1908 Tasting Notes
I steeped it longer and tried adding milk but I still got nuttin’ in terms of flavour. It isn’t really what I’d call caramel OR creamy, nor is it sweet like I sort of expected this tea to be. In fact there really isn’t much to distinguish this tea from a say, a normal, malty Assam.
Oh well, can’t win every time. :)
Apparently this tea is good either plain OR with milk. The milk seems to enhance the vanilla and give it a lovely creamy taste and mouthfeel – and it also makes the tea taste sweeter (no sweetener required!). The orange is at a good level where you notice that it’s there but it doesn’t make the tea bitter, and the jasmine is subtle enough to give the tea some pleasent floral notes without making the tea smell and taste like jasmine soap.
It has a nice, prominent, bakey/malty flavour from the toasted grains, but the sencha base is somewhat lacking. Maybe I’ve become spoiled on decent, loose-leaf senchas, but to me this doesn’t have much flavour or depth.
However, to put it into perspective, it’s still quite decent for a bagged green tea.
I look at the box and it says that the tea is orange chocolate-flavoured, but the smell and taste I’m getting from this tea is neither of those things to me. Instead it’s almost spicy with green, grassy notes. Actually I can pick up a little bit of citrus, but it’s not what I’d called readily distinguishable. And where the heck is the chocolate?! I want my chocolate fix dammit!
Maybe I need to work on the steeping parameters a bit, so my rating may be subject to change.
I hadn’t intended to open this one quite yet, but I decided to send some away in a swap so I figured now would be as good a time as any to give this a try.
I’m not too fond of the smell – it’s creamy and orangey but it smells a bit spoiled to me as though the cream part has started to go off. Not that I think the tea is actually spoiled, but that’s how my nose is interpreting it.
The flavour is more likable – the astringency and mild sourness of the orange goes quite well with the natural muscatel flavour of the Darjeeling. It’s not too drying like I found my last (plain) Margaret’s Hope tea to be. I noticed that it also has a nice sweetness that doesn’t block the other flavours so everything is pretty well balanced.
The scent’s still a bit off-putting though. :(
I was right – it’s much better with milk, but still a little bit on the bland side for an Assam. It doesn’t taste quite as malty with milk but instead the bake-y/biscuity flavours comes to the fore a bit more.
It’s a decent wake-me-up tea I think, but it doesn’t strike me as anything particularly special or engaging to the senses.
I’m leaning towards liking the resteep (@4 min) of this tea more than the initial steep – it still has a bakiness to it but it’s much sweeter and it has sort of apricot or peach-like notes that come out – ‘stone fruit’ notes I think I’ve heard some people describe the taste.
By the third resteep (@5 min) I am noticing the flavour starting to taper off, however.
This is a surprisingly good-quality green for a bagged tea, but then Numi is generally a cut above the normal teabag manufacturers. The tea has a green, grassy flavour with some interestingly savory, almost smokey notes on the end of each sip. I’m not picking up any bitterness though I did steep this pretty conservatively. Not bad at all.