2115 Tasting Notes
This tea came to me courtesy of Quiltguppy! I have been looking forward to trying these oolongs, but oolongs are a tea that I like to drink when I have a little time to pay attention, stop and smell the aromas, and sit quietly with the cup…even if just for a few minutes. I just can’t rush oolongs!
This oolong does not disappoint. Though one review said it was scented with osmanthus, I don’t get strong floral flavor, so it is not an artificial taste to me. I am not terribly familiar with osmanthus, though. Even though the tea is a medium-light color, it has plenty of taste and heft. There is the slightest dry tingle on my tongue, so astringency is very light. It has warm, nutty tones.
This is a delightful oolong! Thank you, QG!
Since I had to drink disappointing tea at lunch I made it up to myself by having something wonderful after. This is similar to Golden Snail, but more refined, and reminds me of Emperor’s Red. Since it has chocolate notes, I had it with Lindt Dark Chocolate Bar With A Touch of Sea Salt. Only two squares, though, I couldn’t eat a whole one at once! Okay, maybe I could, but I know I shouldn’t! Nice walnut flavor at the end of the sip. This is sweet and smooth, no additions needed, though I have had it with milk and sugar and it was breast that way as well.
I am attempting to get a handle on the tea tin storage problem, which means it would be really great to get rid of all the tins I don’t care to have hanging about. Since no one was drinking this and we have a lot of tea we really like, I decided to 86 this ne by making a cold brew pitcher to finish it off. I left the leaves for two whole days but it isn’t bitter. It is as unspectacular cold as it was hot. On the upside, I now have an empty tin to fill with something I like!
After being on the road all day taking eldest daughter to the airport in Raleigh, NC and then shopping, shopping, shopping (not buying, looking and getting ideas at antique shops for an upcoming project and getting new running shoes for hubby) and drinking Coke, I was fantasizing about tea by the time we were on the way home eleven hours after we left home. (On a related note, did you know that if you buy the glass bottle Cokes at Sam’s that are 12 ounce instead of eight and they say Hecho en Mexico, they have sugar instead of HFCS? I know, I know, just sayin’)
I wanted real tea, tea that would grab me and make me know I was alive! Tea that could hold up to cheese toast with mustard without wilting, yet not require additions. This is what I decided on while hubby was driving, having no idea of the raging tea lust going on right beside him.
I opened the tin and gasped. SERIOUSLY? Am I really drinking that much Golden Snail? (Answer: yes.). But the rich chocolate aroma hit and I swooned. It was just like holding a dark chocolate candy bar in my hand. Oh joy! Lots of nummy noises later, youngest and I are on our second pot, cheese toast devoured, doing same to a bowl of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese cubes.
It is so good to be home.
A friend sent me some sachets of this tea a couple of months ago and I never tried it. It is nearly 3am and I have to get up early tomorrow to drive my daughter to an airport over an hour away and I simply can not sleep! That is something that hasn’t happened in a while. I made this is hopes that it would soothe me right off to slumberland, but it doesn’t seem to have done much. The warmth did soothe a slightly irritated feeling throat, but unfortunately I can’t that I see much difference between this and the cheap stuff I bought at the grocery a couple of years ago. The flavor is bright and almost minty, which I suppose is what they call the green apple flavor. I suppose if I drank this often I might develop a deal taste for it and crave it, but as it is, it isn’t doing much for me. Perhaps I need to find out the name of the wonderful chamomile Jacqueline mentioned!
This cup of Golden Monkey is from the new season’s batch. I am going to try to pay attention and do a more thorough review! First, it still has that wonderful, full bodied aroma with honey notes, but when it was piping hot I picked up something I don’t remember from last year’s crop. When I inhale deeply there is a high, light citrus note, like lemon in tea. Could this be the green apple note that you mentioned in the Upton GM, Jacqueline? And was it there in the old one and I didn’t notice? Perhaps it is because this is leftover tea that we are reheating, or perhaps how it was made yesterday, but I do think the body is lighter. It used to seem almost thick and syrupy to me, but this is perhaps a little thinner than before. Youngest loves GM, but she adds milk and sugar. She thought it tasted the same, but said it is possible that it has less honey sweetness. We will brew another pot and try again, making sure we have plenty of leaves, though we used the same amount as usual last time. It is definitely still more full-bodied than GM from Teavana, which I like a lot as a milk and sugar breakfast tea.
For tea party today I had my daughter mix these two teas. She used two teaspoons of Queen Catherine and one of Rose Scented, both by Harney and Sons, in a 22oz. Beehouse teapot. I think the proportions worked very well. Queen Catherine is always good, and so smooth, and the rose aroma in this is really peppery spicy rose aroma. I am glad JacquelineM suggested mixing these this way. It is delicious! I should try it mixed with even more black teas. My tea guest was having this for the first time, and she really liked it.