1926 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1926 tasting notes

I forgot I had drained my cup of Kenilworth Garden OP and had refilled it with this! I lifted the cup to my lips, sipped, and went, “Aaaaaaahhhhhh! That is so good!” Of course it is! It is Harney’s Golden Monkey! The best Golden Monkey I have EVER had!

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This was the first tea served at tea party today. Tea party included a sampling of Lindt Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt and fresh pound cake, as well as a cookie plate. This was very well-liked, and was so smooth. It is not as astringent as Uva Highlands, but a little more so than a really low grown Ceylon – which I love – they really are smooth! Kenilworth Garden has nice body and flavor. I took mine plain, youngest daughter took it with milk and sugar. It is good both ways!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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A tea party tea today! This one was excellent as always. We had Kenilworth Ceylon first, which was quite good, and when I lifted my cup of Paris it was almost like smelling a fine perfume! This tea makes you feel rich!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I needed a refined, rich, elegant tea this evening. Today is my long day when I teach until 6:30 pm and sometimes a little later, so I like to have tea time around 3:30pm and then keep a pot at hand to carry me over to supper. Paris came to mind. Ahhhh! This was a lovely treat to make me feel spoiled while I worked late!

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Very golden, sweet, but very light. If you like Golden Monkey you might like this, but it is not nearly as caramel, swet, or honeyed. It was well-liked at “little tea-time” today. I may try another gold yunnan someday to see how the two compare.

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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Something is messing with my tea mojo on this one! The first time I tried it I was in LOVE with it. I sent some to Sandy along with samples of some French teas (Damman Freres) and she preferred this one. But again today I have done something wrong in the steeping parameters somewhere. It is just a tad astringent and not as sweet. Perhaps I need to cut my steeping time and lower the water temp a tad. It is a good tea, but it isn’t making me swoon like the first time I had it, and it is probably my fault!

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ashmanra

It must be me. I added milk and sugar and ended up finishing the pot, and as it cooled it reminded me more of the Dammann Freres I liked so much – Coquelicot Gourmand.

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It is 70 degrees, though blustery, and we could not pass up this opportunity to have a picnic lunch on the grass in the sunshine. Lunch was followed by tea, cookies, and Valentine chocolates outside and reading aloud from Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping. (I had to explain many things to my daughters. Did anyone else ever have to pour hot water and ammonia on a floor and then scrape up wax buildup for their mother? Thank goodness that is one chore I never anticipate having to do again! )

As for the tea, it was a most excellent companion to our reading. This is a black tea that goes well with anything and is liked by everyone. It has no astringency like the higher grown Ceylons may have. It is from the daily tea selections at Southern Season, but has good body and very large leaves. It can be served plain, or taken with sugar and milk equally well.

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JacquelineM

My grandmother did EVERYTHING and I didn’t even know how to do the simple things when I went on my own. I even remember being terrified of the washing machine! Poor David did the laundry for the first 6 months or so before I was ready to learn. David did most of the cooking too – I literally didn’t know how to boil an egg. Seems like a million years ago! I think my grandmother thought she was doing things for me to save me the trouble since I was an earnest student and was always doing homework, but she really did me a disservice because it was twice as hard to learn everything all at one time when I started my own home!

ashmanra

This book would have come in handy! Mrs. Dunwoody is a fictional Southern Belle who put these hints together in 1866 in her old age for posterity. It has everything from recipes for housecleaning solutions to etiquette to organization. It is certainly very old-fashioned, but there is a wealth of great advice in it!

gmathis

To this day, every time I gingerly attempt to deconstruct a cooked whole chicken, I can just see both grandmothers looking down and laughing hysterically at me.

ashmanra

“Cut AGAINST the grain, dear!” I can hear my mom when I carve a bird! And “You’re throwing that away? There is still a lot of meat left on that carcass. Here, let me….” or how about “Be careful not to overbeat that pound cake!” But I must say that by the time I was housekeeping on my own, my mom ended up liking my cooking better than her own!

gmathis

:) …and then there’s my feeble attempts to bake homemade bread…but let’s not go there…

ashmanra

Now that is one area where I succeeded! My mother used to say, and I quote, “I’m scared of yeast!” She wouldn’t bake with it because she would put a lot of work into something and then it would fall.

JacquelineM

I think the yeast is much more dependable these days – I remember even in the 90s going to the supermarket and buying yeast. THere was always a huge possibility it was “dead” from improper storage and sitting on the shelf forever. Now I use instant yeast – I get the big bag from King Arthur and keep it in the freezer in a special container. Lasts so long and you know King Arthur treats their yeast beasts right!

gmathis

Yeast beasts—-I like that. (I’m collecting tongue twisters for a kids’ writing assignment.)

ashmanra

We bake so much, especially home made bread, that I buy the Sam’s Club double pack – two pounds! I keep the open one in the refrigerator and the other in the pantry since it is vacuum sealed. I used to use Perfect Rise but the only local source is pretty expensive for the amount we use, and the one at Sam’s has worked well for us. Perhaps it is more stable now – plus my mom was raised in an orphanage and didn’t have anyone to teach her to cook! And down here in the country, especially back then, they made cornbread and bsicuits that didn’t require yeast, so probably even her older relatives barely used it.

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
1926 tasting notes

On Jacqueline’s recommendation I am trying this one again and taking it with sugar and milk. I tried it before with no additions and though it wasn’t bad, I thought it wasn’t great.

I tried the first cup with just sugar added, and it was very pleasant. Although no one else has mentioned it, I really think I picked up on the barest hint of smoke in this, as is common with many keemuns. It was lovely! I tried it with sugar and milk both next, and liked it just as well, though most of the time I don’t add milk to my tea. Hubby is very picky and likes only a few teas but he finished his cup so he must have rather liked it! It was a lovely pot to follow up a quiet Sunday brunch while I catch up on my correspondence. I would liken this to Premium Steep’s Golden Monkey, though perhaps not quiet as refined, and also to Teavana’s Golden Monkey, though it is not as honeyed as either and has a little more heft because of that hint of smoke.

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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A very nice vanilla flavored black tea! This one is not nearly as sweet as their Vanilla Comoro and I use it as a stand alone or with cookie or cheese plate tea. It is pretty iced, as well. Must have been good – I just drank the whole pot! I do put a little sugar in this one if I am not having it with food.

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drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
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A lovely afternoon tea! We had this one with pound cake, fresh chocolate chip cookies, and Belgian Cream Puffs. Very satisfying!

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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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