Onto the next packet. I like this, but I am keen to try some other ones soon to see whether they are as good
180 Tasting Notes
This is the best I have made this tea since I started commenting on here. Strange that it is so variable – I think it must jst be very sensitive to brew temperature and time. This was hot water but not boiling (90 degC??) and brewed for 3 mins. And awesome
The Red Cross sent me a tea bag. It’s as if they know me really well! I always thought that a Kenyan and Assam blend would be incredible, but I wasn’t as impressed as I was expecting. That said, the assam flavour was very tasty with tastes of berries. A final comment: I didn’t let it brew long and it went very strong, so ifyou drink this, be careful not to over-brew
That’s the end of that tea as well. Not the best oolong I have, but a solid one and just as good on the second steep as on the first
This tea has been polished off now. I let this get very strong and just added a bit more milk, but it worked okay. A little creamier than I would have like, but nice
Yummy. I wanted a strong-ish green tea flavour before bed, and this was ideal
I never used to like this tea. My friends and I say it tastes of war. Or at least of war films. But I quite like the smokiness now, with a little milk
Two cups. Still a wonderful tea. I’m trying to run it down so I can justify buying some of the Yunnan Gold First Grade Tea from First Class Teas… it sounds incredible
My housemates were keen to have this again. Once you get someone onto a good thing, they don’t like to let it go! And it IS a good thing
I was feeling lazy…
Had 3 cups of this today. I thought I’d try it on some friends, because it’s a great tea for any people who want to try something interesting but still want a “normal” black tea that you can have milk with. They loved it, so we kept topping up the pot!
Opening the packet, the smell was not so grassy, but it almost reminded me of oolong. The leaves as well are blue-grey. I was expecting a fluorescent green colour because I have just been drinking sencha, but it has th colour of honey and the smell of the brew is sweet too. I could eat some lemon cake with this for sure. After all that, the taste was a little disappointing. Or at least, not quite what I expected. I’ll have to drink it again to decide what I thnk
The second steep was good as well, but not as strong as the first one. I don’t really know what to expect, but this is prefectly pleasant after a second steep. I didn’t try a third for fear of it being hot water with no flavour whatsoever
This was incredible. A real change from all the gunpowder green tea I have had so much recently. It was strong and a little grassy and not at all bitter. After all the logs on here talking about multiple steeps, I will save the leaves for another steep or two tomorrow – can’t wait!
This was a good way to start my saturday, but I always end up with some tea dust at the bottom of the mug because my strainer isn’t fine enough to cope!
I first bought this from First Class Teas but this time I bought it from Aurora. It’s a fantastic black tea with a really interesting flavour and it doesn’t need milk at all
I have this quite regularly at home as a standard black tea. It’s pretty good really, and my housemate Paul was pleased because I brewed it good and strong
I made this using my infuser so I’d just gt one cup. Left it slightly longer than I normally would, and it was strong but sill not bitter. What a lovely way to finish the evening
Brought back from holiday by some friends, I was initially put off by it looking a bit like cloudy pond water. But it is a nice gentle blend with anise and bilberry taste well balanced with the taste of the tea. You can’t drink this with milk – I did try it once but it wasn’t pleasant!
Using almost boiling water, it took 2 1/2 minutes to brew, and it tasted sweet and fantastic. Any more and it would have got bitter, and this is quite sensitive to brewing time in my experience. Maybe I should use cooler water, I’ll keep experimenting
I drink this a lot at work. I will not tell you every time I do it, it seems a bit unnecessary
I don’t think I have explained… the ingredients in this are Ginger, Pu-erh tea, cloves, chinese date and apple. And it’s still good. I will drink this every day at work now until the packet is gone.
Unlike the darjeeling earlier, I prepared this well, using water at well under boiling point and leaving it for around two minutes. So gooood!
Last year’s first flush darjeeling is starting to lose some of its fresh sweetness, but it’s still one of my favourites. On this occasion I brewed it too long on the first brew and not long enough on the second one, so I was slightly disappointed. I’ll have to drink it again tomorrow and do it better that time!