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Second day of making whole pots of tea…which is unusual for me, since I tend to just do the ‘cup by cup’ sort of thing…
I’ve made this before in a single cup and loved it, so why not a whole pot?
The two teas are made for each other, in my opinion…. The Queen lends its smoky undertones to the brightness of the rose scented, and it’s just glorious.

Cheers , Mr. John Harney. This pot’s for you.

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To continue a tribute to Mr.Harney I made it last night. this blend makes me happy and calm. this time its 1:1. Rosey chocolaty goodness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Oh yes, I love this combination!

boychik

Did you invented this blend? its genius.

ashmanra

I don’t remember! It was either me or possibly SimplyJen but I am not sure. I really love it, though!

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Last night brew.
I really like Queen Catherine and I decided to mix it with Rose Scented( too strong for my taste). 2:1 3min 205F produced delicious chocolatey rosey cup of tea. Very soothing and comforting. 2nd steep was quite good, mellow but good. I’m going to have this way from time to time for variety.

Flavors: Cocoa, Flowers, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I don’t know what possessed me to try and put these two teas together in my timolino; I mean, I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, but I never ever try something “new” in the timolino first, because that’s just all sorts of wrong and I feel the timolino negatively affects taste and bla bla bla. But I figured i’ve had each of these teas on their own and love them, and it’s high time I put them together.

I used one Teavana tsp of Queen Catherine and a david’s tsp of rose scented, with 12 oz of water steeped in the timolino for just under five minutes. As it steeped, I made sure to shake the timolino vigorously—I shook that thing so much you could have sworn i was actually either having a seizure or was actively being electrocuted. But whatever I did, I did it right, because this is a perfect, perfect combination: the smokey, sweet but solid Queen supporting the full sweet rose, and the sugar and cream that held the whole thing together. I’m going to be doing this again!
Ah, and my shaking led to a tiny piece of leaf escaping the filter. But only a tiny one!

Starfevre

I have never shaken brewing tea. Is this a timeline thing?

Starfevre

Timolino thing. Stupid autocorrect.

ashmanra

I opened my new tin of Catherine yesterday, having been out for months. Don’t you love it? And Rose Scented blends so well, and is soooo good on its own.

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I have been intrigued by the Valentine’s Blend but have never purchased it. I bought Chocolate Mint, but mint and chocolate in tea have not appealed to me together thus far, thought it is nice enough. I also bought plain chocolate tea a long time ago but back then I was just giving up milk and sugar in my tea and didn’t really appreciate it yet.

Today I decided to try my hand at making something akin to what I think Valentines Blend must taste like. While I do not know what the original one tastes like, this one was excellent, and my guest loved it and asked for more! She said she hoped I wrote down the proportions I used, so I would say this was a success. I love keeping Rose Scented on hand to blend with other teas!

The aroma is almost exclusively chocolate in these proportions, but the rose is subtly there and adds such a delicious touch!

Dinosara

Valentines Blend is neither chocolatey enough nor rosey enough for me, so I would probably do a mix in the future! I just got more rose scented in the mail so I am good to go! :D

ashmanra

Great! I hope you find the magical parameters that are juuuust right for you!

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It has been raining and/or cloudy all day long so I wanted a nice pick me up for afternoon tea. I mixed these two together and got just what I wanted, plus we had a few S’Mores made in the microwave by putting a large marshmallow on a Ritz cracker, zapping for a few seconds, then you press in chocolate chips and top with another cracker. YUM!

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Every time I see a review for Valentine’s Blend by H&S I think, “Rats! I keep meaning to order a sample of that and I never remember.”

I got the bright idea to just try mixing their plain Chocolate tea with their Rose Scented. I haven’t had their blend, so I don’t know how this compares, but I do know it was pretty good. My guest at tea party today liked it a lot, and encouraged me to keep making some special blends for us.

Rose Scented is great by itself, but it wins a permanent place on my shelf as a great tea to add to other teas to change them up a bit. It is a great mixer.

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I did my own version of this today….

24 oz teapot, 4 1/2 tsp Queen Catherine + 1 tsp Rose Scented, 4 minutes freshly boiled water. Lightly sweetened.

