1960 Tasting Notes
The continuing saga of the puerh sipdowns…
My youngest daughter has started enjoying puerh, so we have gone from "No, thank you, Mom!’ to “Mom, would you like some puerh?” And I am trying to get my cupboard under control but my lowest “type” of tea inventory is puerh.
I had not introduced her to this one because a while back she eschewed it, but since her palate is much more adventurous now I decided to give it another go with her. Her new open mindedness has paid off, so I can list this big bag of loose puerh to one more thing we can enjoy together to tide us over until Christmas, because I am trying to be a really good girl and not order more tea right now!
I served this again last night at Writers’ Group, and the first words people said were, “This is sweet.” “Tastes like a sugar cookie.” “This is really good.”
If you like Coquelicot Gourmand and you like flavored puerh, you will probably feel that this is one fantastic tea. The company describes it as biscuit flavor, and that is accurate, but it is mildly, lightly sweet, rather like a Rich Tea Biscuit instead of a floury Southern biscuit.
Have you ever been away from home and wanted to be back so bad you fantasize about having the transporter from Star Trek? That’s how I felt today as we drove ALL OVER Moore County.
We picked up Chinese buffet takeout and I called youngest to prepare some tea. This one. And oh my goodness, it was so amazingly good it made it twice as nice to be home. Smooth, rich, and so flavorful that I could plainly taste all of its goodness even with the food, and I am so grateful that there is a bit left in the big ole pot to keep drinking because I am exhausted but I want more more more!
My daughter told me that this finished the bag. I told her that I would be lying in the floor crying if that were true. I have more Teavivre TGY’s waiting!
I was sure I had reviewed this before….
This was the final tea of tea party today, and the one with the heaviest flavoring is usually served last for several reasons, but mainly so we can experience the food without it being upstaged and to add interest to the final cup after we have eaten.
This smells so rich and chocolate-y, like a cup of cocoa. The flavor is strongly chocolate with a bit of rose sweetening the cup. The chocolate flavor is of the unsweetened cocoa sort, so there is a little bit of dry mouthfeel that seems to be coming from the chocolate rather than from the tea. This has a rich aroma.
I liked it very much, my guest preferred the other two teas that we had today. Youngest hasn’t tried it yet but perhaps I can add her opinion when she does.
We are gearing up for holiday mode even though our one or two chilly days went away and hot temps came back. We are making pumpkin flavored everything and starting to bring out our fall tea flavors, as well as Christmas ones.
I don’t like many Christmas teas. They all seem to take the same harsh orange flavor and some cinnamon and clove and shove it in your face. There is usually an acidic bite to those teas to me. Most of them are just too pushy.
This tea, however, is festive and more subtle. The orange flavor is mild and sweet and the tea is overall smooth and amiable. It doesn’t scream CHRISTMAS!!! I really think it is great with fall foods to accompany the pumpkin and cinnamon and clove, and it would be a great Christmas tea, but I also think of it as a fabulous New Year’s tea – something special after the holidays that is lighter and more genteel and ushers in the hope of spring. It was great along with our pumpkin scones and apple walnut cake. The light orange flavor really complimented the food.
This is a winner from Nina’s, and I love the special white tin. It is definitely fit for a Fete!
Tea party day! Well, we have two a week now but Wednesday is still the one where we have three teas and LOTS of food. Youngest made pumpkin scones that had a glaze over the top and then a pumpkin drizzle on top of that. The scones were sooo moist. The texture was perfect, not hard and dry like the ones you buy.
I like an unflavored tea with the food, so this tea went first. I had her prepare by the package instructions instead of using my usual Western parameters for black tea. It was really so very good. This is a shelf staple.
It is a very satisfying tea by itself but also goes well with food. It is economical as it resteeps very well. And it is so good, with slight malt, a little yam, and just plain good tea flavor.
Sometimes this tea tastes great, sometimes I wonder why I bought it. Today it had a good day. I had my daughter make it with 203F water steeping for three minutes. It was super. The last cup of the pot had that bitter edge that this tea can get because you can’t let it cool and you can’t drink the dregs! While it was fresh and hot, it was delightful.
