1998 Tasting Notes

drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

I can’t believe this tea wasn’t already in the database. I may have done something wrong in looking it up, but I tried several times and didn’t find it.

When I opened the tin I was reminded of a scented candle called Baking with Grandma or some such thing. It smelled quite good, like the best sugar cookies that are made with a little coconut oil – like Mystic by Pepperidge Farms. The flavors listeed for the tea are coconut, vanilla, and almond. No wonder it smells like a great cookie! When brewed, the tea was darker than I expected a white tea to be. I drank it sans additions and it was quite good – very mild and smooth with a nice, soothing aroma.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Paul M Tracy

I just saw this in the H & S catalogue but the “abundance of pink rosebuds” scared me away. I’ve had really bad rose-in-food experiences. Was it really noticeable?

ashmanra

I neither tasted nor smelled any rosebuds! You should be safe. I got coconut and vanilla predominantly, and lastly the almond flavor hiding in there. Smooth and good. Shall I send a sachet?

Kristen

I almost ordered this one! But I wanted to see some reviews before taking the plunge. I think I will add it to the next one!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Hooray! My tea box arrived today! I was most excited about trying Golden Snail.

First, the tin is gold instead of the usual black, as is the tin for my Chocolate Mint. The tea was in a foil pouch and as soon as I opened the pouch the most delightful aroma met me! It was so honeyed it is hard to believe it is unflavored. We brewed it using our usual parameters for black tea. The steeped tea smells just as amazing as the dry leaves. It has the same rich body that makes me sigh with happiness as I bring Golden Monkey to my lips. But the taste was very similar to Emperor’s Red to me – sort of a Golden Monkey/Emperor’s Red Cross, which means that this is AWESOME TEA! I drank mine with no additions and it was so smooth. I can’t wait to have it on tea party day paired with our snacks. It is going to be luscious! Roasty, toasty like JacquelineM says of Emperor’s Red, and thick caramel sweet body like Golden Monkey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Dinosara

I had a tasting of this at Harney Soho the other weekend, but I haven’t tried the others you mention, so it’s cool to get the comparisons!

ashmanra

How did you like it?

Dinosara

I thought it was really nice! I don’t have much experience with unflavored black teas, so I don’t have much to compare it to at this point. It sounds like I would probably like Golden Monkey, though.

ashmanra

We LOVE the Monkey! :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

I was going to have Queen Catherine this morning as it is raining, chilly, and I am hunched over a computer for hours again cruching numbers. But ALAS! I opened my tin and there wasn’t quite enough. I almost mixed it with this, but decided I couldn’t sully Catherine with ANYTHING, and besides, I do really love this one on its own.

Harney’s English Breakfast is 100% pure keemun. It smells rich – cocoa and a little smoke blend together so sweetly in this. I always add milk and sugar in the morning, and this one takes it extremely well. This is a bright and bracing cup. It doesn’t knock you over the head like some English Breakfast teas I have had – things like Bewley’s Clipper Gold – EEP!

This is a lovely, refined breakfast drink that isn’t too strong but is perfectly full of flavor. And at the price – an amazing value. I buy it by the pound loose.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
1998 tasting notes

I am going to have to decupboard this one now! I am awaiting a large Harney and Sons order and decided to finish off some teas that were nearly gone.

I had just enough leaves for one pot of this, and it was timely as I was sorely in need of a good cuppa. After crunching numbers on computer all morning, I looked out and saw rain falling on a bit of laundry out on the line, and had to run out and rescue them. It was a bit chilly for shorts and a t-shirt, especially in the rain. What makes everything all better? TEA!

This is an excellent tea, though it is simply not Harney and Sons Golden Monkey. It is very good, and I always drink this one with milk and sugar, while I ALWAYS take H&S with no additions. The aroma is just like H&S, but alas, the flavor is not. It also costs far more than H&S.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

Complexity doesn’t begin to describe this cup of tea! Before it reaches my lips, the aroma is intoxicating. Sweet, smooth, caramel, honey, golden goodness, call it what you will – this is one of the best teas I have EVER had. And this one is the most golden-sweet honeyed one of all that I have tried.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
SimplyJenW

I had some of this today, too!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

Smooth and delicious, this got more accolades than Paris at tea time today! I guess I am going to have to keep this one around, just as I do Golden Monkey…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

Delicious! And the tin fell off the counter and leaves went EVERYWHERE! So now I have to place a Harney order…again. My last one isn’t even here yet! Thank goodness I have the 2 ounce tin from the Chest of Tea to tide me over. Sigh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
gmathis

Don’t you hate that little hot ball of adrenalin that forms in your stomach when you spill perfectly good leaves? :)

ashmanra

Actually, one of my daughters did it! And she offered to pay for a new tin, but I told her not to worry about it – it gave me an excuse to place a new order sooner than I would have felt it was seemly to do so… :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

I tried a resteep of these leaves at 7 minutes. It just isn’t doing it for me. This is weak. If I were in the mood for a soft oolong I would really be enjoying it, but as a black tea – well, I like mine stronger. It isn’t terrible, but the first steep really is much better!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

I steeped this one a little longer today after reading that going up to 7 minutes can release some new, subtle flavors. I wasn’t too brave, so I only took it to 6 min. 15. sec. instead of my usual 4 to 4 1/2 minutes. It certainly did not get bitter. I think I detected a little smoke, as expected from a keemun but very light, and this time I picked what I believe should be called toasted walnut! Maybe that is how the extra time affects the cocoa notes. There was also a light, fruity scent at the beginning that I didn’t notice as much as the tea cooled. I will resteep these leaves, and see how it goes leaving it for 7 minutes. In the meantime, I am finishing this 22 oz. pot sans additions, and it is very smooth. I kept it just under the boil, as I read here that is how they are doing it at Harney Soho.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

I had this one too today. Sooooooooo good.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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.

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

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

Location

North Carolina

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer