1828 Tasting Notes

drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
1828 tasting notes

Not a bad tea, but it didn’t leap out at me. I am not in love with it, but I don’t hate it either. It was sweet enough to enjoy without adding sugar, and there are very light cocoa notes and definite honey notes. Drinking it side by side with Brigitte’s Blend, it just lacked shine. It wouldn’t be a bad tea to keep around to serve with food because it is neutral enough that it won’t steal the spotlight, but it won’t be a memorable part of the meal.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

Try it breakfast blend style with a little milk and sugar and see if you like it better :)

ashmanra

Will do!

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drank Brigitte's Blend by Harney & Sons
1828 tasting notes

Today’s winner in the tea party test! This had the headiness of an assam, a lovely bright tingle in the mouth, and lots of added interest from the silvery Ceylon. Good tea! We drank this one with no additions. I think of it as a very, very refined Irish Breakfast. But I am a novice, so what do I know? We only steeped it for 3 minutes 45 seconds because I fear many assams. I will steep it a little longer next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Wuyi Oolong by The Republic of Tea
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Very nice oolong! One of the best I have tried so far – it is light and interesting, with a fruity but not too sweet tone. Others describe it as peachy. I am drinking it plain and it is quite good. Honestly, most oolongs I buy and try and leave them be, but one or two have engaged me and this is definitely one of them!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
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I had this with a friend this afternoon and finished the last cup of the pot this evening with supper. A very nice blend, interesting, and it pairs nicely with food. Not too astringent, and with a tiny dab of milk there is no astringency at all. I added a bit of sugar today but sometimes I drink this one without.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Yummy, malty goodness this morning! I wanted something different to go with my whole grain bagel, something with enough strength to make itself known even with food. This fit the bill, as it is very similar to an Irish Breakfast tea. Sharing a pot now with my youngest as we work on algebra! Maybe I should I should make an extra pot…

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

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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
1828 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
1828 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
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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
1828 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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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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