1893 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1893 tasting notes

I think this must be the best Golden Monkey in the entire world. Anyone who knows of a better one is more than welcome to send it to me and I will try it, but this tea makes me weak in the knees every time I see it, just like my hubby. (heehee! YW, sweetie!) Golden, caramel-y, rich mouth feel, seductive aroma. Perfection. Sigh.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1893 tasting notes

Tea party day! And this was the first tea because I was planning to have Ceylon and India first but when I smelled this one I knew I had to have it with my fresh, home made blueberry scone with whipped cream! And it did not disappoint. This tea is worthy to be named Paris, the city from whence comes so many truly lovely and delectable flavored and scented teas. Absolute perfection! Added a touch of sugar. Ahhhhhh.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
1893 tasting notes

Still nothing even CLOSE to GOlden Monkey from Harney and Sons. I have decided to drink it with a bit of sugar when I am having food. Then it comes across as a pretty nice tea, but it doesn’t make me weak in the knees with ecstacy the way Harney and Sons’ tea does! Theirs doesn’t need sugar or milk or ANYTHING to make it one the best things that can happen to your teapot!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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Lovely tea! Not as sweet and dessert-y as their Vanilla Comoro which is pure vanilla caramel delight, but excellent when you want something a little less sweet and rich and you don’t mind the caffeine!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1893 tasting notes

I haven’t had this one in a long time! This is a tea that turns the complacent “I don’t care what tea I buy” person into a tea aficionado. This tea will make people picky about their tea! It has very nice, well balanced flavor.

Preparation
Boiling

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I had a friend over today who said they really don’t have a tea palate and didn’t know what flavors they would like. I selected this one as a good starting point for someone not used to hot tea. It was very well received! This one is always good when you are in the mood for an Earl Grey, though I must say that their Supreme Earl Grey is even better!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
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I own it, so I need to drink it. This is not even close to the honeyed, golden, caramel goodness of Harney and Sons Golden Monkey which is divine with no additions at all. Today I decided to start whittling my supply of Teavana GM by using it as a breakfast tea. I took it with a little sugar and it made a nice enough breakfast tea – not strong by any means but a decent cup to have along with my toast and jelly, which was extra extra good toast because it was my daughter’s fresh whole wheat Buttermilk Bread toasted in my new Breville Smart Grill and Griddle, so it was just like the toast from the Greek diner where EVERYONE around here goes for breakfast!

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1893 tasting notes

We have to have this one at tea party every week. We are more than willing to try new things, and would be disappointed if we didn’t have something new to sample, but we MUST have our monkey! This is quite simply the best, most premium unflavored black tea I have tasted. Rich, golden, caramel-y, honeyed, – tea just doesn’t get any better than this.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
1893 tasting notes

This is another Dammann tea that we ordered from Summit Tea Company. It still doesn’t taste quite as yummy as Coquelicot Gourmand but it was a very good tea. The prominent aroma was almond or amaretto, delicious! At the first sip I picked up a very faint citrus flavor as well. We took it sans additions, and I wonder if this one would benefit from a touch of sugar. Nice, but I wouldn’t make a special order to France for it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1893 tasting notes

Nice quiet morning (for a change) with a pot of this and an Everything Bagel. Aaahhhhh!

Preparation
Boiling 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.

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