1965 Tasting Notes
A longer review will be up on www.itsallabouttheleaf.com eventually, but I’ll log it quickly and mention this is loads better than grocery-store brand orange pekoe varieties. Perfect for milk. Nice with a little sweet 1/2 and 1/2 this morning.
I’ve been dying to write this one up for several days, but had to consult with a buddy to see what loveliness lurked in the little foil sharing pouch.
This Keemun is superlative. The dry scent is pretty keemuny, maybe a little lighter than some, but don’t let that fool you. It is rich and brothy and has beautiful harvest-season burgundy grape notes to it. Straight up, no additives whatsoever.
Pooh. It went bitter on me and I can’t figure out why. Couldn’t possibly be my disposition. (Spent a one-step-forward, two-steps-back morning trying to comprehend real estate paperwork with federal strings attached plus a run to the county courthouse to do whatever mysterious recording of said paperwork is needed go eventually get a roof over our heads. And that was all before reporting for the day job :) Our work microwave is actually strong enough to get water to a good rolling boil, so … oh, well.
Still discovering things we haven’t thought to replace post-tornado; our pharmaceutical stash is pretty thin, so this is fast becoming my go-to cure for whatever ails me. Tummy, congestion, headache all seem to be lightened a little by a cup of this good strong mint. I believe those Ozark grannies and yarb women knew what they were doing :)
I’ve only had a couple of genmaicha varieties; this is definitely the better one.
I was a little suspicious since the hibiscus was the first on the ingredient list, but lazy and in a hurry (are those terms contradictory?) so I just dumped the bag in the cup and stuck it in the work microwave.
Nice surprise. No tartness! Just good and fruity. Kudos to CS for a fruit tea that doesn’t break you out in a sour sweat.
It’s fun to get a tea treat (thanks, Doulton!) that you have no preconceived notions about and then to be absolutely blown away by how good it is. As good as getting a birthday present.
This is an excellent pairing, It steeped almost a dark walnut color; smells fruity and barky. The first word that popped into my mind when I tasted this was “clarity .” It’s not murky or bitter (Darjeelings can turn on you if you’re not careful); must be the snappy Yunnan keeping it in line.
A lovely warm-me-up after being out on a chill and soggish day.