1829 Tasting Notes

drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1829 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
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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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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I love the aroma of this tea! It tastes very good even without additions. Tonight it had the unfair trial of being tasted right alongside The de Cigales by Dammann Freres. The Boston won in the aroma category, but the Dammann Freres has more flavor. Granted it is a different flavor tea, but with the same “mood” of cup in my opinion. They are warm contemplative cups. A very good tea with a heavenly aroma.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

Oh yes, and Doulton’s comment about cigar tobacco? Yes, yes! The sweetest, good-smelling cherry tobacco in your dearest grandfather’s jacket pocket must have smelled like this. I must confess to sniffing the tin….a lot.

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
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I had to wonder if this tea was really as good as I thought, or if it was just my imagination on that first cup, so tonight I had another. Not my imagination! This tea is so flavorful! It has depth and richness, with the fig lending warmth, the nutmeg adding interest, and the many other ingredients making your mouth SING! It is THAT good. I must get more! No additions – this one is too too good as is!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Since I drink this several times a week, I don’t usually tealog it every time. However, for a big change I will make a new post about a tea I drink often. The big change…..I am no longer adding milk and sugar! This is a route I never expected to take, but between George Orwell’s admonitions about sugar in tea and my two friends who take theirs straight when we drink it together, I was ashamed to keep adding it all the time! I won’t say I will not add sugar ever, or that all teas will be without it from now on, but the list is getting longer of teas I take straight now. Maybe I am growing up?

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

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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A sample from JacquelineM – thank you, thank you!

Dry leaves – sniff sniff sniff. Every time he walks by the tin….my hubby is opening it and sniffing. It smells that good.

Steeping – Pouring the water over the leaves releases the strawberry aroma almost immediately. A very long five minutes ensues….

Drinking – First tried it plain, as I like to try all my new teas: very nice, light, and fruity. A genteel cup of tea, not tart at all but nicely berry flavored. I add milk before the sugar this time to see how it affects the cream aspect and don’t note a huge difference, but I only had skim and I know some people like to add real cream to this one. A dash of sugar, and let it cool for a minute and you really release the flavors. Aahhhhhh.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Today’s tea party teas were Golden Luo by Harney and Sons and Boston. Boston was the hands down winner among the folks who drink their tea with no additions. This tea is…sigh….a hug in a cup. I really don’t want to talk to anyone while I drink it because I want to keep my nose in the cup, sniffing the lovely aroma. This one is already going on my reorder, and I have only had it for one week, but the tea guests all love it! Must have more….pound bag, here we come!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Golden Luo by Harney & Sons
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These leaves are neat-o! I’m showing my age when I say that, aren’t I? But they really are nice to look at. The big shocker came when I poured the tea. Wow, that is DARK! Well, darker than I expected this to be when it had so many golden pieces in it. And it smells like……coffee? Just a bare hint of coffee, but probably what I am detecting is the unsweetened cocoa present in lots of Chinese black teas. Still, that is a surprise for me. This was sweet enough to drink with no additions, and while not as good as Golden Monkey to me, it might be nice if you have a day where Golden Monkey is just a little too sweet and honeyed for you. A very good tea.

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 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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