10 Tasting Notes
So, finally! After trying a sad attempt at a true Colonial Bohea (The Spice & Tea Exchange), I have a feeling this is the tea that may have started a Revolution.
It took me two brews to find the sweet spot. Wow! Aromatic, rich, malty, fruity, and slightly smoky.
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Smoke
Helpful. I will double the leaf and see if I can make myself like this tea! I was about to dump the bag.
The more I drink the more I like it! I’ve found 2 tsp and about a 5 minute steep just 30 sec off the boil make a very satisfying cup.
Excellent! I will try that today. I may even have a slightly different blend than yours. Mine says it was blended especially for Colonial Williamsburg. Funny thing, the packet also says it is an Indian tea, but Bohea is supposed to be Chinese! The word is a corruption of how they were trying to pronounce Wuyi as the Chinese said it.
To be honest this tea was a total let down for me. I had read about Bohea Tea… The tea that started a revolution. I couldn’t wait to try a Colonial Tea! While I was awaiting a shipment of Bohea from Oliver Pluff & Company, I thought I would try this tea from our local Spice and Tea Exchange. It wasn’t a terrible cup. But, it just taste flat! Way too much Cinnamon and not nearly enough true tea flavor.
Needless to say if you want a much better taste of the Tea of the Revolution. I recommend Oliver Pluff & Company’s Bohea. Which I will be reviewing soon…
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest, Smoke
I like it well enough, I guess. It is a very pretty tea with the corn flowers, orange peels and what not. However, it is not one of those teas that is very impressive. To me it doesn’t taste fresh, full bodied and smooth like other Earl Grey Cremes I have tried (Teavana).
Flavors: Bergamot, Orange Zest, Vanilla
It’s strong, malty, smooth, with a wonderful thick taste. I think this would definitely be good for multiple steeps, but I am still learning about multiple steeping. It brewed up to a nice rich brown that smelled amazing. It is a CTC tea that is absolutely beautiful in the tin. I may have over steeped… But I truly enjoyed the tea. There’s no bitterness or astringency to be found. Overall a really great morning tea.
I was also very impressed with the packaging Oliver Pluff & Company provided. What a great quality!