drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1848 tasting notes

What a woman! Remember “E” in The Incredibles? When she slaps Elastagirl around and tells her to get hold of herself and remember who she is? That is what Catherine does for me sometimes. And she is well-qualified!

Raised in a strict Catholic family, educated by nuns, and sent to a political marriage in the bawdy English court, she actually fell in love with her husband. He respected her greatly and defended her, but when she failed to produce an heir he openly had mistresses and acknowledged his illegitimate children. And she – Catherine – defended and financially supported those children from her own funds after his death. Because she had loved him. Could you do that? I would be surprised if I could…

So when Catherine tells me to buck up and get going in the morning, I listen. She isn’t harsh, but she is strong, experienced, and compelling. Thank you, Catherine. I am ready to face the day!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Real love defies description. Tea and otherwise.

Jaime

Wow. I definitely need to meet this Catherine lady!!

ashmanra

She is packed up and will be on her way later today!

ashmanra

gmathis: indeed, true love takes no account of wrongs suffered and never stops giving. What a high bar to attain. Catherine isn’t a weakling, but an inspiration in the hardest kind of strength to have – selflessness with utter forgiveness.

Jaime

I’ll be sure to great her properly…which, in case you don’t know, is with a squeal and a “new tea” dance.

JacquelineM

We also have her to thank for the custom of using a fork :)

Catherine always helps me to keep my chin up when I need to :)

ashmanra

Jaime – wish I could see it! I, too, have a special “EEEEEEE!” that accompanies the arrival of new tea! I guess I do a bit of a two-step myself. :)
JacquelineM – My! My! The lady really civilized us, and now we can enjoy pie with our tea thanks to the fork!

Jaime

I’m sure you’d die of laughter if you did witness it. I have to be careful in grocery stores…sometimes it happens in the tea aisle there, too. I like to think I appear endearing when that happens…but people probably just think I’m weird.

gmathis

My husband says I look like Gollum and his precioussssssssss when a new tea box arrives. I just plunk on the floor wherever I happen to be and start digging.

ashmanra

Of course! When one finds a treasure box, one digs for treasure!

Jaime

gmathis, I imagine that’s exactly what I look like. It’s just that I’ve been fortunate enough to not have witnesses. I have found bubble wrap in the oddest of places.

Stephanie

Wow, Catherine was amazing!

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gmathis

Real love defies description. Tea and otherwise.

Jaime

Wow. I definitely need to meet this Catherine lady!!

ashmanra

She is packed up and will be on her way later today!

ashmanra

gmathis: indeed, true love takes no account of wrongs suffered and never stops giving. What a high bar to attain. Catherine isn’t a weakling, but an inspiration in the hardest kind of strength to have – selflessness with utter forgiveness.

Jaime

I’ll be sure to great her properly…which, in case you don’t know, is with a squeal and a “new tea” dance.

JacquelineM

We also have her to thank for the custom of using a fork :)

Catherine always helps me to keep my chin up when I need to :)

ashmanra

Jaime – wish I could see it! I, too, have a special “EEEEEEE!” that accompanies the arrival of new tea! I guess I do a bit of a two-step myself. :)
JacquelineM – My! My! The lady really civilized us, and now we can enjoy pie with our tea thanks to the fork!

Jaime

I’m sure you’d die of laughter if you did witness it. I have to be careful in grocery stores…sometimes it happens in the tea aisle there, too. I like to think I appear endearing when that happens…but people probably just think I’m weird.

gmathis

My husband says I look like Gollum and his precioussssssssss when a new tea box arrives. I just plunk on the floor wherever I happen to be and start digging.

ashmanra

Of course! When one finds a treasure box, one digs for treasure!

Jaime

gmathis, I imagine that’s exactly what I look like. It’s just that I’ve been fortunate enough to not have witnesses. I have found bubble wrap in the oddest of places.

Stephanie

Wow, Catherine was amazing!

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