1754 Tasting Notes
I needed comfort tea today. On a whim I gave this a little rinse, and steeped it for maybe three minutes and added milk, a splash of coffee and some sugar. Now this is what a coffee puerh blend should be! SO GOOD. David’s tea, take note. No fish note or overly strong flavours. Perfectly creamy cocoa coffee. Mmmmm. Will see what I do with the next infusion…
Hmmm definitely a white tea. and there is something reminiscent of cranberry, though more like the dried fruit, not the juice or fresh fruit. The bamboo is hanging around as well and offers a nice body to the blend, however I would have preferred it without, so that I could taste the crispness of the white.
Once the cup cools, a fresh sweetness emerges, almost like honeysuckle. It lingers for a long time in the aftertaste!!
High marks given for a much deeper level of complexity than I anticipated
I swear I’ve reviewed this one before.
Funny, I looooove this tea, and yet a rather similar tea, albeit from a different company, is one I find overly cloying and thick tasting. Main differences are that the other one is an herbal and has artificial ingredients. Now, I’m not generally a huge white tea person (lately, that can change!). But I’m wondering what would happen if I added white or green to the other one. I’ve got tons in my cupboard so need to use it all up. Hmmm!
Or blended these two together.
Anyhow. I really love how this one is so reminiscent of tart strawberries, and pairs so perfectly with the white base. It isn’t the first time I’ve fallen in love with a white strawberry tea, though the first time was organic, and had a much more delicate feel to it. Oh how I miss that tea!!
So I’ve come around to this tea. Still finishing my sampler… but it goes down SO easy that sometimes it’s just what I need. Also, I feel as if it would be great for introducing newbs to puerh, and also for mixing tea mock or cocktails. I have a few xmas parties coming up, so I may experiment with a few things. From the blend they had awhile back at the tea festival, I know puerh goes great with lemonade, and orange juice so I may start there. Or cranberry.
Oh yah, and I ordered a whole tin during the black friday sale. Rating bump.
YUM!!! Malty with tobacco and hay notes, and a bit of something fresh tasting I can’t put my finger on. Minerals? Either way, I’m a fan. Noms. Thank you for the sample Tea Historic!
edit Oops didn’t realize I should have added the bits/smaller balls. Will try a resteep…
Second edit: So I’m not really a jasmine fan, though it seems that black tea blends are an exception to that rule. Cuz I love it! Weird, I really don’t enjoy black tea flavoured with jasmine, only the blends with jasmine green and black tea. Rating bump. Also, it had a mouth drying effect once the tea cooled, which was kinda odd, but not in a bad way. I kinda like that part :P
My chiro mentioned that she likes this tea with steamed coconut milk, so I thought I’d give it a try. They gave me two tea bags so it was kinda spicy. No syrup so not a latte and already sweet from the coconut. A good way to get my healthy fats!
It was a bit too potent so I added some shakes of vanilla and cocoa, which seemed to tone things down. Overall, I enjoyed it. Would go better with almond milk, I’ll try that next time.
Sadly, not a chai I’d keep in my cupboard as it relied heavily on the cardamom. I prefer a more balanced spice blend. I hear Second Cup has dairy alternatives besides soy now. So many versions to try…