2204 Tasting Notes
I knew I needed a good, sturdy black tea this morning after I leaned over to hug the dog while making breakfast and thanked him for the “near ibbles.” I love near ibbles from man or beast, but when I am fully awake I call them “ear nibbles.”
I decided to gong fu brew this one, which I don’t do that often with black tea. The result rather surprised me. I think gong fu brewing really amped up the fruitiness on this one. The fruitiness is really a byproduct of a very pleasant, light astringency. This isn’t a hearty, add milk and sugar kind of breakfast tea loaded with Assam, but is strong enough for my needs since I never took to coffee.
And this is a SIPDOWN of a sample sent by Missy and Dylan, whom we miss on here! I am pretty sure this tea was discontinued at Teavana, and I am pretty sure it is a close relative of the Golden Mudan tied in wreaths that was discontinued years ago at Harney and Sons. Both were very nice teas.
ETA: Fourth and fifth steeps are even better, smooth and mellow and sweet.
I wasn’t going to buy any tea but I had to because my daughter heard about this one (from me, "oooo, honey, you would love this one!) and since I was ordering some for her I ordered one for me as well because doggone it, I was intrigued!
And this is delicious! I have two western style steeps and the second was as good as the first. There is spearmint that brings Wrigley’s gum to mind, and then that vanilla/marshmallow vibe that makes it soft and misty. I think I taste the green base a little more on the second steep but the flavors are definitely still there and both steeps were vey good. Daughter really liked it and is glad she ordered some as well!
I ordered a couple of the Groundhog Day specials. I made this one today because after our big snow last week, it is 75F here today and my new son-in-law who loves Earl Grey tea was coming for a visit. I made it sweeeeeet Southern style, resteeping it so I got a whole gallon, and I have to say it is one beautiful tea. I keep my iced tea in a glass dispenser in the fridge, and Frank’s teas always have the most beautiful color.
This is a luscious Earl Grey that is very grape-y to me, rather like an exquisite jasmine will have grape notes. SIL loved it!
I have stopped going to the Mexican restaurant because as much as I love the cheese and cheese and cheese dip and cheese! I can’t digest it very well anymore and I have two days of misery! or at least one night of reflux. But daughter visited tonight and really wanted to go, so we did. As a preventative measure, we made a huge pot of puerh tonight and we all drank it. Within minutes, the heaviness was lifting and the meal was not making miserable. (Oh, how I love hot melty cheese!)
My cake of puerh is now officially gone, expended, no longer in existence. I told hubby this means I get to panic and replace it with an order of ten more cakes of puerh. ( I do have a few more already here at home, so I will work on those!)
This has been an earthy, rich, delightful treat.
Backlog: I drank this a couple of nights ago and it was quite late so I didn’t log it.
I think I am ready for this tea, I think I remember how good and how different it is, and then it always takes me by surprise. I asked for years if they added licorice root to this and they swear NOTHING is added. Last time I drank it, I realized that it tastes like a great Tie Guan Yin, but amped up a LOT.
Still, it took me by surprise with how strong and sweet it was. It is a special treat that I don’t have very often at 14.95 an ounce, but an ounce goes a long, long way. I made steep after steep gong fu style and it earned its keep.
I made a new recipe for supper tonight. I sauteed onions in butter, added mushrooms, then garlic, added flour and milk to make a roux, then spinach. It was served on angel hair pasta. Baked sweet potato was the side.
The problem is we don’t usually eat this much butter or fat. Before he could even start eating, hubby had an attack of esophageal spasms which happens occasionally. He had Schotzki’s Ring long ago, I think that is what it was called, and it still acts up sometimes even though he takes Prilosec daily.
Then I ate waaaaaay too much, so there we were, hubby with horrible, powerful hiccoughs from the spasm and me burping garlic. Could puerh tea help both of us?
The short answer is YES! I made three steeps western style in the 22 ounce pot. Partway into the first steep his hiccoughs stopped, and these are not normal hiccoughs. And I feel much lighter. Hooray!
This is much better than taking medicine. My next batch will be the end of this cake, so I guess I had better start looking at my next order!
I don’t drink much rooibos as I mostly taste Robitussin when I drink it. This was a Christmas gift from my daughter and I am trying to drink less caffeine late at night so it was high time to try it.
