1815 Tasting Notes

drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1815 tasting notes

I love this tea! I bought it on a whim in anticipation of cool fall weather coming. (HA! Like that will happen anytime soon..) I already had some Cranberry Autumn and thought this would be more or less a clone of it with a tiny variation. Oh, was I EVER wrong! The personality of this tea is completely different. Cranberry Autumn is bright and bracing, great for a gathering of friends or a party – I consider it a very social tea. But Boston, now…Boston is curling up on the couch feeling very mellow and satisfied, Boston is intimate, Boston is “pray for a rainy, chilly day to read a good book” tea. Boston is contentment, with a happy little glow in the hearth of your heart. I WILL be ordering more of this. I have served it to one friend already who loved it, and the others who love flavored tea will be getting some soon….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
1815 tasting notes

This is a popular Harney tea in fall! It is very bright and bracing. The cranberry flavor and citrus blend nicely and make for a good, warming “social” cup of tea. Read my review of Boston and you’ll see why I call it that! I want to try it soon with a touch of freshly ground cinnamon…..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
1815 tasting notes

Thank you, JacquelineM for this sample! I made two separate pots of this today for our little tea party. I made a plate of fudge covered grahams from Keebler and Pepperidge Farm chocolate assortment to go with our tea. As I poured the tea, I thought I was smelling chocolate – but surely it was on my hands from the cookie plate? But I had never noticed it before. Smelled my hands – nothing. Smelled the tea – there it is! I have heard of teas having chocolate notes, I’ve even tasted unsweetened cocoa notes in some teas, but this smelled CHOCOLATE! It is a good, smooth tea. I think when I serve this in future it will be with a cheese plate to complement the chocolate notes instead of having chocolate-y cookies that compete with it. Very nice premium tea from Premium Steap! I think it could withstand an even longer steep time if you like your tea stronger.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
1815 tasting notes

This one just gets better each time I have it. I now drink it with no milk or sugar, and enjoy it with Aero whipped chocolate and Pepperidge Farm cookies in the afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81

Thank you to Lori for this sample!

I am with Morgana on this one. I smell and taste darjeeling. I don’t know if it is really in there, but that is what I get. It is smooth, not too astringent, and I really don’t detect any smoke at all. It has good flavor, though, was decent both plain or with milk and sugar added, and ….I think…..it may be reminding me of Margaret’s Hope 2nd Flush FTGFOP. That’s the darjeeling I am sensing, I suppose. Maybe the tiniest bit pepper-y, too?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

And…..several minutes after finishing the cup, a grape-iness hits me. Nice!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1815 tasting notes

Yes, I drank this one AGAIN. Yes, I still love it. It is still lightly smokey and intoxicates me on frumpled mornings. And even though I used the last marvelous leaves to make this cuppa, I refuse to click “Remove from Cupboard” because I marched right in here and ordered a whole pound. Aaaaaaaah.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
JacquelineM

Ordering a pound of tea that you love is so satisfying, isn’t it?!?!

ashmanra

Oh yes! I will cuddle it when it gets here….

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

77
drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
1815 tasting notes

I ordered the sample of this one since I am not a huge fan of Yunnan teas, although I enjoy a few pu-erhs. It is rpetty nice, but I would say that the astringency is leaning toward 2 for me, though Harney and Sons rates it as a one. The teas with NO astringency usually get a one. This one was a little drying on the tongue the more I sipped. The flavor is pleasant, I detected the very lightest whiff of smoke, and there was just a hint of pepper. I agree with another post that it tends to a white pepper scent rather than black pepper. Still, I stand by my personal feelings about yunnans and this one doesn’t sway me, though if you are a yunnan fan, you just may love this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86
drank Oriental Beauty by thepuriTea
1815 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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

89
drank Supreme Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1815 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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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.

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

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

Location

North Carolina

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer