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1112 Tasting Notes

Thomas is gone :( All of my winter break black tea with milk and sugar drinking did him in. He was gutsy, malty, and delicious to the end! Many thanks to ashmanra for giving me this last, precious tin.

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ashmanra

He wants you to be happy. Buy some more tea.

LadyLondonderry

Sorry you had to bid farewell to your great love Thomas. Perhaps it will cheer you a bit to see this tea I just noticed on Upton’s site — when I saw the pic I thought, “Is that Golden Snail??” It isn’t, but it looks and sounds a lot like it: http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=ZY07

Wish I’d seen this before I quick-ordered my usual Keemun Heng Ru this morning!

JacquelineM

LadyL – that looks fantastic! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, especially since I’m so low on black Chinese tea these days!

LadyLondonderry

You’re most welcome. Perhaps it will inspire another poem! :)

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This is another of my tagalong purchases, and I decided to try it out because I have one of those rotten headaches which caffeine and a few moments with my eyes closed seem to help. Nice to pop a sachet in a cup when not feeling at my best.

Stout and delicious! I am surprised how smooth it is for being so robust. I am getting that unsweetened chocolate flavor which I absolutely love. It tastes nothing like coffee, but definitely shares its heft. I do think this would be fantastic first thing in the morning, and with food. I also think this will resteep well – and am going to try that out in a few minutes.

I can also feel my headache easing.

I am so constantly and consistently impressed with Harney & Sons teas, year after year after year!

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gmathis

Yummy yummo yummy yummy bop bop bop (I’m listening to David Grisman and Jerry Garcia’s kids’ album on Pandora and that fits the little mandolin riff they’re playing.) In full-tilt “kid” mode today; writing. I could use a stout royal kick to keep me focused!

ashmanra

This is the tea my youngest got hooked on when we first started drinking “better” teas. I try to keep a tin on hand because she occasionally asks for it still, although right now she is on a Lapsang kick!

JacquelineM

ashmanra – I think your youngest and I have similar tastes – she’s the Harney Vanilla Black lover too, right? I think Lapsangs might come to me in a year or so — still at “slightly smoky” :) but they are my husband’s favorite! P.S. I think Vanilla black is slightly smoky due to that tarry vanilla bean flavor it has.

JacquelineM

gmathis – after I read my note post tea and post headache I fixed several grammatical mistakes in my tasting notes- he hee! I needed a stout royal kick too!

gmathis

I’m turning into a lazy writer … I have good-natured and patient copy editors who sweetly and quietly unravel my grammatical knots :)

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I’ve been on Winter Break, living la vida loca (which for me means drinking black tea at 7, sometimes 8 pm and staying up late watching movies!!! Wild, I tell you). This has been my go-to, especially since the party usually includes holiday cookies. It is flavorful and bold enough still to stand up to my favorite monster chocolate chips (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-big-fat-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookie/) without tasting weak (like many of my otherwise favorites have when paired) or competing with the flavor of the cookie (like my flavored teas do). Classic, epitome of black tea flavor!

P.S. – I’m reading a diary of WWII called Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson – an account of everyday life by an everyday Londoner. Tea figures prominently! People were rationed to 2oz tea per person per week in the period I’m reading about right now (early 1940s) (!!!) and they really DO make a pot of tea each time life throws something they need to cope with at them, and they always feel strengthened by their cup of tea! She notes that when something particularly awful happened, the person would need 5 or 7 cups of tea to be a bit restored! It’s so interesting to read the huge roll our favorite little leaf played in the daily life of the British at this time.

http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/books/few-eggs-and-no-oranges/ if interested!

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TeaBrat

That sounds like a really interesting book!

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My husband has some breathing issues — allergies? asthma? and this tea helps. I drink it, too — I figure the herbs in it like Echinacea purpurea root are good for the immune system. The taste. Well. It is certainly acquired. It tastes like incense to me, but I think that’s the cinnamon mixing with the fennel. A little honey helps. The more you drink it, the more you think it’s interesting instead of nasty :) I’m just glad it makes my husband breathe easier.

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This one wins the JacquelineM “most delightful to drink new tea released in 2012” award :) That little extra citrus at least doubles if not triples the delight factor of the already very, very fine Earl Grey Supreme. I love this one in all weathers, all times of the year. The tin makes me smile. The sachets have the perfect amount of tea in them. It resteeps beautifully three times. Well done, Misters Harney, well done!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

I have finally achieved Paris Perfection for my Palate (and Situation)!

:)

Palate: One “stick” of Demerara sugar. This is just a long, thin sugar packet of Demerara sugar. It has 3.5 g of sugar (and a teaspoon has approx 4.2) which is great — just a leeeetle less than a teaspoon is what I like.

Situation: I work in a very olde building in a city, and we have an Office Mouse (humor me that it’s One Mouse). He just ate our peanut butter cups yesterday! I think a container of honey with its inevitable drips may attract his attention more then these closed packets which have a plastic bag around them in my tight little drawer. I can use honey at home.

The resulting cuppa is jammy and sweet and a real treat. I like that 3.5 g of sugar can move something from Pretty Good to Divine Decadence!

