1549 Tasting Notes
Well. Ahem. Uhh. It seems I’m feeling shy all of a sudden. Like a lanky teen with a crush on the sophisticated exchange student in class and a wardrobe to match the Queen’s.
I swear. This tea is just phenomenal. So layered and complex I don’t even know where to begin. I fear that I’ll just end up stuttering and asking for it’s autograph instead… so I’ll just throw out some basic descriptors, for now: cigars. boys club. smoke. malt. very mild astringency. lingering menthol effect long after the sip. Smooth like silk covering patchy terrain. Oh and let’s not forget the intoxicating aroma. and how I feel as if I’ve just consumed a tumbler of 50 yr old scotch!
Thank you so very much for the sample Joseph Wesley. You are incredibly generous and I could not be more grateful!
Folks, this here is a company who knows how to deliver impeccable customer service and has a superb product that I would recommend to anyone. Bravo!
Of all the days for me to get sick… on the coldest day of they year, when I need to be at the top of my game for a consulting gig I got. Aghhhhh!!
Can’t taste much of anything today so I chose something with strong flavours that I knew would punch through. and it did. Tastes just like that medicine I had as a kid. I don’t mind, it was the best part of being sick! like candy haha. Maybe I can fool my brain into thinking I’ve medicated myself…
Welps, back to work for me!
I need try this side by side with Peppermint Bark. I know these are different teas but their profile isn’t strong enough in my memory to determine how much or in what ways.
This is good. Lukewarm, it’s minty and refreshing. I can SO picture myself standing on a Swiss mountaintop drinking it!
Cooled entirely, it’s quite a bit creamier with less of that round sweet note that comes along with mint blends (which is good, better this way I think)
Yeah, I will definitely enjoy the rest of this sample! unless someone else wants to try it.
I was curious about this one… an unflavoured from the great DT… how novel!
Only it is not quite what I expected. It’s certainly a black tea, but my buds tell me its flavoured somehow. I mean, it kinda reminds me of Queen Catherine in a way, but more like THE Queen is the real deal whereas they came up with the Queen’s Breakfast through synthetic processes.
Yup. There’s a distinct note of some nondescript additive that really doesn’t point a finger at anything. Maybe I need to find the sweet spot.
Still a drinkable cup though.
Dangnabit I did it again!! This tea… well it keeps sweeping me off my feet like a giggly teen. Sheesh, get a grip already IB!
Fine. But this time I am rating it.
The funny part is that as ahhhhmazing as it is, I can’t have it with milk since its just too darn tasty for that. OK well maybe a tiny little splash to bring out the tobacco note. But it certainly does not fill my craving for a rich, malty, Assam tea. Sheesh. Even the perfect tea isn’t perfect. I guess every tea snob gets to have a diva moment, right??
(and no, this tea is not what I would consider malty, contrary to their description)
Oh wow this is definitely a tea that needs some sweetener to bring it to “that” place. But I’m ok with that. Not all teas can get there so it does quite well in my books!
This time around, I really feel as if I’ve eaten a ginger cookie, only a bready one. A ginger bun? ha!
I kinda forgot about this one over the holidays, with all the craziness I was in some sort of autopilot mode. Too bad, I would have loved to indulge in this on xmas eve. Ah well I still have second Christmas. (I’m part Ukrainian so we usually get two dinners muahahaha)
ps. rating bump :P
I’m sad. This is the only Assam tea I have in my cupboard at the moment.
So yeah, it is pretty much the only reason I’ll break my purchase ban. Esp during winter, I
like need to have multiple Assam(and sometimes Ceylon) options.
Well, I do have Taiwanese Assam but I don’t think that really counts since it has an entirely different profile and what I often crave is a brisk malty tea to enjoy a la dairy. Today, this was a tad too coppery for what I wanted but it was my only option if I wanted my milk n tea. It did the job, for the most part!
Sighs. Ok folks that is the end of the review. Moving onwards with the personal rant now.
I really needed my Assam this morning. Our furnace broke down last night so I am exhausted. Staying warm all day long when you’re stuck at a computer is hard work!! Despite mainlining tea and soup, and boiling water on the stove, I was not able to stop shivering.
The repair guy fixed it hours ago, but only temporarily. Apparently the darn thing is only functioning at 60-70%.
Add to that an illness in the family circle and a death in the extended family (nobody close, but it was very sad) and well lets just say that you could play the tension with a pick and snap the string.
Hopefully this nightmare of a week won’t spell the layout of my 2014!
What an interesting tea!! Big thanks to Ssajami for the most generous sample!
On to the tea:
I’ve never had Saffron before so had no idea what to expect. I made Mum try some and she was amazed that it tasted exactly like the Saffron she remembers.
Myself, I thought it was a bit odd while hot. Very slightly bitter with an almond like base overtop the green tea and a sweet note that reminds me of vanilla.
Of course, I then left it too cool, and found that I really enjoyed it!! This way, I got more of a pudding like feel. Slightly eggy with a marzipan finish.
Sadly, I’m feeling a little cautious, as that “eggy” note is how I once regarded certain Jasmine teas, which eventually started to make me feel ill. Maybe if I don’t indulge very often my tummy won’t notice? lol
I’ve tried this twice now and still my palate can’t decide what to think. Hot, I really don’t care for it. It has a medicinal sweet note (probably from the licorice and peppermint) that reminds me of herbal throat remedies that I partake in only when necessary and can’t really taste at the time anyhow.
Cooled, its significantly better. I can taste the puerh, and while it doesn’t taste fishy at all, it has the mouthfeel of fishiness. I know that makes no sense but it’s true!
Anyhow. It also has a more biting mint note at that point, which I do appreciate. The vanilla seems to round things out a bit. I’m not sure where the ginger comes in though, it must be hidden underneath everything.
Actually now that I think about it, all the ingredients here are known to contribute sweetness to a blend so perhaps its the combination that irks me…
A touch of sugar seemed to help a bit. Next time I’ll remember to let it cool entirely before sipping, so I don’t bias anything.