325 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Aurelia Fish for this swap sample!
This was a good Golden Monkey. Mild, a tad smoky, middling malty with an average to thick body.
I’ll have to try this next to Harney & Sons when I get another sample from there to see which one I prefer. It was good and I enjoyed it but even after reading my tasting note for the H&S I can’t remember what prompted me to rate that one so highly.
We had this iced today at our tea party. It went over really well. I cold brewed it overnight and it was perfectly yummy by lunchtime. Not a bit of sourness and deliciously strawberry. Iced, I can see that Walter might approve, even without hallucinogens added. :)
I am a fan of frozen mango. :) And I like Della Terra’s mango tea.
I like this blend. I have no idea if I taste papaya or not – I probably can’t swear that I’ve ever had papaya as a fruit. It’s a good blend with the tea base. Smells wonderful.
The rest of this bonus sample that was generously included with my order will likely be served at the summer tea party on Thursday. And I may serve it iced.
When I order again from Mahamosa, I think this will probably go on the to-be-iced list.
So this wasn’t too bad. Those of you who are on a quest for natural tasting raspberry probably won’t find what you are looking for here but if you just want a decently strong black base with a fairly strong raspberry flavor, this is it.
I love raspberries. I am usually not a fan of it in teas. It almost always ends up being too tart. I think the cream flavor balances out the tart in this blend pretty well.
This is a decent vanilla black tea. Almost caramelly in smell and with a sweetish taste.
For the price and taste I think I’d probably keep Harney & Son’s Vanilla Black in the cupboard over this one, but if one were making an order from Mahamosa and wanted something to round it out, this is a good tea.
I had this yesterday as a point of comparison with Steeped Tea’s EGdlC.
This one is better. Not as harsh, more creamy. Still not sure if it’s the best one, but it’s pretty good. Bergamotty, mildly creamy, good tea base. Still leans towards a tendency to astringency but not bad and I could probably go with 2 minutes instead of 3 and reduce that.
This is probably okay to cook with but for the price, you can get a better tea base. This is pretty harsh and to me there is nothing special about it. It’s not undrinkable, it just isn’t a stand-out.
I got it as part of an order to see if I wanted to become a consultant. I think I’ve had enough really great tea over the past couple of years that I can’t bring myself to sell this to other people at the prices Steeped Tea charges. Not when I know that for the same money you can get truly excellent teas.
Got this as a sample with my Verdant order and I am sooooo happy to have it.
This is an absolutely wonderful tea. Sweet, mildly smoky, thick and malty. Unsweetened cocoa-y, not a hint of bitterness, dryness or astringency. Second steep was a bit harsher and not as smooth with more hay/grass quality and more smoke coming to the fore. Not a particularly good smoke, though.
While I much prefer the first steep, the second grew on me. I definitely prefer this to the Laoshan Black.
So, after all the hype I was a little nervous to try this one.
I tried the initial 3-5 second recommended steeping and it tasted like water. Now I was wary of being disappointed. I put the infuser basket back in and tried another 10 seconds. Hm. Nothing much more than before. So I let it go for a full 2 minutes then let it cool down a bit to a comfortable drinking temperature.
It is indeed a wonderful tea. A sweetish, maltish, smooth tea. I am not good usually at picking out individual notes and this tea is no exception. Though from reading other reviews that seems like a feature in this tea – that it all goes together so seamlessly that it is hard to discern separate notes. After that first full cup the wet leaves smelled amazing and strongly of fermentation – sweet and yeasty and malty.
I’ve done 4 cups so far and I think probably because I have to steep it so long I don’t think I’ll get many more. I could be wrong, though. :) I will say that the first cup so far has been the best.
I would happily keep this in my cupboard but it’s a bit on the expensive side compared to other, similar teas that I enjoy as much or more.