• Scottish Breakfast by Beautiful Taiwan Tea

    Dry leaf aroma: Sweet hay and malt. Wet leaf aroma: Damp hay with a vegetal tang.  Preparation: Brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug. First/only steeping: 5 minutes at 212 degrees.  The aroma is malt with undertones of honey and the slightest hint of sweet hay. The main flavors are malt and a pleasant bitterness, with a suggestion […]

  • Red Jade Spring Black Tea Lot 306 by Taiwan Tea Crafts

    Dry leaf aroma: Sweet potato and malt.  Wet leaf aroma: Slightly vegetal.  Preparation: Initial quick rinse, then brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug. First steeping: 2 minutes 30 seconds at 205 degrees.  Red Jade stays true to its dry leaf aroma – pure sweet potato with undertones of malt. While the cup is hot the predominate flavors […]

  • Honey Black by Beautiful Taiwan Tea

    Dry leaf aroma: Sweet and crisp with undertones of honey.  Wet leaf aroma: Slightly vegetal with suggestions of hay.  Preparation: Brewed western style in an all-glass infuser mug. First/only steeping: 5 minutes at 210 degrees.  The aroma is predominately hay with subtle vegetal notes and the liquor is a medium golden brown. Honey Black tastes much like it smells, […]

  • Golden Needle Premium by Mandala Tea

    Dry leaf aroma: Cocoa sweetness with a hint of malt.  Wet leaf aroma: Damp hay with vegetal notes.  Preparation: Initial 5 second rise, then brewed western style in an all-glass infuser mug. First steeping: 4 minutes 30 seconds at 205 degrees.  Freshly steeped the aroma is a fusion of hay, malt, sweet potatoes and cocoa. The liquor is a […]

  • Jamais Vu by Nina’s Paris

    Dry leaf aroma: Strong and pleasant orange scent. Preparation: Brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug. First/only steeping: 3 minutes at 210 degrees.  The aroma is fruity with hints of blackcurrant; as the cup cools I detect a bit of orange. While the tea is still quite hot the fruit flavors are muddled together with a […]

  • Gold Thread Reserve by Red Blossom Tea Company

    This is the second tea I ordered from Red Blossom and I am excited to finally do a tasting and prepare my notes. Dry leaf aroma: Sweet potato with a malty background. Preparation: Brewed western style in an all-glass infuser cup. First steeping: 1 minutes 45 seconds at 200 degrees.  The aroma stays true to the dry leaf […]

  • Organic Formosa Red, no. 18 by Red Blossom Tea Company

    This tea intrigued me with its description so I am pleased to finally be able to taste it for myself and post notes. Dry leaf aroma: Sweet and slightly malty with a mild trace of tobacco. Preparation: I prepped the leaves with an initial quick rinse and then proceeded with my session western style (my gaiwan is […]

  • Milk Oolong by Tao Tea Leaf

    I admit that I am still exploring milk oolongs; this is my third one to date. For this session I brewed the leaves western style for a total of 5 steeps. I am not sure if this oolong is scented, flavored, or 100% pure, so I am going with the guess it has nothing added […]

  • White Champagne by Tealux

    Have you ever had a tea that smelled so good you had considered using it as potpourri? This is one of those teas for me! The aroma is muscatel (grape) with a hint of currant. The description on Tealux notes the crispness of this tea, and I have to agree. DT’s Grape Expectations with a […]

  • Darjeeling Giddapahar Muscatel Black Tea Second Flush by Golden Tips Teas India

    I received this sample today as part of the July subscription box. When brewed the aroma has a hint of fruit and mustiness. As for the flavor, this Darjeeling has a characteristic bitterness and the aftertaste is a light muscatel which lingers pleasantly. I might try my second steep with a bit of tea sugar […]

  • Black Currant by Harney & Sons

    A nicely balanced tea. Neither too fruity, nor too bland. It is hard for me to describe black currant but it makes me feel nostalgic and is paired well with the Chinese black base. Flavors: Berry, Black Currant 205 °F / 96 °C 5 MIN, 0 SEC 8 OZ / 236 ML Share this:

  • Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons

    I was pleasantly surprised by the delightfully light and tart citrus of Diamond Jubilee. I generally prefer flavored teas with a strong base, but in this instance the mild black base works very well with the bergamot and grapefruit essence. The citrus notes linger as a crisp aftertaste and I can only imagine this would […]