2215 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Youngest and I are having rat lunch, which Jacqueline and a few others will know is grilled cheese sandwich with tea. We are supplementing with fresh cherries, blueberries, and peaches, as well as some new cheese for youngest to try. I have been trying to get her to try REAL parmesan for a while now, and today was the day. She loved it!

Accompanying it all is Golden Monkey, one of our favorite in the whole wide world teas. I am taking mine plain and enjoying the honeyed-caramel sweetness, while youngest is taking it with milk and sugar for a more breakfast tea type of treat.

Just inhaling the aroma of this tea is a treat for me. I think my eyes roll back in my head a little when I do, for sheer ecstasy.

teawing

I think I had rat lunch every day last week. Now I know what it was called!

JacquelineM

I wanted a rat lunch so bad today, and we were out of cheese! What kind of rat family are we?!!?!? Thankfully David is going to the market on his way home to stock up the nest!

ashmanra

You know, we named it after the children’s book called I Was A Rat! At the time, when it said they made tea and toasted cheese I thought it meant grilled cheese sandwich, but now I think it probably meant cheese toast. Still, the name shall stand! It is a wonderful lunch. And do all the cheese toast fans out there agree that nothing goes better with chicken soup than cheese toast? That is a frequent winter lunch around here.

ashmanra

Jacqueline, I wish you could have joined us for rat lunch! I went to the store for mustard today and came home with three kinds of cheese, too, even though we already had at least four kinds here! And then my son was pleading for baked Brie, so I have to make that again tomorrow. We should have really strong bones…

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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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.

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drank Toasted Fig by American Tea Room
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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!

Serendipitea

The mention of Fennel worries me a little .. I do love licorice and licorice tisane for that matter, but I just can’t imagine it paired with a pu-reh ?! Fig on the other hand sounds yum ..

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drank Milk Oolong by American Tea Room
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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!

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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.

Preparation
Boiling
Serendipitea

Oh that sounds yum! I’ve not tried H&S’s Rose – is it a strong rose scent/flavour?

But you gave away Ferrero Rocher’s arrrgh!! lol no I just say that as both my ex hubby and my teenage daughter gave/give them to me every birthday and Christmas (and I gobble them up one after the other because I just can’t resist) :P

ashmanra

It is a strong rose in my opinion, but very good. I do like it by itself very much, but I really love it as an addition to other tea. The only other rose tea I have had is Rose Congou from Upton. It is also good, with a very different base that is a bit more assertive than this one, I think.

Serendipitea

Definitely sounds like something I’d enjoy then .. The only Rose I’ve had so far is China Rose from a NZ shop tleafT, and it’s a real delicate one, but I very much enjoy it!

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What can I say about this tea that hasn’t already been said? Love it!

teawing

Paris is going to have to be good to beat this, just sayin…

ashmanra

They are both so good! Neither will disappoint you, ever!

SimplyJenW

You will know by next week….. I posted today!

teawing

Thanks!

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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.

Preparation
Boiling

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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!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Ruby #18 by A Southern Season
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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.

Preparation
Boiling
Jenn

You’ve made me drool on my keyboard. Not cool…

SimplyJenW

I have some of this to try from another vendor! Wheee! I need to try it soon!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

The cranberry addition made me think of actual Boston in our dear U S of A! I think I waxed nostalgic about bookstores and vintage clothes when I had this one :)

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about seven years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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