2197 Tasting Notes
Not long ago my eldest daughter mentioned the trend toward adding savory flavors in unexpected places. In steps this sample from Cameron B! I have had it for a while but a lot of my samples disappeared in a kitchen clean up and were found on a high shelf months later.
This was the second tea served at our tea time and was a really neat tea experience. We began the tea time with tea cookies made with fresh cardamom that had been rolled in ground sugar, which made it the perfect texture between fine granulated sugar and powdered sugar. The first tea had been Decaf Ceylon Orange Pekoe, a sturdy workhorse of a tea with classic pekoe flavor.
Then I sipped this and – WOW. So much thyme! Brothy tasting to me because of the savory herb, I still liked it. My youngest daughter said she still tasted a lot of peach but I did not. She believes it is because loves peaches and eats them so often that the taste is more apparent to her, which is likely true as I rarely eat peaches.
This isn’t something I would buy by the pound but it was a really neat tea to try and I enjoyed it. Thank you, CameronB!
This is another gift from my daughter, Superanna, who just returned from Disney. She brought me this and chocolate puerh, and said that the chai they serve has ruined her for any other chai.
We made a total of four small pots of this tea, resteeping the leaves once. I want to try multiple steeps and see how long it retains its flavor.
The leaves live up to the name. They are a soft green covered with downy white fuzz. I took one bit of leaf out and broke it in two to see the separate folded young leaves. I popped the leaves in my mouth to enjoy the flavor as I write my note. I love the taste.
The liquor was lightly golden and tasted of sun warmed hay. It is creamy and I also get a hint of tender green spring vegetables. This is really delicious and the resteep was, also. I think I could get more steeps from it but I didn’t want to risk it when serving it to lots of people especially with this being the first time I have made it. We made 144 ounces of puerh tonight and about 56 ounces of this one. I think we should be a pretty well hydrated crowd.
Every time my daughter travels she brings me tea. She just got back from Florida, and this company supplies the tea for Disney apparently. The package says they are located in Tampa, FL.
There is a lot of chocolate in this blend. Rather than just flavoring or oils, you can see a substantial amount of chocolate bits, though judgin by the aroma I am sure there are flavoring oils as well.
This is really good. It doesn’t have a strong puerh taste, no fishy taste, just really earthy black tea and lots and lots of chocolate. It resteeps pretty well for a flavored tea – pot number two was quite good. We ended up making 144 ounces tonight. That’s a lot of tea. And it wasn’t the only tea we drank! Youngest daughter fell in love with it. My son’s girlfriend loved it, and one cup of her tea cooled completely while we were playing Dominion and she said she liked it even better that way as the chocolate flavor was even stronger.
This is a decent basic Keemun, nothing fancy but the price was right. It was on sale so I nabbed a tin along with a few other staples so my friend could get free shipping.
It was served as the first tea of tea party. Tea party used to be on Wednesday but we are having lots of schedule changes and now we have it whatever day works for the most people.
I usually serve an unflavored black tea with the food so it will complement but not compete. Our dessert was Irish Butter Cake sprinkled with powdered sugar, made this morning by youngest. There is only a tiny slice left, so I think it must have been a hit.
I have also been drinking this for breakfast. It was one of the first loose leaf teas I bought, and six years ago I thought it was strong and needed milk and sugar. Now I take it plain and recognize that it lacks the nuance of the finer keemuns, but will suffice with food or as a breakfast tea for the groggy. It isn’t overly chocolate-y or wine-y, but it is good for the price and doesn’t have the astringency and tummy upset inducing power of assams.
I forgot what was in this tea and when I poured it at tea party today I was afraid I had oversteeped. It was black, and I mean BLACK, in the teacup. It tasted so good, though, and my youngest daughter loved it. It definitely wasn’t oversteeped.
Now I notice in the description that it has puerh in it. Ah, thus the dark color! You don’t taste puerh though, just really nice base tea with nice natural-tasting flavoring. This was a sipdown of a large sample, but I think I may have to put this on a reorder!
I believe that most of the time, when you get the same message from two different places you need to pay attention. With all that has been going on with my mother-in-law’s health and my nephew’so accident, people are starting to really feel the stress.
This morning I saw a Facebook post that said that the only thing in our control is our attitude, and therefore we are 100% responsible for our attitude. It spoke to me, though I realize that everyone has a breaking point and weak spots.
Then I got the cutest card from GMathis that said “Bread and water can easily become toast and tea.” That spoke to me about making the very best of everything. So I will take that message and run with it!
