248 Tasting Notes
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.
Considering the primary ingredient, hibiscus blossoms, I had a slight dread steeping this tea.
It smells beautifully citrusy with the fresh tinge of lemongrass right upon opening the bag, and continues on steeping, giving a wonderfully deep pink tone to the brew.
I’m glad the hibiscus didn’t ruin the flavor, as the citrus seems powerful enough to stand out, giving an irresistibly fresh flavor with a full tart after taste.
Indeed, this would be much better iced, probably with some sparkling water and citrus pieces, on a nice cool sunny day.
This is not bad, as the sencha green tea really works with the mango, there’s a nice detailed flavor added to the fruit.
It is quite a dark tea, as mango is a dark fruit, and the sencha tea really solidifies that flavor.
It is quite surprising how closely this resembles Tim Horton’s peach passion drink, as that is one of very few drinks I enjoy at Tim Horton’s.
I guess this is a great drink for an early to mid Spring afternoon, I would imagine this would be better sweetened and iced.
Have I mentioned how much I hate rooibos? This particular rooibos tea is neither sweet, nor creamy, as the bag suggests.
As well, I had expected more flavors with jellybeans mixed in, but all I could taste was bland terrible rooibos.
I couldn’t even finish my first and only cup, I had to dump it in the sink.
I guess this could’ve used some rock sugar…
There are fruits all around in this tea, it even smells delicious, but there’s an unfortunate hint of the overpowering hibiscus, and the even lesser safflower and cornflower.
Overpowering flower blossoms can be a problem, as they take away a lot of the fresh and bright flavors that would otherwise be prominent in a blend like this.
In this case, the hibiscus adds a disgusting amount of tartness and bitterness to a potentially great fruit cocktail.
I would love to drift away to paradise, but the jarring hibiscus unfortunately takes you back to the tart bitter reality.
The aroma is a nice delicate fresh blend of subtle floral and plant with light fruits, quite interesting.
The flavors are very mild and slightly sweet. It is nice, but it doesn’t go beyond for exceptional, staying low key and subtle.
I would think it a great late afternoon Darjeeling, not too strong and not too mild, just before a green tea to close out the workday.
So, DarjeelingTeaXpress had run out of their First Flush Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, which I completely love, and advised me to get this instead, as it is similar. I was quite skeptical, but because I wanted the wonder tea so much, I could make do with the supposed next best thing.
The leaves have a quite mild and sweet aroma, I would guess reminiscent of red wine, as they have described.
As the colors of the leaves suggest, the liquor is quite dark. And, as the aroma of the leaves suggest, there is a mildly sweet scent as you are steeping.
It surprises me, though, how this is not close to my beloved wonder tea, but still a very full and delicious tea in it’s own right. The black tea is quite rounded, accenting the very respectable tangy citrus flavors. For such a dark tea, it is also quite brisk and bright.
Despite not replacing their wonderful First Flush Gopaldhara Wonder Tea, this tea stands on it’s own as more than respectable and very much enjoyable.