1798 Tasting Notes

drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

First of all, I got my FIRST THANKSGIVING CARD today! Thank you, GMathis, it is displayed on my secretary at the moment and as soon as I dust the mantel in the kitchen it will become part of the Thanksgiving display!

I have wanted to try this tea for a long while because it has some really good reviews on here. To be honest, I used to be fairly picky and didn’t eat peaches or apricots, so I wondered if I could tell much difference.

I ordered the absolutely amazing, perfect little sample box made of wood from Harney and Sons. I think it had about 22 different sample teas in it and this was one of them. I had not tried any of them yet, but I took them out to use the box temporarily as our November “Thankful box” in which everyone in the family plus any guests or visitors who desire to do so can place a slip of paper naming something they are thankful for/about. We read them on Thanksgiving night. It was our way of making sure that Thanksgiving didn’t become just the inaugural dinner of the Christmas season, but was actually a time of thanksgiving. The Canadians have it right. It really should take place in October!

This is a tea bag rather than a sachet. I steeped it for 3 1/2 minutes in boiling water. Yes, I can tell a difference between this and peach, and I prefer this. This was fantastic! I do taste the black tea, but I feel like I have bitten into a ripe, juicy apricot and have juice running down my hand. It seems more natural than the peach flavor one to me. This will definitely be on a future loose leaf order. I can’t even imagine how great it would be iced and slightly sweetened.

gmathis

I liked this one, too. It’s good iced.

MegWesley

I like that idea of having a thankful box. I might have to purloin that idea (as my favorite knitting podcast would say)

Nicole

Love this one iced.

ashmanra

Purloined! Ha ha! Great one for knitters! It looks unanimous – I need to buy more so I can try it iced!

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My son wanted to try matcha with chia today as part of his clean eating/training program as he prepares for a Spartan Trifecta. I only have one serving of KaiMatcha Premium left and I didn’t want to ruin it if the chia didn’t work out well.

While this is extraordinarily inexpensive and really great in lattes, it doesn’t hold a candle to my favorite as a traditional hot whisked matcha. I did add about 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey to each cup since we had just finished a run. By run I mean he ran three miles and I walked and ran one mile. LOL!

It was drinkable and not very bitter but didn’t have the fresh green vibrancy of KaiMatcha. Teavivre says their green tea powder is fried rather than steamed like matcha, so perhaps that is true of this tea as well.

I highly recommend it for lattes, it is really excellent in them, but for a hot cup of matcha with no sweetener, pay the difference if you can and get the great stuff.

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We had Writers’ Group at my house last night instead of Thursday due to a scheduling conflict. For a while now, we have mostly been drinking oolongs. Last night, one of the ladies told me that she had become unable to tolerate eating beef because of digestion problems, but when she drank “that other tea” at my house she could eat anything she wanted and was just fine. She asked if I could make some of it, especially since she was going to a chili cook-off today.

I showed her the remains of this Phatty cake, let her sniff, and she said it was indeed the kind of tea that had helped her. I pried a bit off and steeped it seven times, for a total of about 150 ounces. Everyone liked it, obviously, since we kept steeping and kept drinking!

I really wanted to order a breaking tray, so getting this close to running out of my Phatty cake is a GREAT excuse to go ahead and place that order. :)

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drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
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I ordered a tin of this as part of my daughter’s birthday present. She has had tons of matcha, starting out with flavored and then advancing to unflavored. She has never had a premium matcha before, though. She is really drinking it for the health benefits.

I whisked some up last night as we were about to play a board game. She had opened the tin and remarked on how vibrantly green this matcha is. She took a sip and said, “There is no bitterness at all!” This is such a fresh, green, smooth tasting matcha…still the best I have ever had.

Next up, I would love to try the premium offerings from Red Leaf Tea and compare them to this one.

Stephanie

Nice. I’ve never tried ANY premium matcha before either. I bet it is splendid!

ashmanra

I think it was out of stock for about six months or more. I guess it must be one of the best at this price! It is my favorite unflavored matcha so far.

Terri HarpLady

This is a wonderful matcha!

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Oh horrors. I am nearly out of this. Oh well, I guess I will have to place another Teavivre order! :)

I made a pot of this early today to have with a cherry vanilla bagel, and to share with my future SIL. I could be wrong, but I think he used to drink the type of breakfast teas that really need milk and sugar. From what my daughter says, he drank EVERY kind of tea, including herbals. I didn’t know if he would like a black tea that didn’t actually NEED milk and sugar, but he seemed to enjoy this a lot. I made two steeps of it and we finished it all.

This is a definite reorder. When I want a Keemun, this one is very civilized and flavorful.

Stephanie

I wonder if Teavivre is doing anything for Black Friday? I’ve been eyeing a few things :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I’m hoping to make my first teavivre order on black Friday.been saving money in a jar for black Friday :)

Stephanie

:D I want a gaiwan set and some peach jasmine pearls! …ok and lots of other teas too LOL

ashmanra

Oh wow, I hadn’t thought of that! I will hold off for Black Friday because I just Know they will do a nice sale!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Love love love jasmine pearls. I have yet to try anu of their teas. I did snag a few of ur samples you left in the teabox. Still sitting on my teacart :)

Terri HarpLady

I love this one too!

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This is a really busy week – the 16 hour work day for the election, homeschooling, teaching my music students, making a couple of birthday cakes for eldest daughter who is back from Ireland and is having her final eye surgery tomorrow, so she and her fiancé will be staying here tomorrow night, so I am also cooking a lot more than usual. LOL! That is a normal week for a lot of you, but not for me.