Now here I am drinking tea with my daughter and relaxing, waiting for my son to arrive for his dad’s birthday tomorrow and trying to plan who will be at the rehab center and when, to keep grandma company.
Teavivre’s Jasmine teas are a tranquil daydream in the midst of activity. Smooth, sweet, simple, and natural. The peach is light in this, the Jasmine sweet, and the base smooth. I am glad it resteeps so well because we are on pot number two.
This is our third or fourth pot of tea. We have been drinking blackberry tea all the time lately, and yesterday youngest had the bright idea to add Vanilla from Tin Roof Teas, which made a lighter Blackberry Cream tea. Nice!
But Hubby doesn’t drink black tea and wanted to join us so we switched to puerh. This one is very drinkable, affordable, and resteeps well. It isn’t full of exciting nuance and chi, but we like it!
My mother-in-law was moved from the hospital to rehab today. My husband is a really great guy. He has spent a night or two at the hospital with her, and many hours during the day. He spent all day today with her until he was practically sick from not having lunch and the stress of waiting for her to be moved, which happened six hours later than we were told it would. (We will still need to have someone there with her at meals probably because she isn’t eating, can’t feed herself yet, and has lost about 13 pounds.) I think some puerh does him good, and he does, too.
Also, my nephew who was in the accident where his car was flipped by a drunk driver had his spinal surgery today. He is now off the breathing tube, has a tube to drain his lung, and is still on an IV for antibiotics, but they are hopeful that he can go home soon. At first they thought he would have to go to a rehab facility first but they had him walk with a walker yesterday and they feel he may go home instead.
Thanks to all who have prayed or expressed their well wishes for these two family members. Steepsterites are the best,
My friend who gave me the sample of this tea a while back was going to Greensboro and asked if I would for her to pick up some tea for me. I asked for eight ounces of this, and it was only eight dollars. Wow.
It is really good, very flavorful. My daughter and her friend love it and we are managing to sock it away pretty fast. The blackberry aroma fills the house when we make it. It kept reminding me of something, and I finally got it. Parma violets. Daughter’s friend agreed there were similarities. Don’t be horrified, it doesn’t taste just like them, but there is something about it that is reminiscent of violet candies. And now I want violet candies because I am out and they sell them around here and I am really susceptible to suggestion apparently.
I am almost too groggy to type. For those who saw the earlier posts, here is an update.
Mother-in-law had spinal surgery yesterday to relieve pain of compression fracture. She is now too weak to be accepted back to her assisted Irving place, so we face finding a rehab facility and then hoping to get her back to where she was. If not, nursing home. She couldn’t not sit unassisted today. We have to take turns staying at the hospital with her because she barely eats enough to keep a gnat alive and can’t feed herself, and the nurses are too busy to feed her.
Nephew spiked a fever of 105F just when they were going to move him from ICU. The bruised area of his heart had caused an abscess to form on his lung. They did surgery and installed a drain, and the MRI revealed that he also needs spinal surgery. Fortunately it is a routine and straightforward fusing of two vertebrae together. Naturally the drunk driver who hit them is fine. He walked for the first time in eleven days today’ with a walker. He will step down to a new ward in the hospital and then go to rehab before going back home.
Thankful right now for good health, and considering doing a bunch of jumping jacks every day to increase my bone density…
I THINK this is my favorite tea from Nina’s, but there are several that are so good I find it hard to choose. This one stands out because it is one of the first teas I tried from them.
We had tea party early this week again because one daughter is now working and the other is about to start her senior year of high school, so we are fitting it in at the best time for all of us to make it.
The dessert today was Snickerdoodle Bread and this was the second tea served. It is smooth and fruity and just makes me feel good when I drink it. I love the tea and I love the name, so I gave a tin of it to my son-in-law as a wedding gift. He likes the Lady Grey type of profile and this is like a more refined, more elegant Lady Grey type with fresh fruity flavors, not just citrus, and it is much smoother going down. There is no tendency to the puckery aftertaste. I hate to compare it to Lady Grey, which is a decent tea but it is a five and this is a ten and a half. No contest. It just gives me that feeling of elegance and luxury of bygone English tea times in country mansions.
For those who read my note last night, I will update on my nephew. He is still on a respirator but is now initiating breath 100% of the time. He can not speak because of the tube but was able to write on a clipboard to communicate, so that was a relief as far as concerns about how extensive any brain injury might be.
There were several wrecks that night near the big city and it has been so hard to get accurate information. I am so thankful things were not worse!