1112 Tasting Notes

This is another of the teas that Whittard of Chelsea sent to me! Thank you!

I am flagging after spending the morning at yard sales, so a breakfast blend just after dinner makes perfect sense to me. This one is excellent. Honeychocolate! A little fruity. The Assam and Keemun make beautiful music together. It is certainly a bold tea, but it’s also extremely smooth. Downright velvety. Chocolate mousse smooth! Perfect with a scant teaspoon of sugar and milk.

I want to call it a classic, but I can’t — it has something a little bit different about it which makes it special. This is one I’d serve guests and save for special days. I love it.

You can find this tea at www.whittard.com! Look at the beauteous tea caddy:

http://www.whittard.com/tea/black/1886_blend_tea/125g_tin_1886_blend.htm

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I will have to look into this company!

TeaBrat

Nice, the tin is lovely

Josie Jade

This sounds wonderful! I love Whittard’s teawares and have been considering placing an order. :)

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drank Oolong Raspberry by eZentea
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This is a Tea Sipper Traveling Tea Box Tea!

Train delays had me hot and cranky by the time I got to work (an hour late!)! I wanted something light and fruity to sip today, and the raspberry in this was very appealing! I just had some raspberry cider the other night, and can’t get raspberries off of my mind!

This is nice! A good light but natural raspberry flavor, and a medium, mellow oolong. I see this as an enjoyable everyday-ish oolong. Usually I like the first steep and love the second steep of most oolongs, but my first two steeps were remarkably similar — less raspberry-ish on the second, but the oolong didn’t change much. Interesting.

There is a little bitterness in the tea — I should try it 10 degrees cooler the next time I make it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I’ll comment here for posterity that I did two more cool steeps and there was no bitterness. Going to try it at 175 next time!

Tealizzy

Wow! We had train issues today too, but fortunately I was able to work from home! This tea sounds yummy, btw. I’m really liking oolongs lately!

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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Love this one in the hot weather. Juicy berries, citrus, and a good, strong tea base to keep your energy from flagging. I give it a shortish, slightly cooler than boiling steep to keep the bitterness at bay, and add sugar on my first steep. What I like about this one is that you can get a great second steep, then drink cool, fruity, lightly tea flavored steeps all day!

This one has to be good iced!

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

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Just a note of continued appreciation for this one. I love Golden Monkey so much, and Harney’s is still the most consistently delicious one that I’ve found. Sweet honeyfruity which turns milky on subsequent steeps. Fantastic resteeper. Good at any temperature. Wonderful with a croissant!

I am very low, and I just checked — there is some available to purchase. It’s pricey, but very much worth it to me. Heaven.

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

Did you ever get to try Teavivre’s?

JacquelineM

No, I haven’t!

I need to email you. You’ll never guess what made it’s way to my yard — a lost homing pigeon! I’ve been taking care of him for almost 3 weeks. I may need to make him a coop because even though I can read the bands on his feet but I can’t find an organization that corresponds to the bands!

gmathis

Did you name him “Pidge?” (Pushing Daisies reference :)

ashmanra

I will send you some Teavivre! It isn’t super fresh, but it is super good. It is a bit different but very similar.

ashmanra

You know this is the first step to getting chickens, right? You start with a pigeon, build coop, then….Boy, the animals really know where to go! They have a secret symbol inscribed on your house.

JacquelineM

gmathis — I was going to name him Pigwidgeon like Ron Weasley’s owl!

JacquelineM

ashmanra — I was thinking that it was a baby step to chickens! Sorry my above paragraph was almost not understandable and filled with errors — I was so excited about the pigeon!
Here he is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91317662@N02/8814693150/

ashmanra

He is adorable! Birds can have so much personality, and he looks like a real character.

Tonight I suggested the we eat at the patio table since it is so pleasant out, even though I knew that Sam and all four chickens would be milling around our feet begging for food. What I didn’t anticipate was that Comet would actually leap/fly onto the table – TWICE- and stand by my plate trying to get my food! I did share, but I guess I wasn’t handing it out fast enough for her!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Delicious. Everything I love in a black tea. Tangy, roasty, chocolatey. Am I tasting cinnamony too? While it tastes kind of similar to the Fujian blacks I adore, and kinda similar to The Simple Leaf’s Dawn (!) it definitely also has it’s own thing going on. I keep on tasting a variety of nuances each time I sip. Buttery? Fruity? Bready? This is one that you don’t want to rush through, and one that will reveal different facets of itself each time you drink it.

Also – the Verdant $5 try me pack? Talk about an offer you can’t refuse! I was so pleased with both the amount and variety they sent. So excited to try the others.

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

Yeah, I loved the $5 sampler! The Laoshan is the first I tried..

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I was contacted by Whittard of Chelsea and was asked if they could send me some teas to try and review. I usually say no to these types of requests, but I was absolutely delighted to accept some teas from this venerable tea merchant! On Saturday I got a “Knock! Knock! Knock! Delivery from the UK!” at my door — it was the tea! Thrilling! I tore open the package to find three beautiful full-sized loose teas.

