1879 Tasting Notes

drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1879 tasting notes

Aaaaah, it is going to be a better day. The ironing is done, the clothes are put away, school is underway, and I made a Christmas card this morning that only took me…um….an hour and a half. (Blush – lest you get the wrong idea, I am not that GOOD at it, I am that slow because I don’t know what I am doing but I enjoy it! It takes me that long to get results that don’t look like I am 5!) This delightful cup (well, the whole pot, actually) was my treat for getting the ironing done – not one of my favorite jobs unless it is ironing my old tea linens. What a treat it was, too!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

My iron broke last weekend and I keep “forgetting” to get a new one (I really am forgetting but I am sure I am forgetting because I don’t love ironing! When my tea kettle broke I was running around THAT DAY to replace it :)

gmathis

What kind of card crafts do you do? I invested in a Cricut over the summer and there are a few nifty tea and teacup die-cuts out there, though I wish they’d have an entire cartridge devoted to all things tea and coffee.

ashmanra

I use mostly Stampin Up products so I became a demonstrator for the discount! I mainly use the Big Shot for die cuts. I love to color stamped images, mostly with watercolors but sometijmes with Copics or pencils even though I am not artistic. It is still lots of fun! Today I was glamming up the three wise men with shimmer paints!

ashmanra

Jacqueline, I agree. Forget the iron, but a broken tea kettle is an emergency!

Meghann M

Jacqueline, I am with you on immediately needing to replace the kettle. My iron has probably gotten dusty, lost or broken as it has been ages since I have used it. Thankfully button down shirts aren’t a requirement for my job and I love wrinkle free khakis!

gmathis

OK, I’m weird…I look forward to ironing…at my house, that’s my opportunity to set up the board in the living room and catch up on all my stacked up DVR-ing.
Cuppa tea within reach is a must, too, although it has to be wa-y-y-y-y far from the ironing board; can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve stained perfectly clean laundry that way!

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1879 tasting notes

I had a bad, bad, bad, bad day. I needed something to comfort me, pat my shoulder and say “there, there” and make me feel pampered. Alas! I was out of Coquelicot Gourmand which would have done perfectly! But then I remembered how very generous this sample was, and thought I could get another whole pot of tea out of it. I did, and still have some left – oh happiness! This honeyed tea is so smooth and sweet, so full of body that it reminds of Coquelicot in some ways. It really did the trick tonight, especially paired with the cake recipe Jacqueline sent a while back that I had whipped up after supper. YUMMY! And this is going on my next Harney order. I also want to try mixing 2 tsps. of Elyse leaves with 1 tsp. of Paris to see if I get a loose leaf version of Tower of London. Can’t wait!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1879 tasting notes

WOW! What a nice surprise! This was the tea test for tea party today, and it was sooo good. Much better than I expected since my dearest most favorite teas are usually Fujian Chinese black teas or Ceylons. This is sold in the “tea blends” section of the Harney website rather than the “flavored tea” section, so I was very surprised when I opened the sample pack and sniffed. This wasn’t just tea…Ah! The honey! And when you brew this, would you believe the honey made it pretty darn close to a Golden Monkey? It is Tower of London-ish without the fruitiness. This was wonderful tea and I would gladly buy a whole tin! Smooth, no bitterness, not astringent.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1879 tasting notes

Thank goodness for Catherine! Another day at the Board of Elections for a mandatory recount, complete with glaring and snarling in the peanut gallery. Sigh. If I hadn’t had you this morning I don’t know how I would have done it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

All Hail the Queen!

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1879 tasting notes

It is a gray and rainy day here in Eastern North Carolina, though not cold. Still – some comfort food was in order. We baked a loaf of fresh whole wheat bread (made from freshly ground wheat!) and set out jams, butter, and apple butter from the NC mountains. Ah yes! My Golden dear did not let me down! Two cups made the afternoon pass smoothly with the rich honeyed taste, light and delicate flavor, and caramel-y mouth feel. Ahhhhh…..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I have tried to like this tea, honestly I have. It is just too weak in the tea department and too tart in the strawberry department for me. That said, I DO know this is a decaf intended for children, and I served it today to two little girls aged 4 and 6 who LOVED it. Their mom tried it and she liked it. I am delighted to have a tea for children that is well-liked and that the mommies don’t mind them drinking since it won’t make them hyperactive or keep them up! But give me Marco Polo for my tea and strawberry fix!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Meghann M

agreed on the Marco Polo note…haven’t found a strawberry tea to beat it, although Kusmi’s 4 fruits rouge comes close!

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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
1879 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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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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