2204 Tasting Notes
Woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck. Physical therapy at eleven. What better way to prepare than with a cuppa the Queen? She has shaken me by the collar, told me to get it going, and then patted me on the head. Ever so lightly smoky, naturally sweet, good with milk and sugar in the morning if you wish, but also delicious plain! No tins next time, this will definitely be a pound bag.
I have only had a few pu-er teas, and they were unflavored ones. I did like them, although I can’t say I ever woke up in the morning thinking, “Gee, I sure would love a cup of pu-er right now!”. Black tea still holds the highest place in my tea heart!
This particular flavored pu- er could change all that. Today I was having it with a friend and we had a but of moderately strong cheese with it. Something in the tea flavor was really shining through, and had a minty quality without being mint, rather hard to describe, but that high note was singing out over the taste of the cheese. Looking it up, I realized it must be the fennel in this. I have never cooked with fennel. My only experience with it is when I go buy plants in the spring and I run my hands over all the herbs and enjoy the scent. This is really excellent. I would never have known it was pu-er, so if you love pu-er already this one may disappoint you. But if you love fig and fennel, I think this is a very tasty choice. It is a unique and enjoyable cup of tea. Thank you, Quiltguppy!
Sandy and I decided to each have milk oolong for our impromptu tea party tonight. I still had a wee bit of my swap from QG left, and Sandy had ordered some from The Rabbit Hole in Sydney, since she is doctoring the Outback right now. Both our teas had a lovely creaminess and this tea has such lovely floral notes. The aroma is definitely floral. I think I figured out why my cotton napkin made me crave this throughout my meal last week. Hubby bought scented spray starch and that was why my napkin smelled like flowers! This is a very nice oolong! Many thanks to Quiltguppy for the generous sample!
I used to dislike hazelnut. I gave away any and all Ferrero Rocher chocolates given to me. Then I had Florence. At first I liked it a little, then a lot, then I started craving it. I thought it would be a great tea for the Rose Scented addition experiments. I think I like this! I used three teaspoons of Florence and one teaspoon of Rose Scented. You might think those proportions wouldn’t have much impact, but it really does change the flavor. Florence has deep, dark flavors to me, and the addition of that small amount of rose really brightens it. I drank it both with and without milk and sugar, and it was equally good both ways.
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.
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!
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.
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.