drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1832 tasting notes

Just tasted this one side by side with Irish Breakfast by Harney and Sons. I like this one better than Irish Breakfast. It is a little milder than IB but has lots of flavor. This is similar to a really good English breakfast tea. Not astringent, but with that heady tea flavor that goes up into the nose via the back of the throat – a little smokey. This will be my new go-to tea for breakfast. A keeper! My daughter, who prefers Irish breakfast most of the time, was quite delighted with this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

A friend just hit the nail on the head. This tea is a bit smokey, the word I was looking for and didn’t find! Not as much as a lapsang souchong, but definitely smokey, perhaps because the tea Queen Catherine had would likely have been somewhat smokey, as the Dutch often drank it that way.

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ashmanra

A friend just hit the nail on the head. This tea is a bit smokey, the word I was looking for and didn’t find! Not as much as a lapsang souchong, but definitely smokey, perhaps because the tea Queen Catherine had would likely have been somewhat smokey, as the Dutch often drank it that way.

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