1962 Tasting Notes
Guess what time it is? Harney time! As I get more recent in this chronology I start hitting “runs” of tea, like this one, when I bought a big restock order of Harney teas and so I have a number of them to drink through in a row. But I also haven’t drank them in a long time, so it’s nice to have at them again!
Ahhh roses. I will never fail to recommend this tea when someone is looking for an exceptionally rosey tea. In my opinion this one can’t be beat. I love some other rose blacks as well, but for falling into a pile of roses, this is your tea. The very definition of “lovely.”
I actually drink this tea a lot because I drink it as a cold brew. I don’t log it, but I do enjoy it. I’ve hit the sweet spot when it comes to preparation: 3tsp, 12oz of water, 8 hr steep. Fresh and fruity, citrusy and lovely without being overpowering or grassy. I did have it today with lunch, which worked out perfectly. I admit I’ll be sad when I run out of this one for my cold brews.
I got this tea in my Lupicia Happy Bag for 2013, and then I got it again for 2014! Good thing I like it so much.
Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs are really nicely done on the whole. I love how the pineapple and coconut blend with the slightly floral green oolong to make a very tropical, lovely drink. I should probably get some sachets of this tea for traveling just because Lupicia’s green oolongs are extremely hardy and can take steeps at a range of temperatures. I’m almost out of my original stash of this, but I have another unopened 50g pouch waiting for me!
Hmmm this tea. I fell out of love with Kusmi a while ago, and while most of my teas from them were small samples, I have a rather large tin of this one. I’ve been kind of avoiding it. I even tried to do cold brew with it recently (used up a lot of my Kusmi that way) and wasn’t taken with it. I’m having it hot this morning just to see how it is, although I full expect that I won’t actually finish the cup.
I think it didn’t work for cold brew because it’s kind of spiced, and those never work for me. And actually, today the base tea isn’t bothering me so much. Maybe it’s because I brewed it at a cooler temp than most blacks, so it’s not so rough. Instead, today this tea has flavors of spiced almond and a little hint of rose. I’m not in love, but I don’t hate it either, haha. Maybe I will be able to (slowly) finish this one.
I seem to have a block on writing notes for this tea. I drink it with some regularity (usually with lunch), but I never write notes on it. Yesterday I drank it as part of my chronological cupboard tasting, and I still didn’t write a note on it.
I think it’s because it’s hard for me to articulate my thoughts on many green teas. I enjoy them, but it’s hard for me to be effusive. This is an exceptional dragonwell, but it doesn’t make me poetic or anything. It’s green, it’s buttery, it’s nutty. It’s tasty! But I don’t seek out green teas all that often. Maybe at some point I will go through a green tea phase!
This was a purchase from way back when I was in “buy all the teas” mode, and I bought a groupon for this company. Most of the teas I ordered were misses and I’ve long since swapped them away, but this one I always liked.
I don’t usually like green mate all that much, but I like it here. The jasmine tames it a bit, without subduing the kick of energy it provides. It’s possibly not as jasminey as it once was, but it’s still tasty. I need to remember this one for energy jolts when I need them.
I feel bad that I’ve had this sample for a long time now and I’ve never reviewed it. I don’t know why, I have no excuse, but that’s just how it is. It has been sealed in an airtight bag this entire time, so I’m hoping it won’t have suffered.
So, interestingly, I assumed that these were jasmine and was shocked that there was no jasmine scent or flavor in the tea. Good thing I glanced at some reviews before posting because I learned that no, these were not jasmine pearls at all, but rather just pearled green tea.
Well, in that case, my review is different. I’m still not going to rate this because it is pretty old and I don’t know how the flavor may have change over time. This is an interesting tea, but I’m not a huge fan of the flavor. Green tea, but with almost a sour note. Not really one I will reach for again, so it will go up for sale if someone wants it.
So I am cheating a little bit because the next teas in my stash are a bunch of matchas, but I drink almost all of my tea at work except for matcha, so tasting through them is going to have to wait for the weekend or something. For now I am skipping over them.
I have given samples of this tea to a lot of people, but I rarely drink it myself. It’s not a bad tea, but like it’s name it’s a little generic, and there are other congou (gongfu) black teas from Fujian that I prefer. That said, I brewed it a little rougher today, and it’s got a lot more character. More grains, more molasses, more overall tastiness. I don’t have a ton of this left but I will have to remember to brew it this way with what I have left.
Oh Laoshan Black, you are so delicious and sweet. You make me feel like I am drinking something way more indulgent than a cup of tea. This tea makes me suspicious that you have been hanging out with bergamot and rose because I can still smell their faint perfume on your clothes. You rapscallion! I guess that’s what I get for drinking a tea that is so alluring to everyone.
Mmmm, it’s so nice when a tea ages well. This one is one of those! Still lovely jasmine, with a nice substantial white base. I brewed it a little hotter today just to see how it behaved and I think I like it this way best. I love a white tea brewed at 190°F–195°F, where it has more body and flavor. This cup was sweeter, and even slightly creamy in texture. I slurped this one down super fast!