I’m one of the few Darjeeling fans here on Steepster. I adore the muscatel flavor — so I was happy to see this tea in the package, and chose it as the first tea to try. I decided to take it with a little sugar “like the Germans.”

It’s delightful. Divine muscatel and a delicate but rich tea flavor. It’s a lighter tea — so perfect for the steamy day — but very flavorful. I drank it at work and had to pause for a moment to let the flavor wash over me. The wineyspicy muscatel, distinctive and delicious, was just so good. The sugar made it round and sweet without any of the astringency I usually find in a Darjeeling, but I took my second steep sans additions and there it was — a little piquant pucker. Love.

I was able to enjoy three steeps, the last one drank cool, which makes me think this would be a great fancy iced tea for a party (the color is a gorgeous amber – I could just picture it in a clear glass pitcher).

What a perfect introduction to Whittard of Chelsea — I am so, so pleased to meet you!

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

That’s awesome that they made an offer like that!

ifjuly

Sounds lovely—I adore darjeeling too (and scratched my head a bit when I joined Steepster at how unloved it is here, ha). I like how lighter ones are indeed good on steamy days—what a nice way of putting that!

gmathis

I’ve never tried Darjeeling with sugar. Hmmm…that needs to be remedied.

JacquelineM

gmathis – I had gotten some Darjeeling at my local tea shop and the owner said “You should try it with some sugar — like the Germans!” and now every time I have some I hear her saying “like the Germans!” and I picture millions of Germans in lederhosen putting sugar in their Darjeeling and I just can’t help but put it in myself! Like the Germans!

gmathis

Well, I come from good solid German stock (on one side, at least; I’m a mutt on the other), so I’ll just have to get to it. (Suddenly I’m hearing a polka band soundtrack….)

JacquelineM

ifjuly — I wonder if it is because I’m a wine lover too. All I know is that I love them and will eagerly seek them out :)

inguna

I’m a huge Darjeeling fan and I also like muscatel flavor. I like it a lot actually.
Just purchased some really great Darjeelings from Butiki Teas. Any particular Darjeeling that is your favorite?

JacquelineM

inguna – Right now I’m loving Junpana FF Darjeeling from the Golden Moon Insider Tea Club. It’s a first flush but it tastes like a strange and delicious hybrid of a first and second flush to me — sweeter and less green but very vibrant.

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This has been my best friend during these busy end (of semester) times. Delicious, staunch, invigorating, and eminently resteepable. The strong bergamot makes me smile. I can’t believe I’m half way through the tin already! This tea has allowed me to mostly skip the iced coffee IV that I usually self-administer around this time of the year — I’ve only had two!

<3

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

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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It’s deja vu all over again! Made http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2013/04/17/apple-cinnamon-pull-apart-rolls-from-store-bought-to-homemade/ again, and there is nothing in the world I wanted to have more with them than Vanilla Black. That natural, dark vanilla flavor and good tea go so well with these little sweet breads. They are forever forged together in my mind…perfect pairing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Oh, my goodness—to a kitchen incompetent like me, that recipe looks like a doctoral thesis!

JacquelineM

I swear, they’re not bad — it looks like long directions because King Arthur is so thorough and put in every little bit of help they can think of. I love that company!

Going to try these today … http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2013/04/30/no-knead-chewy-sandwich-rolls-one-good-turn-deserves-another/

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drank Chai by Teapigs
1112 tasting notes

Many Thanks to Tea Sipper’s Traveling Tea Box for this tea!

I was Home Alone and had a Grand Plan to throw caution to the wind and drink a caffeinated tea in the evening so I could stay up and read The Hound of the Baskervilles late into the night under a blanket with my cat. Wild times. I made this one because I love chai :) and I had a single bag from TSTTB.

It was not the most distinctive chai I’ve ever had, but it was very good! There was nothing to dislike about it. Nice spices, nice tea base, good with a little honey and milk.

You know what happened though, don’t you? Yes, I fell asleep reading around 9pm, woke up at 2 am and tossed and turned because of the caffeine! This happens Every Time, yet every couple of months I do this thinking I’m going to stay up during the right part of the night rather than the wrong part of the night. Sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

A Home Alone Reading Night sounds absolutely lovely. Sorry the timing wasn’t so great!

Tea Sipper

Yeah, I wish I was a better night-reader too! Baskervilles is the next Sherlock story I have to read.. eventually.

Shmiracles

i just sent my kindle two stories, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor and His Last Bow. perhaps i’ll get some of my Sir Arthur Conan Doyle reading done too soon.

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One of my new traditions is getting a First Flush Darjeeling each spring. This year, I didn’t even have to go searching for one, as my Golden Moon Insider’s Tea Club selection was this lovely!

The amber color on this brewed tea is gorgeous. It has a much less green and more muscatel (and sweet!) flavor than most of the other FF Darjeelings I’ve tasted, yet it definitely doesn’t taste like a 2nd flush. Interesting! I’ve been contentedly sipping it all day. A little pleasantly astringent which is especially welcome after my giant burrito :)

The Insider Tea Club does it again :) Wonderful, special selection!

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

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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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