1813 Tasting Notes

This is indeed Extra Fancy! The leaves are large and have a nice pure tea aroma. This is my “go to” tea when I need a big pot of tea for lots of people of differing tastes to drink with a meal. It has good body, good tea flavor, and you can spice it up as you wish with milk, sugar, cinnamon, some vanilla – anything. Smooth, no bitterness at all. This went with chicken veggie soup at lunch today as we looked out on the yellow and orange leaves and the cloudy gray sky, which made for a very soothing, comforting lunch indeed! This is my hubby’s favorite tea when he drinks caffeinated.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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A big THANK YOU! to MeghannM for these teas!

I had a WHOLE POT of this one during the virtual tea tasting with Sandy via Skype! THis is my last sanple of Dammann Freres tea. The dry leaves are lovely with the petals mixed in, and the aroma is very nice as well. Brewed, the aroma is as special as you would expect from a good French tea. The flavors in the tea are not as pronounced as you might think they would be, but they are not hidden. They are very well balanced with the tea flavor. I noticed the blood orange flavor most, the cherry and strawberry next, and really didn’t pick up on the peach much.

These are not my favorite flavors for teas, but for anyone who loves berry flavored teas this would be an amazing cup. It was very good (I did say I drank the whole 22 ounce pot!) but I must say The de Cigales and Coquelicot Gourmand (I think that was the name of it!) were absolutely divine and I MUST HAVE THEM!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

I don’t know if it will happen, but my fingers are crossed. We are supposed to go to France in June. If so, I am going to bring back lots of DF and MF teas!! And Kusmi! And only the French know what else!!! :) :) :) I really, really, really hope we go!!!!

ashmanra

That sounds exciting! I hope you get to go and have the time of your life!

JacquelineM

My fingers AND toes are crossed :)

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drank Tokyo Lime by t Leaf T
1813 tasting notes

Thank you to Sandy for this tea! This is a lime flavored green. It is very good, and the flavors are well balanced between the green tea and the lime so the lime doesn’t overpower the green tea flavor. Someone on steepster had recommended this company to us before Sandy left for New Zealand, and the teas from them have been consistently good!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hmmm, the mysterious tea database worm must have eaten this one, because I am sure I have reviewed it before! Anyway, this is a staple in this house for hubby. He loves a big mug of tea after work, but doesn’t want too much caffeine since he has to get up so early. This is the most expensive tea on the daily tea counter at SS, and I think it is because it tastes SO GOOD. Ceylons just seem to take the process of decaffeination better than other teas.

I think this one may have even more flavor and strength than Harney and Sons Decaffeinated. It is as smooth as you expect a Ceylon tea to be. We drink it with sugar, or with milk and sugar. We also enjoy adding freshly ground cinnamon and sometimes…hanging head in SHAME and embarrassment….we add lots of Tang instead of sugar with that same cinnamon and make a Christmas tea of it. Oh, guilty pleasures are hard to admit – don’t judge me! :) (You want to try it, you know you do!)

Preparation
Boiling
mpierce87

A favorite around my house is a spice tea mix made with instant tea and tang. A guilty pleasure for sure!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

Delicious, as always! The best English Breakfast I have ever had. I had the two ounce tin from the tea chest and bought the 8 ounce tin to refill it. I have almost cleaned that out already, so I think it is time to admit I just need to buy the pound bag of this one, too. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

A lovely light pick me up before starting the yard work! First cup with no additions, second with a tiny bit of sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Noel by A Southern Season
1813 tasting notes

I was a bad girl. I drank decaf with supper so the caffeine wouldn’t keep me awake, but when I sat down to read I really wanted some flavored tea and I really wanted something Christmas-y since we went out of town and bought my Christmas season Southern Supreme “More Nuts than Fruit” Fruitcake that I serve up until Christmas! So here I sit downing non-decaf tea…

Now, I don’t really LIKE most Christmas teas that much, but I love to smell them. Noel is so pretty I would love to display it in a glass container. There are almond bits, dried apple pieces, orange peel, flower petals….and it tastes pretty good! It is smooth, not bitter, with nice orange flavor. Unless someone tells me that it is really awful (and what Harney tea has ever been?) I am going to Barnes and Noble tomorrow to buy that special pack of their Holiday Tea with the white tea since I just got a coupon for an extra 25% off!
It is a great buy at $15.95 for the two together, and with the discounts it will be even less.

I noticed that Dammann Freres and Mariages Freres have Christmas teas and if they are anything like the other flavored French teas I have tried, I will HAVE to get some! Anyone who has tried them, let me know…..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
1813 tasting notes

Wow. Oh boy, have my tastes ever changed in the year that I have been drinking loose leaf tea!

This is still pretty good. I still like it. I haven’t had it in FOREVER but decided to make it tonight to go with chicken pot pie soup that hubby and I were having at the tea table all alone, and he only likes Ceylon tea. Since it was late I thought I should make decaf, and to go with our food I thought this one would be best.

Since I know I like my tea stronger now that I used to like it, I added five teaspoons of leaves to my 22 ounce Beehouse teapot. Even at that this tea was weak to me, but not awful horrible weak like the Decaf Assam! With sugar and paired with food, it was serviceable to me and I enjoyed having a nice cuppa and some hot soup after our long day out driving in the rolling pastures of the Piedmont of NC looking at trees! But my hubby LOVED it and remarked several times on how good the tea was. And that is what mattered tonight!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

For the sake of spousal tea harmony, I have cheerfully brewed a number of teas incorrectly over the years :)

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Oh, Meghann, what have you done, sending me another French tea to fall in love with?

I had a rough morning. Rough. I needed something special. Came home after lunch and made this. Ahhhhh. This is elegance in a cup. So much flavor, none of it overpowering. At first I thought, “BISCUIT FLAVOR? Are they kidding?” But this was sweet, good, had lovely body, and oh my the flavors are beautifully blended. I drank the whole 22 oz pot by myself. Sigh. I melt into a happy puddle. Thank you, Meghann. Thank you, Dammann Freres.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

Happy thoughts sent to chase away that bad day!

gmathis

This sounds yummy!
Quote that I have taped above my desk at work: “There is no trouble so great that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” Bernard-Paul Heroux

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I bought these because they were inexpensive and I knew that Sam’s would take them back if we were not happy with them. I am keeping them because they are inexpensive, but I will say up front that these don’t touch the JoeMo!

I made tea Sunday morning and put my tea in my JoeMo and my daughter’s tea in the Cuisinart. The first sign that these were not as high quality as the JoeMo was immediate. When I picked them up to carry them out to the car my JoeMo was cool to the touch and the Cuisinart was warm, so even though it boasts double wall steel construction it was losing more heat through radiant heat loss. When I first put the lid on, some water ran out from somewhere, but it wasn’t tea so I think it was trapped in some part of the lid from where I had rinsed it.

These will be used to hold hot chocolate when we are going to drink it rather soon, but I wouldn’t trust them to keep tea hot for hours and hours like the JoeMo. One good suggestion in the instructions – have the drinking button open when you put the lid on so the pressure will be balanced. I have to do that with the JoeMo, too, but I don’t remember seeing it in their instructions.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four 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.

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

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