The London Tea Room

Recent Tasting Notes

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This is still a really tasty Keemun, with notes of brown sugar, very light smoke, & a certain flavor in it reminds me of condensed canned milk. It’s nicely sweet, rich, & enjoyable.

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This is a sample I got from TerriHarpLady, thank you so much Terri for sharing.

For an unknown reason I thought it was a plain tea not a flavoured one . I’m having this tea for my breakfast and this is a pleasant fruity break.

I don’t have much to say about this naughty vicar except praying its smoothness and its good taste of black currant. None atringency even if I stupidely left it steep for 6 minutes, so it is clearly a docile tea.
Pleasant even if not something I would add to my cupboard.

Flavors: Black Currant

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
cteresa

Naughty Vicar? Oh my, I would have bought it at once!

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I was up bright & early both yesterday & today, & out in the garden, trellising tomatoes.
This isn’t their first trellising of the year, but a much more critical one, as there are tons of fruit already set, & I’ve been neglecting them for a few weeks, so their was serious Urban Sprawl going on. Through a serious of branches, bamboo, string, rope, etc, some of them are now in a much more organized way.

I carried a cup of this around with me during the first round of tying things up, a pleasant wake me up, but it turned out to not agree with my tummy, so when I started getting queasy I had to come in & fix myself some breakfast before I could finish my cup.
Still tasty though!

Cameron B.

I must have a strong stomach, I never find myself getting queasy even when I drink a lot of black tea without food. It does sometimes make me a bit gassy though (yikes). But Keemun seems like a bolder black so maybe that makes all the difference!

Marzipan

I get heartburn after a few cups, but I pop some Tums and then keep going.

boychik

I try not to drink tea on empty stomach, especially Assam or Darjeeling. I get nauseous:(

Terri HarpLady

I can usually get away with Yunnan black teas on an empty stomach, & also Fujian, but especially first thing in the morning I can’t drink Assam or Darj or ceylon. I also can’t drink green, white, or puerh without eating first.

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81

A nice rich cup of lighty smoky sweetness.
This is day 2 of feeling weird in the afternoon. Yesterday I went to the Farmer’s Market. There is a chick who sells homemade ice cream, including non dairy ice cream, so I got one of her ice cream sandwiches, & it was pretty damn good! Strawberry Mango coconut milk ice cream, sandwiched between 2 homemade gluten free meringue cookies.
Shortly after eating it, every taste bud on my tongue swelled up & I started feeling weird.
I’m pretty positive she uses all natural ingredients, & I honestly don’t know if this was a results of:
1 – something in the ice cream…I recently had a similar reaction to pineapple
2 – the last cup of tea I drank yesterday. I’m not going to divulge it’s name, & I doubt that was it, although the actual tongue swelling started while I was drinking it.
3 – some air born allergy, which is also likely, at least for the ‘feeling weird’ part. Case in point, I started today feeling pretty good, but after going outside I’ve developed a headache & inability to focus, & about the only thing I can envision doing now is taking a nap.
Or maybe drinking some Sheng…

Stephanie

ugh, the allergy thing sounds terrible :(

Anna

Feel better soon. <3

boychik

What about mango? i heard that many people allergic to mango. its in the same family of poison ivy

MzPriss

I’m sorry you’re feeling poorly. Sheng usually helps to hit my reset button too. I hope you napped and feel better.

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88

Bold, bright, tart, & shiny!

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This is generous sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you.
This tea is bold strong malty with lotsa smoke which is fine . i tamed it with Maple syrup teeny tiny amount. thats the magic (Sil and Terri introduced me to maple syrup style drinking smoky teas) it tastes very good. very pleasant afternoon tea.
Thank you Terri for the opportunity to try this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
donkeytiara

so maple syrup takes some of the smokiness out of tea?

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I enjoyed a cup of this earlier in the day, lightly sweetened.

