Perfect accompaniment to crochet, chocolate & a particularly baroque episode of Midsomer Murders on iView.
90 Tasting Notes
Delicious delicious delicious. This is an exquisitely balanced chai blend, perfect brewed up strong with milk as recommended. I love it!
I am more of an Irish Breakfast type, but I do enjoy a good English Breakfast on occasion. And this IS a good English Breakfast. The brewed leaves are an attractive mix of greens and coppers, with a pleasant fruity scent. The liquor is a robust amber shade with excellent clarity; it tastes bright, smooth and a touch rich/fruity. Even brewing for five full minutes doesn’t make it rough or unpleasant. I haven’t tried adding milk or sugar to it – there is really no need – but I can definitely recommend drinking it alongside a piece of toast with honey, for one of the best breakfasts around.
This is quite a pleasant, relatively robust black tea. Not the most exciting, but ok for everyday drinking or for when you want something that you don’t have to concentrate on too much.quuite nice with milk and sugar as well.
I’ve nearly finished my bag of this and it is still delicious. Thick and robust and just lovely. I’ve been having it with breakfast the last couple of days and it is a great alternative to an Assam type breakfast blend if that’s your cup of tea!
Much darker in colour and rather stronger in flavour compared with other first flush Darjeeling teas. Drinking a cup in comparison with the Arya autumnal flush from last year. The Ruby has a distinctly greener taste, less fruity, although it is also a bit toasty. Less muscatel flavor in teas from this estate? They both have the flavor profile that I associate with Darjeeling but it is subdued. This is a lovely tea to look at, the leaves are extremely long, thick and beautifully twisted.
Enjoying a cup of this in company with some first flush Ruby from the same estate. Wet leaves had aromas of chocolate, kind of keemun-y, and then hints of raspberries. The tea also has keemun like flavors and is more fruity/toasty in flavour compared with the greener taste of the first flush. Liking it a lot. Am sure that these two teas will cure what ails me today (namely a bad headache and lack of tea).
Oh yeah, this is powerful stuff. I forgot! Definitely feeling wide awake now!! Whee!
Boy, the sweetness in the aftertaste is great.
Had a pot of this hen I was out for lunch today. The people at The Groove Train actually put the teabag into e pot of hot water for me! Wow! A lot of times they don’t, despite the fact that I.am.paying.THEM.to.serve.me.tea. WTF.
But I digress.
This is quite a nice chai, heavy on the clovey, star anisey side, a little light on the tea side. I quite often order it when I’m out though, because it’s a good, though predictable, non-powdered chai option.
Pure liquid amber comfort. Just lovely. Going to make a second infusion now.
Comforting and delicious. Perfect for improving my outlook on this gloomy day of howling wind and icy chill… and that’s just my mood. Seriously, this is smooth, malty and just a hint of astringency. Good stuff.
A little sample of this was kindly included in my recent order from Thunderbolt Tea, thanks guys! The leaves are large, twisty and range in colour from copper to black and after infusing they are coppery with hints of green. In taste and smell (dry or brewed) this reminds me more of a Keemun than a Darjeeling, it is smooth and chocolatey with none of the fruity or brisk notes that I normally expect. Very enjoyable.
Super toasty and nutty flavoured. You mainly get the ricey taste and not so much of the green tea. This is a great one to go with food and for the colder weather and you can easily get quite a lot of infusions out of it (the instructions on the bag recommend 20 sec steep times). On the other hand because it is SO toasty, it’s not something I can stand the taste of every day…
This is powerful stuff. As best I could I brewed it as per the directions – I don’t know any Japanese but from looking at the little pictograms and comparing them with pictograms on other packets that also had some English text, I deduced that I should be brewing about a tablespoon of leaf in 50ml of water at 60C, for about 2 minutes. I don’t have any teapots that small… An excuse to buy one perhaps..? … Anyway, so I brewed 2 tbls in 100ml water in a small drinking glass, figuring that it would be okay at the low temperature specified.
Result was about 75ml of the most radioactive looking tea you ever saw… Godzilla drinks this stuff, I’m positive. It’s a cloudy, lurid green. As for the taste, it’s strong and bitter at first, really quite a slap in the face; swallow and you’re rewarded with the most astonishing sweetness in the aftertaste. Quite addictive. Don’t drink it on an empty stomach though; it’s much too strong without something to buffer it.
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Ok, I make this tea so I’m naturally going to rate it highly, but really – please believe me – it is SO NICE. Shared a big pot wirh friends just before to help settle our tummies after a sticky toffee pudding. Yum.
Pulled out my little yixing for a quiet and restorative series of infusions of this after an insanely busy morning of baking and baby disruption (slightly more of the former than the latter fortunately). Cinnamon, honey and peach notes were, well, noted. Only had the time for 3 infusions so far but will see if I can get a couple more out of it later.
This now also has some slightly elderly dried orange peel in it, that was sitting in the cupboard from when I did my first experiment with drying the peel. Enjoying the slightly sweet aftertaste.
Had a yummy cup of this on the go this evening when I was trying to walk my baby to sleep (didn’t work, but the tea was good). Splash of milk, terrific!
This is just gross. I can’t even drink it. Musty, weird smell and taste. Leaves that are a real dusty, rusty, dull dark brown. Good-coloured liquor but that’s the only thing it has going for it. It’s rare for me to throw away a pot of tea undrunk but I did last night.
This is not your average run of the mill roasted dandelion… it’s pretty hard core. Mixture of finely- and medium- ground particles, dark brown in colour, brews up a cloudy very dark brown infusion. I’m drinking it plain this morning although it also goes well with milk. It’s a nice toasty flavour, a touch of bitterness which is what I’m really craving for some reason today.
This was just the pick me up I needed earlier this evening chez my mum and dad… Thumbs up.
Had another cup of this this morning, was tossing up between this and the Ti Kuan Yin, this one won because it was already on the bench near my teapot. I was a bit worried actually that 4 minutes might be too long and make it too strong, as I put in quite a heaping teaspoonful into the pot, but it was still very smooth and good to drink. This is definitely a good flavour for the colder weather.