2150 Tasting Notes
Enjoying an absolutely delicious Sunday break, bathing in a sunbeam aimed directly on my rocking chair (although Tazo is glaring at me because he claims to be the rightful owner of any and all winter sunshine spots).
Close to hand is this nice, silky, buttery oolong from our new favorite shop in the Ozarks. Its fruit flavor and scent is not far from peach cobbler, and while I don’t generally choose oolongs first, I’m glad hubby talked me into bringing this home. Little pricey, so I hope it holds up well in subsequent steeps.
You would have laughed at my Sunday church kids—10 and 11 year olds. They asked me for another tea and cocoa day, and it was fun watching them paw through my chest of random bags and man the electric kettle like grown-ups. Shiloh loves Good Earth Sweet and Spicy with enough sugar to fill a hummingbird feeder; David insists he only likes “sweet tea,” and Jonathan, on a dare, tried a cup of Lapsang Souchong: “Hey, that’s not so bad!”
This is a sweeter, gentler alternative to PG Tips :) and is a particular favorite of my husband, who ordered a ridiculous bulk quantity on Amazon. The Bigelow folks don’t disclose what kind of black tea they use, but it has a Ceylon-ish feel to it, but with enough caffeine to make you know you drank it.
(What’s a Ceylon-ish feel? Um…second tenor in the choir, not bass. James Taylor, not Joe Cocker. A well-used copper pot. Don’t I analyze my teas scientifically?)
This is my first David’s tea, and my first thought upon opening the packet was, “Oooh, I smell maple!” That was quickly followed up by “Where’s the tea?” This is full of dibbins and nubbins of fruit and other ingredients.
Hubby’s comment was much the same on his first sip: “I get the maple, but where’s the oolong?”
Don’t get me wrong…this is still extremely tasty; great for afternooners when you need a sip of something sweet. But the general impression it leaves is maple with fruit, not pancakes and waffles. I think it just needs to be more accurately renamed.
Second run-through of this CTC…at its hottest, just off the steep, it is strong (I’m sticking with the dark pumpernickel descriptor I used previously) and smooth; as it cools, it starts acting like those stupid alarm clocks that get LOUDER AND LOUDER IF YOU DON’T SHUT THEM OFF. Sharp and brash. Which is OK. sometimes I need brash to get moving in the morning.
Realistically, this would be best toned down with a bit of milk and sugar. Builders’ tea.
Oh…British tea…(rabbit warning)! If you are a historical mystery fan, have you discovered Maisie Dobbs? Spans post WWI to (currently) early WWII and the London blitz. Delicious storytelling. At any rate, I’m reading the blitz installment and it mentioned a wartime tea ration of 2 ounces per person per week. So today’s tea chat topic…how would you manage?
Welcome to just over 18 hours in southwest Missouri: 65 degrees F, severe thunderstorms, tornado warnings, flash flooding, areal flooding, winter storm advisories, freezing rain, and sleet/snow that goes “snick” against the window. Weather that goes “snick” isn’t much fun. Temps in the teens anticipated for tonight.
But as it was a great day to stay in, I made a full pot of this lovely, mocha-y, chocolatey pu-erh. The scent is as good as sniffing the liner of a Whitman’s chocolate sampler :)
I’m not going to scroll through umpteen years of history, but I don’t think I have ever tried Harney’s EB. Sample handed to me by a friend at work, so that means sloppy and distracted steeping. Very drinkable, but I didn’t get the lovely hay and burlap vibe that I like about Keemuns. Should’ve paid more attention!
Therefore, I deliberately oversteeped the first pot to accommodate his palate. I got “bitter with a little bit of floral.” Some reviews mention orchids, and I get that. Hubby just got orchids.
Second steep (same leaves) was equally dark and much smoother, not so flowery. More drinkable by my standards.
Looking forward to another stab at this, based on my own preferences. Reviews also mention cocoa and I am all about that!
Although PG Tips are accessible locally in the bagged version, loose-leaf hasn’t been around, judging from my tasting notes, for 5-6 years. The drought is over. The family Giftmeister saw to it that there was a multi-pack under the Christmas tree. So glad to have some back under my roof. Winter morning wakey-wakey is getting harder these days.
For those of you who have never imbibed, the only way to describe PG Tips is “just plain good strong tea.” No flavory or flowery nuances, a little sharp on the tongue if you steep too long; a lovely blank canvas for milk.