2193 Tasting Notes

drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
2193 tasting notes

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
2193 tasting notes

Smooth and delicious, this got more accolades than Paris at tea time today! I guess I am going to have to keep this one around, just as I do Golden Monkey…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Delicious! And the tin fell off the counter and leaves went EVERYWHERE! So now I have to place a Harney order…again. My last one isn’t even here yet! Thank goodness I have the 2 ounce tin from the Chest of Tea to tide me over. Sigh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
gmathis

Don’t you hate that little hot ball of adrenalin that forms in your stomach when you spill perfectly good leaves? :)

ashmanra

Actually, one of my daughters did it! And she offered to pay for a new tin, but I told her not to worry about it – it gave me an excuse to place a new order sooner than I would have felt it was seemly to do so… :)

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
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I tried a resteep of these leaves at 7 minutes. It just isn’t doing it for me. This is weak. If I were in the mood for a soft oolong I would really be enjoying it, but as a black tea – well, I like mine stronger. It isn’t terrible, but the first steep really is much better!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
2193 tasting notes

I steeped this one a little longer today after reading that going up to 7 minutes can release some new, subtle flavors. I wasn’t too brave, so I only took it to 6 min. 15. sec. instead of my usual 4 to 4 1/2 minutes. It certainly did not get bitter. I think I detected a little smoke, as expected from a keemun but very light, and this time I picked what I believe should be called toasted walnut! Maybe that is how the extra time affects the cocoa notes. There was also a light, fruity scent at the beginning that I didn’t notice as much as the tea cooled. I will resteep these leaves, and see how it goes leaving it for 7 minutes. In the meantime, I am finishing this 22 oz. pot sans additions, and it is very smooth. I kept it just under the boil, as I read here that is how they are doing it at Harney Soho.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

I had this one too today. Sooooooooo good.

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
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I was so ready for tea today! While running some errands I called home and requested a pot of this so it would be waiting for me when I got there. Just smelling it as my youngest carried the pot to the patio made me growl – yes, I growled, which really disturbed the kids but I really wanted that pot of tea and it was smelling SO GOOD! This was exquisite, as it always is. Is it the Ceylon Silver Tips that make it so special? If so, I need to try them by themselves, too!

This is my favorite Earl hands down so far. We paired it with a Panera Double Fudge brownie that had been cut into strips so we could share and some strawberries we had sliced and lightly sugared. The tea was perfect just as it was – no additions at all. Ahhhhh. Feeling so blessed…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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Tornados stuck the north side of our town at the military base and hubby is essential personnel. This means supper at midnight tonight! What to serve? One of his favorite decaf teas! This one by Harney and Sons is decaf and….believe it or not…somewhat assertive! I don’t even bother to drink most decaf teas – they taste half-watered down. This one has good body and flavor, will be bracing, but will allow him to sleep like a baby.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I don’t normally drink greens, even flavored ones, but this one is so very flavorful! This is a very good tasting tea and great to keep on hand for friends who prefer greens because everyone I have shared it with has liked it. It is good hot, warm, and iced!
It is sold in loose leaf under the name Bangkok, which is how I will buy it. Like many green teas, it makes my tummy rumble. I wonder why? Maybe because I forgot to time it! Or it could be the amount of polyphenols in different types of tea, because assams and some yunnans do it, too.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec
pyarkaaloo

i’d go with amount of polyphenols, because i just oversteeped mine & it is bitter as anything!! :makes sour lemon face: still forcing self to drink mistake..

ashmanra

No, don’t! Life is too short to drink bad tea! :)

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I had this one plain this morning and it was so…PLAIN! It had that classic tea smell but I didn’t get smoke or cocoa or any of the things I love about keemuns. I need to try it again with food and see if it improves – this is a good time to get out my new Thursday Next book and some Swiss cheese! If you like Keemun tea, stick with Harney and Sons!

Preparation
Boiling
gmathis

Which Thursday Next? I’m behind … I think the next one for me in Mount To-Be-Read is “First Among Sequels.”

ashmanra

One of Our Thursdays is Missing. I think it is the newest. My middle daughter already finished and she has passed it on to me!

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
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I seem to have become particularly susceptible to suggestion lately. Paul mentioned a tea tasting like buttered squash – I went to the produce market and bought squash. Jacqueline drank Keemun Mao Feng – I drank Keemun Mao Feng! This tea is as smooth as they come, and I had a whole pot sans additions to go with my Panera double fudge brownie and fresh strawberries. Yummy teatime on a beautiful spring day in the great outdoors!

Preparation
Boiling
Paul M Tracy

I’m so glad I didn’t use one of my more unpleasant descriptions like “garage floor.”

ashmanra

Same here! The buttered squash was much better, and I found some great local strawberries at the same time! It went much better with the tea… :)

LiberTEAS

And reading about “double fudge brownie” is making me want some brownies!

gmathis

Hmm…if I mention scrubbing my skanky kitchen floor in my next review, does that mean you’ll show up at my doorstep with your bucket and mop? If so, I’ll get right on it! :)

ashmanra

So far I have been doing these things at MY house! But I don’t see myself scrubbing the floor today, somehow….maybe I’ll make the kids do it! :) There are so many tea reviews I have read lately and thought, “Hey, I have that! I want some of that!” Who says advertising doesn’t work?

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about seven 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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