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I’m surprised to actually find a Darjeeling tea that ik really like. This one is it! It has a very smooth mouthfeel and very distinct flavours of apricot and wood. The flavours don’t linger too much and there is only a very slight bitterness, almost no astringency.
Admittedly, it’s still not my favorite type of tea on account of the not so pronounced flavour profile, but it is without a doubt the best Darjeeling i’ve ever had.
Flavors: Apricot, Muscatel, Wood
I really love most Vahdam Teas, but this one doesn’t cut it for me. This tea is very strong and quick to overbrew. The tea is also extremely bitter and has almost no flavours to balance that out. You can faintly taste some of the usual Assam maltyness and sweetness, but you have to close your eyes in order to find it.
The fact that i didn’t even finish the cup is indication enough: This CTC gets no applause from me.
As I said before, i’m not the biggest of fans of Darjeeling teas. This one is a nice and delicate black tea with hints of grapes and muscatel flavour. Ideal for people who like a smooth cup of black darjeeling. It has a nice faint hint of bitterness to acompany the smoothness. Good Darjeeling for daily drinking.
Flavors: Bitter, Grapes, Muscatel
Once again a very nice Assam from Vahdam. The usual malty and honey-like sweet notes are there. The tea has almost no bitterness and close to zero astringency. I would say this is a very smooth Assam where the flavours are less pronounced, so that’s a great thing if you like tea that doesn’t punch you in the face with its flavours.
Not the best Assam ever, but a very nice tea for sure.
Flavors: Honey, Malt
It’s a Chai tea that’s on par with the Original Chai from Vahdam, but with fennel added to the mix. I personally don’t like the addition of the fennel seeds. You can smell the fennel very strongly, and you have a hint of fennel when tasting. Somehow for me, the fennel interferes with the otherwise fine Masala Chai taste.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good Chai, but it’s not as good as the regular one Vahdam makes.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cloves, Fennel
The leaves are extremely black when dry, and this colour is transferred to the tea itself. Very nice, dark oak wood-esque appearance.
This tea has a very interesting flavour profile. You can taste the usual maltiness and hint of honey-like sweetness of an Assam tea, but it is counteracted by a nice wood-like taste. The tea has a very slight bitterness and also mild astingency. The flavours are not as pronounced, making it a somewhat smooth and soft tea, especially for Assam tea.
Not my everyday tea per se, but a tea worth drinking.
Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Malt, Oak wood
The tea has a nice gold-green colour and has a somewhat sweet scent. The tea is very delicate in terms of flavour. The taste is right between a green tea and a second flush. It has some grassy green-tea hints in the background. Bitterness and astringency is almost abcent. I’m not a Darjeeling fan, but i have to admit this one is quite nice.
The tea i tasted was the July 2017 tea.
Flavors: Grapes, Grass
Nice (very) long unbroken leaves. The tea has a nice amber-like colour and smells very soothing.
The tea has a very mild taste with a bit of sweetness. It has a hint of chocolate and of grapes. The sweetness reminds me a bit of some Assam teas, but is milder. Definitely a tea to reccomend if you need a smooth tasty tea without being blown away by flavours or bitterness.
Flavors: Chocolate, Grapes, Sweet
The tea smells fresh, almost like a green tea. It tastes a bit like a combination between a black and a green tea. You have some bitterness and astringency, but also has a grassy and somewhat earthy taste to it.
I understand there would be people who love this tea, since it has a very soft taste. This is however, not the tea for me. It tastes a bit too “simple”.
Flavors: Earth, Grass
As with all Chai teas, the smell of the leaves and the tea itself is very strong. It has an especially pronounced scent of clove, which isn’t a bad thing. The tea is black tea in the blend is CTC, towards which i have a bias of being too “industrial”, but…
This Chai tea is truly epic. It has a very nice and full taste. You can very clearly taste the cloves as well as the cardamom. The cinnamon kicks in at the end of the sip and the pepper gives it the well needed kick and delivers a little tingling sensation in the mouth.
