334 Tasting Notes
Okay, so I’ve been saying that I don’t normally add milk or sugar to teas. I may have to change that assertion. For the past two weeks more nights than not I have been having a 4 cup pot of an Assam or a Ceylon with cream instead of dinner. It’s just what has sounded good. I’ve gone from “using up leftover cream” to buying half-and-half and cream specifically to have with tea. I still don’t like flavored teas with cream (or sugar usually) but this one is definitely yummy with either or both. :)
The downside to having 32 ounces of tea for dinner is that I have to get it over with before about 7:00 or I’ll be up all night making bathroom trips. :)
I get tons of peach. Probably mango, though I’m still not sure that I could pick out a mango flavor from other tropical fruity things. I’ve never thought that marigold blossoms added anything to teas other than making the dry leaves prettier so I don’t really get any floral here. I don’t get much coconut until it cools down then I think that is what I’m tasting. This probably isn’t for someone who doesn’t like coconut at all, but if you just don’t like it a little, the rest of the taste may make up for the coconut.
It might be good iced, but as it cools, a bit of bitterness creeps in. Possibly I oversteeped or maybe the black base is just a little bitter. Dunno. I prefer it hot at this point and that’s a rarity. I generally prefer my fruit blacks cold. (Usually something about warm fruit… blech. I am not a hot cobbler & ice cream fan.)
Bottom line is: This is really tasty and it smells amazing. I would probably like to keep this around but I need to compare it with New Mexico Tea’s Peach & Apricot India Black, which I also lurve. Regardless, this was totally worth adding to my order to get to free shipping level. :)
Pretty much the same as the Earl Grey from Williamson.
Very, very fine CTC.
It has a stronger bergamot than the Earl Grey did and more flavor as well. Between the two I’d prefer this one, but again, nothing I’ll keep on hand.
I had to steep 3 bags before I paid enough attention to not make this really bitter. It steeps very quickly since it is a very, very fine CTC. A stronger smell than flavor of bergamot. It’s okay but nothing I’ll keep on hand. Purchased for the tin and at least it is drinkable. :) It would be okay to take along for a meal out since it will likely steep just fine despite non-optimal water temperatures you usually get at restaurants.
This is a decent, plain black tea. Nothing special but I don’t normally keep English Breakfast on hand so I can’t speak to anything missing or standing out in comparison to something else. It steeps quickly and I think it would be forgiving in less than optimal water temperatures. I can see where it might turn mildly bitter if steeped too long, but overall, it’s a nice CTC type of bag to have on hand. Good for people who want share my tea at work but don’t have the loose leaf brewing stuff on hand themselves. :) Good for throwing in a purse (in a ziploc bag since it isn’t a wrapped sachet or bag) to have on hand in restaurants that don’t “get” tea.
I didn’t taste any paper until I squeezed the bag into the second cup. ;) Normally not a squeezer but the itty-bittyness of the tea was too interesting to not poke at. Should have prodded and squoze it over another container, not over my cup!
The tin is awesome and seems to reseal tightly enough that I wouldn’t worry overmuch about storing other teas in it once the English Breakfast is gone. You aren’t paying for the tea here, by the way – it’s all the tin. I can spend this much on tea that will knock my socks off – without the tin I wouldn’t spend more than grocery store prices on the tea.
I was introduced to this a few years ago by a Pakistani friend at work. When I switched work locations I fell out of the habit of this tea. He is out in my office for the next few months and when I was sharing an Assam with him, I commented on my lack of a good jasmine green to have with Chinese and Thai dishes. He brought me in a spare box of this!
I’m so glad to have found this again. It’s lightly sweet, floral without being harsh and not grassy at all. I’m still going to pick up more of my favorite jasmine white from Shang eventually, but for something I can throw in a cup, not worry about oversteeping and just drink down with spicy Thai, this sure fills the need.
My initial taste was at about 3 1/2 minutes, but I left the bag in the cup for the next 1/2 hour while eating and it never got bitter.
I see I’ve reviewed this before. Perhaps back when I was just getting into this type of tea? I’m not sure how I thought it was light before. Maybe just a different batch. It’s been about a year.
This is simply wonderful. Deeply malty, fruity and cocoa-y. I forgot to look on here to see if I’d had it before when I grabbed the sample with this last order. If I had, I might have sprung for a full tin. It definitely goes on the shopping list now. Must have more than just a sample. Especially now that I’m looking at prices through the lens of per ounce, not just what the immediate cost is. This is comparable to other teas I like for the amount you get. The only downside is that my resteep was very lacking despite leaving it to steep about twice as long as the original time.
Wow. Can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet. I bought it right after they started the Ambessa line – I’m a sucker like that…
I didn’t like it when I first had it. But in the intervening time, my tea tastes have been changing apparently. I dropped one of the bags in my cup at work a couple of weeks ago when I was in a hurry and didn’t really want to pick a tea from my work stash for the morning – I just wanted some brown leaf juice as gmathis would put it. :) I really liked it. So much so that I’ve worked my way through the whole remaining tin in the last week and a half.
It’s a bold, strong blend that smells wonderful in the cup. I’d easily replace this one if I needed to hit the shipping level though I’m not positive I’d place an order specifically for this one – I just have tons of really good basic black teas, even African ones.
Sooo… I’m pretty sure at this point that Ceylons are not my thing, even blended with Assam, which is my thing. This is a good blend, but I need to try it with a lower temp/less time/something different. Straight, no milk or sugar, it was a little more bitter than I enjoy. With a dash of cream it mellowed out quite a bit, though. Sugar was not needed but not a bad addition.
As you may have noticed, I have been drinking more cream and sugar with my teas lately. I’ve been doing them all in pots, trying one cup without any additions, one with sugar, one with cream, one with both and then the rest the way I like best. This one ended up being finished up with a splash of cream in the remaining cups.
I got a whole lot of this one and I don’t remember what I was thinking at the time… It’s undoubtedly drinkable, so it won’t be wasted, but if anyone wants a sample, I have plenty to share!
This is pretty mild in flavor. It’s okay that it is, though. I didn’t want anything heavy to go with Thai and until I get some jasmine pearls or stop by Shang to pick up some of his jasmine white, this is what I got. This may have suffered from being pretty old as well, though I did keep it in the original tin, in the foil liner, in a dark cupboard… under lock and key with a guard tiger… But it is probably at least 3 years old. And I truthfully don’t remember what I thought about it when it was fresher. At any rate, this is one globe from a sipdown and I probably won’t replace it. Mainly because I have to drink way too much of it to justify using a whole globe. :)