2134 Tasting Notes
I redid this one this morning, this time with a new filter in my water. It’s definitely better. This has always been a somewhat subtly flavored tea, and I do think it has faded a bit, but I can now taste the maltiness of the base tea and the bright citrus of the flavors. Overall, a much better experience.
What the what? This tea (#84) does not have as much flavor as I would expect, even given it’s age. I am wondering if my water filter is shot. The unfiltered water here has a tendancy to strip all flavor from my teas.
Well, I will change the filter and hopefully everything will be fine and dandy. I really don’t think this tea has suddenly lost all flavor.
This tea (#85) used to be my favorite Earl Grey! Not sure if it is age or what, but I am no longer so enamored by it. I dropped the rating a bit but I didn’t want to go too far just in case I am unfairly judging it based on age. It’s still pretty good, but the base doesn’t really do it for me. I will be interested to see how other Earls fare as I come to them; I’ve also just not been into single-flavor teas lately, so maybe it’s more of that. Anyway, this was a decent tea for the morning.
This (#86) is one of those weird one-off teas, where I have only this tea from this company and nothing else. But I love it. Bergamot and rose and passion fruit and LOVE. An appropriate Valentines tea, I guess. It almost reminds me of DF’s Amore, but I do like that one a little better, and I am more likely to order from DF in the future than Chado. Even so, this is still quite a tasty tea.
Hey, I remembered to have this tea (#87) this weekend! So it’s not even out of order on my tasting notes.
Still love this blend, and I do like having it in sachets for traveling. Drinking it also makes me miss Paris (the tea, not the city, although to be fair I often miss Paris the city), which is not in my cupboard right now. Should have picked some up when I was at Harney Soho at xmas time.
This tea (#88) is not quite the last of the Harneys, but my Tower of London sachets are at home so I will have to try to remember to revisit them this weekend.
Once again, a tasty single-fruit black tea. I am planning on mixing this one, my Rose Scented, and the Black Currant in various combinations and proportions for new and interesting cold brews. I’m pretty excited! Plus, taking all of these tins home means I can now put in all of the tea tins that have previously not been fitting in my cupboard. Woohoo!
Drank this one (#89) yesterday but I will log it now. Another of my Harney stock-up, and another that I really love. But I just don’t drink enough. I also really love this one as a cold brew so I am planning on taking all my Harney blacks home for cold brewing so I can appreciate them and drink them regularly.
It’s funny, for a long time I used cold brews of tea to quickly use up tea I didn’t like that much. I was always picking out teas I really wanted out of my cupboard. But, I’ve kind of run out of those, so now I have to tell myself that cold brewing is also something I can do to teas I really like, too. There have been some in the past (thinking of a few Lupicias) that I loved as cold brews, so maybe eventually I will get to a place where I can actually just have a rotating stock of cold brew teas that I actually love and wasn’t just trying to get rid of. It’s a nice thought.
Harney order time. This tea (#90) came into my cupboard at the same time as a few other Harneys, but I added it to my cupboard first so here it is.
Still rosey and delicious. I enjoy this one, but I don’t reach for “pure” rose black teas that much anymore. Or really any single-flavor tea, really; I seem to prefer an amalgamation of flavors these days. I have a lot of this one, and I have a lot of other plain rose blacks, so I am good for a while. Thinking of starting to cold brew this one because it is quite old and I do enjoy a nice iced rose black tea.
Like most of these old teas, this one (#91) is one that I enjoy but don’t crave often. I have maybe one more serving of my original 50g of this, but I have an unopened 50g of it from last years’ Happy Bag. Well, now it’s open because I opened it and dumped it into the now-empty tin, since I am taking the remaining of the original batch home to cold brew. This has definitely lost flavor, and even though it smells really good, it is nothing compared to the fresh stuff I just opened (“fresh,” it’s a year old but has been air-tight sealed the entire time).
Anyway, tasty, but perhaps another slightly summery tea.
This was the tea I had been putting off (#92). Honestly, it’s not that it tastes bad. It’s fine. But maté isn’t really my favorite. The jasmine is fading in this one; clearly the pearls in this are less high quality than some of my older jasmine greens, although I suppose that isn’t too surprising.
If I wait another year to drink it again it will probably be comepletely flavorless.
ETA: This is one of the few teas I still have left from back when I was buying tons of teas from new-to-me-companies on tea deals (so, buying larger amounts instead of trying things out via samples). Oh, how things have changed in my tea drinking habits.