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This morning, courtesy of Terri HarpLady, I’m very pleased to review Keemun Mao Feng by London Tea Room, St. Louis, MO, Western style: 8 oz. / 1 tsp (3g) / 212*F / 4 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

Leaf: Thin twisted mostly dark chocolate-brown leaves mostly < 1 cm.
Fragrance: Smoky sweet Keemun!
Liquor: Clear brilliant copper
Aroma: YUM – A mild-to-moderately smoky Keemun with the classic winey profile and a delicate sweetness that is simply relaxing to deeply inhale.
Flavor: Winey, smoky, malty with a delicate sweetness

4-min: A truly rich, fairly thick, full-bodied, smoky, winey, malty Keemun with a delicate sweetness. There was zero bitterness or astringency. A MANLY cup of tea! YUM!

Re-Steep:
5-min: Not yet
6-min: Not yet
8-min: Light to medium bodied

Impression: I love a great Keemun this certainly predisposes me to enjoying this tea. A Keemun that’s just as enjoyable to smell as it is to taste! A thoroughly enjoyable Keemun! Well done!

Thanks to Terri HarpLady for sending us this gracious sample.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teaware/teavana/39311-perfect-tea-spoon
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
http://steepster.com/teas/revere-ware/46814-classic-2-1-slash-3-quart-whistling-tea-kettle
Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a brew basket http://steepster.com/teaware/royal-albert/45581-old-country-roses-afternoontea-mugs
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket.
http://steepster.com/teaware/teavana/39312-perfect-preset-tea-timer

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I guess I’m in a Keemun mood today!
Maybe because it’s a satisfying no-nonsense type of tea that I can just make a cup or pot of & enjoy, without too much effort.
Yeah, I think that might be it!

looseTman

“I guess I’m in a Keemun mood today!” “… it’s a satisfying no-nonsense type of tea …” I completely understand!

Dag Wedin

How do you brew this? I’ve heard up to 7 minutes and being shy on leaf.

Skulleigh

I think that’s why Keemuns are my favorite! They are dependable, like a nice comfy warm sweater.

MzPriss

I looooove Keemuns too

Skulleigh

Let’s start the Keemun Admiration Society! :D

Terri HarpLady

LooseT – I’ll have to check that out later!
Dag – With this one I used 1 tsp to 8oz X 4min, however, with teavivre’s hao ya, I used 2 tsp + 8oz X 2min. I also drank butiki’s congou keemun @ 2 tsp + 8oz X 3. They were all delicious, but for the day, I enjoyed the teavivre version the most.

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This is one of my favorite Earl Greys. It’s very fragrant, I smell a lot of bergamot and jasmine? something flowery. This is an easy to drink tea for me. Although it tastes better hot than cold.

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I made this at Tony’s to enjoy in my bubble bath.
It’s one of his favorites, & although I don’t drink it often, I guess today is the day.
It’s main feature is a bright & juicy orange, with a touch of bergamot, & a lingering grapefruit finish. It’s a little on the acidic side for my tastes, but definitely bright & cheery. The base is earthy, & almost shu puerh-like, so although I’m no expert, I’d say it’s yunnan.
Note to self: send a sample of the to ks

gmathis

This sounds lovely to bathe in ;) Uh, I mean with.

JustJames

in…. with…. don’t matter as long as the temperature’s right. =0)

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys!

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How about that? Sil told me to try this because it’s good, and I tried it, and it was! It’s good! It’s got a nice bit of sweetness and a nice bit of smoke, balanced wonderfully.

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Terri HarpLady

So, Sil is sending all the samples I sent to her to you? LOL, that’s one way to rack up the sipdowns! :D

Sil

Terri – where there was enough for me to have 2 cups or 1 sil sized cup AND have some left over, then Cavo gets to try it too since she has been my recent tea buying buddy lol. if there was only enough for a sil sized cup…. she did not get to try them haha

Cavocorax

Hahaha. And that’s totally fair. :) I appreciate what I get, and now that I’ve dropped my numbers a little bit, I feel I can relax a bit more and savour each cup properly. Phew.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, you know my policy, right? “Share the Love!” :D

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I thought I’d try another Kenyan tea! Sipdown! (246)

This one is less harsh than the others I’ve had. It’s a little smoother, and a bit more golden. Tasty!

