1998 Tasting Notes
I can’t believe this tea wasn’t already in the database. I may have done something wrong in looking it up, but I tried several times and didn’t find it.
When I opened the tin I was reminded of a scented candle called Baking with Grandma or some such thing. It smelled quite good, like the best sugar cookies that are made with a little coconut oil – like Mystic by Pepperidge Farms. The flavors listeed for the tea are coconut, vanilla, and almond. No wonder it smells like a great cookie! When brewed, the tea was darker than I expected a white tea to be. I drank it sans additions and it was quite good – very mild and smooth with a nice, soothing aroma.
Hooray! My tea box arrived today! I was most excited about trying Golden Snail.
First, the tin is gold instead of the usual black, as is the tin for my Chocolate Mint. The tea was in a foil pouch and as soon as I opened the pouch the most delightful aroma met me! It was so honeyed it is hard to believe it is unflavored. We brewed it using our usual parameters for black tea. The steeped tea smells just as amazing as the dry leaves. It has the same rich body that makes me sigh with happiness as I bring Golden Monkey to my lips. But the taste was very similar to Emperor’s Red to me – sort of a Golden Monkey/Emperor’s Red Cross, which means that this is AWESOME TEA! I drank mine with no additions and it was so smooth. I can’t wait to have it on tea party day paired with our snacks. It is going to be luscious! Roasty, toasty like JacquelineM says of Emperor’s Red, and thick caramel sweet body like Golden Monkey.
I was going to have Queen Catherine this morning as it is raining, chilly, and I am hunched over a computer for hours again cruching numbers. But ALAS! I opened my tin and there wasn’t quite enough. I almost mixed it with this, but decided I couldn’t sully Catherine with ANYTHING, and besides, I do really love this one on its own.
Harney’s English Breakfast is 100% pure keemun. It smells rich – cocoa and a little smoke blend together so sweetly in this. I always add milk and sugar in the morning, and this one takes it extremely well. This is a bright and bracing cup. It doesn’t knock you over the head like some English Breakfast teas I have had – things like Bewley’s Clipper Gold – EEP!
This is a lovely, refined breakfast drink that isn’t too strong but is perfectly full of flavor. And at the price – an amazing value. I buy it by the pound loose.
I am going to have to decupboard this one now! I am awaiting a large Harney and Sons order and decided to finish off some teas that were nearly gone.
I had just enough leaves for one pot of this, and it was timely as I was sorely in need of a good cuppa. After crunching numbers on computer all morning, I looked out and saw rain falling on a bit of laundry out on the line, and had to run out and rescue them. It was a bit chilly for shorts and a t-shirt, especially in the rain. What makes everything all better? TEA!
This is an excellent tea, though it is simply not Harney and Sons Golden Monkey. It is very good, and I always drink this one with milk and sugar, while I ALWAYS take H&S with no additions. The aroma is just like H&S, but alas, the flavor is not. It also costs far more than H&S.
Complexity doesn’t begin to describe this cup of tea! Before it reaches my lips, the aroma is intoxicating. Sweet, smooth, caramel, honey, golden goodness, call it what you will – this is one of the best teas I have EVER had. And this one is the most golden-sweet honeyed one of all that I have tried.
I tried a resteep of these leaves at 7 minutes. It just isn’t doing it for me. This is weak. If I were in the mood for a soft oolong I would really be enjoying it, but as a black tea – well, I like mine stronger. It isn’t terrible, but the first steep really is much better!
I steeped this one a little longer today after reading that going up to 7 minutes can release some new, subtle flavors. I wasn’t too brave, so I only took it to 6 min. 15. sec. instead of my usual 4 to 4 1/2 minutes. It certainly did not get bitter. I think I detected a little smoke, as expected from a keemun but very light, and this time I picked what I believe should be called toasted walnut! Maybe that is how the extra time affects the cocoa notes. There was also a light, fruity scent at the beginning that I didn’t notice as much as the tea cooled. I will resteep these leaves, and see how it goes leaving it for 7 minutes. In the meantime, I am finishing this 22 oz. pot sans additions, and it is very smooth. I kept it just under the boil, as I read here that is how they are doing it at Harney Soho.