I got to do some catching up today, and enjoyed two pots of this, one as youngest and I did our reading (The Complete Father Brown Mysteries) and the second while I taught my music students. The second pot was every bit as tasty as the first, and the enjoyment was undiminished. This had that special something that makes your knees go a bit weak on the first sip.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This one is definitelyspecial! I love it! :-)

gmathis

I was just thinking last night what a shame it is that most literature classes skip the whole mystery genre. Haven’t read Father Brown, but would like to.

ashmanra

We are enjoying them! It was about a dollar on the Kindle store for the complete collection. It is certainly magnificent for her vocabulary and for unusual expressions.

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drank Covent Garden by Tea Palace
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This was a present from my daughters who just returned from Europe. I love that I get tea when they travel!

This is a beautiful blend when dry – black tea, broken mint leaves, and tons and tons of blue flowers! This is one that should be displayed in a tea dish before steeping as part of the whole tea experience, and would be wonderful to serve to guests after dinner.

The mint is strong but never overpowering. The tea base is smooth, mild, and sweet, not astringent at all. There is a little something….oolong-y?…about the base, a round sweetness that blossoms shyly and briefly at the end of the sip.

Thank you, Superanna! I won’t root through yours and your sister’s luggage looking for my Christmas present tea TOO much. LOL!

JustJames

how awesome!

K S

I read "There is something….oblong-y… Where are my glasses. What me go Whaaat? then chuckled when I realized I can’t read.

K S

I type either. Made me go Whaaat? :)

gmathis

Some people describe their tea as round; why not oblong?

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drank Covent Garden by Tea Palace
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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
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One of my student’s mom has started finally accepting my offer of tea when she waits for her son in his lesson. Up to now I have made “safe” black teas. She adds a tiny bit of sugar, and I knew she was an Earl Grey fan but only drinks the grocery store stuff, so I have chosen teas to ease her into other things, mostly floral or fruit flavored.

Today was my big push outside her usual box. I told her we were having green tea and she made a face. Then I told her it had pineapple and coconut flavors and her eyebrows went up. There was hope! She and her son both took a cup of it, and they liked it! I enjoy introducing people who “hate green tea” to the good stuff and changing their minds. Her son commented that it was a nicely balanced blend of flavors – a rather astute observation for a seventeen year old boy who doesn’t drink green tea. He didn’t add any sugar to his, but I am pretty sure his mom did.

The aroma of this tea is captivating, both the dry leaf as well as the steeped tea. The coconut lends a creaminess to the flavor and the pineapple is nice, not at all tart.

Stephanie

Good job converting new people to GOOD tea!

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I have a friend who I have known for about fifteen years, but we don’t see each other often. She had two children when we met – a boy and a girl – and went on to have four more little girls. They live a storybook life in a storybook house. She decorates beautifully, the children love old Roy Rogers movies, she homeschools, and they use Spode every day. The oldest daughter sews the most amazing dresses and makes precious felted animals and dolls for her etsy shop.

I wondered if all those little girls might not get tired of being with ALL those little girls all the time! I suggested that my friend choose one of the four young ones to send over for a grown up tea time with me. She picked her middle daughter, ten years old, to be the first to come over. I made S’Mores sandwiches and I had asked her in advance what kind of tea she liked. She said she liked English Breakfast and Earl Grey.

I picked this one as our first tea to cut through the sweetness of the sandwiches. She added milk and sugar, I took mine plain. They call this their number three level “strong” tea but I found it milder than their number two strength. I steeped it at 203F for three minutes and it felt just right for me. This is loose leaf but definitely not whole leaf – more like particles, which is why I keep the steep short.

My oldest daughter had just sent a message from Ireland to ask if I needed for her to pick up some more M&S tea, but I told her they have brought so much I can’t finish it all before it gets stale. She also told me that she purchased an assortment of teas from Covent Garden and Whittard when she was in London, but I can only have part of it now as the rest is for Christmas. I do, however, have a key to her apartment…

Nicole

What a nice gesture to make for the girls. My mother has a friend who has been having teas once a year for the girls at her church for the last 6 years. It has turned into a wonderful tradition with the oldest girl now being 16 and still looking forward to attending. Could be you are starting a tradition. :)

ashmanra

That is lovely! Those girls will remember that all their lives, and hopefully it will help shape them into the kind of women who support and encourage each other! The eight year old has requested the next tea time!

tigress_al

I always enjoy your tea party stories!

keychange

I always enjoy your stories as well!

caile

Yes, the tea party stories are wonderful! I wish I could come to one!

ashmanra

I wish all of you could comeI :)

Tea Sipper

S’mores sandwiches? Please explain.

ashmanra

LOL! My daughter saw them on a menu for a local deli but they didn’t have any so I looked at the ingredients and gave it a try. They are delicious. Butter two pieces of bread like you are going to make a grilled cheese. Spread one piece on the unbuttered side with Nutella. Crush a graham cracker sheet in your hand and sprinkle the bits on the Nutella. On the other piece of bread, spread marshmallow creme or “Fluff”, although I think regular marshmallows would probably work, too. Then I put it in my panini press but I don’t let it squish all the way, I set it to stay open just a bit. It is yummy! I cut the sandwiches in four triangles. The little girl’s mom finished off the plate of leftover ones while watching my dog run through his tricks and said she would have done tricks like Sam to get them!

Tea Sipper

oh wow! Those sound amazing, as I love everything S’mores.

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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.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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