|"I love the mouthfeel and the aftertaste, but I can't seem to find the brilliance I want from this leaf."|
This company specializes in having a few, fresh, quality teas on hand, and their marketing and packaging give off a very premium vibe. It’s a business model I can get behind as long as the teas are amazing. The first tea I sampled (one of their senchas) from them was in fact amazing, so I look forward to trying another of their world-class teas.
The leaves are beautiful deep green balls. I put 6 grams of the leaf in a preheated 5-ounce glass teapot then steep at 185° for one minute. I get a bright honey gold liquor that is both clear and beautiful. The aroma is nutty, chocolatey, fruity, and sweet. All the lead up to drinking this tea has been wonderful, and I take my first sip with high expectations.
And I’m… Confused. The name of this tea has honey in it, and the most prominent taste I get is chestnut followed closely by apricot. It’s nutty and fruity and barely, mildly sweet. Sweet in a distinctly non-honey way. The thick, oily texture coats the tongue, leaving a lingering roasted taste. It’s an interesting balance of hearty and fruity.
I steep my second infusion for two minutes. It’s equal in quality to the first and very good, but admittedly a darker oolong than I generally prefer. It has a nutty, chocolatey aftertaste. It’s rich and roasted, yet easy to drink.
I add a minute per steep. By my sixth infusion, the cup is getting bland, but I get a total of seven acceptable cups, a satisfactory amount for a tea of this calibre.
I try another infusion with less leaf and more time, and I have my husband do a blind taste test to see if he names honey as a flavour note, but neither attempt really shines. So what’s the verdict? It’s good, very good, but it’s not amazing. I love the mouthfeel and the aftertaste, but I can’t seem to find the brilliance I want from this leaf. I’m especially disappointed by the lack of honey sweetness.
— To purchase Lalani & Co. Jade Mountain ‘The Honey Special’ Spring 2013, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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