1249 Tasting Notes
This was from one of my lovely friends, Whiteantlers in a sachet no less.
Straight, it was sweet like a creamy life-savor with strawberry, rose, and vanilla being the noticeable flavors. There was also not astringency to be found in its smooth body. This is the kinda tea you give to your grandmother, or your mother for mother’s day. Rose, strawberry, and vanilla are the giveaways and the thing you want to look for in this tea. I might consider on trying Lupica again because of this tea.
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Thank you Luckyme! Finally got to try this!
It actually yielded several cups with about 2 grams in 3 ounces of water, seven to be precise and all of them were fairly consistent in flavor. I did not count the seconds, I just brewed by impulse that was not quite western nor Gong Fu. The third steep was a little over two minutes and the rest were closer to western. I didn’t taste as much coconut as I thought I was going to, but it was there. The tea had a strong floral and fruity smell, and had a light creaminess with a heavy nectar quality. Honey, pineapple, and other tropical fruits were the kinds of things I was tasting with the florals and slight creaminess. This tea reminded me of Hawaii.
I might have to get some of this myself eventually. I may even join their tea club….
OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH this tea is good.
I thought that my bias toward the Wild Grey would override, but I actually like this one just as much for different reasons. This is the higher quality tea, and a lot more people would like this because it is stronger and thicker.
I started Gong Fu-ing-and the first steep was a strong bergamot balanced by strong, fatty malt. It was almost salty.
The tea got stronger in the following two steeps with more cocoa, a strong sweet potato and salted peanut fatty taste again , and than a spicy aftertaste. I accidentally made the tea closer to a western style, 40 seconds, than 55, but dang was it still good and I will get a lot more out of the steeps following.
This is one of the best Earl Grey’s I’ve had. It definitely reminded me of a chocolate orange, and I can drink this either Gong Fu or Western with great flexibility. That was what Brenden intended making it. It is also by far one of the smoothest Earl Grey’s with its strong spiciness actually coming from the bergamot in conjunction with the tea. This is the regal Earl Grey, while the Wild Grey is the more humble.
The jasmine is incredibly strong being nearly perfumey. Which I like. I like them pearls and I my white tea. But this tea was actually a bit strong for me. I tasted more of the green tea followed by the massively overwhelming hay white and honeysuckle. Then there’s the pollen which is INCREDIBLY potent. Basically, this is spring tea-sonified-gorgeous flowers and allergens included.
I’m going to try again for a weaker tea. I could have over steeped it.
SUPER BITTER, but the flavor is interesting. It’s like a woodsy rum chai. Even after a five second flash steep it was bitter. I had to add creamer and it was pleasant. I’m honestly not going to finish a cup because of the astringency. Even the coffee I have is less bitter and roasted…but that coffee is rum, caramel, butterscotch flavored.
I’m glad I tried it, and it certainly woke me up this morning because it was a kick in your pants tea.
Whiteantlers, I see why you like this Western.
I tried Gong Fu for 15 sec, but it was kinda flat. Muscatel with a bit of that black tea malt thick with tannin and bitter like dark chocolate, but flat. The teas complexity wasn’t being fully realized. I had to push out the sophistication.
Well, it was not quite as complex as I anticipated. It was, however, close to wine for a tea. At first, it was pretty similar to a darker red wine, maybe a Merlot or Chateau (I do NOT know my wines-I just turned 21 a week ago) with some of the same type of muscatel cherry and oak wood quality. Later brews out of five got smoother and closer to cocoa. Creamier texture later, but that’s about it in terms of infamous bean’s profile. I did get salty hints and maybe caramel, which a lot of you can ignore as sensualist imaginings.
Translating my verbiage into sane English, this was a malty black tea close to a dark red wine with its own nuances to a straightforward profile. It is a pretty good black tea, but I actually prefer some of Whispering Pines other selections like the Wild Grey…which surprised me. That one personally had more of the elusive “chocolate” note that I really enjoy.
I am so glad I tried it. Yet another accomplished tasting note.