168 Tasting Notes

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drank Rose Garden by Twinings
168 tasting notes

Another sample from the lovely Ashmanra
I think I was besotted from the first moment I tore open its little packet.
I realized that this is the first Rose tea I have ever tasted (I have had floral teas with rose in them but never just a Rose and Black tea)
I love the name Rose Garden, for that is exactly what it smells like, a whole garden full of those pink English Roses.
As I was sipping this, I literally caught myself with my pinky raised, HA!
But, it just feels like that kind of tea.
Taste is sweet, lightly floral and very proper.
If you don’t like roses, do not even try this tea.
But, for me, I am thinking a Rose Tea is needed for my permanent collection.
As I was sipping this tea, I was looking through Pinterest and bumped into this, which made the whole Rose experience even more British:
http://pinterest.com/pin/79376012154322878/
(beware: Only those who love the Doctor might get this;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I love the Doctor! Ad I am glad you liked this tea! If you liked this one, it is very much like Rose Scented from Harney and Sons. If you want a really rosy tea with a little more heft to the base, try Upton Rose Congou. Or just keep getting this one! :)

Hesper June

Well, I just ordered some Upton Rose Congou. I am glad to hear it is a good one:)
I might have to try H&S’s sometime too.
I was not able to find this one online anywhere. Is it another one you get from your SIL or how do you get it?

gmathis

I liked the Rose Congou a lot, and I’m a little picky about how much floral I let filter into my cup. Ashmanra’s right; it has a punch behind the elegance. (Like Violet Crawley!)

ashmanra

Indeed, he brought it from Ireland but is happy to bring or ship anything we want! I could have sworn I had seen it at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. I will check next time I am there.

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79
drank Blossom Earl Grey by Twinings
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Continuing my bagged tea day.
This is a sample from the wonderful Ashmanra in the awesome package she sent me just before Christmas.
I hear that there might be a discussion on if Twinings in America are different than European Twinings.
Well, I do not know if I have much to say either way on that, I simply have not had enough of either to know for sure.
But, the one thing I have noticed is the difference between the leaf in the European and the US.
When I opened the samples from Twinings US, a poof of powder would always fly out of the packet.
The European samples are certainly chopped leaf but not anywhere as fine as the US ones.
The US ones were literally a powder.
Now, on to this tea.
Odor is a bright, sugary orange bergamot.
Taste. Mmmm, I like this tea.
I love the juicy sweet orange bergamot flavor!
I am a bergamot lover and I despise when its weak in the tea.
This tea does not disappoint.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

I even got a re-steep out of the bag, It was weaker in flavor but still tasty.

ashmanra

Yay! Glad you like it! This is done my future son-in-law keeps on hand, and he brought a box for me from Ireland.

Hesper June

What a Sweetie he is!

