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For a couple of days I had been thinking about making a mojito type drink with tea. Since I figured other flavours might stand out more, I decided to go with a plain black tea I was pretty meh about trying. This was that tea and I made it over ice with mint leaves and lime juice. I then topped that all with some pineapple sparkling water. After a taste, I realized I was a bit heavy handed with the lime juice so I opted to add a splash of vanilla syrup to offset the tart citrus. That actually rounded out the flavour perfectly making this bright, sweet and super refreshing. The tea provided a solid foundation for the other flavours to thrive. I’d have it like this again but also I should probably try it plain once.
How is it that I haven’t made a note for this one that has been hoarded in my cupboard and now is almost sipped down. This package is 5 yrs old and seems to have taken on a harshness when it cools now. When it was in its prime this Assam rivaled my favorite golden monkey for its smooth malty and nutty notes. On this cup, its quite pleasant awesome tea with a coppery ting to the aftertaste. I would buy this again and sip it down in short order, though I have trouble finding other teas I like from Vahdam these days.
My first good quality oolong! The leaves are a pretty dark reddish brown color. It steeped into a dark gold liquid, which was very good! Earthy, but still somehow light at the same time. Definitely going in my “I like this” section of the cabinet!
Flavors: Dry Grass, Earthy, Grass, Green
Chai/ Assam is not my favorite type/blend of tea, but cinnamon black teas are, so I wasn’t sure how I would think this tasted. I have to say I wasn’t encouraged by the aroma as it was brewing, which I didn’t love, but I was quite pleased by the taste actually. This probably won’t challenge for my favorite cinnamon tea, but it was enjoyable and I will enjoy the rest of the packet that I have.
Definitely a unique tea, I was really excited to try it. Its a broken leaf green tea… to be honest it looks kinda like black tea. Gently spiced with a unique flavor… I guess its the saffron- not sure how that tastes, the cinnamon, cardamom and orange. I enjoyed it but I don’t think its a re-order for me. Now I’m done with my sampler set. Once I drink through at least one or two of my newest Harney orders, I will probably pick up a Davids tea sampler
Mooore CTC bop and although I don’t like most of them, this one is a winner. Only spices are cinnamon and cardamom but they taste perfect in this blend. I guess they overpower the ctc taste ad I don’t have any issues with it in this blend. Add milk and some of the vanilla syrup that I have been into making the past couple of weeks and you get a yummy chai,
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon
And more Ctc bop or the little buds Im not a fan of. Ive found the flavor is helped out a lot if you use cream instead of milk. I have leftover cream just from the batches of ice-cream Ive been making lately. Anyway.. this didn’t taste any different to me from the original chai. You can see some saffron in it. But its over lowered by the tea that Im not a fan of.
Turns out the Fennel tea is probably going to be the only the tea in the whole set that contains the ctc bop tea that I like. Overall I just don’t like the flavor but I am trying to finish them while I am on break since they keep me up for hours. The soice flavors in this one just wasnt as good as in some of the others as well
I could smell the fennel in this but not so much taste it… unless its that mapley note. I read you can make maple extract from fennel seeds. Anyway this might be the first ctc bop tea I like the taste of. Could be that I added cream and sweetener but I really enjoyed the tea when I drank it. But as usual, had the worst time trying to sleep after drinking this one. I need a different tea base…
Flavors: Maple, Spicy
When a company adds the word classic to their product name it makes one wonder if, 1. They did it because it is indeed a classic because it is consumed worldover, 2. Classic to the point of ambiguity, 3. The wet aroma is decent with its woody notes, better then bagged, but still notghing more than classic, 4. The mouth feel is soft, the flavor is perfect for milk / sugar and is classic enough to the point of almost needing it, though I prefer mine without. Unclassic.
This one sounds a lot more exciting than it was. I love Earl Grey tea. Not this one. More of the tea buds which I have since learned are ctc bop, i just don’t like the flavor. It also tends to keep me up. Better if you use less, but then it just doesn’t have the Earl Grey flavor or any memorable flavor. Unfortunately have a few more that have the buds. They are just not for me
There are black teas that are nice to wake up to on any given morning that go along with just about whatever you are eating. This is one of those teas but on a higher level. English, Irish, and Scottish breakfast are all great for morning (or if you are a Brit whenever) cuppas. They all have good briskness as does this one. This one has a bit of astringency as well. So what is the higher level you ask? The aroma. When the initial steam lifted from the leaves after being hit with the first dose of water my nose was overcome with rose and woody notes. Like walking in a rose garden with freshly laid woodchips.
As mentioned in my prior tasting note on this, this has a nice prominent citrusy bergamot flavor, but I had trouble finding any character within the tea. So I steeped it longer (6 minutes) to see if that changes things.
It didn’t. Tastes exactly the same.
It is a pleasant drink, however. I can think of brands I can get in Earl Grey teabags from the grocery store shelves however that I would get before this. But only because this tea is lacking. The bergamot flavor here tastes a bit better than that store brand.
I’m starting today with a pyramid bag of this, which I picked up with some other brands a couple months back when I decided to see what all this Earl Grey fuss was about (yes, my life was indeed spent living under each and every rock).
Initially of the six I selected, this was my favorite. Then it became less favored. Now I consider it rather highly but am quite frankly unsure what to think overall about all this Earl Grey hullabaloo.
The citrusy bergamot flavor is very forward, teetering just short of being overwhelming. The tea itself is quite good but I find it hard to pick out specific characteristics among all the citrus. I suspect that the tea on it’s own is probably light and citrusy to try and complement the bergamot as opposed to providing depth or contrast.
I definitely like this one. Of the Earl Grey’s I’ve tried I would choose this as the first one a new Earl Grey drinker should sample. But it’s not my current favorite of the ones I’ve tried. Earl Grey is a rather vexing thing for me.
Flavors: Earl Grey
Sipping on this one currently as I get ready to crank out some tasting notes…
Honestly this doesn’t taste bad but there is something about the aroma that’s throwing me off a little. It’s a bit sulpherous and eggy, but I can’t really figure out why? The taste is reminding me HEAVILY of DT’s Baked Apple Chai but with a little less apple and a bit more anise. The rest of the spices are pretty similar though.