1299 Tasting Notes
oh yeah, this is good stuff. A regular black tea with extremely subtle complexities. I’m not adept enough at identifying flavours but I can taste the spice note mentioned by Daniil and now that it’s pointed out I can tell that it is indeed cardamom or something similar. The maltiness is very nice as well, very mild yet lasting throughout the entire sip.
The astringency is a tad too much for me but then the girl made my tea extra strong so it could be a function of too many leaves.
Now that I’ve had most of the cup, the spice note is building in the aftertaste the way spicy foods do as you get into the meal. Very nice! I’m impressed.
The floral note is the most subtle of them all. I would not have noticed if it wasn’t in the description.
Ok so DT’s just made up for some of their failings with this one, in my books. The only issue I have that everything is so mild, as I prefer more bold teas.
I wonder, why am I the only one to find this one so very satisfying??
Hrm, I’m not sure about this. The black currant sings through, but I added some agave to help it along. I think it’s kindof like peach teas where even if it’s great, I would still prefer something else in that vein, only a different flavour.
Blueberry is not a flavour I really love, and this reminds me very much of blueberry.
Otherwise, the tea itself is good. A little sour, but not astringent really… I think it comes from the currant.
There is also a very fresh note, and a lively refreshing aftertaste that I actually like. If this tea had strawberry flavouring instead, it would have gotten top marks! so 85on the tea, and 75 on currant flavour (lower because I had to add sweetener)… which brings it to a nice middle ground of 80. I’m glad to have tried it, as always! :)
wow, peaches!!! the essence was quite strong here. More so than in yesterdays white tea, by volumes.
The oolong base was nice as well… I feel that this is a MUCH nicer base than they used in the plum tea. It’s more crisp and defined, and really allows the peach to dance around, making it a bit more complex. Oh and the cream part… I can find that to. Very nice! mild, hiding in the back, but perfect for the blend.
Now, despite all of this, I’ve decided that I am not a big fan of peach tea. I can see how someone might fall in love with it… it has all the qualities necessary for that! it’s just is not “the one” for me. Still, I’m thrilled to have tried it! and that I’m beginning to learn my tea tastes a bit better now.
Ah I finally found a true “chocolate” note in tea!!! well, in a pure tea without any adds that is. I was getting a bit sad that it hadn’t happened yet… but there is a definite chocolate essence here. It’s a little sweet and malty all at once—no sugar added. Of course, I tried some with milk and it only enhanced the creamy chocolate note. There is also a very fresh tasting note, that I think comes from the early flush.
The colour is a gorgeous red amber. Shame I was at work, I could have stared at that cup for an hour (take from that what you will…)
And it held up under two steeps! I wasn’t up for a third but I am sure it would have done well there to.
Overall, it is not my perfect tea. It’s missing something but I’m not quite sure what! Maybe the depth isn’t enough??
Oh well, I still love it! definitely a mood tea though
this blew me away!!!! wow. amazing. love it!!
Another one on my “to purchase” list :)
It’s naturally sweet with smoky and floral notes… sortof like a smoky milk oolong without the milk essence, just the sweetness that comes with it. Sugar or honey could never achieve that subtle pure taste! and it’s complex all on it’s own! I love that part :)
mmmmm soooo good! Well, outta time. I’ll write more next time!
This was… boring! and a bit earthy? made me wonder if there was any bergamot in it…
So, I think I may have found another black tea that I dislike. There is no character, no sass… or identifying features whatsoever, unless you consider plain-ness a feature!
even with milk it was barely drinkable, but I did finish the cup. Oh well. Fingers crossed for the black currant and orange pekoe! the only other teas in the pack that I look forward to tasting.
I don’t know WHAT got into me but something compulsed (did I just make up a word?) me to have this tea. I bargained with myself, I proposed other, better teas… I looked at the ingredients and saw cinnamon and vanilla “flavouring” and even still, nothing could persuade my fool craving away from indulging an unworthy tea!
This was my last bagged tea purchase(and love) before I went all looseleaf so it holds a special place in my cupboard but I’m not sure if that’s one of disdain or fond memories!
And ya know what? it has got to be my sentimentality kicking in but this is pretty darn good for a bagged tea. Smooth and chocolatey… caffeine free… maybe I won’t throw it out after all. The only part that really niggles at me is the “flavour” part in the ingredients. Ya just know that means it’s fake! *sighs
ehhhh. So I’m nearing the end of my package (I only had a 25g sample) and I think most of the chickory slid to the bottom. This was not nearly as good as my last brew but I’m gonna leave the rating as is.
It kept me going through the afternoon so that is what matters! what a shame though… does that mean the rest of the bag is going to be worse with every cup???