34 Tasting Notes
At the coffee shop, I needed a tea to drink. This tastes like a standard run of the mill bagged Assam. Medium body, clean finish, a little drying on the back outer edges of the palate, I’m unimpressed. However, it’s better than nothing. 50/100. New to tea? Try this one. It’ll grow on you. I’m glad to have hot lightly flavored water on a cold, rainy classic Ohio autumn afternoon. Enjoy your cup today, whatever it may be!
A nice anytime tea. A light, quiet cup. The Kenya Milima doesn’t possess too much body and the flavor is simple: a light malt with fruit in the background. There’s a slight briskness on the sides of the palate with a drying finish that lingers, while leaving the mouth clean. Overall, recommended if you’re looking for a good morning time, plalate cleansing tea.
This is now my new favorite black tea! I have struggled for awhile to find a black tea that I can enjoy alongside other tasting. Unfortunately, my search has only yielded a few results (one being the South Indian Parkside). However, this tea can now be added to that category. It is a rich and smooth black that fills the mouth but does not overpower the taste buds nor linger too strongly. It is have a light tartness to it that is reminiscent to some citrus notes I normally encounter an Assam teas, but this is distinctly brighter. I definitely recommend this tea and will be having it often. A breakfast tea perhaps?
Also, if you might have any other suggestions for black teas that fit the description above, please let me know!
I was disappointed in this tea to be quite frank. It is not bad by any means, but for me, I was not to fond. For me, the black tea was too mild and it could have used more robustness to pull me in. I think there are times in which I will be able to enjoy this tea; however, it will not be a regular staple for me. Overall consensus: some people will love this tea and instantly fall in love, but for the tea purist, it may take little while for you to appreciate.
This tea for me is relatively plain. It is not robust in flavor; however, after savoring, this tea began to unfold in complexity (and definitely began to grow on me). As the description says, there is a certain truffle aroma to it. This tea is very low in astringency and briskness. It has a light body and lingers on the palate pleasantly with a certain dampness, as opposed to a dryness you may perceive with an umami type. The liquor is a bright orange and the leaves are tightly rolled with a golden brown color and, after steeping, unfurl to a larger leaf (similar to what I would see in an oolong).
I had this tea alongside the Darjeeling Steinthal (http:/su.pr/), another first flush, for the sake of comparison; however, the ended up being very complimentary. This tea is going to give you a nice sharp bite on the front, providing a medium strength briskness while keeping the astringency minimal. Providing a nice clean finish with its full body, the South Indian Parkside helped to cleanse my palate after enjoying the herbaceous briskness of the Steinthal.
This tea is harsh for sure, but in a freshly “green” way (as the description gives way to). You get the herbaceous aroma right off the bat on the front of the palate. Shortly followed with a sharp bite on the sides and rear, a heavy briskness, this tea lingers with an intensity that some tea drinkers may not enjoy. A light edge of muscatel flavor is also noticeable. I complimented this tea with a stronger, fuller bodied tea that provides a clean finish (South Indian Parkside http://su.pr/).
This fruit tea is fantastic! The bitter almond is pleasantly present on the palate as well as the complimenting tartness. In the background, I definitely detect the apple; however, the raisins are tough to notice (especially on any infusion past the first). Overall, this holiday seasonal tea is a must, good hot and iced, and will compliment many holiday dishes as a post-meal desert.
This green tea provides a nice vegetal, grassy briskness right of the cup. As its (pleasant) harshness dissipates, it gently calms into a lingering butter finish. The lemongrass is so faint that it is hardly noticeable. I think it adds to the briskness lightly. Overall, I recommend this tea, giving it a 3.5 tea leaves (out of 5). Simple and enjoyable.
This tea gives a nice dark orange liquor (see picture and video below). Off the nose, I am getting a musky & bitter citrus aroma (the oolong is semi-fermented). This oolong provides a nice medium bodied tea that has a clean finish, lingering little (simply the woodiness of the oolong), and no briskness. It is not too bitter/astringent on the palate either. I am, like the description states, getting notes of leather and smokiness, complimenting the light woody notes on the leaf. Right off the bat, you get subtle notes of a floral orange that aren’t overwhelming at all. They compliment the oolong nicely. This is a superb blend!