New Tasting Notes
This is an enjoyable middle-aged tea. While it may not have the same depth that gushu does, it’s not at all lacking in complexity. There is smoke, meaty flowers, peat moss, and even a hint of fresh bread. Soup is dark orange, not a terrible amount of qi, but it is smooth and has plenty of huigan.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Peat Moss, Smoke
This is the second new offer from Verdant that I’ve drank and I’m not feeling it.
There isn’t any floral notes that I associate with TGY teas :/
The liquid is thick like an Assam and brew rather quick so I ended up switching to 12 second steeps because it was a bit strong. The end result was essentially a honey black tea. With 90c at 12 seconds it was smooth, but at 100c for 10+ seconds there were dry and bitter notes.
I had to test this tea pretty thoroughly because of the sales going on as well as my new thing is to send off teas that I don’t particular become fond of to others. I’ll try to find this a place were someone likes there blacks to be a bit bold (though, I love me a bold Dian Hong)
I am finally getting around to trying this tea. I’ve seen it in several stores, and decided to buy it last night. It’s very good, the flavor reminds me of a Dian Hong…sweet potato, maybe…malty, but somewhat sweet. The caffeine level is good, it’s not smacking me in the face, but it’s doing the job of gently waking me up on an easy Saturday morning.
This is a very tasty tea with little bitterness or astringency. The sakura cherry flavor profile is quite nice, if a little muted. I added sugar to this one and it really brings out the flavors nicely. I see Yunomi is now out of stock on this item. I would definitely buy this one again, I only bought 50g of it. It came in a can marked only in Japanese. There was a plastic bag around the can, that was marked. I wrote on the bottom of the can to identify it in the future. While the Japanese aren’t known for their black teas I have found the black teas I get from them to be excellent.
I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 mini.
Don’t know how long we’ve carried the Teavana Earl Grey at my store, but it’s been a long time and I’ve yet to try it. And Earl Grey is one of my favorite black teas! A smooth, lightly sweet Earl Grey. Would recommend because I would always recommend Earl Grey.
Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Pepper
I brewed this tea according to the instructions on the bag. However, I’m just noticing right now that online it is recommended to infuse for 4-5 minutes. I will try infusing for that length of time next time I drink it. There are some pretty incredible flavours (smokey, woodsy, fruity) that are peeking out but they just aren’t bold enough in this brew.
This tea is growing on me! I’m on my third cup of the day. Really tasting the raspberries. I don’t generally care for fruity teas because I find them overwhelmingly sweet, but this tea is still light enough to be drinkable. Steeped for ten minutes during the car ride. The caffeine can kick in any time it wants to…
Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Licorice, Raspberry, Straw, Sweet
The smell of the dry leaves is excellent. This tea has a mild and slightly sweet mint taste.
I used 2 tsp for 12 oz of water and it was a bit weak. next time I will try using 1 tsp for every 4 oz so it is a bit stronger.
I think I like peppermint tea better than Moroccan Mint.
Mmmmm, made this as a latte the other night. I have to go back and grab a huge amount of this tea now, as that was an amazing experience! I have to make more of those! NOM NOM NOM NOM! If you haven’t had this as a latte, DO IT! (same for Gold Rush)
I used more tea for the latte, and I let it steep a long time. It did come out very milky in colour, but that is because the tea itself doesn’t brew up that dark to start. Making this a latte is kind of like the banana bread having icing on it. YUM!
I’m so happy that there are a few teas this season that I like, even though technically this is a repeat. Tip: do not use gravity steeper for this tea. Use a bag, though my perfect mug infuser seemed to clean up ok.
Adamo doesn’t put preparation instructions on the bag. There is no ingredient list on this bag either. I don’t know much about southern sweet tea so I wasn’t even sure what type of tea it was. It looked like there was some black tea dust and fannings mixed with medium sized leaves that were green. I wasn’t sure if the green leaves were even tea or something else. Before steeping the tea I went on line to see if I could get information on southern sweet tea and it sounds like this is popular in the southern United States and they mix lots of sugar to the tea then serve it with ice. However, I wanted to make the tea hot with no sugar and I still wasn’t sure what was in the tea so I prepared it with 90 C water for 3 minutes.
There were so much dust in and fannings in the tea that I ended up having a lot of particles at the bottom that escaped through my very fine infuser.
The tea didn’t taste bad but it was a bit wierd. Maybe it would have tasted better if I prepared it with sugar.
Shae sent this to me to try…I can’t remember if I saw this in her cupboard and requested or if she chose it for me. Though really, that doesn’t matter. This is a really nice tea, though I am not really getting any pear flavour….more apple and spice. Still, it is quite tasty. I love how it smells in the bag. The nutty aspect comes out to me more in a full body starchy way, rather than a direct nutty taste.
I’m glad I as able to try this. :)
Wasteful sipdown. This was the third oldest tea in my virtual cupboard. I had a 25g pre-packaged amount that I got on clearance back in the day casually hanging out in my mom’s cupboard. I originally loved this tea. Thought it outshone Mulberry Magic. However, the more I drank it, the stranger it got. It went from pistachio pudding to beet tops and a creamy note that made me ever so slightly nauseated. So I left it for two years.
Now, sipping on this, I’m revisiting those same nauseating sensations. It’s just not sitting well with me. It tastes fresher than I expected but still inevitably got a tad stale.
I did that terrible thing that I seldom do and dumped the remaining dry leaf into the garbage can. 20g untouched. C’est la vie.
Additional notes: I wanted to try this one again with 1 1/2 teaspoons rather than with two teaspoons that I had a few days ago. The two teaspoons definitely were not too many leaves, but I like experimenting with tea! These three steeps had a slightly tamer flavor than last time, but I almost liked it better with the last steep session and stronger flavor. Maybe 1 3/4 teaspoons would work best? This is still completely coconut yet again for me, so I’m glad I noticed the coconut with both steep sessions. It’s so unique!
Additional notes: Yes, I’m sipping this one again so soon after my sample (well, having the same tea in the same month is very soon for me, anyway!) I must have had the perfect mix of ingredients in my sample last time, as well as the perfect steep parameters. This time it wasn’t as magical. I tried to mix up the pouch to get a good sample of ingredients, but I don’t think that happened. I tried to follow how I steeped it the last time too, other than only using two teaspoons rather than 2 1/2. I really don’t want to use that many teaspoons every time. But next time I will to see if the magic comes back with 2 1/2 teaspoons. Still love it though!
My daughter, Superanna, is really amazing about supporting my tea habit. She brought this tea with her for Thanksgiving yesterday.
The packaging is gorgeous. The tin is a really nice double lidded one that will definitely be getting reused when the tea is gone.
The aroma of the tea is really great upon opening, and the main thing I smell is fresh orange, like the spray of orange juice in your face when you are peeling a fresh orange.
I was surprised that sugar is listed as one of the ingredients in this tea. I don’t think I have ever seen that in a Mariage Freres before. But there must not be a lot of it there. I think it would have really leapt out at me since I don’t add sugar to my tea.
The tea has that fresh orange taste and there is a hint of the hazelnut as well as the bevy of other flavors which I have found to be very done by French tea blenders in the past. Just as with perfume, they know how to mix lots of flavors and end up with layers instead of a mishmash.
My daughter was surprised at how much she liked it. She really doesn’t care for black tea, mostly white and green, but she loved the smell of this and said that the base didn’t taste like a black tea to her. It was a nice, mild base rather than one of the astringent ones that I particularly find in a lot of French teas.
Very nice indeed and very Christmas-y.