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drank Prince of Wales by Twinings
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This is my last sample from the great Twinings sample giveaway.
I have heard good things about this tea, so I have looked forward to giving it a try.
Odor of the tea is softly malty and a bit fruity.
Taste is not real strong and I can taste a little bit of the paper bag.
Not a terrible a cup of tea,just a little light on taste for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Dublin Morning by Bewley's
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The land of the living.
Toward the middle of the night on Saturday it hit me like a Semi Truck.
This started my nearly 48 hour migraine.
I have not had one this bad in awhile.
My darling sweet husband took care of me the entire time.
I lay in the dark bedroom.
Husband quietly bringing in cups of tea, water, juice and bits of food and pills, leaving them on the bed table where they sat barely touched.
My pets never left my side.
Last night, when I finally ventured out of my cave and husband promptly asked me what I wanted.
I said “A cup of tea”
He made me a cup of this.
I have had this tea for awhile, but have not logged it, because it is the tea that I grab when we are up long before normal people should arise and are out the door into the cold.
I bought this initially because Husband said he was interested in drinking more tea, but there was no way that he could make himself a cup of loose leaf tea at the shop.
So, I got this and I have ended up drinking most of it, because it surprised me with its delightful full flavored malty-ness and bracing spirit yet convenience of a quick cuppa.
It also is one of the only teas I have tried with a bit of milk and sugar, it seems to bring the malty-ness out even more.
They come in a cellophane wrapped box of 80 bags.
Have a tin ready to place the bags into, because they are not individually
wrapped.
Husband has made himself a cuppa of this and also when he makes me a cup of tea he grabs this, because its right by the kettle in a large tin that reads “Tea Bags”
So, last night when he handed me a mug of this, you would have thought he gave me a million bucks, I snatched it from him and inhaled while wrapping my hands firmly around the mug.
After I had nearly finished the mug of tea and he coaxed some peanut butter toast down me, he looked at me and said “there you go, looking better babe”
Then he went on to tell me how these last couple of days I looked like something that crawled off the Walking Dead filming set.
A little later catching my image in the mirror, I saw what he meant.
But, this morning, I am among the living and having another cuppa of this tea.
I am weak today, as I usually am after one of these episodes.
I want tea, but want it easily without thinking, so I think today, I will go through some of the bagged tea samples I have.
Maybe you will see more of me on here today.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Welcome back! The Bewley’s Clipper Gold loose leaf ashmanra sent me some time ago is also a kick-you-in-the-backside strong black tea that I really like. When it doesn’t pucker your head to remember things, where did you buy the bagged?

Hesper June

I did not know they even made a loose leaf version.
It is fairly bracing yet it does not seem to upset my stomach.
I got this off of Amazon, I do not remember the seller nor exact price, but I do remember it was under 10 bucks for a box of 80 bags.

Serenity

I am so sorry you had such a horrible migraine. I’ve experienced them, too, and know the utter euphoric relief when you feel better and have that first cup of tea. It’s as if you’ve been someplace horrible and you are back, restored. You described it so well. Top o’ the morning to you, Hesper June!

Hesper June

Thank you! Yes, it does feel like you just took the ring to Mordor or something.
Sitting up and looking around feels like such a treat!

ashmanra

Hesper June: I can have Gav pick you some loose leaf Bewleys in Dublin in a couple of months! Just let me know what you want to try! It might be March or it could be May, but he always calls and asks what tea I want. They have a Gurmans, too, and it is yum yum yum tea!

Hesper June

Wow! What a treat.
I would happily pay for some tea fresh from the old country!
I have not heard of Gurmans. (teeters off to google Gurman Tea)

Claire

Glad to read that you’re feeling better! Yorkshire Gold is my go to kick-in-the-pants tea. I might have to try this one now!

ashmanra

Gurman’s has such great service! There was a tea we wanted to order and they didn’t have it n the website, just in the store in Ireland. We emailed, they put it up just for us! Madame Butterfly is sooo good, I think sme of their teas might be sourced from Teageschwender.

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So, my first taste of Pu-erh reminded me of mucking out the stables.
This Pu-erh gives me a horse-y memory too, but thankfully a more pleasant one.
Hubby gets fish from Pu-erh, and I get horses, so odd how one tea can appear so very different to each person.
I use one of these little cups for a 2 1/2 cup pot instead of for a 8 oz serving (as suggested) I also start with very short steeps.
I am finding with Pu-erh if I can let it sneak up on my taste buds, I enjoy the whole experience a lot more.
The smell of these tea reminds me of horseback riding with my big red Tennessee Walker,named Star, up on the mountain behind the farm where I grew up.
There is a tiny stable smell, but the good kind (if any of you have been around horses you know what I mean) that good, healthy horse smell.
That smell is mixed with a few other memories, like riding over the soft damp earth under the trees, some patches of the earth covered in a thick dark green moss, the horses hooves would be so muffled on the moss that sometimes we would come upon a deer and her fawn grazing or napping in the filtered sunshine.
Then, maybe we would ride around the other side of the mountain next to the creek where there was a beaver slide and in a small hollow in the shade, there would be a patch of wild mushrooms growing.
Woody,damp earth, moss, mushrooms and horses.
With the taste I get small amount of horse, moss and a lot of mushrooms with a tinge of forest.
It’s very interesting, and although to the new comer to Pu-erh, all of this sounds completely nuts.
But, This tea has fetched a memory from back in the dusty corners of my mind.
I am grateful for that.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
K S

What a beautiful descriptive review. I felt like I was riding along and experiencing this tea myself. Sounds awesome.