The black tea itself has no bitterness, resulting in the fact that the flavours that matter are even more pronounced, but never overpower eachother.
I drank the july 2017 tea.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Pepper, Sweet
Very smooth and pleasant tea to drink. It has a distinct taste of honey througout. It also has the malty Assam flavour in the back of the pallette, but the honey is more pronounced. When sipping, the tea gives you a small kick of bitterness, but this is quickly overpowered by its sweetness. Very nice tea. The Daily Assam is very close in flavour however, and that one is a factor 3 cheaper.
My tea was the second flush picked in june 2017.
Flavors: Honey, Malt
The tea i tasted was the July 2017 second flush of the Vahdam Daily Assam. The tea has a nice, dark-brown colour and a very mild (almost abcent).
The tea tastes very nice. It has a pronounced malty Assam taste with a bit of sweetness. The sweetness reminds me a bit of honey. The tea has an ever so slight hint of bitterness, which gives a nice balance to the sweetness. Very nice black tea for everyday use!
Flavors: Honey, Malt
Well, this is different. The flavor is familiar at first, with noticeable cardamom in the foreground, with some cinnamon in the background. But then the green tea body comes through. To be honest, I don’t really think it’s a great vehicle for these flavors.
The green tea itself is a bit mediocre – some citrus notes, vegetal, and has some bitterness. The green tea and the cardamom, I feel, never really come together in harmony, and instead have conflicting “green” flavors that cause some dissonance on the palate.
In the aftertaste, you do get some almond liqueur notes, which are interesting.
This is obviously a tea that is way off the beaten path and is a local specialty that probably needs some insider knowledge to brew properly. But, I really wasn’t impressed. My biggest gripe is the green tea itself. It just didn’t have much personality and didn’t jive with the cardamom. Despite a fairly thick body, the tea at times had very little flavor (beyond just the additive flavors of cardamom and cinnamon), even despite brewing gong fu style.
If you’re curious, get a sample. But it certainly is a different experience from your regular black tea chai.
This is a nice second flush black tea with quite a bit of personality. It is particularly bold in the first few infusions, with a lot of roasted nut and caramel notes, but dies off fairly rapidly. Despite this, its fruity aftertaste persists through several more infusions. It sort of reminds me of a cheaper Wu Yi oolong, which becomes a little woody in later infusions but has a fruitiness in it aftertaste that stays relatively strong.
It is quite brisk also, but refreshingly so. It worked very well with gong fu brewing. I tried adding a little milk to see what happened, but it only muted all of the flavors to the point of it lacking any distinct personality or flavor. Best drunk straight!
Dry leaf – peanut, peanut shell, caramel, milk chocolate, floral notes like fruit blossom, sassafras
Smell – heavily roasted nut, dark caramel, tart blackberry
Taste – arrival of roasted nut and brisk black tea blend. Development has lemon notes arrive . Finish is thick with caramel and blackberry coulis notes. Aftertaste has nut and blackberry notes linger, with additional hints of cocoa, chocolate., and floral citrus
The chai journey continues. This chai, according to the package, is nothing more than black tea and crushed cardamom pods. It’s really nice.
I sampled a cinnamon chai not too long ago (spiced with cinnamon and cardamom) and I commented that I thought the original chai, with a few more spices in it, was better. Despite that, I think this cardamom-only chai is delicious. Cardamom is such a complex spice to begin with, and giving it a platform to really do its thing is awesome. You get to taste all of the facets of it – the spiciness, the herbaceousness, the sweetness… It really is a wonderful experience.
This is a great launching point for those wishing to start their chai journey. Given that cardamom is a prominent spice in most (all?) chai teas, I think this chai is the best place to start. You really understand how it forms the backbone of the entire chai experience, and how much it really gives in flavor – its spectrum of flavor is incredible.
Delicious light woodiness and juicy apricot middle and aftertaste. The aftertaste lingers, with hints of orange blossom and pear.
I love the fruity flavors and the slightly drying tannins. Excellent morning or afternoon tea for a good price.