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gmathis

Enjoy the mouse-itude. It made Jo March more productive!

Sil

awesome!

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drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
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Oooooooh Lychee! You are sweet, fruity, and rosy. You blend so well with this medium bodied Chinese tea base. I love you and you make me smile! (I think lychee must have what jasmine has — a substance that makes me happy!)

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LadyLondonderry

I think they are known as jacquiphoric compounds. ;)

JacquelineM

I am so keeping that word forever:)

ashmanra

I thought I had tried lychee and found it horrible. Then I tried a tea with lychee and loved it. Thanks to a shop we went in yesterday, I know that what I tried was Longan, and I think there must have been something wrong with it because it did NOT taste the way wiki describes it! It tasted like Tilex Bathroom cleaner, of which I can not abide the smell!

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I’ve been drinking this one a lot in the evening. The stress of the end of semester times two (I both work at a University and attend a University!) can get to me, and I have a bit of trouble sleeping. Luckily this is very easy to drink — some nights I even have two cups. Lightly minty, and apple-y from the chamomile, and herbaceous in a good way from the mugwort et al. Honey makes it even nicer.

Do I have wild dreams? No! But I do feel very dreamy when I drink it, and slip right into dreamland.

P.S. Now that gmathis received her Lady Grey Green card (I really did paint one after our conversation about Harney’s Canton Green tea) I can show you all a snap of it!

https://twitter.com/i/#!/jackiemania/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FdCvd83RM

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ashmanra

I can’t see it! I don’t have a twitter account. :(

Calochortus

This sounds like a really wonderful tea! Best of luck with the end of the semester!

JacquelineM

ashmanra – I just put it on flickr so you can see :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackiemania/

gmathis

I’m glad you posted it! (I’ve finally started taking snaps of cards before I send them out … don’t know why I didn’t start that habit sooner.)

ashmanra

You DREW that? Gah! That is amazing! A beautiful card!

Kashyap

has a nice nouveau feel to it

gmathis

…and your posted photos are gorgeous, too!

JacquelineM

Thanks, everyone!

gmathis – I started taking a camera when I accompany my husband (who is an actual great photographer!) on expeditions and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

So I forgot to bring honey or sugar in for my Paris, but I was so in the mood for it this morning. I got the idea in my head to mix it with Golden Monkey. I was hoping that the honeyed sweetness of GM would act like a sweetener, and take that little bit of bitterness away.

Success! I have a less berried and vanilla-ed cuppa, but it’s much naturally sweeter and a pleasure to drink sans additions. I may take it like this all the time — I much rather tea blend than use sugar :) although I’m still yearning to try it with honey to try and replicate Tower of London. It also resteeps better, as the GM is a beautiful resteeper.

One more thing – Eee — look how cute my new brew mug is! http://www.premiumsteap.com/p-503-fox-mug.aspx

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KeenTeaThyme

And a second like for that cutie mug! :)

Ysaurella

too cute, I love the fox

CupofTree

It is cute! I saw an owl one just like that, wish I knew the website.

JacquelineM

Also — it looks like there is a bird one too (Put a bird on it! Portlandia!) http://www.svtea.com/Owl-Tea-Infuser-Mug/productinfo/A1739/

JacquelineM

Ooops – that should have been http://www.svtea.com/Red-Bird-Toile-Tea-Infuser-Mug/productinfo/A1781/ I was thinking too hard about how funny Portlandia is (awww who’d throw that out!?!)

CupofTree

wow thanks for the link! yay! haha put a bird on it!! oh god portlandia lol

CupofTree

the bird one is kinda cute too. man I really want the owl one!!

Sil

that is really cute!

ashmanra

Oh, I love the birdie one! The owl is cute, too. My daughter and my BFF would want that one.

LadyLondonderry

Hmmm, your honey plan is making me wonder if combining decaf Paris with a soupcon of Elyse’s Blend would produce similar ToL-esque results. I might have to conduct a controlled study this weekend.

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We’re out of coffee beans, so I wanted at choose a tea with some muscle to get me kinda, sorta going today. I chose this one because, it is the holiday time now!! Eee!

Anyway – since this is the THIRD holiday season I’m enjoying this tea, it has lost a bit of its snowflake glitter :( Those cranberry notes are no longer singing. It’s still a good cuppa, but the lesson I’ve been learning this year – that I need to have less tea so that I can drink them all in their prime – is sticking like a pine needle into my side! Ouch!

I think I’ll now enjoy this as more of an afternoonish blend. Yes, with holiday cookies :) What do you all do with teas that are not what they once were? Make iced tea? Blend with something else? Donate to the compost pile?

I did pretty well this year, but 2013 must be the year I get down to 30 teas!!! Pinkyswear!

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gmathis

Wow…that’s focus! (I think I have this subconscious fear that fewer teas mean fewer posts, and we just can’t have that!) But a similar resolution would be in order here, too. My—sorta—goal is a small library of “staples” and a manageable basket of fun swaps and samples. Until I find something else I want :)

Ysaurella

I love the pic of the tea :) it sounds nice as well (even if a little aged)

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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