1103 Tasting Notes
Happy first day of Spring! Sure it’s cold, and they are forecasting flurries tomorrow. But the light is different, I’m seeing birds that I haven’t seen all winter, and my moth orchid burst into bloom this morning!
Golden Monkey is a perfect tea for today. It’s lighter and sweeter than what I’ve been drinking, but still hefty enough to address this chill in the air. It goes steep after steep after steep too, sweeter and milkier each time. Excellent.
Another sample from DAVIDsTEA which didn’t appeal to me in the slightest, but wound up being quite delicious! Creamy banana! I said banana creme pie and my husband said fried bananas. In any case, it should give you the picture: sweet, decadent, dessert-y. I put a little honey in our cups but I don’t think it was needed. I’d be quite happy with two oz of this in my cupboard, yes indeed.
It’s dreary, rainy, and cold, but what do I care?! I’m on Mount Gray!
As soon as I saw this offered, I knew I had to jump on it — I’m am Earl Grey Fiend and I loved what A&D did with their last Earl. As always, it came lickety-split (with an AWESOME Mount Gray magnet. Thank you! I love the little clever extras A&D include with their teas!).
I think this might be my favorite A&D tin yet. The hand catching the plane! The bear on the top! The wood grain! The color (or mostly lack thereof) scheme! Well done, well done.
Ok, the tea. It’s supremely bergamot-y. The tea base is good and robust. I wanted to take it plain, so I only steeped it for three minutes. Perfect. I can see this one at 4 minutes with milk and sugar if I was in the mood for that, but I wouldn’t take it over three minutes if you are going to drink it plain. It resteeps beautifully. Lighter on the bergamot, but the tea is still completely flavorful and similar to many teas first steeps.
I don’t want to get embroiled in gender politics, but this is a manly Earl Gray if I ever tasted one. I love my delicate Earls, but for those times that you want to cut through exhaustion and fog — this is your man. This is an Earl at 11 :) Great for work, great for school. Love, love, love.
Home for spring break, and I’m doing some spring cleaning! Need to put my feet up and have some tea :) I chose this because it’s stout, delicious, and in a sachet – easy when tired. I love how bold yet smooth it is. A little chocolatey too.
I have these in the tag along tin, and please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know that you press the top to release the little tongs. I accidentally hit the top and the lid opened and you could actually see the lightbulb going on over my head. AH-HA! For months I’ve been prying those little tongs open on my tag along tins, then puuuushing them down to reseal, wondering why Harney and Sons used such a strange package! I win The Biggest Dodo Bird on Steepster Award :)
Phew! THAT was the quickest I’ve EVER went through two ounces of tea! So full of flavor. Not only cinnamon, but GOOD cinnamon. A tiny bit of orange. Sweet. Spicy. Ahhhhh. Perfect with honey and a splash of milk. I’ve got to get this one back in my life as soon as possible. And lots of it! Come to mama, big bag of cinnamon goodness!
Ever notice how some teas taste really, really wonderful just as you are finishing your pouch? It’s like they know that you are weighing the pros and cons of ordering them again, so they get all of their sparkle and flair together to dazzle you into pushing that button!?
That’s what this tea is doing to me right now. I just had the loveliest, nuttiest, floral on the end of the sip cup. What a temptress!
Oh my goodness gracious me! I have never, ever tasted a Tie Guan Yin like this! It is INTENSELY sweet. I mean, candy sweet. Cantaloupe candy. The little card I got with it says lilacs dipped in honey, but I am sticking with cantaloupe candy since I have never tasted a lilac. I am sincerely astonished how fantastic this is.
I steeped it kinda crazy, too: 1 perfect teaspoon, about a minute, 8 oz water. Increasing a minute each steep. I’m on my third right now and it’s still SO sweet. Wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow.
My coworker gave me her pouch of this — she didn’t like it! I am absolutely crazy for it, though. The caramel does such wonderful things with the rooibos base — it adds sweetness, heft, and such a delicious flavor. Authentic caramel and no fake-y drinking a Yankee candle business! A very tea-like caffeine free evening cuppa with a little milk and sugar.
Sooooooo sleepy. Just submitted a research paper that had me staying up late, getting up early, and taxing my little pea brain to the max for the past week! I brewed this tea now that I’m done — the mint is acting like a teeny slap each time I sip it to keep me awake, and the chocolate is my reward for hard work. And RED LIPS! Eee. Cute. I almost shouldn’t separate the flavors out like this because they are so smooth and of a piece. Delicious.
I decided to do a little nice thing for myself and join the Insider Tea Club at Golden Moon Tea. You get a delivery each month of a rare, not usually imported to the USA tea. It’s a surprise (fun!) and I also thought it would expand my horizons a bit — left to my own devices I tend to choose black, black, and more black tea, and the previous selections for the club were of a great variety.
This may have been the best decision I made in 2013! I am drinking the second selection today (the first is a beautiful looking Tie Guan Yin that I’m saving for slightly warmer weather) and it is astonishingly good. Pale greenish yellow. Slightly floral. Gorgeously present mouthfeel. Buttery. nutty. I’m brewing it Western style and am on the second steep — rumor has it that it is wonderful through steep 12 Western Style (through steep 20 gong fu!) so I have quite a day ahead of me! Next time I’ll try it gong fu and bring in a glass cup because the color is truly something to behold.
I also must give kudos for the packaging (screw top tin), informational postcard with brewing instructions, and just general all around attention to detail. My little $20 a month spurge is making me feel like a millionaire! An INSIDER millionaire! ;)