1832 Tasting Notes
I don’t remember if I had the sachets of this tea before, but the loose leaf is definitely very, very different, and infinitely better. I only bought this because…..drumroll, please…..I HAVE A NEW TEA CONVERT! And I needed this fast so I bought some at Target.
That’s right! Unfortunately, my mother-in-law took a real pearler, fell flat on her face, broke her nose, gashed her forehead, and tore a hole in her arm. We have therefore been spending a great deal of time at the hospital from four to seven hours a day. My pregnant niece was there, complaining about how tired she is of water. She has cut out coffee, has gestational diabetes and doesn’t want sugary drinks, and is limiting caffeine very strictly. I rubbed my hands together with glee, pulled up the stats on a caffeine levels in teas, recommended some decaf Harney selections I thought she might like, and put together a sampling for her. She placed her first order last night!
I am going to make an effort to drink more tea because sitting in a hospital room and then running here and there for urgent errands I have not been drinking ANYTHING and hospital air is dry. I was wondering why my knees and legs were hurting when I suddenly realized it was dehydration. Tomorrow I will take most of the day “off” and spend the day with a friend, drinking good tea and eating coconut creme pie.
I ordered a pound of organic peppermint tea for the chickens and a pound of lavender for myself and a friend to split. This was one of the samples we received. It has been brutally hot and this was the iced tea version so I made a half gallon this weekend.
I did not sweeten it but rather made a bottle of simply syrup so everyone can drink it however they wish. You will have no doubt there is hibiscus in it when you see the brilliant flush of red as it steeps. The hibiscus is not too tart, though, and is actually pretty good! I taste lots of rosehip in it, but not as much raspberry as you might expect. The rosehip gives it a little savory bent to go with the fruitiness.
With sweetener, you have something that the biggest candy craving kid (or grown up) will enjoy. I like it unsweetened or lightly sweetened, but I bet it makes a nice grown up Popsicle when sweetened a bit more!
BUM BUM BUM! Another one bites the dust! That’s right, this is the end of the end of my cake of Red Rhyme.
I made it Bonnie style, steeping a pot of hot puerh, putting the leaves in a glass glass container and cold steeping for several days, and drinking it over ever all more. So refreshing and delicious!
But now it is gone! Many thanks to Garrett and mrmopar for their assistance last year when I placed my “big” puerh order! It will soon be time for another…
Because John Harney made tea….I saw an acquaintance buying it at Barnes and Noble. Because I saw her buying it, I got her more for Christmas and we became good friends and I bought an extra tin for me. Because I had GOOD tea, my new neighbor Sandy shared a cup and then introduced me to even more varieties of loose leaf and high quality teas of every type and kind and we began to explore puerh, white, yellow, and more! Because I became obsessed with tea, I invited more and more people over, and made new friends, and new tea addicts.
And this is one of the first loose leaf H&S teas I bought, the very first being Royal English Breakfast in sachets. Smokey and chocolate-y, good plain but takes milk and sugar well, which is how I first started drinking tea until their Golden Monkey enticed me to drink my tea sans additions.
Thank you, Mr. Harney, for being excited about tea. Thank you for your part in enriching my life. Thank you for the stories your family shared about you handing out wrapped sachets everywhere you went, making friends, showing kindness. May you rest in peace.
The past two months have been rough medically speaking, I have TMJ from being intubated twice in eight weeks, and doxycycline is making it interesting after meals trying to keep food IN.
Time for the Queen. The is the most comforting tea I think I have ever had in my life. I can not hear the song, “Good Life” by One Republic without thinking of this tea.
Down the hatch and feeling fortified.
I removed nineteen teas from my cupboard! Hooray for me! I have been feeling overwhelmed with tea. It is everywhere. I forget some of the teas because they are in strange places. I have given away a lot of tea, even made big boxes of tea for friends, but I was over 170 and that does not count my samples. Youngest daughter is helping me cut the numbers.
I made a sweet iced tea pitcher with the last of this tea. It is nice, but I will not reorder. If I want a fruity black tea, I think I want 52teas Razzleberry or the Passion Fruit from the Puritea. They are smoother. This is good, don’t get me wrong, but those are better to me. Thrilled to have one more tin off the shelf.
I hope to make a master list of what I really, really want to have on hand and pare this stash down, but then I get intrigued by a new tea….
I intended to eat really well today after having some pretty epic indigestion last night. Breakfast was cheese toast with a little organic mustard – not too bad. Lunch was a cucumber salad eaten in the garden – nice. Supper was a chopped salad – very clean, healthy eating. Dessert was OH MY GOSH HAAGEN DAZ HAS GREEN TEA ICE CREAM!!!!
Funny thing was that after one bite of the creamy, delicious goodness, I craved some real matcha. This is my favorite of all I have tried so far for whipping up a traditional, whisked, unflavored matcha. It was sooooo good. The vegetal green aroma and taste are powerful and not at all bitter or sour. I love it.
After drinking a cup of it, I went back to the ice cream and made two – count them, TWO – green tea ice cream milkshakes while watching Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Yeh, baby. I know how to do Friday night.
I have already made a long tasting note on this one, so I will simply say that this is a lovely, gentle cup of black tea with sweet potato and citrus notes, but no astringency and no lemony tartness such as one gets with the citrus flavor a some Ceylon teas.
This was my elevenses tea with Camembert and crackers. I used the suggested parameters of 194F for three minutes. Methinks I will be able to get a resteep from this, even though it was made western style.
This is a sample sent by Teavivre for tasting. Many, many thanks!
I made this to share with my youngest daughter during our homeschooling this morning. We have already had a very light breakfast so it isn’t our breakfast tea, more of an early elevenses tea.
I used their recommended steeping time and temp even though I know that usually the instructions are for a lighter cup than westerners typically drink. I enjoy having these teas several ways to see which I prefer, and sometimes I change it up based on time of day and pairings.
At 194F for three minutes this tea was fairly light in color for a black tea. It reminded me of the first time I made Ruby #18! But even though the color is light, the flavor is not weak.
I was surprised by the malty cocoa flavor. It is not as deep as it is in their Fengqing Black Dragon Pearls. There is a nice honey aroma and then the tea, though light, has that scrape-y tongue feel I get from dry cocoa powder. Again, it is gentle.
I am eager to try it with western steeping – 212F and four or five minutes, and see how it changes!