519 Tasting Notes
T&C TTB#4: This tea. This tea. I knew it would be trouble just from reading the reviews it’s gotten. I kind of dreaded trying it but at the same time, it had to be tried! Yes. It’s as bad as I thought – yet another tea company that I have to add to the list to buy a tea from! :)
This is amazing. Cinnamon-sugar-cream-pastry-wow!
T&C TTB#3: This smells cakey, sweet and cinnamony. I see a cardamom pod and maybe dried fruit? In taste it is mostly a generic spice cake ruled by cinnamon with a vaguely fruity note. It’s actually pretty decent although I don’t really get any “cake.” I also don’t get much of a tea base that I can isolate but that may just be my jaded and overworked tastebuds. :)
T&C TTB#2: This smells wonderfully raspberry! It has a good taste but it is trending a little towards bitter at the end of the steep. It seems like it is definitely one of those finicky Assams. I even understeeped it per package directions. I don’t know that I’d buy any of this, but it is good. :)
T&C TTB#1: So, I couldn’t resist. I found myself with a couple of hours where I could drink tea! I started with this one. I thought I’d try these teas without looking to see what was expected of them first. :)
When I opened the package I thought I smelled red rooibos, despite the package saying black. And yes, I was right. It smells cherry, despite having that medicinal smell from the rooibos. But in the end, to me, it tastes like cherry medicine. Nope, red rooibos blends are not for me! But it was nice to have the opportunity to try some again to see if my tastes have changed! :)
Oooo… now this is more like it. Golden tipped leaves make a malty, deep brew. I like this better than the Basmatia Estate. Still gets the increasing bitterness as it cools, however. And that could be my steeping error as well. Dunno. I like it. And with half-and-half it reminds me of how much I loved the Assams this winter with cream… a habit I don’t need to fall back into! :)
Now I need to follow this with Harney’s Nahorhabi, though I don’t know what flush theirs is.
Since I had two more people at work wanting to try out teas, I figured I’d grab some samples to do some comparisons while I was doing ordering. Not like I can place a tea order without getting something myself!
This is an okay Assam. Nothing too special, but definitely drinkable. A bit toasty. As it cools, it seems to get stronger and maybe tends a bit to the bitter side. This was only at 1:30. I think at 4-5 min as recommended it would be near undrinkable, at least for me. On to the next!
This was a sample generously included in my order. And one that I’ll have to add to my next order.
This is smooth. Medium gold red color. Hay and dry grass, wheat stalks, medium malt, mainly smooth.
“Like a baby’s behind” smooth. And if you recognize that quote, you have excellent taste in bad movies. :)
Mmm.. Little buttery, little malty, little floral… Others who have said Assam +Darj are very correct. This is an unusual tea without much if any of the dryness typically associated with Darjeelings. While I didn’t try any of the previous Sourenee that Butiki had, this is a very good option from this estate (in my limited experience of 3 Sourenees, anyway).