Serenity

Yeah, same as K S! I had such a memory of resting my face on a sun-warmed pony’s back after grooming him.

gmathis

ooh, ooh, take me with you1

Hesper June

Thanks, KS and Serenity!
Gmathis, I would love too, but my two horses went to the big green pasture in the sky a couple of years ago already, I miss them lots.

gmathis

Friend, I haven’t been on a horse since the mid-80’s. The only thing I’d be good for is comic relief!

Hesper June

:) LOL, well, we all need comic relief.

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Another morning of -10 temps, but with wind chill it brings the temperature down to -30.
My poor hubby is already out in it, but he told me to not come out till later, and then only if he really needed my help.
He told me to stay warm and drink tea.
Yes, Sir!
I grabbed this Assam because it’s a Assam kind of morning.
While it is brewing, I am inhaling it.
Yup, its Assam.
Malty and leathery.
Taste is, well, assam-y!
Ha! nicely malty and a little drying at the back of tongue.
Its not a bruiser of a Assam, but it is certainly a Assam.
Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

…and here I am whinging and whimpering at 20 degrees. You are braver and hardier than I am! (Couldn’t dream of drinking anything less stout than an Assam in weather like that!)

Hesper June

I started to get excited because we are getting temps in the upper teens by Sunday then I found out thats just so a 3 day blizzard can come through.
Oh, well, I guess I will just have to stay trapped in my house with nothing to do but drink tea;)

TheTeaFairy

I can relate Hesper! Nothing but snow and freezing temperature around here in the Laurentians! But it’s ok, good strong tea and good husband will keep us warm :-)

Hesper June

Yep! Those are the things that get me through the winter, tea and cuddling with my cute hubby and my doggies and kitties too:)

TheTeaFairy

Ho! I also got a few of those!! Cuddling living stuffed animals that is, not husbands, one is plenty! Big doggy and a few kitties, just adore them :-)

Hesper June

Haha! yes, one husband is plenty:) Yes, I adore my “furry kids”! They are all rescues. We have three dogs and three cats and one very fur filled vacuum.

TheTeaFairy

I always have a soft spot for rescuers :-) Mine are also rescues, except for the Dobberman, he was initially adopted for his guardian skills ( we were robbed twice in a short period and we live in a remote area) but he quickly became the biggest «mookiepoo» of them all! The woods in my backyards bring all kinds of animals in needs, I try to help the best I can by feeding and treating them if necessary. My husband helps a lot, I think he must have been a vet in a previous life!

Hesper June

Oh! thats terrible about you being robbed!
We try to help out all the animals even wild ones too, right now, I have been trying to help the poor little wild birds deal with the bitter cold.

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89

Brewing up one last cup of this before shipping the rest off to Sil
Yummy and warming on this very chilly day.
See previous notes for more info.

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84

The Queen!
She is here for breakfast.
I have heard good things about this tea and am delighted to finally get the chance to try it myself.
Dry leaf smells slightly smoky, and even a little floral.
I brewed this for 4 mins, instead of 5.
There was almost something about the dry leaf that hinted some astringency if brewed to long.
I am enjoying smelling this tea, this is a wrap your hands around the mug and inhale kind of tea.
I smell hints of smoke and maybe a bit of chocolate.
On first sip, I was surprised to taste fruity notes.
I don’t find this tea astringent at all, in fact next time I think I will go the full 5 minutes.
I am very glad that Queen C. is here, and I just think she might be someone I invite to stay around for a good while.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

bah! I really want to try this one sometime. Sounds delish!

