1925 Tasting Notes
I have mixed emotions about this one. The price is a no-go for me at what they charged at the spa. The sachets didn’t have tons of aroma but the steeped tea is redolent with the scent of vanilla, as in, thick-warm-rich-roll-around-in-it vanilla.
Since the base seemed weak last time when I forgot to time it, I made sure to leave it for a good 4 1/2 minutes this time. Now it is better and we enjoyed it…until the last two cups of the pot. It took a while to drink it as we were busy but I reheated the last of the tea in the microwave as I do often with no ill effects from other teas. This one, however, has a sour taste, like Assam that is left too long.
I tried to resteep to make the cost a little less painful, but the base is pretty weak now and the vanilla light. You COULD drink it. I just don’t really want to. Youngest doesn’t mind and says she will finish the pot. I do think these have grown old sitting on the shelf at the spa.
My best friend once again gave me a morning at the spa for a massage and dessert to celebrate our birthdays together. Hers is soon, mine next month. We were surprised when they brought us a plate of warm chocolate cake with strawberries, mounds of whipped cream, and chocolate syrup drizzled over. We both made a cup of tea at their beverage bar to go with our dessert and it was really good.
On our way out I saw that they had this tea for sale and she picked it up and gave it to me, partly because vanilla teas are among her favorites. We made a pot of this when we got back to my house.
It is very good and the vanilla delivers as promised – rich, sweet, and smooth. The base seems a little weak to me but I didn’t time this. I noticed another review says that the base is strong and malty, so either mine is older or I didn’t steep long enough. Even at that it is good and my youngest was really loving it, too.
I think I will order a tin of this loose leaf for her birthday along with a tin of Nina’s Je T’Aime so she can compare the two vanillas and see what she likes best. To me, this was overpriced at the spa – over $1 per 2 gram sachet since it was $17 for the little glass jar, which is cute but not the best way to store tea unless that glass is UV shielded. I think there were twelve sachets in the jar. On the website it is more reasonable.
I did it. I finished it. After all this time hoarding it, I made the final pot today and it was soooo good even though it was old.
I served this first at tea party to go with our cake – a raspberry layer cake made from freshly ground wheat with homemade kefir yogurt in it, with lemon frosting and white chocolate chips and garnished with more raspberries. Oy, such deliciousness!
And the tea was amazing with it! What in the world am I going to replace it with? Here I am trying to reduce my cupboard and I am glad to get an older tea off the shelf, but I don’t want to give up my favorites!
Encouraged by Sil’s comment on Maple Maple, I tried this one with maple syrup as sweetening this morning. I do not normally drink any black tea that requires sugar as I enjoy plain tea more, but some breakfast teas with Assam are a lot better to me with sugar. Hubby was home and i offered him some, too. He rarely drinks black tea since he only likes it with milk and sugar with few exceptions, but he liked this one with maple syrup a lot.
I like that Maple Maple tastes like maple and tastes sweet without any sugar, but since I can’t get more, this is a really nice, comforting replacement. I think Lapsang or Bohea will be even better than this one with maple syrup added. Thanks, Sil!
The girls bought some tea from the hotel while staying in the Fairmont in Toronto, but I think these may have been complimentary tea bags in the room. We had them for breakfast this morning and I was quite surprised at how smooth and nice this is.
The flavoring is really excellent and has an enveloping comforting feel. It smells like maple candy and gives off such an impression of the sweetness of maple syrup that I don’t think I could possibly drink it with sugar. It was an amazing tea bag tea to have on this rainy, blustery morning. The base isn’t very strong but also isn’t watery, and it makes a nice enough carrier for the sweet maple that makes the house feel even cozier now that I am back from an early excursion in the rain and wind. We are dropping from a high of 63F today to a low of 27F tonight.
If I could buy a box of this reasonably priced here, I would, even though I don’t do tea bags normally. I am thinking it is time to experiment with putting maple syrup in some of my tea.
The girls are home from Canada! Youngest wasn’t ready to come home. She had so much fun and said that Canadians are so nice, she wanted to stay!
