774 Tasting Notes
I can’t find this on their website but I hope they do still have it or put it up soon – it is yum.
This was given to me at the Southwest Tea Festival. Chado/Waterfall Teas gave the vendors at the event a little thank you gift when it was all over. I chose this one.
It is sweet vanilla creamy goodness with bergamot that is definitely there but mellowed around the edges by the vanilla. The base is a nice hearty black that isn’t a standout, but melds nicely with the vanilla and bergamot. As the cup cools, the vanilla comes out more heavily.
This is a nice, thick feeling cup.
A delicate orange flavor complements the oolong perfectly. The blossoms give it a little bit of floral but not a lot. The oolong doesn’t have the green, vegetal taste of an unroasted tea but it definitely doesn’t have a roasty, toasted flavor to it, either. This is a light, delicate tea for a light, delicate flavor.
Sweet and smooth, with a wonderful scent of roasted cacao and butter. There is a bit of sourness that adds complexity to the taste, especially as the cup cools. There are fermented woody notes as well. I don’t get any florals – this tea is hefty. Prepared Western style in a big ol’ mug. Thanks for sharing, Indigobloom, this one goes on the wish list.
Picked this up at the Southwest Tea Fest this past weekend after trying it iced. It was ridic good cold. Hot, it’s good but not as mind blowing. I’ll have no trouble getting through it either way but it may not be anything I keep over other Assams.
It’s malty, thick and mildly sweet. Have it cold and some brighter notes come out along with a more pronounced honeylike sweetness.
Noms. Mellow, smooth but with a little bite if left to steep for a long time. Not a bad bite, mind you. The first thing that hits is the malt and, wow. A bit of sweetness in the sip but not as strong as the malt. Can’t wait to try again with a bit shorter steep and see if that takes out the bite. Thanks, Indigobloom for sharing this one!
Oh my. This is some serious Assam nums. Very malty and with a smooth sweetness. The malt tends to fall off at the cooling end of the cup and a hint of bitter creeps in. The leaf appearance is stunning. Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing some of this delicious tea!
First things first – this is a gorgeous cup. I love African rosewood and the silver being almost white is such a perfect complement to the wood color. It feels good to hold and the wood keeps the silver from burning my fingers.
I used this for the first time tonight with a Dian Hong. I compared an unglazed clay cup and the silver rosewood cup and a Crimson Lotus silver cup. I wouldn’t have noticed if not doing it side by side like this but there is definitely a moderating influence that this cup exerts on at least this tea. It sat in the pot for a bit longer than desirable. In the unglazed clay cup, it was pretty harsh. It was a bit more mellow in the CL silver cup but in this one it was noticeably smoother and the bitter edges seemed to fade.
I am extremely curious to experiment with other teas in this cup now.