2076 Tasting Notes
I have been shopping at The Fresh Market for years now, but always in another city as we didn’t have one where I live. This week, we got our own! My friend and I were so excited to get there this morning that we failed to look at the clock and arrived twenty minutes prior to their 8 am opening time! Fortunately, we could happily sit in the car and chat! It was her first time ever going to a Fresh Market and I was really excited to show it to her.
I bought some breakfast things for us. When we got back to my house I asked her what tea she would like with breakfast. Each one I named she said, “Anything is good, just fix whatever you are in the mood for.” Then I asked if she wanted this one, and her reaction was quite different! She was obviously excited by this one! I ordered it purely because she had been so interested in it when she saw it in their catalog.
I made a pot of it to go with strawberries and viili, and blueberry banana bread. It was delicious. The aroma makes your mouth water from the time you open the package, and it seems to be a non-finicky tea. It is smooth and easy to drink with no milk or sugar added. It was great with breakfast, and would pair really nicely with a lot of things.
I am still getting things set up for hubby’s tea station at work. I told him he would need a variable temp kettle if he doesn’t want to babysit the water and take temps.
Also, we were due to go to the beach, and last year I really disliked heating the water in the kettle on the glass stovetop. In fact, I hated cooking on it at all. It was very slow and not at all energy efficient, so I even planned the meals this time to use the microwave and oven mostly.
I decided to buy this kettle to take to the beach and then send it to work with hubby. (Naturally, when we got to the beach house we always rent they had replaced the stove. Yay! I don’t care, the kettle is still the easiest and quickest way to go.)
It is super easy to use. You can operate it right out of the box. It has a larger capacity than my Krups that I use at home. I bought this instead of the Krups because I thought a glass kettle might be a bad idea for the workplace, but the larger capacity is making me have second thoughts. I want this for home! The Krups is more attractive to me, but this one would be a time saver for our Wednesday tea parties and for our puerh and oolong sessions.
It has a nice gentle chime when it reaches your chosen temp, and has a thirty minute Keep Warm feature. It also has boil dry protection. It has a replaceable scale filter, too.
Bottom line, I really like it, it has great features, and higher capacity than many I have seen. I got mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond using the ubiquitous 20% off coupon.
This is a free sample from Teavivre, provided for review. Thank you, Teavivre!
The aroma was so powerful when I tore open the packet. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh tea, and it really encourages me to order my greens as I drink them instead of stockpiling a ton and letting them get old. These leaves shouted, “Fresh!”
The leaves are so pretty – light and fluffy, and there are so many packed in here. I decided to steep them in the large Kamjove that I ordered from Teavivre.
We are at the beach right now and I had something after supper that I almost never eat – a Krispy Kreme doughnut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. I needed something to wash it down, and I once would have poured a big glass of milk or popped open a soda. But we were sitting on the deck and the wind was becoming a little chilly and I thought a good green tea would be perfect.
Yes, it really was. This time, I felt like there was a strong green bean/asparagus scent. It was a little brisk and therefore just perfect for clearing the palate. I think I made a total of five steeps from the sample packet that were all combined in this pot, and even though I gave them fairly short steeps this tea was plenty strong. It could even have used a slightly shorter steep time.
I love asparagus, so this tea was a guaranteed hit with me.
Flavors: Asparagus, Green Beans, Spinach
This was one of my Mother’s Day gifts from my daughter, Superanna. She didn’t know that the tuo cha were shaped like little hearts and wrapped in gold paper until I opened it, and she was delighted! As was I!
My experience with this tea was little different from the other two reviewers, but my opinion of the flavor was nearly the same.
I used my 21 ounce Kamjove with the 7 ounce steeper basket. I was a little worried the tea would be weak because the tuo cha are so small, I was definitely going to be combining a number of steeps, and I like my puerh fairly strong.
The tuo cha began breaking up almost instantly when the water hit it which meant it would steep pretty quickly. Six minutes? For reals? I gave it maybe two if we are generous. Then I resteeped for about five to seconds, over and over, and got a really dark brew. It was almost inky in fact.
I think I made a total of eight steeps and I could have gotten more. The first steeps had the strongest rice flavor and aroma and the latter steeps had a nice hint of it. The overall flavor was mushroom. This is a pretty full-bodied tea, giving the impression of being thick.
