2112 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
2112 tasting notes

This was pitted against Tower of London in a taste test with a non-tea-drinker today. She liked this tea, but preferred Tower of London. Youngest daughter can polish off 7 ounces of this in 6 weeks. Not kidding. It is good enough that I gave two ounces to a friend and that is all gone and I am under orders to purchase a pound for her. Vanilla Black is a nice daytime vanilla tea, and has a lovely decaf sister called Vanilla Comoro that is so rich, caramel-y, and decadent. Come to think of it, the same friend had me order her a pound of THAT about a year ago when she tried it at my house!

Tower of London and Vanilla Black were served with fresh, slightly warm chocolate chip cookies made from flour we had ground today from hard red wheat.

Preparation
Boiling

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A neighbor has decided she wants to have a tea party, and she wants my youngest daughter to be her “barista”, if that is the correct term. (Daughter suggested geisha and I told her no, no, altogether different!) The neighbor drinks coffee, doesn’t like flavored coffee, but likes flavored creamers. She thought she wanted all black teas and has only had grocery store black and green teas, but I thought that for a GROUP of ladies at a tea party a wide assortment of different teas would be fun.

After hearing her preferences, I decided that Tower of London would be a good starting place. It is similar to Paris, but not as strong. The berry flavor is a little more forward, the honey is sweet, and the bergamot is a bit milder. She liked it! Hey, she drank three cups of it! And she didn’t even sweeten it even though she said she always sweetens everything. I think we may have another convert!

I told her we have only 48 teas to go to taste them all before June 10th. Nooooo problem.

Preparation
Boiling
JacquelineM

I love hearing about the tea party planning! I’d love to know what makes the final cut, and what food she decides to serve, too! Makes me want to have one, too! and lol w the geisha!

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This was the first “good” tea we ever bought. It was purchased at Barnes and Noble because my youngest daughter pleaded with me for hot tea since we hadn’t had any in a long time and we decided to try something better than the grocery store stuff.

Back when I first bought it, I always took tea with milk and sugar. Every tea. No matter what. Now I still add milk and sugar at breakfast, but that is the only time.

Today I decided to see if I could like a breakfast tea taken plain. I did! I did! Note that Royal English Breakfast is not the same as Harney’s English Breakfast at all. They are very different teas, and if I had to compare this one to another of their teas, I would compare it to Supreme Breakfast, which is really good and a bit heartier on the assam. This was a brunch treat with 72% dark chocolate.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Sally's Secret by Harney & Sons
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Thank you, Jen, for this very generous sample! I came home from the beach and this was one of the first things in the mountain of mail to be opened.

I looked up my review from a while back when I sampled the tea because my memory of it was really fuzzy. The last time I tried this tea I took it plain, so I decided to add a sprinkle of sugar this time. My tastebuds were a wee bit seared by some salsa that I ate as a quick and easy supper (still not done unpacking) so I got some little cubes of Swiss cheese to cool my mouth. Now that my tastebuds have revived, this is good! I am reminded more of Rose Congou by Upton than of Rose Scented by Harney and Sons as I drink this, but mainly in the base. The rose is not nearly as forward in this one, though, and the bergamot is stronger than I remembered. I like this very much! Thank you, again, Jen! Having new tea waiting was a nice “Welcome home!”

Preparation
Boiling
SimplyJenW

So glad you liked it! And wlecome home!

ashmanra

Thanks! I love beach vacation, but I love being home and getting things back to normal. Maybe normal should be in quotes! LOL!

teatime traveler

Yay, I’m glad you enjoyed your vacash, RuthAnn! And liked what you wrote about getting your tastebuds back. This is the last steepster post for awhile for me, y’all. I’ve become the “red eye express!”

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This is a guess, once again. The tea I bought at the Calabash Tea Room was labeled Orange Grove Vanilla, and I think this is it.

I have very few tisanes, and am not a big fan of them but was hoping this one would “Wow” me. Tomorrow we pack up and leave for home, so though I wanted a cup of tea I didn’t think I should have caffeine so late. I opted for my new herbal.

