Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Macha Tea Company: Smokers Delight, A Tea Review

I do have one thing good to say about all the perpetual rain lately, it has put me in the mood for Autumn. Oh who am I kidding, I was ready for fall as soon as it became summer, today being the first hot sunny day in...well...weeks actually, has me longing for the cloudy cool days of last week. Granted I could do without the flooding, it has become a daily ritual to check the news and see how far above the record flood level we are each day (7.5 inches above the 100 year flood elevation, so yeah, there is a lot of water) and to see how much rain we are expected to get (2 more inches through tomorrow) fun times! At least this is the last hot day (83F, oh man I am so northern now a-days) predicted for the week so I can get back into the warming roasty teas.

And speaking of roasty teas, today I am looking at a tea from my local tea haunt, Macha Tea Company Smokers Delight, which is not available on their website, but you might be able to get some if you send them a message, they are pretty active on Instagram and quite friendly (as a tea shop should be!) So this tea is a blend of medium roast Tie Guan Yin from Anxi and a dark roast Tie Guan Yin from Sumatra, I love roasted Tie Guan Yin no matter where it is from or how roasted! The aroma of the dark leaves is very toasty, with notes of toasted walnut shells, almonds, pecans (sensing a nutty theme here) caramel, and a finish of bamboo char and toasted grains. It is on the sweet side of roasted Oolongs (as TGYs tend to be) with strong nutty notes that put me in mind of trail mix.

Steeping this goodness up I get notes of intense roasted nutty goodness, especially heavy on the walnuts and pecans, with undertones of gentle floral nectar and char, with a definite sweet quality. It is very aromatic, with a strong autumnal quality, I can practically smell the changing leaves and foggy mornings in these leaves.

This tea is never overpowering, it starts mellow and sweet with roasted nut and gentle wildflower honey notes and finishes off with a delicate orchid aftertaste. As the steeps progress it gets richer pecan taste with a very pleasant thick buttery mouthfeel that is fairly reminiscent of actual nut butter on a very heavy grain piece of perfectly toasted toast. I think since this tea is a blend of heavy and medium roast levels you get a really mellow and heavy taste with a pretty intense sweetness and none of the occasional bitter black walnut and tannic oak wood you get with a full on heavy roast's later steeps, it is just sweetness until the tea gives up the ghost about nine steeps in. It had a very early fall feel too it, one I would want when the air is getting a little chill but has not gotten full on cold (when I want the really heavy roasts and shou pu's) and I have a feeling as the weather continues its slow meander into my favorite times of the year.

Tea gifted to me.

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