1858 Tasting Notes

I am registering this a la Ricky’s instructions! (Blush – Jason guessed who the culprit was!) My hubby ordered the Bamboo Tea Tray from www.purepuer.com as a Christmas gift for me. When he called the number listed on their website he was impressed with how very helpful they were, and when he chose the tea tray he wanted, it got here LIGHTNING fast! We were very happy with the service. I haven’t tried their teas yet, but after the good experience ordering this item from them, we may have to give them a try!

Rabs

OMGOMGOMG! I just went to their site and looked at their gaiwans. WANT

Thank you so much for the heads-up :D

Meghann M

Beautiful stuff, love there teapots and cups!

ashmanra

Rabs: I love the gaiwans, too! I want the Four Gentlemen tea canisters, the bone tea holder, the Song tea set with two cups….on and on. The leaf bamboo tea scoop is one of the prettiest I have seen.
Meghann: There is just so much to love on their site! My hubby got me the large bamboo tea tray so I can get a Yixing or Chao Zou set or possibly a Chawan. It has lovely lines and proportions. The glass cup (sold out right now) is one of the prettiest I have seen.

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I love this blend! I wish they sold it at Barnes and Noble with the other Royal Palace teas but the only way to get it is online from Harney and Sons. That’s okay – it bumps up my order so I get that free shipping! This is a lot like Paris, but several people who have tried both at my house say they prefer this one. Delcious, sans additions if you like tea that way, but also good with sugar.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1858 tasting notes

Lovely, as always. I drank it first with no additions this morning, then had a cup to finish off breakfast with milk and sugar. A delightful tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1858 tasting notes

Woke up early and had breakfast with a friend who was on her way home from working night shift at the hospital. Bagels, Queen Catherine, Marco Polo, and a great friend. Who could ask for anything more?

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1858 tasting notes

Delicious pot of tea with hubby this morning. I do find that this tea must be drunk up right away or the last cup is bitter from sediment. That is not a hard task as good as it is! As always on this one, milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Holiday Chai by Stash Tea Company
1858 tasting notes

I haven’t had teabag tea in quite a while, but since I did I am glad it was this one! I have been longing for something flavorful and this fit the bill. Sweet, spicy but not too spicy, this has mostly clove flavor to me but that hint of rum flavor comes through. A very nice tea, and this is my first ever Stash tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1858 tasting notes

Who else could I possibly drink today?

Preparation
Boiling
gmathis

Hope all’s well!

ashmanra

All is well, I guess, but the meds wore off and I am sooooo sore!

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
1858 tasting notes

My first impression – not as good as Harney and Sons Golden Monkey but twice the price. Sticking with Harney and Sons. It does have some of the character of Harney’s GM, but I don’t think it is quite as caramel-y or honeyed. The aroma is very nice. I will try resteeping soon. They recommend 2 to 3 minutes steeping time, while I give Harney’s 4 to 5 minutes and get no bitterness. I have read that this one gets bitter if you leave it longer. We’ll see how the experiments pan out. Sweet hubby bought this for me on his lunch hour while at a class in another city! Mmmmmmwah!

Preparation
Boiling
JacquelineM

I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to hit NYC during my break after catching this cold then getting hit with snow, so I placed an order for H&S Golden Monkey and Earl Grey Supreme. It came yesterday and I’m so excited AND relieved. :) :) :)

ashmanra

Two very yummy choices!

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Another tea that ranks as “just okay” and fits the need for tea with a meal. Not bad, but nothing I would rush to place another order if it ran low. In fact, I probably won’t replace it! There are soooo many really yummy teas!

Preparation
Boiling

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A decent tea to go with a meal. Strong enough to stand up to red meat, but not so spectacular that I wish I was drinking it by itself. Not bad, and organic to boot.

Preparation
Boiling

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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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