1999 Tasting Notes

For some reason this tea and I did not get along today! Perhaps it was because it was in the presence of such masterful teas as Golden Monkey and Hao Ya A. This is made DAILY at my house by one of my daughters, but I almost never drink it. I have seen it referred to as a premium tea in a review on a certain website that sells everything under the sun, but it isn’t premium in the way that Harnye’s Golden Monkey is premium.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

Our most dearly loved tea party tea – caramel, honey, smooth, rich, LOVE!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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A very good Ceylon! The leaves are HUGE and I do mean huge. There is a nice honey aroma and full flavor to this extremely smooth tea. This was actually made by accident today and became a fourth tea for the tea party when my youngest grabbed the wrong container. That was fine – we drank all the tea we made and then had to make an extra pot of Keemun Hao Ya A because we sat and talked for so long!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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This keemun has the classic keemun flavor you would expect – cocoa and a little smoke. But it tastes like a resteeping of leaves you had already enjoyed! A while back we tasted this one side by side with the Hao Ya A from Harney and Sons, and this is weak and pale by comparison. If you want full, powerful Hao Ya A flavor, get Harney. If cocoa notes and light smoke are a little much for you, this one should do nicely. My youngest daughter loves this tea and our tea party guest liked it very much as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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A quick cuppa before heading out for my first radiation treatment, or as my eldest calls it, OFF TO GET MICROWAVED! I hope I get a superpower. Note to self: avoid dung beetles.

I thought I would give this another try. It is unchanged, as is my opinion! It isn’t terrible, it is plain black tea. There is a tiny bit of astringency but not much. It has decent body but lacks nuance. It would be fine with lunch but I would rather have a tea that makes me oooo and aaaah. I think this must come from camellia assamica bushes because I have that little tummy rumble I get when I drink assams and yunnans! I do best with camellia sinensis teas!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

Hope it goes well, smoothly, and uneventfully.

Kristen

Sending warm thoughts your way!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

I read JacquelineM’s hint about steeping this at a slightly lower temperature and I tried it today. It was lovely, so I think I will continue just so I don’t get the accidental bitterness that a few have experienced. (Though I haven’t had that problem so far.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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This is a decent breakfast tea – nothing out of the ordinary but very serviceable and went well with my “faux Mexican” food lunch. (Tortilla full of cheese rolled and squished in the Breville, then doused with enchilada sauce. See? Fake Mexican food!) So now I have had 40 ounces of tea already and have a small tea party to do on one hour! I will definitely be sloshing by 4 pm, but at least I am getting lots done with all this caffeine coursing through my veins!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
1999 tasting notes

Bwa hahahaha! Yes, I said I was out of this, but I saved that last little basket of used leaves to rebrew another day, and today was the day! I had enough to make a 20 oz. pot and drank it all sans additions. Ah! It is definitely weaker, but still has lovely notes. The color is pretty much unchanged from the first steep! Enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1999 tasting notes

We had tea on the patio this morning to enjoy the early spring warmth and sunshine, though it was still a wee bit chilly. This was my pot of choice while hubby had Kenilworth Ceylon OP, but we each had one cup of the other one’s tea!

I would be distraught that I used that VERY LAST OF MY LEAVES of this most beloved tea in the house, except last week I discovered that I had filled a tiny tin with about one and a half ounces to get me by until Harney restocks…..Make it soon, Mike! Make it soon!

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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