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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
2035 tasting notes

I made a pot of this yesterday but was trying another tea at the time and got aalllll full of tea and drank only one cup. That’s okay. That means I have a pot to warm up today.

I drink this with no milk or sugar and it is so smooth, with wonderful cocoa flavors. It has nice body, but isn’t strong like Keemun Hao Ya A, which I like very much. This is just…different. More elegant and refined, I think!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Many thanks to Harney and Sons and their fabulous customer service! I wanted my daughter to try this as a replacement for her breakfast tea that we are having trouble finding, and this doesn’t come in a sample – just a 50 count sachet bag. I added the note “Do you have a sample of Dorchester Breakfast?” at the bottom of my internet order, and when my order arrived they had sent a loose leaf pouch of this at no charge!This is a very good breakfast tea if you like modern-British style breakfast teas as opposed to the earlier pure keemuns or smokey Dutch teas. It is most decidely made to be taken with milk and sugar. It is more astringent than the teas I usually drink, but the addition of milk smooths it out completely. This is a true eye-opening breakfast cup! I agree that you can compare it to PG Tips that grew up in a better boarding school. All that said, I still prefer English Breakfast 100% keemun, Queen Catherine, Royal English Breakfast, and Supreme Breakfast (yum!) for my breakfast teas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

I love Harney! I was looking for loose Midsummer’s Peach in less than one pound amounts. My online inquiry was forwarded to the Millerton shop, and they can send amounts of loose tea over 2 ounces. I am just thrilled! There is a shipping fee, and I have no idea at the cost per ounce, but I am planning on giving it a shot next week.

Uniquity

Glad to hear that they’ve provided you with such good service..they could do with a little redeeming. : )

ashmanra

Wow! That is fantastic news about the Millerton store because there are a few teas I would love to get loose leaf but don’t necessarily want a whole pound, and online that is the only way they are listed.
My tea usually gets here in three days, and they often include free samples. I have seen Mike Harney do special sizes twice – once for a guy who wanted 50 count bags of green tea sachets, once for me when I requested a larger tin of Florence, AND he made Tower of London available after I begged shamelessly for 6 months. :)

They will sell you the “baby” tins for 60 cents each (empty), and those are great for giving samples to friends or for keeping small amounts of tea at hand.

ashmanra

Uniquity – that is terrible that you had shipping issues! You are in Canada, did it just take a really long time to arrive or is the shipping cost prohibitive?

Uniquity

For my own experience (which wasn’t that bad, but very annoying) it was a combo of cost and time. If I am going to pay the 7 or 8 dollars (I think it was in that range) to get it here, I don’t expect to wait a month for it, especially if over one week of that time, nothing was being put together on my order. Ladykittykatt (another Canadian) has also chronicled her Harney shipping woes on Steepster, though in her case she ended up cancelling the order after 2 + plus weeks waiting for it to even be shipped. I have heard many rave reviews about the tea and the customer service though (within the US) and I am glad for that…but I think that if it’s such a hassle to ship outside of the US, maybe they shouldn’t do it!

On the flip side, I love my vanilla comoro and I have a selection of their blacks being graciously sent to me by SimplyJenW, so they do the tea right, and that’s important too!

ashmanra

I understand that must be frustrating! I am fortunate that I have a couple of friends who like their tea and we put our order all together and we always qualify for free shipping. If I order by Wednesday night, I am drinking my tea by Saturday afternoon most of the time. I hope you get to enjoy some great tea from SimplyJenW!

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This is what it says it is. Organic. And breakfast. When I opened the tin I smelled the assam right away. (I am accustomed to Harney’s English Breakfast, which is 100% keemun.)
With milk and sugar, this is a very drinkable tea, but nothing out of the ordinary. It doesn’t really have any of the light smoke you get from a keemun, but it has sufficient heft to make me happy. I enjoyed my pot of it this morning well enough as I really just wanted a sturdy pot of tea beside me while I read.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
gmathis

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drank Lomi Lomi by Souvia
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Thank you, Paul M Tracy, for this sample!

This tisane has a wonderful aroma. Slow down and enjoy it, because even though it is bright and tropical it is mellow, smooth, and relaxing. I agree with Paul, let it cool a bit, too, so you don’t miss anything – but that is a good idea with any tea or tisane. I think banana and lemon were the forefront aromas to me, but there is a mellow, vanilla-like note that keeps the lemon from being jarring or overly bright. This is a nice relaxing cup between walking the dogs (Hi, Sandy!) and more yard work!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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This is my youngest child’s favorite tea! We shared a pot at tea party today, and it was smooth and rich as always. I drank it plain, she adds milk and sugar. I think I like it better than Mariages Freres Vanille des Iles.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
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This was one of the four tea party teas today. I was very surprised that it wasn’t my guest’s favorite, though she liked it. She loves loves coconut so I thought it would be the hands down winner, but the smooth sweetness of Rose Scented Black by Harney won her heart. Right now it is a tie for me. This is a great white tea, and the coconut, vanilla, and almond flavors balance nicely. It is smooth and sweet, needs no additions to be enjoyed, and goes well with food.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Doodleology

I was surprised by this one myself. The flavors in the blend are not usually compatible with my taste buds, however I really liked it!

