1769 Tasting Notes
ABout a year ago I bought a sample of this tea. I was a brand new baby loose leaf tea drinker. I thought this was SO STRONG! I was glad I didn’t buy a whole tin. Now, my tastes have changed drastically, I no longer add sugar to all my teas, and I wanted to see if my feelings on this one have changed. I had just purchased some Keemun Hao Ya A at A Southern Season and thought it was awfully mild.
Today we tried the two teas side by side. Harney’s is definitely superior. The aroma of the dry leaves is deeper and richer, the color of the steeped tea is darker, and the flavor is more robust. (And the funny thing? It wasn’t at all strong to me! I thought it was milder than Emperor’s Red, JacquelineM’s roasty toasty friend who captured my heart and tastebuds as well.)This is a good, solid tea and if you like Keemuns I believe it is worth your time.
A few days ago, my youngest looked at me in horror as she made my tea. “Mom, we are almost out of Queen Catherine!” She remembers what happened last time I ran out, and what happened to my friend who tried it at my house and called the next day foaming at the mouth like a ravenous beast and had to be placated with a small tin rustled from my stash. But I tossed my head and laughed, “Silly girl! I have a one pound bag! I will NEVER run out of Catherine again!” I picked up my pound bag to refill the tin and…..OH HORRORS!!! It is nearly empty because of Ravenous Beast and my daily consumption! “Hello, I would like to order another one pound bag of Catherine, please. No, I do NOT need a 12 step program, thank you very much.”
I drank a cup of this today especially for JacquelineM in hopes of giving a good description of it to compare with Vanilla Comoro.
Vanilla Black doesn’t taste as much like a dessert tea to me, while Vanilla Comoro oozes sweetness and caramel. I drank it first with no additions to see if the tea taste was coming through for me. It did, and I also thought I detected a very light cocoa note? I would assume that most flavored teas begin as a mild Ceylon but perhaps there is a hint of Keemun in this, or perhaps it is part of the natural flavor. The vanilla is not as sweet as Comoro, but does have the mellowness of a Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. I drink this one with sugar only, but perhaps I should have tried it with milk to see what happens. This is a very good tea, and I enjoyed it iced in early spring.
Being new to oolongs, I don’t know if I can adequately review this tea, but I will give it a try! My apologies up front to all those who know and love oolongs!
The first steep surprised me. I am learning to like oolongs but I can’t honestly say that I love them. Wild Forest oolong was shocking in the way it behaved and I liked that, but I haven’t found that in any other tea.
Now for this one….the aroma did not appeal to me, but remember a person who loves BLACK tea is saying that. I sipped, and was pleasantly surprised. The tea had a LOT of body. There was a hint of sweet, fruity flavor – raisins? And definitely some nutty flavor. The second steep is much nuttier with a hint of butter, and a darker color than the first which may have more to do with my steep times.
This was far nuttier than Wenshan Baozhong, which had a very strong and lovely floral aroma.
This was made in a gaiwan, 1 1/2 tsps leaves to 4 oz. of 190 degree water for 2 min. 15 sec. first steep, 2 min. 45 sec. second steep. I would enjoy this when I want to sit and think, but this isn’t something I would serve at a tea party with a cookie plate! But that isn’t what it is for, anyway!
I took the Joemo XL to work yesterday. The tea stayed hot for several hours, until I drank it all up! After my late lunch (we were busy) I rinsed the Joemo, poured in the ice from my soda cup, and added water from the water fountain to drink as I worked. I finished the water pretty quickly. At around 11 pm, 8 hours later, I realized I hadn’t emptied and washed my Joemo. Opened it up and VOILA! The ice was still there! Pretty much all of it! Yes, this puppy insulates!
I am joining that rascally rebel who said to add teaware like this! I used my Joemo XL for the third time today, but the other two times I was on the run and was pouring in lukewarm already made tea that I didn’t expect to be taking with me. Today I knew I would be using it at work and filled it at 10:30 am with good hot stuff! About three hours later I started sipping my tea and burned my throat just a tad – it was still that hot. At 4 pm I finished my tea and it was still nice and warm, much better than the super cheap travel mug we had purchased at a discount store. In that thing, my tea is cold by an hour later. So the Joemo XL gets a thumbs up from me! It was the Steepster Select a while back from Teafrog – that is how I first heard about it. If you order one, you might as well go ahead and get some of the chocolate and cream deliciousness they sell as well….
I was tres chic today at tea time in my new alpaca lace scarf gifted me by JacquelineM and made with her own two hands! She also furnished the best two teas at the table. Thank you! You are a wonder!
We were only supposed to have two teas today, but since we were still chatting and there were cookies and Aero chocolates left, I couldn’t stand it! We just had to make another pot of tea. The aroma is arresting. I read once that the French teas are so good because the French are master perfumers, and they use that blending expertise to make teas that make your mouth water. There was a lot of oohing and ahhing over this tea. The fresh fig gives a warm cozy feel while the orange peel gives a bright note and the nutmeg teases you from the background. Aaaaaah. I didn’t know if it would go well with food, but the pretzel sticks and chocolate covered cookies were not at all affronted. Delightful tea!
This is a wonderful tea from the fine tea wall at A Southern Season. It is very mild and smooth, and when I tasted it beside Premium Steap’s Emperor’s Red I realized it had more of a plant flavor while ER had that toasty nutty chocolate but oh so smooth thing going on. My youngest daughter loves it. I like it a lot, but I think I want something with a little more gumption.