1103 Tasting Notes
There was only one tea I wanted today – Queen Catherine!
The house next to ours caught on fire, and burned to the ground. The firemen had to break into our house to make sure it wasn’t on fire, and our dog bit the firefighter in the face! Thankfully we were able to get his rabies vaccination certificate and all is as well as can be for our home, and none of our neighbors were injured, although they lost everything. It was very sobering and scary.
The Queen is keeping me even keeled and chin up as I plow through miles of work now that I’m finally back in the office today (as well as trying to keep up with scheduling repair people, insurance people, etc etc etc). The little bit of smoke in this tea is like the little bit of the virus they put in a vaccine. I’m reminded of the other side of smoke, and the impermanence and fragility of all this worldly stuff. Appreciate each day, each moment. You never know.
Mmmmmmmmm! This is the kind of tea I adore at work. Roasty cocoa. Assertive but not too. Invigorating & makes me want to take care of business – with a smile! I am drinking my third steep, and it’s still super flavorful. Little Golden Snail, I love you! I hope you are still around when I come out of my self imposed tea buying ban and do my Fall ordering!!!
Many thanks to Lady Londonderry for this tea!!!
It’s sweet, roasty, chocolatey – all the things I loved about Harney’s KMF. Delicious! but!!! it’s like they took the remote control and put the volume to, say, 5 or 6. Harney’s KMF goes to 11 ;)
I am totally going to enjoy every drop of this sample, but most likely will order Harney’s despite the fact that the price goes to 11 too. If Harney runs out, I would order this in a heartbeat, and be very pleased. It’s good stuff!
Many many thanks to ashmanra for sending me some of this very precious tea to try!
This is one of the most interesting teas I’ve ever tasted! I think it’s called “wild forest” because it tastes a bit like those fresh pine needles that I had in that pine tisane! That piney/menthol/lemonyness… but fine delicious tea too! It’s a great combination and addictive! My taste buds are curious and keep nudging me to take another sip because they can’t quite place these flavors…together!
I’m looking forward to many many steeps today, and will post a comment later on how they evolved!
Many thanks to ashmanra for sending me some of this to try, with the most adorable drawing of a GOLDEN SNAIL on it!
This tea is delicious! When I had my first sip, I was bowled over by the sweetness of it! I think ashmanra hits the nail on the head when she describes it as Golden Monkey meets Emperor’s Red. It has the roasty and chocolatey going on, but it has the sweetness and mouthfeel (thick!) of a Golden Monkey.
Harney & Sons says they found this as a sort of replacement to Keemun Mao Feng, but I would argue that it is its own beast. It did not strike me as being Keemun Mao Feng’s little cousin, and having both in one’s cupboard would not be repetitive in my humble opinion!
I just wanted to swoon a bit: Rainy day + Earl Grey Supreme = perfect, perfect, perfect.
As soon as I tasted this, I said “Wait?! This is a Keemun? It tastes like an oolong!” Lo and behold, it’s supposed to :) Formosa – I see! Once I wrapped my head around the fact that I’d be enjoying an oolong, and not a roasty chocolatey Keemun, I relaxed into it.
This one is pleasantly woody, with a rich, complex, sort of tangy flavor. Second steep sweeter and less woody. I bet it would be great with food. We are actually out of water here at work (we get spring water delivered because our faucet water is so vile) but I am going to save my leaves in hope that we get a delivery some time today so I can have another steep!
Thank you Michelle, my SweeTea, for this tea!!!
So I’m drinking my friend the Emperor here, and…gasp. All I can think of is Keemun Mao Feng! The Emperor is certainly a delicious cuppa, and I’m enjoying him immensely, but… but… Keemun Mao Feng just heaps it on! Unforgettable. I’m going to be swooning over it until it comes and lives in my cupboard methinks.
Now that I think of the Emperor as a lighter tea (!!!) I will certainly be enjoying him all summer with much pleasure, but I have to admit he has been knocked off his throne a bit!
Many, many thanks to ashmanra for letting me try this tea, because I think it is one of the most delicious teas to ever cross my lips! I am feeling tragic that this is the end of my sample.
Smooth, sweet, chocolatey. Balanced…tangy, a little smoky and savory too. If I had to narrow it down to one word, it would be RICH. To my mind, this tea is the perfect example of why tea connoisseurs say an extremely high quality single origin tea is so head and shoulders above any flavored or blended tea. I like a nice flavored or blended tea just as much as the next person, but OH! This is something so special and delicious.
Truly, madly, deeply in lurve!
Many thanks to SimplyJenW for this tea!!!!
This is my “I’m done my final paper/poster/presentation wheeeeeeee!” tea treat! I thought it would be lovely to have a nice tea with some chocolate happiness infused throughout :) This does not disappoint. The tea base is excellent. The play between the chocolate roasty notes in the tea, and the added chocolate flavor is really, really, nice. I’m having it at work sans additions, and it is a pleasure to drink unadorned.
Thank you so much Jen! This is so lovely!