1112 Tasting Notes

drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m still obsessed with fruity teas in this hot weather, and I’ve been enjoying this play on an Earl Grey lots this summer. I’m still really boring and drinking the same teas too.

I was going to try a sencha today but it smelled so much like asparagus that I didn’t think it was the right tea for the morning. Sencha fans — does it taste like asparagus brewed? Maybe I should drink it with food? Help me not be boring! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Many thanks to Lady Londonderry for this, her namesake tea :)

We had a huge meal out and when I got home I was craving a light, summery, but black flavored tea that would be nice with milk and sugar. Most of my dessert teas feel wintery to me, and I was rejecting each flavor left and right before coming upon this one. Ah, lemon and strawberry — this could work!

Once brewed, I tasted a medium bodied tea with a sort of sweettart flavor. It didn’t read lemon or strawberry per se to me, but definitely fruity. Really nice, and just what I was in the mood for. Summer afternoon perfection.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Many, many thanks once again to ashmanra for this tea!

I am really enjoying this Golden Monkey! I think it is ever so slightly less sweet than my Harney GM (but the most recent harvest that I’ve tasted of Harney’s GM is less sweet than the previous harvest I had, so it could be the harvest). I also think it’s a little stronger — it’s not going milky on the second steep.

I think this is an incredible bargain (it’s half the price of Harney’s) but I think I do like Harney’s just a wee bit more. $10 more? I am not sure!

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Many, many thanks to ashmanra for this tea!!!!!!

These are very, very delicious black dragon pearls, particularly if you prefer the more leathery/slightly smoky side of things. There’s chocolate and sweetness and grain, but a distinct Queen Catherine-esque type light smoke. It’s distinctive enough to even come through on the second steep.

It was yummy and a great wake up this morning, but boy is it delicious with my red beans and rice with andouille sausage and smoked paprika leftovers I brought for lunch!

I love my uberchocolatey thepuriTea dragon pearls, but these are different enough, believe it or not, that I would stock them both!

Thanks once again, ashmanra!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been a reeeeeealy boring tea drinker lately! This one and my dragon pearls have been on heavy rotation.

BUT

…if you are going to be boring, this is the way to do it :)

Strong, strong tea, heavy bergamot flavor, and loads of resteeps make this a great constant-rain-and-unbearable-humidity friend. It just cuts through the misery!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam by Whittard of Chelsea
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This is the third tea that Whittard of Chelsea sent for me to try. I was so in the mood for a comforting cup I could have with milk and sugar, and this tea immediately came to mind.

Oh, this is exactly what I wanted! Malty, malty, malty and I am astonished how smooth it is. With Assams, you usually get that malt by paying the price with some roughness, bitterness, or astringency, but this one just has a touch of very pleasant astringency.

My only caveat is that it’s a little one dimensional. It’s delicious, delicious malt, but just malt. I have to say I prefer the 1886 blend because you get malt, chocolate :) But if you are craving super malty perfectly classic Assam goodness, this is your tea. You can check it out at http://www.whittard.com/tea/black/assam_tea :)

It also makes me so curious to try Whittard’s Chai Spice tea, because if the use some of their Assam in it, it HAS to be incredible!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Assam doesn’t need any additional dimensions :)

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
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Just a little note to say “OMG! Currently my favorite tea in the whole wide world!” Chocolately and bittersweet and dried fruity (apricot?) and ooooooh I love it! It resteeps so beautifully too. <3

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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I didn’t have quite enough of this for a pot so I put a little Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey in with it – delightful! We’re having another Day of Deluge (it’s been pouring rain/tornado watch like every other day here) and this is a bit of sweetness and brightness on a dark and stormy day. I don’t love it enough to purchase, but it sure was nice to sample!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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My coworker said that the office smelled like Hershey’s Chocolate World because I was brewing this tea today: http://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/explore

Enough said!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
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I have a sixth sense about teas that I know I will absolutely love. Without a moment’s hesitation, I plunked down the dough to get 16 oz of these pearls without ever tasting a one!

They arrived on Saturday (fantastic service, thepuriTea!) with 3 nice samples (thank you!)!

I am trying them for the first time today (4 pearls, about 9 oz water, 3 min) and wow – they taste exactly as I hoped. Molasses-y on the first steep, and oh my god the second steep is so dark chocolatey that I had to pause and blink! (blink, blink! Oh this is good!).

I’m sorry but I have to end this note. This second steep is so good that I don’t want to do anything but drink it!

Thank you moraiwe for the hot tip!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
moraiwe

Haha! No problem! Glad they were as awesome as you hoped :)

JacquelineM

moraiwe, they are even better than I hoped! I am so grateful!

gmathis

Wow. Mmmmmm!

Terri HarpLady

Yay! I ordered some of these as well, & I’m awaiting their arrival!

ashmanra

Do you still have your pigeon?

JacquelineM

ashmanra – Yes! He actually coos excitedly when he sees me walking up to the house after work. He’s been hanging out under the eave of our porch — he feels safe there I think. I haven’t had any luck talking with local pigeon experts but did email another yesterday. I read that modified rabbit hutches may work for a home. I’ve also been reading about the history of pigeons and humans -fascinating! The military in America kept pigeons for messages up until the 1950s! And they have a very bonding and loyal personality which I can see already :)

ashmanra

Squee! That sounds so neat!

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! I had a pigeon that I rescued when I was 10 or so. It had a broken wing, which I set, & it healed & decided to live in this one corner where 2 sides of our roof came together & made a natural little shelter. It still lived there when we moved, about 10 years later.

JacquelineM

Terri – 10 years! Wow! It makes me feel better about letting him live free but feeding him and caring for him! I think he likes being here and flying free. I saw him flying with some Mourning Doves so I wonder if they might be making friends (I worry about him being lonely).

The other thing I can do is try and catch/trap him and give him to a pigeon club — it doesn’t feel right but I’m not sure if that’s me putting my feelings on him or if that’s really what’s what. I’m giving myself (and the pigeon) the summer to make the decision!

KeenTeaThyme

I’ve never heard of Red Dragon Pearls but they sound lovely! Adding to my shopping list…

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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