751 Tasting Notes
This smells soooo smoky. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not. It was one of those teas that I had a hard time getting past my nose. At 30 seconds, there is a savory smoke but not too strong. Similarly at 60 and 90 seconds, the background darkness is there and while there is a bit more smoke, it isn’t nearly as strong as the scent would indicate. It still never got to be really good for me – too much smoke. But very happy to be able to try it though the awesome generosity of boychik!
I fished in and got one of the tea shakers (supposedly for my mom but I can’t get it to work very well yet) and while I was at it, I picked up some of this. This is super good. Full bodied, malty and dark with no discernible smoke. I can’t say that I’ll order again without a sale but if a sale were to come around… The sales experience was super, though. Chris was very responsive and exceedingly fast with his emails.
I had this at the shop today, iced. I was trying to decide if I needed to buy some of it to take home. I ended up deciding not to. It was good, but I wasn’t sure if I loved it 2 ounces and $20 worth.
It was more fermented tasting than most teas I’ve had. Not malty so much as fermented. It wasn’t a bad thing by far. It gave the tea a sweetness and mellowed it out. I didn’t pick up any smoke, which was good. :) It was rich and thick feeling, even iced. If it had been available in 1 ounce or less expensive, I might well have come home with some.
I picked this one up at the Palais des Thes store. I didn’t even realize at the time that it was not their tea but another company. No matter – this smelled soooo good.
It was very tasty hot, but even better cold. Blueberry with mild coconut hot but as it cools off a buttery note sneaks in. I think this is one to be careful with as it could be bitter if not handled with attention. But I will enjoy this tin, I think. Trying a cold steep of the used leaves tonight.
Oh, and here’s a picture of how bad I was on my trip…http://s1165.photobucket.com/user/dagony/media/Tea%20collection/IMG_3464_zpsed958e8c.jpg.html?filters[user]=131747557&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0
(oh, and I should note that the tiny adorable little pot there is not my doing…someone sneaky and exceedingly generous gave that to me while I was there…:)
I didn’t buy any of this to take home but this is the pot I had with lunch. It was well steeped and the leaves were not left in the pot, which is probably a good thing as this seemed like it could get very bitter. It was a nice light golden color and was slightly astringent with a sharp taste. It was a good Ceylon, and for me, that’s saying something unusual. :)
You guys! So. Much. Tea. I’m going to be glad I brought just enough clothes and I can wad them up on the way back along with a spare empty bag to use as a carry on.
I must not have done my homework well enough because I completely missed that there was a Palais des Thes store in NYC. I stumbled across it completely by accident. We had just had lunch on 71st & Columbus after leaving Central Park. Decided to walk a bit south on Columbus since there was a Magnolia Bakery location within a couple of blocks. Couldn’t find a cab right off so went ahead and walked down a little further and there it was!!
They were sampling this one. It was really, really good. Steeped very well, not bitter at all, medium bergamot with a really nice base. The ladies in the store were super nice as well. This is their smaller boutique store. Apparently there is a larger store in Soho. So happy to have stumbled across this one. I almost bought some of this but decided at the last minute to go with the Blue of London – an Earl with Yunnan. And a couple of other things… My husband is being so patient with all of my tea, chocolate, bakery obsessions… :)
I felt the need to have something wonderful this morning. So I put all that I had left of this fantastic tea in my steeper and brewed up a full 6 cup pot. So smooth, so deep, caramely golden and malty. /contented sigh
I’ve been sipping on it all morning along with some sharp aged cheddar and some garlic-feta dip with crackers. It is hefty and full enough to stand up to strongly flavored food without being overshadowed. And this is the last of this tea in my stash. :( But that means I’ll need to order more once I finish up another couple of Mandala’s teas! Sometimes I think I love to order tea almost as much as I love to drink it. ;)