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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
911 tasting notes

This weekend (week… month…) has been insanity. Our old house is finally on the market and now the husband and I are on the hunt for a few pieces of furniture that we need for the new house. Today, that meant we hit about five different antique stores (added to the one yesterday and other ones last week.) It was decently successful – we managed to find one of the two of pieces we were looking for. And I found this tea! Not quite your normal antique store fare, but I’m pretty happy with it.

The smell of the dry leaf is lightly smoky. Not lapsang smoky, but Keemun-like smoky, which typically strikes me as more toasted than smoky. But no, here, I get smoky. Honestly, the smell pretty much guaranteed that I had to buy this.

The taste is quite lovely. This week has been a Keemun week for me (I’ve needed the comfort of my favorite tea with our current level of insanity) so the Keemun is super obvious to me. There’s also a bit of sweetness that reminds me of the sweetness in A&D’s Assam. But that sweetness is not something I normally pick out in Assams and, since H&S’s description says it is a blend of three Chinese teas, I’m going to say the sweetness is from the Panyang. It’s been sadly a long time since I’ve had a Panyang. Num. I don’t pick out too much Yunnan really, though I’m thinking that contributes to the thicker, cuddlier feel I get from this.

The second steep (3:00) is more Yunnan-ish. There’s a bit of stray/sweet hay note going on. But the Panyang is also more obvious (probably the most obvious) with the smooth, almost silky, sweetness. The Keemun is not near as obvious this steep as the first. I think it just gives a bit of richness and some earthier back notes.

Long story short: delicious. I’m happy with both of my antique store purchases today!

Indigobloom

Wow its been awhile since I saw a Queen Cat note. I love this tea!!

Auggy

Ha! Yeah, I think I added it to my shopping list way back when everyone was trying it and I just never got a chance to get it. But it’s super tasty so I’m glad I found it!

Auggy

Ha! Yeah, I think I added it to my shopping list way back when everyone was trying it and I just never got a chance to get it. But it’s super tasty so I’m glad I found it!

Indigobloom

It’s a good one that’s for sure. I found a version locally that isn’t quite as amazing, but also means I don’t have to pay shipping :)

Auggy

I haven’t ordered from H&S before – do they have high shipping? Cause I do enjoy this tea but it’s kind of a toss up if I’d rather deal with shipping or driving all the way out to the weird antique mall where I found this. High shipping could make the weird mall a better option! :)

Indigobloom

I do believe they have high shipping, well they do for me, being in Canada. Not sure about local!

Auggy

Ah yes, that would make difference!

Indigobloom

Sad but true. Ah well.

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Indigobloom

Wow its been awhile since I saw a Queen Cat note. I love this tea!!

Auggy

Ha! Yeah, I think I added it to my shopping list way back when everyone was trying it and I just never got a chance to get it. But it’s super tasty so I’m glad I found it!

Auggy

Ha! Yeah, I think I added it to my shopping list way back when everyone was trying it and I just never got a chance to get it. But it’s super tasty so I’m glad I found it!

Indigobloom

It’s a good one that’s for sure. I found a version locally that isn’t quite as amazing, but also means I don’t have to pay shipping :)

Auggy

I haven’t ordered from H&S before – do they have high shipping? Cause I do enjoy this tea but it’s kind of a toss up if I’d rather deal with shipping or driving all the way out to the weird antique mall where I found this. High shipping could make the weird mall a better option! :)

Indigobloom

I do believe they have high shipping, well they do for me, being in Canada. Not sure about local!

Auggy

Ah yes, that would make difference!

Indigobloom

Sad but true. Ah well.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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