2063 Tasting Notes
Somehow, powerful whiffs of this tea kept hitting me in church this morning. I found it quite puzzling, as I didn’t see anyone with a travel mug nearby. I wondered if perhaps there is some men’s cologne with bergamot in it? Anyway, it made me crave a cup! This is the best Earl Grey ever!! It is so much more refined than any other I have tried. Next, I want to try it iced. JacquelineM recommends it that way!
Allergies kicking up were making me dizzy and yucky feeling. Woke up at 5 am, pruned some roses, weeded, and had to go buy a car for son. Who else can kick you in gear like the Queen?
I took her with me in my JoeMo XL since I knew it would be a long haul getting everything done, especially the DMV. What a great tea – strong but never bitter, lightly smokey, and somehow encouraging and bracing. Ahhhhhhh…..
I made this as a cold brew for iced tea and it is simply fantastic! Even my ever-so-slightly picky youngest daughter loved it – so much that I gave her my cup. I sweetened it with simple syrup. Thank you, JacquelineM for a great idea! It is soooo hot here. I am going to have fun this summer making special iced teas, and using the cold brew method is going to be so convenient and easy. This is nice, and light, and fruity! I didn’t list a steep time because it has been about 7 hours and I am still letting it steep a little longer.
My jasmine bower is in full bloom and since that is my main eating and tea drinking spot outside, I was inspired to try this tea again. It has been frightfully hot here – mid 90’s – and I have been doing yard work so I decided to try it iced.
I like this better iced than hot. And even better – after the first half glass I decided to try to mimic that wonderful Golden Moon Vanilla Jasmine tea that JacquelineM sent me last summer by adding about 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the 17 ounce glass of iced tea. Delicious, and has that cream soda/root beer flavor! I thought my Jasmine Black tea was going to go to waste but I think I can finish it easily this way!
I have yet to try a plain jasmine tea that I love. It is just too flowery for me and I feel like smacking my lips to get the perfume taste out of my mouth. Perhaps I should try Harney and Sons – I like almost everything they make.
I was inspired to finally try mixing these in hopes of finding the perfect ratio. The Chocolate Mint tea was almost all mint, so I hoped that mixing with Chocolate would bring a bit of balance. I used 2 teaspoons of each in a 22 oz. Beehouse teapot. I thought I should add a bit extra of the Chocolate Mint since there is an abundance of mint leaves in there and I wanted to be sure to get a full measure of tea leaves as well as the mint leaves. I liked it well enough plain, and a friend who had a couple of cups with me (a coffee drinker absolutely new to tea) really liked it, only adding milk.
After it cooled a bit, I tried another cup with just milk, then tried it again with milk and sugar. With no additions, I don’t taste much chocolate, even though I have added Chocolate Tea. I guess the mint is overpowering it, though in the mixture the mint was cool and refreshing but not quite so strong as before. With milk, it mellowed a little, and with sugar, I think I began to taste a little more chocolate, but still not as much as in Florence. I may try again using 3 tsps. Chocolate/1 tsp. Chocolate Mint. Or I may even let jacquelineM inspire me and I will add chocolate syrup!
I have been neglecting this tea and wanted to have a go at it this morning before heading out to the plant nursery. A Southern Season sells this spelled Zhen Quo but I have seen the very same tea sold under the name Zhen Qu, and the appearance is so distinctive that there is no doubt it is the same tea. What confuses me a bit is that most sites say it is from the Fujian (or Pan Yang) province, but there are several listings for Zhen Qu Yunnan, and I don’t know if that tea is the same or not.
I am drinking it plain and it is very smooth. I steeped longer than most people do, yet it isn’t bitter. There is the slightest – and I do mean slightest – astringency after you get through a half a cup or so, but not much. The aroma is lovely – honey and a hint of molasses, and a bit of unsweetened cocoa. The flavor leans more toward the honey side, but not with the rich, thick body and mouth-feel of Golden Monkey.
This was one of the first teas I took plain, and Sandy introduced me to it. Hi Sandy! By the way, Sandy, I saw my hubby smooching Sasha on the head last night! They were having some lovely-dovey time when he got home from work!
A new discovery – Boston tastes GREAT cold! This is a very good thing because after hanging out four lines of clothes and planting fifty caladium bulbs and three ferns in 94 degree heat, I couldn’t face anything hot! This was really good and refreshing. The very mellow mood of this tea changed and became a refreshing and bright pick me up! And I didn’t even sweeten it!
Since I thought Typhoo was a little weak at 2 1/2 minutes, we decided to try it at 4 minutes. It is definitely stronger, but I can’t say I like it any better! I wouldn’t even want it without milk and sugar, and even with milk and sugar I would rather have a glass of water! I was glad for the opportunity to try it, though!
Scrubbing away on the furniture with Murphy’s, polishing with Old English, sweeping and reorganizing. GAH! Time to take a break for tea. Middle daughter had just baked a loaf of fresh buttermilk bread, so that paired with apple butter and tea became lunch!
I took my tea plain, and it is nice and smooth. The vanilla is light and doesn’t have that artificial taste, though with the bold apple butter it is a little more in the background than when I have it with chocolate or cookies, which enhance the vanilla flavor.