New Tasting Notes
Very fragrant malt, a tiny hint of cocoa and a wisp of smoke. This is by far the smoothest and most delicious European-style tea I have ever tasted.
I did not allow myself to buy more when I was in Paris because my stash is honestly ridiculous, but I regret that decision when staring down at the empty tin.
The strength of this black tea jolted me out of a depressive episode yesterday (though of course it came back later) and it is again helping to soothe my system on this beautiful Spring day (lol f*cking hate the spring – does anyone else get Spring depression here?)
Most definitely recommend this for any French tea lovers
right now im drinking the last of this bulang. i have about 4.99g for my raw yixing ive dubbed, Enkil, the ancient vampire of anne rice’s books- the vampire lestat, and queen of the damned. i just love those books, so i thought id honor my pots and her characters, making Enkil my sheng pot, and Akasha my shou.
ya anyways.. after a quick rinse, the tea has loosed lots and is giving off a strong sort of sweet-hay smell.
first steep, and the brew is light, sweet, strong and palatable, with a light yellow liquid.
with just a few sips, the tea qi is already oozing out of me, and i feel soft like a pillow, ha. i wonder if its just that im excited to be back at my gongfu table.. maybe im getting a contact high..
second- the liquor has darkened and the smell is somewhat smokier now which i love, however its not a burning wood smoky, but more like a burning field. the tea has become richer and heavier feeling in the mouth. lots of the initial bite you would expect from a young sheng has actually given way to a rounder, more complex brew, with some astringent activity part way through the sip.
well the tea has come apart in this third steep. i love the strength of the aroma.. this is astringency i like; rounded with some sweetness, but very in your face. < that is from the pot. the cup is less in your face, as you would expect. some bitterness digs at the middle of my tongue and stays there when i sip. the heat & the bulangy-ness is making my feet sweat and i fear my tongue is drying up.
fourth steep- im picking up some cedar on the nose. less astringent, still very flavorful and a little sweetness to balance.
this tea is really great and i think ill be ordering more in the future, as i am now out of it. it always helps me wake up when i feel groggy. i love how this is active in the mouth and tart as f***.
im feeling wide awake and hot and kind of fidgity.. strange how fast the qi hit. im going to drink on, but the review ends here.<
This was another free sample in my recent order and a very nice surprise. I love spices in baking, but I avoid spiced teas like the plague because they usually go way too far and just taste like liquid cinnamon.
Here the emphasis was on the tea, and the spices just served as a pleasant accent. This is a nice approach that I wish more blenders would follow.
Additional notes: I wanted to try the 2016 harvest the day after I finished the last of my 2015 harvest to compare flavors. I tried to steep them the same way. All I can say is both harvests are very similar! Though this is technically a Lapsang Souchong, there is no smoke flavor at all. The ‘wild’ in the name of the tea is more prominent here, since the tangy characteristic of a wild leaf tea is stronger than any smoky flavor. The brew is medium bodied with a starchy/ lighter bread flavor with caramel. I love this type of tea and I need to have a tea like this in my collection. I’m happy I bought this one after trying the sample last year— the flavor hasn’t changed.
Steep #1 // 2 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Tangy
Tea smoothie for the night and mostly it’s just added some sweetness to the other ingredients. Though, that means the peanut butter is standing out more which is nice. With that said, as I near the bottom, the clove and cinnamon is coming out more which is pairing nicely with the chocolate. Omnomnom!
Cold Brew Sipdown (130)!
Wow, holy fucking nope. This is just NOT doable as a cold brew; I made it less than three sips in before just absolutely calling it quits. The pomegranate tastes cloying and artificial, the stevia is out of control, and the fennel is definitely NOT subtle. I thought this was ok hot, but if you’re taking the cold brew into consideration…
Well, then this is the worst thing from the fall collection.
I’m starting to really get into Ceylonese black teas. It took forever, but I’m just now getting to a point where I feel like I’m beginning to appreciate them. Maybe the heat has me reaching for simple, yet flavorful black teas, or maybe I’m just starting to appreciate them for what they are. Anyway, this is the most recent Ceylonese tea I tried. I meant to post this review yesterday, but I got sidetracked and ended up spending my evening listening to music.
I prepared this tea using my normal preparation for non-Chinese black teas. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 3 minutes. I did not perform any additional infusions. I, however, did try a slightly longer infusion length of 4 minutes at one point. The results were not all that different from the initial preparation though, and I actually thought the shorter steep time was a little smoother. I will, therefore, be limiting my review to the initial preparation described above.
