2236 Tasting Notes
I have been asked to participate in a breast cancer study and a nurse was coming today for a 2 1/2 hour interview. We made this tea because I find that even non-tea lovers drink it. When offered this one or Pomegranate Oolong, she said she preferred black tea and would like to try Paris. As she reached for the sugar, I told her she might want to taste it first as most people find it naturally sweet. She loved it! I feel a little jealous sometimes when people take these teas without sugar right away. I took years to get to that place! :) She liked it so well that she wanted to try the other tea, too. That review coming up!
I am LOVING this tea! I decided to try a resteep of the sachet and see how it held up. The color is as deep as the first steep. There is still a lot of pineapple aroma though less pineapple flavor, and the tea base is very good. I feel like I am drinking a really good oolong. This is so smooth. The description says this is an Indian tea base, I don’t know anything more specific, but the tummy rumbles I get from assams and the tummy burn I get from darjeeling isn’t happening. Oh no! Smooth as silk. It is now imperative that I get a tetsubin ASAP so I can keep a pot of this on a warmer and sip sip sip all day long when I am in the mood for it! I will be near a Teavana on July 1st so I think that dragonfly pot may be coming home with me. If anyone has a cast iron pot they love, let me know where you got it before I buy if it is something I can look at online!
This had a lovely orange aroma – like the fresh-squeezed orangeade at the corner drug store when I was in college. That is the main scent I picked up – the smell you get when you are peeling an orange, very natural, not artifical. The tea base did not seem as smooth to me as the Tropical Green. While this one was very good hot, I didn’t care for it iced or iced and sweetened. There seemed to be a hint of bitterness. For now, Tropical Green wins hot, iced, and iced and sweetened. If you are not a pineapple fan, though, this one would be a great tea for you to try.
I went to Barnes and Noble tonight and just couldn’t stay away from the Harney tins. I have had tea there and they RUINED it, though, so I asked if they would sell me a couple of bags without making the tea so I could make it at home. She looked at me like I had two heads! But then she said, “Suuuuurrre, I don’t see why not.” And she sold me two bags for the price of one cup of tea!
I tried this one first and it was delicious! It is going on my next order because it is the best green tea I think I have tried to date. It is very, very smooth. I tried my 12 ounces first hot, then over ice, then over ice and sweetened. All were good, and even my hubby (!!!!) liked it. Buying!
Just for JacquelineM, I put this together before leaving for a wedding in Charleston, SC. She suggested the pairing, so I used one tsp. of each, thinking that my mug was 12 ounces. I found out later that it only holds ten with the infuser in it, but it didn’t do any harm. The extra leaf didn’t make this bitter or too strong.
The first thing I noticed was how peppery the rose smelled, just like what I get from some Yunnan teas. I didn’t notice this when I made Rose Scented plain, but picked it up when I mixed it with Mao Feng yesterday and today with Queen Catherine. Perhaps it was there and I just didn’t notice the first time I made it.
The tea itself is very, very smooth. I added no sugar or milk but it is sweet and good. The rose has taken a back seat, almost too much so. I picked it up more in the aftertaste, but as I continued drinking I tasted it a little more. Perhaps a better ratio for blending this for me is 2/3 rose with 1/3 other black tea.
For the last half of this mug, I added sugar to see what effect it would have. I actually DISLIKE it with sugar! The light rose was all the sweetness this needed.
For my morning cup, I think I still prefer to make Queen Catherine or English Breakfast (100% Keemun) and add milk and sugar. For an after breakfast cup, this is VERY nice. I don’t think that I prefer it over the Rose Scented by itself, but changing things up is good!
So Jacqueline, the final verdict is…..Rose Scented tastes great mixed with Queen Catherine, and no additions needed!
I will try to find out the source of this tea, but even looking at the photos and descriptions I can’t say for certain which company this tea came from originally.
The first impression – Oh, the aroma! This smelled like gardenias to me, so I am guessing it is one of the ones that have jasmine flowers added. I couldn’t stop sniffing that lovely aroma from the cup! The taste was sweet and good, the tea was slightly astringent, but the gardenia scent combined with the sweet floral flavor made it well worth the drinking! This was very enjoyable. I need to try it again, because so many of these contain prange peel or orange oil, and I did not pick up orange flavor in this – just floral, but a good kind, not cloying, sickening, or soap-y.
Now, because I love Harney and Sons so much, I want to try their Osmanthus Oolong and see if it is similar!
Just four months ago, I stated that I needed milk and sugar with this one because it is so strong. Today I took sans additions and did a double take. It was delicious – plain! There was an almost minty high note – probably a high grown Ceylon in there somewhere – and the assam really grounded it and added earthiness. Everyone enjoyed this one.
Taking a cue from JacquelineM, we prepared this one today with 3 parts Rose Scented to 1 part Keemun Mao Feng. It was delicious, it was lovely, it was sweet! I could not tell a big difference from how it tasted when steeping just Rose Scented by itself, so I think I may try it again with a 1/1 ratio. The experimenting is fun, but I do also love this one just as it is. Today I noticed more of the spicy-peppery rose scent than I did before, and perhaps it was the addition of Mao Feng that brought that out for me. We took it sans additions – this is sweet and smooth.
Comparing the Rose Congou with this, I would say Rose Congou is slightly bolder (but not brash!) and maybe has a tiny touch of astringency, but a good kind that lets you know you are drinking TEA! They are both great teas. I agree with JacquelineM, there is a place for both in the cupboard!
Feeling adventurous yesterday, I decided to try this one as a cold brew iced tea. It is….the same tea only cold! What surprised me most is how the smokey flavor is just as strong. I always take my hot breakfast teas with milk and sugar, and after tasting it plain, I decided to try this one iced with milk and sugar. (My father started adding milk to his iced tea – he called it “tilk” – when I was a teenager because he got ulcers. HEY WAIT! It wasn’t my fault! The timing just hit me…)
Anyway, it isn’t terrible, but I definitely prefer this one hot. It is smooth, just strong enough, and comforting while bracing you for the day when it is prepared as a hot tea.
My youngest daughter was asked to prepare tea for a tea party for 5 adults today at the home of a neighbor who is not a tea drinker. She chose Paris, Florence, and Royal Wedding by Harney and Sons, and Marco Polo by Mariages Freres. The results surprised us!
The hands down winner was….Royal Wedding! I wonder if the 99 degree heat today made them love the coconut, which I think of as summer-y thanks to memories of Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil. Most surprisingly, Paris was liked but not one of the favorites, even though it is my go-to tea for non-tea drinkers and usually gets people hooked. Florence was the second favorite, drawing lots of ooo’s and aah’s. Marco Polo was the first tea they tried, and they didn’t say much about it other than loving the aroma of the dry leaves (she encouraged them to get the full experience!) but she think perhaps they were just getting warmed up and were getting a “feel” for tea! She said it was probably tied with Paris in popularity.
I am so happy that my “little one” had this opportunity to make tea, share her tea love with a group of adults, and have a fun afternoon meeting all these new ladies! They asked her if we go from home to home making and selling tea. When she told them that we just enjoy having people over to share tea, they told her she should make it a business! Hmmm, maybe a variation on the old lemonade stands???