9 Tasting Notes
Having a rough morning and this really helped cheer me up today. I had the tea-bagged sampler packet from Davidson’s “Classic Tea Sampler”. I’m a regular drinker of Barry’s Irish Tea and this is a weaker version of that (tea bag to tea bag version). Moderate smell from the assam portion and that aroma quickens your pulse just inhaling it after steeping.
Great flavor while drinking, and this doesn’t have any aftertaste when steeped properly. I’m going to do a back to back with Barry’s today and determine which will be my new “everyday” loose leaf irish breakfast.
The first thing that hits you is the amazing smell. Very strong cinnamon and it awakens your taste buds. The actual flavor isnt as strong as the smell but it is still moderate to strong. During the cup the flavor stops making an impact and it becomes thin. The bottom of the cup holds all the goodness that even stirring cant seem to distribute throughout the liquid and the last sip is fantastic and strong again. Reacts well to cold milk. I’ve tried doing the traditional method of boiling milk around the tea (it’s in teabags) but it just doesnt work with this chai, hence a lower than perfect score.
State at consumption: Mug, almond milk, approx 150 degrees after milk added during the start of consumption. Last 1/4 at 115 deg before final sip.
It’s not special but there’s nothing bad about it. In fact, I’d say in its defense that it is a tea of no real downsides at all. Crisp, no aftertaste, clean. It seems like it would respond well to sweetener (I didn’t use any) and if I was served some as a guest somewhere I would be satisfied.
State at time of consumption: Coffee Mug, Silk Almond Milk (just enough to color it lighter) and around 170 deg at time of consumption.
One of my first reviews. I had the teabagged version from their sampler set. Since my “base” for green tea is Tazo Green Tea Tips (I haven’t had any better), I’d say this is on par with that. They both have a slightly fuzzy on tongue aftertaste, but are clean and not bitter. The smell is superior off of the Davidson’s Imperial Green with a slight grassy smell on top of a rich wholesome vapor. I could drink it every day and it is a superior VALUE compared to Tazo (way better price per cup buying teabags or loose leaf bulk), but since my work provides Tazo Green Tips for free, it’s not good enough to get me to change.
State at time of drink: No additives, porcelain cup and around 170 degrees at time of consumption.