1825 Tasting Notes

A decent breakfast tea, but nothing earth shaking. I add milk and sugar to this one, but I always do with morning tea. I like the fact that it is prganic, but there is nothing in the flavor that would make me go out of my way to get this one. I would swim shark infested moats for Queen Catherine, Harney and Sons Englsih Breakfast, and Emperor’s Red by Premium Steap!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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A good start to the day – the down comforter is out now that we have dropped below freezing twice, and breakfast was cheese toast with mustard and the Queen! How can you have a bad day when it starts like this?

Preparation
Boiling

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Oh yum! My hubby just shook his head today when I had to get out the new pound bag to refill my tin. I go through this one and Queen Catherine at an impressive rate!

As always, this is 100% Chinese black keemun tea, and as always, it is a delicious morning boost. Today it is going with Hobbit Breakfast. The girls and I cut up apples, carrots, and sometimes cheese cubes and have second breakfast in true hobbit style. First breakfast is just whole wheat toast (from homemade bread and we grind our own wheat into flour fresh each time we make bread) and chocolate milk, so sometimes we like a little extra something to get through Algebra class. Ay-yi-yi! Both of the youngest kids now in algebra!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Last night, late game of Yahtzee at the tea table near the Christmas tree with hubby, son, and youngest daughter and a pot of this. Mmmmmm. And still able to sleep, too!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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A whole 22 oz. pot of the Queen this morning. I am now ready to go Christmas shopping.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

Oh, and I emptied the last of my one pound bag into the tin this morning. Time to order soon!

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drank HarSha by Harney & Sons
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This is a strong cuppa tea for first thing in the morning, and it is exactly what Mike Harney wanted it to be. The store description is accurate. Remembering that I am NOT a big fan of assams but don’t object to them blended with other teas, I thought I would be hiding under a chair from this one. While it is strong, it is also civil. I added milk and sugar. There is a noticeable fruitiness – like the muscatel of a darjeeling. Not a bad tea, but my brekkie favorites are still Chinese keemun and Fujian province teas! I think I should also try it with a much shorter steep next time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Rose Petal Black by The Tao of Tea
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Nice rose aroma – not sickeningly sweet but definitely right there in front of you. You don’t have to look for it too hard. I did, however, have to look really hard for the tea flavor. Maybe I let this sample get too old, but I just couldn’t taste tea! The rose scent and flavor were both very nice, but I would have liked to detect the base a bit more. Not bad, just didn’t ring any bells for me. Glad to have gotten to try it, though, especially since I ordered a sample of Harney and Sons Sally’s Secret which is rose and bergamot and I want to see how they compare!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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This one smells scary-strong in the package – almost grape dimetapp! But when steeped the berry flavor is just right. We took it without additions and the tea base has a nice natural sweetness to it. We enjoyed it, had fun trying it, but black currant by itself isn’t something I would crave. Maybe if I added just a little sweetener I would really crave it, but I still love Tower of London more!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Lori

I need to give this tea one more chance….I tried it once a while ago and thought I did not like it….

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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This was the second tea for the tea party/tasting today. As always, I am stunned by how rich and caramel-y this is – it actually SMELLS thick in the cup! It was delicious, as always!
A “favorite, absolutely can’t run out of this one” tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Lori

One of my favorite teas…

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Almost finished the generous sample sent to me by JacquelineM! This is my second time having Marco Polo. Somehow I was distracted the first time I drank it, and thought it was good tea. This time…aaaahhh. I paid attention to the reviewers who said to add sugar and milk or cream to really bring out the fresh bowl of berries taste. What a lovely, delicate treat! We now have a little Tuesday tea party with a 6 year old student, her 4 year old sister, and her mom. They loved this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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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.

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

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