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drank Chocolate Delight by Tea Guys
2159 tasting notes

I served this one today to a friend. We had it with a Cadbury Dairy Milk Whole Nut bar that my daughter brought from Ireland. This tea is so delicious with cheese and chocolate, and probably much more that I haven’t tried yet! My friend is very put out with me today because I have given her two new teas that she loves and now she wants them. I told her that thanks to Doulton’s generosity, I have enough to share! Smells like chocolate, and a rich vanilla rises to the forefront as it begins to cool. I used a shorter steep time today, but I think the longer one may be better. Love it! Thank you, again, DOULTON!

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tea Guys
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Wow. This is another that was sent to me by DOULTON, and it is another fabulous tea! Though the name is chocolate delight, the ingredient list gives away how complex the flavor of this tea is going to be. Black tea, green tea, cocoa beans, vanilla, barley, apple, toasted rice, and yogurt, all combined in one lovely cup. This does not taste at all like Harney and Sons Chocolate Tea or Florence. I think I am tasting the toasted rice and barley, two ingredients i have never had in tea before. There is a depth of flavor to this tea, and though it is chocolate and rich, this is a grown up tea, not a kid’s treat. The tea is very smooth, the aroma is strongly of chocolate, but the flavor is far more complex than tea and chocolate!

No additions. This tea is perfect just the way it is. It needs neither milk nor sugar to be enjoyed. For some reason I feel like putting on high heels and a long strand of pearls, looking aloof and bored and waving people about to fetch me things.

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This tea is added to my cupboard courtesy of DOULTON! Hooray for another great tea!

Today’s tea party included freshly baked bread with butter, honey, jam, or apple butter, a cheese platter, and cookies. This was the first tea we tried today.

The dry tea is lovely with the delicate flower petals mixed in. The aroma of the dry leaves is floral/citrus.

The steeped tea really smells like wonderful jasmine. My first jasmine tea was from Southern Season and was not very good. I really can’t drink it! But this is delicious! I am sure this is exactly how jasmine is meant to be! Jasmine is the primary flavoring note I get, followed quickly by a deeper rosy note, warm and sweet. The tea is a tiny bit astringent and gets more so as it cools, so I would drink this quickly or add milk if I would be taking a while to drink it. I didn’t realize there was green tea in this until after it was made. Knowing that, I would change my parameters next time. We used boiling water and the longest recommended steep. I think I wll back off the water temp and steep time a little and see if that takes a bit of the dryness out. We used no sugar. The jasmine was delightfully sweet as it was.

Everyone loved this, and I know I am delighted with it! Thank you, Doulton!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Another stiff, sore morning compounded by a sore throat. I need the Queen! Also, America’s Test Kitchen recommended Annie’s Organic Yellow Mustard and no one in my town stocks it. I was able to buy it yesterday at Whole Foods when we went to the airport in our capital city to pick up my daughter. I just had to try it on my cheese toast this morning! Both tea and mustard are excellent.

Side note: We had released our mole in woods near my MIL’s house. Got a call from middle daughter yesterday that there is a mole trail in the backyard at MIL’s. Hubby says he hasn’t seen mole trails in his mom’s yard in over twenty years. So…hooray! Diggory is most likely alive and well, and shhhhh! We are not admitting where we released the mole…we think it must have been a tracking mole and it is looking for the little girl who fed it worms and cuddled it. Sob! Another “girl and her mole” story!

Ashley Bain

Ahh this post is taunting me to place an order for more of the Queen.

Love mustard! I will have to try that brand. I was always the strange kid who wanted mustard instead of ketchup on her hot dog. lol

JacquelineM

Awwwwww girl and her mole

ashmanra

@Ashley: I really need to reorr it soon! I would not want to run out of the Queen!
@Jacqueline: I know! She was so happy!

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drank Four Seasons by Samovar
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Turned on Pandora, Spa Suite radio. Nice. Warm the tetsubin. Light the tea light candle.

Measure the leaves, change mind about basket wanting to give leaves more room, get confused about which basket, drop tea all over counter beside salt pig, which for the first time I have ever seen has salt around it on the counter. Sob! Wash leaves, discard the ones closest to salt pig.

Steep. Read reviews and realize you have used too many leaves and for too long. Sob! Drink anyway, not bad, but a ittle astringent. Steep leaves again briefly and add to tetsubin. Burn fingers on lid. Cast iron is very hot. Replace lid. Cast iron is STILL VERY HOT. I refuse to be undone!

The tea had a wonderful floral aroma as I poured the first water on the leaves, and upon steeping smells very vegetal, like something we call tender greens here in the South. With the second short steep added to the pot now the astringency is somewhat abated. Very nice tea. Lovely floral upper note. I shall endeavor to enjoy every sip. It was hard won.

