Ilam Classic Summer Green Tea

description

Compared to its spring counterpart, the summer green teas from Ilam are more imposing. The flavors are more brisk, fuller and ample in the mouth, but with that lovely smoothness we have come to love in these Nepalese teas.

the experience

liquor

aroma

Smoky greens, cooked corn, burnt wood

appearance

Luminous green

taste

The liquor is quite brisk, smooth and full-bodied marked by dominant notes of smoky greens which are discernible from start to finish. Sweet corn flavours and toasted peas come in briefly and fade away rendering a clean finish.

COMPLEMENTS

Fritters, soft cheeses, tofu, savory pies

dry leaf

aroma

Intense notes of roasted greens, toasted peas, hints of undergrowth

appearance

Short, little mixed blackish green leaves with some green open leaf.

infusion

aroma

Smoky; marked by notes of grilled greens

appearance

Bright olive short cut open green leaves

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water

Temperature

Tea Leaves

Time

hot

180 fl oz

80-85 oF

2.0 tsp / 2.5 g

3 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one

condiments

Lemon

Drink Plain

Sugar

Honey

PICKING DATE
Jul 28, 2017
TIME OF DAY
Afternoon
CAFFEINE
Medium
BEST CONSUMED
Hot
SEASON
Second
SPECIALTY
Organic
SKU NPSFILG | GRADE SFTGFOP1 | INVOICE IL-99
CERTIFICATIONS


13 Reviews

Likes

  • Freshness 11
  • Great Aroma 10
  • Unique Flavor Profile 7
  • Smooth Body 5
  • High Quality 4

Dislikes

  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 6
  • Strong 1
  • No Flavor 0
  • Weak 0

Best Served

  • Anytime 8
  • Morning 4
  • Afternoon 3
  • Dessert Tea 1
  • Evening 1

Feb. 22, 2017

Interesting grilled flavor with vegetable undertones

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

A really interesting tea. It’s most unique note is a grilled/toasted/smoky flavor, much more mild than lapsong souchong or genmaicha, but still definitely present. Under that is a green vegetable flavor, most reminiscent of sweet corn or fresh peas. It’s a very mild, light tea overall, but quite pleasant. However, a warning: it is EXTREMELY easy to oversteep this tea, in which case it becomes almost undrinkable bitter. Be very careful with the temperature of your water (not yet boiling!) and the time of steeping (3 minutes AT THE MOST, preferably 2). The tea will still be very pale and look unfinished, but trust me, don’t risk it. Flavors: Grilled Food, Peas, Spinach

Thaea

Feb. 14, 2017

Unique "grilled" flavour

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning, Afternoon.

The taste most prominent in this tea on my palette is the "grilled greens" mentioned in the description. I've never tasted a green tea like this- I would almost call it a smokey flavor. A good choice when you want a high-quality green tea that is savory and unusual.

Feb. 4, 2017

Subtle and unique aftertaste

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

A lot of fun, this one. Surprising flavour notes. Careful with hoversteeping.

Feb. 4, 2017

Subtle and unique aftertaste

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

A lot of fun, this one. Surprising flavour notes. Careful with hoversteeping.

Amy

June 9, 2016

Smokey but Fresh

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma.

Best Served : Morning, Dessert Tea.

This green tea has a nicely smokey, charcoal scent with a subtle matcha-like flavor. The profile suggests adding lemon, sugar, or honey but I love it just by itself. Good, strong green tea for a morning drink but also great for accompanying sweets and desserts.

Chun

April 12, 2016

LOVE this tea!

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

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon, Evening.

Absolutely love this one. The smoky taste and the charcoal blend perfectly together. My favorite tea so far!

Janet

March 31, 2016

Unique Smoke Taste, But...

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Strong, Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon.

Definitely smoky and woody with a tobacco aftertaste, however, I feel like it lacks body and is a bit thin in taste. The leaves are kind of unimpressive, short choppy bits that seem to be one step above a tea bag, although the brewed color is an attractive darker gold green. The aroma is definitely charcoal-ish, but more green, like roasted spinach. It’s not really an unpleasant taste by any means at all, though, and definitely unique in its smokiness. However, it’s predominant taste after smokey is bitter and can easily turn extremely bitter if oversteeped or scalded. A shame that the taste isn’t more full bodied or well rounded as I really liked the idea of a smoky tea.

Zachary

March 20, 2016

Great fresh tea.

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

I was struck by the descriptor of charcoal palate and nose and wasn't sure what that meant. It has a really crisp clean flavor and was really enjoyable.

Angela

Feb. 27, 2016

This was absolutely wonderful.

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

It was quite intoxicating and smooth. This is my favorite Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

Alana

Feb. 18, 2016

Smells like summer

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma.

The dry leaf has the aroma of summer. It has the aroma of charcoal after it has brewed, but has a light taste. Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

Elaine

Jan. 31, 2016

smooth

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

very smooth flavor. I enjoy it with just a touch of honey.

Wiko

Jan. 18, 2016

Soothing tea

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Anytime.

Very pleasing taste and aroma.

Piotr

Oct. 29, 2015

Interesting

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

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

Very nice green tea. Not too strong, not at all bitter, with medium caffeine content. Well worth trying!

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