407 Tasting Notes
It’s rainy; it’s been dark and rainy all day (though not really cold, just slightly chilled). This was my post dinner tea. Trying to use it up and still have something I like for the evening. :)
In an unusual choice for me I added a sugar cube and a drizzle of cream to two of the cups. Then one I had plain, one with just sugar and one with just cream. I don’t often have tea with milk of any kind but I do love the way the cream looks as it spirals through the cup. An entire pot of tea will probably make me get up 3 or 4 times tonight but it was tasty and worth it. :) And the sugar kept me out of the Halloween candy!
Mmm. This one smells malty and rich when steeped. I used my normal heaping teaspoon in about 10 ounces of water. The leaves are on the small side but the flavor is not. This is a good cup. I’d keep it in my rotation of Assams.
And on a good note, the doctor followup went well. Everything well below danger level – cholesterol, sugars, the whole works. Whew. The only inconvenient directive I got was to exercise. So this is now my 3rd cup of tea since I got home 2 hours ago. Wooohooo for caffeine! And anecdotally for black tea which I chose to believe has been keeping my cholesterol down. ;)
This is very reminiscent of a green tea in a lot of ways. The leaves are very, very green and the liquid is light golden. It is very light, very mildly astringent and fruity. I don’t often drink first flushes so I don’t have a lot of points of comparison but this is nice.
There we go. More leaf at 3 minutes is the sweet spot for a practically perfect cup for me. Upping the rating to reflect that. I don’t think I mentioned last time how pretty the dry leaf is. A wide range of colors – reminds me of a Darjeeling just from the look.
Malty, smooth, a bit dusty, dark and mildly sweet.
This needs to stay in my cupboard. It was a perfect tea to be the first one after a 20 hour fast so I could have some standard tests done. I seriously missed my tea all day today. Unfortunately I needed to get this done quickly and 4 in the afternoon was the first appointment. Which meant that I ate last at 8 pm last night. I missed tea more than food. I need help.
A very nice tea. Much like a Darjeeling, but not as thick as I think of second flushes as being. It’s very light and mildly vegetal but with a bit of the dryness of Darjeeling in the background. I’ll have to try again and pay a bit more attention to steeping time. I think I did this about 3 1/2 minutes but it could have been longer. I was also cleaning the cat water fountain and may have gotten a bit distracted… :)
Thanks, James, for putting this in with my sample bag. It’s one I’d drink again. I’ll bet when I share this with my Darjeeling fan coworker, he’ll like it as well.
This is not very smoky which is good because I am not a Lapsang fan. When it cools down the smoke becomes more present. But when hot, this is sweet and thick and hay-ey. Reminds me a bit of the Black Pearl from Mountain Tea Co. Also a bit of Laoshan Black but the main difference is that I don’t like Laoshan Black and I really, really like this.
Thanks so much, Sil!
So… I came back from the mini-vacation with either enraged allergies or a cold. I can’t taste much so I’m sticking with something that has enough flavor to break through my stuffy head, nothing that is new to me so I don’t miss something and also nothing that I really, truly love so I don’t waste it. :)
This is a nice, strong cup. I taste the tea, none of the bitter and it’s nice and hot. :)
This was the first tea James let us try at our impromptu tasting session on Tuesday.
It’s a very nice green. Lightly fruity, with a bit of toasty leather to it. Greens are not my thing, really, so I’m not putting a numeric rating on this. My mother quite liked it though and she does like several different greens. :)
So while I was in Texas visiting relatives and buying obscene amounts of chocolate, I had the opportunity to meet with James from Single Origin Teas. He talked about Amba estate and his experience working there. He is truly a wealth of tea knowledge and is very passionate about tea.
We were lucky enough to be able to taste this tea while there. Wow. This is a fantastic tea. We got to try it back to back with the Amba without tea flowers and yes, there is a difference. This is slightly sweeter and smoother. Plus, it’s pretty. :) I think there could be a tendency towards bitterness if oversteeped but just understeeping yielded a lovely cup.
James is good Tea People. Super nice, very gracious and happy to share his tea and his knowledge. I hope his plans and dreams get off the ground and succeed because there can never be too much quality tea!