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Thank you adagio breeze for this sample.
Watching series 2 of Luther and going through some samples to help clear my cupboard. Served this tea with only a drop of soy milk.
Flavour is softer than expected with a slight smokiness and malted with little to no astringency or harshness. A little too weak for me, I used 1tsp of leaves so next time I will try it with 1.5tsp or maybe even 2tsp and see how it bares as a breakfast tea. Still it’s an average Russian Caravan blend and worth trying.
Sipdown! i really like this one! The tea is smooth, with a slight astringency. There’s a gentle citrus flavour. I would happily drink this one again!
sipdown! i’m running behind with my tasting notes…“early” night testing for work and now i have additional testing to do. I’ve been drinking a bunch of teas this morning but i haven’t had a second to start logging them. this was one of my earliest teas. An assam that is bold, malty but also fruity and sweet.
I sort of lucked into this rich, strong, traditional tea. I bought it on sale at a discount grocer for .99 a pouch. When first opening the pouch, the aroma is beautifully rich and malty , with a hint of citrus from the Ceylon. After pouring my water over the leaves the aroma of course intensified. I also detected a bit of spice and currant aromas mixed in. The color is a nice rich mahogany. Now for the flavor, I found it to be just what I wanted. It is rich,warm and inviting, I know inviting, what does that mean, that isn’t a flavor. Well, to me it tasted like an inviting room feels.There were hints of malt,spice and citrus mixed in the with richness of black tea. I believe this to be a nice tea anytime you want a bit of comfort mixed with a bit of pick me up.
SIPDOWN! 221 and i am 98% water for sure at this point. i REAAAAAALLLYY wanted to get to 217 today but i’m not sure i can do it. It’s getting late and i should probably stop drinking fluids lol
There are some silver needles that i quite like, and there are others that are pretty much water. This is one of the former – it’s a delicious juicy white tea.
something about this one is just not sitting right with me. I feel like this is probably much better than it’s coming across for me. It’s a darker roasty type oolong without that familiar oolongy taste that i dilike in roasty oolongs..but there’s something in the background that i am just not loving. wish i could figure it out. Not rating this one since i’m fairly certain it’s just me.
sipdown! This is a nice yunnan. there’s almost a hint of smikiness to this that makes it slightly different than others i’ve had. It’s not sweet like the oolongs from this morning but it is on the sweeter side of things. overall a really nice cup :)
Yet another from Teabox B! I think roasted oolongs might be the tea that most isn’t my thing. But it doesn’t mean I won’t try them! This one wasn’t bad for me though. I steeped a tsp for around four minutes. The flavor isn’t very charcoal-like that a past roasted oolong tasted like. This one was just a bit smoky. There was a sweetness to it that is actually surprising. But I added one of the Stash Chai honey sticks (from the teabox!) to the cup. They are a bit messy, but the taste is nice. It definitely tastes like chai! I’m not sure how they do that with honey. But it was a nice complement to the tea. Hot soothing and scrumptious!
Another from Momo’s teaboxB! thanks everyone! The Lochan Darjeeling I drank the other day really spoiled me with the most delicious Darjeeling I’ve tried. This one isn’t quite as good, but I like it! It has the “Darjeeling” flavor but it also seems a bit watery if that makes sense. The Lochan had a lovely full Darjeeling flavor. If I had tried this one first, I might have liked it better. Also, there seems to be more Darjeelings in the teabox than other plain black teas. But I will fix that! haha.
From the Here’s Hoping TTB, and a sipdown.
I’m winding down my sampling efforts. This is a pleasant roasty oolong, & although it doesn’t have the amazing incense & caramel qualities of some of my favorites, it is still a nice cup, with a woody & nutty character.
Here is an EG that came from Auggy. Who lives in the US. This is relevant because Whittard of Chelsea is an English brand, so they sent European tea to America where she bought it and then sent some back to me in Europe. Detour-tea!
I remember when she wrote the email telling me that this year’s care package (I’ve noticed it’s been almost exactly a year since we last exchanged boxes) would be largely EG themed that she had some comments on this particular one, but I’ll be damned if I can remember now what they were. After I have had a cup, I’ll look it up, but right now I will treat those comments as I do other people’s posts in general on any given tea that I’m writing about. Ignore them and check afterwards whether anybody agrees with me.
The leaves of this one smell rather strongly of bergamot, and it’s bergamot and not just generic sort of citrus. There’s almost a slightly smoky aspect to it as well underneath the bergamot which makes me wonder what the base could possibly be. Another thing I’ll have to see if I can look up afterwards.
After steeping the bergamot seems much milder and the kind of smoky note much stronger. It even seems to have a sort of fruity-sweet sort of quality to it. How peculiar! I associate fruity-sweet in combination with smokiness with LS only, and this is most definitely not LS. I should be able to tell if it were, I rather think.
The bergamot is not really particularly mild in the flavour, but it’s not really strong either. It’s rather perfectly in-between. Obvious, but not overwhelming. It somehow manages to be dusty, floral and semi-smoky all at the same time, which is actually kind of weird. It’s okay, though. It’s quite drinkable. EG will never be a preferred flavour for me, but it’s not impossible that I’m warming to it a little bit.
