2204 Tasting Notes

Last night was Writers’ Group night at my house. Everyone has come to expect unlimited tea! We are trying to come up with a good name for our group and want to incorporate a reference to tea, so if anyone has ideas, let me know!

We had Golden Monkey from Harney and Sons first and everyone liked it but I have found that these folks really prefer oolongs and greens.

From one delicious smelling packet of leaves, we made about 100 ounces of this tea. If it hadn’t been so late when we started drinking it I would have had to open another packet, and we even had one member missing last night. Seriously, I inhaled the aroma of those dry leaves deeply into my lungs over and over, it was sooo good.

This was definitely their favorite. When the first person sipped it, she held out her cup almost reverentially and breathed, “Oh, THIS is GOOD!”

The color was quite pale, paler than many greens, and the flavor was silky, milky, buttery, and super smooth.

Thank you, Teavivre, for this exquisite sample!

Indigobloom

Oooh writers group! You’re such a good host, providing tea :)
If it was me, I’d go with something like the “Seven Cuppers” in reference to the poem. but then I have a slight obsession with that one so am a little biased lol
http://sereniteatime.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/%E2%80%9Cseven-cups-poem%E2%80%9D-lu-tong-a-d-618-907/

ashmanra

That’s a great one! I actually read some Li Bai and a poem I wrote in honor of him about a year ago in our group, so something along that line may be the way to go!

Indigobloom

oh neat, that’s awesome!
Wikipedia said it was written by Lu Tong. Didn’t know there were two names for him.

ashmanra

Oh, I don’t think it is the same person! I just meant that we have explored a little Chinese poetry! :)

TeaVivre

Wow, i think you all had a enjoyable night, talked about literature and sipped tea, a wonderful party. I’m also surprised that you have wrote a poem about Li Bai, you are awesome.

ashmanra

I will dig it out from the reams of paper around here and type it up for you! I also wrote a set of poems each inspired by a different type of tea. :)

TeaVivre

Haha, Li Bai always wrote poems inspired by wine, it seems that you wrote poems inspired by tea. That’s interesting.

ashmanra

So true, Li Bai led quite an interesting life! Tea inspires me more than wine, but then, I do not spend my time lazing around the Imperial Court!

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This is the “special blend” batch again. I have had the munchies a lot lately and decided to have this instead of snacking. I can’t believe what a bargain this was, and I am 90% sure it is the lower grade in the bag. The usual grade is better, sure, but for the price this is totally drinkable and enjoyable, I get almost double out of it because it is rich enough to make more than they say, and it was so inexpensive that I got three bags at once because the shipping the same. Now I have enough for 90 large lattes and I think I paid $20 with shipping. This was a seriously good deal. I have to work the election Tuesday and I plan to take this and a gallon of milk with me to share with everyone.

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My son and godson agreed to do a tea pickup at A Southern Season for me today. I got just two ounces of this for $3 to tide us over until out next Harney order as my youngest loves their Vanilla Black and Vanilla Comoro and we are out of both.

I guess I under leafed this. I steeped for four minutes at 203F and when I poured the tea it looked like a decaf resteep! I am drinking it plain and it is fine, not great, not bad. The tea is a little weak, the vanilla flavor is pretty good. I think with hotter water, longer steep, or more leaf, this could be very good. It isn’t Nina’s Je T’Aime by any stretch of the imagination, but should get us by until I place a big Harney order for my daughter.

I am most excited that Wild Forest Oolong was back in stock by the ounce! I will be having some later this weekend. The bad news is that it has gone up to $14.95 an ounce so I only got the one ounce.

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This was a sip down of an absolutely amazing tea. The aroma was powerful to the point of scary when I took the infuser basket out but the tea was perfection. Golden yellow liquor and rich, broth-y TQY flavor. I will miss this, but I plan to resteep the leaves a couple of times today to say good-bye.

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drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
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I had this twice yesterday – once with my daughter who loves candy corn but doesn’t like black tea and once for tea time.

Daughter liked it even though it was black tea. My tea time guest loved it and said it was soooo sweet. None of us added sugar as it really tastes best without it to me, but I don’t add sugar to my tea hardly ever unless it is iced.

The aroma is candy corn, the taste is smooth black tea with honey. I really like this one. I fear I am going to finish this pouch in record time.

MissLena

I can’t wait to get my pack of this!!

tea-sipper

Oh man I really want to try this one!

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drank HarSha by Harney & Sons
2204 tasting notes

Shame on me. This is a sample sip down and I see that I bought this sample three years ago. I can hardly believe it.

My opinion holds. This is exactly what it says. I had a waffle with maple syrup for breakfast and drank milk with it, but I swear I think the milk is ever so slightly off, and I just bought two nights ago. I followed breakfast with a pot of this tea.

