2111 Tasting Notes
I wanted lots of really smooth teas today, so this was in the line-up for tea party. We served fudge brownies with freshlightly-sugared strawberries. Vanilla Black is not as sweet as its decaf counterpart, Vanilla Comoro, but is a delicious vanilla tea. A friend just switched to this one from Mariages Freres and really likes it, and the bonus is that it is so much less expensive! Smooth, sweet, no additions needed.
If ever I found that it was impossible to get Harney and Sons Golden Monkey again, this would be a really close second that I would be happy to buy. Golden Mudan has the sweetness and honey notes of Golden Monkey, but lighter and not as full-bodied. I don’t really get roasty or toasty from it, but it has delightful charms of its own. It is still absolutely delicious! It was particularly good today with the fudgy brownies we baked and served with sugared strawberries from a local farm. Yummy!
Taken with milk and sugar, though this is one of the few breakfast teas that I find palatable without. I am trying to enjoy a pot of this pure keemun this morning in spite of realizing that I haven’t heard “my” birdies today and I can’t remember hearing them yesterday.
Oh, Canada! Must you take them ALL back in the summer? The little white-throated sparrows make me smile every morning with their sweet, breathy, reedy song as they scratch the ground ’neath my feeders and toss leaves about. Their adorable little striped heads and yellow lores will be sorely missed, but their return is one of the few things I look forward to about winter. They have rescued many a low morning just by singing outside my window.
Meanwhile, my pot of English Breakfast will have to brace me for this busy day. Hmmmm. Maybe I should have made Queen Catherine. She is the most consoling and bracing!
A friend and I shared a pot of this today. It was her first time tasting it, and she really liked it. She said that as a former coffee drinker, she likes the depth of flavor this kind of tea has. Although it was advertised as a replacement for Mao Feng when it sells out each year, it has more of the character of Hao Ya A to me, but at less cost. This is a staple for us now! So smooth, so flavorful, no milk or sugar needed!
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!