2219 Tasting Notes
This was one of the three tea party teas today and it was an absolute delight! Even though it isn’t cold here yet, the unmistakable autumn light is here and it feels like it is the perfect time to drink this tea. It is smooth, light, and so fruity, no sugar needed. Our main snack today was Thomas’ Bagel Thins, the plain ones, toasted and smeared with Nutella. Yum!
I decided to make good old Southern chicken and pastry tonight with the noodles being made from freshly ground Southern white wheat. I had made the stock two days ago while I had two chicken carcasses handy. For some reason, this meal is forever associated with tea for me, though I grew up drinking iced tea with it.
Since it was the evening meal and hubby was dining with me, I needed to choose a decaf that we both like. That narrowed it down to two teas! I chose this one and I don’t regret it. In fact, we drank the 22 ounce pot and I was longingly tipping it in hopes of another drop or two. This is one of the few black decaf teas that really taste like tea to me. When I first bought the Harney version it was almost too strong for us! We were used to one from Southern Season that we still like but it is noticeably weaker than the Harney decaf. Now we love it, and I am thankful to have a plain black tea that I can drink at night.
SimpyJenW sent some roasted Yerba mate for me to try in my tea! Since caffeine can have a pretty significant affect on me, I have been fearful to try it past noon and had not gotten around to drinking it yet. It didn’t help that tea friend and neighbor Sandy, who is a doctor, decided to drink a cup of Yerba mate one night on call at the hospital and ended up shaking for eight hours! LOL!
With great respect (okay, FEAR) I approached this cup. The mate does not make a huge difference in the taste of the tea, but it does pleasantly deepen and darken the flavor. It FEELS like a stronger cup. Or is that all in my mind?
I may report back later on whether the caffeine gave us a boost, as middle daughter is using it to get through her advanced math lesson and youngest is having it to keep awake through her history…or so she says. I think she really just wants to finish school extra fast so she can play those bongo drums.
I think this is the first tea of which I bought a whole pound, and that was at hubby’s insistence.
I should be in bed by now, but I am somewhat hyped up because a series of events led me to start my girls studying the beatniks, coffee bars, and Kerouac! Once we got started, naturally we decided tp put together our own Beat Poetry set for next writer’s group and youngest is going to provide the background music, though I may throw in hubby’s old Gibson Ripper for the bass lines. LOL! So all this has me too excited to sleep, and I thought a cuppa Vanilla Comoro was just the thing to help me wind down tonight, along with Traffic and The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys for some bass line inspiration!
This is wonderfully comforting tea. I can scarcely believe that there are only about two ounces of the pound left, but three of us drink it so there it goes!
This benefits from the addition of a little more leaf than you would usually put in order to offset the fact that it is decaf, but the vanilla caramel flavor is so full bodied that it won’t hurt to make it by usual black tea parameters. Great cuppa! Drinking it sans additions, and it is still sweet and satisfying.
I don’t know what happened the first time I tried this. I found all sorts of notes in the aroma and flavor that reminded me of teas I love, yet there was something I couldn’t put my finger on that bothered me about it. I wasn’t sure that I really liked it as much as I had hoped to like it.
There was definitely something different today! Last time youngest didn’t even like it, today she thought it was very good. My guest and i felt that it compared favorably with Yunnan Royal Gold from A Southern Season, having those same sweet potato notes only darker and stronger.
This tea did develop a wee bit of astringency as it cooled, but not too much. We were not even motivated to add milk to mitigate the effect. We just didn’t pick it up at all on the first cup, and noticed on the last.
I can’t believe I haven’t had this one in seven months! My two tasting notes seem to be at war with one another, one saying the tea is delicious, the other proclaiming it to be good but weak. Today I decided to be extra careful with this tea from the Fine Tea wall at Southern Season. I weighed the leaves instead of using a teaspoon because they are so long and light and fluffy that I might misjudge even when trying to be generous with the leaves. It took quite a pile to get the weight right!
My guest loved this one. She was especially enamored of the aroma of cooked sweet potato. Like most Chinese black tea, it was very smooth, and like most golden tip teas it was very sweet. I am glad we revisited this one today!
Youngest chose Baker Street for today, and I chose this one! This was the first good loose tea I ever purchased, and it is still a favorite. (My early Harney purchases were all sachets.). This is excellent tea, a Keemun that has a little less of chocolate/smoky aroma and flavor, and a little more of the burgundy grape taste. So good! I had never heard of this tea and only bought it because the company has the same name as my tea loving daughter and the tin is beautiful! I display it with two others from Grace Rare Tea on a shelf in the living room. This one is a favorite with guests.