2140 Tasting Notes

What can I say about this tea that hasn’t already been said? Love it!

teawing

Paris is going to have to be good to beat this, just sayin…

ashmanra

They are both so good! Neither will disappoint you, ever!

SimplyJenW

You will know by next week….. I posted today!

teawing

Thanks!

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This is absolutely delicious! There was a bit leftover in the pot from yesterday, so when youngest said she needed a pot so she can brew some Vanilla Comoro I volunteered to drink it up. I wasn’t even planning to reorder Palm Court, but this is making me rethink that decision. She mixed one and a half teaspoons Palm Court with one and a half of Rose Scented. Up to one teaspoon of Boston accidentally was dropped in, and mostly fished back out, but I am sure it contributed something. This is a very satisfying midday cup, sans additions.

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Boiling

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We only had one and a half teaspoons of Palm Court left today, so I suggested combining it with Rose Scented to amke a whole pot of tea. We have loved experimenting with Rose Scented and other teas!

In an effort to be helpful, I prepared the dry leaves in the basket, and youngest misunderstood which pot had the leaves already in, and she added a teaspoon of Boston before noticing that there were already leaves in the pot!

The final verdict? This was very good! Palm Court made a great base, Rose Scented added its expected charms, and there was just a hint of Boston’s flavor. I don’t know if we could recreate the pot we had today, but we certainly enjoyed it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Ruby #18 by A Southern Season
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I feel like I haven’t had this one in ages! This is the first Ruby tea from Taiwan I ever tried, and one of the first teas I loved sans additions, so I think of it as one of my “growing up as a tea drinker” teas. You can steep this for ten minutes and I don’t think it would get bitter. I once forgot a second steep for who knows how long, and it was still great.

This tea is pale when steeped, but so full of flavor. It resteeps beautifully. There is a light vegetal taste, but plenty of body. It is just excellent tea. Having said that, I do believe that the version from Shui tea is more even more flavorful, but since I don’t own that one yet, I still enjoy this one!

This was paired today at tea party with Fudge Pie and individual portions of Brie baked with brown sugar and strawberries in puff pastry. Extra strawberries, lightly sugared, were served on the side to top the pie.

Preparation
Boiling
Jenn

You’ve made me drool on my keyboard. Not cool…

SimplyJenW

I have some of this to try from another vendor! Wheee! I need to try it soon!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Youngest daughter suggested this one for tea party today, and I almost said to choose something else because I think of winter and the holidays with this tea since that I when I first had it. I am so glad I kept it on the menu. This was the last tea I drank today, but it made such an impact. The almond flavor made me think of JacquelineM. Is this one of the nostalgia teas? It definitely reminds me of the fine French teas I have tried. Silky smooth and lovely, the cranberry is bright without being tart, and the almond…oh, the almond is a liquid caress. Biscuity marzipan. Sigh. Happy, happy sigh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

The cranberry addition made me think of actual Boston in our dear U S of A! I think I waxed nostalgic about bookstores and vintage clothes when I had this one :)

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
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Very nice pot of tea this morning, with the smooth sweetness of Golden Monkey tempering the strength of the Assam. Lovely!

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I gave this one a revisit today and used Kashyap’s steeping parameters, which called for a lower water temp and a shorter steep than I would give most black teas. To be fair, this tea is probably over a year old. All I got was a cup of tingle, as in astringency, not excitement! I believe this is one that teaequalsbliss reviewed and said it was wonderful, but after it had aged a bit, was awful! I really am not getting anything good out of this cup, so I am tossing the last teaspoon without guilt! Perhaps if the leaves were fresh it would have been good, and I will try this method of making Indian teas like they were all darjeelings and see if it improves my opinion of them. It could be that Indian tea is just not my thing! In the past, I have noticed that most assamica varietals give me a tummy ache or at least lots of rumbles.

Kashyap

I would be happy to send you a few samples of Assams, Darjeelings, Nilgiris, or Threshrans from India if your still having debates about the value or importance of Indian teas..I actually just got a few samples from the first 1st flushes from Assam Satrupa Estate as well as second, in just about every grade and would be happy to share them. I also noted your ‘star wars’ comment on another tea…(its a secret) but my company has been working with Thinkgeek and came up with Vader’s Blend (coffee) and one of my first duties was to develop a ’Yoda’s blend’ Tea…I will let you know and send you some if this project gets accepted by Lucas Arts.

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
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I am adding a resteep of this to my notes today because I don’t think I have resteeped it before. I really wasn’t done having tea, and thought I would experiment a bit. I really didn’t know how this would act, but with Golden Monkey in there I thought it would fare pretty well.

I dumped the leaves from the infused basket into a second pot, added one teaspoon of fresh leaves, and steeped for five minutes. There was still a bit of the first steep in the original pot, so when time was up I added the second steep to the first. It is quite good! And I feel very thrifty for saving those leaves.

Preparation
Boiling
Angrboda

because I don’t think I have rested Ed it before
Who is Ed and why is he resting? ;)

QuiltGuppy

I think that’s the magic typing that only an iPad can produce… ;)

ashmanra

LOL! Fixed it, but I really should proofread better! This autocorrect can be quite shocking! What if my hubby had seen that and thought Ed was resting here? What on earth would he be resting from? Whose room is he in? Does he ever contribute by mowing or painting? If he paints, hubby would probably let him stay!

QuiltGuppy

If he paints, I’d let him stay, too. ;)

ashmanra

LOL! My son is going to be looking for Ed since I have asked his help painting the den this weekend!

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
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This was very nice as a milk and saugar breakfast tea this morning. It is paired with cheese toast and mustard, naturally!

Teawing recently enlightened us about cheese toast being a traditional treat for British sailors in the 19th century. Well, a few weeks ago I realized that I had never read Treasure Island, nor have I seen the movie. I decided that would be the next book we read aloud. A couple of days ago we reached the chapter where Jim Hawkins meets Ben Gunn. When Ben speaks of living off goats, berries, and oysters and not seeing Christian food in three years, the one food he mentions by name remembering fondly is toasted cheese! Why, isn’t it a small world and full of coincidence!

As for this tea,my youngest absolutely adores it, she being an Irish Breakfast fan and all! And I like it with milk and sugar, though I haven’t taken to it plain. But I do not care overmuch for Assams.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Too much time playing Plants vs. Zombies last night = kink in neck. Seven a.m. Trip to DMV with teenager who didn’t want to get up that early. Who you gonna call? THE QUEEN! Ah. Now my morning is going much, much better. Homemade buttermilk bread cheese toast with mustard accompanies.

teawing

You know, it is a fascinating, modern world we live in, that joins things such as phone app games, tea blends, and a timeless recipe from at least the 19th century.
Somehow, I bet you weren’t as contemplative about your day thus far… :)

ashmanra

Not only a very old recipe, but we actually grind our own wheat to make the bread! We do use an electric grinder, though. LOL! I told my hubby that if he ever wanted to spend a large amount of money on me not to buy diamonds, but a cast iron hand turned mill. I think they are beautiful! :)

Uniquity

I love that you were playing Plants Vs Zombies. That game was an obsession in my family(s) a year or two back.

ashmanra

Yes, my daughter got it a year ago May and I had beaten it but when I got the iPad I just had to try to get all the achievements! Still haven’t made it through 40 flags of Survival Endless. :)

Sandy

You may need to go back into physical therapy in the attempt for all 40. ;)

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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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