Yum! This is really the perfect amount of rose plus having added it to one of my favorites makes it even better. Do I like this better than Rose Congou? You bet I do. It is more complex. Am I giving up the Rose Congou? No way! It still makes the best iced tea and at a bargain.

Note to self…a little less of the Queen next time since you added the Rose Scented at the last minute. It will be perfection.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Yep, I put three tsps. Of the Queen and one of Rose Scented for a 22 ounce pot. That is plenty of rose for me, and so sweet and delicious!

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Thanks to Jennifer and teawing I have been wanting to try this for two days! I don’t recall ever having a Creme Earl Grey so I am not sure how this would compare, but I find it very tasty. This is also my first time having Harney and Sons Earl Grey, so I really want to try it standing alone as well. In the past I have had their Earl Grey Supreme and Imperial Earl Grey. EGS is my favorite, but for bergamot lovers, I think the sachets of Imperial Earl Grey maybe stronger on bergamot.

From what I can tell in this mix, this Earl Grey is of moderate strength. I tried it first without additions and it was smooth and somewhat mild, not too much. I added sugar, which really brought out the bergamot, then milk, which made the creaminess of the vanilla shine. All in al, a delightful cup of tea as I chill out to Spa Suite Radio on Pandora and hide from the 95 degree temps I was just hanging out clothes in…

SimplyJenW

I think I will talk to them about their EG blends when I go to Millerton. I am so excited that DH decided we have to stop there on our Boston trip. I likened it to driving within a half hour of his favorite micro-brewery and not stopping. He finally understood!

ashmanra

LOL! Too funny! I hope you have a great time!

This is getting better and better. I wonder how it would taste with Vanilla Comoro and it’s caramel goodness? Maybe tomorrow’s experiment…

SimplyJenW

I also liked JacquelineM’s suggestion of a vanilla bean….and then I also remembered that I have some double strength vanilla…. I think there are many possibilities. I still hope Mike will blend one, though.

ashmanra

By the way, I didn’t type “it’s”. I do know the difference but auto correct does not! AAAARRRGHH!

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I am trying this one out today from our discussions about Harney needing an Earl Grey Cream or an Earl Grey Vanilla.

Today I tried 2 parts Earl Grey Supreme to 1 part Vanilla Black. It is pretty good, but it seems light on the bergamot. It is still pleasant, but I am thinking I could handle the flavors being just a little more intense. I would try a different ratio, but right now the vanilla is about right. Has anyone tried Harney’s regular Earl Grey? Is the bergamot more intense in it?

It does seem like a sophisticated version of my Metro Earl Grey Creme, and certainly much more grown up tasting than Upton’s Earl Grey Creme Vanilla (which reminds me of creamsicles). I woud likely drink this again, which is a good sign…..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Hmmm, you’re making me wonder what cutting a vanilla bean into some earl grey would taste like! Not EGS – I think it’s too pith-y and elegant (plus my husband is now addicted to it iced!). Maybe my little bit of Andrews and Dunham EG I have left…hmmm!

ashmanra

Glad to see you tried this! I was thinking about it today. I have EGS but I think I may try it tomorrow with the sample of plain Earl Grey they sent.

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I used to dislike hazelnut. I gave away any and all Ferrero Rocher chocolates given to me. Then I had Florence. At first I liked it a little, then a lot, then I started craving it. I thought it would be a great tea for the Rose Scented addition experiments. I think I like this! I used three teaspoons of Florence and one teaspoon of Rose Scented. You might think those proportions wouldn’t have much impact, but it really does change the flavor. Florence has deep, dark flavors to me, and the addition of that small amount of rose really brightens it. I drank it both with and without milk and sugar, and it was equally good both ways.

Preparation
Boiling
Serendipitea

Oh that sounds yum! I’ve not tried H&S’s Rose – is it a strong rose scent/flavour?

But you gave away Ferrero Rocher’s arrrgh!! lol no I just say that as both my ex hubby and my teenage daughter gave/give them to me every birthday and Christmas (and I gobble them up one after the other because I just can’t resist) :P

ashmanra

It is a strong rose in my opinion, but very good. I do like it by itself very much, but I really love it as an addition to other tea. The only other rose tea I have had is Rose Congou from Upton. It is also good, with a very different base that is a bit more assertive than this one, I think.

