4 Tasting Notes

95

Another from the Vahdam Tea Company black tea sampler in the quest for a tea to have as my daily drinker. Of the teas I’ve tried thus far from both Upton and Vadham I like this one the best so far. Rich maltiness and a nice thick mouth feel. Definite notes of caramel and cocoa. With a little milk it becomes a wholly satisfying morning tea for me. Definitely at the right price point for a daily drinker too. $5.50 per 100 g, or $0.055 per g.

First brewed with 3g of tea in 300 ml at just under boiling for five minutes. Also did a cup with 4 g too. The extra gram added a bit of astringency.

Flavors: Cacao, Creamy, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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90

Another from the black tea sampler from Vahdam Teas. This is a second flush picked in July 2017. Grade SFTGFOP1. Retail price is $20.00/100g. That’s $0.20 gram. Compared to their Daily Assam at $8.00/100g at $0.08/g this is a bit more pricey.

4/6/2018: Two cups. Both 3g of tea in 300 ml water at 211 degrees. First cup without milk and the second with 2.5 ml evaporated milk. Comparing this to Vadham’s Daily Assam. This one is immediately nicer than the Daily. This tea has more rich and malty creaminess. Like the Daily Assam this tea is very nice without milk, but a bit better with it. At this price though maybe it’s not fit for being a daily drinker. Maybe more of a nice weekend treat.

Flavors: Creamy, Dates, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80

I’m going through a lot of orthodox black teas to find my perfect black tea or black blend.
This tea retails for $8.00 per 100g. Or $0.08 per gram. An affordable tea.

04/03/2018 1430: First tasting done with 3 g tea in 300 ml of water at 211 degrees steeped for four minutes. No milk. There was a nice grapey aroma to the freshly brewed leaf. Less astringent to the Vadham Daily Assam that I tasted just before this one. Less astringent, but more brightness. Tasting notes of plum and muscatel. Some gaining astringency closer to the bottom of the cup.

Flavors: Grapes, Muscatel, Plums

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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85

I’m going through a lot of samples looking for a daily Assam tea or blended ‘breakfast’ style tea. This came in the Vadham black tea sampler. This is a nice little tea.

4/3/2018: First tasting was 3 g of tea steeped in 211 degree water for 4 minutes. No milk in first tasting. Mildly astringent with a pleasant maltyness. Some notes of almond and caramel.

4/6/2018: Second tasting with same parameters as above. Two cups this morning; one without milk and one with. Again left with an impression that this is a serviceable tea. I liked it better with milk. I used 2.5 ml of evaporated milk. Rich, malty and creamy.

Flavors: Almond, Astringent, Caramel, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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