178 Tasting Notes
Smells robust and spicy in the bag. Taste is quite smooth and what i’d expect from a good assam, it is hard to describe as anything other than “good tea.” Great velvety mouthfeel. The description on the website says it has a “woody” character which I’d agree with. Not too strong, not too mild, just right. I’ve been drinking a ton of sweet iced tea the past couple years, and I think I actually prefer this hot with nothing added.
Smell before steeping surprisingly reminds me of Chinese Dian Hong/Yunnan type teas, with scents that make me think of fig cookies and molasses. When steeped it reminds me of a mix between Keemun and Yunnan varieties of tea. There are also hints that remind me of hot spring mineral water. Nice lingering aftertaste. Quite good. I tried it iced and sugared also, and it took on a nice flower-esque taste. This is the first Columbian tea I have tried, and it is a winner. This came in a sample; If they keep the price down I’d buy more in the future.
I’ve been wanting to try this one for awhile based on word of mouth, it has a good reputation for an off the shelf tea you can find at the supermarket. Great price, cheaper than one of its competitors that I have used regularly. Strong without being obnoxious or bitter, nice honey like flavors. For me it’s perfect for making quick iced tea in the Summer.
(Opens the bag and takes a big inhale.)
Ahhhh yes there it is, that fig molasses scent I love so much in Yunnan teas. Gets kind of a minerally hot springs smell when steeped. Taste is all basically the same, kind of mild but good. Maybe I need to increase the temp. next time? Seems to have a similar price to their Yunnan Noir, which are both decently bang for buck Yunnan teas.