Serendipitea

Definitely sounds like something I’d enjoy then .. The only Rose I’ve had so far is China Rose from a NZ shop tleafT, and it’s a real delicate one, but I very much enjoy it!

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Finally at long last, IT FEELS LIKE FALL! That means I will really enjoy morning tea, and I don’t even have to sneak the thermostat way down. :)

I mixed this the opposite way today because I was feeling a little bruised on the inside – too much thinking does that, you know – and I wanted a black tea that would also be calming or meditative, and florals do that for me. So I went with two teaspoons of Rose Scented and one of Palm Court, but honestly, I think I prefer it the other way round!

The tea and a nice chat with a neighbor while the dogs played and the gentle breeze blew have made things a little lighter. The horrendous humidity is broken for now, and you can actually stand outside for more than ten minutes without needing a shower.

Mercuryhime

It does feel like fall! It’s a cool and crisp day with a chilly breeze but it’s still warm in the sun. No humidity! Perfect.

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Our second tea party tea today was this blend of two Harney and Sons teas that we have come to love. Two teaspoons of Palm Court, one of Rose Scented, in a 22 oz. teapot. Delicious and sweet!

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I am loving this combination! Palm Court was already an enjoyable tea, but the addition of rose flavor takes it to a new level. I am thankful to JacquelineM for suggesting it. Delicious! This was the second tea of tea party today. We also had Golden Monkey by Harney and Sons, Jasmine both hot and iced by Fujian, and Silky Green, which I already reviewed today! Yes, I am VERY well hydrated!

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This is absolutely delicious! There was a bit leftover in the pot from yesterday, so when youngest said she needed a pot so she can brew some Vanilla Comoro I volunteered to drink it up. I wasn’t even planning to reorder Palm Court, but this is making me rethink that decision. She mixed one and a half teaspoons Palm Court with one and a half of Rose Scented. Up to one teaspoon of Boston accidentally was dropped in, and mostly fished back out, but I am sure it contributed something. This is a very satisfying midday cup, sans additions.

Preparation
Boiling

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We only had one and a half teaspoons of Palm Court left today, so I suggested combining it with Rose Scented to amke a whole pot of tea. We have loved experimenting with Rose Scented and other teas!

In an effort to be helpful, I prepared the dry leaves in the basket, and youngest misunderstood which pot had the leaves already in, and she added a teaspoon of Boston before noticing that there were already leaves in the pot!

The final verdict? This was very good! Palm Court made a great base, Rose Scented added its expected charms, and there was just a hint of Boston’s flavor. I don’t know if we could recreate the pot we had today, but we certainly enjoyed it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I tried ashmanra’s blend to kind of replicate Rosey Earl Grey. The only thing I added were a few pearls of Jasmine Pearl tea. It is good, but I think the Rosy is slightly sweeter somehow. If I try this again, I will up the jasmine a little.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Is your jasmine pearl tea a black tea or green?

SimplyJenW

I got it at the Asian market. I am thinking it is green. Jasmine Dragon Pearl is what it was called.

ashmanra

I think that would be green. That sounds like a nice mix! I may have to try Harney’s jasmine tea now. Oh rats. More tea to order….

SimplyJenW

The Rosy Earl Grey does have jasmine in it…..What I made (1 tsp Rose Scented, 3 tsp Earl Grey Supreme, plus a little jasmine tea) was very close. Rosy Earl Grey dos have a ton of rose petals in it, so it does end up looking different. There is less black tea in the REG, too, as a result.

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Since JacquelineM and a couple of other folks have mentioned Rosy Earl Grey recently, I got a hankering to do a wee experiment. I used three tsps. Earl Grey Supreme and one tsp. Rose Scented to 22 ounces of water in my Beehouse teapot. It was delicious! I tried it hot and sans additions first, then added sugar to some of the still hot tea and poured it over ice to try it as an iced tea. That would also very good! Now I am wondering what would happen if Florence and the rose got together, and I am thinking it might be a very good thing…

SimplyJenW

Oh, I definitely have to try this! And some of the other mixes with Rose Scented.

teatime traveler

This sounds gorgeous. Am interested in people’s favorite Rosy Earl Grey brands but this recipe sounds wonderful, too. I’m always into iced tea in the summer, wake up with it and it starts a humid day off right. Thanks!

