1979 Tasting Notes

drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
1979 tasting notes

On Jacqueline’s recommendation I am trying this one again and taking it with sugar and milk. I tried it before with no additions and though it wasn’t bad, I thought it wasn’t great.

I tried the first cup with just sugar added, and it was very pleasant. Although no one else has mentioned it, I really think I picked up on the barest hint of smoke in this, as is common with many keemuns. It was lovely! I tried it with sugar and milk both next, and liked it just as well, though most of the time I don’t add milk to my tea. Hubby is very picky and likes only a few teas but he finished his cup so he must have rather liked it! It was a lovely pot to follow up a quiet Sunday brunch while I catch up on my correspondence. I would liken this to Premium Steep’s Golden Monkey, though perhaps not quiet as refined, and also to Teavana’s Golden Monkey, though it is not as honeyed as either and has a little more heft because of that hint of smoke.

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
1979 tasting notes

A very nice vanilla flavored black tea! This one is not nearly as sweet as their Vanilla Comoro and I use it as a stand alone or with cookie or cheese plate tea. It is pretty iced, as well. Must have been good – I just drank the whole pot! I do put a little sugar in this one if I am not having it with food.

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drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
1979 tasting notes

A lovely afternoon tea! We had this one with pound cake, fresh chocolate chip cookies, and Belgian Cream Puffs. Very satisfying!

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1979 tasting notes

Sold out again? How can it be! Alas! I am glad I have a little bit left but this is getting serious, people! This is such a favorite that it HAS to be served at Wednesday tea party every week! I resteeped this week, too, and we drank a second pot of it. Delicious, round, satisfying, naturally sweet, full-bodied yet golden caramel flavor. I am on pins and needles waiting for them to get some more….I will be ordering a pound so we won’t have a tea emergency anyway time soon…

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So excited! So many people have already shown an interest on getting in on the special offer of loose leaf Tower of London next week that Mike Harney decided to just add it to their catalog! Wheeeee! I know I already had three pounds spoken for and possibly four. If you haven’t tried it, this tea is just too good to miss, and I almost DID miss it! I read a very positive review of it and at the time EVERYONE was sold out, including the Harney website. My hubby got online and searched until he found a little tea shop that had some and ordered it for me as a surprise. This is lovely in the afternoon unsweetened and served with cookies or a cheese plate, and I drink it in the mornings with just a touch of sugar. It is similar to Paris, but sometimes I am more in the mood for this one!

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Meghann M

Yipee! That’s awesome news:) Thanks for sending in so many requests so that this is available loose!

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
1979 tasting notes

Oh joy! Just smelling the leaves of this beautiful Earl was delightful, and then things just got better as I poured it and sipped! The tea base is very high quality and the bergamot is just right. It was very well liked at tea party today, and my guest remarked that it was sooo much better than the bags and sachets of Earl Grey from another company that she usually buys. Indeed, it doesn’t even compare.

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When I read about the toasted cheese and tea at the end of I Was A Rat, I had to smile! And I also had to celebrate that warm feeling and happy smile with a toasted cheese sandwich (perfect, by the way, from my new Breville Smart Grill and Griddle hubby encouraged me to get!) and a pot of good tea. I knew the old cobbler and his wife wouldn’t have had a foofy French tea, so I chose this milder-than-most Irish breakfast that we like so well! Very nice! Milk and sugar, of course!

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gmathis

I believe I need to add that one to my reading list :)

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A nice pot of this followed breakfast today! A little sugar in this one for me unless I am having it with afternoon cookies. Today I picked up on the grapey flavor of the black currant in it a little more than usual. It was yummy! And Mike Harney has offered to make some one pound bags of this loose leaf! Hooray! I already have orders for three people wanting it, and I expect Sandy may make it four when she gets back from her south island tour!

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Mike Harney just wrote to me and offered to make a pound of this loose leaf! Hooray! I have asked him to make more than that – does anyone else want some of this delightful goodness in loose leaf? Just post to the Harney wall on Facebook or call or email them and let him know. Their customer service is unsurpassed! If you haven’t tried this lovely tea, I will liken it to Paris and it definitely has French style. It is wonderful unsweetened or with sugar.

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Meghann M

Thanks for the tip, I piggy backed on your facebook comment. I’m so happy they are able to do this!

ashmanra

They call this Chinese Black Tea with honey, but there is also bergamot and stone fruit flavors. Oh, lovely!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1979 tasting notes

Raining like mad, even thundering a little this morning. I needed a special breakfast, so out came my now-rationed Queen Catherine to go with toasted whole wheat lemon pound cake, made last night by middle daughter and myself. I am trying to hold off ordering until Golden Monkey is back in stock, but if more of my favorites start to run low I just may have to go ahead and order!

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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.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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