1998 Tasting Notes

I know I just reviewed this one, but I have to do it again. This tea belongs to my best friend, who ordered and then forgot, then found it in a cupboard months later and brought it to my house. She is a special ed teacher so we try to spend lots of time together in the summer when she is off. We have managed to meet up at least twice a week since school got out!

She left the tea here so we could drink it together. She bought it because she fell in love with my jasmine silver needle from Teavivre. We are delighted that this tea resteeps beautifully. You can hardly tell the resteep from the first steep, and we are making it – and drinking it – by the pot, not by the cup!

This and the Lapsand Souchong Wild Tree are going on the next order, maybe with some new teaware!

LOVING IT!

Side note – I am so excited I can hardly stand it. My Amazon Echo is supposed to arrive Thursday. I know it will be late afternoon because that is when UPS gets here. My son-in-law has one and I loved his, so I requested an invitation to purchase before they became available to the public.

I am probably going to use it for timing my tea more than anything else and I can hardly wait! What a nerd I am…

Stephanie

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drank Qimen Hao Ya by Le Palais des Thes
1998 tasting notes

This is another of the teas my daughter bought for me in New York a couple of weeks ago. I was sure I had reviewed it!

This is a stronger and heartier tea than the Qimen Imperial, a slightly lower grade that is closer to the breakfast tea variety. They recommend 195F water and 3 to 5 minutes. At this temp and four minutes you get a great breakfast tea that will get stronger as it sits. It is good without milk or sugar, but can easily handle both if that’s how you roll.

This is only slightly smokey, with an earthy cocoa taste. It is not one of the winey tasting ones to me. My youngest daughter drinks this one with me but she does prefer the Imperial. Of course she does, it costs triple what this one costs! Ha!

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I made Egg Fu Young and rice with vegetables tonight and thought this would be great to go with it. I also have my dog on homemade dog food right now and between making his meal and preparing mine and my husband’s, I completely forgot the tea. I guess I just didn’t hear the timer go off.

When I checked to see if I had removed the basket, it was still there full of leaves, much to my dismay. My daughter said it would probably be okay but I thought not, since it had probably been steeping for fifteen minutes or so.

Miracle of miracles, I tasted it to see if I needed to make another tea and it was perfectly fine. I waited a few minutes after sipping to see if that burn would start to glow in my tummy region from having oversteeped tea in an empty tummy. Nothing.

Merrily, merrily, I served it and no one could have guessed it had been so sorely neglected.

So this tea has racked up several points with me – 1. Great price for a smooth green that makes it perfectly affordable to drink every single day even if you don’t resteep. 2. ORGANIC! 3. Very forgiving.

If someone asked me for a recommendation to replace their grocery store green with something healthier and tasty that wasn’t too expensive, this would be it.

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My best friend called me a while back and said that she found a bag of this in her cupboard that she didn’t remember ordering. She brought it over tonight to have with a blueberry custard pie my daughter made. The pie has a streusel topping instead of a top crust. NOM

The tea took me by surprise. I don’t always like peach flavor, which is probably why I hadn’t ordered it myself as a fan of all things jasmine that Teavivre does EVER. But this? Oh, this! So yummy! The peach doesn’t have that off taste that I get from peach yogurt and such, the jasmine is just as heavenly as their other jasmine teas, and it resteeps like a champ. I am on my second pot and it is so good. My friend says that she drinks a pot, resteeps, and puts it in the fridge to drink cold the next day.

Going on my next order! She said she is restocking it, as well.

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
1998 tasting notes

I just restocked this last time I went to Raleigh. This is the same tea as the TeaGeschwendner. I hope I spelled that correctly. My youngest gets cravings for this and we had run out, and it is really popular at tea times, so I like to keep it around.

When I first had Marco Polo I really liked it and so did my husband back in his lots of milk and sugar days. We both noticed that it MP could be really finicky – bitter one time and excellent the next.

Well, this little lady isn’t finicky at all. They bill it as strawberry and yogurt flavors, and I do detect that tangy flavor like a sweetened sour cream or yogurt. Bottom line is I like it much more than Marco Polo and it doesn’t matter if I leave it a little too long.

My daughter and I drink it plain and find it perfectly sweet and smooth. It will take milk and sugar well if you prefer it that way. You can add a little more leaf and a little more time and have a hearty but well behaved breakfast tea. Love this blend.