The smell is really wonderful. I thought of orange creamsicle, but oddly enough the description says nothing about orange being in here. The dry mix looks like it has orange peel, though. There were flat, light colored pieces of something in there! Also there were pretty red flower petals…poppy? Hibiscus?
I was disappointed that when the water hit the leaves the powerful rooibos aroma rose immediately. As I drink this, the cinnamon and clove are becoming stronger with each sip, building more and more as I get to the bottom of the cup.
It is reminding of African Autumn by Harney and Sons, which does have orange and a touch of cranberry, as well as hibiscus, though I don’t taste hibiscus in either of these. COULD they be the same tea? It has been a very long time since I have had African Autumn so I really don’t know. African Autumn also mentions no spices, so maybe not.
If you like rooibos you would probably enjoy this. I will drink it as a caffeine free nighttime cuppa.
I have spent a bit of time lately digging through my many stashes and caches of tea and trying to finish some that are nearly gone. Most of them I don’t review, but this one I will because it shows how much my tastes have changed.
This is old, three years old or more. It still has plenty of heft. When I bought it, I could not have taken it plain. One of my first notes mentions it being peppery. Now, I mostly get gutsy black tea flavor. This is not a sophisticated Yunnan like Teavivre’s. This is a tea that will grab you by the chest hairs and pull you out of bed.
>DISCLAIMER: I am female and do not possess chest hairs but if I had them this tea would have yanked me out of bed by them. In the absence of chest hairs, it gave me a nice, swift kick on the patootie."<
I am really enjoying this tea plain this morning. It isn’t quite a SIPDOWN but the next pot will be. It is ever so slightly drying, has that scraping feel I get that reminds me of unsweetened cocoa, though I don’t get chocolate notes from this, and is a bit malty if I understand correctly what malty means. It is rather full bodied.
Our die hard Assam drinkers would probably consider this a pretty tame tea (hi, gmathis!) but it is strong enough for me!
Horrifying! This is the only tin of this tea I have ever purchased, and I see here I bought it about four years ago. Well, the tin is almost empty. I guess the reason it has stayed around so long is that I bought it back when hubby only drank black tea with milk and sugar, so I bought lots of Ceylons for him so we could have tea together and I just bought more than we could drink. Plus, he finally developed a taste for other teas and finds that he prefers them plain, so now he usually asks for green, white, puerh, or oolong.
Wednesday Tea Party was moved to Monday this week because we are supposed to stay off the roads tomorrow and I knew this storm was coming! Miss tea party? No! Reschedule!
I served this first so that the flavors of the other teas would not conflict with our cookies. My guest really liked it, and said it tasted like a very high quality tea to her. I agree. This is a nice every day drinker. When I first started loose leaf five years ago I preferred the milder Ceylon Extra Fancy and found this one to be a little strong to me for drinking plain. Now? I like it plain just fine and don’t find it too strong at all. I would reorder it gladly, but first I have to drink the backlog of other Ceylons I bought around the same time.
It went wonderfully with our cookies, and is always great with cheese.
My city had the most snow in the state today. In a couple of hours, ice is supposed to start coming down and continue for a full 24 hours at least. We have brought up wood and have the Buck Stove fired up so if the power goes out, we will at least still have heat, and can even cook a bit!
A dear friend from Charleston is in town and I picked her up to have lunch with me today. She has mentioned in the past that she really only likes sweet iced tea but I knew she has never tried any unusual or high quality loose leaf teas. So I made lemonade to go with lunch but asked if she would like to try something special for after, and she was game.
Guess what? She loved it! I used my small porcelain teapot and resteeped about eight or nine times. She was so surprised that the tea didn’t need sugar. I made it really strong, which is how I like it, because she said she likes her coffee strong. The first steep was pretty dark but I didn’t do a rinse so the leaves were not opened up all the way.
I had added about 1 1/2 teaspoons of loose tea to the pot and just set the Krups pot on the table. Yes, the water is cooling the whole time, but I have never found it to adversely affect the taste of the teas I do this way.
The second steep was nearly black and had a lovely earthy flavor. No horsey, no fishy, no shrimpy. The cedar oil taste is my favorite part of this tea.
The last steeps were medium dark and the cedar flavor was joined by a pristine mineral taste like primordial dew. Oh my goodness, I love this tea. I keep watching the website because it has been out of stock for a while, but I will positively be ordering more when it comes back.