When I first started drinking good loose leaf tea I didn’t know how to describe it, how to rate it, how to appreciate it fully. It took time. Maybe it is the same way with herbals. This one isn’t bad but it isn’t doing any more for me than a bag of Celestial Seasonings tea would have done. After my first sip or two, I decided it was a little plain for me so I added a sprinkle of sugar. I think with honey, and iced, I might like this more. I don’t dislike it, but again, it isn’t doing an awful lot for me.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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Although the tea wasn’t labeled Adagio and was repackaged, I have no doubt this is what I purchased. I knew when I tasted it that this was a Ceylon base, and I am pretty sure it is a high grown Ceylon because it has a slight astringency, but not unpleasantly so. Also, there are some odd looking leaves, and when I saw this picture I knew this was my tea. The tearoom where I bought this was reviewed many times on teamap.com which is hosted by Adagio, so I figured many of their teas would be from there. About half of their tea was from Harney and Sons.

I have to agree with other reviewers. The caramel flavor is nice though has a slightly burnt taste. I took this with no additions, and I bet that with a little milk or milk and sugar it would be a good dessert tea. I like it, I will drink it, it is a step up from the Twinings I have had this week, but I don’t see myself buying more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
gmathis

I think cream or 1/2 and 1/2 improves it greatly.

ashmanra

I’ll try it!

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Another beautiful morning at Sunset Beach! Yesterday we got to see not only the woodstorks of Vereen Park (have only sighted them once before in about 6 visits) but we saw their babies, too! They still had that awful baby bird hairdo that is so cute, but were old enough to walk around and fish with Mama, and Daddy awed us by flying over. Magnificent!

As for the tea, it was just so-so. It is a basic cup of tea, not offensive but not ringing any bells for me. I did a shorter steep because I thought that it might get bitter quickly being a bagged tea. Perhaps a little more time would have made a more robust tea.

There is a tea room nearby. Hope to get there later today and see if there is something delicious to report!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

I totally know what you mean about the baby bird hairdo!!!!

gmathis

Thanks for letting us vicariously share scenes from your vacation!

gmathis

(sigh) … a vicarious vacation may be all I get this summer …

Serendipitea

I found this tea so blah I didn’t bother to write a review on it .. Try their Irish Breakfast though – I keep that & Lady Grey in my cupboard ;)

ashmanra

I do like both of those, Serendipitea! I have some of each that I bought for here, and for home. I am letting my youngest have all the Irish Brekkie, though, since that is one of her favorite kinds of tea. I get all the Lady Grey, though!

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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I am drinking this tea courtesy of a lovely couple we just met in a stained glass shop. They live in Ireland (he is Irish, she is British) and vacation here every year, and bring their tea with them! They shared several sachets of Typhoo when I mentioned that I like tea.

I only steeped this for a couple of minutes due to my experience with Clipper Gold, which needs merely to be shown the hot water and then whisked away. I think it is a little on the weak side, so next time I will steep longer. It is not a tea full of nuance, but rather a very standard tea – not nearly as strong as the English breakfast teas I have had. Still, it is good to taste a new tea on the trip, and the best part was meeting sweet new people!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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We’re at the beach for a week, and I don’t have my usual teas, teapots, kettle, etc. I almost brought them but thought I shouldn’t risk my teapots and didn’t want to use up so much room! I settled for buying the Twinings assortment at a grocery store, with a promise to myself that anywhere and everywhere we go to shop I will look for some special .tea.

This Lady Grey isn’t bad! I added a little sugar. It will do in a pinch, until I get home to my favorites!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Serendipitea

To really boost the flavour try mixing 8 – 10 drops of Orange Essential Oil into a fresh tin, then resealing for a couple of weeks before drinking .. Lots of my ‘gumboot/plain’ tea drinking visitors comment on how good it is and go on to buy some since they can get it cheap and locally :)

ashmanra

I may try that! These are bags, but I suppose closed in a tin they would still absorb it. It sounds good!

KeenTeaThyme

I normally don’t care for Earl Grey teas, but this is one I really enjoy. I’ll definitely have to try Serendipitea’s tip. :)

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Woke up with a sore back and much to do – get the van in for new tires and servicing before vacation starts tomorrow, have a radiation check-up at 9 am. It is time for…CATHERINE! The tea that gives you the strength to meet your day while consoling you at the same time!

I talked my youngest into sharing this pot with me. She likes Queen Catherine, but sometimes feels it is a little strong for her. Today she downed her cup! Milk and sugar with this one in the mornings, as usual.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about six 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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