1178 Tasting Notes
I would like to thank Martin from LIttle Red Cup Tea Company for providing me with this sample to review. I’ve been very impressed with the teas I have sampled this week.
After a long day of drinking copious amounts of coffee (which is unusual for me) this was a wonderful treat. Had I not known it ahead of time I could have easily mistaken this for a white tea because of it’s gentle flavor. The flavors that I picked up were rather unexpected, there were elements that reminded me of a white tea and others that reminded me more of a green. It also had that buttery flavor and almost silky mouthfeel that I absolutely love. What impressed me beyond the flavor was how well the tea resteeped, I was able to enjoy three cups of tea from one serving of leaf. I wasn’t expecting that out of such an inexpensive tea, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. All of the teas I’ve sampled from Little Red Cup have resteeped very well.
I’m surprised that I haven’t reviewed this tea yet, especially since we go through so much of it that I buy it by the pound now. This has been my my tea of choice for ice tea since I moved to Wisconsin almost five years ago. I love the fact that I can buy my tea from a local company and as an added bonus it is Organic and Fair Trade Certified.
When it comes to black tea Dian Hong style is my favorite. This particular tea has a wonderful bold malty flavor with subtle cocoa notes. Many of my guests find that the flavor is too bold for their tastes, but that is easily solved by resteeping the same Tablespoon of tea several times and mixing it together. With this method I can always produce a flavor for everyone to enjoy (it also means my pound of tea lasts much longer.)
My only complaint about this tea is that the price has nearly doubled since I started buying it (it’s $42/lb from rishi or $33/lb from Amazon.) The price has increased enough that I have begun to look for other options for my everyday tea.