Notting Hill

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  • “Just adding a new taste note, this is another leftover from the back of the closet - two years old at least. And despite Yumchaa´s paper bag packaging not being a favorite of mine (well, I think it...” Read full tasting note
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    cteresa 327 tasting notes
  • “When examining my Yumchaa purchase options, this one really struck me with how delicious it smelled and how lovely it looked. While in London I was staying in Notting Hill, so it was a good enough...” Read full tasting note
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    nomadinjeopardy 658 tasting notes
  • “I'll be another steepsterite to wonder at how lovely this tea looks like. Everytime I open the bag or small tin I've filled with this tea, I am amazed by the colors. The black tea leaves are...” Read full tasting note
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    LaFleurBleue 111 tasting notes
  • “Another great tea and one of the five samples cteresa sent me in a swap. She included this tea for comparison to the Place Saint Marc of Theodore. Great choice, thanks! Whereas the Place Saint...” Read full tasting note
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    Barbara78 59 tasting notes

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Taste: Fresh and Fragrant

Drink When: Dancing with Parrots

With its light, crisp summery flavours, this tea makes a perfect all day happy refreshment. Whisk yourself away to London’s Notting Hill carnival where life is a big colourful celebration and sunshine meets uplifting music. Notting Hill is our most popular black tea blend and when you smell, see and taste it, you’ll know why.

Ingredients: Apricot, Strawberry, Marigold Blossom and Cornflowers with a Keemun black tea. 100g

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Just adding a new taste note, this is another leftover from the back of the closet – two years old at least. And despite Yumchaa´s paper bag packaging not being a favorite of mine (well, I think it is lovely in a spare cool look way, just not air tight enough), this black tea survived so much better than the green teas. Still as fragrant as it was when I bought it – a simple fruity black tea, one I can hardly think what to say about (good smooth black tea base with a strong natural apricot and strawberry flavour) but a really lovely one.

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When examining my Yumchaa purchase options, this one really struck me with how delicious it smelled and how lovely it looked. While in London I was staying in Notting Hill, so it was a good enough excuse to pick this up. I finally got around to trying it this morning thanks to a pre-set Breville before work.

I was a little worried as when I opened the bag it wasn’t as fragrant as I remember. But, it is very flavourful! The black base brewed up very dark and while it was nice and full it was quite mild. No bitterness, little astringency. Again I’m happy with Yumchaa’s tea bases. The apricot and strawberry were there loud and clear. Sweet but tart, and the flavours tasted very natural as if I’d squeezed an apricot and a few berries into the cup.

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I’ll be another steepsterite to wonder at how lovely this tea looks like. Everytime I open the bag or small tin I’ve filled with this tea, I am amazed by the colors. The black tea leaves are lavishly sprinkled with blue, yellow and dark orange petals; there are also a few dried pieces of fruits: I recognized some strawberries and some light yellow, that may be apricot? It’s indeed one of the most beautiful teas I’ve had the opportunity to brew and that makes the experience all the more pleasant.
The smell of the dried leaves is very fruity, with a strong apricot-peach tone.
Once brewed, the flavors do not disappoint and are in line with the smell. This makes for a very sweet and mellow brew. Really lovely end extremely pleasant, but with unfortunately no wow factor to make it unforgettable.
I’ll have to compare this one to MF Bolero, for which I still have a few teapots left at the bottom of the bag. I believe this one will be slightly more fruity with more distinctive flavors, while the other should be more balanced.
I know it should not be very difficult to finish this bag and that I might rebuy this tea some day.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Hallieod

All those lovely things to say about it and it still doesn’t have any wow factor – makes my head spin imagining what does. :)

Ysaurella

does it have the incredible mellowness of Boléro ?

LaFleurBleue

@Hallieod: I know I’m highly demanding and not only for teas; it’s indeed very lovely and pleasant to drink, but it would probably be my first pick in the full cupboard, nor is it a tea I could not do without for a long time, nor would it be an absolute recommendation to anyone, like “you really have to drink that, whatever your tastes are like”. However going deeper into the bag, I might change my mind about that, which turned out to be the case for Boléro, which I found more and more pleasant as I was emptying the bag.
@Ysaurella: I would say so, though the fruit flavors are less blended in this one, but that’s definitely one of the things I’d like to check through a direct comparison of the two. Will keep you posted;)

Hallieod

It does make a huge difference having a tea that’s similar but which does wow you. I’m going to check out the notes for Boléro now, just out of interest. :)

Ysaurella

@ Hallieod : I can provide you with a Boléro sample as well with our next month swap if you like to taste it :)

Hallieod

Oh, thank you, Ysaurella, I’d love that! But I’ll stop whining about the French tea companies that haven’t set up shop in Dublin now, I promise. :)

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Another great tea and one of the five samples cteresa sent me in a swap. She included this tea for comparison to the Place Saint Marc of Theodore. Great choice, thanks!

Whereas the Place Saint Marc smells heavenly, I was disappointed by the taste when brewed. While not bad, the taste just was significantly less good than what you would expect based on the smell. This tea is the exact opposite. The smell – although not bad – was not exactly loose-your-socks-heavenly. The taste however exceeded my expectations.

In short: it is a very well balanced tea.

I just reviewed the 4 fruits rouges from damman freres. This tea is remakably different from that tea. The 4 fruits rouges is very fruity. The red fruits dominate the tea. This tea is more complex. The black tea base is much more noticable. In addition the flavouring doesn’t consist of just fruits, but also of flowers. It makes for a more complex and full bodied taste than the 4 fruits rouges.

Don’t get me wrong however: both teas are lovely. They just have amazingly different characters.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
cteresa

I do agree! And so glad you enjoyed this, I am very fond of Yumchaa teas and thought this was an interesting tea to swap for Place Saint Marc (just finished a cup of it, am now thinking about it!)

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Had this at their Soho cafe…I don’t know. It was a bit lacklustre in terms of flavour. It smelt quite nice, but had little punch to it. My friend had Walk in the Woods, and we couldn’t tell the difference between them. Perhaps their chocolate brownie was interfering with my tastebuds, but I was hugely disappointed when this sounded so delicious!

Alas. I will try something different from Yumchaa, but for the price, I’d expect a hell of a lot more.

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I love this tea. My brother in law brought it home to me when he was sent to England for his Reserve duty. I had to reorder. It is the greatest iced tea. Dont need sugar and it does not have the pucker effect when made into ice cold tea.

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Here’s another lovely tea from Yumchaa. And what better way to start off a gloomy morning than with some glorious black tea. Love it. :D

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