Grand Himalaya

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  • “Back to work tomorrow. If I hadn’t felt so lousy, the past several days would’ve seemed like a mini-vacation: feet up, rocking chair, crocheting, binge watches (That Girl and Moonlighting),...” Read full tasting note
  • “Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #8 I was a little intrigued by this one so I figured I’d give it a whirl, but sadly I found this flavour pretty muted – more of a floral black with malted elements and a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is the second tea in today’s tournament style sipdown challenge pairing. It went head to head with another single-estate Palais des Thes tea, Genmaicha Yama. Check out the note for that here:...” Read full tasting note
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Description
A blend of the best teas from the spring flush, this black tea is bursting with rich flavours: green almond, Muscat grapes, and grassy notes.

Tasting notes

Dry leaves
Colours: very varied: green, coppery, brown
Scents: notes of stewed and fresh fruit accompanied by floral notes, with an underlying toasted aroma
Infusion
Colours: green and coppery
Scents: woody, honey, fruity notes with a few spicy notes, all combined with fresher, more planty notes
Liquor
Colour: green and gleaming
Flavours: slight acidity and bitterness which gives this tea its long-lasting qualities
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a tea that develops as it lingers, well sustained by the astringency of the woody, vanilla notes and a few planty notes

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Back to work tomorrow. If I hadn’t felt so lousy, the past several days would’ve seemed like a mini-vacation: feet up, rocking chair, crocheting, binge watches (That Girl and Moonlighting), finished a couple books…and finally, enough going on in the tastebud regions to enjoy a good cuppa this afternoon.

I wouldn’t have pegged this as a Darjeeling had I not read up on it first. The leaves were a nice melange of brown and green, and it steeped to the color of a new penny. One of my office favorites is a Tetley’s black and green blend—this reminds me of a fresher, more elegant version. The Palais des Thes description mentions “planty notes,” which come across nicely in the flavor and “floral notes,” which are more evident in the scent.

AJRimmer

Finished a couple books? That’s impressive! I read every day, but I’m a super slow reader, so I only finish 1-2 a month. Ha, teach me your tricks!

gmathis

Clarification: finished a couple that I had been milking day by day and bubble bath by bubble bath for weeks :) Nothing from scratch! One of them was from the Irish Country Series from Patrick Taylor, if you like gentle reads. Think All Creatures Great and Small with a saltier, feistier people doctor.

Michelle

I’m always adding to my reading list, but rarely seem to finish books these days. I do like the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith for a nice easy read.

gmathis

Seconded! I’m a few behind, I think—last title I read was The House of Unexpected Sisters. I am amazed at his prolific-icity. Another one that’s on my stack for a re-read isn’t part of a series: La’s Orchestra Saves the World.

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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #8

I was a little intrigued by this one so I figured I’d give it a whirl, but sadly I found this flavour pretty muted – more of a floral black with malted elements and a touch of muscatel flavour as well but all of those qualities in very flat and unrefined ways. I anticipate that this is one of those teas that, a few months from now, I probably wont even remember having tried…

You always remember the “great” and the “ghastly” when it comes to tea, but the things that fall in the middle?? Nope.

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This is the second tea in today’s tournament style sipdown challenge pairing. It went head to head with another single-estate Palais des Thes tea, Genmaicha Yama. Check out the note for that here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/415972

Normally black teas trump green teas for me. That said, I do enjoy genmaicha quite a bit so I didn’t think this would be such an easy defeat for this black tea. Drinking it now, I am surprised that my preference is actually for the genmaicha.

While this may be a black tea, its not the type of black tea I usually go for. I like smooth, malty, bready, dessert-like black teas and this is not that. Instead, this is more brisk and a touch astringent. It’s got the floral quality of a darjeeling (I looked it up and it is a darjeeling) that might be nice for many but to me always reads drying. So this was a miss for me and thus Genmaicha Yama is moving on!

Check out a picture of the teas here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMA1JvPgOwi/?igshid=17oukytf2p49j

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