1014 Tasting Notes
I haven’t been drinking much tea lately… but I think I’m about to get back into it. I woke up craving a black tea this morning. After carefully considering my options in my cupboard, I decided to give this one a try. This is a nice red-brown amber liquid that has just a little bite, a little smoke, and a tad of sweetness. The fact that I’m enjoying it so much gives me hope that I haven’t completely grown tired of tea, maybe I just needed a break to really appreciate all the nuances again.
Ooh, this I like! I’m not usually too big on green oolongs and I don’t think I’ve had a Four Season oolong before – but this is so good! Light, but flavorful – slightly floral and very creamy. The texture almost reminds me of a milk oolong I’ve had before. Looking forward to several steeps and having this possibly show up on my shopping list.
I’m not sure I’ve had a Dong Ding before… but I was a bit wary of this one for some reason. I like dark oolongs but many times they smell a lot better than they taste for me. This one isn’t half bad. I’m liking it – there is a roasty coffee taste through the middle of the sip that I’m liking. I’m not getting any grape or coconut, but perhaps they will come out in subsequent steeps. As it is, this is good enough to steep at least one more time. Not sure that its a tea I can’t live without, but its nice.
I mixed this up in a giant mug with a little hot water, a bit of sugar, and milk. Pretty good, though I should have used a whisk – its a bit clumpy at the bottom. Still tasty. Hopefully this will help get me out of my tea funk. I’ve been drinking tea lately, but nothing is really tasting that great to me. Maybe a Black Friday order needs to be planned – maybe I just need some new flavors to rotate…
I found a little bit of this tea tucked in the back of my cupboard and it is turning out to be a delightful morning tea. There is a fair amount of malt and heft which I love in a breakfast blend, but there is also a fair amount of astringency – even after adding milk. Hmmm, its good, but I like some of my other breakfast teas better.