674 Tasting Notes
Friday night tea with my daughter and granddaughter and outside there is a new dusting of snow and a big 16 degree chill. Perfect tea weather. I made some gingerbread and lit candles before getting my tea tray ready. They chose Lady Londonderry because it just arrived in the mail and smelled wonderful. We let it steep about 4 minutes since we like our tea a bit strong with milk. Nice floral notes…like delicate candied violets. The maltiness is so slight and I did not notice any lemon or orange. Maybe next time it will show. I would have chosen a hardier tea for this weather but this does take you to another time and place where songbirds and flowers are present. My perfect evening was topped off with a new classical piano composition by my 16 year old granddaughter who composes choral, and orchestral music also. I cried…so beautiful.
I’m falling in love with Pu-erh’s. As a former /hic/coffee…LOVER!!!….I think the appeal of deep, sultry, sexy, smokey Pu-erh has seduced me. This smells like an early morning campfire all smoke and woods (tall trees) with breakfast jacks and maple syrup in the background. What Toffee! Coats your mouth! You can almost smell someones caramely lovely pipe tobacco way off in the distance. Moist. The smoke lingers through the nose. Must be sweetened and add cream in my opinion. I steeped 4 minutes…it is too weak to drink on a shorter steep.
Had this again last night when I was in the mood for a flavorful tea that I could really depend on to deliver. I’ve been sampling less than steller tea’s…oh well…and needed my fix from DAVID’sTEA. Such a comforting coconut mocha tea. Snow coming tomorrow and a new tea shipment. Happy! Think the full body of the tea deserves an upgrade.
Funny how this tea is either a hate or love affair. I mean really…like conservatives and liberals! Lighten up. It’s not that bad. I’ve had better, I’ve had worse and this is not that bad. I think instead of chocolate it tastes more caramelly with a hint of strawberry flavor that reminds me of the strawberry taffy that you bought as a kid (I’m really old so you may not have had the pleasure of having this type of taffy bar) for 5cents and you slap cracked it on a hard surface to break it into small enough pieces to eat. It was the most wonderful fake taste…cream-a-liscous! Well… Give this to your old folks if you don’t like it and ask them to remember the taffy. Good with cream too. It is dessert.
I picked up some double wall glass teacups now that I can see again (had 2 eye operations) and saw this Melon White Tea in a shop…ah…let’s try this I said. I like White Tea. Nice and bright base for flavor,I find, and full. Took the heat just under a boil… steeped for 3 minutes for a slight first sip then gave it another minute. The liquor is so pure gold. I held my cup up to the light next to my Uzbeki purple velvet with gold embroidered tea cozy and the color matched the golden threads. Just beautiful. The flavor is a delicate melon and even though the container shows watermelon the flavor is more like the edge closer to the rind. Not bitter…just defused. I would caution not to oversteep too long because this will go bitter. This is good sweet only and too delicate to mix with anything else. A good tea for soothing the nerves and maybe as a base for adding chunks of cold melon in the Summer with crushed ice!
I want to love this…really I do. But…I can bake and have prize winning bakers in the family…and this…well…is flat. Hard to taste cherry at all. I even doubled the amount of tea. Steeped a long, long time-tic-toc-tic-toc…finally…because I’m a waste not kind of woman I poured the last of a cooled down brew at about 15 minutes steeping with some sweetening but no milk…and at last some flav…not flavor but flav…got some cherry notes and the toastiness of rice to add crust to the cheesecake and a bit of creaminess. It could be that the green tea is not the best vehicle for my taste. A wheatier tea may be better. I’ll give this a second go. Not a great bouquet either. Why, Why,Why! I wanted a great dessert!
Another one of my samples to try. Was excited to try this since who could pass up the promise of dessert…hazelnut…chocolate truffle…oh baby! I’d be excited if it was chocolate hazelnut dirt! Anyway…back to my review…I tried a little after about 3 minutes…and it was a bit tasty, but weak…so I waited a little longer…4 minutes…nice and deep golden brown, the flavor nice and hazelnut with a deep coconut and slight hint of cinnamon taste. No chocolate. The flavor is a bit watery and somewhat cardboardy. Yep. Cardboard. I sat…hum…what’s missing? I had this sweet enough so that’s not the problem. Aha…add some cream…! And that me amigos is absolutamente correcto!
Another sample I picked up at the local gourmet food store. First…others note the strong scent of the dry bag, ginger especially, and I could hardly detect any scent at all. I was fearful that the flavor was going to be flat. I let the bag steep 4 minutes to a sweet light caramel yellow, pour….and the pear scent drifted up like “Ha, fooled you”. The pear flavor is absolutely spot on (had a pear tree growing up in California)…and the ginger is way in the background…not the type you cook with in the shaker bottle, but the fresh ginger you grate or chop that needs a very light touch and has that peppery heat. I taste a slight sweet corn (the new white corn on the cob) flavor also in the middle before the last pear burst.
This was my Superbowl drink (ok I can’t drink alcohol with my migraines) so I had a STRONG brewed latte….soooo yummy good…that I almost (not quite) felt guilty that I didn’t watch the game but had recorded it…and fast forwarded to watch only all the commercials! Now that’s a SUPERBOWL and a CUPPA Pu’erh HOORAH! Mocha, coffee, caramel, a bit stinky…ummmmm
This is a local Fort Collins Colorado Tea House blend. Not too bad but a bit weaker than what I’ve been drinking. Heavy on the almond flavor which makes it a bit bitter. Would like this with less almond and vanilla and maybe a more caramel note. Just not that fond of it. Oh well. The tea house it awesome though. Service is great and they have a ton of other tea’s.