1898 Tasting Notes
My continuing quest to clear out all the teas that are two years old continues. I don’t like just any Earl Grey. I find bergamot to be too sharp and it reminds me of bathroom cleaner unless it is well-done, paired with a decent base, and preferably natural.
This is nice enough to get past my Earl hurdles. My favorite Earl was Nina’s until they changed the base from Keemun to Ceylon. Before that, my favorite was Earl Grey Supreme from Harney and Sons. Diamond Jubilee is basically the same tea with ape fruit added and is also a nice tea. Youngest is working on that one.
Now I have to hunt for a new favorite Earl. In the meantime, I will finish off this little box, which should happen by the weekend if not sooner, and we will still have the last of my Nina’s to comfort us when it is gone. How I wish I could find an Earl with a Keemun base again! I am sure it is out there somewhere.
If you need a budget Earl Grey type of tea, this will do nicely.
We are finishing this and lots of other teas that are growing old. In spite of age, this is still tasty. It is very similar to Harney’s Rose Scented but a little milder on the rose part. I am pretty sure Harney’s is a pure Ceylon base, and I am guessing this has some Assam in it by the way it got cloudy when cold. It isn’t astringent, though. This is a very nice tea and I am sorry that it seems to be discontinued, because it is worth having. Fortunately, I can always get Harney’s Rose Scented, which is a delightful tea that makes me feel very pampered.
I swear I have reviewed this one, but I can’t find any notes on here from me. So here we go…
This is one of the teas my daughter picked up for me when she went to Amsterdam and Bruges. She brought it to me while we were still in Ireland, and youngest and I had a ritual of having a pot of tea in the breakfast room of the house and then heading out for scones and more tea and at 9am, which is when the fresh scones came out at the Java Café. We had a pot then and I think I had it once since, and today we have had two big pots of it.
I was a little confused at first because I thought macarons were the same as macaroons, but they are completely different. This is definitely macaron. The dry leaves are beautiful, with the mix of flower petals and bits of nuts and dried apple pieces. The aroma is largely apple, almond, and pure biscuit. I still don’t know how they make tea smell and taste like biscuit, but they do.
I found it to be smooth and flavorful, very nice even without milk or sugar. The different flavors are well balanced and none overpowers the others. My hubby still has trouble drinking black tea without milk and sugar, but he drank several cups of this plain and enjoyed it very much. Big thumbs up here!
I had tea with some little girls who drink copious amounts of it, laden with milk and sugar. I wanted to stretch my fruity flavored blends supply since they are joining me a lot now, so I tried resteeping this to see if it keeps its pizzazz. It really does have excellent flavor.I mixed the first steep together and I am pleased to say it made a nice big pot of lovely, enjoyable tea. I was drinking mine plain, and it was delicious. Good to know for the future so that I don’t run out as fast!
This is almost gone and it will be sorely missed when it is. I think this will be a birthday request. This has a nice, earthy puerh base and layers of complex flavor laid over it. Just like Coquelicot Gourmand, the flavors and beautifully blended. Who knew you could recreate biscuit flavor? In a TEA?Youngest and I have been having a couple of pots of tea every morning lately, and we are hitting the puerh teas hard. I am really excited about the Kamjove teapot/steeper that I just ordered from Teavivre. I am hoping it will arrive next week and I really wanted it mainly for breakfast tea, especially our puerhs.
I am trying to drink up my oldest teas and finish samples and nearly empty tins. This was chosen this morning as it is now at least two years old. It still tastes good. It is similar to Rose Scented by Harney and Sons but not quite as rosy….almost, but not quite. It seems to be no longer available but for my rose cravings I have Harney and Teavivre to fill in the gap!
For the price, it was a good tea.
This is such a great tea. It almost doesn’t matter how long you steep it as it is very hard to make it bitter. It is black tea but looks so pale in the cup. It resteeps well, yet is so flavorful. It really surprises me every time when I see the color and then sip, at how strong the flavor is.
This is a black tea made in a place that is famous for excellent oolongs, and it shines like a star. I have had several Ruby 18 varieties, and they have been different, but this is one of my top two, and is available at a store only 110 minutes away. It reminds me a little of a great Formosa oolong, an Oriental Beauty.
This was the second tea of tea party today. Our food leaned heavily on the chocolate side so this was served second after our plain black tea and after we ate. Magnificent! It is smooth and rich and doesn’t need milk or sugar. The chocolate aroma is so enticing, not fake-y and oily. The rose adds sweetness. This is one I may have to restock when it is gone, even though I am trying to get my cupboard more reasonable.
This was the first tea for tea party today. Middle daughter made whole wheat cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting and we had homemade vanilla ice cream with it. My son made pecan fudge but it set a little hard and crumbles when we cut it, so I got the bright idea to use the crumbles as ice cream topping. Thus began tea party. I like having an unflavored black tea or a roasted oolong for starters so it won’t be overly sweet with the desserts we serve. Queen Catherine was magnificent today with our sweets. I love Queen Catherine, but somehow it was over the top delicious with the food.
I am nearly out of this tin, but that’s okay because my new one has already arrived. Hooray!
My eldest daughter bought this for me when she went to Amsterdam and Bruges. She has a knack for picking great teas for me when she travels, and i feel really spoiled that she always brings me gifts of tea when she travels.
I let my son’s girlfriend choose what we were drinking today, and I think she was influenced more by the aroma of the dry leaves than the beauty of the blend, which is riveting enough. So many bright flower petals! I needed this fruity cup of goodness. I had it with a scone and fresh whipped cream that youngest made. It is smooth and perfectly drinkable without additions.
And now I need help from you!
Eldest wants to take youngest on a little trip for her 16th birthday. Youngest wants to become as well travelled as her big sister. They have been to London, N. Ireland, and Ireland together twice.
Eldest is choosing between NYC and somewhere in Canada, where should they go? NY? Montreal? Quebec? Toronto? What should they do? I know lots of you are Canadian, and there are probably some New Yorkers here as well.