1103 Tasting Notes
My “Golden” teas are really taking a hit in this hot, sticky weather. Golden Monkey is now gone! (sob) We know Golden Snail is bye-bye! Yunnan Golden Bud is half gone! and I only have three puffs of this gem left. I brewed it a little longer and the sweetness is unreal and on the verge of apricot. Ah! So good. I love how all these golden teas have their own charms. Chocolate, honey, yams, apricot!
I am drinking Emperor’s Red in honor of Ashmanra’s mole!
I ate a protein bar with it – no waxworms or earthworms!!!!!
It was really satisfying despite my lack of worms. I think I’ve been very sloppy with my steeping parameters lately, and have been having weak tea! So I measured my leaves carefully, and made sure I did not put in too much water, and ahhhh! There’s my roasty, tangy friend!
If you haven’t seen this cutie yet:
Many thanks to SimplyJenW for this tea!
Ohhh, peaches! This is juice dripping down your arm peach flavor. So good! I am amazed this is a decaf good. And that’s saying something, coming from me! What a great night time cup! I took it with not even a teaspoon of sugar, and upped the water to about 11 oz since this is in a silken sachet. Perfect.
I KNEW I was going to fall for another Harney tea right after I placed my order! ;)
Yup, having this one again! I was pulling out all sorts of teas to have this afternoon, but the little voice inside was whispering “Have the Trafalgar! In the Beehouse! Have the whole pot!!!” and, well, I listened. :) Classic and wonderful. Even better at 4 minutes instead of 5.
I’m trying to restrain myself from placing a Harney order (new Chinese tea available! free shipping code! Discount code! I have a $5 points thingum! wait – that’s encouraging me – slap my hand!) so I am having another Keemun which Lady Londonderry gave me a very generous sample of (so sheesh! I can certainly hold out a little longer because you KNOW what is going to happen. The minute I place my order some more Harney Chinese teas are going to come out and I’m going to to be mad at myself).
Ahem! You’ve had enough of my internal monologue – let me talk about the tea!
I went heavy on the leaf, and got a really nice cocoa-y, satisfying cup. Rich and delicious.
THEN I gilded the lily! I took Harney’s Chocolate Mint which Ashmanra sent to me into work because I wanted to taste it sans additions. I added a scant teaspoon to the Keemun Mao Feng leaves and had two more steeps of such a treat! The cocoa notes from the Keemun paired with the chocolate and mint was exhilarating! I definitely prefer the Chocolate Mint sans additions. This is so refreshing and chocolatey and Mmmmmm!
Thank you so much Lady Londonderry & Ashmanra! You both helped me keep a sound mind and pocketbook today, whilst having a delicious and decadent tea day!
I’m home today – finally, the permanent glass is getting installed in our door after the firemen broke it (remember that saga?)!
I am glad to be home, because I’ve been craving this tea all week! I am so excited for this afternoon pot. And what a pot! Not only did Doulton gift me with this delicious tea, but she sent along this beautiful Beehouse pot!
How did she know I have blue speckles in my countertop!!!??? :)
Anyway, this milk ‘n sugar classic is so good. Smooth. Strong. Tea with a Capital T! It must be blended really well because it tastes uncomplicated – just the epitome of British style tea. And let’s face it, brewing it in a beautiful little pot instead of a fill your own teabag with a saucer on top of the mug like I usually do at home when I am alone (my other pot is a biggie) makes it taste even better :) :) :)
Golden, golden, golden! I am having golden cravings: first Golden Mudan from Harney, then Yunnan Golden Buds from Samovar, and now Harney’s Golden Monkey! The “Golden” profile is my equal favorite along with the roasty chocolatey sometimes smoky Keemun-esqe profile. Even more delightful is when they converge like in Golden Snail, but we won’t go there!!
Anyway! I think this Golden Monkey is my favorite one. It’s light and honeyed, and has a strength that doesn’t compete with the golden wonderment. It’s like magic!
Many thanks to Lady Londonderry for this tea!!!!!
I had a wee bit of this before with Rose Scented, but this morning is the first time I’m tasting its true character.
It’s really nice! Wine-y, a sweetness – I’m getting that pastry cinnamony flavor I get with some teas – but it’s a little thin. I think I was wimpy with the leaves. I also let it brew a little longer than I usually do (5 min) and I’m getting the teeniest bit of astringency.
I need to make this again with a bit more leaves, and stop the steeping at 4 minutes. If I can preserve the pastry notes – mmmm! This would be a super bargain, and it’s organic to boot! I could see this as being a wonderful everyday drinker!
Oh! And before I forget – completely unrelated to tea – I have another guest post at the blog I wrote the Bronte tea post at. This one is about John Adams and…mushrumps!
Finally – I brewed my first liter of cold brewed iced tea of the season! I picked this one to start off with because I always enjoyed Snapple Peach iced tea, but now find it much too sweet. I also loved the peach flavor of this hot, but found the tea base a little rough sans additions, and did not find the idea of adding milk to this appetizing.
I let it steep about 15 hours in the refrigerator, added 4 teaspoons of simple syrup, and YUM! It’s delicious, refreshing, and the cold brew took care of the astringency/bitterness issues I was having with the hot tea.
(Note about cold brewing: I usually save the teas that are too strong/bitter for my liking for cold brewing. If you love a tea exactly as it is hot, you will probably have better luck hot brewing double strength and icing rather than cold brewing – you may find the cold brew too weak. For example – I love Golden Monkey iced, but I’d never cold brew it.)
Right now I have some of my Earl Grey Melange + Tippy Yunnan cold brewing. That Tippy Yunnan can put hair on your chest, so I think it’s a good candidate for cold brewing. Will report back on what happens!
Absolutely lovely on a near 100 degree day! Even though I’m at work in the air conditioning – I KNOW that it is steaming out – and that lovely citrus makes all the difference. Yum.