1901 Tasting Notes
Oh… my precious!
yum yum yum yum
Had to make some of this this morning, into a latte with soymilk and coconut sugar. Kind of decadent but mostly healthy too! :-D
See previous notes for more info.
Thanks again to Hesper June for this one. I’d never heard of Grace Tea Company before and went to their website which looks a lot like Mark T. Wendell’s.
Anyway I am living dangerously by having this for breakfast, as it looks quite strong. I’m not a HUGE fan of keemun but I think the lapsang in this blend is quite nice, I like the combination of the two together. For me this is quite a strong cup of tea, I used about 2 tsps. in a big mug of tea so I likely could have gone with less. I’ve had a few Russian caravans and some seem very smoky, while others not at all. I admit I added soymilk to this just for an experiment, although not bad it’s probably better plain.
Recommended if you like a strong cup of semi-smoky tea. I might have to buy myself one of the Grace Tea Sampler packs now! I have so many teas but the straight black ones I drink in the morning disappear the quickest.
Yum… I am drinking this with the cookie that Hesper June sent me, perfect for dunking! This is one of the best pumpkin teas I have tried so far, it’s yummy! And laundry is getting done… hurrah
Thank you, Hesper June for sending me a sample of this tea I’ve been wanting to try from S & V. By the way the little containers she put them in are very cute.
So… this is a Lapsang and Earl Grey blend which is interesting, I never would have thought to put the two together. Lapsang is the first thing you notice about this, it is quite smoky. There is bergamot in here but it’s more of a background note. I’m not really a fan of Earl Grey on its’ own but I am liking this. I feel like the bergamot has a slight twinge of bitterness.
This tea is pretty strong and I needed it this afternoon. Today was supposed to be my day for laundry and cleaning, but I think I am catching a cold… fortunately I have plenty of tea and Zicam.
By the way, I did another blog post about Imperial Tea Court if anyone wants to read it: http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2012/12/07/a-visit-to-imperial-tea-court/
Just wanted to mention I did cold brew my leaves last night to make iced tea with this and I like it this way. :)
Tea of the morning here. I have sooo many things to do today but I also slept in late (actually I really needed the sleep so it’s ok). Woke up this morning with the sniffles. I thought I would have a cup of this before the customary weekend morning matcha smoothie.
This is such a light, smooth and malty tea. I may have committed a travesty by adding soymilk to it, but that’s what I was in the mood for. This is also excellent plain.
I had another purple oolong from a different vendor (Sereni-tea), but this is most likely similar, if not the very same.
The dry leaves, after steeping smell just like roasted coffee. I decided to steep this in the gaiwan this afternoon and did so for about 60 seconds. It’s definitely an interesting tea, has notes of buckwheat and cinnamon. It is a fairly unusual oolong and might be an acquired taste, I notice one of the other tasters hated it, but it reminds me a bit of a red robe.
The second steep is a bit more mellow and fruitier, has some notes of plum in it. If you’re into darker oolongs, you may want to check it out. I did get a full sized tin of it so I hope the oxidation means it will keep for a while. I may need to try cold brewing the leftovers.
After lunch tea here, purchased at Whole Foods last night because OF COURSE I need more tea, right?
I was hoping for more of a black tea experience here, but like Lisbet I am mostly tasting plain tulsi and it is very strong, like a minty-herbaly sensation. I don’t mind it, but I guess I could always try blending my own into black tea if I wanted more tea. For an assam, it doesn’t seem that strong.
This stuff is very good for my stress levels and what can I say? Sometimes I am like a delicate flower, especially around this time of year when there’s no sun. It’s nice to make self care a priority. :)
I decided to finish of the rest of this sample today… as my previous note stated, I do not love keemuns but this is a nice tea for the winter time. I am enjoying it this morning but probably will not get anymore.
Tea of the afternoon… two cups. I haven’t been drinking as much caffeine lately because I have had insomnia – but tulsi is relaxing and this stuff is pretty good. wish me lots of slumber. :)