1956 Tasting Notes
Celebrating being two-thirds of the way through radiation with a pot of English Brekkie and an Everything Bagel! Harney’s English Breakfast is not the same as their Royal English Breakfast. Both are good, this one is my favorite. English Breakfast is 100% keemun while REB has assam blended in it.
I like this one with milk and sugar. It has nice cocoa notes and is soothing, smooth, and fairly light. On a “rough” morning it isn’t quite strong enough for me, and I have Queen Catherine instead. But I like this one well enough to buy it by the pound!
I was especially eager for Sandy to try this one when she got back from new Zealand. I was introduced to it by the lovely and generous JacquelineM (who will be getting a box from me soon! I promise! I am packing it today!) and thought it was heavenly. Even hubby likes it, and that is saying something! Milk and sugar turn it into a bowl of strawberries and cream, with just a hint of vanilla.
I was not disappointed in her reaction. Sandy liked it as well as I did, and I am glad because she is the one who taught me the joys of loose leaf and the necessity of having more tea in the house than kinds of food!
Today I had to say good-bye again to my tea buddy as she prepares for six months in Australia. But we will be sipping tea together via Skype! God bless technology!
Sandy drank all her tea in New Zealand so she wouldn’t have to ship it home. This was one of her favorites, so when she had sent me a little packet of it, I saved a bit so we could enjoy it together when she got back to the States. I am happy to say that we got to enjoy a pot of it on her last full day before leaving again! It has lovely flavor, and the lime is bright but not overly tart.
A friend really loves this tea and drinks it often. We shared a pot of it tonight for the first time and I found it to be a very smooth tea with no astringency. The vanilla aroma is just right and the vanilla flavor is light with a sweet aftertaste that is very mild. It was a very good tea, but as my youngest daughter (who LOVES Vanilla Black by Harney and Sons) said, “I still like Harney and Sons Vanilla Black better!” And it is less than half the price! Vanilla Black does not taste the same as their decaf tea called Vanilla Comoro, which is sweeter and more of a dessert tea but is also delicious.
Though I haven’t been logging it, I had this tea almost every day this week! I have been busier than usual, and found that it was an extra special treat to take a JoeMo of this along with me to radiation. It makes the wait for getting zapped a little more pleasant, though I must say our local cancer center is very nice – almost spa-like in the section I have to be in!
This tea is lightly smokey and just right for me in the mornings when I am not having Queen Catherine, who is a bit more assertive and a truly lovely lady! I take it with milk and sugar as I do all my breakfast teas.
At lunch today I noticed a pot sitting out and it was some leftover tea from Friday morning. It made a delightful cup warmed up to go with my meal. Now that I have admitted to drinking tea that has been sitting out for two days (and that is my limit!) I am curious. Do you leave tea out and reheat it? And how long do you feel it is still drinkable? Of course, if there are any dregs it would probably become bitter in that time, but two days has worked for me. If a pot sits around for three, which only happens because we have three tea drinkers making separate pots daily and the counter is always covered in tea pots, I would toss it!
Thanks to darlin’ daughter who always cheerfully makes my pot of tea for me as I get ready to rush out the door! You may be seeing her on steepster soon with her own reviews!
I have had a couple of types of chai. One was made by a friend from India and contained cardamom, turmeric, ginger, and a wee bit of black pepper. She boils the spice mix with CTC tea for 15 minutes or more and then strains it. Strong stuff! And not my cup of tea! Another lady I know makes her tea just like we do but adds cardamom and cinnamon after it steeps. Both recipes add a lot of milk to the chai.
The Harney and Sons tin comes with a recipe, but I decided to try steeping this as usual first. I gave it four minutes because it was CTC, but it really probably should have gone a little longer. It was very mild without additions. The aroma of the dry leaves was mostly cardamom, but a very sweet cinnamon flavor kept peeking out and the steeped tea had a pumpkin pie aroma – possibly nutmeg or allspice. Without additions, it was weak and only slightly more flavorful with milk and sugar. A bite of Belgian cream puff followed by a sip of the chai showed a marked difference in my perception of the tea. Suddenly it was an exquisite pairing! Sandy thinks the fat in the whipped cream in the cream puff may have brought out more flavor, which means that preparing it the way Harney and Sons recommends will probably bring the best flavor results! We’ll give it a try soon.
This is it – the best, the ultimate tea for tea party day. We make it every week now because it is the favorite. Rich, smooth, full, caramel-y flavor. WE LOVE THE MONKEY! Thank you, JacquelineM, for replenishing my tin! Hopefully Harney will get some more and then there will be a one pound bag on the way to my house!
This was the second tea on today’s tea party menu. The vanilla was especially appealing today – it almost smelled as rich as Vanilla Comoro! It paired wonderfully with our cream puffs and cookies! We took this one with no milk or sugar, but if you like a sweet dessert tea it takes sugar well. Our youngest taster likes it with a touch of milk.