1825 Tasting Notes

Good breakfast tea, just basic, nothing too spectacular to say about it except that when you are in the mood for a breakfast tea this should satisfy! Better than many, but it doesn’t beat Harney and Sons English Breakfast!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1825 tasting notes

Sooo good. This is pure keemun tea and has wonderful body. I take it with milk and sugar. This was a nice break in between vacuuming, hanging out clothes, and teaching geometry this morning!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Chocolate Tea by Harney & Sons
1825 tasting notes

My toes were really cold this morning! It was our first day of the household temperature dropping below 70 degrees. We have a rule against building the first fire of the year until it hits 65 degrees, and that includes no turning on the furnace. It helps us get acclimated to the new season and get accustomed to using the woodstove again.

This meant I needed a toe-warming tea today. What better than a tea that impersonates hot chocolate? I succumbed to the temptation and wiles of JacquelineM and added (gulp) a squirt of chocolate syrup, a splash of milk, and a wee bit of sugar. Toes and nose are toasty now! Aaaaaah.

And for those of you in really cold climes, we are fully aware that 69 degrees IS toasty to you, we are wimps, and piedmont North Carolina isn’t cold! But we get used to the 100 degree days and have a hard time adjusting to cooler weather! We love sleeping with the windows open and it was 49 degrees last night!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Janefan

I hear you! I’m in the same general area, and my toes have been cold all week! the 65 degree rule is a good idea. I just hate the change of seasons!

JacquelineM

Sally Bowles would be proud of you for that squirt of chocolate syrup :) :) :)

Lori

We have been in the 70s and it definitely seems “cold” but glad from the break from the heat.

ashmanra

I am enjoying the break from the heat as well! We had soooo many days with a heat index over 100 degrees, but we still drank our tea every day! Now I can enjoy it on the patio instead of huddling on top of the a/c vent to drink it. The rest of the week is supposed to be near 80, but for us that IS fall weather. I have decorated the outside for Christmas barefoot many times. And we eventually get used to the cooler temps, it just takes us a while.

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
1825 tasting notes

Finished this sample up today! Shared a pot with a friend and it is just as delicate, just as girly as ever – and that was a good thing! I already had a tea to kick me into gear this morning, but now it was afternoon and I was ready for a gentle tea to enjoy this beautiful weather. This was a great tea for that. I really taste the jasmine in this one, but it is so nicely balanced with the rose and neither are cloying or artificial.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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Haven’t had this one in a while! It smells a lot smokier than it tastes, but that has been true of most of the lapsangs I have tried. This tea has heft. You can tell that this is a high quality tea, not something that NEEDED smoke to mask its inferiority. I like teaequalsbliss’ description. It smells CHEWY! And it is indeed good. Today I took one cup plain, and drank the rest like a breakfast tea with milk and sugar. Both ways are great! I haven’t tried to resteep this as Sandy did. Perhaps that will be my afternoon pot of tea!

Preparation
Boiling

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This is very different from the three pu-erhs I have tried. All the others were unflavored
and had the earthy, horsey aroma and smooth taste. Steeped, they were blacker than ink. I never get up thinking, “Gee, I want a big cup of pu-erh right now!” , but I do like it well enough and will drink it if it is offered. It also makes me feel better when I have overindulged in a fatty food, which is what pu-erh is most noted for.

The dry leaves of this one smelled minty. That’s right, MINTY! And the tea tastes more green than pu-erh. Even the dregs in my cup right now have that minty aroma. If you are looking for strong, black, horsey pu-erh, forget it. This brews up very light like a green! It is pretty good, refreshing, and worth a try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1825 tasting notes

Fabulous tea, took it this time without additions as I usually do with any afternoon teas since we usually have cookies with! For breakfast, this one gets milk and sugar. The hint of smoke is a real pick me up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Another Wednesday tea party tea! This is the best Irish Breakfast I have had anywhere, hands down. The leaves are large and there is so much gold. This isn’t as bitter as some Irish Breakfast teas can be, and there is no smoke like you would find in an English Breakfast. Wonderful with additions, but still drinkable without. Still, I like my breakfast teas WITH, thank you very much! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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This was one of the Wednesday tea party teas! It is very bright without being tart, smooth and flavorful. We took it without additions and it went very well with our cookie plate!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

Your tea parties sound so lovely!!!

ashmanra

We have great fun! My youngest makes the snack plates while I teach piano, then the two youngest daughters stop school (we homeschool) for a little while and join us for tea. We usually make two or three different kinds because everyone has such different tastes, and the kids are not as adventurous as we are! Wish you could be there, too!

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drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
1825 tasting notes

Overslept this morning and needed a really good pot of tea. Youngest daughter and I made a little bowl of cheese cubes and brewed a pot of this. Aaaaaaah! This is even better than I remembered. Last time it was a little on the weak side for me, so I increased my steep time to 4 minutes. Again, the aroma of cocoa was AMAZING! This is probably the most chocolately smelling tea I have had, excluding those that have chocolate flavor added. This time I also detect what I thought was a light vegetal note, perhaps what the company is describing as fruity. It is just a hint of what I taste strongly in Ruby #18. Very complex, very smooth, very, very satisfying. Thank you, again. Jacqueline! I had been wanting to try a Red Robe style tea for some time…..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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