1796 Tasting Notes
I saved the leaves from yesterday because I was pretty sure they were not done. They weren’t! Steep four was actually had just by myself, as we only had time for three steeps while my guest was here. And now it feels like an entirely different tea.
This is so creamy and milky, while tasting more like a white tea now but with a great deal of body. My lips are coated and the tea feels thick. There are hints of DragonWell flavor as well! This tea is being a real chameleon!
Steep five is similar, but perhaps just a little thinner, a bit less creamy. This was delicious, Bonnie!
I was SO EXCITED! I got a phone call yesterday from someone wanting piano lessons for their child. I heard a beautiful accent, and was told she was referred to me by another student of mine, and right away I knew it was the Moroccan friend that I had been hearing about! As in, really, truly, Moroccan!
Naturally, I set out my Harney and Sons glasses and had a pot of tea ready! I told her that I didn’t know if this would be authentic to what she was used to, but I needn’t have worried. Ryan, you need to read this! :)
First she was ecstatic that we were going to have tea, second, she loved the glasses and said they made her feel like she was home again, and third, she said the tea was absolutely authentic to what she makes herself. She likes to add a tiny bit of honey to hers, and I gave her the White Gold honey that was recommended by my dear young friend who works at Teavana. She said it was the best honey she had ever had. Soon I will try some of the new honey from the newly added honey room at Tin Roof Teas! Yes, that’s right, they will have a HONEY ROOM!
This is what tea drinking is all about. Over and over, she beamed and told me how happy she was, how she loved the tea, how good it felt to drink tea and talk with someone (she is a homeschooling mom who is with children most of the time and loves to have some adult conversation now and then, just like me!), and how much she felt at home because of the tea, because of the glasses. She told me how she wanted to bring glasses from Morocco but didn’t for fear they would break, but that she brought all the serving pieces. She talked about how the tea tray would be set before the oldest person at a gathering and they would make the tea. There would be three containers for gunpowder green, spearmint, and sugar, and each person would come to the elder to be served. We talked about tea rituals here, and in China, and in Morocco. She wants to come again, and drink more kinds of tea. I will be seeing her once a week now for her daughter’s lessons, but I have a feeling there are also some plain ole’ tea parties in our future! This was a truly great tea day and I am so happy I could burst!
Golden Monkey is a fabulous tea, and this one from Harney and Sons is far superior to the Teavana version to me. This particular year’s harvest was especially rich, full bodied, and dark. Last year it was a wee bit lighter because of the drought, I am told.
My guest said she thought there was almost a molasses taste or something similar. I think of it more as malt and rich, chewy raisins. The tea was paired with apple dumplings from that easy peasy pinterest recipe that has been going around, and it was delicious!
For the apple dumplings, just spoon either Comstock Apple Pie Filling or Stouffers escalloped appled onto a Pillsbury crescent roll, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon (I used Vietnamese), roll up tightly so the juice doesn’t leak out, bake for 12-15 minutes, and serve while warm, drizzled with Hershey’s caramel sauce. Yums!
Uh-huh! Did you see what I just did there? I clicked “Add to Cupboard!” Because I got my Teavivre order! (Well, actually there is another one already on the way, and on Saturday I am ordering that Silver Jasmine Green tea that will be on sale but let’s not talk about that, shall we?)
I have had three monkey picked oolongs – one from thinkgeek, one from Teavana, and this one. This one is the best. Nuff said.
This is one of the many teas sent by Bonnie in the amazing package she sent to me!
This was the final tea of tea party today! I even changed where I sat so that I could make it just as they suggest. My guest and I thought it was GREAT!
It is hard to believe this is a white tea! The first steep was spinach, and we both like spinach! The second steep was buttered squash and more vegetal than the first. The third steep is still going strong. These steeps are short, too. The first ones – 25 seconds. Three and four – 35 seconds. Who could believe that this much flavor would come from tea leaves in such a short time?
Thank you, Bonnie! This was a fun treat for tea party day and I am saving the Laoshan Black tea for next week so we can all enjoy it together!
I reviewed this yesterday and it showed up on my tea log but never went to the dashboard as far as I could tell. I am drinking it again today, so I will try again!
This tea was sent by Azzrian and there was so much of it that I had a bit hot and then had enough to chill for three lunch time iced teas! This is fresh and fruity and the green tea has nice presence without being harsh. This is only the second I can remember having from English Tea Store, put the other is one I definitely want to order and I was hoping to find more because that’s how I roll! I like to order more than one tea per company. This one is an excellent candidate for that list!
Thank you, Azzrian! :)
This is a gift from sweet Azzrian. Thank you!
As soon as I smelled this one, I knew I had to try it iced as well as hot! The strawberry scent is so fresh and mouth watering. I did sip a bit hot and it was quite good, but I poured most of it into a pitcher for this afternoon.
Mmmm! This really delivers on the strawberry aroma! It is right there in flavor just as I hoped it would be. No sweetening needed, this is a great iced green, and I am glad to find another tea from ETS since I have been wanting to get some of their Lady Londonderry and needed other tea to add to the order!
I love the description! Bonnie, did you write that?
This is a gift from Bonnie to help get youngest through geometry! I had ordered her sme from Teavivre but it will be about seven days before it gets here and she said she needed lapsang NOW! Bonnie was so sweet to send this, and it got here in just a couple of days!
I had a small cup, not wanting to deplete her pot of tea too much. It is very smoky, but it is not at all offensive. The cup is a very clear orange and the smoke remains strong after steeping. The Lion and The Lamb left a pleasant ash smoke flavor after the sip, but this one has a little less aftertaste I think.
The smoke is certainly strong enough, and youngest says she will be making it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next!
I just received a package from Bonnie and OH MY! There is so much tea, so many gifts! Thank you!
My youngest daughter has dreamily inhaled the Lapsang and put it in her stash. She refuses to try it until school tomorrow! I was going to be good and not have caffeine tonight, but this one was calling my name and I didn’t try to resist very hard.
Lapsang with jasmine and orange? You don’t mean it! But opening the pouch an exotic scent wafts out and I bury my face in the bag to sniff. I may be showing myself to be a country bumpkin, but this smells exotic through and through. The combination of flavors and smoke here is so unique as to make it all seem like a totally new thing, and at the same time, as old as antiquity itself! I can picture sipping this on some foreign shore and I swear Bogart is there.
The taste does not let me down, either. This tastes the way it smells. Lapsang, good and strong. Smoke and ash on the tongue. Jasmine, teasing in the background. Orange, a flirty top note. What a cool tea!
I can’t wait to try more from Happy Lucky, and I hear they are going to be selling online soon!
Thank you, Bonnie! This will be an adventure!
I almost forgot to add today’s dramatic doodle. It is the weeping angel, only the angel is youngest, she is sobbing on the geometry book, and her pencil dangles limply from her hand. This kid really has GOT to do theater. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24998856@N06/7873206326/
I think my tea died. Honestly, this tin is about two years old and it just tastes like meh. I have heard that some oolongs age well, like puerh, but this isn’t one of them. I don’t know if my tastes have evolved that much or if I made it badly today or if it is just too old to have much flavor left, but there really isn’t a whole lot going on here. I don’t taste any fruitiness or the stone flavor that grabs you with a hard hug that I get from good, dark oolongs. There really isnt a nutty taste anymore. This is so light in flavor.
I guess if I wanted something really subtle this would be fine, but we are doing geometry for Pete’s sake and I need something stronger!
Teavivre’s Monkey Picked would be heavenly right about now.