1925 Tasting Notes
Heh heh heh. Hee hee heeeeee. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! ANOTHER CONVERT!
Last night was Writers’ Group night at my house and copious amounts of teas a are always consumed. The writers range in age from 16 to 68. Lots of the young people are getting into good tea and that makes me happy.
One of the college students brought his mother last night. We had met only once before but I knew she was interested in trying some good loose leaf tea. She drinks flavored Lipton and Celestial Seasonings and told me that she is not very adventurous when it comes to food and drink. I let her smell several different puerh teas, which drew a rather deadpan expression and “yes, it really does smell….earthy.”
So what did I do? I gave her the tea that scares a lot of hard core tea drinkers! Puerh!I set up a bamboo tray on the floor by the Christmas tree. We had Jasmine Silver Needle first to get her feet wet, and she liked it. Then I cleared away, got a new pot out and started this.
She liked it best! And says she is bringing a young lady with her next time who is also eager to try new tea. She liked the creaminess and natural sweetness. I have another lady coming Monday who had tea with me a couple of months ago and now she wants her adult daughter to get into it. Loving all these padawans!
Also, every like and comment I have made on Steepster today has disappeared, so maybe I typed this note in vain….
Toronto dwellers – I need your input! Eldest has chosen Toronto as the locale for youngest daughter’s 17th birthday trip. They will be in Toronto sometime in late January probably. She is planning to stay in a hotel in the Path? paths? Something like that! Any suggestions?
Now to the tea! I served this to the group of little girls yesterday and to their big brother who was in attendance with them, home from college for Christmas. I offered both Earl Grey and called this “a fruity one.” They all chose fruity. They added milk and sugar, the brother took it plain, I think, and I took mine plain.
This is easy to drink without additions and is good both as a hot tea or a sweet iced tea. It has a broad appeal and is good to serve to people who are not quite ready for a competition grade oolong, but could appreciate a nice flavored tea. A friend who had it at my house ordered a pound thinking she would ice it but has ended up drinking most of it hot.
We are continuing our sip downs of older teas, trying not to be wasteful. Yes, I have given away boxes of tea, I have swapped, I have invited people over and poured tea down them.
I bought way, WAY too much tea plus people give me tea and thus I am blessed with an abundance.
This is the special black box called THE Earl Grey, not just Earl Grey. I truly feel it is higher quality than the bagged or the American yellow tin. Although I don’t buy Twinings often I was pleased to see that our local grocery carried their Earl Grey and English Breakfast in loose leaf in a tin, and recently noticed that they no longer have it. I guess it wasn’t selling.
I oversteeped this a little because I was making breakfast at the same time and got distracted straightening a drawer for what was supposed to be a couple of seconds but turned into a couple of minutes. It didn’t really get bitter, though. It will never be Nina’s old formula with the nice Keemun base, but it isn’t terrible for a quick pot of tea on a chilly grey morning.
Just an okay Earl Grey. I bought the sample pack out of curiosity and my curiosity is satisfied. It wasn’t horrible and I am not scarred for life or anything, but it was just tea, nothing special. I have purchased these while on vacation with minimal teaware and it sufficed, but Twinings has much better tea available than this one and I take loose leaf with me and find a way to make it work now! Their Blossom Earl Grey is preferable to this one for me.
On another subject, Steepster seems to be glitching horribly. I went to several friends pages and there are dozens, if not hundreds, or reviews that I have “liked” that no longer show it! Seriously, I am reading your notes and liking them, but for some reason it gets removed! I comment now and again, but I don’t know if those are being erased or not. :(
Still trying to finish the older teas in my stash. I never reach for teabags, which means these boxes last forever. I am making a heroic effort to reduce the number of boxes in the house before ordering more tea. I have already failed.
It has been gray and overcast for days and days with only brief peeks of sun. If I didn’t have Christmas in the air keeping me happy I would be depressed. I need sunshine! After going out in the cold mist this morning to feed and water the chickens and carry out the recycling, I made a pot of this to warm up.
I love mulled cider and that is what this reminds me of. I don’t know if I oversteeped it a little but the orange flavor was a little harsh, as if you have gotten a bit of the white rind in with the zest. It didn’t make it undrinkable, it just reminded me how fantastic the pure, fresh orange flavor of Nina’s Fete de Versailles is. Thus I am planning to serve Nina’s at Wednesday tea time!
This is a serviceable cup, but I don’t think I will repurchase when the box is gone. I bought it out of curiosity because of all the Steepsterites who said it was their first tea!
This is it, the end of this tin. I am okay, though, because I already ordered a large bag of their Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls so I was able to refill the tin as soon as it was empty.
We squeezed all possible goodness from these last pearls. Hubby and I had a Gongfu session on the floor by the Christmas tree with my tiny glass pot and the bamboo tray he gave me a few years ago for Christmas. I managed to use a liter of water on this teaspoon of pearls. The last steep had just the ghost of green tea remaining, with a whisper of jasmine, but somehow it retained the creaminess.
I checked their website and noticed that I have tried every one of their jasmine teas except for the jasmine raw puerh. I accept this as a challenge. I will try to acquire that one as a sample in my next order, and meanwhile I have the excitement of awaiting my latest order, which I saw today on the tracking is in Chicago. I stalk my tea on its way here.
Teavivre’s jasmine teas are like a drug to me, so calming and so soothing. They make a happy place for you and then fluff the cushions when you get there. The tea base doesn’t disappear under the weight of a heavy perfume, but the flavors instead co-exist in perfect balance. Even the economical Silver Jasmine Green, when paired with food, is excellent, though for drinking sans food I prefer the others. Still I can stretch my tea dollars with the Silver Jasmine Green.
I think I HAVE to have a Teavivre Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea and Silver Needle Jasmine White on shelf at all times.
I had given my son’s girlfriend a cup of green tea a few weeks ago and she noticed that it tastes a great deal like steamed kale, one of her favorite veggies. She liked it, but said she still found it disturbing for her tea to taste like food.
I set a pot of this on the table and walked away saying, “How would like to try a tea that tastes like buttered popcorn?” They continued playing their game and a few minutes later I heard her tell my son, “Taste this! Taste this! It tastes like kettle corn!”
This was new to me, as I always thought of buttered popcorn, but I can see where she got the idea of kettle corn from the natural sweetness of this tea.
It is listed with green tea on their website unless they have changed it, but I am convinced it is a milk oolong. I saw another review site where someone held forth that it as almost certainly an artificially flavored milk oolong.
I got nowhere when I called the seller to find out about the origin and precise description of this tea, but I can tell you that whatever it is, it is absolutely fantastic.
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!