983 Tasting Notes

Tea of the morning…….

I have recently added some Lapsang to my Assam/Keemun/Ceylon/Yunnan/Congou blend. We now have notes of chocolate, malt, and smoke. It kind of reminds me of Mark T. Wendell Victorian Afternoon.

I am in love! I will be drinking this to the end of the tin, and then starting anew. Fortunately, (or not for my goals of stash reduction) I have a whole box full of things to blend for breakfast tea on my next go around.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I often spiffy up a tea with L S also! Glad it was a winner!

ScottTeaMan

tee heee hee……

SimplyJenW

Love it! Thanks for the pic!

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Second tea of the morning….. (SRP #40)

We finally have weather cool enough that I am craving oolong. I still don’t know how all of that works for me, but I seem to be craving green and oolong tea less with the warmer weather. I guess it is that I crave iced tea, and for me that is usually a black tea. I blame my midwestern upbringing on that one. At least I have moved beyond Lipton Instant…or Lipton sun tea. Maybe there is still hope in that I can move beyond the black teas for iced….. After all, this is a journey, and my tastes have all ready changed a little.

My sample was purchased. The leaves are tight bright green pellets. The scent of the dry tea is of cream and butter. I am pretty sure I am going to like this one better than the unflavored. The liquor is a golden yellow, and really a little deeper than I expected. The leaves brew up absolutely huge. The scent of the brewed tea is of cream and butter, again, with a hint of something very lightly floral. I definitely like this better than the unflavored version. If I am ever in the market for a milk oolong again, this will be the one I purchase. It is still not quite as good as the Milk Oolong from American Tearoom, but then I am not willing to get a second mortgage on my house to buy tea (meaning it is way too expensive a tea that is not in my absolute favorite type.) This one is very good and a great value at around $11 for 100g. For comparison, the other is $60 for the same weight and it has a Tie Kwan Yin base.

Usual mug method for 2 minutes, no additions. I followed the brewing parameters on the label.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’m pretty sure their Milk Oolong is natural and not artificially flavored.

SimplyJenW

ATR’s should be natural at that price. However, the flavor difference is in no way worth the price difference for me at this stage in my journey.

ashmanra

I got a sample of this one, but Teavivre also has an unflavored milk oolong that I want to try! I take it you have had it already.

SimplyJenW

I think I have had the unflavored one. It is kind of funny. I asked for a sample of it in one of my early orders before they started adding labels to the 5 gram manufacturer’s packaging. I got two red packages and tried one.. definitely oolongy and slightly milky. I think it is the unflavored milk oolong, but I can’t read Chinese….so I have not reviewed that one because I am not 100% sure what it is. I did like this better, though!

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Tea of the afternoon……

I still have a good amount of this, so I really can’t count it in sample reduction…because I am sure to finish all that she sent. This one comes to me in a swap with Dinosara from her continental hopping. Thank you so much for sharing this one with me as I love jasmine teas.

I don’t have a huge amount of information on this one. It kind of looks similar to a pouchong, but then again, I am still very much a newbie to green tea. Leaves are long and twisted with shades of dark green and a lighter sage green. There really is not much in the way of a vegetal taste like you would expect with most greens, but it does have the heavier mouthfeel of a good quality green. The jasmine is floral and sweet at the same time. Yum! I wanna go shopping for tea in China! Until then, I will just have to live vicariously through her…. Again, thank you!

Mug method with about 170 water and a 2 minute steep.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

I love reading your tasting notes on these teas!

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Second tea of the morning…. (SRP #39)

We are at the end of my malty tea with hints of bacon and light smoke! I may get more one day, but it is time to get a handle on my stash. Farewell, Hunan Golden Twist. You make an awesome breakfast tea!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Farewell love of her life…ah….so sad…..

TeaBrat

I don’t see it on their site right now anyway.

SimplyJenW

It is under China Black Teas…

TeaBrat

Thanks, I could have sworn I just looked there. :)

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Tea of the morning……

This one is nice and strong. Very present notes of malt with a slight edge of smoke. It is actually a little on the brisk side for me. I get mostly Assam in this Assam and Keemun blend, which usually makes me long for my Malachi McCormick that is mostly Keemun in a blend of similar, but probably lower grades of Keemun and Assam. I now think I know where my heart lies for a permanent breakfast tea, because all I can think is how a little more Kemmun would fix this for my palate.

It has been a rough weekend. And, yes, I know I am a total wimp. I am owning it. Our air conditioning has been out and I had to brave the hot weekend without it. Hence, it is the origin of my lack of tea postings (way to hot for hot tea…I can’t believe I found my threshold for hot tea! Apparently, it is somewhere over 90 degrees.) and general crabbiness from not sleeping well. I had much iced tea and water….to the point of depleting my ice supply. Now we are back to the weather I love……mid 70s, and the air should be fixed on Friday. Did I mention that I am a wimp as far as heat is concerned? School is out, but the construction goes forward.

Usual teapot method with scant Perfect Teaspoons of tea and a 3 minute steep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

This tea sounds right up my alley for my morning brew!
I am sorry about the heat,glad its a little cooler and AC is getting fixed soon.
I am a total whiny grump when it comes to heat, I handle cold weather so much better.

Missy

I grew up in Nevada with temperatures much higher than I experience here, but I still get cranky when summer hits here. It’s uncommon here for a home to have AC. I get that the heat I deal with now is different but no AC?! I totally feel you on being a wimp in the heat. :D

ScottTeaMan

There is a good balance between the Assam & Keemun…….I love this blend-tis’ one of my favs!

SimplyJenW

I agree that it is a good balance of Assam and Keemun. You can also tell that they are a pretty decent grade, too. I am just a lover of Keemun who does not like to add milk…. Malachi McCormick works better for me.

