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Recent Tasting Notes
Got this one as a sample while attending a tea tasting by the Tea Guild of Canada. We’d had a chance to taste it that day and I wasn’t overly impressed so it has taken me a while to revisit it.
Today though, I definitely liked it more than I did that day. It was a pretty hearty black, which I normally don’t enjoy very much, but I needed a jolt this morning and chose to get it through this tea. There were definitely astringent notes, and a healthy dose of malt. I added a bit of sugar and it held up to it well. I’m pretty sure it’d do well with some milk as well, but I was too lazy to go to the fridge and get some.
My parents bought this a while back, and it’s my go-to when I’m at their house! Definitely one of my favourites ever. It’s really lovely and light, and I like to brew it fairly strong. I’ve been taking it straight since they first got it, which is really great to begin with, but this past weekend I tried adding a bit of sugar, and it was really good!
I’ve only had it hot so far but I’m thinking maybe I’d like to try making it iced over this summer!
Not bad not bad. Somehow, I don’t know why, it’s not my absolute favourite. I think because it’s lacking the depth I enjoy in my black teas. This is a little light.
I steeped it for just under three minutes, when it was right at the turning point of bitterness so I’m not sure what else could have been done with it.
With some milk and a pinch of agave, it was much better. Malty, a little too astringent, and… well it must be me, but I’m getting a sort of corn flavour, like you get in green tea at a restaurant. Roasted creamed corn. I never thought I’d associate black Indian tea and corn! Hmm. It seems like a flavour that pairs better with a lighter tea. Yunnan could probably handle it much better. That said, I’m glad to have had the experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the cuppa :)
Big thanks to the Tea Guild of Canada for this sample!
EDIT: okay I’m a little nauseous now. It could be that I’ve had more caffeine than I should have today, in both chocolate and tea form. Either way, I’m a tad put off!