769 Tasting Notes

90

Noms. Mellow, smooth but with a little bite if left to steep for a long time. Not a bad bite, mind you. The first thing that hits is the malt and, wow. A bit of sweetness in the sip but not as strong as the malt. Can’t wait to try again with a bit shorter steep and see if that takes out the bite. Thanks, Indigobloom for sharing this one!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

I think we share a tea heart Nicole :P
Seriously. Assam has been my fave for almost ten years now (odd for me, I change my mind a lot haha)

gmathis

Assam is what good tea was intended to be. The rest is just fluff ;)

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89

Oh my. This is some serious Assam nums. Very malty and with a smooth sweetness. The malt tends to fall off at the cooling end of the cup and a hint of bitter creeps in. The leaf appearance is stunning. Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing some of this delicious tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Wow that was fast :P
Glad it wasn’t just me with the malt factor!! I figured it was my forgetting the time that threw off my cuppa

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91

This is a nice, mildly sweet tea. I can taste the jasmine and the peach both but neither is overwhelming. A mellow, calming tea without bitterness or harshness. Well balanced and delicious.

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100

Ah… back in my cupboard after a long absence. Still tasty as I remember if maybe a bit lighter. Hay and mild malt with sweetness and yeast. Smooth and a bit dusty in the aftertaste and scent.

Double size mugs are the best way to do this tea. And this weather.

Evol Ving Ness

And this weather. I second that.

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100

First things first – this is a gorgeous cup. I love African rosewood and the silver being almost white is such a perfect complement to the wood color. It feels good to hold and the wood keeps the silver from burning my fingers.

I used this for the first time tonight with a Dian Hong. I compared an unglazed clay cup and the silver rosewood cup and a Crimson Lotus silver cup. I wouldn’t have noticed if not doing it side by side like this but there is definitely a moderating influence that this cup exerts on at least this tea. It sat in the pot for a bit longer than desirable. In the unglazed clay cup, it was pretty harsh. It was a bit more mellow in the CL silver cup but in this one it was noticeably smoother and the bitter edges seemed to fade.

I am extremely curious to experiment with other teas in this cup now.

ashmanra

So neat! I see these are out of stock now. Sad! I have a silver teapot and I agree – it does something special.

Rasseru

I love how they resemble coconuts, its a really natural look

AllanK

How do you get it to let you review teaware without saying the word “drank”?

mtchyg

Those are quite possibly the best looking tea cups I have ever seen. I am jealous.

ScottTeaMan

Love these cups…….beautiful! Nice review too. :D

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85

This is a tasty tea. Some sweetness, some sour, but well balanced. The taste lingers on the back of the tongue. A thick feeling tea.

It’s got some bite to it when left to steep. :)

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100

Oh… I may have found my Holy Grail. The search for the elusive replacement for Min River’s JJM may have come to an end. This is a fantastic JJM. It’s cocoa and malt and sweet hay with a medium body. And I’ve had basically a soup bowl full of it. :)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKMVdkahHGE/?taken-by=midwestteafest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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89

This is a favorite. For some reason yesterday in my travel mug, it tasted like Jack & Coke. And before someone asks, no, I have never had anything in the mug but tea. :) I felt like I was doing something illegal by drinking it while I was driving.

Fruit and sugarcane and that touch of fermentation that you get from… well, a decently made Jack and Coke. Or maybe I just need to get back to Vegas soon… :)

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Need to do a side by side with some of their other Assams but this one so far is not a standout. The leaves smell of a strong sweet malt but the flavor is somewhat lackluster. From this first cup, I get a moderate, average black tea. Need to try again. No rating.

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95

Yum. The dry leaf smells like molasses and hay. The flavor is indeed plummy as their description says. A good heft of malt. A very classic taste. I can’t remember any more what the full leaf Nahorhabi from Harney tasted like but being from the same estate, I can’t imagine it was too different and I loved that one as well. Might have been a different flush, though, no idea and Harney only offers broken leaf now, which I don’t care for as much.

Sil

Ian says there’s a package waiting for me for when I get home next week! Thank you thank you!

Sil

need to let me know if there are things i can send your way that you want to try. I haven’t bought as much tea this year, but there are some new things in my cupboard :)

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