1104 Tasting Notes
Eh, it went lost. Twice (my faults)… Come on.
Another tea bag – but it´s pyramid shaped one, so leaves have space to expand and they did! Even dry they look quite big and good looking. No dust, no granules – big leaves instead.
They say it´s Assam style tea from Tanzania. And I have agree, tea is wonderful – bit of malt flavours with honey aftertaste which lingers for long. In aroma it´s like burnt wood and bit of honey. It´s so easy drinking and quite energy boosting – I like it so much.
Colour is dark cooper and it´s liquor is clear.
1/5 of their Discovery colleciton from Etsy
Flavors: Burnt, Honey, Malt
Gaiwan, about 5 grams, 85 ml, each steeping about 30-60 seconds (didn´t measured exactly), temperature around 90 °C
At first it was hard to get some tea – it was very compressed it was hard to make a slice. But afterwards, tea was quite astringent so I thought that I used too much leaves to my small gaiwan. With next and next steepings, the astringency was fading and it started to have stonefruits and/or bamboo flavour. It smooths well too. But it still has got bitter aftertaste.
In smell I smelled bamboo and bit of grass and it was pleasant. No crazy stuff.
Overall, I really liked it, though first steepings were bit nightmare. Fifth and later – that´s my cup of tea!
Don´t know how much steepings I made, I didn´t count today.
Flavors: Astringent, Bamboo, Grass, Stonefruit
Blah, this tea was just awfully sweet drink with orange taste. Maybe it was orange juice?
Weird brown colour, sweet, orange reamins in mouth for long. I expect at least bit of bitterness when it´s with ginseng, but nope, there is nothing like that.
So just blah, if you want something sweet, it can work, but don´t expect tea taste.
Flavors: Orange, Sweet
But this is for 2018, 2nd Flush version (a sample):
Western, 3 grams per 350 ml, 4+ minutes
I had no idea which tea to make this afternoon, so I picked up a sample I have received with last order. It smelled wonderful, full-bodied black tea. After 4 minutes and something I have removed the strainer. The colour of infusion was wonderful clear and golden. In aroma it was still nice, black tea. But in taste it was massively malt. I don´t mind it and expect it in black teas. But this was bit overpowering all other tastes so I haven´t enjoyed it as much as few other Assam teas I had. A little, almost imperceptible there were fruit notes.
So, as for strong and bitter tea it´s certainly good one. But it wasn´t so awesome for me today.
Flavors: Bitter, Malt
Grandpa, 3 grams for 350 ml of water.
Nice oolong (and my first roasted). I really had promised pear notes; roasted and smooth taste – maybe bit of liquorce or genmaicha?
I like its smooth taste, no astringency; bit sweet as well.
Flavors: Licorice, Pear, Pecan, Roasted
Another review of same tea; just prepared it gong fu, 3 grams for 85 ml of water. Mulitple steepings, each for 30-40 seconds.
And it´s completely different! Finally I got jam notes, with slight of malt. Then malt is becoming stronger and jam weaker. Weaker jam – stronger citrus fruits after taste and smell.
Wonderful and complex tea!
P.S.: It has got probably good amount of caffeine – it woke me up a lot.
Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Jam, Malt
Gong fu, 2.5 grams, 85 ml of +- 75 °C water. Multiple steepings, each about 40 seconds.
Colour of tea is nice green to yellow, with golden reflection, leaves are indeed bit more purple than usual.
In scent I think it´s hay and bit of cut grass (interesting), later more and more sweet.
In taste it was sweeter than I have expected and smooth on my palate. Good though, but not phenomenal. I am bit disappointed.
Flavors: Cut Grass, Hay, Smooth, Sweet
Western style, 3 grams in strainer, 4 minutes in boiling water.
Dry tea smells very nice, lots of “tea smell”, bit of malt.
When brewed, bit of fruit tones appear, mostly I think it is orange and tangerine aromas, later more malty.
In flavour it is mostly malt tea with slight of oranges.
In colour it´s mostly brown-orange, clear and nice.
Smooth and nice malt black tea, I can suggest it to everyone. I didn´t notice jam notes.
Flavors: Malt, Orange, Tea