362 Tasting Notes
It is shallow of me to start by how a tea looks, but I need to remark: this tea is incredibly pretty, both the dry leaves but particularly the soaked remaindered, pretty open leaves, the marigold petals and whole cornflowers and little pieces of fruit in the middle. All Yumchaa teas are pretty with big fresh leaves, but whenever I brew this I am struck again by how pretty this is.
The taste is also very pretty – while the presence of marigold and cornflowers is visually obvious, I am not sure I can detect their taste, but the apricot-strawberry flavour is delightful and tastes natural. The tea underneath does not feel too strong, though perhaps one can up the dose a bit. It´s not one of my Yumchaa favorites, but competition is fierce for that and it is a lovely flavoured tea indeed.
I really should know better than to buy tea without smelling it first and from home&decor type of shops. But it sounded so good I could not resist.
It is medium-strength black tea with very very strong (artificial to my nose) violet scent. A bit overpowering. But if you got a weakness for violet, even if artificial, it makes for a nice cup now and then.
I love this tea, it is my go to tea, which I always buy and rebuy. I am not particularly fond of earl grey, any earl grey, but this works so perfectly for me. It is also a great tea to serve non-tea lovers, almost invariably they love it.
I have drunk this from the black box british teabags, the european (rest of europe that is) blue box teabags and the european (or perhaps rest of the world) blue tin loose. It will sound heretical but I think I enjoyed the teabags best. One warning, i think this is one tea which particularly fades with age particularly, don´t stockpile it, buy as recent as possible to consume. I thought the british (black box) teabags were stronger but that the continental (blue) teabags are more aromatic. I love it in any incarnation.
I hate vanilla scented teas usually. I dislike Assam-based teas. I love this tea and am desperately looking to buy more.
The vanilla flavour is so light one almost does not notice it, but it´s a rich natural vanilla-pod scent, it melds perfectly with the maltiness ( as the manufacturer puts it and they are right) of the tea. I love it. If you like vanilla and hate vanilla teas, this might be the one for you as well.