Husband was quite pleased with this one. He found it greatly enjoyable, but did comment that it comes in direct comparison with a Lipton EG he had at work earlier in the day (against his better judgment) which he had found rather unsatisfactory. Fortunately for him, Auggy provided me with a large-ish amount of it, (in a tin which I’m actually quite certain was sent to her by me last year. Seems very familiar. I think I got it from ssajami originally, so it really is quite a travelling little tin. The stories it could tell!) and it’s something we could easily stock up on should he decide he wanted more of it. It’s just a question of remembering the next time we go to the UK as they have a shop in Cambridge and it’s not uncommon to take a day trip there to do a bit of shopping.
Now, the first part of this review is a few days old, and it’s not actually its turn to be posted yet, really, but I’m bringing it forward anyway because we had it again this afternoon. With a cream tea. That I made. Yes. Well, obviously, I didn’t make the clotted cream myself and I didn’t make the gooseberry jam myself (I bought them myself though!), but I did make the scones and the biscuits and the tea and laid the table. I bought the jam and cream at the newly opened AC Perch’s shop here in Århus and the scones recipe was from the AC Perchs 175 years Jubilee book. They were very easy to make and Husband said they were excellent. If anybody is interested, I’ll translate the recipe and put it in the comments.
Unlike the first time I had this tea where I thought it was okay but not really super-spectacular, THIS is where it really came to its right. It matched the scones and cream and jam perfectly, and felt very much like a luxury item. I honestly don’t think this would have worked as well with any other tea than an EG.
Of course, I had Husband take a photo before we dug in. We are ever so full now (and the biscuits actually all went straight back in the tin.)
Back to Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza! Week 2, Day 3 (since I skipped yesterday).
It felt good yesterday to slip into a full day of Gongfu sessions, but today I’m ready to get back to sampling ALL the TEas!
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest Darjeeling fan. This one is a on the floral, citrus, & somewhat astringent end of things. It’s not all that appealing to me, but I think I also overleafed it a bit, which only makes matters worse. This sipdown was brought to you by NofarS. Thanks!
My 2nd sipdown of the day, from NofarS.
I love the name of this Assam. It’s just a cool name, IMO.
A nicely potent Assam, rich, dark, & almost coffee-like, with a pleasing bitter edge. It’s also very bright at the top end, as if trumpets were playing that wake up reveille, if you’re not familiar with the tune, here it is, LOL.
Little Terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza, Week 2, Day 2!
I’m still working on my box from NofarS, thanks!
I realized that my numbers are a little off, as I drank 4 of the teas from this box while I was in Florida visiting my folks, so I’m starting the day @ 274 teas! I’m sharing this box with my tea sister, Sil, so she can sample All the Teas too, so as I polish of my share of each generous sample, I’m setting them aside & counting them as a sipdown. There are still a BUNCH of teas left in this box to try! Nofar, you are awesome! I hope you’re enjoying the box I sent to you as well :)
So this Yunnan is tasty, with the rich butter sweetness, slight mushroomy kind of taste, & thickness to the tongue that I love.
Another Sipdown from NofarS :D
Although I’m not a huge fan of white teas, this is without a doubt an excellent quality white. Long whole leaves, with a robust dense character about them, the flavor is gentle, as white teas are, but not flavorless by any means. I enjoyed drinking several steepings of this while teaching this afternoon.
The mango is not dominant in the flavor of this tea. The spicy kick provided by the “chili” gets your attention. Nice black base. Not for everyone but this makes an interesting cup. I enjoy it iced.
Running rather low on this tea, which is dismaying, because Whittard’s have stopped making it (or so it seems). A big bold tea that was a welcome mid-morning pick-me-up today, especially since I’ve been coming down with something today. So vitamin C, tea, chicken soup and throat lozenges have been the order of the day.
My experience with Whittard teas (after receiving several as gifts) indicates that they sometimes take some getting used to but they are worth the effort. This one is no exception.
Strawberries and raspberries – that sounds good; currants – not a favorite but OK; good balck tea base – like that. But then there’s this juniper which seems strange in a tea (to me anyway). I’ve tried this straight on its own and with both sweetener and a little milk. I think I prefer it with sweetener and milk. Unusual mix but it works.
This tea smells much better than it tastes. I found it takes a little more leaves than what I usually use to prepare a nice, tasty cup. Sweet and comforting. I like flowery teas better, but it’s still is a nice tea to offer to guests.
Blueberry buckle is also reeeeeeally good with this Darjeeling. The wineyfruity notes paired with the baked blueberries are a bit outrageous.
Backlog. Used 1 heaping tsp leaf to ~250 ml water.
Followed the steeping instructions on the Whittard website (which is fortunate, because I poured freshly boiled water over the leaves without even thinking). Taste was pretty unremarkable, but the finish was long and lovely. I just got my first gaiwan, so maybe I’ll use this stuff to practice before moving on to the finer oolongs.