1692 Tasting Notes
I wish I had more information on this tea, because I really think it must have some hibiscus in it. The first steep was very red/purple. The second steep was very pale. I added 2 1/2 tablespoons of German rock sugar to the pitcher, poured in the hot tea, stirred, and set a timer for about thirty minutes. After letting it cool on the counter I put it in the refrigerator. We drank this as the last tea of tea party today.
It was good and certainly has a nice fruity taste that isn’t soapy as flavored tea can sometimes be, especially iced, but at the same time, it didn’t rock my world. I enjoyed it, but I am not lamenting that I am down to about one teaspoon of it, nor am I planning to rush to buy more. If it goes on sale again, I might.
Hubby didn’t care for it, but there is yet to be an iced tea that he does like, except for the traditional super syrupy sweet Southern Style plain black tea.
We had tea party today even though it was Independence Day because our plans were all for the evening.
I decided to combine the wee bit of remaining Moroccan Mint from Market Spice and Serendipitea with a bit of Tin Roof Tea to make a full pot. It came out pretty well and my guest enjoyed it, especially the sweet spearmint.
I did sweeten it just a little with German rock sugar from Teavana, but only a very little. It was served hot, but I have had it MM iced and really liked it.
Someone had asked me to post when I got my glasses and tell how I liked them. I think they are more beautiful in person than online or in the catalog! I took a photo, which is a little blurry, but maybe it will give a good idea anyway.
You really only pour about four ounces in these to be in keeping with how hot tea is served in a glass container. One thing that makes it extra pretty to me is that the very bottom of the glass is clear and it somehow seems to make the tea look more delectable and I think the light plays with the glass color better because of it, too.
I bought four, but one had a burr on top, I think possibly a splinter of wood that flew up during melting and stuck to the glass and was coated in a think layer of glass. I don’t mind imperfections and variation in hand made items, that is part of its charm and value, but it was sharp enough that if you didn’t know it was there you could possibly cut your lip while drinking or your hand while washing it. I sent an email to H&S and had a phone call the next day to keep the glass, and another was being shipped to me. I think it came the next day, but it may have been two days. Either way, that was great customer service! I will use the extra glass for flowers or demitasse spoons.
If you go to previous and next, there are four pictures in all – three of the glasses and one of my Harney tea shelf which I FINALLY cleaned and dusted today!
My friend who came over today was eager to taste this, because another friend had tried it iced and loved it. We had it hot, but she liked it. I experimented with it, adding some cherry simple syrup I had made. I really don’t feel that it added anything, so I will keep drinking this without additions hot. I may try adding the syrup next time I ice it again.
I used the last ittle bit of my same today to make two small cups of this to share with my friend. This is very good, with light bergamot, not the overpowering bathroom cleaner taste that some Earl Greys can have.
This wasn’t even meh, it was BLEH! I liked Numi’s Emperor Pu-erh but this was positively anemic.
I put three teabags in my 22 ounce Beehouse pot and steeped for a full five minutes. I expected good shu puerh body and favor. I got the taste of mint tea that had been mixed with very very weak cheap tea. It didn’t even taste particularly like puerh!
I think long ago I would have said, “Oh well, I can finish it.” Now I know that life is too short to drink bad tea. This was poured down the drain, and even my puerh-loving friend poured hers out. Ick.
If you are wanting and/or expecting mint tea, you might like this. I didn’t/wasn’t. I wanted puerh with a little mint flavor and that ain’t what I got! Even if I wanted plain mint tea, there are lots of better choices than this.
Do not want.
A friend came to tea at my house, got hooked on tea, and just had me order a huge box from Harney and Sons for her! Today it was my turn to be Invited to tea, as I delivered her new stash.
She mentioned that she is going out of town and is rather distressed because she needs her good tea but doesn’t have any teabags to take traveling.
Well, voila! I happened to bring this sample with me in case she wanted to try one more new thing.
This tea only comes in sachets right now, other than the loose leaf sample. If she liked it, we would simply order again and get her the tin of sachets!
This was absolutely delicious! I wonder if this is really just Earl Grey Supeme (my favorite Earl from Harney) with grapefruit flavor added? The bergamot is very light, as in VERY light. My friend and her daughters all loved it, and apparently so did her beagle, who kept trying to get the envelope out of my purse!
Is it too soon to start begging Michael Harney to make it available loose leaf? We will even accept it by the pound, right? And maybe people can order it by the ounce from the Millerton shop? Russel, can you make puppy dog eyes at him for us? Thanks!
This is a tea I had my eye on for quite a while, and then I almost missed out on getting to try it at all! Thanks to The Purrfect Cup I was able to share this with my puerh-loving friend tonight!
First, the unique presentation is awesome! I guess I didn’t stick my nose right on this, but I didn’t get any fishy aroma. Maybe these have aged enough now for that to have dissipated. I put the leaves and the “lid” of the orange in my little gong fu pot. I did a quick rinse and then a short steep of just over thirty seconds.
Tasty! The orange flavor has definitely mingled with the tea, and this is a lightly earthy puerh to me, not very horsey and not fishy. The orange peel flavor is quite a nice accent. We made five steeps so far, and we are really enjoying this! Thank you, TPC, for the generous sample!
Sandy says she just bought some of this on the west coast, so I will try to find out where we can obtain more!
Hooray! I have a whole tin of my own for my cupboard now! I had looked at this for years on the website, and other things kept bumping it out of my cart. Then Russel Allyn kindly agreed to send me a sample and I was taken with the cocoa notes that fool you into thinking you have sme Fujian black tea in the mix. The aroma of the leaves in the tin is soooo nice – rich and fruity.
Youngest steeped this one a little more aggressively than I like but it was still good. To protect the Ceylon Silver Tips, I like to go 205F for about four minutes.