152 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! This tea is easy to brew too strong, and is less astringent as it cools. It has a nice , soothing vanilla taste, with creamy caramel undertones. But there is a harshness to the finish, and it is more pronounced if more leaf is used. If it were more forgiving, I’d be tempted to get more, but I’m not sure I need this decaf blend in my cupboard.
Not a bad example of an Assam, but not very complex either. Malty and astringent and a tiny bit smoky. It’s got a good kick to it that might stand up to milk, if I was a person that likes tea lattes. I’d rather drink it plain or add some spice to it like ginger. While I’ve enjoyed sipping down this bag, its not worth seeking out again, I’ve had other Assams I’ve enjoyed more.
I am working on sipping this down and only have a few more cups to go, so I guess now is a good time for a tasting note!
This smells very roasty, a bit like a hojicha, and brews up nice and dark. There aren’t a whole lot of different notes to this tea, no complexity that comes out with additional steeping. I’m not sure I could distinguish this as an oolong, its certainly more hay and straw and lingering smoky notes than any floral or even big red robe tastes. It is rolled rather tightly and unfurls while steeping. Its easy to brew this one strong, but its too toasty to become bitter. I have enjoyed sipping down this bag, but won’t be purchasing any more.
Flavors: Astringent, Hay, Toasty
This tea was just ok, orangy, creamy, with a hint of cranberry and vanilla. I do like a strong cup of tea, and when I brew this strong, it has a slightly burnt taste. As a dessert tea, it was adequate, but not so yummy that I’ll be purchasing again.
Flavors: Cranberry, Creamy, Orange, Vanilla
About 2 years ago I got a can of this tea and it has taken that long to sip down 300 grams. I added ginger or cinnamon to some cups to make it a bit easier to sip down. This tea was not bad enough to throw out, and it wasn’t good enough to drink many cups on its own. I suppose it wasn’t really that bad as I drank it all, but I’m sure I can find a better chai to drink.
Cardamom and clove notes stand out, and although I tried various amounts of leaf and steep times, I couldn’t make this tea bitter. If it had a touch more cinnamon or ginger, I might be tempted to find the asian grocer where I purchased and get another can, but as it is I’ll let it lie.
Now its on to my next sipdown so I can order more tea!!!
Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Pepper
I brewed this nice and strong this morning, it’s an almost sipdown, I think I have about a tsp left. This does make a bold cup of Assam, coppery, astringent, and just a hint of a bitter aftertaste. It’s not very complex or malty, but it is a fair example of an Assam. Don’t think I need any more of this, but it was ok while sipping down.
Flavors: Astringent, Metallic
Tea advent – this is very nice, smooth, and yeasty. The first steep was a bit more balanced, with cocoa notes and no bitterness. Smells more cocoa than it tastes. The second steep is mostly yeasty and malty, like the grain mixture before its fermented into beer. There’s a striking difference between the first and second steep, I actually forgot it was steeping so it went a bit long, but that didn’t help the second steep retain much of the depth of the first. In all it was a yummy tea, glad I got to try it.
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Yeasty