2183 Tasting Notes
I am drinking some more of the sample SimplyJenW sent to me. Tis is a very nice Earl Grey. I have had one or two that made me think I was drinking industrial cleaner or perfume, but I have not had that problem with any of Harney’s Earls. Imperial Earl Grey is one of their most strongly scented IMO, but it makes a very nice cup that doesn’t offend. This Viennese Earl Grey is a touch more refined than many, and it really running almost neck and neck with their Earl Grey Supreme.
Cheese toast and tea! Youngest is joining me, so I chose this one as it is one of her favorites. I think there are other teas that we like more, so I don’t think I will reorder this one. I can drink it with milk and sugar, but it just doesn’t appeal to me plain, and there are other milk and sugar teas that really WOW me. I had hoped that the Golden Monkey in it would make it a favorite, but it doesn’t come through as much as I would like. Perhaps I should try mixing the last bit of Golden Blend with another breakfast tea that I like better, or even add some extra Golden Monkey to it. Hmmm….might have to have another pot of tea!
This was new to my guest today, though I have had it once before. It was very well liked. Youngest added sugar as always but was surprised by how sweet the tea is naturally and had to add more tea to cut the sweetness a bit. Everyone else took it plain, and it was quite good. I really get a lot of chocolate flavor, and a smooth vanilla flavor, though the coconut is the top note in the aroma. The teas were paired with warm apple cobbler…lazy pie, actually, if you know what that is, and a wee scoop of Breyer’s vanilla ice cream.
Is it terribly wrong that I just took a cold shower so I could enjoy my hot tea?
For the past two weeks, middle daughter and I have been exercising together. During the soft spa music of stretching I start to crave oolong tea and gaze longingly at my tetsubin. After 30 minutes of bebop-ing to K Pop, rock, and Eastern European dance pop, I am far too hot to consider anything but cold water!
Today I just couldn’t stand it anymore! I have wanted to sip at a pot of Wenshan Baozhong long enough! And it was so worth it. I made a plate of cheese and carrot sticks to go with it for our snack, or “second breakfast” for all you hobbits out there!
This is very aromatic, with rich vegetal tones and lovely notes of flowers. My son says it tastes like flowers, but I really get the buttery essence of my favorite vegetables. Everyone is different!
It is excellent paired with this assortment of semi-creamy and semi-strong cheeses.
I made a 22 ounce pot, poured it in the tetsubin, drank two small cups and made a second steep which was then added to the tetsubin. This provides a nice, big pot of tea for all morning sipping and makes a nice mix as well, though if I had never had a tea before I would probably taste each steep separately and unsullied.
First day back to school in my house! We have lots of traditions, like the morning “bike ride to school” with their dad. They bike to the grocery store and buy apples, candy bars, and flowers for the teacher. We homeschool by the way! :). Then they bike home to find their grade level and teacher name posted on the door. LOL! And their dad often brings a bogus note as to why his kids were late for school, usually blaming their mother, ME! LOL!
This afternoon we were starving after stuffing all this new knowledge in our heads. A pot of vanilla black and some fresh pound cake hit the spot. Harney’s Vanilla Black stops me in my tracks every time. It is so smooth and delicious and is very affordable. It pairs great with so many different foods, and is good hot or iced.
I haven’t had Paris in quite a while, but youngest suggested it to go with our snacks this afternoon. I am always surprised at how good it is when I haven’t had it in a while. It is one of the few flavored teas my youngest daughter likes, she being more inclined to Golden Monkey and Irish Breakfast. This one is always a hit with new tea drinkers because it is just that good. My tin is getting low. It will soon be time for another mega order to Harney and Sons.
We loved the Chocolate Delight tea from this company so much that my friend ordered that one and a new one to try! (Thank you, Doulton!). The aroma is heavenly. I had only snipped the seal on the bag, hadn’t even opened it yet, when that wonderful coconut/chocolate aroma filled the air. The tea is very fragrant, and I felt the dominant note was chocolate rather than coconut. I found there to be a strong vanilla component as well. It is smooth, not astringent. We drank it sans additions and enjoyed it immensely. I plan to serve this for Wednesday tea party and I think it will be a hit.
We had a repeat of yesterday’s brunch as our breakfast today since i had potatoes and onions left over. I decied to switch up the tea, but snce hubby drinks only a few kinds I am very limited as to what I can choose! I knew he liked this one. This is the most tea-like decaf I have ever had, other than flavored decaf teas. It stands alone very well, I took it plain but he added milk and sugar and sugar. LOL! It was hearty enough to pair with such a breakfast. In winter I like the flavor this one myself in the evenings. Must reorder!
Tonight, youngest and I shared a tea supper of chicken soup with slices of freshly made buttermilk bread for sopping the broth. I asked her to select the tea, and since she has recently become addicted to the Sherlock Holmes stories, she was eager to have this one. Last time I had it, I said I thought I preferred it with additions. Well, I guess I must be fickle, because tonight I took it plain and we finished the 22 ounce pot in no time!
When my daughter opened the tin, she exclaimed at how much tea there was, knowing this from a swap. Then she paused and said, “Oh, you must have gotten this from DOULTON!” indeed, I got this delightful, delicious tea from Doulton!