2035 Tasting Notes
I made a pot of this yesterday but was trying another tea at the time and got aalllll full of tea and drank only one cup. That’s okay. That means I have a pot to warm up today.
I drink this with no milk or sugar and it is so smooth, with wonderful cocoa flavors. It has nice body, but isn’t strong like Keemun Hao Ya A, which I like very much. This is just…different. More elegant and refined, I think!
Many thanks to Harney and Sons and their fabulous customer service! I wanted my daughter to try this as a replacement for her breakfast tea that we are having trouble finding, and this doesn’t come in a sample – just a 50 count sachet bag. I added the note “Do you have a sample of Dorchester Breakfast?” at the bottom of my internet order, and when my order arrived they had sent a loose leaf pouch of this at no charge!This is a very good breakfast tea if you like modern-British style breakfast teas as opposed to the earlier pure keemuns or smokey Dutch teas. It is most decidely made to be taken with milk and sugar. It is more astringent than the teas I usually drink, but the addition of milk smooths it out completely. This is a true eye-opening breakfast cup! I agree that you can compare it to PG Tips that grew up in a better boarding school. All that said, I still prefer English Breakfast 100% keemun, Queen Catherine, Royal English Breakfast, and Supreme Breakfast (yum!) for my breakfast teas.
This is what it says it is. Organic. And breakfast. When I opened the tin I smelled the assam right away. (I am accustomed to Harney’s English Breakfast, which is 100% keemun.)
With milk and sugar, this is a very drinkable tea, but nothing out of the ordinary. It doesn’t really have any of the light smoke you get from a keemun, but it has sufficient heft to make me happy. I enjoyed my pot of it this morning well enough as I really just wanted a sturdy pot of tea beside me while I read.
Thank you, Paul M Tracy, for this sample!
This tisane has a wonderful aroma. Slow down and enjoy it, because even though it is bright and tropical it is mellow, smooth, and relaxing. I agree with Paul, let it cool a bit, too, so you don’t miss anything – but that is a good idea with any tea or tisane. I think banana and lemon were the forefront aromas to me, but there is a mellow, vanilla-like note that keeps the lemon from being jarring or overly bright. This is a nice relaxing cup between walking the dogs (Hi, Sandy!) and more yard work!
This was one of the four tea party teas today. I was very surprised that it wasn’t my guest’s favorite, though she liked it. She loves loves coconut so I thought it would be the hands down winner, but the smooth sweetness of Rose Scented Black by Harney won her heart. Right now it is a tie for me. This is a great white tea, and the coconut, vanilla, and almond flavors balance nicely. It is smooth and sweet, needs no additions to be enjoyed, and goes well with food.
Of the four teas we had at tea party, this was the winner for my guest. She liked how smooth and sweet the tea base is. There is no astringency or bitterness to the tea base. The rose scent is elegant and light, the taste of rose is even lighter. My opinion was tied – I liked Rose Scented and Royal Wedding equally well. Royal Wedding may just edge out over Rose Scented, though!
Today at tea party we compared Rose Congou and Harney’s Rose Scented Black side by side. My guest preferred Rose Scented Black, I think because she never adds sugar or milk and likes a naturally sweet and smooth tea. Rose Congou has a peppery aroma, so I am guessing the base is Yunnan tea. You get more tea flavor from this one, less rose.
Another tea from Paul M Tracy!
My first sip was WOW! Chili peppers! I wondered why I got that first when Paul said he picked that up last. I tried again, this time letting the tisane sit on my tongue for a second. There it is! I got the cherries (which come out nice and strong in the aroma), the carrot, a little tiny floral taste, then BOOM! The bomb went off! When I swallow this is really when I get the full impact of the chili pepper. It warms your throat and the heat lingers first at the back of the throat, then on the tongue, but not in a “GAH! GET ME A GLASS OF MILK!” kind of way. I think this would be awesome to drink when you have a stuffy head and want to open it up and soothe your throat, too, but perhaps the chilis would burn a sore throat. I agree, the cherry aroma and flavor are nice and don’t have that sickening medicine profile that some cherry-flavored things have. Thank you for another new tea to taste, Paul!
It feels like a long time since I have had the Queen. I had run out, but a new and larger tin has arrived. This morning I am enjoying Queen Catherine with breakfast, so I added milk and sugar. It is sweet and smooth, with a slight hint of smoke and a lot of flavor!
Today was an experimental breakfast. Breakfast is required in my household, even if it is a simple one. From childhood, my father made me a piece of (heavily!) buttered bread broiled on one side in the oven, and a glass of chocolate milk every day. We usually have toast made the same way with a bit less butter and using home made bread, but I have always loved cheap diner toast! So today we made toast in the Breville Smart Grill, painting it with melted butter and smooshing it just a tad, and we served it with grape jam. I wish I could say it was wonderful, but it was store-bought whole wheat bread, which I have never cared for. We grind our own wheat to make bread, so it doesn’t have the sour taste of oxidized vitamin E that you get in store bread. I will not buy white bread to duplicate diner toast, so tomorrow we will try again with home made buttermilk bread. I am thinking that will be just the ticket! At the cheap diners, I love the Mixed Fruit jelly, though I have never seen anything in the market labeled that way. You can buy a huge box of jelly packets at Sam’s and get it, though I don’t want to go that route! Too much jelly, and all different kinds, not just the Mixed Fruit!
Queen Catherine was perfect this morning, even if the toast wasn’t as good as I hoped. Not much can beat tea and toast!