1817 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1817 tasting notes

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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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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Still have a sore throat, still can’t taste things the way I want. So tonight I brewed a pot of this, added a more than heaping helping of Tang (there! I said it! go ahead and judge me if you will!) and 15 twists of the cinnamon mill into each cup. Sore throat is somewhat mollified, vitamin C is in my system, and oh boy did I ever taste that last sip with the Tang and cinnamon grit at the bottom! Yee-ow!

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

There are just some times you need your processed food (she writes as she greedily eyes a Pop-Tart lying unattended on her desk).

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drank Bombay Chai by Tea Forte
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I shouldn’t have tried this on a day when I have a bad cold. It smells good, and I thought the spiciness was going to come bursting through the stuffiness and let me taste the tea, but alas! It was not to be! I can smell the cardamom and clove, and they smell so bracing and bright, but I can’t taste them much and that is probably the fault of my cold and not the tea. Because my tasting ability is off, readers should probably disregard this review if you want an accurate picture of how this tea tastes! I can’t even taste the black pepper that two others mentioned! Do I detect a citrus scent, or is that just the spice?

A friend from India gave me chai once and her recipe was very close to this one, but another Indian acquaintance was horrified at the thought of including black pepper in chai, so I guess the recipe varies widely by region. It smells really nice with this cold, so while I am not planning to drink it I do plan top cuddle the cup and sniff it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Still stuffy-headed. I can’t taste my tea!!! WAAAAH! And for some reason I just didn’t want my usual morning teas. I went for this one because it would be quick and easy. It is a very good tea, but I must say that Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme is my favorite Earl!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1817 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
1817 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
1817 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
1817 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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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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