2088 Tasting Notes
Travel-mugged this one as well. Definitely more creamy today, so I’ll really have to repeat my comparison, and add Lemon-Lime Cream Tart in there too. Quite tasty though. I think that keeping one of these delicious citrusy-cream teas in my cupboard may be a necessity. Luckily(?) it will be a long time before I run out….
Took a travel mug-ful to watch the boy’s soccer game final (they lost 4-0, sadly). But the tea was good! I’m getting awfully close to a sipdown with this one… I actually intended to grab Cinnamon Roll HB today, which I have considerably more of, but couldn’t find the packet and was in a bit of a rush, so this one got the nod instead. This is one of those I-really-want-to-restock-but-have-too-much-tea types of teas… I have way too many other rooibos/hb blends to drink up before this would be justifiable. Sigh.
Watched “Blink” tonight for the first time! Hoping I don’t dream of scary stone angels…
I sweetened this tonight as I was in such a mood for sweetness. It was alright. The highlight of my evening, though, was that boy said he would try some :) So I served him about 1/2 a cup’s worth, sweetened. He drank it all, but didn’t really have any comments about it except that it tasted like tea, and wasn’t bad, but there are other beverages he’d prefer. Which is fair enough; I don’t really think that flavoured blacks would ever be his thing. I’d be much more likely to lure him in with anything that tastes fruity/juicy. And sweet, haha. Either way, it was nice of him to try it for me :)
My first proper darjeeling?? I’ve only tried one prior, and was not a fan (I think age was a contributor), but this one seems like it has promise! Thanks so much to Boxermama for passing on a sample!
First off, this brews up waaaayyyy lighter than I expected. I’m convinced it’s a green tea, not a black :P Second: what is that sweet smell?! Is that the muscatel that people always talk about with respect to darjeelings? It smells lovely! And delicious! Must drink now.
Oh man. I never would have guessed that this is a black…. nor how absolutely delicious it is! This is great! Mild, sweet, much like a lighter tea than a black, and I’m definitely getting delicious muscatel. This is so good. I’m gulping it down like crazy because it’s delicious. It tastes kind of like the grape-flavoured tea I’ve always wanted, where the grape flavour is realistic instead of artificial. Yeah… this is something I’d buy again. And now, I’m super curious about trying other darjeelings! I’ve given a few straight blacks a chance over the last few days, and this is definitely one of the best and most different. I have a bunch of other teas upstairs with me, and don’t want to drink anything else now because the delicious flavour is lingering so wonderfully.
Nuts. I definitely didn’t need to acquire a taste for yet another type of tea!
Anyhow, thanks so much for letting me try this, Boxermama! I am slowly but steadily trying to get through all the wonderful samples you sent me :D
ETA: Second infusion was alright, but I shouldn’t have let the leaves sit so long. When I finish off my sample of this, I’ll have to make sure I have time to do multiple infusions within a few hours.
Ah, yes, I see here in the description that astringency is to be expected. No wonder it’s not sitting super well with me! Anyways, in the comparison between this and Khongea’s Assam Leaf, this one wins out by the barest margin simply due to being a little bit sweeter. Neither is my favourite sort of black though, given that I prefer my blacks to be ultra-smooth and chocolatey (and with raisin notes if possible, haha!)
Thanks for Boxermama for letting me sample the two of these!
Strange – no description or picture?! I’d fix it but I don’t have the time right now!
Anyhow, thanks to Boxermama for letting me sample this one :) Hopefully I have kept it straight from the other Khongea assam I just brewed up… (we’ll see if I notice any flavour differences?)
Flavourwise, this is a decent straight black tea, to me. I can taste some maltiness, but also some astringency (and I even steeped under the recommended time). The astringency is turning the flavour a bit bitter, which I’m not fond of, so I’m kind of glad I only have samples of both of these, instead of entire packets.
Comparing this to the Khongea Golden Tippy Assam, all I’m picking out as a difference is that the tippy version is perhaps a bit sweeter. The leaf definitely looks different, with the golden tippy version fitting the name, but the overall flavours are very similar.
An interesting taste-test, but as I said, glad to only have small samples as these would not be favourites.
Thanks again Boxermama!
Eh, this one was tasty enough when I drank it yesterday, but definitely not as good as Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake. A good, sweet, dessert-treat tea, but nothing like creme brulee, IMO.
Yum yum yum, tasty in a travel mug. I know it’s kind of a waste to drink such amazing tea that way, but I crave oolongs at work/when I’m writing, and I have surprisingly few green ones (which is ok, but that means the more expensive ones get used like this). I do still re-steep, though, so have had one additional delicious mug this afternoon :)
Yum. I forgot how much I did actually like this one! I’d been put off it for a while thanks to a bad water experience, and of course, I already had bought my 8 oz. or so of it. Anyways, it was great in my travel mug, as expected, and will now be put into my morning travel mug rotation! Hopefully that will use a good bit of it up, since I’ve only successfully swapped out one 2 oz. package of it so far :(
Anyhow, I can’t recall if I’ve ever tried this sweetened with a bit of milk/cream, but I should. Malt just seems to scream out for that sort of thing. That said, it’s great plain, with enough sweetness to be quite enjoyable (which is why I stocked up on it in the first place!)
Hmm. Don’t recall what I thought of this the first time around, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it in my travel mug today (looking at my relatively high rating, I’m guessing that I enjoyed it previously too). Lovely malty chocolatey notes, very reminiscent of Laoshan Black, in my opinion!