1855 Tasting Notes

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I am only just learning to drink green teas. They used to taste like hot water to me! I prefer the buttery ones so far, but I decided to try this flavored green today. The pomegranate aroma is strong in the package, strong while brewing, but not at all overpowering when steeped. It adds nice flavor and interest to this tea. I think non-green drinkers would enjoy it!

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Oh boy, was this ever good today! Added milk and sugar as is my wont with breakfast teas. After having to do without the good stuff for 18 days (ARGH! Can you believe it? Eighteen days!) this went down like water in the desert. Ahhhhh. And Southern Season now has a Facebook page if anyone wants to check them out!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Finally off my antibiotic that separated me from my beloved caffeinated teas! I broke the fast with this one – an excellent tea full of the fuzziest golden bits I have ever seen. Smells like you have poured a big glop of honey in it, but doesn’t taste like it. Just tastes GOOD! A little bit like Golden Monkey, and you can resteep the leaves!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Mother's Bouquet by Harney & Sons
1855 tasting notes

Still not supposed to drink caffeine for another two days, but I REALLY wanted some tea so I tried this one. The blend itself is beautiful. It brewed up a pale yellow and I mainly smell chamomile. There is a fresh minty-ness to this tea. I added no sweetener. It is a nice contemplative cup, delicate. Unfortunately, what I really need to help me finish out this afternoon is a good strong cup to kick my behind into gear!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Decaf Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
1855 tasting notes

Not a favorite. I have been spoiled by Earl Grey Supreme from Harney and Sons! I had a kidney stone a week ago and I am not allowed to have caffeine until I stop the meds for it, so I tried this one. It just didn’t scratch the itch, though! The bergamot oil was too strong in this one for me.

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

Sorry about the stone. I hear they are painful. Yikes.

ashmanra

Thanks, and yes, they are painful! Glad it is gone, and I will be so happy when I can drink my tea with abandon again!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Adding a tasting note when it was someone else tasting! My mother-in-law is a coffee drinker and up to now we haven’t been able to get her to try our tea. I took Florence today and asked her to smell it, then told her what it was. She agreed to try it. She said she smelled only hazelnut but no chocolate, but VOILA! When she sipped it she said she could taste the chocolate, too! I think she REALLY liked it! This just might open the door to new teas….. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1855 tasting notes

On my way to my daughter’s college graduation! I needed a rich, comforting tea on a day like this. This one feels just right for a special occasion….I like this one with milk and sugar to bring the chocolate out of the hazelnut a little.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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A nice Ceylon – I tried it unsweetened, sweetened, and with milk and sugar. I loved it unsweetened but it lost something with sugar. I added milk and drank it Brit style and all was well again!

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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I must be growing up! I tried this one again today, and I really liked it. I was bothered the first two times by the fact that I smelled honey so strongly but didn’t taste honey. Maybe I am using less and less sugar, maybe I am appreciating the tea more, but I drank this today with no sugar at all and found it quite good. I had just had two cups of pu-erh, also without sugar, so maybe that helped. Before, I drank it on the heels of flavored, sweetened tea. The bottom line – my friend said it was one of her favorites EVER that I have given her (she takes everything with no sugar!) and I really enjoyed it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is from the Fine Tea list at Southern Season. It is a loose leaf pu-erh. The taste is what you expect a pu-erh to be…earthy and horse-y. This smells just like the air when I take my daughter to horse camp! Don’t get me wrong – I LIKE pu-erh, but that is what it smells like to me! Horses and freshly plowed earth. The taste is purely earthy, no horse-y flavor…I guess, since I can’t say exactly what horse-y would TASTE like.

This one is lighter in color, body, and flavor than the Pu-erh mini tuo cha that I bought from the same source. This would be a good way to ease into pu-erh if you are afraid! Personally, I think I like the stronger one better. I take it without sugar or milk. It really does make me feel better if I have indulged in a meal that is too fatty to digest comfortably. It soothes the tummy. I have read that it is because this tea helps block fat absorption in the intestines and it may contain pro-biotics. Perhaps pu-erh tea was drunk by the Tibetans because their altitude makes veggie growing difficult and they eat a lot of meat? I know they add yak butter and salt to replace calories and sodium lost in the high, cold mountains near Everest as they climb in their heavy clothing. Maybe I should find a local source for yak butter (or just find an unattended yak at a petting zoo – LOL!) to try it the authentic way! You can steep it longer if you wish, I drank it from a gaiwan and it did not get bitter as the leaves stayed in the cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I completely get what you mean about the horse-y smell. For me it’s cows. :)

__Morgana__

Leather, sweat and organic matter. Yep, I get horses too.

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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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