Havukal Special Winter Frost Black Tea

description

With the Havukal teas, there are no surprises. It's always the most flavorful pick of the season, full of luscious and fragrant, sweet-floral niceness. This year, we get all this and more, especially brightness and crispness, and flavors that are focused and not complex at all. Perfect for all day sipping!

the experience

liquor

aroma

Lifted notes of yellow lily, with distant hints of pulpy yellow fruit and sap

appearance

Gold

taste

The liquor is slightly brisk, full flavored, balanced and feels ample in the mouth. It starts out bright and crisp and reveals big floral notes quickly. Notes of lilies emerge strong, along with slight leafy, grassy, and nutty undertones. The leafy notes become more noticeable in the finish and the aftertaste.

COMPLEMENTS

Best enjoyed on it's own or with fresh fruit and soft cheeses.

dry leaf

aroma

Marked by notes of white flower, fern, hints of melon rind and almond milk.

appearance

Uneven, well-rolled, black leaves, some with brown hues and tips, along with some green leaf flakes.

infusion

aroma

Medium intensity floral and vegetal

appearance

Choppy olive green and brown-colored leaves with stalks

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water

Temperature

Tea Leaves

Time

hot

6 fl oz

185-194 oF

1.0 tsp / 2.5 g

4 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one

condiments

Lemon

Drink Plain

Sugar

PICKING DATE
Jan 31, 2017
TIME OF DAY
Anytime
CAFFEINE
Medium
BEST CONSUMED
Hot
SEASON
Winter
SPECIALTY
Frost
SKU NGWFHVB | GRADE SFTGFOP | INVOICE 63
CERTIFICATIONS


18 Reviews

Likes

  • Freshness 13
  • Smooth Body 11
  • Great Aroma 10
  • High Quality 9
  • Unique Flavor Profile 8

Dislikes

  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 3
  • Weak 2
  • No Flavor 1
  • Strong 0

Best Served

  • Anytime 7
  • Afternoon 6
  • Morning 5
  • Evening 2
  • Dessert Tea 1

Dee

Jan. 24, 2017

Earthy and great fragrance

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning.

It has a delicious earthy taste. I think it's very good.

Jan. 12, 2017

lovely

Has a wonderfully gentle aroma and taste. It would be a great introductory tea for people who are learning about black teas because it is aromatic and flavourful without being challenging.

Jan. 10, 2017

lovely

Has a wonderfully gentle aroma and taste. It would be a great introductory tea for people who are learning about black teas because it is aromatic and flavourful without being challenging.

Tina

Oct. 21, 2016

Fresh and light tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

I realy enjoyed in this tea. It has smooth fruity taste.After sipping you can feel fresh feeling in your mouth. I could drink it more then once in a day. I got it as sample with my order.

Sarah

Aug. 11, 2016

Excellent Black Tea!

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

I received this tea in my first subscription and it was a wonderful introduction to Teabox. This tea was both fresh, smooth and great tasting.

Chun

July 13, 2016

Good tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

Good overall tea for anytime enjoyment

Jennifer

May 22, 2016

nice for a change

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Anytime.

really a fine tea and nice when I want something less strong but a little too light in the cup for me

Julia

Feb. 20, 2016

Fog Woody Floral with Tapering Finish

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dry leaves bring to mind the smell of fog coming off the ocean. When brewed, they acquire a woody and slightly fruity aroma (grapes? cherries?). The tea itself has a rich, woody and floral aroma. It is medium bodied with a thin finish and lingering floral notes.

Brenda

Feb. 15, 2016

Delicious

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

I am new to the site and fairly new to loose leaf tea, but this one smelled sweet and delicious before steeping and had a nice flavor when slightly sweetened. Once it was steeped, the smell was a bit more woody than sweet, and overall pleasant. I would definitely buy it again. Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

Andrea

Jan. 11, 2016

Good morning tea

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning.

I love this tea. It has a light airy taste. But it can be astringent if over steeped or you use too much. Good favor. Floral

Zach

Jan. 2, 2016

Another Bland Frost

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body.

Dislikes : No Flavor, Weak.

I am ready to admit that Frost tea just isn't my thing. Great aroma, but the flavor is just not there, which is a big deal to me. Perhaps my palate just isn't advanced enough for this?

Varun

Oct. 28, 2015

Tea with floral notes

Best Served : Afternoon.

Nice, strong tea! Floral notes are dominant. If you like strong flavours, this tea is probably not for you.

Loh

Oct. 19, 2015

Light tea

Likes : Freshness.

Dislikes : Weak.

Light tea for all day

John

Sept. 18, 2015

Complex with intense finish

Likes : High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon.

The sample I ordered of this was a big surprise—much better than and different from the two previous Nilgiris I'd tried. It starts off grassy, then builds up to a wonderful aromatic finish with characters of sweet spice and just a hint of the earlier grassy notes. It's nothing like any other black I've tasted, but did remind me a bit of a young puer without the smoke. Very impressive and enjoyable.

Laurence

May 21, 2015

Very unusual in a good way

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning, Afternoon, Evening.

I've had a couple of Nilgiri teas from teabox, and their presence was one of the main reason I signed up as they are rarely available in England. This is certainly the most intereseting though it has similarities with both Darjeeling and Assam teas with a stronger taste but also a unique flavour. Well worth a try.

Lida

April 17, 2015

Something to savor at afternoon tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Afternoon.

Not the usual Nilgiri fare. Notes of Muscatel rather than the characteristic lemon splash. The aromatics are sweet and exotic, loose and in the cup. The brew is decidedly smooth but with a welcome wee kick to perk up the potion. Truly rich, flowery, and tutti-frutti.

Robert

March 27, 2015

Another Great Nilgiri

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Dessert Tea.

This is a quite pleasant Frost Nilgiri. It is much the same as the Chamraj, my personal favorite, but the departure is in the beginning and ending. The Havukal has a slightly cinnamon beginning, and a short spicy finish. In between is a very mellow, mild astringency to be savored. It is not as citrusy as the Chamraj, but never-the-less, a nice tea in its own right.

Martin Eger

Feb. 11, 2015

Very unique black tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Afternoon.

I've had Nilgiri black teas in the past, but never a "frost" tea. Wow!, what a pleasant surprise. Very aromatic, both the dry leaf in the package, and the tea liquor. Smells like exotic flowers and eucalyptus. The tea liquor is quite lively and brisk. The oily body coats the tongue, and after an initial dryness, a long herbal/woody sweetness sets in. As an afternoon tea, this is a pleasant detour from my usual Darjeeling or Japanese green.

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