Thank you, Quiltguppy! Today is prep day for school starting and I was determined to enjoy a little peace before I begin!

Ashley Bain

love Pandora! I will have to listen to Spa Suite.

gmathis

Ditto on the music choice … I forget they have pre-picked channels. (My choices lean toward the weird and eccentric.)

ashmanra

I am loving Pandora! I am fairly new to it, but Spa Suite was perfect for today. In all I ended up having about forty ounces of this. Youngest enjoyed it, too.

Gmathis: I think my taste in music is pretty eccentric, too. I went to a music school that focused on opera, but took a course in experimental techniques that allowed me to meet Bob Moog and participate in a 24 hour John Cage tribute concert. I grew up singing in churches and performing show tunes, but I love almost all kinds of music.

QuiltGuppy

Would you like me to send you more to try again? :D It’s not a problem!

Ashley Bain

have been and am currently listening to Spa Suite, it’s lovely.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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This hearty Chinese blend is perfect with our cheese plate and dark chocolate squares on this rainy, grey afternoon! Smooth, just sweet enough not to need sugar, with the barest hint of smoke.

gmathis

Rainy? Gray? I’ve forgotten what either of those are like. (Sweat, kaff on the dust puffs!)

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Oh Doulton, I can’t believe you sent me a whole tin of this, but I am so glad you did!

Many Indian teas and I don’t get along, or if I do drink them they have to have milk and sugar to soothe my tummy. That is why you won’t see Indian tea reviewed on tea party day much, because we adults take everything plain that day, so I just don’t serve anything I know I can’t drink plain!

But this….this….is…good…tea. It isn’t as strong as I thought it would be, but my mouth literally watered when I leaned over and sniffed the tea in my cup. And though a few people have mentioned a raisin-y aroma, I swear I think I pick up something fruity like a hint of grape aroma, perhaps muscatel or scuppernong – the aroma of which takes me back to when I got caught in a bear trap under my great aunt’s scuppernong vines when I was seven, but I digress.

I just drank three cups of this with no additions at all, and youngest, who really enjoys Indian teas, drank hers with hearty pleasure, adding milk and sugar. The pot is empty, but I need not fret. There is a whole tin of this delightful strapping fellow in my kitchen! This is the best Indian black tea I have tried to date. Thank you again, Doulton!

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Thanks to Jennifer and teawing I have been wanting to try this for two days! I don’t recall ever having a Creme Earl Grey so I am not sure how this would compare, but I find it very tasty. This is also my first time having Harney and Sons Earl Grey, so I really want to try it standing alone as well. In the past I have had their Earl Grey Supreme and Imperial Earl Grey. EGS is my favorite, but for bergamot lovers, I think the sachets of Imperial Earl Grey maybe stronger on bergamot.

From what I can tell in this mix, this Earl Grey is of moderate strength. I tried it first without additions and it was smooth and somewhat mild, not too much. I added sugar, which really brought out the bergamot, then milk, which made the creaminess of the vanilla shine. All in al, a delightful cup of tea as I chill out to Spa Suite Radio on Pandora and hide from the 95 degree temps I was just hanging out clothes in…

SimplyJenW

I think I will talk to them about their EG blends when I go to Millerton. I am so excited that DH decided we have to stop there on our Boston trip. I likened it to driving within a half hour of his favorite micro-brewery and not stopping. He finally understood!

ashmanra

LOL! Too funny! I hope you have a great time!

This is getting better and better. I wonder how it would taste with Vanilla Comoro and it’s caramel goodness? Maybe tomorrow’s experiment…

SimplyJenW

I also liked JacquelineM’s suggestion of a vanilla bean….and then I also remembered that I have some double strength vanilla…. I think there are many possibilities. I still hope Mike will blend one, though.

ashmanra

By the way, I didn’t type “it’s”. I do know the difference but auto correct does not! AAAARRRGHH!

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This was the second tea served at tea party today. The aroma grabbed up as soon as I poured. Delicious stuff! This is one of the least smokey Keemun teas I have ever had, and it does have that hint of wine. It is a pretty full bodied tea, not overly sweet but sweet and smooth enough to be enjoyed absolutely plain. Very nice!

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Many thanks to Quiltguppy for this tea! A friend and I tried this one today. The dry leaves smell like candy! Really really like candy! The aroma of the steeped tea is lovely and sweet. I thought it smelled like cherry candy at this point. The green tea base was very smooth…I am thinking it is probably a Chinese green. A lovely tea and very tasty! I may have go pick up a tin next time I go to A Southern Season.

Jenn

Oh my, I think I need this tea too!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about six 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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