1876 Tasting Notes

drank Holiday Chai by Stash Tea Company
1876 tasting notes

We are putting up a couple of hospital workers these next couple of days because the roads are icy and we live so close! This was our warming tea tonight before one of them went to work the night shift. I expect we will need more of its warmth tomorrow as well. The clove is the prominent note to me, but not overly spicy. The rum flavor is just right, and the cinnamon is a middle note and seems like a sweeter one. Lovely!

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I hadn’t had this one in a long time, but my middle daughter swears she can’t get through Algebra without it. She makes a pot every morning, and since I gave them a snow day today (first one ever, homeschool mommies are brutal but we know they have to make it up on a beautiful spring day!) we decided to all share teas. I had a small cup of this. It is similar in some ways to Harney and Sons Supreme Breakfast. The assam is distinctive in there, and the Kenya is decent. Not a bad cuppa! This was bagged as we have been unable to find loose lately.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Snowy morning, fire blazing, and tea waiting! The starter tea for today is Irish Breakfast. This is the youngest daughter’s favorite, next to Golden Monkey by Harney and Sons. She has tried other IB teas but finds them a bit too strong. With milk and sugar, this one is just right. Round and a little bit fruity, without the “bite” than some IB’s have. A lovely tea, this one is a little milder than the one by Harney and Sons, my all-time favorite tea company.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Golden Mudan by Harney & Sons
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Still has delightful honey notes and a nice, light flavor. I like this tea sans additions. This is not as flavorful as Golden Monkey but is still a very nice tea. We love the little hand-tied wreaths of leaves. This one is sold out at present on Harney and Sons.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
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This cup had a bold tea aroma, but not scary like SOME bold teas I have tried. This is a lovely mix of four teas and the blend has a nice balance. It is mildly astringent but not so much as to require milk, it is interesting enough to be drunk without sugar. I am nearly out of this one, and when the tin is empty I will buy Eight At the Fort in its place, I think. A nice change, but not one I absolutely MUST keep on hand. Glad to have had it and may someday put it back in the rotation. If you love assams I think this tea will appeal to you even more than it does to me.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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One of the tea party teas today – it has become a requisite. We may have others we taste and sample, but this one is almost always on the table now because EVERYONE loves it. I actually gasped today when I took my first sip. It was that good. We were having Pepperidge Farm Sanibel Snickerdoodle cookies and something about the combination was magical. We had homemade blueberry scones with whipped cream as well. Ah, what a tea time today! I needed the distraction, because tomorrow is the appointment where I get the news on whether I have to have any more surgery or chemo….

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Boiling
gmathis

Praying for you and the best possible treatment plan.

ashmanra

Thank you!

Doodleology

Best of luck tomorrow.

Rabs

Lots of hopes and prayers heading your way!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Very nice tea with my asiago bagel! This is a great English breakfast, though milder than some if you are accustomed to the newer British style breakfast teas that have a lot of assam in the mix. It has just a bare hint of smoke that is just right for me in the morning, and when I need a little more “oomph” to my tea I reach for Queen Catherine!

Preparation
Boiling

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I am registering this a la Ricky’s instructions! (Blush – Jason guessed who the culprit was!) My hubby ordered the Bamboo Tea Tray from www.purepuer.com as a Christmas gift for me. When he called the number listed on their website he was impressed with how very helpful they were, and when he chose the tea tray he wanted, it got here LIGHTNING fast! We were very happy with the service. I haven’t tried their teas yet, but after the good experience ordering this item from them, we may have to give them a try!

Rabs

OMGOMGOMG! I just went to their site and looked at their gaiwans. WANT

Thank you so much for the heads-up :D

Meghann M

Beautiful stuff, love there teapots and cups!

ashmanra

Rabs: I love the gaiwans, too! I want the Four Gentlemen tea canisters, the bone tea holder, the Song tea set with two cups….on and on. The leaf bamboo tea scoop is one of the prettiest I have seen.
Meghann: There is just so much to love on their site! My hubby got me the large bamboo tea tray so I can get a Yixing or Chao Zou set or possibly a Chawan. It has lovely lines and proportions. The glass cup (sold out right now) is one of the prettiest I have seen.

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I love this blend! I wish they sold it at Barnes and Noble with the other Royal Palace teas but the only way to get it is online from Harney and Sons. That’s okay – it bumps up my order so I get that free shipping! This is a lot like Paris, but several people who have tried both at my house say they prefer this one. Delcious, sans additions if you like tea that way, but also good with sugar.

Preparation
Boiling

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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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