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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
2192 tasting notes

I guess I am a sucker for suggestions. Thinkgeek sent out an email today saying that it was Hobbit Day and we should have second breakfast, a spot of tea, and elevenses to celebrate.

I had 1/4 cup of home rolled oats with maple syrup for breakfast, so by 11 am I was pretty hungry. Second breakfast sounded great. I took out a couple of hard cooked eggs, one for me and one for the dogs, and made a piece of pan fried buttered toast with Bon Maman cherry preserves. And I finished this tea, yes, finished the tin. Augh!

It was great while it lasted, and I definitely want to place a Damnann Freres order again one day, and this tea will probably be included. It was fabulous.

The very last bit in my tin had lots of reddish powder. I thought at first it might be cinnamon that had settled to the bottom but now I think it was poppy petals that had reduced to dust over time. It didn’t adversely affect the taste at all. The tea was as delicious and sweet and smooth and biscuity as ever.

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There are a few teas that I feel bad about hoarding. I see them on my shelf and I am choosing a tea to make and I think, “I really love that one but this isn’t the right time for it. I want to be able to pay attention to it, or drink it with someone who will really appreciate it.”

That’s not exactly the case with this one. I am intentionally hoarding it. I believe this is one of those oolongs that actually benefits from aging, but I am not trying to age it. It is simply too good to waste on an ordinary moment.

This is the most expensive tea I have ever purchased. I buy only one or two ounces at a time. It is seldom in stock where I buy it. So I keep it for very special times.

Today is special because I really, really need it. And I have time to enjoy today, so BONUS!

I had the first two steps with breakfast, and even though I had toast with cherry preserves my first sip of tea made me go, “Wow! This is so fruity!”

It is so sweet you would swear there is licorice root mixed with it, but there isn’t. I have had TGY that approached this flavor before, but this tea takes it over the top. There is round sweetness, fullness, fruitiness, and spice. You bet if I see it in stock again, some of it is coming home with me. Think of a perfect TGY with a bear hug mixed in.

Kristal

I totally hear you: I have teas where I can only drink them if I’m at home relaxing and not just chugging mindlessly. They need to be steeped in specific temperatures, specific amount of seconds/minutes and a certain # of times before I will throw the leaves out. I have my “work day teas” and my “relaxing teas”.

Fjellrev

Sounds wonderful.

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When I first started drinking loose leaf tea, I began with black tea with milk and sugar. Someone suggested a golden monkey as being super sweet, so I bought some and added sugar. YUCK! I tried honey. YUCK! I felt betrayed by the tea-recommending stranger.

Then I tasted it plain and went….“Oooooh, this is delicious! It really is sweet on its own.” And I haven’t looked back. Now it is rarer than rare for me to add sugar to tea.

My favorite GM teas are Harney and Sons and Teavivre’s. This is a nice one, too. Much better than Teavana’s! We had it with Inside Out Pumpkin Muffins at tea time today and it was a great pairing. I hadn’t realized how wonderfully Golden Monkey would pair with pumpkin! I simply chose a good plain black tea for starters as usual, but I think I will keep this pairing in mind because a lot of our desserts will be pumpkin theme for the next couple of months.

Doug F

I love GM teas as well. Upton also has some nice ones.

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Found one teaspoon of a very old sample – five years old! Made it anyway. With the kitchen renovation, youngest and I are trying to sip down a ton of samples and older tea so it will be less cluttered when we reorganize once the cabinets are up again.

I made two steeps and in spite of the age this was still pretty tasty. Fig is awesome. Some fruits add a bright flavor, or a tart flavor, but fig is deep and rich.

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I seem to reach for light florals when I am tired and need to be comforted. My mother-in-law has been in and out of the hospital these past two months and I am her medical power of attorney, the hospital and nursing home keep messing up her meds, my kitchen is being renovated and is a wreck and every time I clean it another shower of Sheetrock dust rains upon us all, and all the stuff from the cabinets is….everywhere.

I do not find this tea to be too floral at all, though a friend who had it with me said it tasted like a high quality tea with a bit too much floral for her liking.

And today, it is just right. As I take a break between cleaning episodes, I sit down and have a cup, then get up and start over. I need this sweet and flowery bower to get through the morning. And later on, I plan to take a nap!

Cwyn

Kinda a great name for a tea though.

mrmopar

Hope it goes better soon. Prayers for ya!

