drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
1811 tasting notes

I got just got my first mandoline! I had used Sandy’s and liked it so I decided I neeeeeeeded one. As a surprise for hubby, I made potatoes au gratin, bacon, eggs, and pan-fried toast with triple berry jam while he was out buying stained glass. I chose this to serve with it and wowzer was it great!

This was hearty seasoned food and not every tea would pair well with it. I really enjoyed this pairing. The tea wasn’t sipped so much as thrown back with gusto, and this time I really felt that malty wash go over my tongue. Also, the fruity/orangey tang of Ceylon came out a little more with this food. The chocolate notes were not as prominent with this food, but would probably be more noticeable with sweets.

I am so glad I bought this. Russel at Harney and Sons had sent me a sample and I just had to order a tin!

I did make it very differently since hubby is pretty particular about his tea and doesn’t like strong tea. (He adds a lot of milk and sugar to most black tea.) I steeped the leaves in 198F water for 3 1/2 minutes and felt it was just right for me to drink plain. Hubby did add his usual additions.

K S

I had a mandoline for about a week. Could not figure out how to fret it. The neck is so tiny and the frets are really close together. I know a week isn’t really long enough, but it was apparent very quick that I would rather bash out power chords on the six string.

ashmanra

K S: I WISH we had a mandolin, the musical instrument. A relative in SC is internationally known for his hand made ones and my mother-in-law offered to buy hubby onesince he plays guitar. However, I am taking about a mandoline, which is a French word for the blade platform that cuts veggies super thin and uniform! Thus I made potatoes au gratin with extremely thin slices of potato! Next up, I am going to make oven baked potato chips!

K S

Call me naive and red faced. I couldn’t figure out the connection but thought you were on a ramble. Even now realizing their is not supposed to be an “e” at the end, I still would have no idea if you hadn’t explained. I’m off to google the blade not the instrument ;p

ashmanra

Don’t be red-faced! Even autocorrect didn’t know what it was! And mandolin with no e is considered an alternative spelling for mandoline. I don’t know of an English name for them. “Sharp cutty thing that shaves off knuckles” might be a good start…I must say, I love it. I don’t have room for lots of countertop appliances and would far rather use this than pull out a food processor, then take it apart and wash all the bits, and put it away again. Come to think of it, I don’t think I even own a food processor anymore. I got my mandoline from Williams Sonoma at a big discount and with a coupon! :) it just does plain slices, not waffle fries and such.

K S

Googled and yep, I’ve seen them. Now I know what to call them. Yours would make julienne fries if you had got the model that came with the ginsu knives. (that’s a joke – I watch too much TV)

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K S

I had a mandoline for about a week. Could not figure out how to fret it. The neck is so tiny and the frets are really close together. I know a week isn’t really long enough, but it was apparent very quick that I would rather bash out power chords on the six string.

ashmanra

K S: I WISH we had a mandolin, the musical instrument. A relative in SC is internationally known for his hand made ones and my mother-in-law offered to buy hubby onesince he plays guitar. However, I am taking about a mandoline, which is a French word for the blade platform that cuts veggies super thin and uniform! Thus I made potatoes au gratin with extremely thin slices of potato! Next up, I am going to make oven baked potato chips!

K S

Call me naive and red faced. I couldn’t figure out the connection but thought you were on a ramble. Even now realizing their is not supposed to be an “e” at the end, I still would have no idea if you hadn’t explained. I’m off to google the blade not the instrument ;p

ashmanra

Don’t be red-faced! Even autocorrect didn’t know what it was! And mandolin with no e is considered an alternative spelling for mandoline. I don’t know of an English name for them. “Sharp cutty thing that shaves off knuckles” might be a good start…I must say, I love it. I don’t have room for lots of countertop appliances and would far rather use this than pull out a food processor, then take it apart and wash all the bits, and put it away again. Come to think of it, I don’t think I even own a food processor anymore. I got my mandoline from Williams Sonoma at a big discount and with a coupon! :) it just does plain slices, not waffle fries and such.

K S

Googled and yep, I’ve seen them. Now I know what to call them. Yours would make julienne fries if you had got the model that came with the ginsu knives. (that’s a joke – I watch too much TV)

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four 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.

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