1798 Tasting Notes

drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

This is my second morning opting for this one. Sometimes I am on a Queen Catherine streak, sometimes an English Breakfast one. I was so disappointed, but not with my tea! I arrived at work this morning and found myself seated beside a REAL LIVE BRITISH PERSON complete with accent. She was drinking a diet coke. At 8 am. And didn’t bat an eye when I ummm’ed and ahh’ed over my HOT TEA thinking we would stike up a conversation and become tea buddies. Oh Brit! You have betrayed both your countrymen and my hopes!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Sandy

I found out that one of the visiting Brits in my office does like tea. I will have to bring some leaf on Monday.

Meghann M

Awww..how disappointing:( Glad the tea wasn’t disappointing though!

JacquelineM

One of my favorite papers I wrote in school was about the “Coca-Colonization” of Europe after WWII – durn post war Americanization! Booo!

ashmanra

Oh joy! I saw her again today and asked if she likes tea. She said yes! She drinks a whole pot by herself but only during cold weather. Maybe she will accept an invitation to tea time!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

Tired. Sore. Usually have Queen Catherine but in the mood for something different today. English Breakfast. Aaahhhhhh. Nice, 100% keemun. I am going to the living room alone and pretend I have shrunk myself r-e-a-l-l-y small so I can get in my teacup and sniff the lovely aroma and soak away my cares….

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

Setup last night at 8 pm. No one told us the room was being renovated and we would have to move piles of dismantled bookshelves.

Up at 3:45 am to get ready. Call at 4:00 am that one of my judges is unable to come due to illness. At 4:05 am have pulled records and appointed new judge for the day. Who do YOU think is in my cup? I’ll be off work in just 17 more hours…..

JacquelineM

I’ll be thinking of you all day! What other tea could possibly get you through but the Queen?!!

Sandy

Poor you. Such a long day. Hopefully you’ll be getting refills of Catherine through the day.

ashmanra

No refills, but home at last! Not too bad a day. Tired and glad to be home!

Sandy

what slacker children. ;) but glad it went OK

ashmanra

They would be offended! They would have gladly brought the tea if I had asked. They stayed home and made brownies for me and cooked supper instead.

Sandy

That was very nice

ashmanra

Um-hmm, so your doggies get goodies tomorrow!

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I needed something bright and happy to drink today as I try to both complete school with the kids AND get everything ready for tomorrow at the polls. This one was just the ticket! I love the sweetness. It is lightly fruity and has nice honey aroma as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Meghann M

Is the honey noticeable in the taste? I’m curious about this blend, but didn’t want to buy a whole tin of tea…since I just bought 4 tins and samples from harney.

Good luck at the polls tomorrow!

ashmanra

Not noticeable as in, “Wow, this tastes like honey!”. That is how I feel about Golden Monkey. This is, however, sweet enough to drink without adding dugar or honey. PM your address and I will send you a sachet of it to try! I just bought a new tin. If you have had Paris, Tower of London=Paris-bergamot. It is apparently black currant and honey, since Paris is apparently Black Currant and honey and bergamot.

ashmanra

Also, I need another pot because today in geometry we are studying tessaracts, hypercubes, spacetime, hypothetical fourth dimensions, and so on, that were NEVER EVER EVER mentioned when I took geometry or Advanced Mathemathics. This is totally unfair. I feel like I just got hit by a phaser set to stun.

Meghann M

I haven’t had Paris yet, but have some on the way. (finally placed an H&S order last night). Good luck with the geometry. None of those things you mentioned sound like anything I remember learning in Geometry years ago. Hope the tea makes your brain ready for whatever they throw your way.

Also, I can’t PM you yet, as I don’t think you’re following me. Please take a look through my cupboard and let me know if there is anything I can send your way as well.

ashmanra

Meghann, I was wrong. This tea does contain bergamot after all, but it is milder than Paris.

Meghann M

That’s quite alright. I do enjoy bergamot. I’m excited to sample this one when it arrives!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

I really want to learn to like assam teas. I read the reviews about how wonderful and malty they are and I want to join in, but so far Chinese black camellia sinensis teas are still my favorites! Even Chinese camellia assamicas do not thrill me the same way.

But I do enjoy Irish Breakfast blends, and this one happens to be 100% assam. I take it with milk and sugar ALWAYS. Why do assam teas make me rumbly in my tumbly when Chinese teas do not?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lori

Those Assams need soooo much milk and sugar and then they are good. But if I started the AM every day w/an Assam- my calorie budget would not like it..

