89 Tasting Notes
Jasmine Black Tea. If I had to describe it in three words or less. :)
But that doesn’t really do it justice. The underlying black tea blend is crisp and refreshing but not without some body. Basically a really good English Breakfast with added Jasmine – still can’t put it down!
(This is from last night, so I actually had kind of a Stash day yesterday!)
This tea is a hit in my household! I really love how the flavours complement each other in this one. When we made it for supper this time, though, with one bag in a large pot, the chocolate and mint flavours came out but the oolong was a bit subdued. There’s more balance when you steep as instructed. Overall, though, another winner from Stash!
For once I was craving Earl Grey, so I popped this out of the cupboard and BAM – I mean, yum. I’d really like to try a loose leaf Earl Grey again (had one a long time ago before I was as into tea as I am now..), almost picked up the one from Taylors of Harrogate yesterday.. oh well, next time.
Christmas in April!
Actually, I can’t say for sure that this reminded me of any holiday, but I can see how it could be called festive – actually, I think I’m celebrating spring with this cup (though they’re calling for ice pellets tomorrow..).
Aroma: Immediately I thought “FLOWERS” – and of course, but it wasn’t jasmine to my nose.. more like carnations! In any case, not a bad start.
Flavour: A touch bitter (drinking it straight) but a very pleasing complex kind of bitterness that makes me want to go back for many many more sips. :)
Overall, a winner, and I believe it’s the first tea I bought based on YOUR reviews – thanks, Steepster!
I steeped this first in some water that was sitting out for a while (this is my first pure white tea and I didn’t want to, er, I dunno, burn it?), so the first liquor was subtly sweet and reminded me of Black Needles from DAVIDsTEA.
The second steeping was close to boiling and a much deeper yellowy golden liquor that was very pleasing. I’m trying to savour this one as it’s a bit pricey, but still around $1 per bag is not that bad when you compare it with anything from a take-out joint.
Does tea keep you up or doesn’t it? My mom always drank tea in the evening. I hear a lot of my colleagues say they drink only herbal teas in the afternoon and onwards. Heck, my dad always drank his coffee at night.
So I brewed some of this my usual way, strong, with cream, and went about my usual business of sterilizing bottles, etc. Several hours later I was still watching old episodes of Conan with the wifey .. maybe the Ceylon Silver Tips that came afterwards had some effect ;)