1902 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning here…
I haven’t had this in quite a while but I still have about 1/2 of a 7 oz. tin so I decided to brew some up this morning in my Bee house teapot. It still seems good to me, I suspect black tea doesn’t really get stale like green tea can, but what about flavored tea? This is a nice breakfast treat but not one of my absolute faves from Harney.
I am enjoying this sample courtesy of ScottTeaMan who appears to have gone AWOL from Steepster… This is a very nice Dan Cong if you don’t like them too bitter and you keep the steeping times short. I don’t see this on the Upton Tea website now, so I don’t know if they will be getting it back. See previous notes for more info.
I decided to switch over to green tea and I’m enjoying this yuzu green tea by Mellow Monk… it is delightful. I have to say I have been very impressed with all of their teas but I am partial to this and the fnow garden, both so delicious. I can see I will need to try the others soon! See previous notes for more details.
Tea of the morning here, it’s a nice hefty blend with a bit of lapsang mixed in. It’s still raining here and looks like it will be all day. Too bad I have so many plans that will take me out of my Hobbit hole today. :)
2nd tisane of the evening… no I am not having a rocking Friday night but I have big plans for the rest of the weekend so I don’t feel too bad for being nerdy today. This tea should be called “almond apple” because it is quite fruity in addition to the almond. I wonder if this is the same exact tea that Joy’s teaspoon carries? Has anyone tried them both?
This is a very strange name for a tea, in my opinion. Anti Strain?
Anyway I purchased this from ESP a few months ago and I evidently did not get the chance to review it yet. Reading the list of ingredients it reminds me of a chai, but it’s all bits and pieces of herbs. Personally I feel the licorice is quite strong in this blend and I wouldn’t mind a little less of it, it’s quite sweet. I am also picking up a bit of fennel and ginger. This tisane is no doubt good for relaxation and also very healthy. Not sure I would get it again though.
This is a nice tea to experiment with. I thought I would try steeping it along with some dried goji berries to see what would happen. The goji lends a nice tart fruitiness while the silver needle is sweet and slightly vegetal. I finished a painting today and now I am off to do some yoga. :)
I haven’t been drinking much puerh lately, but I think that will be changing especially now that the rainy season appears to be upon us here in San Francisco. I don’t tend to drink much shu pu-erh at all when the weather is warm. This shu is delicious, especially after the first steep is gone. Nice flavors of chocolate and fruit are present with a very creamy mouthfeel here in this tea. Great for a mid-afternoon pickup here in the damp.
This is an ancient sample that came from Jenn and it’s probably over a year old now so I don’t know how this is influencing the tasting. I don’t know about this tea though… normally I am a fan of fruit flavored teas but this is just o.k. to me, I feel like the flavors are just clashing with each other and not coming together in a cohesive way. It’s kind of like a rummy cough syrup. Okay, I will stop whining now. It isn’t something I would buy from Harney and Sons but it’s drinkable…
Hurray! This one is really GOOD and that’s not something I say about rooibos blends too often. The dry leaf smells incredible and after steeping this smells like apple cider. Yep, definitely apple cider-y in the flavor too. I am picking up cinnamom and clove and there’s chunks of dried apple in the tisane. It seems almost juicy!
This doesn’t have that “sour wood” flavor that a lot of rooibos blends have and I’m impressed that the flavoring here tastes so natural. This will be great for those chilly winter days. Yum – love it and wish I had bought the bigger size. If you’re a fan of rooibos you might want to try it. I’m happy I am digging a lot of my Simpson and Vail purchases but I think they need to do some samplers. :)
Note: I used approximately 2 tsp. in a 10 oz. mug.