JacquelineM

I agree with Lori – milk ’n sugar = a tasty assam. I think they are too rough for plain drinking, but taste soooo good with milk and sugar! Also some of them are even too bold to take to 4 or 5 minutes even with milk and sugar. If you have one that tastes really bitter or astringent try a little less time. Mountain Malt, for example, only needs 3 minutes! :)

ashmanra

Thank you! I will try that. I do add milk and sugar but have been steeping for about 4 minutes. I will cut back the time. Southern Season’s is mild and takes 4 1/2 minutes very well. Others have been too strong for me!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

I took Catherine canoeing yesterday! We had a very good time, and thanks to my JoeMo XL she was still hot four hours after being poured in. A good bracing cup of tea!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Zealong Dark by Chicago Tea Garden
1798 tasting notes

I finally got to taste this tea, which was sent to me by Lori! Thank you, Lori! It took this long for me to get it to my friend in New Zealand so we could have a virtual tea tasting on Skype and then to arrange a time we could do this.

The funny thing is that I am in the States getting this in a swap from someone and I mailed a portion to someone who is two hours away from the plantation where it is grown! They have just opened a tea room there called the Camellia House.

The dry leaves smell really good. The wet leaves smell REALLY smokey! The tea is very smooth, not bitter or astringent at all, nutty, nice planty and not nasty planty. First steep was two minutes and I was generous with the leaves. WOW! They really open up!

The second steep was dark DARK yellow and full bodied, and there was a creaminess I hadn’t noticed in the first steep. I only added an extra 30 seconds.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

I actually made this one twice – once last night to share a quiet cuppa with my hubby, and again this morning.

Last week I found out that one of my favorite teachers – fifth grade – had breast cancer and is about to undergo radiation. She has been working with me at the polls. She noticed my tea by my side every day and told me that she had never liked coffee, loves iced tea, and feels cold all the time so she thought, “Say, why not try HOT tea?” She bought some decaf Earl Grey at the grocery store and loved it. Her doctor says she is not allowed to have caffeine. She was so excited to tell me that she found out she loves hot tea. I was even more excited because now I have a NEW TEA PADAWAN! And it is one of my favorite people!

So this morning I took a thermos full of Vanilla Comoro to work, brewed fresh at home from loose leaf. SHE LOVES IT! Hooray! I gave her a good diffuser, some loose leaf, and a sample of decaf Irish Breakfast. Soon we are getting together for tea. I love what tea has done for friendships in my life!

As JacquelineM does, I add lots of extra leaf on this one. When I first started drinking tea it was plenty strong enough for me. Now I can tell it is decaf but still prefer it to almost any other night time alternative! Extra leaves makes it a bit stronger, and the aroma is always just heavenly.

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

I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. We just found out my aunt (my grandmother’s sister’s daughter but she’s always been “aunt” to me :) has breast cancer this week too. It’s been on my mind so much this month with Breast Cancer Awareness month and it seems overwhelming!

I noticed on my Zhena’s Gypsy Tea container all of the antioxidants etc in their rooibos blends – you may want to see if she might like to taste some of them. I’d be happy to send you some – I have a Zhena’s and a berry rooibos from Samovar which has tons of antioxidants and is very flavorful! I also have a mint rooibos for when you feel sick in the stomach.

ashmanra

Thank you! I will check out her tea tastes and see if I think she would enjoy those. I thought I would start her out on my African Autumn from Harney. It is the rooibos version of Cranberry Autumn. If she seems to like that, I will see if she wants to try even more flavors. Her next two to try are the Twinings decaf Irish Breakfast (since she wants some easy grocery store teas to do) and some Southern Season decaf Ceylon Orange Pekoe. I thought she could add some freshly grated ginger to that last one, too.

So sorry to hear about your aunt. I hope it is one of the least aggressive forms. One friend had the HER 2 positive kind. THAT was a battle. But she is fine now!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

I am only posting one tasting note, but the truth is that I have had this tea in a JoeMo XL every single day that I have worked at early voting. No one else can get you through saying, “Name? How do you spell that? Address? When did you move?” 950 times a day quite like Catherine. Oof. I love my Catherine. And what an amazing lady the real Catherine of Braganza was!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank tippy yunnan by A Southern Season
1798 tasting notes

I had this one quite a while back. The friend drinking tea with me was a former coffee lover turned to tea, and takes all tea without additions. This one was a bit too peppery for me.

But JacquelineM suggested steeping for a much shorter time and at a lower temperature, and guess what? It really does improve this yunnan! I know she was using the Harney version which is probably a higher quality tea, but I want to finish this little tin! I didn’t get to try resteeps, no time today because of a writers’ group meeting, but this weekend I hope to try it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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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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