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1769 Tasting Notes

drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
1769 tasting notes

This was the first tea served for the Wednesday tea party, and the favorite. There were lots of low, moany groany noises as it was sipped – it was a hit! The description does not do it justice – this tea smells the most chocolate-y of any I have had, and it so wonderfully smooth. It has a great range of flavors, mostly low notes if I understand how they rank that sort of thing. Sometimes chocolate-y drink doesn’t go well with chocolate-y food, but today this went very well with our cookies. Good, strong, and relaxing, like a shoulder rub from a big, strong man with big hands – and I should know. Hubby is 6’4" and his hand spans my whole back. That is what this tea is. It is THAT GOOD. The tea party guests agreed it was the more flavorful of the two unflavored teas today, the other tea being Keemun Hao Ya A by A Southern Season which is far milder than the one by Harney and Sons.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

I have just made a new tea friend and I am trying to discover her tastes so I know what to serve when she comes. We tried Wuyi Shan Lapsang last week – she had never had lapsang tea so it wasn’t a favorite….yet. She really enjoyed the Rosy Earl Grey that JacquelineM sent me, so I thought Paris would be a safe bet for a tea she would enjoy today. On the mark! It was a hit, and we have a good starting point for winding our way through some new teas for her to try!

Preparation
Boiling

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Second attempt today on this one. This tea was so mild I thought perhaps I had measured my leaves incorrectly, or that my scant measure I usually use for my Beehouse teapot was not enough. I added an extra teaspoon of leaves. I detect no change in the amount of flavor. This tea is good, but it isn’t even close to being as strong as the Harney and Sons Hao Ya A. Even though I like it and it is a good keemun, it doesn’t have the character and body I find in even the English Breakfast tea by Harney and Sons, which is 100% Keemun, though it is not Hao Ya A. This would be a fabulous tea to serve to people who are new to tea. It is mild, smooth, not smoky, not bitter, not astringent. It didn’t hold my attention without sugar, although on this second pot I am leaving out milk, since I usually use milk to smooth a strong note, and this tea has none. Don’t misunderstand! I like it, it is just very different from the strength of Harney and Sons, and much milder than the aroma in the store led me to expect. Six months ago I would have rated this in the nineties, but now I have tasted Golden Monkey and Emperor’s Red, and that changes EVERYTHING….

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

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I was looking for a tea exactly like Emperor’s Red. Do you know what tea is exactly like Emperor’s Red? Emperor’s Red. Sigh. It was wrong of me to ask a tea from Qimun to taste like a tea from Fujian.

This tea is not without merit, however. It is a very good breakfast tea, not as strong as I expected, with good body and flavor. The cocoa notes are not nearly as strong as ER but they are there. This was definitely a milk and sugar tea for me. Very good. This was the “fine tea of the month” at Southern Season, so it was a very good buy. I will enjoy the two ounces I purchased, and would definitely buy this again. Next time I will add a tad more leaves. I was careful with it since I thought it would be strong, and should have used to full recommended measure. Smooth, no bitterness, not astringent at all.

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

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Good breakfast tea, just basic, nothing too spectacular to say about it except that when you are in the mood for a breakfast tea this should satisfy! Better than many, but it doesn’t beat Harney and Sons English Breakfast!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

Sooo good. This is pure keemun tea and has wonderful body. I take it with milk and sugar. This was a nice break in between vacuuming, hanging out clothes, and teaching geometry this morning!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Chocolate Tea by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

My toes were really cold this morning! It was our first day of the household temperature dropping below 70 degrees. We have a rule against building the first fire of the year until it hits 65 degrees, and that includes no turning on the furnace. It helps us get acclimated to the new season and get accustomed to using the woodstove again.

This meant I needed a toe-warming tea today. What better than a tea that impersonates hot chocolate? I succumbed to the temptation and wiles of JacquelineM and added (gulp) a squirt of chocolate syrup, a splash of milk, and a wee bit of sugar. Toes and nose are toasty now! Aaaaaah.

And for those of you in really cold climes, we are fully aware that 69 degrees IS toasty to you, we are wimps, and piedmont North Carolina isn’t cold! But we get used to the 100 degree days and have a hard time adjusting to cooler weather! We love sleeping with the windows open and it was 49 degrees last night!

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

I hear you! I’m in the same general area, and my toes have been cold all week! the 65 degree rule is a good idea. I just hate the change of seasons!

JacquelineM

Sally Bowles would be proud of you for that squirt of chocolate syrup :) :) :)

Lori

We have been in the 70s and it definitely seems “cold” but glad from the break from the heat.

ashmanra

I am enjoying the break from the heat as well! We had soooo many days with a heat index over 100 degrees, but we still drank our tea every day! Now I can enjoy it on the patio instead of huddling on top of the a/c vent to drink it. The rest of the week is supposed to be near 80, but for us that IS fall weather. I have decorated the outside for Christmas barefoot many times. And we eventually get used to the cooler temps, it just takes us a while.

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
1769 tasting notes

Finished this sample up today! Shared a pot with a friend and it is just as delicate, just as girly as ever – and that was a good thing! I already had a tea to kick me into gear this morning, but now it was afternoon and I was ready for a gentle tea to enjoy this beautiful weather. This was a great tea for that. I really taste the jasmine in this one, but it is so nicely balanced with the rose and neither are cloying or artificial.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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Haven’t had this one in a while! It smells a lot smokier than it tastes, but that has been true of most of the lapsangs I have tried. This tea has heft. You can tell that this is a high quality tea, not something that NEEDED smoke to mask its inferiority. I like teaequalsbliss’ description. It smells CHEWY! And it is indeed good. Today I took one cup plain, and drank the rest like a breakfast tea with milk and sugar. Both ways are great! I haven’t tried to resteep this as Sandy did. Perhaps that will be my afternoon pot of tea!

Preparation
Boiling

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This is very different from the three pu-erhs I have tried. All the others were unflavored
and had the earthy, horsey aroma and smooth taste. Steeped, they were blacker than ink. I never get up thinking, “Gee, I want a big cup of pu-erh right now!” , but I do like it well enough and will drink it if it is offered. It also makes me feel better when I have overindulged in a fatty food, which is what pu-erh is most noted for.

The dry leaves of this one smelled minty. That’s right, MINTY! And the tea tastes more green than pu-erh. Even the dregs in my cup right now have that minty aroma. If you are looking for strong, black, horsey pu-erh, forget it. This brews up very light like a green! It is pretty good, refreshing, and worth a try.

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

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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.

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