1943 Tasting Notes

drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

This is stronger than Irish Breakfast by A Southern Season. I think it is because Harney’s is 100% assam just as their English Breakfast is 100% keemun. I like this tea fairly well, and I am not overfond of assams. To an assam lover it is probably fabulous!

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Having read Sandy’s note again, I am trying this with milk and without, side by side. I really prefer without. I don’t detect any bitterness that needs to be smoothed and the milk is almost completely removing the Lady Grey lemon taste. I was enjoying the Lady Grey lemon taste because it makes me feel very foofy. So back to the cuppa with no milk and excuse me while my pinky hoists itself!

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

So funny! Just had a conversation with Sandy who sent me this tea and between us we figured out that my tea absorbed the flavor of another tea in the envelope on its way over from New Zealand! So….if you are expecting YOUR NZ brekkie to be lemony you may be disappointed! I still enjoyed it, though, just as I enjoyed my lightly lemon-and-cinnamon flavored Bell’s Ceylon today! :)

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I am having this nice cuppa today thanks to my friend Sandy, who deserted us for the wilds of New Zealand! It’s okay, we get to Skype virtual tea parties now and then and we get her house and dogs! :)

First of all, NOT what I was expecting. I did not read Sandy’s reviews first, so I was looking for a pretty regular breakfast tea. I sipped and thought, “Christmas tea?” But now I realize it is probably lemon I am tasting, very Lady Grey and I haven’t had that in ages! The citrus notes made me think of Christmas tea, which I really only drink near Christmas. A good cuppa, I added sugar but not milk. Twinings recommends a 3 minute steep but perhaps that is for the bags. I didn’t know that when I made this so it got about four minutes and isn’t stewed. Perhaps there is a touch of bergamot? A little….very little…clove? Probably not on that last one, but I am not sure! Good tea! Thank you, Sandy!

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

i brewed a cuppa this afternoon looking for the citrus. I am not getting any, I think your sample sample may have been tainted by the Tokyo Lime. But it makes me want to try it with lemon now.

Sandy

i added lemon and it is really very good

ashmanra

My dry leaves that remain still smell citrusy, and since the ingredient list says it contains bergamot it should. But maybe I am picking up on the Tokyo Lime. I will try it again from this batch of leaves but perhaps letting them “air out” a bit first.

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Decided to do a side by side taste test at the tea party today. My youngest loves this Keemun but likes really mild tea for the most part. The Harney and Sons version was more aromatic, more robust, and darker. Although Harney says it is a little more astringent than some Keemuns it was not too astringent for me. I would give it a 1.5 of 5 for astringency! I do not care for astringent or bitter teas. The tea is mild to a fault in my opinion. If you want a good all around tea to serve to a group of non-tea-drinkers this might be your tea. But if you love good, strong, cocoa-y Keemuns, look elsewhere.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

ABout a year ago I bought a sample of this tea. I was a brand new baby loose leaf tea drinker. I thought this was SO STRONG! I was glad I didn’t buy a whole tin. Now, my tastes have changed drastically, I no longer add sugar to all my teas, and I wanted to see if my feelings on this one have changed. I had just purchased some Keemun Hao Ya A at A Southern Season and thought it was awfully mild.

Today we tried the two teas side by side. Harney’s is definitely superior. The aroma of the dry leaves is deeper and richer, the color of the steeped tea is darker, and the flavor is more robust. (And the funny thing? It wasn’t at all strong to me! I thought it was milder than Emperor’s Red, JacquelineM’s roasty toasty friend who captured my heart and tastebuds as well.)

This is a good, solid tea and if you like Keemuns I believe it is worth your time.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

A few days ago, my youngest looked at me in horror as she made my tea. “Mom, we are almost out of Queen Catherine!” She remembers what happened last time I ran out, and what happened to my friend who tried it at my house and called the next day foaming at the mouth like a ravenous beast and had to be placated with a small tin rustled from my stash. But I tossed my head and laughed, “Silly girl! I have a one pound bag! I will NEVER run out of Catherine again!” I picked up my pound bag to refill the tin and…..OH HORRORS!!! It is nearly empty because of Ravenous Beast and my daily consumption! “Hello, I would like to order another one pound bag of Catherine, please. No, I do NOT need a 12 step program, thank you very much.”

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

I know just how you feel (having ordered a pound bag yesterday!!).

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

I drank a cup of this today especially for JacquelineM in hopes of giving a good description of it to compare with Vanilla Comoro.

Vanilla Black doesn’t taste as much like a dessert tea to me, while Vanilla Comoro oozes sweetness and caramel. I drank it first with no additions to see if the tea taste was coming through for me. It did, and I also thought I detected a very light cocoa note? I would assume that most flavored teas begin as a mild Ceylon but perhaps there is a hint of Keemun in this, or perhaps it is part of the natural flavor. The vanilla is not as sweet as Comoro, but does have the mellowness of a Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. I drink this one with sugar only, but perhaps I should have tried it with milk to see what happens. This is a very good tea, and I enjoyed it iced in early spring.

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

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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

Being new to oolongs, I don’t know if I can adequately review this tea, but I will give it a try! My apologies up front to all those who know and love oolongs!

The first steep surprised me. I am learning to like oolongs but I can’t honestly say that I love them. Wild Forest oolong was shocking in the way it behaved and I liked that, but I haven’t found that in any other tea.

Now for this one….the aroma did not appeal to me, but remember a person who loves BLACK tea is saying that. I sipped, and was pleasantly surprised. The tea had a LOT of body. There was a hint of sweet, fruity flavor – raisins? And definitely some nutty flavor. The second steep is much nuttier with a hint of butter, and a darker color than the first which may have more to do with my steep times.

This was far nuttier than Wenshan Baozhong, which had a very strong and lovely floral aroma.

This was made in a gaiwan, 1 1/2 tsps leaves to 4 oz. of 190 degree water for 2 min. 15 sec. first steep, 2 min. 45 sec. second steep. I would enjoy this when I want to sit and think, but this isn’t something I would serve at a tea party with a cookie plate! But that isn’t what it is for, anyway!

Lori

And this is a relatively flavorful oolong…

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drank Highwave - Joemo XL by Highwave
1943 tasting notes

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drank Highwave - Joemo XL by Highwave
1943 tasting notes

I took the Joemo XL to work yesterday. The tea stayed hot for several hours, until I drank it all up! After my late lunch (we were busy) I rinsed the Joemo, poured in the ice from my soda cup, and added water from the water fountain to drink as I worked. I finished the water pretty quickly. At around 11 pm, 8 hours later, I realized I hadn’t emptied and washed my Joemo. Opened it up and VOILA! The ice was still there! Pretty much all of it! Yes, this puppy insulates!

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