254 Tasting Notes
I find this strangely similar to the Darjeeling First Flush Premium Blend (Clonal Special) I had just had this morning, although milder in aroma and taste, and less detailed.
The aroma leans more toward a fresher planty scent; the woody flavor is still here but a lot milder, still well rounded, and with a more fresh taste.
This is a great entry into first flush teas, or a tea to simply enjoy with others.
Right out of the bag, this tea gives an extremely interesting scent, very dense and very earthy, it is described as bitter-sweet chocolate, which isn’t far off.
The leaves are a dark and detailed green, long and twisted, staple black tea.
The interesting scents do not stop, as you steep the leaves you are given a less dense and more vegetal aroma.
The liquor is a very bright orange tint, with slight sweet floral scents.
For such a broad spectrum of sight and scent, I had no idea what to expect with the flavors.
The first sip gives an almost perfectly rounded dark taste, with the right amount of woody flavor and no aftertaste. Indeed, this is not what I was expecting, as the liquor just feels right at home in your mouth.
Although I am drinking this in the morning, I could see this dark tea as a perfect evening drink to enjoy with practically anyone who enjoys quality.
Another earthy tea, although true to the name this seems more flowery and the scent seems stronger, the leaves are beautifully and wholly twisted, like white tea.
This tea is definitely interesting, as there are quite a few floral tones, but deeper and fainter are detailed fruit flavors that give a sweet undertone.
I’m finding myself sipping more to try find other details to the flavors, indeed a very interesting tea.
I’m glad I chose an earthy tea this morning, full dark green leaves with a very strong and potent scent.
Steeped, it gives a more sweetly spicy scent, with a light amber tint.
First sip gives a great level of sweet and spice, just the right amount of bite to satisfy while maintaining a slight complex body.
I can see why this is named Himalayan Wonder, it is enticing in aroma while surprising in flavor, and a great tea to enjoy at any and all times.
This Darjeeling seems to sit somewhere in the middle of bright and dark, in sight scent and taste.
The leaves are light and full, dark greenish in color, and have a dark yet fresh scent, which follow as they are steeped.
The liquor is a deep amber color, not quite dark but not quite bright either, and has a slight woody scent.
But the taste is much more, a deep and bold and full flavor, sharp yet fresh.
The description compares this to my favorite Gopaldhara wonder tea, and indeed it has potential to come close, not quite as complex or exciting; despite, I very much enjoy this tea.
I’ve tried Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling before, but it is usually later on in the year.
This is a Darjeeling that gives no surprises, yet still does not disappoint.
It is straightforward, a nice balanced leaf with barely any scent while steeping.
The liquor is a nice slight kick to the usual flowery notes, the body is a little fluffy, but balanced nonetheless.
For a Darjeeling with no frills, this is pretty good at keeping any lows and dissatisfaction at bay, a great tea to enjoy when you have no attention for detail.
This is the sample that DarjeelingTeaXpress had included in my order.
The leaves are a deep greenish to brown color with fresh minty scents.
Steeping gives the liquor a deep copper tone, with less fresh but equally minty and lightly floral scents.
The flavor is very rich and floral, dark and deep, with a slight hint of a fresh after-taste.
A good early to late afternoon tea, as strong and slightly fresh as it is.
I have finally received my samples of first flushes from DarjeelingTeaXpress, I am quite excited.
After acquiring my favorite DarjeelingTeaXpress tea, Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, I started shopping, and the first tea that I wanted to try had caught my eye instantly.
It is one of their best selling teas, but that isn’t what caught my attention.
I had tried a vintage Darjeeling once before and loved every leaf, every drop, every steep, so I had to try this one.
There is a delicate feel to this tea, very warm and soft in both scent and presentation, a careful and exquisite leaf.
Steeping gives a deep blonde tone, with bouquets of sweet flowery scents.
But the real prize is the actual taste, buttery rich and full bodied with complex flowery flavors, followed with a sweetly fruity after-taste and hints of vanilla.
This tea is a beautiful way to start this morning.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a canister of this tea in a store I’ve been meaning to visit but never had the time to. My weekend was a great laid back break from a quite busy week, of course watching Marvel’s The Avengers helped my enjoyment significantly.
My last encounter with ginger pear tea was in a teabag that is sold everywhere, so having ginger pear white loose leaf tea was a treat to find, it was also the only loose leaf tea canister in the store, and the last canister left on the shelf.
The aroma once opened is a beautiful blend of fruity ginger, a very strong ginger with that hint of fruity sweetness. It is an extremely effective scent that fills your nostrils and washes you with a fresh calming feeling.
It is a light amber colored brew, with an even stronger fruity ginger scent. As I tend to always do, I try new teas unsweetened, and this tea does not require any sweetener.
The taste is extremely surprising, given my last encounter with something similar. The ginger gives the base white tea a nice kick, while the fruit naturally sweetens. There are lingering floral flavors, with a bit of blackberry somewhere, but it is mainly pear and ginger flavors that dazzle and shine.
This tea would be a great any afternoon tea. For the price, and with a handsome storage tin, this is a great find.
What the hell is up with David’s Tea and hibiscus? Like rooibos, it seems to want to ruin any fruit teas that I’m mildly interested in.
It smells like it could be better, as it needs more strawberry and ginger than hibiscus, there is barely any strawberry flavor in this, and the ginger is there once you go through the hibiscus tart after taste.
Unlike rooibos, I am more indifferent to hibiscus, as it is not disguisting, but it seems to be overpowering potentially delicious blends, and it is becoming more commonplace in my recent David’s Tea blend purchases.