23 Tasting Notes
Very nice and toasty, with grilled peach undertones as described. Very well-behaved tea with a lot of body. This would probably be great for blending with a more astringent first flush darjeeling that needs a little balance. I still have a bunch of Vahdam Teas, so I will try this blend idea out with the Giddahapar first flush.
Flavors: Peach, Toasty
A light oolong with hints of watermelon, caramel, spearmint, and a buttery mouth feel. Very nice tea.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Melon, Spearmint
Light on taste with standard Keemun notes – I couldn’t find much more than that going on with this one. My Hao Ya “B” from Harney and Sons outshines this one by a kilolumen, at a lower price point and easier shipping options. I am grateful for the opportunity to try this one out for free, but I will not be ordering this anytime soon. There are plenty of more interesting teas at AprTea, though.
Very nice leathery mouth feel and honey flavor. Pretty straightforward and simple over all. Flavor lingers for a good while. Other notes are very much in the background, but still can be discerned, such as eucalyptus, orchid, mineral, and guava.
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Flavors: Apricot, Eucalyptus, Guava, Honey, Leather, Mineral, Orchid
Magnificent. I love Gopaldhara teas. The 2018 first flush was a favorite of mine, and now so is the second flush. This one drinks like a dark red wine with prominent notes of mature dark grapes, which combines with a woody autumn leaf quality reminiscent of a nice Dian Hong black tea.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dark Wood, Grapes, Leather, Metallic, Mineral, Pepper, Red Wine, Round
Syrupy and buttery and sweet, this is nice. I am still recovering from a cold, so I think it was a mistake to try this one out. My tastebuds and sense of smell are shot. This one brews up clean and is definitely enjoyable, but I can’t really describe any nuances beyond that right now. Accidentally brewed this with too much water, and I still felt it was noticeably thick – so I guess that says something.
Very nice. Burnt sugar and caramel flavors predominantly, with hints of peach, walnut, and maybe a touch of saltiness. This tea is pretty mellow, but the slight touch of campfire/smoke lends it a bit of excitement. I did not find much astringency after a 3 minute steep, and no bitterness. In fact, if I had some more, I would give it a shot at 4 or 5 minutes. The campfire is mostly in the aroma, and it doesn’t really translate strongly into the cup. It is not anything like a smoky lapsang souchong.
Tea was received as a free sample from AprTea Mall, in exchange for my writing a review. It was nice to find 8 different tea samples, about 50 grams total, in my mail yesterday. This is the first one I have sampled, and my first ever Dahongpao-style tea.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Campfire, Caramel, Honey, Peach, Salt, Walnut