69 Tasting Notes
Brews to a light but rich amber. Smells pleasantly musky, floral and citrusy, like a good Keemun. Taste is rich, milky and roasty with bit of spinach, seaweed and salt that I associate with a Ceylon tea. A lemon, charcoal and pepper finish. A creamy mouthfeel. Mild astringency. A superb breakfast blend in the English tradition. I like it!
Dry leaves smell light and earthy. Wet, the leaves smell fruity and vegetal like apples and tomatoes. The tea brews to a mellow amber with a complex aroma of honey, grapes, apples and baked bread. The taste is light, fruity and malty with a hint of spice (cinnamon and pepper?). Mildly drying astringency.A very good tea, but a bit mellow for my tastes.
Dry leaves smell intensely of coconut. Brews up pale gold with the dominant roasted coconut aroma and a subtle grassy note. Has a chewy, full mouth feel with a very noticeable coconut (surprise) flavor along with a carmel sweetness and grassy undertones.A hint of bitterness at the finish. A well balanced flavored tea. Second steeping is much milder.
Greenish yellow liquor smells fruity (melon?), with lilacs and a hint of wet grass. Creamy mouth feel. Tastes mildly sweet, vanilla, butter, rice with a floral aftertaste (lilacs again). Very little astringency and a hint of bitterness. Later steepings are grassier and less aromatic.
Dry leaves smell like muscat. Brews rich amber and smells like honey and grape. Tastes mildly malty with a hint of smoke and aftertaste of hay. Full mouth feel. Moderate astringency. A little bitterness. A solid, archetypal black Tea (with a capital “T”).