Ahhh, it has been beautiful today (except for the pounding on my walls). But all of that noise is temporary and we will have a gorgeous looking house.

ScottTeaMan

R U remodeling?

SimplyJenW

No. We had hail and wind damage to our roof and siding last Spring. Our first contractor did our roof and ran with part of our siding money. We are finally getting the siding done. It was one of those situations where they could not match the existing siding, so we are getting the whole house redone. I know we will love it when it is over.

ScottTeaMan

Soon I hope

Scott B

sounds like a good blend

ashmanra

When I first started ordering from Harney and Sons, I had a terrible time deciding between English Reakfast, Royal English Breakfast, and Supreme Breakfast. They are all good! I ended up buying the pound bag of 100% Keemun English Breakfast.

LadyLondonderry

Keemun is like cowbell — you can always use a little more. :)

SimplyJenW

OMG! So true! It IS like cowbell! LOL!

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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
983 tasting notes

Iced tea of the day…… (SRP #38)

This is the last of my Apricot black tea. It was not a favorite, but it makes a stellar iced tea. It has a nice malty base and a hint of apricot. I know the apricot comes out just a little more with adding something to sweeten it, but that is not the way I roll for iced tea….I like it as is. Refreshing and so welcome on a hot weekend.

Usual iced tea method.

ScottTeaMan

I like this Apricot tea, but mine is a little old. If it was fresher I may have given it a slightly higher score.

SimplyJenW

It is a good one, but I have others I like better!

ScottTeaMan

Really?? Which ones?? I really like Apricot. And Y do you like them better??

SimplyJenW

My favorite iced tea is Lychee from Harney. Then, I like just about any Earl Grey iced. Third is probably Rose Congou from Upton. Oh, wait, I forgot Harney Black Currant…and I am wanting to try Paris iced, but I am hoarding my last ounce for hot tea. The Key Lime Ceylon from Fusion Tea Room is also very notable.

ScottTeaMan

I love LIME iced tea! Stashtea has a good one in teabags:

http://www.stashtea.com/Stash-Tea-Lime-Green-Iced/dp/B006E9SEY0

Nicole

I do love Harney’s Apricot iced! Paris iced is excellent as well. :)

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drank Passion Fruit by Harney & Sons
983 tasting notes

Iced tea of the day…….

I probably have enough left for one more pitcher. This one comes out crisp, slightly brisk, and with overtones of a tangy sweet fruit. It is excellent iced, but I like the Lychee better!

Usual iced method. No additions but ice!

ScottTeaMan

I love the sweetness of the Lychee tea.

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drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
983 tasting notes

Tea of the evening……

It is a bittersweet day. Tonight was the last official meeting of my scout troop for good. The girls are going into High School next year, and have all become pretty busy to schedule much of anything. I have had most of them for 8 or 9 years, and they have grown up before my eyes. Luckily, for my daughter, they are all such good friends and I am sure they will be spending a good deal of time together in other school activities. While they are ready to move on, and I am completely out of new material to keep this going, it has been a fun ride.

Decaf Paris is quickly becoming my top choice for decaf. It is a little lighter of a flavor profile and cannot replace the richness of regular Paris, but still very tasty for when I need an evening black. Yum!

Mug method with a 3 minute steep and 190 water.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

awww that is a sweet memory! you must be so proud of your baby girl growing up!

ScottTeaMan

Great story Jen!

Bonnie

Maybe a shot of somthin in the tea…and hand the girls some black nail polish and you’ll be ok. It’s worse when they’re driving! (what do I know…mine is 39 now but all her girls are getting driving age one by one…eeks).

SimplyJenW

Oh we have done all kinds of nail polish, about every craft you can do with duct tape, t-shirts, beads, a sewing class, and I even did a little short course on emulsions and how to make lotion (my chemistry/skincare background coming out!). Plus camping and normal scouting stuff. I think we covered most of it multiple times. It was tons of fun.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
983 tasting notes

Backlogging tea of the late afternoon….

It is true. I have fallen for Paris all over again. I know I will need more when my 2 oz from the Millerton Shop is gone. (However, I am really waiting for a bit to order more tea! It is so funny that I have reached a point where I am not compelled to buy more…..but once this small pouch is gone, all bets are off!)

Loving the rich tea base, the notes of black currant/berry, slight vanilla, and the touch of bergamot. This flavor is so well done….and I am drinking the decaf version this evening. So glad to have my love for Paris back.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LadyLondonderry

I have a tin of the sachets in my desk and have been making Paris my mid-morning choice lately. Meanwhile, a pound of the decaf is on its way — hope it arrives today, because my Decaf Ceylon is all gone.

Vortegne

Oh, black currant. I want this one so bad now, got to add this one to my shopping list, thank you!

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drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
983 tasting notes

Backlogging tea of the afternoon…. (SRP #37)

This one is from my Foodzie Box from LiberTEAS.

I requested this sample, because it sounds like a great blend for yerba mate. The yerba mate is roasted, so it comes across as an herbally light coffee taste. Then add just the light kiss of mint plus vanilla, and you have a really good flavor profile. What I love about this is the level of mint. It is actually just an addition to the flavoring….spearmint with restraint….rather than an overpowering force. It is wonderful with just a slight amount of sweetness added.

Mug method with a 5 minute steep.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Does LiberTEAS still do the foodzie boxes? If so can you share a link to it with me? Thanks

SimplyJenW

I think she was taking a short break from offering them to restock her stash. Looks like they are back up. http://liberteas.teatra.de/

Will Work For Tea

Sounds delicious! Ordered this today (among others, including this week’s new offering) – looking forward to receiving it and expanding my mate tastes!

Azzrian

Thank you!

LiberTEAS

I just have one box left for now! I only had three when I added them back to my store, and the other two have already sold.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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