1829 Tasting Notes
Ha! Adding a tasting note on someone else’s tasting of this tea! My youngest daughter has been afraid of Catherine for a long time. She tried it once and loved it, but then forgot how much she liked it and was put off by the lightly smokey aroma and would drink it no more. I talked her into trying it again today and she pronounced it, “A really seductive cup of tea.” Now THAT’S good tea!
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!
This was a smooth, lovely tea. I drank it sans additions and I would like to try it again with a little sugar, and perhaps some milk. It was milder than I thought it would be. The bergamot is not as strong as in most Earl Greys, and I tasted less rose than I thought I would. I think I need to increase the leaves and try it with additions. It wasn’t bad, it was a very nice tea but it didn’t have enough presence to make me seek it out again. The tea is lovely with the pink petals, though, and I hope that my next cup will be a little more stellar when I make the changes….Everyone liked it, but it didn’t draw ooh’s and ah’s.
One of the Wednesday tea party/tasting teas! Reading the description, and seeing that the Germans add CREAM (not milk) and sugar, I was a little afraid to try this! If you need cream in it, surely it must be bitter or astringent.
What a pleasant surprise! The aroma had nice honey notes, and the first sip – as always – was without additions. And the whole cup stayed that way! Though it is a little astringent it was not unpleasantly so, and wasn’t strong at all. This made a nice tea to go with our cookies, but I don’t think it is strong enough for my breakfast tea!
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!
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!
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.