2198 Tasting Notes
First day back to school in my house! We have lots of traditions, like the morning “bike ride to school” with their dad. They bike to the grocery store and buy apples, candy bars, and flowers for the teacher. We homeschool by the way! :). Then they bike home to find their grade level and teacher name posted on the door. LOL! And their dad often brings a bogus note as to why his kids were late for school, usually blaming their mother, ME! LOL!
This afternoon we were starving after stuffing all this new knowledge in our heads. A pot of vanilla black and some fresh pound cake hit the spot. Harney’s Vanilla Black stops me in my tracks every time. It is so smooth and delicious and is very affordable. It pairs great with so many different foods, and is good hot or iced.
I haven’t had Paris in quite a while, but youngest suggested it to go with our snacks this afternoon. I am always surprised at how good it is when I haven’t had it in a while. It is one of the few flavored teas my youngest daughter likes, she being more inclined to Golden Monkey and Irish Breakfast. This one is always a hit with new tea drinkers because it is just that good. My tin is getting low. It will soon be time for another mega order to Harney and Sons.
We loved the Chocolate Delight tea from this company so much that my friend ordered that one and a new one to try! (Thank you, Doulton!). The aroma is heavenly. I had only snipped the seal on the bag, hadn’t even opened it yet, when that wonderful coconut/chocolate aroma filled the air. The tea is very fragrant, and I felt the dominant note was chocolate rather than coconut. I found there to be a strong vanilla component as well. It is smooth, not astringent. We drank it sans additions and enjoyed it immensely. I plan to serve this for Wednesday tea party and I think it will be a hit.
We had a repeat of yesterday’s brunch as our breakfast today since i had potatoes and onions left over. I decied to switch up the tea, but snce hubby drinks only a few kinds I am very limited as to what I can choose! I knew he liked this one. This is the most tea-like decaf I have ever had, other than flavored decaf teas. It stands alone very well, I took it plain but he added milk and sugar and sugar. LOL! It was hearty enough to pair with such a breakfast. In winter I like the flavor this one myself in the evenings. Must reorder!
Tonight, youngest and I shared a tea supper of chicken soup with slices of freshly made buttermilk bread for sopping the broth. I asked her to select the tea, and since she has recently become addicted to the Sherlock Holmes stories, she was eager to have this one. Last time I had it, I said I thought I preferred it with additions. Well, I guess I must be fickle, because tonight I took it plain and we finished the 22 ounce pot in no time!
When my daughter opened the tin, she exclaimed at how much tea there was, knowing this from a swap. Then she paused and said, “Oh, you must have gotten this from DOULTON!” indeed, I got this delightful, delicious tea from Doulton!
Hubby and I have the house to ourselves this morning, so I made iron skillet potatoes and onions, scrambled eggs, bacon, and pan fried toast. Since he only likes a few teas, I made a pot of this for brekkie. I took mine plain again, and loved it. Perfect with Irene making for another cloudy, rainy day!
It was so hard to save this surprise sample from SIMPLYJEN until today, but I did it! Hooray for willpower! I wanted this to be our special “new” tea for tasting today, as I like to have at least one new tea each week for us to try.
Wow, this really needs to be on my next order. Describing it is really difficult, because I think I am still enough of a newbie not to know exactly how to describe, or even define, what i am tasting.
Nutty, definitely. Silky like Harney’s description said, absolutely. I agree that it had many of the characteristics of other Fujian teas but without the cocoa or chocolate notes. But I really keep getting a lemony or bright note as well. It was reminding me of a Darjeeling, but with none of the astringency I associate with some Darjeelings. This was smooth smooth smooth.
My guest loved it, youngest loved it, I love it. Thank you, thank you, Jen, for the wonderful surprise!
I bought this on impulse tonight. Youngest and I had it at Starbucks about a year ago, and then tried it at home with lemonade, but I was using the bags for hot tea at the time. TJ Maxx had the big iced tea sachets at a really good price so I picked up a box.
It is definitely bright, tart, and tangy. I did sweeten it as my daughters won’t drink it otherwise. I like it but will much prefer it as others have noted, mixed with lemonade, orange juice, or other goodies. Youngest actually prefers the shaken black tea and lemonade mix, but she was asking for some Hawaiian Punch so I am hoping this will satisfy her desire for something sweet and fruity!
Rat lunch with Golden Monkey today! I was so glad to hear the kettle whistle as I finished my ironing and youngest made lunch. I am not the biggest fan of ironing, though I did have a good, bebop-ing playlist on to make it a tad more palatable. Dessert was Bissingers Chocolates.
After tea time, our teacups began to rattle, the chandelier swung a little, and the mirror on the wall shook. Our first earthquake! You really notice it in a house full of teacups! LOL!
We are so accustomed to the artillery at Fort Bragg shaking the ground for miles around, that it took us a bit to realize something different was happening!