Hesper June

I could send you a bit, if you would like?

Sil

that would be amazing! If there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try in return I’m totally open to sending some your way. Cupboard’s up to date heh

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I wanted to share this with you.
I think its fair to say that this tea is quite potent.
Well, in the tea box that my friend sent me for Christmas (she just ordered from H&S and had it sent to my house) they sent me like 8 tea sachet samples, all the same flavor, and all this.
I groaned inwardly.
Where I do actually like this tea, its almost something you have to mess with.
Either mix with another tea or just be creative.
So, the day before Christmas I was pulling out the apple cider to have for a drink on Christmas day and I was thinking “I should do something with this to make it fancier”
Then total light bulb moment!
I got out my giant tea jar, dumped in all the apple cider and then put the tea sachets in and cold brewed the whole lot till the next day!
It was so good!
Everyone kept wanting to know what I seasoned it with!
It was tasty cold, it was yummy warmed up and it even tasted good with a wee snort of rum in it!
So there is just an idea on what to do with all the Hot Cinnamon Spice tea you might have around (and if you want to be slightly naughty you can tell everyone its a super secret recipe;)
See previous notes for more on this tea.

gmathis

I did something similar at work before Christmas—coworkers made hot cider that was so cloyingly sweet I cut it with black tea and it was much better.

Miss Starfish

Fantastic idea! I have a massive bag of HCS that I’m having difficulty getting through since it’s summer here. Thanks for sharing!

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89

Oo-la-la!
This delightful brew comes courtesy of Ashmanra
My oh my does it smell lovely.
I was trying to decide which one of her delicious teas to try first and my exact words when I saw this one was “Oh! its so pretty!”
And it is, blue and pink floral petals mixed with the black tea leaves already promise something special is in store.
Then the smell! Oh! I want a perfume to smell like this! I would wear it everyday and I would smell so yummy.
Notes of floral but also a little candy-like, not a gaggy sweet candy but some sort of foreign confection that I probably could not even say the name of.
The odor of the tea itself turns more cookie-like upon brewing.
With maybe just small hints of almond, perhaps?
All this before I have even taken a sip!
The color is a lovely dark amber.
At first sip I taste the black tea, which is good.
Then floral, with a hint of almond cookie to finish off.
None of the flavors are overpowering, though they are there.
I appreciate the I can in one sip taste all the aspects of the tea, but none pushing out the others (how very polite!)
Well, what a lovely tea!
It makes me want to have a tea party:)
Thank you for allowing me to taste this fine tea, Ashmanra!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I think this is my favorite of all the ones I sent to you! I first had it from a swap and talked about it for so long that my eldest daughter wrote down the name and ordered it for me as a gift!

Hesper June

Oh dear! Well, thats what I am afraid of, that some of these teas you sent, I simply just won’t be able to live without;)
That was so sweet of your daughter to get it for you!

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A Farmer’s Wife who drinks her tea to forget the din of the world.
Love all tea, from black to herbal concoctions.
Usually start my day with black tea and then move on to Oolong or Green in the afternoon, then finish the day with a tisane.
Loose Leaf teas are my preference, I say “Free the Leaves!” :)
When I am not drinking tea, I enjoy knitting, baking, reading, playing with one of our rescue animals or working along side my husband on our farm.

My rating system is rather relaxed:
50’s or under- Um, is this tea or did I get this from the slop bucket?
60’s- Not really my thing, certainly will not be purchasing again.
70’s- I will give this tea a few more tries to see if it grows on me , right now it is okay but not thrilling me.
80’s- Like this tea a lot. It might be a tea that I have to be in a certain mood for and therefore not a daily drinker, but try to have on hand for those “moods”
90’s and higher- ADORE! Will never be without!

I most always drink my tea plain.
No sweeteners or milk/cream.

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