5 Tasting Notes
Though I have seen others’ images of blossoming teas, I had never actually experienced their beauty in person until we tried this one. We used a clear teapot so we could see the flower open up, and we actually removed the lid after a couple minutes so we could smell the aroma being released, as well. This tea was both aesthetically pleasing and delicious. It wasn’t super strong, which can be nice sometimes, but it packed a very full, floral taste.
Flavors: Earth, Floral
I was impressed with this tea. It had a nice bold taste without any of the bitterness that sometimes accompanies black teas. Though I didn’t actually have this tea at breakfast—this morning was definitely a coffee kinda day—it made a nice late afternoon drink. And, of course, loose leaf is infinitely better than bagged.
This tea was delicious! It is wonderfully aromatic and very easy on the palate; a delightful mix of white and green tea. The caffeine content is very low, which makes it a great pre-bed companion, and its effects are very soothing and calming. I would highly recommend this tea to anyone.
Flavors: Licorice, Rose, Strawberry, Sweet
This is one of my all-time favorite teas! It pairs perfectly with cold weather, a good book, and homemade scones. Its bold flavor and high caffeine content will wake you up without the accompanying jitters some endure after drinking a big cup of coffee. With its wonderful blend of assam and ceylon tea leaves, it’s like bacon for tea drinkers: You smell it, and you’re up!
Because this is a black tea, I brew it at boiling point (~200 F) and steep for 5 minutes. I caution against oversteeping since this tends to bolster a bitter aftertaste.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Perfume, Thick
I love the fact that certain cultures use various teas to signify the coming of seasons. For example, Da Hong Pao is often used in tandem with the coming of Fal—just as the weather is starting to turn chilly. This tea will definitely warm you up on a cool Autumn morning.
We heated the water to just below the boiling point and allowed the tea to steep for 10 seconds, adding five seconds for each re-brew. The aroma was very potent and reminded me of flowers or wood. I didn’t actually care for the initial taste, I think because of the woodiness. The aftertaste, however, I found to be quite pleasant. The tea left a subtle salty-sweetness on the back of the throat that stayed for several minutes after drinking.
Flavors: Flowers, Salty, Smoke, Sweet, Wood