1926 Tasting Notes
This was the first tea served at tea party today. Tea party included a sampling of Lindt Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt and fresh pound cake, as well as a cookie plate. This was very well-liked, and was so smooth. It is not as astringent as Uva Highlands, but a little more so than a really low grown Ceylon – which I love – they really are smooth! Kenilworth Garden has nice body and flavor. I took mine plain, youngest daughter took it with milk and sugar. It is good both ways!
I needed a refined, rich, elegant tea this evening. Today is my long day when I teach until 6:30 pm and sometimes a little later, so I like to have tea time around 3:30pm and then keep a pot at hand to carry me over to supper. Paris came to mind. Ahhhh! This was a lovely treat to make me feel spoiled while I worked late!
Something is messing with my tea mojo on this one! The first time I tried it I was in LOVE with it. I sent some to Sandy along with samples of some French teas (Damman Freres) and she preferred this one. But again today I have done something wrong in the steeping parameters somewhere. It is just a tad astringent and not as sweet. Perhaps I need to cut my steeping time and lower the water temp a tad. It is a good tea, but it isn’t making me swoon like the first time I had it, and it is probably my fault!
It is 70 degrees, though blustery, and we could not pass up this opportunity to have a picnic lunch on the grass in the sunshine. Lunch was followed by tea, cookies, and Valentine chocolates outside and reading aloud from Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping. (I had to explain many things to my daughters. Did anyone else ever have to pour hot water and ammonia on a floor and then scrape up wax buildup for their mother? Thank goodness that is one chore I never anticipate having to do again! )
As for the tea, it was a most excellent companion to our reading. This is a black tea that goes well with anything and is liked by everyone. It has no astringency like the higher grown Ceylons may have. It is from the daily tea selections at Southern Season, but has good body and very large leaves. It can be served plain, or taken with sugar and milk equally well.
On Jacqueline’s recommendation I am trying this one again and taking it with sugar and milk. I tried it before with no additions and though it wasn’t bad, I thought it wasn’t great.
I tried the first cup with just sugar added, and it was very pleasant. Although no one else has mentioned it, I really think I picked up on the barest hint of smoke in this, as is common with many keemuns. It was lovely! I tried it with sugar and milk both next, and liked it just as well, though most of the time I don’t add milk to my tea. Hubby is very picky and likes only a few teas but he finished his cup so he must have rather liked it! It was a lovely pot to follow up a quiet Sunday brunch while I catch up on my correspondence. I would liken this to Premium Steep’s Golden Monkey, though perhaps not quiet as refined, and also to Teavana’s Golden Monkey, though it is not as honeyed as either and has a little more heft because of that hint of smoke.
A very nice vanilla flavored black tea! This one is not nearly as sweet as their Vanilla Comoro and I use it as a stand alone or with cookie or cheese plate tea. It is pretty iced, as well. Must have been good – I just drank the whole pot! I do put a little sugar in this one if I am not having it with food.