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Today is the first day of school for our youngest daughter, who is homeschooled, and my middle daughter who is in community college.

We have a lot of traditions. On the first day, the kids “ride their bikes to school” with their dad. They leave the house and go to the grocery store a few blocks away where they buy presents for the teacher. I get flowers, apples, and candy bars. :) This year even Sammie got a treat since he is listed as co- teacher. (That’s our dog, for those who don’t know!)

Many years, we have had to work hard to keep our traditions going. This year is no different. We set our first day of school to coincide with middle daughter’s schedule. Afterwards we found out that we need to take my husband’s mother to a dental appointment early in the morning. Daughter was only going to be able to join us because hubby was going to drop her off at school so she wouldn’t have to go super early to find a parking space. So our wake up time got pushed back an hour.

Then I discovered that middle daughter can’t buy her parking sticker today because we failed to get the van inspected – the paperwork was buried. So now we are scheduling an inspection and oil change for the first day of school. ARGH! Fortunately, everything is working out and running smoothly so far, though. Mother-in-law has seen the dentist, hubby dropped off daughter, hubby is dropping off van, I am picking him up soon, then we pick up middle daughter and head to our traditional first day school lunch going out to eat. After that we pick up the van and come home.

ETA: we have three Toyotas. I had the paperwork for the wrong one. The van is just now due for inspection and the car I had the paperwork for was done on time! So we still had to go get that done. Picking it up later! LOL!

Meanwhile at home, youngest and I have finished our Algebra 2 lesson, Biology, and Grammar and we are about to do German. Whew!

This is why I reached for the Queen this morning. With all this activity, however, I wanted to soften it and calm the mood a bit, so I mixed in a teaspoon of Rose Scented. This was perfect. I had only had Carnation Instant Breakfast when I went out to take care of the chickens early this morning, so I treated myself to a Bagel Thins with Nutella with it.

Happy First Day of School, everyone! I am going to miss homeschooling when this is over. My two eldest have graduated and one is now a microbiologist and the other an autism advocate. When youngest graduates, I am going to have to hunt down a toddler to start over again! Maybe grandchildren…..? I need someone that I can read all these lovely books to again!

Rosehips

What fun traditions, and what a lovely sounding blend! You mentioned this before. I’ll have to try it someday, when I get some of the Queen!

Terri HarpLady

Nice! Yay for family traditions! Yay for being flexible & just going with the flow of the day! I home-schooled for a few years, but ended up having to get a part time job: teaching a harp program in st louis school district, which I did for 13 years, but quit a few years ago. It was hard to put my kids back into the system, as both sons have aspergers, so I bought a house in a much smaller school district, where I could have real communication with the teachers & the classes were small. I’m grateful because although they are both very sensitive & quirky (just like me…I guess the apple really doesn’t roll far from the tree), they both graduated & are both in college. In fact, Drew started back in classes today. Leif starts next week. My oldest dropped out of high school, got her GED, got her associates & is a very happy Paralegal (Estate Planning), the 2nd daughter graduated HS & is a chef. They all march to the beat of their own drum, without a doubt! There’s that apple thing again!

Josie Jade

Sounds like a lovely first day of school!

ashmanra

Terri, that is awesome! Sounds like your kids are fun people to be with, and that is one thing I treasure about my kids. They are FUN!

Rosehips: we actually studied rose hips today in Biology!

Rosehips

Haha! Wonderful, couldn’t have planned it better myself.

Uniquity

My mother often talked about homeschooling in an idle sort of way but never committed. She didn’t like the limited education we got in school but I don’t think she ever believed she had the range to do it herself. Honestly, it would have been very interesting and I wish I had the experience (and the time) with her but I understand both sides of the coin, especially in our area which was already rural and isolating. I think her rumblings about home schooling did foster my belief that anyone can learn anything at home or in the world – you don’t necessarily need a classroom and a teacher. All this is just to say I admire that you are doing this for your kids and think it is wonderful (and I am sure a lot of hard work!)

