. For those of you who really enjoy Darjeeling’s, what are your favourites? I’ve only had first flush so far, but I like what I’ve tried and would be interested in trying more.
Thanks to DigniTea for the sample!
This is a nice, calm white tea. It almost reminds me of David’s Tea pistachio cream. I can smell the coconut but not really getting the full taste, or maybe I’m just not used to toasted coconut. I hope I have enough to try this iced. I still prefer pistachio cream to this one, but it’s not bad!
I wanted something fun, not fussy, but good. Rummaging through the tea drawers I found I had just enough of this for one last go. It was just what I needed. More vanilla than earl grey but tasty all the same.
I remember now why I don’t steep rooibos in my french press. I had to dismantle the whole thing and scrub it this morning. Ah well, it sparkles now so thanks for the motivation (sarcasm implied).
So after the cleaning ordeal I decided to peruse the stash for something not requiring a lot of attention, intellect, or clean up. Found this tucked in the back of a drawer. Its Earl Grey with vanilla. Shoot, I could probably brew that with my eyes closed whilst and at the same time toasting a bagel.
The bagel was delish and the tea spot on. Sometimes I amaze even me.
Very vanilla with lighter notes of bergamot. I can feel the tea base on the insides of my cheeks. A good first cup. Bonus – I still have enough leaf for next time.
sample sipdown! I’m glad i had the chance to try this one. It’s coming across to me, much like a refreshing cup of spring water, though with hints of the darkness. there’s a bit of floral here, but it’s not that cloying floral that i hate. Shaynebear – this might be one for you
there’s barely any astringency to this one, likely because i kept the temperature low. overall a decent cup!
sipdown! thus putting me a whole tea ahead of my tea sister..lol this is another one that terri shared with me and it’s a decent enough ftuity green tea. I kept the temperature low, so there’s no bitterness to the cup. It’s close to pomegranate, but still not there. Overall, not a bad tea though, and if i were more into green teas i think i’d enjoy this one a bunch – especially as a cold tea, sweetened slightly.
From the HHTTB
I do enjoy green tea, but am not a big fan of flavored greens. This one is ok, but a little on the astringent side, & probably if I had sweetened it a little I would have enjoyed it more. In my effort to try ALL the teas, I’ve been doing little 4 oz mini-cups all day. That way, if I don’t care for something it’s no big loss, & also I got through a lot of teas!
I’m starting the day with samplings from the grab bag Tasty Brew added to our BBB Box, so that I can get this box in the mail! This one has a definite apple peel taste, with a bright grapiness around the sides of the tongue. It’s a little on the astringent side, & I’d probably better eat breakfast before I sample any more, LOL, as my stomach doesn’t take well to astringency when empty.
The last of the sample. It is about a year old. This is still really good. I over steeped on purpose to see what would happen. It is astringent but not heavily so. Despite this it is very smooth. My brain is too shot today to write a better review. This is a solid offering.
Sip down! This is one that kitenna should try if she hasn’t already. Th smell and taste remind me of the mandarin silk from the persimmon tree that I gave up to her because I didn’t like it haha. Tis version, or variation, that I received in my swap from nicole is tastier. I don’t hate this one, and the flavours seem to mesh better than the one I tried from the persimmon tree. Maybe it’s because I’m sick but I suspect that this might be a win for the girls here who are fans of oolongs. Nonetheless I am enjoying this cup, so I’m glad Nicole sent it along. Not a reorder for me, but only because I’m not a huge fan of green oolongs. But those who enjoy that type of tea would probably quite enjoy this one :)
This is a delicious hot tea but it is a favorite of mine as an iced tea. It’s sweet and refreshing with an appealing natural sweetness. The smooth coconut undertones are delightful.
Very nice. Smooth creamy vanilla and light citrus notes.
This is another tea that I’ve discovered at the bottom of the tea drawer. It’s been in there for far too long without me trying it by now! I’m a bit hesitant about this one because of the rosehips. I’ve found that teas with rosehips in them are always just too tart for me. This tea also has an odd aroma – I can detect vegetal green tea and a hint of sweet fruit, but there is also a strong underlying smell that almost reminds me of a car garage. Like a heavy oil and tire smell, maybe? I know it sounds odd, but it’s just the first thing that came to mind when I smelled this cup. The flavor was definitely less tart than expected, with a nice full vegetal green tea flavor. There is a slightly tart rosehip finish and a smooth, almost buttery aftertaste. I tried adding some sweetener, but it seemed to bring out more of an artificial flavor, so I think it’s best with nothing added. Overall I am just not a fan of this tea. There seems to just be something a little off in the flavor, and I can’t get the smell of a car garage out of my head. Thank you for the sample, though, Nicole! I’m glad I finally got around to trying this one!
-Dry blend has a mixture of green tea leaves and twigs with rosehips and dried raspberries.
-Dry leaves smell lightly of tart raspberries. Tea liquor aroma is of vegetal green tea with a hint of sweet fruit.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark yellow color.
-Full vegetal green tea flavor with a slightly tart rosehip finish. Smooth buttery aftertaste.
-Poor tea. Lightly flavored with a strange hint of something off. Sweetener brings out an artificial note.
1 tablespoon used for 375 ml
Brewed tea has a fresh barn smell with sweet caramel undertones.
Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing with me!
Rose petals. That’s the taste I get with the first sip. Like I’m drinking liquid rose petal smell. Very strange though not surprising considering the actual rose petals I saw in the blend.
I am surprised at how relatively sweet it is plain. It’s not like candy sweet, but more a subtle sweet with that light rose/floral note. Though if I didn’t know there was supposed to be black tea in this, I would never know. I get more of a white tea taste than anything else. Maybe the scoop I brewed was just light on the black tea or something. I’ll have to mix it up more next time.
The longer I sip it, and I guess the more it cools, the more I’m getting the grape-y taste to it, especially when I roll it around in my mouth a bit.
I wonder how this would do iced? Might try it, though I have the uneasy notion that the rose might come right out and sock you in the jaw. Lol.
Edit – Unfortunately this tea made me just a bit ill later on after drinking it. Well, not even finishing the rest of my cup after this review actually. I’m wondering if it might be the rose? Possibly ’cause now all I think about is tasting what I see as a cloyingly sweet rose smell that makes me feel ill thinking about it.
Unfortunate because it was such an interesting tea before that.
2nd steep, forgot and brewed about 11 minutes. Still tasted okay, yay.