2140 Tasting Notes
I was sure I had reviewed this before, but no notes to be found. I have had this tea for a year. My eldest daughter, Superanna, who must love me very much if I can go by the tea she buys me, bought this for me in Amsterdam and then presented it to me in Derry, N.I. It has travelled a bit!
The dominant flavor today is orange, loud and clear, and it is a nice, natural orange. The tea is only lightly smoky to me.
One special treat today is that I am drinking this from a big sterling teapot. I have never used one before, and I am making storage bags for a relative’s silver and cleaning it to put it away for a little while. I was told I could use it, and in fact, told I could keep it here if I wished, but I will be storing it elsewhere. It is over $100 to buy the special storage bags but I got the fabric for $20 and I am hand sewing bags for her.
In the meantime, I thought it was a good chance to see if it is true that tea tastes better from sterling (well, it tastes GOOD but I am not sure if it tastes BETTER) and also I read that it stays hit longer. It is certainly staying warm for a long time, but I need to time it side by side with a ceramic pot to know for sure.
I do know that if I ever buy a silver pot, it will be smaller. This one is about forty ounces and I think I would be more comfortable handling something about half this size. So maybe I need two! One large and one small!
I had a little trouble deciding on the pairing for this week’s tea time. I had to accommodate the dessert and the guest, and the tea I would have chosen would not have been a good choice for one of the guests. I went with this reliable standby!
Our dessert was Walnut Mocha Torte. I have never had tiramisu but my guest loves it and said the dessert was similar but with lighter coffee flavor. My daughter made it – she is pretty amazing and loves to bake and tells me not to ever mind asking her to make something. The torte had no flour in it, only breadcrumbs and ground walnuts and lots and lots of eggs, and other things to be sure but I don’t know what! And she actually used panko breadcrumbs because we had so much on hand. The frosting was whipping cream with coffee and I know not what else but it was SUPER TASTY. It is light and cool, not heavy and overfilling.
The tea went with it well, not detracting or competing. I wish I had some pure cacao nib “tea” to go with this torte, though. I think that would be the perfect pairing for me, but I know not everyone likes as many things as I do!
I was in a strange mood this morning. First of all, it is exactly a year since we were in Ireland, and I feel myself transported there many mornings. I guess it is the angle of the light and the temperatures that are making the memories so powerful, plus it was my first time traveling and we rented a townhouse instead of staying in a motel so we felt more like “natives.”
Anyway, I felt restless and wanted something special since I couldn’t pull on my shoes and walk down the street for my pot of tea and my scone. I thought about hot chocolate but it is actually still pretty hot here at home. Then I thought about baking, but I wanted something quick.
I thought about this blooming tea and it was just what I needed to make the day special. I steeped it in a tall wine glass, poured off the first steep into a tiny glass pot, then resteeped for a very long time. This second steep was strong, so I added hot water and it was perfect and meanwhile the third steep stood before us on the table in all of its glory. It had now fully unfurled and was looking beautiful, and gave a holiday air to the whole room sitting there the rest of the day. I am definitely reordering this. I gave one or two to my son to use for romantic date nights with his GF, so i only have one left! This is my favorite flowering tea to date.
It is beautiful to look at, but it also tastes really special, and that is the only reason I would buy it. If it didn’t taste good, it wouldn’t really be worth it to me to keep it around. This is a good silver needle though, and you can let it steep a long time and still enjoy it. The jasmine notes are really light, just a little boost of sweetness really.
I can’t believe this is already gone! I had two and a half teaspoons left so I made two steps of about sixteen ounces each and mixed them. It is still sufficiently strong to serve as a breakfast tea, and certainly would be hearty enough for milk and sugar if you like. I take virtually all of my tea plain, and it is still a nice “breakfast tea” strength.
The instructions call for 195F water, so if you wanted your tea strong enough to crawl from the cup and slap you awake, I expect you would get it by taking it up to boiling. I would want milk and sugar in that instance, though.
I think we prefer the Qimen Imperial, but this is quite good.
This is it! The tin is empty and waiting by the sink to be washed. I had two and a half teaspoons left. I steeped it in my eighteen ounce Stump pot. We have made five steps so far and I think we have one or two left in these leaves.
There is a hint of chocolate, a rich, oily-thick mouthfeel, and a bit of cedar, like chewing on a brand new pencil. I am going to miss the easy drink ability of this one. Not at fussy, it really keeps going and going and the flavor is good. It isn’t so exotic that a newbie can’t enjoy it, or tasteless so that a puerh lover won’t. No fishiness, no low tide odor to this one, I would reorder, but I have a lot of puerh to get through already. Very nice tea.
Served after a supper of creamy carrot soup with sweet curry powder and dessert of Hoosier pie!
What a great, all around daily drinker! Today was tea party day, and you may remember that I feel that my guest has done all the experimenting she really wants to do, she has determined that she loves black tea best, and I determined that I will start serving at least two black teas at tea party instead of wide assortments. The third tea will be either a flavored black or a green or oolong tea that she has had and loved.
I usually start out with an unflavored black tea to complement and cut the sweetness of our dessert. Today we had a couple of Hoosier pies that my daughter made, also called Sugar Cream Pie. It was really good, and the tea was a great pairing for it.
This tea does NOT taste like a decaf. It has so much flavor and heft, but is smooth and nice even without milk or sugar. Classic orange pekoe flavor!
On a side note, it is funny that I have a teapot purchase decision to make, thought about asking for advice here, imagined what advice I thought you would give (and what I would give to others in my shoes) and decided I knew what you would say and didn’t ask after all. So, thanks for your help, guys! I think I know what to do now! :)
I made a small pot of this for breakfast today on my special day off from almost everything! It is very refined with a little bit of edge to make it super for breakfast and getting your eyes open, while still being very flavorful and satisfying without milk and sugar. I have fond memories of this tea, as it was one of my first really nice teas and the first time I drank it was my very first swap, which happened to be with teaequaksbliss, who sent me more tea than I knew existed.
That settles it. I have to buy a matcha bowl. I have been making do with bowls I have but I really want one. I am looking at the ones on zentealife.com and I like the Aurora one as well as Grace. I loved the old Zen Brush bowl when it was navy blue and white but they don’t have that color anymore.
Today was a very special day. I love and adore my family, but as a mom who homeschooled for 25 years (and I am still homeschooling) I am almost never alone, and I really, really love to be alone.
I decided to not accept another appointment as precinct chief judge and since I make all my children work at the polls, that meant I had the whole day to myself! This is the longest I have been alone at home in possibly 27 years!!! And it was awesome. I was a little disappointed when I realized that I still had to drop my daughter off at 5:30 am and then go to an ultrasound appointment for my thyroid at 9:30 am and then I had a piano student from 3 to 4, but nevertheless folks, this was the most I have been alone at home in years and I LIKED IT! Everyone may find their bags packed and on the lawn tomorrow. But I really do love them. :)
I drank lots of tea, and since I have been neglecting matcha I decided today was a great day to remedy that. I set my Krupps to the “Warm” setting which is supposed to give you 165F water and whipped up a cup of this. This is my favorite unflavored matcha so far, thought I admit that I have not tried all of the premium ones from Red Leaf. i have tons of their flavored matcha for matcha lattes and love it, so I should probably give them a try.
Anyway, this was an awesome cup of tea and I am not going to wait so long between matcha fixes. Now I need to get a nice bowl. Direct me to your favorites and I will take a look before I choose!