200 Tasting Notes
It’s supposed to taste like the special type of bread that french people eat at Christmas. My sister bought it for me as a Christmas present because she is living in France at the moment, and because she hears me talk about tea all the time. In a lot of ways it was the perfect present!
I have held off reviewing this tea because I have never tried Pain d’espices (the actual bread) and I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like. Anyway, it has a lot of cinammon and a few other spices (of the kind that are probably in mulled wine as well) – kind of Christmassy spices with a bit more cinammon than you’d otherwise expect. I can kind of imagine this tea being made into a crumby bakery product, maybe with some marzipan on it. I don’t know whether this French delight usually has marzipan, but my imagination has gone wild! with this tea and the dark coloured loaf I am imagining definitely has marzipan on it!
It’s very pleasant because it has a bit of bite but not so much that you need a cup of water afterwards to calm everything down in there. And it’s comforting. Maybe I should try it with sugar, the cake in my head is sweet, but the tea is not. Hmm…
I had a poker night a few weeks ago and a friend came who had never been to visit before. Of course she knows I’m a bit enthusiastic about tea so she had very high expectations and was disappointed with the black tea I offered her, because it wasn’t as strong and powerful as a normal teabag like Tetley or PG Tips.
If she comes again, I will give her this. It’s delicious and is quite strong and good with milk and it’s brilliant. Full of flavour and better than the teabags I mentioned in the last paragraph
That’s the end of the packet, and the end of my white tea until I buy some more. I lost concentration and brewed it for 5 mins at 80 degC rather than 4 mins at 75 degC and you can tell that it has gone a little bit too far. It’s a shame not to finish on the best cup of this tea, but it’s drinkable. Yesterday’s cup (not logged here) was much better. I like white tea, so I’ll get it again, it might be this one but I think I can find something even better
Drank this because http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php. I forgot which of the wonderful steepster people made it, but I think it’s fun.
I’m drinking a lot of Yorkshire tea at work at the moment and the first thing I notice about this is that it has more Indian tea – Assam etc I think – than Yorkshire tea. That’s obvious from the smell. I’m waiting for it to cool down
…5 minutes pass…
Ooh, it’s very tasty. What more can I say? I like it
EllieTea4Me sent me this tea for a tea exchange. I have had it a few times but didn’t really know how to describe it. Then I came home from work and had it next to my Whittard Gunpowder Tea as a comparison. The water was about 88 degC soo a bit hotter than I would have liked, but I couldn’t be bothered to perfect it.
The gunpowder tea was a more rounded flavour and this El Gawhara had less of an initial flavour but a more intense aftertaste. El Gawhara reminded me slightly of sprouts and the gunpowder more of broccoli I suppose. So far the Gunpowder tea is winning, although I do like El Gawhara – and I like sprouts too! Even though the Gunpowder tea had a more rounded flavour the El Gawhara seemed to be filling. I know there won’t be any difference, but El Gawhara seemed more like a food, and that’s what I needed, because I haven’t eaten since lunchtime and I come back from work hungry.
So there you have it, two quite different green teas that I will drink in different situations and I will enjoy them both
The box holding the teabags says it should be brewed with boiling water for 4-5 minutes, but I found 1 minute and 80 degC was perfectly good. Maybe I’ll try their suggestion, after discovering how good my yellow tea is after brewing for 20 minutes, but I always go for a short brew time on sencha, because I find they can get bitter. This was perfectly good, although unsurprisingly not as nice as the loose leaf sencha I have