Sil

totally agree on this one!

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Well, I guess I need to make it official. I am now a Darjeeling drinker. It was practically the only type of tea I didn’t enjoy for a long time. Then I had a Margaret’s Hope 2nd flush that almost won me over. And now these two Harney and Sons offerings for 2015 that I have tried have done it.

I tried this alone a few days ago, and then served it tonight with supper. My husband really liked it and drank cup after cup, and he doesn’t like black tea plain and therefore doesn’t drink it anymore. But Darjeeling really isn’t like black tea, even though it is classified as such and I finally have that through my head.

This was a lovely tea, with a nice briskness that was not astringent or puckering, but very enjoyable. It went very well with food since it had enough gumption to be tasted even through the Korean sweet chili sauce chicken wrapped in lightly steamed cabbage leaves and served with fried rice. It was also nice for sipping on after the meal was over. It really was a much better pairing than a standard black tea would have been, in my opinion, and was as good with the pseudo-Asian cuisine as a green tea would have been.

Thank you, Harney and Son, for the opportunity to sample some of the new 2015 teas!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
boychik

I recently rediscovered Darjeleeng FF. you have to try Arya Ruby FF from Happy Earth tea. It’s amazing!

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I tried this with hubby last night. I did a rinse of about 5 seconds and then kept this tea at 30 second steeps based on the description.

The first steeps were grassy and had a little “bite”, but not unpleasantly so. It was the same sort I get from Chun Mee, which usually finishes with a late rising sweet note. Hubby said he didn’t notice it, but most reviewers on here mention it and I definitely got it in the first four steeps.

The fifth and sixth steeps were sweeter, lacked the bite, and became ever so slightly creamy. These were my favorite steeps of the evening. Strangely, the sweet aftertaste came in here instead of on the early steeps where I expected it, and it was light and fleeting.

If you like sheng with a little muscle but no real violent tendencies, this could be a hit!

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In spite of the fact that I have way too much tea, I do tend to be very frugal and try to use what I have or give it away, not just toss a bad one. This one was a little bitter and sour to me hot. I honestly didn’t know anyone who would just love to get their hands on this, so I decided to try it iced. If I make a few big pitchers of it, it will all be used up and I will have saved some of my favorites for more special occasions.

My youngest daughter and I tried it today and it was good. I don’t mind drinking this at all now that it is cold. I used four tea bags for my Bodum iced tea pitcher. I poured a liter of 174F water in and steeped for three minutes, removed the bags, and added water to the top of the pitcher. Then I chilled it in the refrigerator.

The tea is now smoother and I do taste the green. The pineapple is okay but when hot it has the bitter pineapple taste and I wanted a sweeter, more candy like one. With the tea cold, the mint is more refreshing and I am enjoying it more, especially with our 105F heat index. That’s around 40C for you metric system folks. My daughter was just sure I had sweetened it and was surprised when I told her it was absolutely plain.

I have a feeling we will be done with this whole box of tea really soon.

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drank Snow Bud 2015 by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

I made and served this tea in relative darkness. Hubby and I had finished yoga and we’re going to have a quiet cup. I had the idea that I was making white tea, thus I was delighted with how much flavor It had. Then I turn on the lights and look it up and see that it is a green tea.

I am still delighted with it. Obviously, I couldn’t see the first steep in the dark, but the second is very pale, almost clear. The first steep was soooo creamy. Oh my goodness, it was good, with light notes of hay, lots of lip licking cream, and a far off vegetal flavor like baby spring peas. I don’t know what sweet white rind of watermelon would taste like, maybe this is it.

Bottom line – sweet, creamy, nice body, light vegetal notes, light hay. Definitely a contemplative, spa experience type of tea. Savor it.

Thank you, Harney and Sons, for the generous sample!

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YUM!! Harney and Sons consider this a daily drinker. It is organic, even though they do not trumpet that fact. The price point is really great.

I made this to go with our supper and hubby and I both enjoyed it very much. It was so smooth, without sourness, bitterness, or astringency. They describe it as squash or zucchini, and I second that although I would add a hint of the juice from cooking green beans. Hubby said he had five (small) cups. I had about the same.

I resteeped it and it was okay but not as strong as I would have hoped. For this price, it doesn’t have to resteep, but I think I will still play with it and see if I can achieve an extra steep. Probably buying this one again.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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