Thanks Sil!!

Courtney

Smooth and golden ftw.

Sil

i really like the keemun from london tea room…but i don’t think there was enough to share of that one… if there was…it’s tasty.

Cavocorax

Oh, I have that one! I’ll be sure to give that some special attention.
Also, I looked in my purse yesterday and realized I missed a sample for you. :O I should stick it in an envelope for you. hahah

Sil

don’t you dare… or i’ll send you the 3 that fell out of the bag at my place haha

Cavocorax

Ahahahahah

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88

I made a pot of this to go with my decadent breakfast:
Homemade Turkey Apple Maple sausage meatballs
almond flour pancakes
fried apples

The tea was bold & bright, with an edge to it that made me think of a shiny shard of obsidian, so smooth, but razor sharp. Just what I needed!

Fjellrev

What a gourmet breakfast!

Charissa

A shiny shard of obsidian—nice analogy! Sounds really good!

Terri HarpLady

It felt pretty fancy, but really didn’t take very long to whip up. I just ate the leftovers :)

Terri HarpLady

It felt pretty fancy, but really didn’t take very long to whip up. I just ate the leftovers :)

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Mmmmmm thanks Terri! Another tasty black tea. I had this earlier in the day and it was a great start to the day :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to send some of this off to Nofar!

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by The London Tea Room
4729 tasting notes

Terri sent more of this my way and I think i love it a little more than the first time. Bumping the rating up a bit but i am going to pass the rest of this on to someone who hasn’t had a chance to try it. Sharing is caring! This + maple made my day when we went out to the nerd store to pick up a game!

Cavocorax

Which game?

Cheri

Yes, which game did you get??!

Sil

Terra Mystica it’s been out of stock for a few weeks now

Cheri

That looks like a fun one.

Cavocorax

Oooh. Neat!

Sil

we’ve looked at it a few times but never bought it because of the all the components…a lot of our friends won’t play games that take longer than 3 mins to set up. But we played it while down in florida and love it…and since it can be played two player, we said go for it! there’s another card game we played as well that i’m going to try and have printed that you and your other half may enjoy as well cavo.

cheri – i uh..have a LOT of board games.. lol

Cavocorax

It can? That’s pretty awesome. J’s not into fantasy settings a lot, but the detail of the different races sounds pretty intriguing. And it’s not luck based I guess? Also a good thing.

Cheri

We have several, but not all that many compared to my sister and brother-in-law.

Terri HarpLady

My new favorite game is cards against humanity

Sil

70+ games at my place, if you count things like dominion and it’s expansions as one game.

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First cup of the day, I reached into one of the black tea shelves & just grabbed something, & this was it! A decent cup to start my day, although I’m aching for something bolder now.
In a little while I’ll begin For the Love of Pearls, the great pearl sip-off. But first I have an appointment at 11:00, so it will have to wait. Anyone else who is participating is welcome to start without me though.

caile

Perfect name for the sip off!! : )

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I thought that would be a fun name! I actually thought about creating a page just for it…still thinking about it, as I begin the ‘competition’.

caile

I only have one type of pearl so can’t really do a sip-off, but am looking forward to seeing the seeing the reviews for the ‘competitors’. Let the competition begin! ;-)

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I had a fun rehearsal with my flute playing friend. I have a couple of flute players that I do gigs with from time to time. One is only good for classical music, but she is very very good at it. In fact, we have a wedding coming up next month together. Another is more flexible, being able to play pop tunes, etc. There have been several other flautists over the years, including a gal I went to college with, & also including my ex-husband, who was an accomplished musician on a variety of instruments.

