2236 Tasting Notes
Another stiff, sore morning compounded by a sore throat. I need the Queen! Also, America’s Test Kitchen recommended Annie’s Organic Yellow Mustard and no one in my town stocks it. I was able to buy it yesterday at Whole Foods when we went to the airport in our capital city to pick up my daughter. I just had to try it on my cheese toast this morning! Both tea and mustard are excellent.
Side note: We had released our mole in woods near my MIL’s house. Got a call from middle daughter yesterday that there is a mole trail in the backyard at MIL’s. Hubby says he hasn’t seen mole trails in his mom’s yard in over twenty years. So…hooray! Diggory is most likely alive and well, and shhhhh! We are not admitting where we released the mole…we think it must have been a tracking mole and it is looking for the little girl who fed it worms and cuddled it. Sob! Another “girl and her mole” story!
Turned on Pandora, Spa Suite radio. Nice. Warm the tetsubin. Light the tea light candle.
Measure the leaves, change mind about basket wanting to give leaves more room, get confused about which basket, drop tea all over counter beside salt pig, which for the first time I have ever seen has salt around it on the counter. Sob! Wash leaves, discard the ones closest to salt pig.
Steep. Read reviews and realize you have used too many leaves and for too long. Sob! Drink anyway, not bad, but a ittle astringent. Steep leaves again briefly and add to tetsubin. Burn fingers on lid. Cast iron is very hot. Replace lid. Cast iron is STILL VERY HOT. I refuse to be undone!
The tea had a wonderful floral aroma as I poured the first water on the leaves, and upon steeping smells very vegetal, like something we call tender greens here in the South. With the second short steep added to the pot now the astringency is somewhat abated. Very nice tea. Lovely floral upper note. I shall endeavor to enjoy every sip. It was hard won.
Thank you, Quiltguppy! Today is prep day for school starting and I was determined to enjoy a little peace before I begin!
Oh Doulton, I can’t believe you sent me a whole tin of this, but I am so glad you did!
Many Indian teas and I don’t get along, or if I do drink them they have to have milk and sugar to soothe my tummy. That is why you won’t see Indian tea reviewed on tea party day much, because we adults take everything plain that day, so I just don’t serve anything I know I can’t drink plain!
But this….this….is…good…tea. It isn’t as strong as I thought it would be, but my mouth literally watered when I leaned over and sniffed the tea in my cup. And though a few people have mentioned a raisin-y aroma, I swear I think I pick up something fruity like a hint of grape aroma, perhaps muscatel or scuppernong – the aroma of which takes me back to when I got caught in a bear trap under my great aunt’s scuppernong vines when I was seven, but I digress.
I just drank three cups of this with no additions at all, and youngest, who really enjoys Indian teas, drank hers with hearty pleasure, adding milk and sugar. The pot is empty, but I need not fret. There is a whole tin of this delightful strapping fellow in my kitchen! This is the best Indian black tea I have tried to date. Thank you again, Doulton!
Thanks to Jennifer and teawing I have been wanting to try this for two days! I don’t recall ever having a Creme Earl Grey so I am not sure how this would compare, but I find it very tasty. This is also my first time having Harney and Sons Earl Grey, so I really want to try it standing alone as well. In the past I have had their Earl Grey Supreme and Imperial Earl Grey. EGS is my favorite, but for bergamot lovers, I think the sachets of Imperial Earl Grey maybe stronger on bergamot.
From what I can tell in this mix, this Earl Grey is of moderate strength. I tried it first without additions and it was smooth and somewhat mild, not too much. I added sugar, which really brought out the bergamot, then milk, which made the creaminess of the vanilla shine. All in al, a delightful cup of tea as I chill out to Spa Suite Radio on Pandora and hide from the 95 degree temps I was just hanging out clothes in…
This was the second tea served at tea party today. The aroma grabbed up as soon as I poured. Delicious stuff! This is one of the least smokey Keemun teas I have ever had, and it does have that hint of wine. It is a pretty full bodied tea, not overly sweet but sweet and smooth enough to be enjoyed absolutely plain. Very nice!
Many thanks to Quiltguppy for this tea! A friend and I tried this one today. The dry leaves smell like candy! Really really like candy! The aroma of the steeped tea is lovely and sweet. I thought it smelled like cherry candy at this point. The green tea base was very smooth…I am thinking it is probably a Chinese green. A lovely tea and very tasty! I may have go pick up a tin next time I go to A Southern Season.
Thanks to Doodleology, there was a tin of this in my mailbox today! Tea party was two days late this week because of a very full schedule, so this worked out well. The tea is fairly light in color, but the aroma is dark dark! It is a scent I associate with toasted walnuts, and one of my favorite characteristics to find in a oolong. At first I just wasn’t getting any reason for having cassia in the name, but after eating some seriously sweet goodies I took a sip and said, “There it is!”
The contrast now made me pick up a very light and delicate spicy flavor, certainly not as strong as actual cinnamon in the tea, just a hint, a mere breath, of spicy note. Very good! Thank you, Doodleology!
It may be cheating just a wee bit to log this tea again since i didn’t actually drink it, but for the information contained herein I hope it will be useful!
A friend who loves plain puer came over and I had her sniff the sachet I had saved from this morning. She fell in love with the aroma so I told her I would give resteeping a try. I added about twenty seconds to the steep time. After the first sip, she said, “We have to order some of this!”
I am taking this as a favorable sign concerning the resteepability of this tea!
Thank you, again, Doulton! Oh, and my tummy is all happy now. Puer always seems to help.