789 Tasting Notes
This was a nice morning cup. I did overleaf a bit, but it was a little heavy on the Ceylon for my taste. At last, I feel like I’ve made progress in my palate development when I can identify a note that I do or do not care for by region :) I am hit or miss when it comes to Ceylons, admittedly heavier on the miss side. I haven’t found many that are anything that really stands out to me with the exception of silver tips and Amba estate Ceylon. This was nice to try, thanks, Sil! Bellocq has such a lovely website… makes me want to buy a lot of tea… :)
This stuff is seriously amazing. I am revisiting it today after a long hiatus (meaning it got lost in my piles of tea and I just now uncovered it again). This has a really strong savory almost smoked meaty smell today with overtones of salt. It doesn’t taste smoky though, which is good. It is very savory in flavor and very thick on the tongue. It’s almost like a soup broth. I did steep this for a really long time as well, probably upwards of 6 or 7 minutes.
I’m not sure why you’d waste single origin organic Assam on fanning grade in a paper bag, but whatever… It was alright. Surprisingly it didn’t get bitter despite getting distracted by work when I had the best of intentions to pay attention. I didn’t use boiling water though. It wasn’t what I’d call malty, but it was better than the normal bags you get in a restaurant. I’d probably take it out of the paper bag and use a cloth one or a really fine infuser. I still taste the paper a bit even though it’s unbleached.
It’s just a mild, inoffensive black tea. Stronger than Ceylon but not as strong as a truly good Assam.
I keep trying these British brands, hoping to like one enough to keep it around, but it hasn’t happened yet.
There is a mild menthol scent to this tea and it feels thick. But oddly, I don’t get much flavor at all out of it that I can talk about. Not even “tea”. I would be hard pressed, if given a cup I couldn’t see the liquid in, to even say this was tea. It’s not that it’s bad, it just isn’t much of anything. Thanks for sharing, Daylon R Thomas!
Oh, good lawd amighty.
I need 365 of these cones. One for every day. These are so seriously deeply delicious and good for at least a couple of longer steeps. Butter, malt, smooth… liquid golden is a perfect term for this taste.
I’ve liked them before but this is about my favorite year for this tea so far.
Holy ginger, Batman. That’s primarily what I taste here with an afterthought of cinnamon. I shook up the bag before measuring out the tea but I must have gotten a lot of ginger in my measure. The black tea base seems well suited to the spices, though. All in all, if you like ginger, this is a pretty good chai! Thanks for the chance to try, The Teaguy!
I tried this straight first, but I’m just one of those people who thinks spiced tea is meant for sugar and milk. So I added a couple teaspoons of sugar which did even out the spice somewhat and a couple tablespoons of cream.