In the cup, the infused liquor showed a dark amber. I picked up aromas of caramel, toffee, cream, roasted nuts, molasses, and leather on the nose. In the mouth, I detected a smooth blend of cream, toffee, caramel, molasses, walnut, roasted chestnut, toast, and leather. I also thought I detected a fleeting floral sensation, but couldn’t be sure. The finish was rich and robust with lingering impressions of toast, molasses, caramel, roasted nuts, and leather. There was a slight astringency as well, though it did not particularly distract from the lingering taste sensations.
Honestly, when I think of a typical, unflavored black tea from Sri Lanka, I kind of think of a tea like this one. Seriously, if someone were to sit me down and ask me to describe what I feel to be a totally stereotypical Ceylon black tea, I would point to this tea. That may seem like a knock, especially since I have made my ambivalence toward many Ceylon teas known in the past, but I do not really mean it that way. I just mean that the aroma and flavor profiles are representative of the Ceylonese black teas I have tried over the course of my life. Please understand that I’m not bragging, but if I were to have tried this tea in a blind tasting, I would have know that it was a Ceylon tea. To be perfectly frank, my complaints with Ceylon teas often revolve around astringency and lack of body, and well, I don’t really have those complaints with this tea. It is not too astringent, has a good body with a smooth texture in the mouth, and displays a pleasant, if not particularly complex mix of aromas and flavors. I like it. I wouldn’t call it a great tea, but I do think it is very good.
Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut, Cream, Floral, Leather, Molasses, Toast, Toffee, Walnut
I have actually met Freddie and he gave me a tin of his ABSOLUTELY DELICIOS tea and now I cannot live without it. I am in great admiration of what he has achieved in producing this very wonderful beverage and in the work he is doing to help save the Amazonian rainforest. Well done Fredduie – keep up the good work and , PLEASE, give us more Guayusa
A little late to the party on this one. Got a sample in a grab bag of goodies from W2T about a month or two ago. A little light during the first two steeps, but I stepped up the temperature and steep time on number three to near boiling and got a lot more bang for my buck. Malty notes as well a decent amount of chocolate flavor in there. Not a bad black tea, but I’m not a huge fan of black teas in general.
I just read my tasting note from way long ago bc I thought I didn’t like this tea when I first tried it, but apparently I was in love with it??
Haha well, it’s a p good tea and I totes def taste the blueberry, which is a good thing :)
I’m just super tea-ed out rn bc I’ve had like 5 cups in the past 4 hours or so hahha
Summer of 2017. That is when Game of Throne fans have to wait until the next season. If only you could have heard me wailing when the last season’s final episode aired. . . Game of Thrones is one of those shows that either you are 100% in love with are not at all. I have yet to find a so-so fan. This show is one of the first ones that my hubby and I started to binge on when we first started dating. If you know the show, you can only imagine how uncomfortable that was for us, but we became addicted to the show first episode in. Anyway, let’s chat about this tea-a GoT fandomtea-Drogon from Grimoire Tea.
Imagine a large crisp cold glass of a lemonade strawberry concoction with an orange twist. Now imagine this mixture of flavors with a green tea base, smooth rich and buttery. That is what you get when you drink Summertime Sunset from Akron House Tea Co.
Okay…full disclosure here…I’m far from being a Sweet Tea Guru so when I receive Handcrafted Organic Green Tea Blended For Sweet Tea from Sweet Tea Junkie I’ve been carefully planning on how to tackle this review.
I would like to explain that a bit more. I grew up on PLAIN tea. No matter what kind of tea it is I drink it PLAIN. Even Chai. I’m sure it’s because I was raised about as much of a Yankee as one could grow up! My husband – on the other hand – LOVES Sweet Tea and grew up on that as a child.
Having said that I thought I would share with you my experiences with Handcrafted Organic Green Tea Blended For Sweet Tea from Sweet Tea Junkie. First I would like to come clean and tell you that I sampled this tea straight-up, as-is, and with nothing added – because that is how I roll.
Full Review from Friday!
Rich luxurious vanilla tones that are smooth and decadent start the sip off with a hint of the bergamot here and there with a citrus finish. The black tea base really lays way for the rich flavors to really take the spotlight. Being one that is not a huge bergamot fan, I appreciated the hints here and there but not dominating the brew. The citrus notes were the perfect ending. Each sip is as smooth as the last, even as the tea cools.