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1769 Tasting Notes

Delightful every time!

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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Chocolate Tea by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

When I first started drinking tea I couldn’t wrap my head around the thought of combining these two flavors. I mean, tea is tea and chocolate is chocolate. I decided to try this one after I enjoyed Florence so much. It is VERY GOOD! It isn’t just Florence minus the hazelnut, either. I add milk and that really intensifies the chocolate flavor, and I do add a bit of sugar but that’s just me! If you wanted a great chocolate dessert and didn’t want a lot of calories, this should take care of it!

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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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First, the leaves smell awesome! And I mean, AWESOME! It is a sweet aroma without really smelling like honey, and TEA! I don’t really smell the smoke in the dry leaves so much. (I opened a packet of lapsang once and thought I had stuck my nose in an ashtray. Yeh, this isn’t like that at all.) The wet leaves DO have the smoky aroma and it is mmm-mmm-good. The tea? Delightful! I added milk and sugar and drank it all on the way to the gym, ooh-ing and aah-ing the whole time. And it is organic! I haven’t had many lapsangs, and I understand that this is supposed to be about the same thing as a bohea if that gives you an idea of the strength of the smoke. No wonder the Dutch came back for more…..

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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Lori

Ooooh bohea smoke level is soooo mug better than the typical in your face LS….

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drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

Bought a sample of this – youngest child aka the tea addict says BUY A TIN! This tea has a wonderful aroma – I could sit here sniffing the leaves for the rest of the afternoon but I have to go to the gym. (We had eclairs with our tea this afternoon so it is especially important!) The dry leaves are interesting to look at – black, straight leaves, thin lightly curled ones, and green ones that aren’t green tea I think but maybe darjeeling? At least when it is steeped they look just like my 1629 Blend Darjeeling from Southern Season. It was initially astringent, which I don’t like, and might mean I should steep it for less time. I added milk and a little sugar (my friend added only milk and was satisified -she’s a no sugar gal) and it was deeee-licious! This one is a keeper! Plus, I LOVE the history behind it. And my kid wants it, so…….

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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Golden Mudan by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

I bought this because it was on sale. I will buy it again because it is AWESOME! There are strong honey notes – nay, the pot fairly exhuded honey and honeybees! Winnie the Pooh would follow this pot of tea around! If you like Golden Monkey by H&S or Zhen Quo by Southern Season, you should like this one as well. Sweet and light, with plenty of flavor. It went well with our chilled eclairs! (It is about 100 degrees here.) This was wonderful without milk or sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

I got my new supply of this tea in! Hooray! This was my first morning cuppa today, with Margaret’s Hope on the way. This is very lightly smoky and has nice full body. I think if I put Harney’s breakfast choices on hand in order, I would say they go English Breakfast, Queen Catherine, Supreme Breakfast, in terms of body and smokiness. The last two may need to be reversed – I should try them side by side! (An excuse to drink more tea!) But all of these are only lightly smoky compared to Bohea or Lapsang teas. Excellent….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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Wow! Thanks to TEAEQUALSBLISS for this generous sample! I had tried two darjeelings in the past and didn’t care for them much, but I didn’t know I was supposed to cut the steeping time for darjeelings. We often do side-by-side teas in the afternoon when we have new kinds to try, just for the fun of comparing all the aspects of the teas. Our choices today were this one and Supreme Breakfast by Harney and Sons. My first impression was…holy cow! This smells VEGETAL! It reminded me of my beloved Ruby #18, also known as Sun Moon Lake. The taste….quite good. Less astringent than my early attempts at darjeeling when I oversteeped. Also, it is very light, but not without flavor like a decaffeinated tea, just light and refreshing. I hadn’t read the description yet, but I served Raspberry Pim’s with this tea and they went together well. So they were right on with their serving suggestion! :) The astringency always kept me from making it through a whole cup of darjeeling before, but I had two cups of this one, even though I knew we had another pot of tea to try.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Supreme Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

With this one, the second’s time is the charm for me! I just tasted Margaret’s Hope darjeeling for the first time, and followed it with Supreme Breakfast, which was probably serendipity since I think the contrast between the two made me see favorable things about both. This time, the smoke was more prominent than before and…I can taste the chocolatey flavor of the keemun! I didn’t pick up on the cocoa note last time! My palate is pleased and tickled by today’s samplings!

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Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Supreme Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

Had this one for the first time this morning – a farewell cuppa with the friend who introduced me to fine loose leaf tea. It has a very light smoky taste, lighter than Queen Catherine. I find this one a little bolder than H&S regular English Breakfast, though. It grows on me….I think I could drink either and be satisfied. Will try again, and again, and try to make up my mind as to which I prefer, or when I would prefer them!

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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.

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

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