This does not taste a great deal like the Teavivre Rice Ripened Puerh, which has a lighter body and more of the rice water flavor, quite strong. I wish Teavivre sold theirs as a loose tea.
This is a nice puerh and so pretty it would great to repackage in little cellophane or tulle bags tied with ribbon to give as a gift, like wedding favors for puerh lovers! Or Valentine gifts!
My daughter made Swedish Butter Cake to be served with blueberries and whipped cream, so I asked my best friend to stop by on her way to work. She loves trying new teas so I brought out this sample from my last order with Teavivre.
The description extolled the aroma of the dry leaves and the tea while steeping, which made me think that there wouldn’t be much strawberry flavor or aroma to the tea.
Opening the packet, the aroma is strong, fresh and delicious. Steeping, the strawberry scent is still strong. Happily, the aroma is still strong in the cup as we drink. This is light and refreshing. My friend usually doesn’t drink a great deal of tea at one time and I have to be attentive to her cup as she rarely pours herself another cup but waits for me to refill it. Today she was reaching for the pot saying, “Do you mind?” Of course not! That why we have tea!
Great sample, and likely to be on a future order.
I was in the mood for a strong, manly man smelling tea tonight. I almost went for lapsang but saw this and knew it was meant to be. Smells like Bogey would have smelled on a date. Yes, I can imagine exactly what cologne, what soap scent, plus a little cherry tobacco thrown in.
This tea goes down fast and smooth. We’re gonna need a bigger tin.
I did it again. I was looking for a tea to go with our take-out tonight and gleefully pulled this out. “I thought I was out of this!” said brain, reading Chun Mei and thinking very clearly Pi Luo Chun. One of hubby’s favorites and I thought we were out! (Again, this would be Pi Luo Chun not Chun Mei.)
The instructions were way too conservative (for PLC) so I steeped it extra for that lovely oat taste. I had made two steeps and combined them in a large tetsubin.
Halfway through the meal I notice that this is rather strong, and suddenly my brain, which has been running pretty slow all day, went DING! DING! DING! THIS ISN’T PI LUO CHUN IT IS CHUN MEI! ONE OF YOUR DAUGHTER’S FAVORITES AND NOW WAY TOO STRONG!"
Sigh. Hot water to the rescue. I added about 12 ounces of hot water to the remaining 24-ish ounces of tea left and we were left with a delightful pot of Chun Mei!
This really is a great tea to go with a meal or for cleansing the palate after a meal. It has that little bite, that briskness, with green green flavor to move aside any heaviness of the meal. And I am delighted that it is so easily salvageable when I make a mistake like I did tonight.
I love this tea, so how do I have so much of it left? Overfull cupboard, that’s how. Despite the age this is still an excellent tea.
In my last review of this tea, I spoke of my bestie being reluctant to try it since she was a black tea and puerh fan. She has done a 180 and now prefers white and green teas, but usually drinks flavored varieties. As the mother of an autistic child with dietary issues, she is keen on organics. Tonight when I suggested this one, she was pleased. She didn’t remember having it before and wondered if she would really enjoy an unflavored white, but she liked it a lot and said that she was surprised at how much flavor it had.
This is probably my favorite of the four Hugo Teas I have tried.
Full of peachy flavor, good hot or iced. This was tea #2 of tea party and was served hot, but I have been drinking the remainder at room temperature all day. I need to make some big pitchers of it iced this summer.
Even the little kids who come here for tea love this one WITHOUT sugar! It is sold by lots of companies and usually under this name, though Tin Roof Teas used to carry it under the name Fuzzy Navel.
Gurman’s has given great customer service, too, and I don’t think I have ever had a tea from them that I didn’t like. I particularly love Palace of Roses.
Almost all gone! NOOOOOOOO!
We served this as the first tea of tea party today. It was paired with a homemade whole wheat Devil’s Food cake with cream cheese frosting – the one in the new Penzey’s catalog for those who get that. They were scrumptious together. I told my daughter, “Save those leaves!” on this one because after these are done, I only have enough for one more pot!
Thank goodness, I will probably be placing another order soon and these are back in stock last time I checked. As I get my stash whittled down, I might buy a few staples.
The sad thing is I have a whole bunch of tea that isn’t even listed on here because I can’t read the labels! They were purchased in Brussels or Amsterdam and the names were handwritten on stickers on the bottom of a collection of cute little sample tins, and some of them I can not read at all!