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From the Regional Group Buy. This black is one I’d characterise as “lighter” in terms of both flavour and mouthfeel. Something I’m enjoying about trying these teas close together is the level of contrast between teas from the same geographical area – especially given that most of them are either black or oolong. Both of the group buys I participated in with LP have been illuminating in this way, and I love how it makes me question my assumptions and preconceptions (some of them I didn’t even know I’d made…)
Anyway. This one is interesting, because at first sip it reminds me very much of whisky; it has both a richness and a peaty, earthy sweetness. The end of the sip is smooth and honey-like, but the whisky vibe remains throughout and lingers well into the aftertaste. It’s almost like the teas was aged in barrels, but I’m almost certain that wasn’t the case here.
Although the flavour is distinctive, it’s not heavy. It seems almost to dance across the palate. I have another tea from this grower that I’m now really excited to try, and I’d certainly seek them out again in the future.
Unsure who this sample is from (Sil, VariaTEA?) as it was in the bag of teas from Sil’s house. Decided to give it a shot tonight, and I think I may have oversteeped it or overleafed, as it’s pretty astringent. It does remind me of the purple spear tea (unicorn? I don’t remember what they were called) from… a company… although I’m not sure if I would have made that association if I didn’t know this was a purple tea. (My memory is super bad tonight, maybe I’ll fill in the details later if I remember.)
I’ll have to give it another try more carefully. Thanks for the sample, guys!
I’m very thankful you sent this over, JusTea! A lovely mint tea on a hot day. The tea looks like mostly mint with a piece of rose petal or purple leaf occasionally in the blend, maybe that is just my sample. The mint is mmmmm delicious. Sweet and strong, just the way I like it. The second steep is even more magic, sweet and full minty flavor. I figured I could steep close to boiling on the second cup because it is mostly mint. I didn’t try to add lemon to make it purple this time. I wanted to enjoy the lovely mint as is! If you want a great mint option, this one is perfect.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 27 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep
Sample from Justea (i don’t know why i keep writing it with two t’s). I’ve been a slacker in getting a review out for this one, mostly because i need to be in the mood for mint. Mint isn’t really something i just drink a lot of and this is a MINT tea. peppermint and spearmint makes for a lot of mint. It works though. What doesn’t really work for me is the addition of the rose petals – though thankfully they’re not overpowering. I want to play with this one again, but this is a night evening cup of tea for me when the night is a little cooler. I like being able to sit out and inhale the mint.
Thanks for the sample Justea! I wouldn’t have picked this one out myself but it’s good when you want a little mint in your life ;)
Final Count: 57
This Purple Leaf tea steeps up beautifully! I suggest you check out my photos in the link at the end of my review. You get a unique pale purple, that turns pink with lemon.
The flavor is quite light, a little vegetal and plummy. However the texture is quite dry and it makes your whole digestive tract dry. I steeped this low temperature, so the balance of flavor output and astringency is VERY fussy. Someone cold brew this and report back. It is good if you like really delicate, dry green tea.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/purple-leaf-tea-justea/
JusTea sent me a message saying they’d like me to try this unique tea (and they also sent over some extra extra goodies.) Thank you so much for reaching out, JusTea! I appreciate that. I love JusTea’s offerings. Now, all tea that isn’t a tisane comes from the green tea tree. But not THIS. It’s purple leaves. I wouldn’t say the end result looks extremely purple… the leaf actually looks like a dusty, twisty black tea with a hint of emerald color. But upon brewing, the leaf looks like a delicious green. I tried following the steep instructions, but the resulting brew had the lightest of flavors like green tea. The color definitely seemed different though. A muted mauve. I didn’t have any lemons to squeeze into the tea, so I used quite a bit of lemon juice. The color was pink! But the flavor then was mostly lemon. Whoops. Pink lemonade! I tried steeping the second cup a half mug right after boiling for two minutes. Unlike a green tea would have, it didn’t taste too bitter, but again the flavor is light. It’s a fun and different experience though! A pink cup without including hibiscus.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug// 35 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 minute steep
Another day steeping with fresh leaves, I wanted to try two teaspoons as the flavor was a little light with one teaspoon. The cup was much more flavorful this time, even more like a green tea. The color of the cup was darker but I didn’t want to add lemon to affect the flavor this time. I just wanted to enjoy the flavor of the purple! Still like a light green tea but with a dry quality, vegetal yet sweet. I think the best steep time for this on the second cup might be 15 minutes after boiling (around 195 degrees) or even hotter as a half mug at boiling didn’t overkill it last time. Next time I’ll try two teaspoons and add lemon and see how purple it gets. If you want a unique tea experience, give this one a try!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 3 minute steep
The first thing that I would say about this tea is that it does not gong fu. That doesn’t mean that it is bad but it is ctc and medium quality so when I did try and brew this tea gong fu what ended up happening is that a lot of the bad aspects of the tea. That being said, I think that this tea does pretty well if you steep it for less then the recommended amount of time and do it western style. I used about 3 grams in a big mug and only steeped it for about a minute and the tea was honey like with some nice basic assamic notes. The tea wasn’t super interesting and didn’t have very many complexities but is nice when you are looking for something that isn’t as involved as a full gong fu session.
Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet
I had been holding out on finishing this one off ‘cause I wanted to try it Gong Fu but I finally admitted to myself I didn’t really leave enough for that to happen so I just brewed up this last bit Western instead. Not a huge deal; I do have a VERY similar purple tea from a different vendor that I’ll be able to try out Gong Fu instead.
