403 Tasting Notes
I have tried this 3 times now and I’m just not getting what other folks (with whom I generally share tea taste) are getting. I just don’t care for it much. It is far too smokey, especially when it cools off. When hot I get a dusty smokiness that is okay, but not awesome. When cool, it turns to a harsh ashy-ness. I suspect because I have been busy enough that I don’t get through a cup before it cools I have not been interested enough to do a second steep. Perhaps I would like that more. I also want to try this with my water at home – all of my cups have been at work and I find that I prefer my unfiltered water at home for some of the heavier blacks. So, no rating for now since I’m not really sure what I think. :)
Revisiting this one tonight. Still a lovely, lovely tea. Lightly sweet vanilla, orangey deliciousness. I have been saving this but I don’t want to be too stingy with it and have it lose flavor. So I made up a whole pot tonight and I’m enjoying every bit of it. Even after it cools off it’s spectacular.
Watching Hudson Hawk – the movies the husband only tolerates continue. :) I gotta pick him up at the airport later tonight so I had to get in at least one more movie he says he’s seen and put up with far too many times. :) So bad movie, great tea, blanket and heat seeking cats. I better set an alarm to get to the airport in case I fall asleep… :)
This is going nicely with the sharpish cheddar I’m having as dessert. Not as well with the olive bread and delicious Shatto butter but I can live with it. :)
Bit of lemony caramel in a bright brew with a definite Darjeeling base.
Regardless of the food, it does go well with Winnie the Pooh. I love the first night the husband is gone on business trips. I can eat things he isn’t interested in and watch stuff he would put up with for me but not especially enjoy. :)
We had an English pub open up right down the street from us less than a month ago. I stopped by there this evening after dropping the husband off at the airport. We’ve been there twice before and I have been pleased to see that their hot tea offering is PG Tips (noted on the menu by name) and offered in a teapot, not just a cup.
Yeah…it’s like the English version of Lipton but better, and by better I mean stronger. :) It also seems to be more forgiving of water temperatures that are likely far too cool to steep a lot of teas satisfactorily. The first two times it was a pyramid bag. Tonight it was a bag like Celestial Seasonings – flat, square, meshy/papery. I wonder if they had run out or something, because it wasn’t as hefty as before either. Or maybe it was a flat bagged version of PG Tips rather than the pyramids.
At any rate, while nothing I want to keep around, it’s a very passable restaurant tea. :) I do wish I could find PG Tips Strong in a store around here to try out…
Yum. This is a tasty tea. I don’t get much maltiness, but it’s a good straight, basic black. Nowhere near as bitter as the CTCs get.
And it does indeed take milk very well. I have been trying milk more often with the straight blacks that I have – mainly because I have cream leftover from the Halloween tea party that I need to use. I hate to waste cream and yet I am still holding off from just whipping it with some vanilla and eating it with a spoon. :) So what I’ve been doing is making a pot, drinking one straight, one with cream, one with sugar, one with cream and sugar and then the remaining cups however I liked the best. I use about a teaspoon of cream and one sugar cube for a 6 ounce cup. Sugared is not my favorite way to have tea but it does mellow out some teas and bring hidden flavors out in others.
I think I prefer this with that little bit of cream but it isn’t a necessity. Rating based on plain tea.
After I run out of cream, I probably won’t be reviewing much with cream/sugar added, but since I’m discovering I do like that silky feel it gives, I might have to keep some on hand…
I think I’m just not a Ceylon gal. I’ve tried 3 cups and a whole pot of this now and I’m just not noticing anything that jumps out at me as awesome. It’s a good tea that falls into the category of “tea-tea” for me. I’d never turn down a cup of it but at the same time I’m not sure yet that I’d keep it on hand on purpose. I am going to keep on experimenting with time, temp and leaf amount though and see if I can squeak out of it what gmathis got out of it. :) So no rating for now.
This latest steep was for 2 minutes at about 200F as 3 at boiling made it too bitter for my taste. It wasn’t bitter but it wasn’t smooth either. Magic spot, reveal yourself to me! :)
It’s rainy; it’s been dark and rainy all day (though not really cold, just slightly chilled). This was my post dinner tea. Trying to use it up and still have something I like for the evening. :)
In an unusual choice for me I added a sugar cube and a drizzle of cream to two of the cups. Then one I had plain, one with just sugar and one with just cream. I don’t often have tea with milk of any kind but I do love the way the cream looks as it spirals through the cup. An entire pot of tea will probably make me get up 3 or 4 times tonight but it was tasty and worth it. :) And the sugar kept me out of the Halloween candy!
Mmm. This one smells malty and rich when steeped. I used my normal heaping teaspoon in about 10 ounces of water. The leaves are on the small side but the flavor is not. This is a good cup. I’d keep it in my rotation of Assams.
And on a good note, the doctor followup went well. Everything well below danger level – cholesterol, sugars, the whole works. Whew. The only inconvenient directive I got was to exercise. So this is now my 3rd cup of tea since I got home 2 hours ago. Wooohooo for caffeine! And anecdotally for black tea which I chose to believe has been keeping my cholesterol down. ;)
This is very reminiscent of a green tea in a lot of ways. The leaves are very, very green and the liquid is light golden. It is very light, very mildly astringent and fruity. I don’t often drink first flushes so I don’t have a lot of points of comparison but this is nice.