1011 Tasting Notes
I finished up the last of my Ceylon Black this afternoon. I think this is one of the better ceylons I have had as I feel they are usually a bit weaker than I prefer my black tea. There is a definite chocolate note that really complements the additions of milk and sugar. I’ve enjoyed this tea while I’ve had it, but it isn’t one I would necessarily seek out in the future.
I haven’t had this in awhile so I decided to give it a shot. I’m trying it without additions today and I think I like it much better this way. The black tea base is smooth and not bitter at all. There is a definite popcorn taste and texture – sort of a dry, carb presence but not astringent. I am getting just a tad of butter which nicely rounds out the flavor. I’m going to raise the rating because I like it much better without adding anything to it.
I wanted something a bit different tonight so I decided to blend this 50/50 with Harney & Son’s Boston. This is actually a pretty tasty blend. All the flavors are noticeable yet complementary. Initially the cranberry and hazelnut stand out followed by a chocolate/almond aftertaste. I’m not sure how often I’ll try this blend, but it made for a delicious cup before bed.
I’ve had this tea bag in my cupboard for quite awhile. It has been glaring at me, but I’ve been resisting because I don’t usually care for licorice. Strangely though, it sounds really, really good tonight.
Initially the mint hits you very clearly with the sweet licorice not too far behind. Honestly, the licorice in this isn’t the typical candy-like sweetness that I can’t stand. The licorice in this seems to only impart a sweetness instead of an actual flavor.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t buy this again but it isn’t horrible. The more I drink it, the more I kind of like it.
This is a very good Earl, but it isn’t typical as it has lavender added. The lavender is medium in strength with the bergamot just barely more noticeable. The tea base of this tea really is great. I hate when companies add lots of bergamot to cover up the inferior tea base, but when the tea base is nice and smooth the small addition of bergamot is magical. As much as I love Earl Grey, I usually add sweetener and/or milk. However, this is the only Earl Grey I can think of that I really love without anything added. The floral notes of this tea are so perfectly balanced. You should try it at least once!
This is another sample that I received from the very nice people at Joy’s Teaspoon. I chose this one because I absolutely love wine and riesling is a favorite of my husband and I. I was skeptical that this would work out as riesling is a fairly light flavored wine and white tea is obviously a light flavor also…but I was very hopeful that this would be great.
I wasn’t disappointed. The tea is smooth, lightly sweet grape with a floral aftertaste. There was even a hint of the “bite” of wine, but don’t get me wrong, this tea is anything but astringent. I added a very scant pinch of sugar to bring out the natural sweetness, but honestly the tea would have been just fine without it.
It is rare to find a white tea that tastes like I want it to, but this one delivers. If you enjoy wine, even a little bit, you should definitely check out this tea.
This tea isn’t great and it isn’t horrible, just right in the middle. It is a robust black tea that reminds me more of an assam strength than a typical ceylon. This tea is a bit of a blank canvas as in it is great because you can change the flavor dramatically by adding additions. Overall, it reminds me of PG Tips a bit although PG Tips are better in my opinion.
A nice cup if you just want something, but nothing to write home about.