53 Tasting Notes
I’ve been wanting to try “Eight at the Fort” ever since I read about it:
In June of 1997, President Bill Clinton hosted a G8 (Group of Eight) summit in Denver. One of the events was at a friend’s restaurant: the Arnold’s The Fort that is high above the city. We were commissioned to do a special tea for that event. So we carefully chose eight special teas that would combine together in the hope of a better future.
I decided to dig around on the interwebs and see if I could find this restaurant, and I DID! It hardly has the looks of anything elegant, and at first I found it hard to believe that a G8 was held there … but it’s true. I am very impressed with this tea. Smooth, almost velvet-like. Just a really good cuppa. WONDERFUL.
Something about this time of year gets me in the mood to drink as much earl grey as I can, it truly is one of my favorite types of tea. This tea is one of New Mexico Tea Company’s bestsellers so I was eager to try it. I was just so unimpressed with this blend. There’s no cream in this as far as I could tell, it’s floral and tastes mainly of cornflowers. Give it a go, you might like it.
I was in the mood to try a plain, black breakfast tea, straight up pure. This tea isn’t bad, but it’s nothing to write home about. It tasted just like any other cheap breakfast tea except without nuances of flavors. For the price, $3.00/ounce, you can do better. For my money, I prefer Upton Tea’s River Shannon Breakfast Blend, Yorkshire Gold or even the old standard PG Tips. This tea is average and I will finish what I got, but it’s not a repurchase.
I bought the tin with the sachets. What a lovely tin it is! This is going to sound crazy, but this tea tastes similar to Harney & Son’s Paris, only better and more mellow. It must be the addition of honey to this one. It has a beautiful color when steeped. If I had to choose this over Paris I would choose this one. Bliss.
This tea has been on my amazon wish list for about a year, and I was lucky enough to receive 2 tins of them for christmas last year (thanks, Mickey & Devon)! This a hugely popular tea among tea drinkers, and one of Harney’s best sellers. According to their website : “This tea smells like an early grey with black currant and vanilla aromas and a hint of caramel.” I can’t say I smell the same things. This tea is definitely different – it’s like nothing I’ve ever had. Somewhat floral (I don’t like floral teas) somewhat fruity, somewhat … tea? It’s a taste and aroma I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s somewhat reminiscent, somewhat new. Do I like it? Yes, but it’s not something I would drink all day long, but it IS something I would reach for on a regular basis. I’m over the moon I have back up supplies!! One can never have enough tea. Another bonus is that whenever I drink this, I think of a scene from “Father Ted” when Father Ted starts singing “I love Paris …. in the springtime….” HA
This tea is popular for a reason! Try it!
I decided to give The Tea Table another try – I had ordered from them a while back and was only over the moon with one of their teas – Orange Cookie Tea. THAT tea is so delicious I had to order it again, but everything else I ordered left me cold.
I’m SO glad I did! Maybe I got a bad order last time, maybe I chose the wrong flavors, but this time I have been so impressed wth the selections.
Triple Threat Temptation is AMAZING! Seriously! Chocolate, coconut, creamy goodness for reals! Next time I’m adding a bit of heavy cream or milk