2161 Tasting Notes
This was the first tasting for this one at tea party. We usually do black teas only, and my guest isn’t a big fan of green tea but really REALLY liked this one! The pineapple aroma was just wonderful, and the tea base is very smooth. It was excellent even paired with our food today – a little more than food on the table than usual as I realized I had not had lunch! Salami, cheese, fresh lemon pound cake from freshly ground flour, chocolate covered cream puffs, and Pepperidge farm cookies. This one resteeps well, also.
The other tea was also a real star – our favorite – Golden Monkey from Harney and Sons, of course! I do love Fujian teas!
I felt like a squirrel in the highway this morning as I tried to choose my tea. Rose Scented? English Breakfast? Rose Scented? It was especially important because it was the inaugural cup of tea for my new tea cup. I have been looking for the Old Country Roses true breakfast cup for five years, but they were always way too expensive and I am a bargain hunter. I finally found two on eBay that were quite inexpensive and the postman dropped them off this morning. Since it is a breakfast cup, I really felt I should make my beloved stalwart 100% keemun English Breakfast, but the roses enticed me to Rose Scented. Finally I compromised!
Jacqueline said she read that Rose Scented had keemun and Ceylon, so why not mix? I did my usual three teaspoons of English Breakfast for my 22 oz. pot (which is a little less than tea standards call for) and I added one teaspoon of Rose Scented. Delightful! That small amount of Rose Scented really softened the keemun and the Ceylon came through brightly. As it cooled, the rose became more prominent, though at no point was the rose too strong for me. It just added a certain flowery delight to my after breakfast cup of tea. I added milk and sugar as always for morning black tea. It must have been pretty good. I already finished all 22 ounces. Oof.
And if you were wondering….I thought the breakfast cup would be about the same capacity as the regular cup, maybe a tad larger but shorter and with a broader top to allow the tea to cool faster so one could get on with one’s breakfast and get to business. This cup is big enough to be a soup mug! LOL! I could nearly have cereal in it! I do love it, though, and I don’t regret the purchase!
I ordered the sample of this again – this is my third time! The first time I bought it I thought it was far too strong! I didn’t think I would ever develop a taste for something like this. The second time I thought it was good, with lots of cocoa notes. This time I am not really enjoying it. I added milk and sugar after realizing that it wasn’t growing on me. It was a tad bitter, and I think I may actually have oversteeped it since I was making three pots of tea at once. (Daughters want different tea from each other and me!) I will try it again tomorrow side by side with Hao Ya B and see what happens, and I will be more careful this time!
I ordered the sample packet of this from Harney and Sons, and received a very generous portion – enough for two 22 ounce Beehouse pots. In their description, they were very honest about it not being as sweet as in previous years, though I don’t know this from experience.
The dry leaves had a lovely tea aroma – you know you are smelling a fine tea when you inhale. I picked up honey and light raisin or molasses. Steeped, it left a bit to be desired for me. There is a hint of Golden Monkey’s character (not surprising since they come from approximately the same area), but watered down and much lighter. It wasn’t BAD, it just wasn’t as richly sweet. That reminded me of Teavana’s Golden Monkey which smells bold and rich like Harney’s but doesn’t taste like it, yet is excellent with milk and sugar just the same. I added milk and sugar to this one and found it to be a very drinkable tea – but not one I would order. It is described as medium bodied but I felt that it lacked heft. Perhaps we didn’t use enough leaf. I may try it again.
Dollar for dollar, I would buy H&S Golden Monkey over this one anytime. They are about the same price but Golden Monkey is very full bodied and so resteepable!
Drinking this one at room temperature today! Delightful. This is the first green I have really liked, but it doesn’t “fit” where black tea does for me. It doesn’t satisfy my longing for TEA but I do like it. I feel noble drinking green tea with all the benefits they tout but I do have a philosophy on that. They say black tea has the same benefits as green, just in a smaller amount. So I will drink MORE black tea! :)
I made this one intending to drink it hot, but got busy and got cold in my cup. It was still very good! A friend was over to try pomegranate oolong to see if she wanted to order some but she didn’t care for it. She really loves her black tea and is a former coffee drinker. She tried this one even though we had let it get cold, and liked it more than the oolong. Go figure! She had been unable to find a green tea that she liked, so it was an unexpected bonus. This is a very smooth green tea, the first Indian green I think I have ever tried.
I have almost finished my tin! This is a really good oolong base, and the pomegranate is nice and refreshing on a hot day. A friend who drinks only black tea was trying this to see if she wanted to order some. I think it was a “no!” Surprisingly, we had a green and she preferred the green to the oolong.
I don’t always keep this one on hand but we buy it now and then for old times’ sake. This is the first “good” tea we ever experienced, so it holds a special place in my youngest daughter’s heart and she asks for it sometimes. On that note, this week I found an invitation to a tea party that I made for my oldest daughter about 18 years ago! Those early dress up tea parties are how we got started on hot tea, except that daughter doesn’t drink it at all. Only the younger ones do!