This is nice. Having it with a little cream. It’s rich in flavor, light on the malt, has a hint of smoke and seems like a pretty solid tea. It doesn’t have anything that stands out to me in particular, but strikes me as a nice cup in the morning.
“This is nice. Having it with a little cream. It’s rich in flavor, light on the malt, has a hint of smoke and seems like a pretty solid tea. It doesn’t have anything that stands out to me in...” Read full tasting note
“Thanks to the Travelling Tea Box I recieved this evening, I will be trying a lot of caffeinated teas today. LPT: This makes the best latte ever using vanilla soy milk. Try it, it’s REALLY...” Read full tasting note
“Delicious Yunnan black concoction with perhaps a bit of the Darjeeling peeking through. The Ceylon in this cup totally hid behind the Yunnan, or perhaps that’s all the dry leaf my teaspoon...” Read full tasting note
“Thank you for the sample Sil I can see why this is called holiday blend. It is bready/malty/ and a little fruity. Cocoa notes are present for me way in the background. This would be good to...” Read full tasting note
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Thanks to the Travelling Tea Box I recieved this evening, I will be trying a lot of caffeinated teas today.
LPT: This makes the best latte ever using vanilla soy milk. Try it, it’s REALLY creamy.
So this is an interesting blend of Yunnan black tea and Indian black tea. I found it had a great malty flavour and tasted a lot like a Christmas blend. Rich, notes of spices (clove), something fruity, and a slight sweetness.
Flavors: Clove, Fruity, Malt, Spices
Delicious Yunnan black concoction with perhaps a bit of the Darjeeling peeking through. The Ceylon in this cup totally hid behind the Yunnan, or perhaps that’s all the dry leaf my teaspoon picked up. Or maybe my travel mug tampered with things as I was on the go all day. Ok, ok, it was only four hours but it felt like all day. Damn delicious.
Thank you for the share, Sil, and for giving me enough in the sample to have more of this at home in a proper cup or at least not covered up in a thermos-like container: like the context nature intended tea to be drunk in. Preferably wearing flannel pyjamas.
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Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate
Thank you for the sample Sil
I can see why this is called holiday blend. It is bready/malty/ and a little fruity. Cocoa notes are present for me way in the background. This would be good to drink during the holidays wrapped up in a warm blanket reading a book. It’s just that cozy…..or should I say damn fine???!!!
Thank you Christina for the sample!
I made a large mug of this one last night, with a little splash of milk. My little sister and I are binging on movies she hasn’t seen but are “classics” of a sort. We started with 13 Going on 30 and then ended the night with The Truman Show. Today, I’m hoping to get in a combination of 50 First Dates, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Yes Man. All of those are movies you just have to see at least once.
The was a really good tea; I can see it making a lovely everyday drinker. Dominant notes of baked bread, malt, and raisins/muscat (perhaps from the Darjeeling in the blend) with softer notes of honey and plums. It reminds me loosely of Fruit Cake which definitely seems appropriate for a holiday blend. Good Fruit Cake though; with real fruit and not just candied globs of red and green “mystery fruit”.
Very solid tea, with nice layers of flavour! I really enjoyed it.
Many thanks to Lala for sending me a sample of this!
I can see why others like this, but this was far too malty and brisk a black for my taste. I used 1.5 tsp for 12 oz, and steeped in just-boiled water for 3 minutes, and it was surprisingly strong.
I’m sending the rest of this sample on to Roswell Strange since she expressed interest in trying it.
Another one I get to try, thanks to Nicole! This one is a very unique flavor for a plain black tea. I would never think that Yunnan, Darjeeling and Ceylon together would taste like this. I like it a LOT more than I thought I would after seeing these three teas were in the blend. I like Yunnan but Ceylon is not a favorite. I can’t really describe the flavor though. It’s medium strength, with a lingering fruit flavor at the tail of the sip. I don’t even know which base the fruit would come from. Brewing the tea this way doesn’t seem to oversteep the Darjeeling at all. And it WOULD taste really good with cookies. Also, I sipped a “holiday” tea on the hottest day of the year. :D
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min