1848 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Jasmine by Golden Moon Tea
1848 tasting notes

Thank you, JacquelineM!

I hadn’t read any reviews when I tried this tea. I opened the tin and held it in front of each daughter who was home. The second one said, “Root beer!” I just saw in the tasting notes that other people got cream soda from this, and I can definitely see that.

This was MY tea party favorite today! It was delightfully interesting. This is a HAPPY cup of tea. This tea is for drinking while you sing “Feeling Groovy” by Simon and Garfunkel. Or “Walking on Sunshine”. This is a bright and happy tea! This is grab-an-unexpected-peck-on-the-cheek tea. But it isn’t loud. It is gently happy!

The vanilla and jasmine are very well blended and balanced. I don’t get the overpowering feeling that I have been forced to eat a bouquet of syrupy flowers and I don’t get synthetic vanilla vibes. This is natural and fresh tasting.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Golden Monkey by Premium Steap
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This really is a Golden Monkey that tastes like a Panyang Congou, and I have no idea how it tastes with an everything bagel but it is very good with chocolate covered pretzels and Pepperidge Farm cookies! It is less sweet and honeyed than the Golden Monkey from Harney and Sons, and leans toward the flavor of Emperor’s Red. Thank you, JacquelineM! This was the guest favorite at today’s tea! Even my youngest liked it with no additives, and that is very unique!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
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I decided it was safe to make a whole pot of this today since my new tea should be here tomorrow! I gave some of this to my tea padawan and told her it was good plain or she could add sugar. (For the non-Star Wars fans out there, a padawan is like an apprentice and is wholly unrelated to the gaiwan or chawan.) She sipped and mmmm’ed, and said, “This IS good plain! It doesn’t need anything….” We had it with Rich tea biscuits. Lovely tea…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I was a little afraid of this Earl. The aroma was so strong when I opened the tin that I feared it might have a very synthetic taste when brewed. Not so! It was lovely and light, but not anemic. (I bought this and two others using a coupon from Barnes and Noble. If they follow a pattern, they will be sending that member coupon out again soon. Eeeeee!) This is a very nice Earl Grey. My favorite is still Earl Grey Supreme by Harney and Sons, but this one is a close second! And I can’t wait to try it as a London Fog.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Chai by t Leaf T
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I have only had chai once before and it was a very strong smelling chai with turmeric and black pepper in it. The aroma didn’t appeal to me but the flavor but was better than I expected. I highly prefer the seasonings in this chai by t Leaf T. I drank it without additions this time, but next time I think I will take Sandy’s advice and try it with a little honey and milk. Good Sunday afternoon tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1848 tasting notes

This is stronger than Irish Breakfast by A Southern Season. I think it is because Harney’s is 100% assam just as their English Breakfast is 100% keemun. I like this tea fairly well, and I am not overfond of assams. To an assam lover it is probably fabulous!

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Having read Sandy’s note again, I am trying this with milk and without, side by side. I really prefer without. I don’t detect any bitterness that needs to be smoothed and the milk is almost completely removing the Lady Grey lemon taste. I was enjoying the Lady Grey lemon taste because it makes me feel very foofy. So back to the cuppa with no milk and excuse me while my pinky hoists itself!

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

So funny! Just had a conversation with Sandy who sent me this tea and between us we figured out that my tea absorbed the flavor of another tea in the envelope on its way over from New Zealand! So….if you are expecting YOUR NZ brekkie to be lemony you may be disappointed! I still enjoyed it, though, just as I enjoyed my lightly lemon-and-cinnamon flavored Bell’s Ceylon today! :)

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I am having this nice cuppa today thanks to my friend Sandy, who deserted us for the wilds of New Zealand! It’s okay, we get to Skype virtual tea parties now and then and we get her house and dogs! :)

First of all, NOT what I was expecting. I did not read Sandy’s reviews first, so I was looking for a pretty regular breakfast tea. I sipped and thought, “Christmas tea?” But now I realize it is probably lemon I am tasting, very Lady Grey and I haven’t had that in ages! The citrus notes made me think of Christmas tea, which I really only drink near Christmas. A good cuppa, I added sugar but not milk. Twinings recommends a 3 minute steep but perhaps that is for the bags. I didn’t know that when I made this so it got about four minutes and isn’t stewed. Perhaps there is a touch of bergamot? A little….very little…clove? Probably not on that last one, but I am not sure! Good tea! Thank you, Sandy!

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

i brewed a cuppa this afternoon looking for the citrus. I am not getting any, I think your sample sample may have been tainted by the Tokyo Lime. But it makes me want to try it with lemon now.

Sandy

i added lemon and it is really very good

ashmanra

My dry leaves that remain still smell citrusy, and since the ingredient list says it contains bergamot it should. But maybe I am picking up on the Tokyo Lime. I will try it again from this batch of leaves but perhaps letting them “air out” a bit first.

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Decided to do a side by side taste test at the tea party today. My youngest loves this Keemun but likes really mild tea for the most part. The Harney and Sons version was more aromatic, more robust, and darker. Although Harney says it is a little more astringent than some Keemuns it was not too astringent for me. I would give it a 1.5 of 5 for astringency! I do not care for astringent or bitter teas. The tea is mild to a fault in my opinion. If you want a good all around tea to serve to a group of non-tea-drinkers this might be your tea. But if you love good, strong, cocoa-y Keemuns, look elsewhere.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
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ABout a year ago I bought a sample of this tea. I was a brand new baby loose leaf tea drinker. I thought this was SO STRONG! I was glad I didn’t buy a whole tin. Now, my tastes have changed drastically, I no longer add sugar to all my teas, and I wanted to see if my feelings on this one have changed. I had just purchased some Keemun Hao Ya A at A Southern Season and thought it was awfully mild.

Today we tried the two teas side by side. Harney’s is definitely superior. The aroma of the dry leaves is deeper and richer, the color of the steeped tea is darker, and the flavor is more robust. (And the funny thing? It wasn’t at all strong to me! I thought it was milder than Emperor’s Red, JacquelineM’s roasty toasty friend who captured my heart and tastebuds as well.)

This is a good, solid tea and if you like Keemuns I believe it is worth your time.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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