Hey there Teacups! I hope you’re all doing well if you’re following me on social media you will already know the reason this post is going up late yesterday I was back in Manchester visiting my mum it was a really nice day and I think the break from social media did me the world of good to be honest. On the way home, I was hit with a horrible Migraine and by the time my fiancé and I got home I there was no way I could have even thought about looking at a computer screen it just would have made it worse. I should have tried to get this post ready in advance, but my migraines have been so bad recently that I’ve just physically not been able to sit and write my tasting notes up. Over the next few months I’m going to do everything I can to try and help my migraines but in the mean time if a post goes up late that’s why and I apologise in advance. I’ll be doing my best to keep to my every other day posting schedule but I every now and then there might be a few little blips.
Today I’m back with another Let’s Talk Tea post this time around I’m going to be reviewing Grand Tea’s Yixing Souchong (Black tea). Grand Tea very kindly sent me a package jam packet with so many amazing teas and when they arrived I couldn’t wait to jump straight into trying them. Normally when tea companies send me more than one tea to try I have such a hard time choosing which one I want to try & feature first but they packed the teas in a way that made it much easier to choose because I could only really choose the tea that was at the top without ripping the packing it was in open (It was nice to be able to spend much less time making that decision)
Nutty (Hazelnut & Chestnut) – Sweet – Milk Chocolate – Malty – Slightly EarthyI was so surprised when I opened the sample packet this came in and my living room was very quickly filled with a decadent nutty/milk chocolate aroma that was honestly to die for. I say I was surprised by this because I expected a much stronger tea with a dark and smoky aroma, but it was completely the opposite (It’s not very often that teas surprise me anymore so I love it when they do). Normally when I do my tasting sessions I will open the packets the teas come in and they them acclimatise for at least 10-20 minutes before I start steeping and tasting but with this one I think I only waited around 5 minutes because the aroma literally had my mouth watering and I had to jump straight into trying it to see what it had to offer taste wise.
Tea Tasting Notes
As you all know one of my biggest pet peeves with teas (mostly blends not so much with classic unblended teas) is when they have amazing aroma but the aroma doesn’t translate into the flavours and because this tea had such a fantastic aroma I expected it to let me down flavour wise but that wasn’t the case at all it actually couldn’t have been further from that. Every single one of my favourite aspects from the aroma like the nutty (hazelnut & chestnut) notes and the sweet milk chocolate notes were even stronger in the taste and it must have only taken me 2 minutes at the most to finish a whole cup so I think that just shows how good it is.You know how they say when that when you eat Pringles once you pop you can’t stop well that is exactly what this tea is like it’s pretty much the Prinlges of tea world (if that makes any sense) it’s so moorish and mouth-wateringly good. I’m incredibly thankful that Grand Tea chose to send me this tea because I probably never would have had the chance to try it otherwise. I’m certainly going to be buying a lot of this in the future it’s going to be a long time staple in my tea collection. Mouthfeel wise for the most part it’s really smooth in texture but towards the back of the mouth it did get a little bit drying but only the slightest bit not enough to spoil your overall enjoyment of the tea though.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Grand Tea and purchase this Yixing Souchong for yourself, you can do both here. As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley