1103 Tasting Notes
The weather turned cold again here and I finally can have my staunch Yunnan :) The perfect thing for a sleepyhead like myself. I prepare it with a light hand (175, one or two minutes) which makes it very tasty and very resteepable. A good earthiness paired with a slight sweetness – and at this low temp, no hair-on-your-chest properties! I’m only half way done my cup and I already feel more alert! This is not a very fancy or very fine tea, but boy does it get the job done – with nary an addition! I find it great for work because of that – I would normally want an English or Irish Breakfast with milk and sugar for Extreme Wake Up Measures.
Roasty fruity goodness! I was just typing with ashmanra on PM, and mentioned that I think this latest batch is fruitier than the last. A tangy fruity. I don’t know if it’s a new harvest, or just incredibly fresh, but whatever the reason, it’s sure enjoyable!
I baked chocolate chip muffins for the office, and at first I was sad that I didn’t have enough hands to carry in some milk and sugar for an Indian tea, but y’know, Emperor’s Red is one of those all purpose delicious teas that taste good with sweets, food, and is just perfect when you simply want a cup of tea. It can do no wrong in my book!
Delicious and intense. I’m on my second steep, and it’s so rich and slightly smoky and a touch of chocolatey and Mmmmmmmm! I love this tea! What can I do – I have to add this one to my At Work Holy Grail list too. It’s strong but refined. No bitterness or rough edges but Oh – powerful!
Vanilla Comoro and 2 giant chocolate chip cookies…for DINNER!
I ate a late lunch, then had to run to school, so I never got around to eating dinner. It was just too late to rustle up something, ah, nutritional. It felt very subversive to be An Adult and eat chocolate chip cookies and tea for dinner. I highly recommend it :)
Yup, It’s perfect with 2 cups water, 1 of these bags, 2 slices crystallized ginger, honey in each cup. We had a very late dinner on Saturday night, and having a digestive tea afterward seemed like a very wise and delicious idea!
I am egg-zausted today, and was all set to have some Yunnan tea until I walked into the office. It’s hot and humid like a sauna! I wanted something a bit refreshing that would still wake me up, and my mind went immediately to my beloved Earl Grey Supreme. The citrus is making all the difference. Refreshing and invigorating and that beautiful tea base…mmmm!
Last night, I tried a 1 to 1 ratio of this tisane, and Monkey um, you know. It was really good! Sort of like a mix of every delightful tropical flavor you can think of…with a cherry on top! I had it with a little brown sugar and milk and it was a real dessert treat! Very smooth, and instead of being really coconut or really banana, it was just sweet and satisfying. I think I’m going to get a tin and mix these two up and make up a twee name that does not mention, ah, that word, and have it like this all the time!!
Yesterday I FINALLY got over to Premium Steap to replenish the supply of my darling Emperor’s Red. Of course I had to have some today! Amazing, as usual. Roasty, fruity, tangy, perfect as-is. Broken record alert: “I could have this every day!”
But seriously. If I wanted to make my life very simple at work, I would have this, Harney’s Golden Monkey, Harney’s Queen Catherine, Harney’s Earl Grey Supreme, Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice, Teas Etc Rosy Earl Grey for when I need some froof, and a few random samples for a little variety and I’d be done! I really need to work toward that! :) :) :)
Ahhhhh – Queen Catherine and an Everything Bagel! I feel like a millionaire!
Seriously, a smoky tea and an assertive breakfast with a creamy element? My idea of heaven. The garlicy, oniony, seeded bagel with cream cheese pairs with the slightly smoky good Chinese tea like nobody’s business. I am very, very, very pleased :)
This one is from my Secret Santa Ross Duff. Thank you, Santa!
This is such a nice change of pace for me! I was expecting it to taste Dragon Ball-ish (pastry, cinnamon) but it doesn’t taste anything like that! It tastes like raspberries with a fresh, vegetal quality somewhere in there. That part is subtle – almost like a leafy green stem of a raspberry got in there. I love it! So sweet and enjoyable. 2 minutes is just about perfect for the first steep. Smooth, no bitterness. I expect at least 3 steeps from these leaves!
…and speaking of the leaves, I have to note how dramatic and gorgeous they are! Long, twisted, and dark before steeping, and once you steep them they are enormous!!!!!
What a fantastic treat! I would purchase this tea on my own in a heartbeat. Thanks again, Ross!