2170 Tasting Notes
Wow! My five hundredth tasting note! I didn’t realize it was when I was making my tea this morning, but I think I would have chosen this as the tea to have that honor. And it was particularly good this morning. It is a rather quiet morning with son in summer classes, middle daughter volunteering for the summer reading program at the library, and no one left at home but youngest daughter and Sandy’s dogs, all of whom wanted a plate of cheese cubes. Cheese is so perfect with black tea, as it seems to bring out the natural sweetness of the tea more. This English Breakfast is my favorite. It is pure keemun and has just the right balance of strength and smoothness, cocoa goodness and tea flavor. It was delightful with cheese toast smeared with a bit of mustard.
This was really not what I expected. When I opened the lid of the pot to take out the infusing basket, I had to ask if they had used the right leaves. These leaves looked positively green! It looked very much like some of the darjeelings I have made. Then I thought we had understeeped, because the tea was so light in color. But no, this is just the color it should be. I looked it up on their website. And indeed, any longer and it would have been bitter. There is a touch of astringency and definitely hints of lemon in the cup as the company describes. I started out
preferring Ceylons, but my tastes have changed and I am not overly thrilled with this tea at the moment. Maybe it will be just the taste for one hot day, or perhaps it will be wonderful as a cold
brew iced tea.
This is a very pleasant tea! I would not have known it was a puer if I had not read the description and QG’s tasting note. I have had puer that smelled like shrimp, like fish, or like a horse farm. (And I liked them okay, they tasted smooth and sweet in spite of their aroma.) This is not like that at all! The toasted fig adds lovely flavor and body, and the coconut is subtle and adds a little creaminess to the cup. This is very good puer – this is very good tea! Thank you, QG!
I decided to try this one again today. The first sips were plain, and it is a smooth tea that hoes down easily. It has medium body and aroma. Much about this tea is medium! But it isn’t bad, it just comes across as a good, basic tea. Harney English Breakfast makes me ooo ahhh in the morning, this one is good but no oo ahhs. At least not from me. Youngest was once again very glad to see it, and had a big cup. The daughters have nicknamed this tea “Irish Monkey”, which I
just love, although Golden Breakfast would have done well, too. Anything is funnier with monkey in it!
Oh my! The aroma of the dry leaves is amazing, but I think you will love it or hate it. My first thought was that I had smelled this before…Desitin! No offense, but it really really smelled like baby rash ointment! When the leaves unfold they are HUGE.
Next, the most important part. How does it taste? The aroma is softer now, and more like a fine jasmine. Since I don’t really smell orchid often I am comparing this to something I do know and I have a lot of jasmine growing here. This is so much better than my jasmine black tea from Southern Season. The jasmine hits you on the head like a brick in that one, and the base is nothing to write home about. But this, ahh, this is NICE! Lovely oolong base, lovely lovely level of orchid. This is definitely floral, so if you don’t like floral don’t drink it. But it isn’t “get the soap of my mouth” floral like some scented teas. The aroma of the tea as I sip now transports me to the loveliest Asian garden I can imagine. I just want to sit here and sigh and drink tea in the silence. As much silence as one can have with three kids and two big dogs in the house, anyway. (Hi, Sandy! Yes, Sasha and Sable are here enjoying the a/c and the cheese!)
Thank you, Quiltguppy, for this lovely tea experience!
I bought this because I love Golden Monkey, and face it, because we tea junkies are always wanting to try something new! And I thought my youngest would like it because she likes Golden Monkey and Southern Season’s Irish breakfast, while Harney and Sons Irish Breakfast is a bit too strong for her. This blend was right on the money for her and she is loving it. The aroma is distinctive Assam with a nice high note. The flavor is Assam smoothed by GM. I tried it plain, and it was okay but not stellar, but when I added milk and sugar (because this is second breakfast, after all) it was very good. Although I will happily drink it, I wouldn’t just have to have it. Youngest, however, is oo-ing and ah-ing and will probably want me to keep this one on hand. A nice morning pot in preparation for my upcoming, day-long extravaganza of oolong with new tea from Quiltguppy and the tetsubin from hubby!
I got my first tea swap from Quiltguppy today. Oh. My. Goodness! I was expecting one tea, but she is pretty legendary so I should have known better.
I could hardly wait to get into these, but since it was so late I didn’t want a lot of caffeine so I chose to taste this one first. I have wanted to try it for a long time. I have a friend out of town who loves it and I have even purchased it for her but never tried it. I was a little afraid to try it because everyone loves it so much, but peach can be hit or miss for me, I love a fresh, juicy peach. I enjoy peach cobbler. But peach yogurt makes me gag! I was afraid that was going to ruin this tea for me.
I shouldn’t have worried with Harney and Sons in charge! This is DELICIOUS! And, seriously, caffeine free, too? How much better can it get? Thank you, Quiltguppy! I will be enjoying lots of great teas over the next week or two!
This is a complicated tea for me. The aroma is definitely intoxicating. They hit the nail on the head with that part! The tea itself has a lovely, rich aroma. I pick up the slightest hint of molasses and a lot of the same honeyed sweetness I get from Golden Monkey. The taste of the tea is not quite as full bodied and round as GM, but has that dark Golden Snail personality. This is more astringent than either of those two teas, though, yet it is still a smooth tea. I think it reminds me most of Teavana Golden Monkey and is almost exactly the same price. While this is an excellent tea, I think for the price and taste I prefer Golden Monkey by Harney and Sons.
Aha! The tea that was unpalatable yesterday is quite lovely today! I saved the nearly full pot of tea and reheated it this morning to be drunk with milk and sugar. This is now a very good breakfast tea, almost as good to me as H&S English Breakfast, which is 100% Keemun. I really couldn’t get through the cup plain yesterday, but this pot will be gone very shortly.Speaking of A-ha, for a bit of fun today you can go to YouTube and search for “literal video Take On Me.” This is the video that started the meme. Pretty funny!