In case anyone wonders why I often say that my youngest daughter makes the tea, it is because afternoon tea time is served between teaching music lessons. She prepares the tea and plates while I teach so that we can go straight to the table when the lesson is over. Today she made an apple walnut cake for our tea time. She is amazing!
Would I recommend this tea? If you need lots of tea for little money and can pay attention to parameters and make sure it is served in the optimum conditions with no forgiveness needed, then yes. I absolutely do. It is a bargain. If you take your tea plain and may not be able to pay attention while making it or you can’t drink it right away or at least get to reheat it, then no.
I have mentioned that my youngest daughter has become obsessed with cooking. I feel so spoiled! And she asks to drink puerh with me often now. This has led to a slight problem in supply. I am on my last cake of Mandala Tea ripe puerh. I do have a little loose puerh, and I have two flavored ones, and I have two green or sheng puerh remaining. Still….this is LOW SUPPLY! ALARM! ALARM!
Hubby was in den, so I shouted from the living room that puerh makes a great anniversary gift. He asked me where this great gift would come from, and I told him not to worry, I would order it myself! Am I a low maintenance wife or what? I will even open it before I wrap it and make sure it is good! :D
As to taste: I used about a teaspoon, maybe a bit more, in my tiny eight ounce pot. We had a liter glass kettle of water. The flavor lasted for steep after steep. It was earthy and warm.
Youngest remarked that she particularly enjoyed this session. I think that is a pretty good recommendation.
What a heavenly day! It was 44F this morning when the sun rose, and just a bit above that when I went out to feed the chickens. Breakfast was served by candlelight and with hot cocoa, but I knew I had to have some great tea to enjoy this first truly autumnal day. After breakfast, youngest and I made a pot of this to enjoy.
Quite a few of the Teavivre black teas have instructions for lower temps and shorter steep times, and I quite often make them by western parameters because I am used to the strength. This one, however, is best made just how they recommend. The water is cooler – 194F and the steep time quite short at two minutes, but that is fine with me because I get my tea faster!
The morning pot of tea was lovely and bracing, comforting and warming. I saved the leaves and we made two more steeps this afternoon as we enjoyed the cool air and the brilliant blue sky with the sunlight hitting the tops of the pines and making them almost glow with fresh green color. And the tea was perfect. Perfect perfect perfect for this beautiful, blessed day. There is cocoa, walnut skins, malt, and pure beauty in this.
Some of you know that hubby used to drink grocery store black tea with tons of sugar and milk, but then he really started getting into oolongs and greens and even whites. He has eschewed black tea for a long time now because he says he wouldn’t enjoy it without additions.
Since he drinks puerh and likes it, I didn’t mention what I was drinking outside on the big quilt in my secret garden. Guess who drank two cups?
Today was tea party day, and this was the second tea served after we had our pumpkin roll.
We didn’t have tea party last week because our guest was out of town, so this week we really wanted to kick off the fall season in a big way.
I chose this tea and Indian Spice to bring in fall flavors. It wasn’t cool here today, so I kicked the thermostat down a few degrees to make the house chilly so we could enjoy our hot teas as if we really were having fall weather. I am not ashamed. (I once took a cold shower and cranked the air conditioning way up in the middle of summer so I could enjoy my tea in a heat wave! I don’t do it often, though!)
Youngest has been trying tons of new foods and lots of teas that she has passed over up to now. She asked for just a sip of this, and then said, “Hit me, I’m in!” This is a very likable tea, great for serving to a crowd. This is definitely on my reorder list when it gets low. This is probably my third tin. The bright and cheery flavors of this tea make it really nice for social occasions, while its cranberry almond counterpart from H&S, Boston, is my solitary comfort cup of cranberry, totally different. Both are well worth having, both will stay in my cupboard.
I ran out of this tea, but I did not remove it from my cupboard because I had already ordered two more bags. We love it too much to let it run out, and guests who don’t normally drink tea find it really tasty.
Today was tea party day, of course. We missed it last week because my guest was in Florida, so this week we made up for it with a home made pumpkin roll that my youngest made from freshly ground whole wheat and a sugar pie pumpkin that we bought at the state farmer’s market. It was delicious, and just as I had hoped, this tea with its natural sweet potato notes was a great pairing with the pumpkin roll.