626 Tasting Notes
This smells a lot like an Assam to me. And the flavor reminds me of one as well. I didn’t get any toffee, but there is a sweet maltiness to it. It would hold up well to cream and sugar if one desired. I did 1 1/2 teaspoons for 3 minutes rather than the recommended 4-5. I think at 4-5 you could probably spackle the wall with this it would be so strong.
It’s good but nothing I’d pick up to keep around. Thanks for sharing this, Maddy Barone :)
This dry leaf smells strongly of new hay. The leaves are absolutely gorgeous. 3-4 shades of green and brown all coiling around each other. The taste almost reminds me of an unroasted oolong or moderately strong green. This is lightly roasty and mildly fermented. It is an extremely interesting tea that I would grab more of in the future.
Thanks so much for sharing this, KS!
I figured when I saw this in the wonderful package KS sent to me that I would have a good chance of liking this one. Second, summer, autumn flushes – those are what I like in a Darjeeling.
This is very nice. It’s strong. Musty like the white film on grapes. It wouldn’t be my favorite but it’s certainly a very good example of the flush and type. It doesn’t beat my beloved Sungma but I’m still looking for its equal. :)
This is quite nice. The dry scent is deeply straw and horse. The taste is lightly smoky but not objectionably so – the scent of smoke in the steeped liquor is stronger than the taste. The horse is still there – like the scent of a horse that has been running. Also a smooth, buttery richness. Very nice. Not sure I’d keep it on hand, but a very good cup.
I’m having this tonight since I’m having a bit of acid reflux flare up lately and while I’m on meds it’s usually best to avoid caffeine. I hope it isn’t tannins + caffeine. :( This is my first black tea in days and it’s been killing me. I’ve had Honeysuckle White from Shang and Strawberry Green from Kusmi – both fine but they sure aren’t my beloved Yunnans or Bi Luo Chun blacks.
Luckily this is one tasty decaf black. :) I forgot I just got some more or I would have been drinking it for several days now!
To those who have sent me teas or swapped with me lately, I promise I’ll get to your teas in a couple of weeks. :)
I like this one. It’s got a good, solid vanilla but it doesn’t taste chemical or fake and the Golden Monkey comes through quite nicely. I think this and Minted Monkey are the only non-straight GMs I’ve had. While overall I still prefer them straight, these two from Tippy’s are really solid offerings. I think this tea also settles for me that I like Madagascar vanilla but not Bourbon vanilla.
I do like this hot. It tastes… sumptuous and decadent. But I made some before I got distracted today. Went off to my hair appointment and it sat on the counter for an hour or so. Completely cold when I returned. Not luxurious so much now but seriously floral and heavily bergamot. It’s official. I like this one hot and really like it cold. :)
Ost was nice enough to share this. I really did drink this some time ago. I just now ran across my tasting note that I jotted down while at work! :)
I may have oversteeped but this isn’t going to be my thing. I like my GM smooth and sweet. This was very harsh with a smoky smell and an ashy taste. Glad to have tried it but it’s another Teavana that I don’t need to worry about getting any of!