136 Tasting Notes
I have been looking for a Scottish Breakfast Tea at the stores here ever since I heard that they were quite strong, so I was happy to find this one at Fresh Market yesterday. This one didn’t disappoint, nice strength and malty, just what I want first thing in the morning. It has a nice bitter kick to it too, not too bitter so that it ruins the tea.
This tea is malty like other Assams, but has an interesting mix of sweet and bitter. The sweet flavor is pretty understated though, or maybe I steeped it too long, and the bitter taste became more dominant…it’s a nice bitter, the kind I like from an Assam. I steeped it for 4 minutes; they recommend 4-5 minutes on the sample bag. However, I find that Teabox overestimates steep times for most of their teas. Pretty good tea…I look forward to a second steep after the gym.
I was very surprised by this tea, it was nothing like the last Nilgiri I tried. The color was very light, and the scent was floral. The flavor was kind of muscatel and earthy…tasted a lot like a Darjeeling tea to me, with a little sweetness as well. Nilgiri teas are definitely more diverse than I thought! Thanks for the sample, donkeytiara!
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I have to say, I was a little too harsh on this one last time. It’s not a great tea, but it’s not bad. I had it today, I’m kind of neutral about the taste. It’s fairly plain, but the strength is good. It definitely fills the need if you want some caffeine. I gave this a 60 before, but I’m bumping it up to 70 since I kind of enjoyed it today…I wouldn’t recommend it, but I’ll drink it once or twice a week until I finish the 80 bags.
I was out yesterday and in the mood for some iced tea, so I grabbed this one. It’s actually really good. Despite not having any sugar or artificial sweeteners, it has a definite sweetness to it. I’m not sure of the source of the green tea, or the sweetness, but it was very enjoyable. I haven’t had many bottled teas or iced green teas, so I wasn’t sure what to expect…it was a lot better than I expected!
I love Japanese green tea so much. When I saw this in the store earlier today, I immediately went on this site, and went through with the purchase after reading the reviews. I’ve had a lot of sencha and gyokuro, but, believe it or not, this is my first matcha experience. The sencha grassiness is there, but it seems as if the matcha may smooth the tea out a bit, as it doesn’t have the usual sencha bite. It’s not sweet like a gyokuro, just kind of a smoother, thicker sencha. I like it a lot. I think I’m going to go back and buy more tomorrow…I can see myself drinking this one often when I’m looking for the convenience of a bag…or sachet.
I didn’t care for this tea at first, but I’m starting to like it more as I drink more and more black teas. I can taste the Assam in this, but I’d prefer it to be more dominant. It’s strong and malty, but doesn’t quite have the bite of an Irish Breakfast. This one will probably grow on me, but I think I’ll prefer their Irish Breakfast; apparently that one is milder, not exactly what I want, but I’ll buy some to compare.