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So. Pretty!

I’m finding that I really love the way teas with golden tips look. The black and gold just look so amazing and beautiful together… it really makes the experience all the more worthwhile.

Anyway, when I opened this little packet by GM this morning, I was hit with a lot of different and complex yummy notes. Earthy, fruity, dark, complex. Even some sweetness thrown in there for good measure.

The wiry leaves are very pretty; the whole thing just looks high-quality. So I steeped up a teaspoon of this in the IngenuiTEA. The leaves didn’t expand all that much, but they did unfurl a bit, and the resulting cup was a deep copper. Not as dark as some Irish Breakfasts I’ve seen, but still fairly dark.

On first sip I was in happyland. There’s actually a lot of complexity in this cup. It’s fairly smooth at the forefront of the sip, with lots of notes of fruit, and a slight subtle sweetness. As you swallow, a subtle maltiness presents itself, with just a bit of astringency. There’s a lot of the earthy flavors that are present in most blacks. I have no idea what prunes taste like, so I couldn’t find that in my tea. But I could see the cherry, and even perhaps some honey as an aftertaste. There is a mild sweet component to this tea, which I liked. It’s a fairly complex and subtle black by itself, so I don’t think this is one IB that you’d want to put milk into immediately.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more of a malty “kick” that I associate strongly with a good Irish Breakfast, but the interesting flavors that kept peeking out of this cup more than made up for that lack. It tastes like it’s high quality, and I think it could function on two levels: as a daily drinker, and as a fun, tasting journey as you try to nail all of those components that are highlighted in each sip.

Auggy

Mmm, that sound yummy! And yay for Happyland! Hehe!

takgoti

Oooh, this sounds like a fun tea! The purchase of a GM sampler of my very own is not far off now. Next week is gonna be out. Of. Control.

Ricky

Yay! Takgoti is joining the GM fun! We all need a new sampler, keep pushing Samovar to offer a sampler of all their tea :D

takgoti

@Ricky Hee, no pushing necessary! Samples should be coming in the future. I don’t know when, but I was told they’re on the way. As for a sampler of all their tea…that, I don’t think is on the menu.

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Auggy

Mmm, that sound yummy! And yay for Happyland! Hehe!

takgoti

Oooh, this sounds like a fun tea! The purchase of a GM sampler of my very own is not far off now. Next week is gonna be out. Of. Control.

Ricky

Yay! Takgoti is joining the GM fun! We all need a new sampler, keep pushing Samovar to offer a sampler of all their tea :D

takgoti

@Ricky Hee, no pushing necessary! Samples should be coming in the future. I don’t know when, but I was told they’re on the way. As for a sampler of all their tea…that, I don’t think is on the menu.

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

I also am the happy girlfriend of the boy that created the tea randomizer, which can be found here: http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

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