127 Tasting Notes

drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
127 tasting notes

Such high hopes I had for this tea. All y’all love it so much. I like it fine. I just don’t love it. It is slightly too bright to be a tea I love and the smokiness to me went a little too far in the creosote direction at the back of the sip. It’s not off-putting, but I like a smoky flavor a bit rounder, more mellow and a bit less sharp.

More about it (and its song) here:

http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

I’m going wait to rate it because it could grow on me.

whatshesaid

Hmm I took a risk and ordered it, I won’t get it until July though, hopefully I will like it!

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95

First tea of the morning since I got home from NYC yesterday afternoon. The trip home was HELLTRIP. I climbed into bed and stayed there.

I’m having a nice, comforting cup of this. It is making me very happy. It’s also a sipdown. I probably need more.

keychange

I support staying in bed for long periods of time.

Cheri

I agree! I’d love to curl up in bed right now with a book and a mug of tea.

MzPriss

And that’s exactly what I did – got a book and went to bed. It was awesome.

Cheri

Awesome!

Terri HarpLady

I’d love to have a day in bed, only getting up to make tea & snacks, & to relieve myself. Sadly, the only time I never have a day like that is if I’m sick.

MzPriss

It hardly ever happens for me and it was just what I needed to recharge my batteries. My energy level was getting really really low.

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90

Breakfast tea. I’ve already reviewed this and this is the last of my sample and a sip down. I’m sad to see it go and will likely buy more of it. So good.

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100

I have to put the song for Golden Orchid up front for the soundtrack to this review: Miss Etta. At Last: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ45Q7ZuTEs&feature=kp

In the beginning, there was the truly delicious North Winds blend. Mz Priss tasted the North Winds and found that it was good. On the second day, WPTC lofted it to the stratosphere with the addition of a simple vanilla bean. This is one of the most groovealicious blends of tea I have ever tasted. And I mean groovealicious in the George Clinton-One Nation Under A Groove way and not the 60’s hippie way.

Sticking my snoot into the bag is a delight. This is all yummycreamy vanilla cocoa malt. I want to bathe in it. With North Winds as the base it has all the same coca malt notes, but the alchemical addition of the vanilla smooths it out even more than it was already was. It is almost like a vanilla caramel taste – though I don’t really detect a load of caramel. There is a very slight astringency on the tip of my tongue with a faint background of tobacco in the best way.

More on this at: mizzprissy.wordpress.com

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
TeaTiff

You make this one sound amazing.

MzPriss

It just IS!!! A tea that can inspire me to mashup the Bible and Funkadelic in one paragraph is a damn good tea :)

keychange

I want this now!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) hehe. great song choice for this one!

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90

This is the second tea from Joseph Wesley I’ve tried and it does not disappoint. Beautiful golden and brown/black dry leaf with a medium reddish-amber liquor. Bai Lin is usually a very happy place for me and this one is no exception. Sweet and refined. I will order more.

Further review on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

It makes me hear Mavis Staples – a nice smooth way to start the morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etITOxv9x4w

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

Hot damn this tea! For tiger-taming indeed. My tea of the morning (3 cups so far – its EARLY) and I couldn’t be happier. This cup is smooth with lots of toasty grain and malt and honey and just general deliciousness. An excellent morning tea. And in case you haven’t already guessed – you gotta have Buck for this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVYFDNc9CHQ

The rest of my review is on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/full-steam-organic-black-hugo-tea-company/

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

Breakfast tea this morning. Trying this one for the first time and it is good! I’m happy to love an affordable tea this much. The song I heard for this one is King Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Lf_1y7rYE&feature=kp

A more complete review is on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/balin-gongfu-black-teavivre/

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Haha! I really dig your music grooves :-) I pair music and tea all the time and I love when people do some matching!

MzPriss

Thanks! I’m glad you like it :) Its just the songs I hear when I drink it. It happens sometimes with wine, but mostly with tea. But tea and music or tea and books (and my dogs under my feet) make life excellent!

TeaVivre

Always tea and books is a great combination! And nothing makes me feel quite at peace as much as curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

MzPriss

@TeaVivre – Agreed. I’m pretty sure that whoever invented books was drinking tea when they did it. And I love this tea a lot.

TeaVivre

MzPriss. So glad you love this tea :)

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87

My tea-taster appears to be back to normal. After my first cup yesterday everything was just tasting bitter and bad. I gave up on tea for the rest of the day. This tea surprised me a little. It is assam-y in all the good ways. The aroma is very malty. On tasting, it is not quite as malty as the smell led me to believe, but it is there and this also has a nice sweetness to it. Very easy to drink. I was expecting it to be a little more “brisk” than I normally like, but it walks right up to the edge of that and stays politely on the yummy side with little astringency. I think of it as bright. This would be a perfect afternoon tea.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Oh yeah – this tea. What a luscious blend. There is light cocoa and a little malt and a bit of a bright sweetness that is very pleasing. Nice and round with a tiny bit of tingle on the tip of my tongue at the end. This is a bright and happy morning tea to be up with ridiculously early for Easter. It’s smooth and has an entirely different groove from a lot of the black teas I love most. This blend reminds me Sam Cooke – but not Sam Cooke alone – specifically the blend of Sam Cooke’s voice with Lou Rawls on this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRGRKMWEe-c&feature=kp

I really like this tea and dealing with Brenden is a pleasure.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Love this, and would love to have a tea that grooves the way Sam Cooke’s music does, awesome:-)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, baby!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Haha that’s an awesome comparison…and I can totally see it, too! :) So glad you’re enjoying this one!

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Love that I’m living in beautiful Central Texas – land of good fun, good friends, good food, good music and good tea (Zhi – word.) Tasting great tea makes me hear music. Very often you will see a link to the song I hear for a particular tea.

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Black/red Chinese teas hold the key to my heart.

I don’t care much for flavored teas, especially the fruity varieties. My exceptions are chai and Earl Grey, and apparently now vanilla. Not much love for lapsang souchong either.

I sit squarely on fence with green and white teas.

If I end up in hell, my punishment will be to drink rooibos.

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