1014 Tasting Notes
Well, I just had to make this tonight! I found a Dark Chocolate Breve Creme at the store earlier and when I saw it, I knew that the creamer and this tea were a match made in heaven. This is really good. The mint is still prevalent, but now there is an extra dose of chocolate. Wow, I’m really enjoying this tea tonight!
I decided that a day like today called for the Emperor. Unfortunately, I probably only have enough for one more pot of this delicious tea after today. But, I’m determined to enjoy it while it lasts.
This tea is, as always, a true delight. Very much a roasty, chocolate, and tangy tea that is amazingly unique. I would never have imagined that the combination of those flavors could create a tea that was so delicious.
On a side note: I used a bit of this tea yesterday to make tea eggs. I’d never made them before, but I have to say they turned out pretty tasty. There is a definite chocolatey, tangy presence in the eggs that I’m attributing to this tea.
First of all, thanks to threewhales for sharing this tea with me. This is really awesome! I couldn’t believe the smell of the dry tea: very floral and sweet. After pouring water over the leaves, the honey aroma exploded and I seriously stood over my teapot enjoying the aroma for the entire steep time. This tea is a very rich, honey color, but not at all what you would expect from a black tea. My first sip made me think I was dreaming. This tea couldn’t possibly be that delicious, right?
No, actually it is that delicious and perfect. I love this tea. As others have mentioned, this tea is naturally sweet and light. The taste of orchids is present throughout the end of the sip with the honey sweetness taking over at the beginning. I love that there seems to be a texture to this tea, almost biscuit-like yet smooth. This is certainly a treat and I’m looking forward to subsequent infusions.
This tea does remind me of the Honey Orchid Phoenix oolong from Tao of Tea, but this tea from GM is MUCH, MUCH better! Wow, I just can’t believe how delicious this is!
Second infusion is probably my favorite so far. I find this tea to be rich, slightly buttery, and naturally sweet. I’ve mentioned in the past that Silver Needle tastes like Chamomile should taste and I once again am drawn to that conclusion. I also wanted to mention that these are the fuzziest leaves I’ve seen on a Silver Needle, reaching your hand inside of the pouch results in your hand being covered in soft, downy fuzz.
I finally have Silver Needle back in my cupboard again, thanks to threewhales! I have severely missed having this tea. Very smooth, lightly sweet, and almost a bit buttery (or maybe I’m imagining that…) I also really love the look of this tea: the little fuzzy leaves are so adorable! This is a welcome tea tonight because I’m starting to feel a bit under the weather. Hopefully good tea will pull me through.
I’m really, really glad that honeybush doesn’t get bitter. I kind of forgot about steeping this tea and realized this about 40-50 minutes later. But wow!! This is better than ever. Really tastes like Neapolitan ice cream when all the flavors are starting to melt and mix in the bottom of the bowl. I absolutely love this tonight. Perfect way to end a Monday!
This is really, really good. I’m getting a lot of strawberry and vanilla with a hint of chocolate. It really does taste like Neapolitan ice cream! I knew it would be great though – Frank rocks honeybush! As a result, honeybush has quickly become my nightly vice. Delicious! My cup is disappearing way too fast…
When I first started drinking tea, I had come across a box of bagged chocolate mint oolong which I adored. That tea was delicious and really reminded me of Thin Mint cookies. But, I’ve since realized that putting an oolong in a bag (especially a regular teabag and not a pyramid one) is just not good practice so I won’t be buying those again.
Luckily, Frank just happened to have this tea in his permanent collection! I received my package today and knew that I just had to brew some up immediately. This tea is definitely more mint than chocolate, but the chocolate is still noticeable. I do think this is a great alternative to the bagged tea mentioned above…except this is better than I remember the other tea being. This is really delicious as a latte and I bet is great plain also.
Note to self: this would probably be amazing with a bit of chocolate syrup! Once again, Frank does it again! And the best part is I have another pouch of Frank’s infamous honeybush blends to try later tonight!