1692 Tasting Notes
Wow! Thanks to TEAEQUALSBLISS for this generous sample! I had tried two darjeelings in the past and didn’t care for them much, but I didn’t know I was supposed to cut the steeping time for darjeelings. We often do side-by-side teas in the afternoon when we have new kinds to try, just for the fun of comparing all the aspects of the teas. Our choices today were this one and Supreme Breakfast by Harney and Sons. My first impression was…holy cow! This smells VEGETAL! It reminded me of my beloved Ruby #18, also known as Sun Moon Lake. The taste….quite good. Less astringent than my early attempts at darjeeling when I oversteeped. Also, it is very light, but not without flavor like a decaffeinated tea, just light and refreshing. I hadn’t read the description yet, but I served Raspberry Pim’s with this tea and they went together well. So they were right on with their serving suggestion! :) The astringency always kept me from making it through a whole cup of darjeeling before, but I had two cups of this one, even though I knew we had another pot of tea to try.
With this one, the second’s time is the charm for me! I just tasted Margaret’s Hope darjeeling for the first time, and followed it with Supreme Breakfast, which was probably serendipity since I think the contrast between the two made me see favorable things about both. This time, the smoke was more prominent than before and…I can taste the chocolatey flavor of the keemun! I didn’t pick up on the cocoa note last time! My palate is pleased and tickled by today’s samplings!
Had this one for the first time this morning – a farewell cuppa with the friend who introduced me to fine loose leaf tea. It has a very light smoky taste, lighter than Queen Catherine. I find this one a little bolder than H&S regular English Breakfast, though. It grows on me….I think I could drink either and be satisfied. Will try again, and again, and try to make up my mind as to which I prefer, or when I would prefer them!
Strong tea aroma for the dry leaves, light and crisp, too. Steeped, it is a very good tea. I tasted assam pretty strongly I think, but since I have not had many oolongs yet, I think I may also having been tasting the oolong as well. We took it with milk and a little sugar. It is smooth, no bitterness, low astringency in spite of being rated as a 2 on their scale. A light clean cup. I liked it for afternoon tea time, but would not want it as my hearty breakfast cup.
Today I gave this tea to two friends – one who only drinks green and white teas, the other who doesn’t like green teas. They BOTH really liked this tea, and both said it had a lot of flavor with coconut being the most prominent. We had it hot, but I plan to try it iced as well. It has enough body and flavor to hold up to ice well, probably without sweetener – even for me! I am not a huge fan of greens, but this one is quite good.
This is a lovely English Breakfast, very similar to the one by Harney and Sons. It is lighter than Queen Catherine. I like this one with milk and sugar. It is a very comforting cup, good for morning when I want a gentler start to the day. Sometimes I do need something stronger to kick me into gear, but this one is nice for days when I wake up alert or don’t have to be on “go” right away.
This is another sample from TEAEQUALSBLISS! What a great tea! I have been wanting to try this one but wanted to do it on a special day when I could really spend some time with it. The only other chocolate tea I have had is Florence by Harney and Sons and that one is a real favorite for me, so I was eager to try this one. The scent is marvelous and chocolate-y. It brews up to a nice medium color and still has a lovely aroma. I was afraid it would be just the same as dumping some mini-chocolate chips in a cup of hot tea, but it isn’t. The tea has a lightness, a cleanness, I didn’t expect. It has almost the tingle of Uva Highlands, but no astringency or bitterness at all. I tried it plain – lovely! And totally drinkable just that way. I added a little sugar – still good. I added a little milk – also good. I think you can take this one any way you like. A really interesting tea. I would love to have some again.
If you like rooibos based tea, and if you like Cranberry Autumn by Harney and Sons, you will probably like this tea. One friend who only drinks greens and whites loved this one. I bought it so I would have a decaf option for evening, but in the evening I find myself longing for black tea, so I will mostly stick to Decaf Orange Pekoe and Vanilla Comoro. A good tea, though.
I had this one for the first time in a while today. After drinking Queen Catherine for frumpled mornings and trying my first light lapsang, I now know that tea is barely, barely smoky, but it is there! It is a sweeter smokiness, though, and I now know that I will HAVE to keep it around for those mornings when I want something a tad lighter than Catherine. This was delicious with a little sugar and the tiniest bit of milk. Sometimes I don’t use the milk at all. Much, MUCH smoother than some of the Keemuns I have tried. Don’t even compare this to Keemun Hao A! It is a completely different taste to me! And I like this one better…..for now. Who knows how my tastebuds will grow up in the coming year? :) I steeped for four minutes, and I think five would have been better.
I am not usually a fan of anything peach, but this tea doesn’t reek of the heavy peach flavor one sometimes gets. The aroma of the dry leaves reminded me of Harney and Sons Cherry Blossom, in fact. Though it is a white tea, it brewed up slightly darker than many of the greens I drink – a lovely color in the cup. I drank this with a student who loves greens and is only just now trying whites, and we both liked it very much. I still love black the most, but having greens and whites on Wednesdays is really expanding my palate! I would definitely recommend this tea to green and white tea lovers.