1798 Tasting Notes

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Thank you to Lori for this sample! This is an individually wrapped teabag. When I opened it there was a refreshing and strong peppermint aroma. From this I really expected this tea to taste exactly like my plain peppermint herbal tea, but not so. As you drink this, the smell of peppermint is so relaxing but the green tea is definitely there when you drink. Nice balance of the flavors. This is a slightly astringent green, not a buttery one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Oriental Beauty by thepuriTea
1798 tasting notes

A lovely, smooth oolong! The aroma is mostly woodsy to me, but I thought I detected some raisin-y in the background. Not astringent at all. Made a surprisingly dark brew! Thank you to Lori for this sample!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Supreme Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

Just about finished my tin of this one today. I may have a teaspoon left.

This was hard because I decided to choose EITHER this one or Queen Catherine to keep on hand. I already have H&S English Breakfast and SS Organic Breakfast, and with the tower of tea I have already I can’t justify buying both! (Well, maybe I can, but will the hubby go for it?) Although I like this one and it is quite good, I am not the biggest fan of Assam tea, so Queen Catherine has won. The two are so similar that it was a hard choice, but QC is a blend of three China teas, and they are really my favorites.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Russian Country by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

I was a little afraid of this one when I smelled the dry leaves, but I needn’t have been. It is very smooth, a little sweet, and the smoke is not overpowering at all. It was good enough to have a second cup. Went really well with cheese cubes and whipped chocolate bar Aero bar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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This is a very nice breakfast tea. I often have it in the afternoon with Pepperidge Farm cookies as well. It is not as strong as some keemuns, being lighter in cocoa notes and lacking smokiness as well. This is a great keemun for people who don’t like strong keemuns. They say it has red wine or muscatel flavors, but so far I haven’t picked that up. I will have to try to sharpen my senses….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Wenshan Baozhong by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

So glad I bought this one! The scent is delightful – I drank this from a gaiwan and I think I sniffed the lid as often as I sipped the tea. The aroma is light and lovely gardenia, so worth taking the time to slow down and appreciate this light, floral aroma! The taste is very creamy, buttery, and lightly vegetal. I detect the flowers as a light aftertaste – it isn’t a strong floral taste to me, just floral in the aroma. Some teas will irritate my reflux. Not this one. Smooth and lovely. Will try resteeping this one and learn more about this “lovely seriousness” Harney and Sons talks about!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Second pot of the day is youngest DD’s favorite! A very nice tea, and my favorite Irish Breakfast so far.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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This one has a little more heft to me than some Ceylons. I think Ceylons are delicious and smooth, most have strong honey notes and this one is not an exception. But there is more body to this one, I believe, and perhaps some additional toasty tones? Good with milk and sugar, enjoyed it with some sharp cheddar which always seems to sweeten the taste of tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Irish Afternoon by Bewley's
1798 tasting notes

This tea was purchased in Dublin by my daughter a day before she left Ireland. I had tried the Clipper Gold and it was quite strong, so I was a little afraid of this one at first. I needn’t have been! It behaved quite well, and is a lovely cup of tea. I drank it first without milk or sugar, and it was very smooth and flavorful, a nice accompaniment to our afternoon Pim’s. The second cup had the addition of milk, which smoothed it even more, and then sugar, which it also handled well. Not what I would consider to be a gourmet tea, but a lovely cup just the same. Only steeped it for 2 minutes, because it is CTC.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

Wonderful, as always! A little smoky but barely barely so! And Harney is offering free shipping on orders of $25 or more, so I am off to order another tin of this right now!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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

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