72 Tasting Notes
I’m making a reckless decision and having tea late at night. I steeped it Western style with just a pinch of leaves for about two minutes.
Green tea is usually not my favorite, but this one is really good when I’m in the mood for it. I definitely get the nutty flavor that other people mentioned.
It’s not too in-your-face with smell or flavor, but is a little creamy and it tastes more “vegetable” than grassy to me, which I like. Perfect late tea on a rainy evening.
I totally forgot that I had this sample. I’m a pu-erh beginner, but I liked drinking it. I found it to be a really satisfying, thick tea for a chilly morning. I wandered off and oversteeped it for ages, but it didn’t get bitter or harsh. It did’t have the same kind of sharpness that I found in the Peet’s Pu-erh. It had the fermented smell that I notice in other Puerhs, but a very mild taste. It’s hard to describe since I’m new to Puerhs, but I found it comforting. It wasn’t as flavorful as I would have liked, but was enjoyable to drink. It gave me two strong Western style steeps, and the third one was a little watery, but that’s likely because I let it steep for a really long time on the second one.
I don’t think I’ve tried a Nepal black tea yet. This is a very nice beginning. It has the mellow, chocolatey flavor I like so much in black teas. It’s also a sweet and toasty kind of tea. I notice a subtle spice flavor that reminds me of the Yunnan black I got from Upton. It goes beautifully with my breakfast rolls and is a cheery start to the morning
I could have sworn I’d already written a note for this one, but I can’t seem to find it. I absolutely love this tea. I’m drinking it while I work on a writing project, and it’s very comforting. It’s sweet, not astringent, but not weak either. It’s kind of starchy and chocolately and would go nicely with a pastry. In fact, I’m baking right now so I can have a little treat to go with this fantastic tea. It reminds me favorably of Golden Monkey, which is another absolute favorite Chinese black. I always dither over my morning tea decision, but I’ll probably have this one again tomorrow since I love it so much.
I got a bunch of samples from Upton when they had some free shipping deal, and this is one of them. It is a solid breakfast tea, though it turned a bit astringent. It was good with milk, and would be an okay basic black tea to have around, but I don’t think I’ll get more of it. It has inspired me to check out other assams when I get the chance though.
My collection was lacking a tasty decaf. Sometimes I want a warm and cozy cup of black tea, but also want to get some sleep. I’m glad I listened to the good reviews and picked up some of this!
I was nervous when I first opened the tin, since it smelled really sugary, and I thought it might have an artificial taste. It doesn’t have the chemically vanilla that I feared though, and the nice black tea flavor comes through strongly. It tastes sweet and desserty, but still real. I’ve been kind of moving away from flavored teas overall, but this is a tasty one. This tea has a noticeable vanilla flavor, but it still tastes like a proper cup of tea.