So my new flute player? We’re the same age (55), we know all the same people around town, have played with a lot of the same musicians (including junky Wayne, the percussionist), & yet we never met. We had heard of each other, but just never turned up in the same place. That changed about a month ago, & now we’re meeting up every 2 weeks to work on some stuff. She can play classical, rock, & Jazz…I mean she can really wail! She also play cello & guitar. I don’t know if we’ll get a lot of gigs, but I’m sure we’ll be playing around town at least, once we get a couple of jazz sets together. Most importantly, I want to have fun. :)

So I made a big pot of this tea, & it was perfect for the afternoon.

__Morgana__

I am not sure I’ve heard jazz harp before, but it sounds awesome!

Terri HarpLady

Playing Jazz on the harp is especially challenging, so there aren’t really all that many of us playing it, but it’s fun! Of course, I also play everything from classical to classic rock. I love my job! :)

__Morgana__

Do you have jazz pieces on any of your CDs? I just visited your web site (you play beautifully).

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I made myself a batch of almond flour pancake. I’ve been feeling unsatisfied, food-wise, causing me to venture into eating things I shouldn’t. Today I really want something sweet for dinner. Not TOO sweet, just lightly sweetened. Hence I’m sitting here, enjoying a nice stack of pancakes, spread with coconut butter, & lightly drizzled with maple syrup. And bacon.
And I’m having a cup of this tea.
I feel like my senses must be off today regarding tea. Every single cup I’ve made has seemed lacking, somehow. I want something amazing & bold, & every tea I’ve drank should have fit the bill, & yet all day long it’s been this way, from the first cup in bed, to this one. Hopefully by morning this strange syndrome will have passed. If not, I’ll drink a series of green teas , in an effort to reset myself.

pyarkaaloo

what you just described sounds like a party! that’s the way to have dinner..

Fjellrev

That sounds like an exotically yummy pancake dinner.

Terri HarpLady

It was tasty! :)

Indigobloom

I’ve been there, not being able to get my fix even from the tried and true standbys! :/

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I added some of this back into my cupboard yesterday while I was at the London Tea Room. It’s a pleasant blend of black tea, orange, chocolate, & a croissant like taste to the base. A nice change of pace, lightly flavored.

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Another tea for the Qimen Quandery
I was out & about today, & stopped by the London Tea Room, which recently moved to the Tower Grove neighborhood (for those familiar with St. Louis, which is probably almost nobody). It is now much closer to my house (in the Maplewood neighborhood), & I’m in that area fairly often, usually on Fridays. So I stopped by there, with plans of having lunch & tea, because that’s what I usually do when I go there. Sadly, they no longer have a full kitchen, so they only serve quiche & a few other already prepped things. They still have lots of scones & such, but with all of my allergies etc, there was nothing for me to eat. I still drank a pot of tea, & then picked up a couple of oz each of the following:
Keemun – which I’ve been drinking. It’s what I think of, when I think of a Keemun: a little pine smoke, a little brown sugar, a nice middle body, no highs, but not overly bold or bassy.
Kenyan Kaproret Estate – to share with the BBBB & NofarS
Jubilee – for Tony – it’s basically an earl grey plus orange, he loves it.
Parisian Breakfast – Black tea, orange, vanilla, & chocolate, as I recall…

Including the Taiwanese Oolong I received as a gift, this bumps my total back up to 331.
Thus ends my Qimen Quandery for now. There are now 5 in my collection, & although I enjoyed all of them, I’d say my 2 favorites are Verdant’s Qimen Anhui, & Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Fragrant.

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I call this the ‘Scotch and Cigar’ of teas. Strong and smoky with a touch of vanilla and berries to soften and flavor.

This tea is not for everyone, but will stand out for those wanting a strong character tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Backlog:

A lovely blend. I enjoyed that I could taste each of the components of this blend but none was too overpowering.

The rose is the first flavor I noticed. Sweet and distinctly rose, and it complements the flavors of jasmine and lavender quite well. Floral, yes, but not soapy or perfume-y.

A nice white tea base. It is light and airy, with notes of earth and vegetation. The peppermint is not overdone here, and I really appreciated that as peppermint can sometimes easily take over in blends like this. It is more of an accent flavor here, not a dominating force.

A nice tea.

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