Himalayan Special Spring Chinary Black Tea

description

Being a chinary bush tea, it is characteristically brisk and lush with fresh green notes of the spring season. It's not an easy tea for beginners since the flavors grow on you. But it's worth the commitment.

the experience

liquor

aroma

Marked by notes of fresh cut grass, wet wood, and nuts, slight mushroom.

appearance

Gold

taste

The liquor is brisk, slightly astringent, and full of aromatic green attributes. Notes of herbs, similar to wild basil, dominate the cup, lending a definite bite to the liquor. Undertones of white flower, wood spice, and bark, are also noticeable.

COMPLEMENTS

Goes well with an avocado toast, grains, sprouts, and spanish omelette.

dry leaf

aroma

Mellow notes of bark, nuts, hints of undergrowth, and garden flower

appearance

Mix of well rolled, blackish-brown leaves, bright green leaf flakes, powder green buds and some with stalks

infusion

aroma

Wet wood, stalk, and cooked greens

appearance

Choppy olive green leaves

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water

Temperature

Tea Leaves

Time

hot

6 fl oz

185-194 oF

1.25 tsp / 2.5 g

4 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one

condiments

Drink Plain

TIME OF DAY
Morning
CAFFEINE
Medium
BEST CONSUMED
Hot
SEASON
First
SPECIALTY
Chinary
SKU FFMBB | GRADE FTGFOP1

8 Reviews

Likes

  • High Quality 5
  • Freshness 5
  • Smooth Body 4
  • Great Aroma 4
  • Unique Flavor Profile 4

Dislikes

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

Best Served

  • Anytime 3
  • Evening 2
  • Afternoon 2
  • Dessert Tea 1
  • Morning 0

June 5, 2017

Strong, Traditional Darjeeling

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Dislikes : Strong.

The dry leaves are large and very recognizable as distinct leaves, still dark green in color. They smell of a rich forest, with notes of wood, mushroom, and earth. The steeped tea itself is brownish-gold in color and still carries the mushroomy, woody scent. The taste is surprisingly grassy, given the depth and darkness of the aroma and color, with just a hint of that deep woodiness. There is a bit of astringency in the aftertaste. It’s a tea that really makes me think of autumn, despite being a first flush. Overall, it’s a very excellent example of a strong, traditional Darjeeling. Unfortunately I personally prefer teas with a lighter taste, but I imagine this could be the favorite of someone other than me. Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Decayed wood, Forest Floor, Grass, Heavy, Muscatel, Mushrooms, Peat Moss, Wood

Samantha

Oct. 27, 2015

My favorite of this month's samples

Likes : Unique Flavor Profile.

smooth, yummy yea

Alexander

May 19, 2015

A splendid tea for both expert and newbie tea drinkers alike!

Likes : High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

This tea has a very smooth body with a delicate flavor profile. It has a wonderful aroma and is very pleasing on the palate. I also like the distinct aftertaste that it leaves. Highly recommended!

Marion

April 5, 2015

Another interesting surprise

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

I ordered this tea as a sample and was immediately hooked. I agree with the other reviewers - this tea is incredibly well balanced and has many interesting and - for me - unexpected twists and turns in its flavour profile. It starts refreshing and light but has enough weight to linger longer. There are refreshing zingy, citrussy aromas that are supporter by some richer notes. This is a lovely tea that I will need to reorder very soon but this time a more substantial quantity than just a sample!

Kristen

April 3, 2015

A fabulous light crisp tea

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

Although I normally like very strong teas, this light tea was extremely good. It was very fresh, had a slight citrus note, and was well rounded. I was sad when I drank it all!

Vernithia

March 29, 2015

Very Nice

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Afternoon, Evening.

I was surprised by the well blended citrus and licorice flavors. I enjoyed this tea very much. The mint aftertaste was very nice not over powering. The dry aroma is very grassy

Marion

March 29, 2015

Refreshing and flavoursome

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

This was a real surprise! Particularly I found the colour of the liquor unusual for a spring tea - so dark, rich and almost tangerine colour. A agree with the other reviewer, the flavours blend seamlessly and the level of astringency is really low, which I personally only like in small doses. I very much enjoyed the delicate fruity aromas on the nose and the surprising richness. A very well rounded and refreshing spring offering.

Lida

Feb. 19, 2015

Characterized by exceptional delicacy

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

Best Served : Afternoon, Evening, Dessert Tea.

Per the Teabox particulars, a decidedly springtime palate with predominant flavors of citrus, kumquats, and licorice. The grassiness here—an attribute I generally dislike—is pleasing because it blends seamlessly with the other flavors rather than dominating them. The mere hint-of-mint finish accentuates the freshness in a very satisfying way. Recommended for those who like a light touch in their teas. Purely personally, I need quite a bit more of the brisk.

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