1813 Tasting Notes

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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drank Golden Monkey by Premium Steap
1813 tasting notes

Finishing my sample of this today as I finish the Everything Bagel! One pot down, now to resteep. The first pot has light chocolate or cocoa notes, the second pot has more honey notes. Great with food.

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

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drank Golden Monkey by Premium Steap
1813 tasting notes

I had Jacqueline’s breakfast today! My first bagel in 31 years since I tried them when I was really young and went “bleh.” I could eat this! I mean I could eat this regularly! A Panera bread opened here just a few days ago so I bought an everything bagel for myself and a Cinnamon Crunch for hubby. We had it for breakfast with Golden Monkey That Tastes Like Panyang Congou and Goes Really Well With An Everything Bagel. It does, it does!

I resteeped the leaves skeptically, because there are not that many black teas that are strong enough for me on the rebrew. This one does it nicely, though. There is still plenty of flavor to keep me interested in my cup. First steep was 4 minutes, second was 4 1/2.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

How exciting!!! I’m go glad you liked it, too!!!!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

I have neglected my favorite lady for several days. Decided to rectify that today! I was so distracted talking this morning that I have no idea how long I brewed this, but it is still very good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

Aaaaah, it is going to be a better day. The ironing is done, the clothes are put away, school is underway, and I made a Christmas card this morning that only took me…um….an hour and a half. (Blush – lest you get the wrong idea, I am not that GOOD at it, I am that slow because I don’t know what I am doing but I enjoy it! It takes me that long to get results that don’t look like I am 5!) This delightful cup (well, the whole pot, actually) was my treat for getting the ironing done – not one of my favorite jobs unless it is ironing my old tea linens. What a treat it was, too!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

My iron broke last weekend and I keep “forgetting” to get a new one (I really am forgetting but I am sure I am forgetting because I don’t love ironing! When my tea kettle broke I was running around THAT DAY to replace it :)

gmathis

What kind of card crafts do you do? I invested in a Cricut over the summer and there are a few nifty tea and teacup die-cuts out there, though I wish they’d have an entire cartridge devoted to all things tea and coffee.

ashmanra

I use mostly Stampin Up products so I became a demonstrator for the discount! I mainly use the Big Shot for die cuts. I love to color stamped images, mostly with watercolors but sometijmes with Copics or pencils even though I am not artistic. It is still lots of fun! Today I was glamming up the three wise men with shimmer paints!

ashmanra

Jacqueline, I agree. Forget the iron, but a broken tea kettle is an emergency!

Meghann M

Jacqueline, I am with you on immediately needing to replace the kettle. My iron has probably gotten dusty, lost or broken as it has been ages since I have used it. Thankfully button down shirts aren’t a requirement for my job and I love wrinkle free khakis!

gmathis

OK, I’m weird…I look forward to ironing…at my house, that’s my opportunity to set up the board in the living room and catch up on all my stacked up DVR-ing.
Cuppa tea within reach is a must, too, although it has to be wa-y-y-y-y far from the ironing board; can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve stained perfectly clean laundry that way!

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

I had a bad, bad, bad, bad day. I needed something to comfort me, pat my shoulder and say “there, there” and make me feel pampered. Alas! I was out of Coquelicot Gourmand which would have done perfectly! But then I remembered how very generous this sample was, and thought I could get another whole pot of tea out of it. I did, and still have some left – oh happiness! This honeyed tea is so smooth and sweet, so full of body that it reminds of Coquelicot in some ways. It really did the trick tonight, especially paired with the cake recipe Jacqueline sent a while back that I had whipped up after supper. YUMMY! And this is going on my next Harney order. I also want to try mixing 2 tsps. of Elyse leaves with 1 tsp. of Paris to see if I get a loose leaf version of Tower of London. Can’t wait!

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

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

WOW! What a nice surprise! This was the tea test for tea party today, and it was sooo good. Much better than I expected since my dearest most favorite teas are usually Fujian Chinese black teas or Ceylons. This is sold in the “tea blends” section of the Harney website rather than the “flavored tea” section, so I was very surprised when I opened the sample pack and sniffed. This wasn’t just tea…Ah! The honey! And when you brew this, would you believe the honey made it pretty darn close to a Golden Monkey? It is Tower of London-ish without the fruitiness. This was wonderful tea and I would gladly buy a whole tin! Smooth, no bitterness, not astringent.

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

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

Thank goodness for Catherine! Another day at the Board of Elections for a mandatory recount, complete with glaring and snarling in the peanut gallery. Sigh. If I hadn’t had you this morning I don’t know how I would have done it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

All Hail the Queen!

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

It is a gray and rainy day here in Eastern North Carolina, though not cold. Still – some comfort food was in order. We baked a loaf of fresh whole wheat bread (made from freshly ground wheat!) and set out jams, butter, and apple butter from the NC mountains. Ah yes! My Golden dear did not let me down! Two cups made the afternoon pass smoothly with the rich honeyed taste, light and delicate flavor, and caramel-y mouth feel. Ahhhhh…..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I have tried to like this tea, honestly I have. It is just too weak in the tea department and too tart in the strawberry department for me. That said, I DO know this is a decaf intended for children, and I served it today to two little girls aged 4 and 6 who LOVED it. Their mom tried it and she liked it. I am delighted to have a tea for children that is well-liked and that the mommies don’t mind them drinking since it won’t make them hyperactive or keep them up! But give me Marco Polo for my tea and strawberry fix!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Meghann M

agreed on the Marco Polo note…haven’t found a strawberry tea to beat it, although Kusmi’s 4 fruits rouge comes close!

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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.

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

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