419 Tasting Notes
Thanks, Greenteafairy for this tea!
The only English on this tea was the brand name, Ssangkye Tea, so I don’t know much about. The dryleaf is very light and looks more like an herbal tea because it has flower petals, bits of flowers and fruit pieces. Could there also be yabao? Tastes a little woody, sweet too.
I got this at the NYC meet-up, but I can’t remember if it was from Greenteafairy or if it was from Nicole_Martin. Thank you, whichever one of you gave it to me! I need to start labeling my teas a little better. :-)
I drank this straight without anything in it. I really liked that I could taste the Assam. So many chais are so overly-spiced that you can’t taste the tea itself. This assam has the golden, sweet, and malty taste that I’m growing to really love. The spices are a nice blend- maybe slightly too heavy with the cardamon. I’m really craving some honey for this. I should start keeping some at work.
This oolong is spring-like with a brisk astringency and mild spiciness that I’m trying to decide whether I like or not. There is a bit of creaminess and strong floral note, which reminds me of jasmine. There is a mineral quality to the aftertaste.
Sad sipdown! I probably should have bought more of this with my last order. This definitely is the never-ending gobstopper of tea. It’s always changing. A different aspect is highlighted every time I drink it.Ah well! I’m sticking to promise to myself not. To do any on-line ordering until Black Friday. The blends sale is not helping me in this. Lol! So far I’m strong.
I made an extra strong 3 steeps of this in the morning during work. I really enjoy this one. See other notes for details.
I got an oz of this and an oz of Mom’s Apple pie when I bought a Timolino recently. I like these pearls. 4 to my cup at work seems to be a good thing. 3 is too weak. I like how the black tea and jasmine in this seem to bring out some cocoa flavors- at least to me. I never really like jasmine in combo with green tea, but with black tea it’s heavenly.
What a beautiful tea! I love their shape and hw they blossom out when steeped. The flavor was very much like vegetable soup- I do pick up artichoke and spinach. It is the teensiest bit creamy and there is a distinctive, but light citric note. It also tastes very mineral toward the end of the cup.
I haven’t had this one in a while, but decided to try it with a little bit of honey and coconut almond milk. It’s good, but I think I really need to try this one with real milk at least once no matter if it drives my stomach a little crazy.Also I’m really liking teas with guranse bases. I need to try some straight ones.
Thanks, Nicole_Martin for this tea. This is pretty darn smoky! I drank the first half of the cup unsweetened and smoke was all I got. After reading Lala’s recent note, I added honey to the second half and the lemon flavor really popped! I may be getting a little blueberry in the background, but I may be imagining it just because I’m trying so hard to detect it. I don’t usually like smoky teas, but this one isn’t so bad.
Obviously I didn’t read the descriptin before trying this. Here I am expecting basically one- note cinnamon kind of flavor, spicy and warm. When I sipped it I was surprised my the coolness of mint! It is a cosy blend, but I think I’ll have to have this again when I’m in the mood for mint.
However this actually does go pretty well with the fig muffins I made this morning. Hmmm…