1923 Tasting Notes

drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1923 tasting notes

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
1923 tasting notes

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
1923 tasting notes

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
1923 tasting notes

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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This is my first An Xi tea! The first cup – smooth, vegetal, very milky looking in the cup but light and sweet. The second cup – now the tea is very clear instead of milky, but has as much color as before. A good SLURP to aerate it gives me a new flavor – the tiniest nutty taste but lots of floral notes and a good roundness that carries the scent and taste well back in the palate and up. Probably won’t be able to review the remaining steeps right away, but wanted to get these in while I can! Steep time varied from 1 minute up. This oolong is very green! Thank you, JacquelineM!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
1923 tasting notes

This was an unexpected (yay!) sample in my Harney tea order. The aroma is definitely guava and reminds me of when my eldest daughter was really little – about three years old. She loved guava juice. The guava is the prominent note in the aroma and in the tea, so if you love guava and you are a fan of flavored green teas, you should like this one. It doesn’t have a lot of the buttery or vegetal taste many greens have, but rather a fruity floral taste. There is also a bit of black tea blended in this, which seems to deepen the color of the cup a little but isn’t a front note in the taste. Thank you, Harney and Sons!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
1923 tasting notes

Another sample from JacquelineM! When I opened the container and saw the rose petals and smelled the aroma, I wanted a huge bowl of it to display as a decoration and scent the house – drinkable potpourri! Many Earl Grey teas scare me a little when dry because they can smell overpowering and that makes me think of industrial strength cleaners. This one, steeped, is delicate and a light amber color. The rose flavor is in the forefront and I think there is jasmine sweetening this as well? The bergamot is not strong at all. Although it was good plain, I think I liked it best with a tiny sprinkle of sugar. Thank you, J! A lovely tea to look at and to sip!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Thé des Cigales by Dammann Freres
1923 tasting notes

Thank you, JacquelineM! This was delightful! After having quite a day, I needed a good cuppa! There are so many flavors in here to experience, I can’t wait to drink it again. It is like meeting a really interesting person and knowing when you leave them that you haven’t heard even the half of it and you can’t wait to see them again. This one will tease me until I drink it a time or two more and really figure all those flavors. It doesn’t get muddy or dark, just so so smooth and flavorful. No additions – this was great plain.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1923 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

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
1923 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

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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.

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

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