2273 Tasting Notes
I don’t always keep this one on hand but we buy it now and then for old times’ sake. This is the first “good” tea we ever experienced, so it holds a special place in my youngest daughter’s heart and she asks for it sometimes. On that note, this week I found an invitation to a tea party that I made for my oldest daughter about 18 years ago! Those early dress up tea parties are how we got started on hot tea, except that daughter doesn’t drink it at all. Only the younger ones do!
Trying this iced again, and again I was surprised how very smokey it tasted. I didn’t add milk or sugar this time. Once I told myself to forget about the syrupy Southern sweet tea of my youth and keep an open mind, I decided I rather like this! And it got even better when I started licking the beaters from the creme de menthe filling I just made for our iced brownies. Mmmmmm. Somehow the two flavors went together very well! Now I am making the chocolate topping and can’t wait to try it with that! :)
I almost made a pot of breakfast tea but decided I wanted to do something without milk and sugar this morning. I chose Rose Scented, and to experiment with it a little more I added one teaspoon of Jasmine Black, a Southern Season tea I don’t particularly care for hot. I can not say that it added anything to this tea, and I won’t be making it this way again. It is drinkable, but not as enjoyable. Jasmine Black will now be relegated to the cold and with vanilla added category so I can get rid of it!
Rose Scented is great by itself, or as Jacqueline suggested, with a good black tea that you really like. I like it best with no milk or sugar at all, no matter how I have mixed it or changed it up. I think next time I will be mixing it with Queen Catherine or Keemun Mao Feng again. Hmmm, I wonder how it would mix with Golden Snail? That may be my next post….
It is a hot day, but this is an easy tea to drink even in how weather because the fruitiness is so refreshing! I am finding that I prefer my oolongs and greens after they have cooled a bit – not cold, just nicely warm but not too hot. Otherwise I don’t pick up the flavors as well. It was hard to wait for this one to cool down!
I had a tea guest today who is a coffee drinker and usually only drinks breakfast tea with milk and sugar on special occasions. She tried Paris first, liked it a lot, and decided to give this one a try. She liked it! And took it plain, as did I.
I need to make a pot of iced….
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.