Flavors: Apricot, Orange Blossom, Pear, Wood
Quick disclaimer again – I am not a regular drinker of any flavored or scented teas. I am reviewing a number of flavored teas from Vahdam due to an incredible package deal they offered a while ago, which included FF Darjeelings, green teas, oolongs, and a host of other tasty treats. Flavored teas were a part of the package, so I figured I would add my two cents.
For me, I found the bergamot notes quite strong. It wasn’t sour per se, but the citrus flavor was powerful. If you are a hard-core Earl Grey fan, you will likely appreciate the boldness of the bergamot flavors.
In terms of the tea itself, the tea leaf is high-quality FTGFOP1. Despite the assertiveness of the bergamot, I could detect some malty richness from the leaves as well as a grape-leaf savory sweetness.
Recommended for those craving a real Earl Grey experience, with good quality leaf and real bergamot oils.
I am still exploring the chai selection that I got from Vahdam – this is only my second tea that I’ve sampled from the whole bunch. In fact, this is only my second chai tea, period. Beyond a few cups that I’ve had at various Indian restaurants, I really don’t have much experience at all with this genre of tea.
That said, this is pleasant enough. To be honest, I noticed the spiciness of the cardamom more so than the cinnamon, which sort of hung out as an underlying base flavor and came more to the fore in the finish and aftertaste.
The flavor itself I found kind of mild. The only additions to the black tea were cardamom and cinnamon. Frankly, I think the additional spice in traditional chai helps to round out the flavor and add more depth.
So, if traditional chai with its cloves and stuff is a little too in-your-face for you, this might be a good alternative.
This is definitely one of the best teas I have had in recent memory!
I have been drinking this tea in the evenings the past few days, and finally got around to typing up my notes.
I steeped five grams of this tea in twelve ounces of near-boiling water for four minutes. The leaves themselves are twisted, orthodox leaves.
The brewed liquor had a golden color—not as light as what is shown in the picture here, but still light. The aroma coming off the liquor was an inviting blend of apricots, peaches, and muscatel grapes. These aromas all carried over into the flavor of the tea as well, with apricots being the primary flavor I noticed. It also had a slight sweet, floral flavor—not a specific flower as far as I can tell (I’m not good at identifying specific flowers), but floral nonetheless.
Overall, this is an excellent, fruity first flush Darjeeling—very light with minimal amounts of caffeine, which make it an excellent afternoon or evening tea. I will miss this tea when it is gone.
NOTE: My package had a date of picking of March, 2017.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Muscatel, Peach, Sweet
I’m no chai expert, but this is a nice balance of spicy and sweet. The clove and cinnamon are balanced and sweet. The cardamom add just enough herbal sweetness. All of the spices used are rich in flavor and work in balance with one another.
It’s nice to have the opportunity to taste authentic chai. I’m still experimenting with a few brewing methods (I even tried gong fu, which really accentuated the spices, let me tell you!). Right now I let an infuser basket sit in a big mug for several minutes, then add a generous amount of milk. I’ve seen that the tea is often boiled in a pot for several minutes. I will try that with some other chais I have. I don’t mind a strong brew.
I was really disappointed with this one.
This was another sample from the black tea sampler I bought from Vahdam last summer. This one has a date of picking as June, 2016.
The dried leaves are dark, with a few light tips (gold? silver? I couldn’t tell).
I steeped 9 grams of dried leaves in 20 ounces of near-boiling water for four minutes. The color of the finished liquor was brownish-red—like a dark copper.
While brewing, the tea had a sour aroma—not appealing at all. There was also a very light muscatel aroma, which carried over into the flavor of the tea. The muscatel was barely noticeable; the flavors which stood out the most, though, were plum, peach, dry paper, and dried leaves.
Overall, I found this to be a disappointing, tired tea. The sour aroma which introduced the tea set the tone for the rest of the experience, which was underwhelming. I didn’t hate it, but I also certainly didn’t love it. I’m glad this was just a sample and not something I’ll have in stock to finish.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Muscatel, Paper, Peach, Plums, Sour