643 Tasting Notes
So I did a side-by-side with this and Mandala’s Flowering Black Tea Cones.
Surprisingly, to me at least, they are actually quite different. Both are definitely Yunnans but this one is slightly sour with a dusty, fermented taste. It’s very thick feeling. Like Mandala’s, these take a long steep without issue.
While both are good, for a smoother, sweeter experience I prefer Mandala’s. For a heartier, more in your face experience, I’d go with YS. :) If I were serving it to tea novices, Mandala wins to get them hooked. For experienced tea-ites, either would be good.
I have been doing a side by side tasting of this with Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company’s Farmer Lee’s Sun Moon Lake. My palate is not very nuanced, I know, but I don’t detect a significant difference between these two at 45 seconds or at 90 seconds. Honey, malty, sweet and sour at the same time. Neither will replace Butiki’s TWMB – lacking that bready, yeasty component. But both excellent teas. When I run out of BTTC’s and if they haven’t gotten any more, I’ll hope that Sanne Tea will still have this one!
This is one of the few teas that I can taste and smell exactly what the vendor’s descriptions say is there. I smell fruits and wood and the flavor is pure malt with vanilla hiding in the background. A sweet finish with mild bitterness that fades quickly.
Truly an awesome Assam blend. This must be kept in my cupboard.
I think 3 1/2-4 minutes is my sweet spot for this tea. Five minutes would get too bitter for me and 3 isn’t strong enough. :)
I’ve had this sample for quite awhile. I just ran across it again when organizing the tea cupboards.
This is a very enjoyable light tea. The jasmine is subdued but definitely there. It is a sweet rather than a floral jasmine. Smooth and overall a refreshing cup.
Hm. Could have sworn I tried this one previously but I don’t see it. This was a generous sample included by Garret in my recent order. Delicious, smooth, darkly sweet and fruity with a significant amount of malt. This one was sipped over the course of the entire day and it was equally tasty once it cooled off.
So… I finally got around to trying this. And it’s… okay.
Love the sparkles – those don’t disappoint. And the side of my hand was silver dusted when I reached in the bag for tea. :)
The flavor is fine. Nothing awesome, nothing really unusual going on. And I generally prefer stronger bergamot. Glad to have some to try and I’ll experiment with steeping a bit.
Grabbed this one mainly because it was pretty. :) It does keep things hot for a few hours. Not nearly as long as the Ikea thermos but you can’t drink directly from the Ikea thermos like you can from this one. I got the one with the sip top. It isn’t very watertight either so don’t just throw it in a tote bag and hope it stays upright. :) Overall I’m happy with it and it will see a lot of use on road trips.