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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I served this as the final tea at Tea Party yesterday. It was in a beautiful “sweet indulgence” sampler box that Superanna brought to me from her trip to Minnesota.

Wow, this is full of flavor! I will save the rest of it for when my son-in-law is here but he loves both chocolate and coconut teas and he will get the best of both worlds here.

There is a lot of oil floating on top which I am guessing is due to the real coconut mixed in with the leaves. There is lots of coconut flavor. The chocolate is pretty spot on and the light nuttiness adds depth. The tea base is not strong but has presence enough.

It is a great dessert tea and I am glad that we saved for drinking after our pie was gone!

Evol Ving Ness

yeah, this one, when it’s good, it’s really good.

ashmanra

Oh yes, and I just ate a Lindt Coconut Truffle and it tasted exactly like the tea. Yum!

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It’s a’ight. I didn’t need it and only bought for the sake of trying something new, and also my daughter likes Earl Grey and I think we are out of all of our other Earl Grey.

Nina’s Earl Grey, back when it had the Keemun base, made you go OOOOH YES! Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme makes you lift your eyebrows and say, “MMMMM!” This one…well, it’s just a’ight. Not bitter, a little drying, plenty of bergamot if you like that. Smooth enough I suppose.

I won’t repurchase, and to be perfectly fair one big reason I bought it was that it was discounted to $2.49 because it expired August 31st and I bought it on September 1st. It will be fine in no time and will only have lost a bit of freshness.

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I bought this because A Southern Season seems to have discontinued Ceylon Extra Fancy, our favorite Ceylon to date.

We are in the midst of Tropical Storm Hermine today and while the storm isn’t so bad for us, I have repeatedly been soaked to the skin and the cloud cover made me crave comfort food and comfort tea. Ceylon was one of our first loves, particularly low grown.

I made chicken soup and cheese toast and a pot of Ceylon. It smelled great, but honestly it fell short of the one from Southern Season. The leaves were absolutely HUGE on that one. But it wasn’t bad, just didn’t give me quite the cozy ooo-aaah feeling I was looking for. I was looking for a taste and a feeling of a time past and this didn’t conjure it.

I will probably buy a tin of Harney and Sons Ceylon and India, as it is a little stronger than this one.

Teatotaler

Do you like Harney’s Kenilworth OP? A wonderful Ceylon! It’s one of my favorite rescue teas.

ashmanra

Yes, I do! I am not a fan of Lover’s Leap or Uva Highlands from any source I have tried, but I do like Kenilworth. I just assume I don’t care for the higher elevation Ceylons, and while I like Kenilworth, this one was just a bit lackluster. I don’t think it is terribly old, either.

MrQuackers

This made me sigh “idc for high elevation ceylons”

Mike

I love Ceylon and India! Also, I made it to Tin Roof Teas about 6 weeks ago! They have a great selection! I bought a couple Keemuns, an awesome gyokuro, and a really good rooibos. Thanks for the recommendation! Have a good one! :)

ashmanra

Welcome back, Mike! Haven’t seen you on here for a while. Glad you found some good tea! I think I burned through 100 grams of Dong Ding in two weeks once, and their Fig Formosa is magnifique!

Mike

Thanks so much! Yes, I have to get back on Steepster more regularly again! I’ll be back in the Raleigh area in a week and a half, so I’ll definitely be visiting Tin Roof again! :) Have a good one!

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drank Red Robe Da Hong Pao by teasenz
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I really adore the whole gamut of Big Red Robe teas, from the sweet ones to the smokey and robust ones.
These twisted black leaves with only a few golden brown ones mixed in attest that this will be one of the roasty ones.

I tried this yesterday with Chocolate Silk Pound Cake, strawberries, and freshly whipped cream. It was fantastic with food, with a nutty flavor like dry walnut skin contrasted with a light underlying sweetness. I didn’t pick up on smoke as much as nuttiness.

Today I had a cup by itself, and was surprised to find that it tastes much smokier on its own, bordering on a mild Lapsang. (This is a Lapsang loving household!) The smoke was really front and center, whereas yesterday walnut predominated.

Both days I noticed a light drying effect which was nice with cake as its clears the palate. I really want to try it iced as well. I think it would be great!

Reviewed for Sororitea Sisters here! http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/08/31/da-hong-pao-teasenz

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about seven years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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