Sampler Sipdown September! Sipping down another of my black tea T2 samplers, this time the Good Evening sampler. This is another discontinued flavor, and is a black tea/green tea blend, but since it’s been discontinued, I can’t get any information on the teas. The floral aroma from the dry leaf leads me to believe the green tea used here is a jasmine green tea, and the packet describes the tea as having a “soft astringency”; the black tea leaves are full, rather than CTC like their Assam and Ceylon tended to be in their other blends (there were perhaps a few CTC leaves in the blend, but the majority were full leaf), so maybe it’s a Chinese black? Though I suppose it could be a full leaf Assam or Ceylon used in the blend, though I never associate those in my head as having “soft astringency.” Not really sure what the blacks may be in this one.
The tea has a malty and floral aroma. This is surprisingly nice; I don’t like jasmine green tea (the aroma is always too strong for me) but this is such a subtle amount blended with the black tea that there are no aroma issues for my sensitive migraine-head at all, so I can just enjoy that slight floral touch, which actually gives the malty flavor of the black tea a pleasant hint of sweetness. I’d say the base is medium-bodied, with a slight citrusy note, and just a little bit of smokiness on the finish. The tea is a little more astringent than I was expecting from the description, though; I think the floral taste made me expect something a bit more delicate, but it was quite tannic and drying on the tongue. I think the heavy astringency was the only part of this one I didn’t care for.
This one surprised me a lot; I didn’t think I’d like it much when I realized the “green tea” in the blend was jasmine green, but the fact they went real gentle on the jasmine green worked just perfect for me. I’m a bit sad this tea is discontinued now.
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Citrus, Floral, Jasmine, Malt, Smoke