2199 Tasting Notes
Ah, how the mighty have fallen! Once upon a time I could not walk out of A Southern Season without tons of tea. I thought it was wonderful tea. Then as I tried more and more tea I realized that SS tea was tasting weaker and weaker, and lacked the pizzazz of same name teas from other vendors. This was one I bought a while back on sale, mostly because it was a good price and was organic. It is okay, but as the last tea at tea party today there was really nothing special I could
say about it. Without additions, Royal English Breakfast had qualities to make you take notice. All I noticed about this SS tea was that there was nothing special there for me. It is fine as an eye-opener loaded with milk and sugar.
SS does sell lots of other teas like Mariage Freres and Harney and Sons, and scads of others, but they were sold out of all the teas I wanted to try on this trip! Ended up leaving with nothing but a Brie baker!
This was my second tea at tea party today, and is one of my youngest daughter’s favorites. I doubt I would keep it in the house except for her, but it was very good today with the rich foods we were eating. The little bite of the Assam was a nice foil for all the rich food and cut the sweetness instead of getting lost. I would normally drink this with milk and sugar, but on tea party day I take everything sans additions except the most astringent teas, which would get a wee bit of milk.
This was my favorite tea at tea party today! We had fudge pie with fresh, lightly sugared strawberries and two Kerrygold cheeses, Dubliner, and Ballyshannon. I started with Vanilla Comoro because I thought the vanilla goodness would be excellent alongside the rich chocolate of the fudge pie. It was delicious! I may have to make another pot of it to really get my fill!
I had a bit of the first steep and a whole pot of second to serve to a guest. I had been a little fearful of serving oolongs to someone who always adds milk and sugar to tea, as oolongs need to be drunk pure to me. But they are so beautiful just as they are!
I noticed this particular guest has quit adding milk and sugar until after the tea is tasted, and she loved the oolong last week and this week. In fact, it was her favorite today! Se admitted that the English Breakfast we had would be excellent for waking up in the morning, but she preferred the flavor of the Dan Cong! Hooray! I love it when people start liking new things, although she drinks ALL kinds of tea anyway. She just hadn’t had oolongs before.
I did notice that this Dan Cong becomes more floral as it cools, which I found perfectly lovely!
Thank you, again, QG!
This tea came to me courtesy of Quiltguppy! I have been looking forward to trying these oolongs, but oolongs are a tea that I like to drink when I have a little time to pay attention, stop and smell the aromas, and sit quietly with the cup…even if just for a few minutes. I just can’t rush oolongs!
This oolong does not disappoint. Though one review said it was scented with osmanthus, I don’t get strong floral flavor, so it is not an artificial taste to me. I am not terribly familiar with osmanthus, though. Even though the tea is a medium-light color, it has plenty of taste and heft. There is the slightest dry tingle on my tongue, so astringency is very light. It has warm, nutty tones.
This is a delightful oolong! Thank you, QG!
Since I had to drink disappointing tea at lunch I made it up to myself by having something wonderful after. This is similar to Golden Snail, but more refined, and reminds me of Emperor’s Red. Since it has chocolate notes, I had it with Lindt Dark Chocolate Bar With A Touch of Sea Salt. Only two squares, though, I couldn’t eat a whole one at once! Okay, maybe I could, but I know I shouldn’t! Nice walnut flavor at the end of the sip. This is sweet and smooth, no additions needed, though I have had it with milk and sugar and it was breast that way as well.
I am attempting to get a handle on the tea tin storage problem, which means it would be really great to get rid of all the tins I don’t care to have hanging about. Since no one was drinking this and we have a lot of tea we really like, I decided to 86 this ne by making a cold brew pitcher to finish it off. I left the leaves for two whole days but it isn’t bitter. It is as unspectacular cold as it was hot. On the upside, I now have an empty tin to fill with something I like!
After being on the road all day taking eldest daughter to the airport in Raleigh, NC and then shopping, shopping, shopping (not buying, looking and getting ideas at antique shops for an upcoming project and getting new running shoes for hubby) and drinking Coke, I was fantasizing about tea by the time we were on the way home eleven hours after we left home. (On a related note, did you know that if you buy the glass bottle Cokes at Sam’s that are 12 ounce instead of eight and they say Hecho en Mexico, they have sugar instead of HFCS? I know, I know, just sayin’)
I wanted real tea, tea that would grab me and make me know I was alive! Tea that could hold up to cheese toast with mustard without wilting, yet not require additions. This is what I decided on while hubby was driving, having no idea of the raging tea lust going on right beside him.
I opened the tin and gasped. SERIOUSLY? Am I really drinking that much Golden Snail? (Answer: yes.). But the rich chocolate aroma hit and I swooned. It was just like holding a dark chocolate candy bar in my hand. Oh joy! Lots of nummy noises later, youngest and I are on our second pot, cheese toast devoured, doing same to a bowl of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese cubes.
It is so good to be home.