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This was a sample given to me by Sil and it has been one I have pulled out to make countless times and just never got to it. Today I decided to just go for it and while it is not bad, per se, I am not really enjoying it either. Sil got no astringency but I am getting astringency and that sort of perfumey dryness/metallic quality that I normally associate with Darjeelings. It is sort of malty but everything else going on really takes away from that. Perhaps it is age that is to blame? Nevertheless, thank you Sil for the chance to try this.
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Thanks so much, SkySamurai! First flush Darj is usually hard for me to describe. This one tasted like creamed corn though, which is what I taste with some green teas and not really any Darjeelings, so that’s different. The second steep was a completely different from the first cup. The second cup was a bit oversteeped but Darjeeling is fickle. I should have taken note of the flavor that was like a green tea and steeped it like a green tea. Next time.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Thanks very much for this, Meowster! A decent enough fruity black tea. I think the base might be too astringent to really let the fruit flavors shine… the black tea is on the smaller side, while not being quite a CTC size small. So maybe I’ll try using less than a teaspoon next time. The fruit flavor also might be a generic “fruit” flavor, maybe even because there are a couple different fruits used here, so it’s hard to tell what they are exactly. Or because I have no idea what a Maracuja would taste like. This would be a great option for iced tea with the bitey black base.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
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Picked this up eons ago due to favourable reviews on Steepster, but I didn’t recall how smoky it was. Luckily, it’s quite smooth, probably due to being a blend, so I don’t feel the need to add milk/sweetener, though I’m sure it would be delicious if I did. The predominant flavour here is smoke, which lingers in the mouth after the sip but is joined by some malty sweetness once the initial punch of smoke settles.
Not bad, but the temptation to sweeten this is pretty high, and if I’m going to do that I may as well just use a harsher lapsang souchong that will produce a stronger cup.
Thanks for the sample, Sil, but yeah, this is definitely another nope from Upton. It actually smelled more lemon cleaner-y than it tasted, but… just not a profile I have interest in drinking. I can handle rooibos/honeybush if the flavours are yummy, but the flavour is not yummy here, and neither is the rooibos. I’m sure someone, somewhere might like this tea, but I’d much rather have Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon, which was delightful.
This is a lovely tea, I think. A sample where I, after first taste the other day, made a full teapot for my morning.
There’s a floral taste on the back of the tongue. I wouldn’t call the tea sweet at all but there is something there that is close. A dark flavor similar to a simple Assam is everywhere in the mouth but especially on the sides of the tongue… it’s not strong, but it is there in a noticeable point; The Darjeeling taate doesnt wholly cover that aspect.
A vegetal strength is on the middle of the tongue mixed with a yellow tone and touches of a light blue.
It has an overall varied and shifting and complex flavor. It has a Very long finish, also rich and with a stronger floral tone. As the finish fades – over a Very long time – it becomes more and more floral and shifts to the tip of the tongue. By the end it shifts further to include the front of the gums.
I really like this. Am so happy I bought the sample. Can completely see myself buying a normal order of it.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Green, Vegetal
Just got this with many samples I ordered. So far I’m not impressed. I’m making my first tries to the directions on the packet, will later see what some fiddling does.
First cup, even though I over steeped a little, has a light mouth feel but has a very watery taste. The flavor has to be actively searched for. That said, afterwards there is a long finish that almost has more flavor that the actual drinking. Watery is a good description of the taste, unfortunately.
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Flavors: Bitter, Green