1999 Tasting Notes

drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
1999 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.

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

I was so ready for tea today! While running some errands I called home and requested a pot of this so it would be waiting for me when I got there. Just smelling it as my youngest carried the pot to the patio made me growl – yes, I growled, which really disturbed the kids but I really wanted that pot of tea and it was smelling SO GOOD! This was exquisite, as it always is. Is it the Ceylon Silver Tips that make it so special? If so, I need to try them by themselves, too!

This is my favorite Earl hands down so far. We paired it with a Panera Double Fudge brownie that had been cut into strips so we could share and some strawberries we had sliced and lightly sugared. The tea was perfect just as it was – no additions at all. Ahhhhh. Feeling so blessed…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

Tornados stuck the north side of our town at the military base and hubby is essential personnel. This means supper at midnight tonight! What to serve? One of his favorite decaf teas! This one by Harney and Sons is decaf and….believe it or not…somewhat assertive! I don’t even bother to drink most decaf teas – they taste half-watered down. This one has good body and flavor, will be bracing, but will allow him to sleep like a baby.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I don’t normally drink greens, even flavored ones, but this one is so very flavorful! This is a very good tasting tea and great to keep on hand for friends who prefer greens because everyone I have shared it with has liked it. It is good hot, warm, and iced!
It is sold in loose leaf under the name Bangkok, which is how I will buy it. Like many green teas, it makes my tummy rumble. I wonder why? Maybe because I forgot to time it! Or it could be the amount of polyphenols in different types of tea, because assams and some yunnans do it, too.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec
pyarkaaloo

i’d go with amount of polyphenols, because i just oversteeped mine & it is bitter as anything!! :makes sour lemon face: still forcing self to drink mistake..

ashmanra

No, don’t! Life is too short to drink bad tea! :)

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I had this one plain this morning and it was so…PLAIN! It had that classic tea smell but I didn’t get smoke or cocoa or any of the things I love about keemuns. I need to try it again with food and see if it improves – this is a good time to get out my new Thursday Next book and some Swiss cheese! If you like Keemun tea, stick with Harney and Sons!

Preparation
Boiling
gmathis

Which Thursday Next? I’m behind … I think the next one for me in Mount To-Be-Read is “First Among Sequels.”

ashmanra

One of Our Thursdays is Missing. I think it is the newest. My middle daughter already finished and she has passed it on to me!

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

I seem to have become particularly susceptible to suggestion lately. Paul mentioned a tea tasting like buttered squash – I went to the produce market and bought squash. Jacqueline drank Keemun Mao Feng – I drank Keemun Mao Feng! This tea is as smooth as they come, and I had a whole pot sans additions to go with my Panera double fudge brownie and fresh strawberries. Yummy teatime on a beautiful spring day in the great outdoors!

Preparation
Boiling
Paul M Tracy

I’m so glad I didn’t use one of my more unpleasant descriptions like “garage floor.”

ashmanra

Same here! The buttered squash was much better, and I found some great local strawberries at the same time! It went much better with the tea… :)

LiberTEAS

And reading about “double fudge brownie” is making me want some brownies!

gmathis

Hmm…if I mention scrubbing my skanky kitchen floor in my next review, does that mean you’ll show up at my doorstep with your bucket and mop? If so, I’ll get right on it! :)

ashmanra

So far I have been doing these things at MY house! But I don’t see myself scrubbing the floor today, somehow….maybe I’ll make the kids do it! :) There are so many tea reviews I have read lately and thought, “Hey, I have that! I want some of that!” Who says advertising doesn’t work?

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This was our third tea party tea today. This Irish Breakfast is milder than most, but is also our favorite. Like most brekkies, it takes milk and sugar very well – indeed, it is blended with just that in mind!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

For some reason we especially like Vanilla teas in warm weather and it is a beautiful day! This was a tea party tea, paired with chocolate cake, Hershey pie, and fresh sugared strawberries from a local farm. This tea is excellent with desserts. We added no sugar, it is delicious and sweet on its own!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

Excellent, as always! Mike Harney just posted that he is on his way to India and China to buy tea, and I reminded him to be sure to pick up some Golden Monkey. This one stays sold out because it is so popular, and for good reason. The honeyed sweetness and rich body combined with its incredible smoothness are hard to beat.

Tea party today was extra special, celebrating the end of my radiation treatments. We had homemade three layer chocolate cake, Hershey pie, and fresh local strawberries sliced and sprinkled with sugar around lunchtime to sweeten until tea time! We chose Golden Monkey, Vanilla Comoro, and Irish Breakfast as our teas for today. Golden Monkey always wins when we ask which was the favorite!

Preparation
Boiling
JacquelineM

YAY! What a great reason to celebrate! I’ve been eating Rat lunches and thinking of you :)

What is Hershey pie? Sounds like something I need to learn about :)

gmathis

Belated, but celebrating with you!

ashmanra

This Hershey pie is “store-bought” from the freezer section! It is called Edwards’ Hershey Cream Pie and it was quite good. I am pretty sure there are also recipes for a homemade one as they even used to sell a boxed kit to make these. We do make a Hershey Bar Cake that is soooo rich and yummy. I can send you the recipe on that one if you like! It is Devil’s food cake with pudding added and a cream cheese and whipped cream frosting with bits of Hershey Bar in. Yum! (Of course, we add one extra candy bar over what the recipe calls for!)

JacquelineM

That sounds so good! I have a soft spot for Hershey – we like to visit Hershey Park in Hershey PA, and go to Chocolate World :) The chocolate there is so perfectly fresh and delicious!

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drank Summit Grey by Summit Tea Company
1999 tasting notes

We ordered a sampler from Summit Tea Company through amazon.com because their website said they had Dammann Freres teas. While some of their teas seem to have the same name or the same name but translated into English, the taste isn’t even close to the quality of the Dammann Freres tea I had in a tea swap, though it was a different flavor.

I assumed by the name that this tea was not a Dammann Freres tea but rather their own version of Earl Grey. Since I adore Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme I hoped to like this one. Sadly, it is a bust! Twinings Earl Grey from my local grocer tastes better than this. There is almost no bergamot flavor at all. What is going on with Summit Tea? Are they selling ancient stock on amazon to get rid of it because it has no flavor left? The Poet’s Tea that was supposed to be Dammann Freres was so awful that I poured it out! Of the three in the sampler I have tried, only one is drinkable so far.

Preparation
Boiling

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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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