This is one of the teas I am allowed to have now, and since youngest is thirsty we made a big pot and had some goat cheese and crackers while she told me all about the trip.
Indian tea and I often don’t get along, but I steeped this for only three minutes and drank it plain. It was good! It was a little malty, a bit bready, with some astringency developing as it sat. It never became undrinkable, and was smoother than PG TIps and breakfast teas of that ilk.
Mine is loose leaf and doesn’t say organic, but I am guessing it is the same tea because it matches this listing in every other way. This one is a little hearty and I may even break out some milk and sugar and enjoy it as I drank tea in the “olden days” a few years ago!
I am waiting for time to pick up my daughters at the airport as they return home from Toronto where they attended the Toronto Tea Festival. Youngest says she doesn’t want to come home because Canadians are so nice! That is a really big deal seeing that she is always freezing cold here in the sunny South. What better way to pass the time than drinking tea until they get here with more tea!
My son was visiting this weekend, and last time I had a sample of this tea no one was home who drank pu but my youngest daughter and myself. We enjoyed it very much but I really wanted son and hubby to get to try it so I asked for a sample again with my last order. Now I am mad at myself for not ordering it while it was on sale.
I put the sachet in my Kamjove and steeped it over and over and over. The smell of this tea is just like when you are cooking rice and near the end of cooking time some of the rice water has come over the side and become very sticky, all down the side of the pot. This is THAT smell. It smelled so much like rice that my godson, who does not drink ANY tea but especially has not even considered drinking pu, was willing to try it, and even had a second cup.
Hubby liked it a lot and said his favorite steeps were the first ones because the pu was stronger than the rice flavor, and he felt that later steeps were more rice than puerh.
My son and I both also liked it a lot, and I know I will be ordering it eventually. I suspect he will as well.
A neighbor gave me a tin of shou mei a long time ago. I liked it, but somehow it got pushed aside over and over as not being something I was really in the mood to drink. I enjoyed a number of flavored white teas, and over time this one became a bit of a burden. I wanted to finish it, it was too old to give away in good conscience, but I didn’t really want it.
I decided to flavor it to make it more like The White Wolf from Belloqc. I fully intended to add some spearmint leaves this morning but was multitasking and too rushed, so this is just shou mei that has been sitting sealed with some crushed star anise in it for a couple of weeks.
It did the trick! I will probably try it again with spearmint and maybe chunks of cinnamon added, but this was good and made a nice addition to our breakfast.
This is one of the best teas carried by A Southern Season In my opinion. This as the first tea of tea party Wednesday. I always choose a nice black tea to start with if we are having a rich dessert, which we usually are.
Our dessert this time was Fudge Pie, the recipe from a local beloved restaurant that closed decades ago, and I made a raspberry sauce and homemade vanilla ice cream, also drizzled with raspberry sauce, to go with it. A single raspberry topped each serving. It was so rich that we needed a nice, plain black tea that had good body and flavor to stand up without standing out too much.
This was a very good tea with it, but I think that an even stronger one, like a Keemun, would have been better as the raspberry sauce was really flavorful.
On a side note, I have just been joined by the dog because my daughter’s hedgehog is keeping him up. He just started running on his wheel and he runs all.night.long.
I have never ordered this tea but I have received samples of it several times over the years. The first time I tried it was also my first time tasting black currant so I couldn’t know if it was a true flavor. It just isn’t common in the USA and what we do have most of the time is actually Zante grapes rather than black currant. They were banned here over a hundred years ago because of a disease that spreads to certain pines and was a threat to the lumber industry.
Then I went to Ireland and saw – and tasted – lots of black currant everything and really loved it, so I wanted to revisit this tea. I had two bags that had come as samples and I made them in my smaller Stump teapot.
I believe I have read that this was one of the first flavored teas sold by Harney and Sons. It is good, easy to drink plain as it is smooth and sweet enough, and the flavoring is pleasant. I suspect it would make an awesome sweet iced tea. I believe I prefer Tower of London or Paris if I am going to drink a flavored tea, though. Still very nice, and great for people who are really crazy about black currant flavor.