1112 Tasting Notes

drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
1112 tasting notes

Some of the Emperor and an Everything Bagel! Heaven!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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This tea is really helping me cope today! I am back in work despite not feeling 100% and this honey sweet tea is keeping me upright. I’ve already had three magic elixir cups! It turns even more gentle and milky on later steeps. Mmmm!

It went well with my white whole wheat “coffee” cake – if you are trying to get more whole grains into your life, try this!

http://www.cookiemadness.net/2008/08/easy-whole-wheat-walnut-coffee-cake/

Super easy and so delicious!

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

This looks awesome & yummy! I think I need to try it with all fave teas!

Infusin_Susan

Sounds great!

ashmanra

That looks delicious! And I love anything with walnuts or pecans added. I am glad the Monkey is helping you through the day. Long Live the Monkey!

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drank Fellini's Folly by SerendipiTea
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Soothing and minty. I’m not sure what kind of rooibos is in here but oh it’s so rich! This tisane brews to such a dark and flavorful cuppa. It takes milk and a little sugar so well just like a “real” cup of tea :) Wonderful choice for the evening.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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One more day at home with this cold. I needed a sweet treat – Coconut Chai to the rescue! So much rich flavor, and so nice to just pop the bag into the hot water when you are not well. I love how this almost tastes like a liqueur has been added!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I haven’t heard of this one before – sounds delicious! Must. Purchase. ASAP. :)

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The cold has won for today. Home with a tea that reminds me of being sick as a kid only 100000000000000000 times better, Mountain Malt. I’m sure a medicinal tisane with no milk or sugar would be better for me physically, but oooooooooh this is so perfect for me emotionally :) Rich malty comfort.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Feel better, Jacqueline!

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drank Ginger by Yogi Tea
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We had a cozy pot of this to end our weekend. Funny how this has morphed into one of my favorites! I love that spicysweet that I get by adding crystallized ginger slices and honey, and it’s very cost effective to have one bag make two cups :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’ve managed to pick up a little spring cold, and knew I wouldn’t be tasting right today. I chose this tea for the citrus, and was sad but not surprised it tasted like…berries! It was still enjoyable and soothing, which is all that matters :) It was my last spoonful from Jaime’s generous sample. Thanks again!!!

I put some Rosy Earl Grey in for the next steep and…yep. Berries. I guess having everything taste like berries is a pretty good way to have your tastebuds wackadoo!

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

Jacqueline…happy to hear you were still able to enjoy the flavor, even though you felt you taste buds were a tad off. Hope you continue to enjoy the Governor Gray, in sickness and in health!
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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We had this last night, and I liked it even better than last time (which is saying something, because I quite liked it already!). Once I accepted and expected the Ceylon flavor profile, I was able to get on with the business of simply enjoying a great cup of plain tea at 9pm! Horray!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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Sit down everyone! There is a plain, black, decaf tea that ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE TEA! No strange chemical taste. No horrible dirty dishwater weakness. A solidly good cup of tea that I would quite pleasurably drink during the day, even if it was not decaf! A minor miracle!!!!!

Now, that being said, this is not the best cup of tea you will ever have. It definitely has that Ceylon profile – bright and lemony – which isn’t my favorite. It does not knock you down with deliciousness, like most of my daily drinkers. But it’s a gosh darn good cup of classic tea that you can have at 9pm and not stay up all night! I’m amazed!

Thank you ashmanra for another tea love!!!! This one is getting ordered!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Making a note for future shopping!

Infusin_Susan

You know, this doesn’t surprise me, given that Vanilla Comoro is such a great decaf tea. I’ll have to make a note of this one for my next Harney’s purchase.

ashmanra

I was so thankful to find this one for hubby. He was avoiding caffeine at night but doesn’t care for herbals or very many kinds of tea. This one was a thumbs up from him, and since I usually share a pot with him I wanted something I liked, too. In winter I add freshly ground cinnamon and a little sugar. Add a heaping tsp. of Tang and you have old fashioned “Russian Tea” like our moms used to make! LOL!

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Thanks ashmanra for sending me some of this to try! It sounded sooooo good in everyone’s reviews, and it is from one of my favorite regions!

The first thing that came to mind was how it’s more sweet and subtle than Hao Ya A, but still packs a punch. Very rich. More like a languorous richness vs. Hao Ya A’s laserbeam POW! I wouldn’t call it smoky…it’s less smoky than the lightly smoky Queen Catherine. It’s more roasty but it has this – not lemony but this very sweet fruity highlight at the end of the sip? Really, really good. I would purchase this in LESS than a heartbeat! :) I’m CRAZY for it!

Many, many, many, many thanks ONCE AGAIN to ashmanra, who has introduced me to SO MANY of my favorite teas!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Rat Lunch 4ever!!!!!

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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Collingswood, NJ

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