661 Tasting Notes
This was another in Veronica’s Christmas card! The scent of this was completely misleading to me. There wasn’t much of one and then a nice, moderately malty taste hits. There were some sour notes as well but not in a bad way. This can take a long steep. I forgot about it and it sat for quite awhile. :) It was tasty and I’m glad I have enough for a few more cups!
I have been a little askeered to try this tea. I have read in tons of other reviews about the smoke in keemuns. I didn’t smell any smoke in this, though. It just smelled malty and tasty. I could smell a light pine but didn’t taste it at all, which was fine with me. Tree flavor was another I wasn’t sure I wanted to try. :) But this was lightly fruity with some mild sweet maltiness. This is pretty good. Thanks, Veronica!
I didn’t read any descriptions of this before tasting. All I really identified from this was rose and a very mild bergamot. It’s a nicely moderate floral in a light tea. I think the weight of the tea and the floral were well paired.
Thanks again, Marzipan!
This is quite a decent cup. Bright, steeps quickly, strong. Would likely make a decent cup even with less than optimal steeping conditions, like in a restaurant. Nothing exceptional and I’m not sure I could have told you it was Assam without looking, but it was good. :) Thanks, Sil!
The scent of the dry leaves is strongly floral. The taste is floral but less intensely so than the scent. I didn’t really get that buttery feel but I’ll try again with different steeping parameters. I did get the mild astringency at the end of the sip, though. It’s a very pleasant light oolong. If I can get that butter to come out, it will be a restock for sure.
Thanks, Garret, for the generous sample!
Heavily cinnamon and also clove. The leaves were very fine after going through the mail in a card, so it didn’t take long to steep. :) It smells sweet though I don’t think there is any sugar in this. It’s not bad, even without milk and sugar, which is how I would normally do spiced teas. I added some sugar to the last half a cup but it didn’t seem to bring out any other spices, just made it sweet.
Thanks, carol who for sending this in the Christmas card swap!
To be honest, I did not have this tea from the Estate direct. But I know where I tasted it, they got it from this direct source. So I have high confidence that my experience with it was what you’d get from this listing for the tea.
This was just a wonderful Darjeeling. I can’t remember if I’ve had a Glenburn autumn flush before but what a fantastic introduction. A medium body with stone fruit and a light hit of malt. Once I get over my tea spree guilt I’ll need to get some of this. Along with the instructions for how my host steeped it. :)
T&C TTB Round 2
When not oversteeped, this is quite a nice blend. More malt than I expected but still a light malt. Nice fruity notes and molasses. Oversteep and it turns into why I don’t do Ceylons very often – bitter, bitter, bitter. But done right it’s a good cup.