62 Tasting Notes
This is the second try on this one. I found both the English Breakfast and Scottish Breakfast sachets at the grocery store and figured I’d give it a try as a cheap desk drawer offering for those days I need tea but don’t have the time to make a more quality mug up. I do like their Yorkshire Gold on occasion as a cheap tea option, so I figured I didn’t have much to lose trying these.
The first go of it, around a month ago, I found pretty lacking. Not much flavor. No real distinction. No real impression made. I didn’t steep it long, knowing that Yorkshire Gold goes bitter on a dime.
For today’s second round, I steeped an English Breakfast bag and a Scottish Breakfast bag together in my big mug, and I steeped it for about six minutes. It didn’t get bitter, but the longer steep didn’t pull out any more flavor, either. I’m still not impressed. The best word I think I can use to describe it is “muddy”. There just isn’t any nuance to this tea at all that I can discern.
I think I might “donate” it to the cupboard down in the lounge at work and stick to Twinings Irish Breakfast as my go-to desk tea for when I have no real time to do things up right.
Just a cooler, rainy day here.
Ergo my fibro is flaring a bit. I can hear my achy shoulders and the back of my head screaming. They are screaming for a big mug of nice, hot tea. Who am I not to heed them and oblige? If I give them what they scream for an appease them, then they just might settle down some.
Aching calls for a black tea, but I wanted something different, so I went for this Panyang Congou. I probably might have been a bit more content with something sturdier, but the more gentle, less malty punch of this one is seeming to suffice. I’m getting a little more toastiness than last time, and I think this tea might be growing on me a bit more. I got it a bit stronger this time. I do like that there isn’t any bitterness after letting it go a couple of extra minutes on the steep. That is encouraging.
It will never usurp the Queen, though.
This is easily and consistently my favorite tea of all that I have. It actually put in an appearance twice over the past weekend. The first big mugful was for pure comfort reasons following big-ugly-brute-of-a-cyst removal. The second mug was last night, for unwinding after scrambling to get papers shuffled/organized and calendars mapped out for the week. Both mugs were divine, as always.
This is my third time brewing this tea. The first two times I tried it hot, and this time I made a flash-brewed iced tea in my Takeya pitcher.
I’m still not sure just what I think of this one. I do like that it’s not astringent, but I wish it were a little more heft. Perhaps that’s because most of the maltier teas I’ve had are much more robust than this one is, and I expect an explosion of oomph that doesn’t come. This just seems a bit mellow for a black tea.
I originally picked this tea because it was described as having a nutty undercurrent. I have yet to pick up a nutty flavor. Mostly I’m getting hay and malt. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s just not what I expected. The maltiness when it’s a tiny bit warm (before the ice cooled it fully) actually reminds me of the foam on a wheat ale (like Blue Moon), only gentler. I’m tasting less of that the cooler it gets.
I do like this tea, but it’s just not oomphy enough to become an everyday favorite, I don’t think.
I’m rather liking this, which is a good thing, since I ordered the 8 oz. tin and they accidently shipped me a whole pound. This strikes me as a great choice for those days when I stand in front of my tea mountain and I can’t for the life of me figure out what kind of tea profile I want to revel in. On first sip I’m getting the malty Assam, but then it breaks away into the subtle smoky, chocolaty keemun. I understand from other posters that this can go bitter in a hurry if it’s not watched, so I stuck with four minutes for the steep, and I’m glad I didn’t go over that. My initial impression is that this is a good, sturdy start-to-the day tea without being overly malty. This morning I’m drinking it hot. This afternoon I might make some iced in my Takeya pitcher, and perhaps stick a mason jar of cold brew in the fridge. Might as well try it all kinds of ways. It’s not like I’ve got a shortage!