For this sipdown, though, I decided to add in some lemon infused honey as well just ’cause I had a bit of a scratchy, sore throat and I thought that would be a good compliment to the more vegetal/edamame tasting notes that the tea already has while still being soothing on my throat. It actually somewhat eclipsed the taste of the tea completely though, and I mostly just ended up tasting the lemon.
Currently sipping on the last bit of a mug of this…
This is equally roasty and vegetal; notes of grilled nuts, asparagus, and charred green bell pepper. It’s just a little bit smokey with hints of crisp, crunchy autumn leaves. Definitely better when it was hot; it was smoother and more comforting. Now that it’s cooled down to around room temperature I’m finding the vegetal elements more jarring and pronounced, which really isn’t my thing.
Gotta side with my first impression; just don’t love this one.
This one certainly wasn’t bad, but I did find it rather weak/mildly flavoured in general and lacking a lot of body. It had some really interesting flavour notes though! It was vegetal, mineral, sweet, slightly smokey, and sort of bean-y? Like, green beans but also not green beams. Definitely some kind of beans, though.
It reminds me of other purple leaf teas I’ve tried, while still also having differences.
Just a gut feeling – but I bet this’ll be better Gong Fu.
Revisited this one, as a pot of tea with some milk in it.
I still think it’s very light in body and overall flavour compared to most African black teas I’ve experience; however, I appreciate that it’s very smooth and easy to sip on without much though. Definitely a black tea that would make for a very good daily drinker. I found it fairly malty, with honeyed notes to it, and a touch of a soft woody and cocoa kind of finish. Totally a mild profile, though a richer mouthfeel with the milk.
Mild isn’t bad though; and again, I think this would excel as a low key daily drinker.
First tea of the day! This one was from the Regional Group Buy!
I’ve yet to leave my bed yet at this point – I just spent the first part of my day reading Marvel’s The Runaways and I have to say that I’m loving it quite a bit so far. Only complaint is that I’d like to see more of a focus on the kids themselves and less on their parents. Gertrude’s the best though, and her velociraptor is fucking amazing.
There’s nothing like rolling over to your end table, measuring out tea leaf from the sample bag you set there last night into the awaiting cup, hitting the kettle and steeping up a cuppa all from the comfort of your bed, snuggled under the sheets though. I just love my tea set up!
Anyway – this tea wasn’t bad, though just based on my experiences with other Kenyan black teas I did find it surprisingly light bodied overall. Probably light to medium body, realistically. For a region somewhat known for the briskness in their steeped up cups, that was kind of surprising? I did like the softer malt and cocoa notes though, they were smooth and satisfying with a nice sort of confectionery sweetness. I also thought the cup had a somewhat autumnal feel to it overall and perhaps some vague sense of fruitiness in the undertones.
Pleasant, and easy to sip on – it just felt weird without the tastes I’ve become accustomed to experiencing with Kenyan Blacks. Where was the briskness? The bordering on pithy citrus notes!?
From LP’s Regional Group Buy -
200F, 2.5min, overleafed
fruity, but tannic. Malty and creamy.
4min- fruity, creamier and smoother at the longer steep time. Longer steeps help smooth out flavor and tannins, not quite so rough.
I believe I enjoyed the steep more this time than the first session I had with this tea.
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Malt, Smooth, Tannic
I’ve been meaning to drink down some samples that I’ve had stored in my “sample box” for a long while now. I had decided to daily choose three teas at random, by placing my hand into the box.
Today, Nandi Hill Black won the lucky draw.
I had tried this once before when I had received the Regional Group Buy teas from Liquid Proust, but I decided to save the notes for a later time. I usually like to try a tea, and give it another chance before coming to a full conclusion on the tea itself.
I’m finding this tea to be very pleasant for me today. I had noted during the last session that it was “too malty & bitter.” However, I’m liking it today. There are no bitter notes lingering on the tongue. There are notes of a dark cocoa with a richness that lingers in the mouth. The mouthfeel is thick and leaves the back of the mouth/throat pretty dry.
Overall, I think this is a good tea. Despite the negative feedback on my previous session, I think that this is the type of tea that needs to sit a few weeks/months before giving it a second chance.
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt
Sample from JustTea that i have taken far too long to review. I’ve had this a couple times now while trying to form a strong opinion on it. First off, thank you for letting me try this one JustTea! I love trying out new teas – especially when they’re a little different from the usual.
First off – how cool/fun is it to be able to add a little lemon and get a purple/pink tea! So verdict on the tea itself? It’s a little light for my tastes. I like bigger, bolder cups of tea most of the time BUT this was a tasty cup. It’s much like a green tea – slightly sweet, a bit vegetal but not over the top so. I also brewed this one a little hotter than the 175 that’s recommended as the first time i brewed it at that temp, it was a little weaker.
Thanks for the experience Justtea! looking forward to the other tea as well :)
Fniished up this one this morning and added a little lemon as per Nicole’s suggestion, a much better cup for me! this is still a little weird for me and i suspect that it’d take me a lot more playing around with it to get it to a point where it’d be something i’d be craving. Nonetheless, loved getting to try it out! thanks nicole!
This is a super malty tea. That’s mainly what I’m getting out of the (admittedly elderly) sample I’m finally getting around to drinking, but as a fan of Assams and all things malt-heavy this is not a bad thing at all. There’s a little bit of astringency and a little sweetness too. A really solid basic black tea, which is something I always like to have at least a couple of around. When I’ve sipped down a few more of my teas, I just may consider placing an order for some more of this (along with Justea’s luscious Earl Grey).