1112 Tasting Notes

Queen Catherine and an Everything Bagel with cream cheese! My delicious savory breakfast is making me very happy on this miserable rainy day. When that garlicy and creamy taste hits the slight smoke and good tea flavor of the Queen? Oooof! That’s paradise.

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

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

I knew I wanted some more of my peanut butter cookies for breakfast, but I wasn’t sure what work-tea would go with them. As I was riding on the train, Golden Monkey came to mind. A very good call :) The gentle sweet tea is sooooo good with these cookies! I’m so glad I figured another sans additions tea that I love with sweets.

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

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I made some peanut butter crisscross cookies last night, and we had them with the ever delightful Vanilla Comoro. Mmmmmmmm. The vanilla/caramel/nice tea combined with the vanilla/sugar/peanut butter flavor so well!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

OK, from now on when you mention these cookies you have to make them available for us steepsterites! :) j/t – but they sound amazing! Especially with that awesome tea!

JacquelineM

They are sooooo easy – I halved the recipe to make 30 cookies. This is the halved recipe if you want to try it!

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe (30 cookies)

1 stick butter, (1/2 cup) softened

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 and 1/2 cups flour

1/8 teaspoon salt (if you use salted butter, omit)

1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets, or use non-stick ones, or line with parchment paper. Cream together butter, vanilla and sugars (I did this all in a mixer but I’m sure a handheld or bowl and whisk would do fine!). Add the egg and beat well. Stir in peanut butter. Mix together flour, salt and baking soda. Add flour mixture until just combined.

Form into tiny balls with palm of hands. Place on cookie sheet. Press each cookie twice with back of fork to make crisscross design. Bake 8 to 10 minutes (my oven is slow and I baked for 12 minutes).

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drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
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Today I forgot to bring in a spoon to measure my tea…and then I got on a call just as I was pouring my water and couldn’t time the steep…and it’s still excellent :) :) :) Gosh Emperor’s Red, how do you do it?!?!?! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
gmathis

Love teas you can’t mess up!

ashmanra

Just drank a pot. Aaaaaah….

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drank Ginger by Yogi Tea
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I’m getting quite attached to this ginger tea concoction: one bag and the crystallized ginger :) We had it last night right before bed and it hit all the right notes: warm, spicysweet, comforting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Mmmmm. Nutty, creamy (especially with the splash of half and half I put in) and a lovely, almost maple flavor. Medium bodied tea, I would say in the Indian family. My husband said “This one is GOOOOOOD!” Sadly I forgot the pinch of salt this time!

We had it with toast with butter and jam as a snack last night, and it is worth noting that it didn’t keep us up! Definately a good afternoon/evening treat vs. a morning waker-upper.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
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I don’t know what it is about Earl Grey de la Creme, but after I have two cups, I crave Rosy Earl Grey! I think the creamy vanilla flavor and those pretty blue cornflowers remind me of the beautiful pink rose petals and jasmine flavor in Rosy!

So this afternoon, out came Rosy! Light and delicious. Brewing it like an oolong (195) seems to make all the different types of teas blended together reasonably happy. The sweet floral quality was so enjoyable and reviving. That little bit of froof did me good. I was feeling overworked and dreary, but now I’m smiling! I simply adore this happymaking tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Awwwww! This tastes like my birthday! :) As soon as I sipped it, it took me back to the wonderful day where I went to the Talking Teacup and the Mercer Museum in July. I am one of those people who smells or tastes something, and is instantly transported to a memory. I always have to have some of this type of lovely bergamot and vanilla infused rememberance potion to remind of that day full of sunshine, good tea and food, and getting to know the fascinating Henry Mercer from what he has left behind.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

A nice, sweet, warm delicious end to the day! To those who just got one pound bags- I salute you! Remember to shake and dig for specks occasionally! :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I tried, but my bag is too full.. There are no specks yet! :)
I’m going to put some of it in a tin to keep at work, that should free up some room in the bag!

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drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
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The weather turned cold again here and I finally can have my staunch Yunnan :) The perfect thing for a sleepyhead like myself. I prepare it with a light hand (175, one or two minutes) which makes it very tasty and very resteepable. A good earthiness paired with a slight sweetness – and at this low temp, no hair-on-your-chest properties! I’m only half way done my cup and I already feel more alert! This is not a very fancy or very fine tea, but boy does it get the job done – with nary an addition! I find it great for work because of that – I would normally want an English or Irish Breakfast with milk and sugar for Extreme Wake Up Measures.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I had a temporary Tuxedo cat (sigh) until husband’s allergies made it clear we couldn’t make it permanent—his name, temporarily, was Tippy Yunnan.

JacquelineM

Awwww!! I had a hamster named Tippy (and a tuxedo cat named Miss Baby. She was so small and didn’t meow but cried like a baby wahh wahhh. She also liked to wear makeup!)!

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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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http://jackiemania.wordpress....

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