1812 Tasting Notes

drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

It is a little chilly today. Breakfast at the tea table was extra special with the lovely aroma of this pure keemun to gently get me awake and moving. Sugar and milk added, as I always do at breakfast. A very nice cuppa to go with my cheese toast smeared with a little mustard. Does anyone else do that, or was that just something my mom did? It adds a nice little bite to your brekkie when you need it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

I will have to try that! I love cheese toast – this will be a nice addition! Do you use a certain mustard? I was thinking a Dijon mustard would be good. I think toast is my favorite food :) Like tea and baths, toast makes a person feel better.

ashmanra

I just use French’s, but I’m sure lots of different ones would be delicious. As for tea, baths, and toast making people feel better, I could use some of each! I caught a bug and have a ferocious headache. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day…

gmathis

I discovered a “gourmet” toast last night by experimenting - sourdough bread, almond butter, and a little brown sugar sprinkled on top.

ashmanra

My mom also made cinnamon toast, but not with that namby-pamby cinnamon sugar they sell in grocery stores! You buttered your bread, added a thick layer of brown sugar, a sprinkling of white sugar, and then cinnamon. Put it under the broiler until your brown sugar has made a crackly crust – it is practically a layer of candy on top of the toast now! Now THAT was cinnamon toast! (Mom wasn’t big into health foods! heehee!)

JacquelineM

My grandmother was Italian – she would put Italian bread over the flames of the gas stove (because it was big and wouldn’t fit in the toaster) and that was toast when I was growing up! I learned about cheese toast and cinnamon sugar toast from novels and made my own on regular sliced bread from what I read in books!

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure where to log this! I had read a comment where someone asked about Boston and whether it was a mellow version of CA. I decided to try mixing Cranberry Autumn with Elyse’s Blend, my yummy new honey friend. It made a pretty good tea! I mixed it half and half but to keep a little more of the bright tone I think in future I would mix 2 parts CA to one part Elyse’s in future.

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

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

Had a restless night and woke up sore and ache-y. You know what that means! The Queen to the rescue! So good, so bracing and boosting, yet at the same time a comfort.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

Not a bad tea, but it didn’t leap out at me. I am not in love with it, but I don’t hate it either. It was sweet enough to enjoy without adding sugar, and there are very light cocoa notes and definite honey notes. Drinking it side by side with Brigitte’s Blend, it just lacked shine. It wouldn’t be a bad tea to keep around to serve with food because it is neutral enough that it won’t steal the spotlight, but it won’t be a memorable part of the meal.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

Try it breakfast blend style with a little milk and sugar and see if you like it better :)

ashmanra

Will do!

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drank Brigitte's Blend by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

Today’s winner in the tea party test! This had the headiness of an assam, a lovely bright tingle in the mouth, and lots of added interest from the silvery Ceylon. Good tea! We drank this one with no additions. I think of it as a very, very refined Irish Breakfast. But I am a novice, so what do I know? We only steeped it for 3 minutes 45 seconds because I fear many assams. I will steep it a little longer next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Wuyi Oolong by The Republic of Tea
1812 tasting notes

Very nice oolong! One of the best I have tried so far – it is light and interesting, with a fruity but not too sweet tone. Others describe it as peachy. I am drinking it plain and it is quite good. Honestly, most oolongs I buy and try and leave them be, but one or two have engaged me and this is definitely one of them!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

I had this with a friend this afternoon and finished the last cup of the pot this evening with supper. A very nice blend, interesting, and it pairs nicely with food. Not too astringent, and with a tiny dab of milk there is no astringency at all. I added a bit of sugar today but sometimes I drink this one without.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Yummy, malty goodness this morning! I wanted something different to go with my whole grain bagel, something with enough strength to make itself known even with food. This fit the bill, as it is very similar to an Irish Breakfast tea. Sharing a pot now with my youngest as we work on algebra! Maybe I should I should make an extra pot…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is a good all-purpose tea to go with food. It tastes fine plain but I think I like it best with a little sugar. Hubby takes it like all his tea – LOTS of sugar nad a dollop of milk!

Preparation
Boiling

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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.

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