The not-so-slothful blogger Geoffrey Norman, aka Lazy Literatus, took the time to write a detailed and thoughtful review of our teas. He also included a great summary of Jersey’s status and heritage – often an eye opener, even for us Brits! 😬💚
A sample of his post is copied below but for the full review link to his blog: Steep Stories.
“First impression? This was quite unique in all respects. It was very difficult to find something to compare it, too. The closest approximation I could make was a small garden pan-fried green from Assam. (Not a slight; that stuff was excellent!) The leaves were large, twisty, dark green in appearance, and gave off an aroma of sweet green beans, roasted dates, and honey-lathered chestnuts. Basically, the world’s most decadent trail mix aroma.”
“As for taste . . . I mean . . . just wow. The forefront was straight smooth honey sweetness that translated to a leafy/floral middle, but went back to that smooth sweetness.”
“From aromatics to appearance, this screamed, “Shan Cha!” That black tea made from Taiwan’s indigenous tea-adjacent species. The smell was all clay, wintermint, and menthol, but with a slight shade of malt.”
“The liquor brewed up rather light, which was more in line with expectations for a long-leaf black. The palette was a lighter shade of copper with a “menthol cigar wrapping” aroma. (I know that’s not a thing, but my mind goes to weird places when trying to make associations. Deal.) The flavor echoed the aromatic presentation. This tasted like a Taiwanese black tea. Veeerrry close to echoing the wild-eyed notes of Shan Cha, specifically. Earthenware pottery, mint, malt, and aromatic resinous wood all came to mind as well.”