The first cup was really great, cutting through all that sweetness. The tea seemed especially fruity and because I was still encumbered by the syrup and milk it was refreshing. As I drank more, it became a little astringent. I didn’t add any milk or sugar to it, and that is really how I should drink it since I am not a huge fan of Assam, Darjeeling, or astringency. I think cooling also made it a little more dry.

I recognize that it is a really good tea, just not the tea that I prefer. If you like a black tea to wake you up (which I don’t need as I am outside feeding the chickens before 7 am every day) and you like Indian blends, this would indeed be bliss for you.

Sil

three years ago…. maan

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drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
2204 tasting notes

Woo hoo! This is the first review!

I was not going to buy any new tea but this is CANDY CORN PEOPLE! And my daughter loves candy corn, and it was suggested by Sweet Canadian who is really…well, you know….sweet. So I bought it right away. The daughter who loves candy corn does not like black tea but she drank a really nice Chinese black with lunch with me last week and liked it, so I thought this might win her over.

I used 203F water and steeped for about 3 minutes. I ate the candy corn that was in the package so my mouth had a really sweet taste. I thought the tea would need sugar so I added a bit, but I don’t like sugar in my tea most of the time and I didn’t care for it with this.

I drank my second cup with no additions and oh yeah baby! I wasn’t planning to serve this at tea time because my guest never ever adds sugar and doesn’t like it and I thought this would really need it. No, it is best without sugar to me! In fact, it tastes like that elusive first perfect cup of Elyse’s Blend from Harney and Sons that I was never able to replicate and I ended up giving the whole tin away.

This is mild and smooth with nice, light honey flavor.

I am very pleased as I think this is a tea that will be popular with both my daughter and my tea party guest, and it is certainly going to be enjoyed by me!

Ysaurella

thanks to your review I know by now what a candy corn is !

Ysaurella

we don’t have these candies here :(

Sweet Canadian

I’m so happy you like it, I’m waiting for mine to make its way across the border! It’s good to hear it is in fact delicious :)

ashmanra

Ysaurella: candy corn is almost addictive but it is so very sweet that my daughter used to headache when she ate them. Now she is careful about how many she eats at a time! I hope you can try them someday!

ashmanra

Sweet Canadian: I think you will like it a lot!

Rosehips

I love candy corn. Your review has convinced me to buy some of this. I cant wait to try it.

gmathis

Quart jar of the fat mallow-creme pumpkins is sitting atop the china cabinet taunting me.

ashmanra

Ooo, I love the pumpkin shaped ones!

gmathis

At work this time of year, it becomes ubiquitous—people mix candy corn with salted peanuts and leave in candy dishes. It’s like a sugar buzz buffet.

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We had a few people absent from our writers’ group tonight, and since several of the attendees have really been loving the tea, I offered to use the extra time to do a gong fu tasting of this tea.

The tea was passed around the circle in the display dish. One of the younger members has been to China a couple of times and she really loved the aroma of the dry leaf. These are tight, hard pellets. When I poured them in the pot, they barely covered the bottom of the little 8 ounce vessel. It was going to be fun to watch their reaction to the unfurling of the leaves.

I did a quick rinse and then a short steep. The liquor was a nice solid yellow and the taste was smooth and buttery with a light floral taste. The girl who had been to China said it was nice, and she liked it, but it wasn’t going to be a favorite. Knowing the flavor profile she has liked in the past, I made the next two steeps longer. Now the tea had that little bite with the sweet aftertaste that is found in some green teas like Chun Mee.

As I expected, she said those were her favorite steeps. We made about 35 ounces in all tonight and there are still some good steeps left in these leaves.

Thank you, Teavivre, for the wonderful samples!

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A little over a year ago, Teavivre sent a sample of this tea. Like so many others, I found that I had to have it, and finally placed my order a couple of months ago. One funny thing – a friend of mine who used to drink just some of the nicer tea bag tea has gotten hooked on better loose leaf teas since we started having tea together. I signed her up for the Teavivre samples and this is one that I told her to get. When she mentioned ordering again, she actually shivered when she named this tea as one that is going on the next order! Ha ha! I understand! I have the tea shivers myself a few times. Mostly with Teavivre teas.

This one is rich warm sweet potato goodness. I made a pot of tea, some apple cubes, and Kerrygold Dubliner cheese to nibble on while youngest and I do her German lesson. I will be serving it again later today for tea time. Excellent tea!

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This was a free sample from Teavivre. Thank you!

This is a green oolong with dark, tightly rolled leaves. The leaves are enormous when they expand.
I tried it both in a gaiwan and western style, and it was very good both ways. I think I most preferred it in the gaiwan, steeped for about thirty seconds or perhaps a little less.

The taste is milky, smooth, and creamy and leaves a sweet aftertaste. If you oversteep there is a hint of grass and a slight sour taste. I mention that because sometimes you WANT that little bite, like a Chun Mee gives.

Thank you for sending this so I can fill my morning with lovely tea! I can tell it still has some good steeps left in it, too.

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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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