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
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Of the four teas we had at tea party, this was the winner for my guest. She liked how smooth and sweet the tea base is. There is no astringency or bitterness to the tea base. The rose scent is elegant and light, the taste of rose is even lighter. My opinion was tied – I liked Rose Scented and Royal Wedding equally well. Royal Wedding may just edge out over Rose Scented, though!

Preparation
Boiling

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Today at tea party we compared Rose Congou and Harney’s Rose Scented Black side by side. My guest preferred Rose Scented Black, I think because she never adds sugar or milk and likes a naturally sweet and smooth tea. Rose Congou has a peppery aroma, so I am guessing the base is Yunnan tea. You get more tea flavor from this one, less rose.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Cherry Bomb by Shui Tea
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Another tea from Paul M Tracy!

My first sip was WOW! Chili peppers! I wondered why I got that first when Paul said he picked that up last. I tried again, this time letting the tisane sit on my tongue for a second. There it is! I got the cherries (which come out nice and strong in the aroma), the carrot, a little tiny floral taste, then BOOM! The bomb went off! When I swallow this is really when I get the full impact of the chili pepper. It warms your throat and the heat lingers first at the back of the throat, then on the tongue, but not in a “GAH! GET ME A GLASS OF MILK!” kind of way. I think this would be awesome to drink when you have a stuffy head and want to open it up and soothe your throat, too, but perhaps the chilis would burn a sore throat. I agree, the cherry aroma and flavor are nice and don’t have that sickening medicine profile that some cherry-flavored things have. Thank you for another new tea to taste, Paul!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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It feels like a long time since I have had the Queen. I had run out, but a new and larger tin has arrived. This morning I am enjoying Queen Catherine with breakfast, so I added milk and sugar. It is sweet and smooth, with a slight hint of smoke and a lot of flavor!

Today was an experimental breakfast. Breakfast is required in my household, even if it is a simple one. From childhood, my father made me a piece of (heavily!) buttered bread broiled on one side in the oven, and a glass of chocolate milk every day. We usually have toast made the same way with a bit less butter and using home made bread, but I have always loved cheap diner toast! So today we made toast in the Breville Smart Grill, painting it with melted butter and smooshing it just a tad, and we served it with grape jam. I wish I could say it was wonderful, but it was store-bought whole wheat bread, which I have never cared for. We grind our own wheat to make bread, so it doesn’t have the sour taste of oxidized vitamin E that you get in store bread. I will not buy white bread to duplicate diner toast, so tomorrow we will try again with home made buttermilk bread. I am thinking that will be just the ticket! At the cheap diners, I love the Mixed Fruit jelly, though I have never seen anything in the market labeled that way. You can buy a huge box of jelly packets at Sam’s and get it, though I don’t want to go that route! Too much jelly, and all different kinds, not just the Mixed Fruit!

Queen Catherine was perfect this morning, even if the toast wasn’t as good as I hoped. Not much can beat tea and toast!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

Off the tea topic, I love homemade bread. Do you have/use a bread maker? I’m always on the lookout for good bread recipes, but I do it the old fashioned way. Care to share your buttermilk recipe? (if it doesn’t require a bread machine) :)

ashmanra

I pm’ed the recipe to you! It is from Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book, available in many public libraries. I used to make six loaves a week by hand, freezing the extras to use through the week, but now my daughter usually makes our breakfast loaf using a Zojirushi machine that makes 2 pound loaves. The wheat is groun into flour just minutes before mixing.

Uniquity

A bread machine is something I’m excited to end up with one day. I don’t make bread that often at home, but it has increased since I received a kitchen aid stand mixer for Christmas. I do homemade pizza (from the dough up) every Friday though…I don’t have the best luck with dough always, but it’s so much tastier.

JacquelineM

Ashmanra! I LOVE Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook and didn’t realize there was a bread book too! Does it have the woodcuts and is it equally as charming and friendly? I have to track down a copy!

ashmanra

Yes! Still has the charming woodcuts! I have the old and new editions. The old one I bought hardcover on eBay, the new one I purchased in softcover because the updates included some bread machine recipes. Love the recipes!

ashmanra

Uniquity – when you start your dough in a Kitchenaid or other strong mixer, you don’t have to hand knead as long. Make sure the dough doesn’t overheat from the power of the mixing machine. I use the same recipe for my pizza dough to make stromboli and foccaccia bread. Homemade doughs are so versatile! If you go whole wheat, make sure your machine will withstand it. The Zo is one of the strongest. I got mine from pleasanthillgrain.com and they have the best customer service you can imagine. You can also just use it for mixing and rising, then take out the dough to make your pizza. It also makes meatloaf and freezer jam.

For mixing I use the Electrolux of Sweden Kitchen Assistent. (Yes, that is how they spell it!) :) It can do up to eight or nine loaves at once, and kneads the bread “hand-style” for you. You only have to do the shaping. I got it when I was very anemic and no longer the strength to knead 6 loaves for 60 minutes! Not anemic anymore, but I still love the mixer! I am planning to get my daughter the pink KitchenAid. My washer by them is almost 20 years old and going strong.

ashmanra

Just checked eBay – lots of copies and one of them is from a Goodwill store and would be less than $6 with shipping!

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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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