2193 Tasting Notes

drank Rogue Wave by White August
2193 tasting notes

Thank you to Paul M Tracy for this sample!

The green tea base is more assertive than many of the flavored greens I have tried. In some, I almost can’t detect the tea base flavor! Not so here. This one is clearly a Japanese green and has a grassy taste rather than a vegetal or buttery taste to me. I picked up a slight astringency. There is a good coconut flavor, not as strong as in Harney’s Royal Wedding or in Bangkok, but still the forefront flavor in this tea, besides the base. I don’t have the most sensitive palate in the world, I confess it, but I didn’t pick up the ginger. It may be a very light touch of it, or maybe I don’t know exactly what I am looking for since I think the only ginger I have had in tea has been freshly grated in. Love the look of those bright flowers in the mix!

My guest really liked this one, and thought the coconut was just right! Thank you, Paul!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Paul M Tracy

You’re very welcome! I love this tea. For me, it’s a perfect blend of cool (coconut) and hot (ginger.) I just received a tin of Bangkok so if you think that’s even more “coconutty” then I’m excited.

ashmanra

Bangkok does seem to have more coconut flavor to me, and the lemongrass really sings in it. For some reason, Bangkok makes my stomach GROWL! So I don’t drink it often. Yunnans and assams do the same thing. Most Chinese black teas don’t have that effect.

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
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I must like this pretty well because I just finished a 22 oz. pot by myself! Perhaps it is the warm weather but I have been guzzling my tea the past two days, not just sipping it! This tea is sweet, smooth, and has no trace of bitterness or astringency. It is fairly light-bodied to me, especially for a keemun. I think this has the lightest – almost non-existent – smoke and cocoa notes of any keemun I have tried. Good thing I like these plain. I wouldn’t want all those calories if I were adding milk and sugar. Fortunately, good tea is satisfying, calorie free and very good for you!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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This was a delicious treat on this beautiful day! The flavor is so roasty, toasty, malty, bread-y, dark, and rich. But it is sweet! Nary an addition necessary to make it an amazing cup. Paired it with Lindt’s Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt bar. Not the whole bar, of course! Just some squares…. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Noble Monk's Blend by ESP Emporium
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Another tea from PaulMTracy! The aroma of this tea is quite good – it has a candy-fruit scent. But when sipped, the taste insisted, “I am a French tea!” There is such a mix of flavors in the tea, and they balanced them so well, that I really feel as though I am drinking a cup from Dammann Freres or Mariage Freres. The grenadine is balanced by the soft vanilla, and the tea base tastes so much like the base for some of the French teas I have tried – a tad astringent but not much, probably to balance with all the many flavors mixing here. A very enjoyable and social cup of tea! Thank you, Paul!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Sounds yummy. I’ve only tried one brand of Monk’s blend (Mlesna) — love it — but now I’ll have to broaden my horizons!

Paul M Tracy

You’re welcome! I thought that was pretty interesting. I’ve never seen tea blossom/flowers listed and the grenadine was new for me.

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drank Ruby #18 by A Southern Season
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I wanted to do a side by side comparison of the two Ruby teas. They are very different, but have some similarities. The aroma of Ruby #18 is very fruity. Steeped, it is a lighter cup than Black Ruby. This one is lighter in flavor notes as well compared to the deep dark fruity fig notes I got from Black Ruby. I don’t know about Black Ruby, but even if you forget to time your Ruby #18 it will not get bitter. I should know – I left a second steep accidentally once and decided to try it, and it was still wonderful. I read online that you can steep it for six minutes on the first steep, and it will not suffer any bitterness. Paul, I am sending some of this your way to get your opinion. You should have it by this afternoon. Just kidding! I don’t know if we can count on the USPS being as fast this time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Paul M Tracy

The only way you could get that to me faster is if you had a time machine. Seriously, one day across country using regular post?!

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drank Black Ruby by Shui Tea
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Is it terribly wrong that I dreamt about tea last night? Specifically, I dreamt about THIS tea! I was sipping the cup and a flavor of raisins exploded with each sip. Fast forward to this morning – based on the description this is the very same tea I buy called Ruby #18, a tea I love! I was interested in how it might differ coming from a different distributor.

It differs greatly! I LOVE this! The aroma is magnificent – buy it for that alone if you wish. It smells dark and richly of…raisins or dried fruits, or deep dark fig jam. But the flavor is complex and interesting. I would not add anything to this. The description mentions cinnamon and mint. I don’t get cinnamon or mint, but perhaps the mint they refer to is a high lingering note and mouth tingle that I attribute more to a slight astringency or lingering light smoke. Magnificent! I feel very wise and somber drinking this. I think I may call my children “Grasshopper” today.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

GASP! How could I? I forgot to say, “Thank you, Paul, for all these wonderful teas you sent!”

ashmanra

I got it! There was a flavor I couldn’t pin down, and it was molasses! Rich, deep, dark, sweet molasses!

Paul M Tracy

Glad you like this one- it’s a favorite. I get the deep figgy, jammy, molasses too and love that last little astringent “pop” that clears the way for the next sip.

ashmanra

Indeed! And it was driving me nuts until I finally realized molasses was the note I couldn’t quite pin down. This is really excellent tea – so interesting and complex.

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This was the second tea at tea party today, and I braced myself because I usually drink it with milk and sugar, and on Wednesdays we usually don’t add anything to our tea. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was smooth enough without additions, and held its own very well with the teas today. I like this better than I remembered! It is a breakfast style tea in the Irish tradition, but perhaps reminds me a little more of Irish Afternoon teas I have tried, or the milder Irish Breakfast from Southern Season, but I think I like it better.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Golden Snail was, as I predicted it would be, the winner today at tea party! In fact, that is what my guest said as soon as she took a sip before trying anything else – this one is a winner. So true. I am loving this tea! You know, I think I like it even better than Keemun Mao Feng!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

Wow – I think Keemun Mao Feng is so completely amazing – I can’t imagine what this tastes like!!!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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It is gray and rainy again – too rainy to run to the tent outside to read our book. (We are on page 120 of Children Of Green Knowe, JacquelineM!) English Breakfast to the rescue! This is a nice, full-bodied tea with just the right hint of smoke. I take it with milk and sugar, though it tastes good even without additions. What could be better on a rainy day than a good book, a great daughter to read with, and a pot of good tea?

Mike Harney says some new teas are coming soon that have not been sold outside of China before, too! Exciting news!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

That IS exciting news!

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This was my guest’s favorite tea today! She really loved the roasty, toasty flavor of Golden Snail. Her eyes grew wide when she sipped it. I have been trying to think of a little gift for her, so now I know exactly what to get! An extra tin of this little beauty will be going on my next Harney order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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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.

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