27 Tasting Notes

80
drank Himalayan Breakfast by Vahdam Teas
27 tasting notes

Surprisingly smooth breakfast tea. Not strong at all. It has a very faint malty taste, but not too much. A very nice breakfast tea for day-to-day use. It is however a shame that the leaves nor the tea seem to have an aromatic smell.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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78

A very soft and delicate first flush Darjeeling. Flavours are of Muscatel and Grass (which isn’t a bad thing). The flavours are faint and smooth; the tea is not overpowering and leaves no aftertaste.

Flavors: Grass, Muscatel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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82

I’m surprised to actually find a Darjeeling tea that ik really like. This one is it! It has a very smooth mouthfeel and very distinct flavours of apricot and wood. The flavours don’t linger too much and there is only a very slight bitterness, almost no astringency.

Admittedly, it’s still not my favorite type of tea on account of the not so pronounced flavour profile, but it is without a doubt the best Darjeeling i’ve ever had.

Flavors: Apricot, Muscatel, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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43
drank Ambootia Herfstpluk by Simon Levelt
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This is a Darjeeling tea, and i’m not a huge fan of Darjeeling. And this is a heavy, bitter Darjeeling, which i’m even less fan of.

If you can appreciate these kind of very strong bitter teas, it might be for you. For me unfortunately, the bitterness blows the entire flavour of the tea away.

Flavors: Bitter, Muscatel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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49

I really love most Vahdam Teas, but this one doesn’t cut it for me. This tea is very strong and quick to overbrew. The tea is also extremely bitter and has almost no flavours to balance that out. You can faintly taste some of the usual Assam maltyness and sweetness, but you have to close your eyes in order to find it.

The fact that i didn’t even finish the cup is indication enough: This CTC gets no applause from me.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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74

As I said before, i’m not the biggest of fans of Darjeeling teas. This one is a nice and delicate black tea with hints of grapes and muscatel flavour. Ideal for people who like a smooth cup of black darjeeling. It has a nice faint hint of bitterness to acompany the smoothness. Good Darjeeling for daily drinking.

Flavors: Bitter, Grapes, Muscatel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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82

Once again a very nice Assam from Vahdam. The usual malty and honey-like sweet notes are there. The tea has almost no bitterness and close to zero astringency. I would say this is a very smooth Assam where the flavours are less pronounced, so that’s a great thing if you like tea that doesn’t punch you in the face with its flavours.

Not the best Assam ever, but a very nice tea for sure.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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65

The tea is very strong and has malty and sweet characteristics. The sweet tones are somewhat overpowered by the bitterness of the tea. The bitterness for me is not very pleasant because it lingers for too long in your mouth.

Not one of Vahdam’s best Assam teas, but you can’t win them all ;-)

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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79
drank Fennel Masala Chai by Vahdam Teas
27 tasting notes

It’s a Chai tea that’s on par with the Original Chai from Vahdam, but with fennel added to the mix. I personally don’t like the addition of the fennel seeds. You can smell the fennel very strongly, and you have a hint of fennel when tasting. Somehow for me, the fennel interferes with the otherwise fine Masala Chai taste.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good Chai, but it’s not as good as the regular one Vahdam makes.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cloves, Fennel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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