2384 Tasting Notes
Another sample gone and I am really happy with how the sipdowns are going!
I had this with breakfast today, and while it was tasty enough, it isn’t one I would buy again. I prefer Troika and Anastasia and a few other Kusmi blends to this one, but if you like holiday tea with clove in it, you might love this one more than I do.
One year ago I said I was going to quit hoarding this, and never drank it again. I have been working so hard on sipdowns! I had enough leaf left for about four cups of tea and used half of it this morning. This is way out of date but it is still SO GOOD. It doesn’t have that sharp metallic edge I get in some flavored teas.
This is warm, sweet, creamy, and delicious. I will probably not remove it from my cupboard because I think this may have achieved desert island list status.
This was a sipdown today and I see I never even added it to my cupboard.
I liked it fine in the past. It is definitely very coconuty and sweet. But this last bit in the pouch was so sweet my guest wouldn’t drink it and asked to pour it out! There was so much oil floating on top that I poured mine out about halfway through as well. I guess it would have been better to put it in a tin and occasionally turn it upside down to redistribute the ingredients.
If you love coconut and really sweet tea, you would love this! It is definitely dessert-like. Just a bit too much for me.
I invited someone over for lunch and tea today – not a hardcore tea drinker. I asked what she usually drinks and she said she usually has a green or black, no milk or sugar. I assumed it was grocery store bags. I showed her my tea shelves and we started opening tins and sniffing, and she got excited about this one. We steeped this to have with….the same soup I mentioned in my first review of this tea. That was totally by accident, because when I made the soup to serve for lunch today I had no idea what tea we would be having!
She absolutely loved it. We drank LOTS of it. It has such a nice base. The smoke is just right. I do not like Lapsang that tastes like smoke and hot water. I really REALLY want a good base under the smoke and I want to taste the tea. My favorite smoky teas are this one, the Dammann Freres tea by the same name, and Russian Caravan by Grace Tea. This went so well with our meal.
After the meal we had matcha, Wenshan Baozhong, and Pu’er, not in that order. Maybe I will get around to reviewing how those went.
I made this gong fu style first and wrote a review for Sororitea Sisters. The following day I served it at tea time made western style and that is what I will address here.
First of all, I read a lot of hype of JJM and had high hopes. It is crazy expensive – $75 an ounce. No, I didn’t pay that. I used my reward points to buy a sample pack. I got one gong fu session and two large pots of tea out of the leaves when you include resteeps. The sample was $10. The two ounce tin is $149.
This was….good but not $75 an ounce good. It was savory like Zhen Qu from Southern Season and had hints of Golden Monkey flavors. I tried regular cups and Jianzhen cups. It just wasn’t the over-the-moon experience I was hoping it would be.
I served an out of date Tangerine White from Revolution as the other tea at tea time, and my guest said she preferred that to the JJM, and she is a black tea lover, preferring unflavored black most of all. That kind of says something.
Again, it wasn’t bad, but there are $6 an ounce teas that taste as good or better to me. I feel bad saying it because I love Harney and Sons and they and their teas have been great to me. Maybe my tastes are not refined enough to appreciate this tea. That is quite possible.
I wouldn’t mind hearing from a real JJM lover who has tried several and see how this compares for them.
I came on here excited to take this out of my cupboard as another sipdown, to discover that it wasn’t in my cupboard. My shelves and baskets DO look much better and from where I was standing I could count 96 teas with fourteen more in the living room and I wasn’t counting one other box plus my puerh stash.
The one is a lesson to me. It was a perfectly drinkable black tea to serve with lunch today, but it was way too old. When it was fresh, it was absolutely fantastic. It has faded to “just okay.” And that is my fault for buying too much tea. Lesson learned, and I am planning to continue whittling down my stash, giving away tea, icing the mediocre stuff, and making a really good list of shelf staples and having just a couple of additional just for fun teas on hand.
I have had this tea for at least ten months. I don’t know quite what to say. It is….weird.
I LOVE most The O Dor teas, with some of the blends being right at the top of my list, but this one baffles me. I don’t hate it. I wish the tin was empty and I will be relieved when it is. It just tastes weird to me.
In spite of the ingredient list, it does not taste fruity to me. I don’t even know what it does taste like to me. Besides weird.
I tried it hot again a few days ago to see if maybe the first pot I made had been a fluke. Nope, still weird. So I decided to ice it and add sugar and while I WILL drink it just to be not wasteful, I groan when I open the fridge and see it. My husband says it is odd but he doesn’t mind it and is fine with drinking it iced until it is gone.
Yes, life is short and it would probably be better to just throw it away, but we really are not wasteful and try to use, mend, repair, redo, recycle….you get the idea. And as I said, it isn’t vile, it is just super weird tasting to me. I think I have enough leaf for about two gallons. That should use it all up within a week or two. We will see.
Today is mine and the Ashman’s 33rd anniversary. We are simple folk who like simple pleasures, so to celebrate we split an everything bagel from Panera at home. He picked up while I made tea.
Da Hong Pao teas can be so different from each other. I had one from a Chinese friend that was almost like drinking a cup of hot cocoa. This one reminds me more of a roasted Dong Ding.
We made three steeps Western style in an 18 ounce pot. Temp was about 190F and I kept it to 3 minutes.
This one really isn’t chocolate-y at all. The texture is thin but silky and goes down smoothly. It is heavily roasted as promised but isn’t smokey, just roasty. It is also a bit nutty, so toasted walnuts are coming to mind for me.
This is an older tea and I will be working on it as my next sipdown. I am eager to try it gongfu because I don’t think I have done that yet with this one. I bet it will be awesome.
Song pairing, cuz it is my anniversary and I am listening to this song over and over this morning. (He isn’t home right now so the repeat doesn’t bother him! I am not that cruel!)
We watch very little tv but we are enjoying this gentle little show.
So here is yet another tea I had failed to add to my cupboard. Although I am finishing teas faster than I am buying new ones, I still have too many and I am discovering a ton of them have never been added on here. I never add my samples anyway, so there are probably double the number listed in my cupboard.
Tonight was Bible study night, and a big part of our gathering is snacks and tea. We have a good kettle and there are some teas in the church kitchen but I usually take my own. Tonight I took this one.
Anyone expecting a white tea to be bland or light on flavor hasn’t reckoned on just how flavored this one is. The aroma while steeping is powerful chocolate and rich vanilla, really more of a white almond bark scent.
For sipping, this one keeps the almond bark vibe and is almost thick with the richness of the flavor, but the mint really makes a strong impression here. The mint lingers well past the vanilla and almond, so this doesn’t really get too heavy. It is a good tea for a flavored sachet.
The first time I ever had it was at the Barnes and Noble cafe. The only thing I could taste was paper cup, so I am glad I gave this a try at home.