yyz

Those are some wonderful traditions and beautiful memories. I sometimes wish I was home schooled, more for the flexibility of working through the material at your own pace. I was forced to stay home for a week and a half when my mother refused to renew a series of my vaccinations and there was an outbreak of measles in the area. I did 2 hours of work a day and came back ahead in every class. I sometimes wondered what we did with the other 4 hours!

ashmanra

I have really enjoyed it, and I think the kids have had the opportunity to do some things they might not have done in public school. The older two were scuba certified while in high school and worked many, many hours volunteering at the state aquarium. They fenced and did photography, hatched box turtles, lizards, snakes, and quail, and we basically took everything that happened to us and studied it! We used to read aloud for hours a day by the fire in winter. Sigh. I have really enjoyed doing this!

Rosehips

How fun, I’m a fencer myself (though I learned after school, having been a school-goer myself.) How great that they had a chance to do all of that!

wheezybee

What a lovely tradition – and a great first day! Cheers!

keychange

I love the fact that your family has many traditions; it’ll make for some wonderful memories!

caile

Such a lovely post. And, hopefully you’ll get to relax later in the evening!

gmathis

Happy New Year!

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For tea party today I had my daughter mix these two teas. She used two teaspoons of Queen Catherine and one of Rose Scented, both by Harney and Sons, in a 22oz. Beehouse teapot. I think the proportions worked very well. Queen Catherine is always good, and so smooth, and the rose aroma in this is really peppery spicy rose aroma. I am glad JacquelineM suggested mixing these this way. It is delicious! I should try it mixed with even more black teas. My tea guest was having this for the first time, and she really liked it.

Preparation
Boiling

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Just for JacquelineM, I put this together before leaving for a wedding in Charleston, SC. She suggested the pairing, so I used one tsp. of each, thinking that my mug was 12 ounces. I found out later that it only holds ten with the infuser in it, but it didn’t do any harm. The extra leaf didn’t make this bitter or too strong.

The first thing I noticed was how peppery the rose smelled, just like what I get from some Yunnan teas. I didn’t notice this when I made Rose Scented plain, but picked it up when I mixed it with Mao Feng yesterday and today with Queen Catherine. Perhaps it was there and I just didn’t notice the first time I made it.

The tea itself is very, very smooth. I added no sugar or milk but it is sweet and good. The rose has taken a back seat, almost too much so. I picked it up more in the aftertaste, but as I continued drinking I tasted it a little more. Perhaps a better ratio for blending this for me is 2/3 rose with 1/3 other black tea.

For the last half of this mug, I added sugar to see what effect it would have. I actually DISLIKE it with sugar! The light rose was all the sweetness this needed.

For my morning cup, I think I still prefer to make Queen Catherine or English Breakfast (100% Keemun) and add milk and sugar. For an after breakfast cup, this is VERY nice. I don’t think that I prefer it over the Rose Scented by itself, but changing things up is good!

So Jacqueline, the final verdict is…..Rose Scented tastes great mixed with Queen Catherine, and no additions needed!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

Just checked the dry leaf of Rose Scented by itself and that peppery-spicy rose aroma IS there. I mostly noticed the sweetness the first time I had a cup. It doesn’t taste spicy, however. It is very sweet!

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I was inspired to finally try mixing these in hopes of finding the perfect ratio. The Chocolate Mint tea was almost all mint, so I hoped that mixing with Chocolate would bring a bit of balance. I used 2 teaspoons of each in a 22 oz. Beehouse teapot. I thought I should add a bit extra of the Chocolate Mint since there is an abundance of mint leaves in there and I wanted to be sure to get a full measure of tea leaves as well as the mint leaves. I liked it well enough plain, and a friend who had a couple of cups with me (a coffee drinker absolutely new to tea) really liked it, only adding milk.

After it cooled a bit, I tried another cup with just milk, then tried it again with milk and sugar. With no additions, I don’t taste much chocolate, even though I have added Chocolate Tea. I guess the mint is overpowering it, though in the mixture the mint was cool and refreshing but not quite so strong as before. With milk, it mellowed a little, and with sugar, I think I began to taste a little more chocolate, but still not as much as in Florence. I may try again using 3 tsps. Chocolate/1 tsp. Chocolate Mint. Or I may even let jacquelineM inspire me and I will add chocolate syrup!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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