634 Tasting Notes
So my rating of this has not changed. It’s a great tea. :) I underleafed this on purpose (at least it was underleafing by my standard method) and used only 1 cone for a 6 oz pot. It was lighter than using 2-3, obviously. The flavor was more delicate and not a rich but still smooth and lightly malty. With only one cone, some of the mineral tones came out a bit more.
Here’s a picture of the single cone, flowered in the pot, along with the new tea box I grabbed from Vital Tea Leaf on my most recent order. Had to do something to get that free shipping, right? :)
I have just now gotten around to trying this sample that James sent with my most recent order, several months ago now! The scent in the cup as it sat on my desk kept reminding me of black licorice. It was a tasty cup that I had no idea what to except from. I added some half and half for the last part of the cup and that turned it into a creamy delight. I don’t especially care for the scent but the taste is good!
This is a very good coconut cream, made less impressive by a little chocolate scratch-n-sniff flavor. :)
It’s already creamy. With the addition of some actual cream and minus the chocolate this could have been a favorite coconut. I’m glad to have tried it! Thanks, Flyawaybirdie!
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!