328 Tasting Notes
Got this as a free sample with my Steven Smith order that arrived today. It was good. I’m glad I got it as a sample. I almost ordered it but didn’t, knowing that Ceylons are not my most favorite thing. Surprisingly, it was pretty good. Lighter than I like and if I get the astringency then I want a Darjeeling instead. :) But it wasn’t super astringent or bitter, decently smooth and very… tea like. Nothing I’ll order but I’m glad to have tried it.
(Hey, at least I had a sipdown on the Kusmi Golden Yunnan today – and that makes an empty slot plus an empty tin to store the Steven Smith Yunnan in…)
Like it seems many others, I got this as a free sample with one of my recent orders.
It’s okay. It is relatively smooth and not really bitter. I think milk and sugar might drown the tea taste, though, since it really isn’t very strong, even after about 4 minutes steeping. It’s nothing I’d turn down, but nothing I’ll stock up on. Which is probably a good thing, considering that I still have at least 2 Black Friday/Cyber Monday orders to arrive… I don’t need to discover any more must-have teas! :)
Um, yeah, wow. This is seriously good EGC. Majorly creamy, smooth and definitely bergamotty. If I were to have to pick one EGC to have in the cupboard, this would be it. I wish Zen had other teas I liked or wanted to try. I thought I ordered some this past weekend, but scrolling through an embarrassing amount of email order confirmations I don’t see one from them. I guess I’ll see if something comes in the mail soon. :)
Having this this morning before I go for a massage while banana bread bakes in the oven and the cats pace back and forth chirping at birds and begging for attention… all is right with the world. :)
Malty, honey, smooth, juicy goodness.
Glad I’m planning to get more of this… I’m close to a sipdown on it! I only hope I’m not waiting too long to order and it won’t be out of stock.
Okay, so I’ve been saying that I don’t normally add milk or sugar to teas. I may have to change that assertion. For the past two weeks more nights than not I have been having a 4 cup pot of an Assam or a Ceylon with cream instead of dinner. It’s just what has sounded good. I’ve gone from “using up leftover cream” to buying half-and-half and cream specifically to have with tea. I still don’t like flavored teas with cream (or sugar usually) but this one is definitely yummy with either or both. :)
The downside to having 32 ounces of tea for dinner is that I have to get it over with before about 7:00 or I’ll be up all night making bathroom trips. :)
I get tons of peach. Probably mango, though I’m still not sure that I could pick out a mango flavor from other tropical fruity things. I’ve never thought that marigold blossoms added anything to teas other than making the dry leaves prettier so I don’t really get any floral here. I don’t get much coconut until it cools down then I think that is what I’m tasting. This probably isn’t for someone who doesn’t like coconut at all, but if you just don’t like it a little, the rest of the taste may make up for the coconut.
It might be good iced, but as it cools, a bit of bitterness creeps in. Possibly I oversteeped or maybe the black base is just a little bitter. Dunno. I prefer it hot at this point and that’s a rarity. I generally prefer my fruit blacks cold. (Usually something about warm fruit… blech. I am not a hot cobbler & ice cream fan.)
Bottom line is: This is really tasty and it smells amazing. I would probably like to keep this around but I need to compare it with New Mexico Tea’s Peach & Apricot India Black, which I also lurve. Regardless, this was totally worth adding to my order to get to free shipping level. :)
Pretty much the same as the Earl Grey from Williamson.
Very, very fine CTC.
It has a stronger bergamot than the Earl Grey did and more flavor as well. Between the two I’d prefer this one, but again, nothing I’ll keep on hand.
I had to steep 3 bags before I paid enough attention to not make this really bitter. It steeps very quickly since it is a very, very fine CTC. A stronger smell than flavor of bergamot. It’s okay but nothing I’ll keep on hand. Purchased for the tin and at least it is drinkable. :) It would be okay to take along for a meal out since it will likely steep just fine despite non-optimal water temperatures you usually get at restaurants.
This is a decent, plain black tea. Nothing special but I don’t normally keep English Breakfast on hand so I can’t speak to anything missing or standing out in comparison to something else. It steeps quickly and I think it would be forgiving in less than optimal water temperatures. I can see where it might turn mildly bitter if steeped too long, but overall, it’s a nice CTC type of bag to have on hand. Good for people who want share my tea at work but don’t have the loose leaf brewing stuff on hand themselves. :) Good for throwing in a purse (in a ziploc bag since it isn’t a wrapped sachet or bag) to have on hand in restaurants that don’t “get” tea.
I didn’t taste any paper until I squeezed the bag into the second cup. ;) Normally not a squeezer but the itty-bittyness of the tea was too interesting to not poke at. Should have prodded and squoze it over another container, not over my cup!
The tin is awesome and seems to reseal tightly enough that I wouldn’t worry overmuch about storing other teas in it once the English Breakfast is gone. You aren’t paying for the tea here, by the way – it’s all the tin. I can spend this much on tea that will knock my socks off – without the tin I wouldn’t spend more than grocery store prices on the tea.
I was introduced to this a few years ago by a Pakistani friend at work. When I switched work locations I fell out of the habit of this tea. He is out in my office for the next few months and when I was sharing an Assam with him, I commented on my lack of a good jasmine green to have with Chinese and Thai dishes. He brought me in a spare box of this!
I’m so glad to have found this again. It’s lightly sweet, floral without being harsh and not grassy at all. I’m still going to pick up more of my favorite jasmine white from Shang eventually, but for something I can throw in a cup, not worry about oversteeping and just drink down with spicy Thai, this sure fills the need.
My initial taste was at about 3 1/2 minutes, but I left the bag in the cup for the next 1/2 hour while eating and it never got bitter.