Queen Catherine

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cocoa, Hay, Malt
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 g 8 oz / 251 ml

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  • “Overslept because I didn't sleep well last night. Muscles already sore from coughing. Nose and ears still stuffed with cotton. Nauseated from coughing fit. Sneezing fit. Main household toilet...” Read full tasting note
    ashmanra 1817 tasting notes
  • “This tea is perfect. I am hoping so, so hard that I never get sick of it the way I can with many a tea, because it really is as perfect as its "back story" makes it out to be. I read the back story...” Read full tasting note
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    keychange 450 tasting notes
  • “This morning I decided that I absolutely, positively had to have Queen Catherine with a Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese. There could be no substitutes. Nothing else would do. Of course...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “Tea of the morning.... It has been a while since I have had an audience with the Queen. I love the way her subtle strength nudges you into action for the day. Cocoa notes, light malt and a...” Read full tasting note
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    SimplyJenW 974 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

We created this blend of three Chinese black teas in honor of Queen Catherine, who introduced her love of tea to the British. We are privileged to have this tea featured in the Museum of Tea in Hangzhou, China. Harney & Sons is the only Western tea company to receive this honor.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

262 Tasting Notes

1817 tasting notes

Overslept because I didn’t sleep well last night. Muscles already sore from coughing. Nose and ears still stuffed with cotton. Nauseated from coughing fit. Sneezing fit. Main household toilet broken and needs parts and I have guests coming Thursday so I have to drag myself out to buy the parts. Out of home made bread AND English muffins for breakfast.

I NEED THE QUEEN!

And now I feel much better. I found some bagels and smeared them liberally with Nutella – now there’s a good start. Accompanied by a good, stout cup of the Queen, this was very fortifying. Even with all that Nutella I could taste the tea, yet it was smooth and sweet.

A long time ago, I had resigned myself to the notion that I would probably always put milk and sugar in breakfast blends. Now I can’t imagine why I thought that, as this was perfect just the way it was.
Onward to face the day! (It helps that I am pretty sure that two tea orders are coming today. You may hear whining later on if they don’t get here.)

I must always have the Queen in my cupboard for emergencies such as these! :)

Bonnie

You are the Queen!

ashmanra

You are sweet, Bonnie! :)

MegWesley

Long live the Queen! I really need a tin of her. The Queen and Florence. Yep.

Ed Fladung

This sounds wonderful. Gotta put it on my list…

Angrboda

Why, hello there, mad nutella on white bread craving!

Thanks for that, ashmanra. Really…

ashmanra

You are very welcome, Ang! :)

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450 tasting notes

This tea is perfect. I am hoping so, so hard that I never get sick of it the way I can with many a tea, because it really is as perfect as its “back story” makes it out to be. I read the back story last night (about how it was part of a project to improve Portugal’s image and is the only Western tea to be featured in the Chinese tea museum) and dreamed really, really big.

Last night was perhaps the first night in a long while that i’ve had decent sleep, and although I’m still feeling a bit tired this morning, I actually slept through the night and woke to the sound of my alarm, and excitedly got out of bed because I’d planned for this tea this morning.

The dry smell of the leaf was actually a bit misleading. It sort of has an earthy, barn-yard-esque quality to it that was reminiscently evocative of the keemun I sampled from art of Tea and didn’t quite like, although the barnyard factor was significantly less pronounced in these leaves. I brewed it up as per keychange, so about five minutes and my usual cream and sugar, and was blown away.

This is perhaps the first tea I’ve ever tried that tastes sort of like a campfire, with sweet hints of maple and a fresh, rain-soaked wind that has whipped through a dense forest. It is not astringent in the slightest, and I can absolutely see what all the fuss is about (which is a relief, let me tell you. I always feel like a bit of a failure when I don’t get what the fuss is about over a beloved tea on steepster).
Seriously, if any of you guys want to try some of this, let me know. It’s amazing. I want it in my collection forever!

Nightshifter

I like this one a lot, too. :)

keychange

Isn’t it so wonderful? I knew upon drinking it that I wouldn’t be able to do it justice in a tasting note, but my god it’s perfect.

ifjuly

Yay! I recently fell in love with the Queen too, and now we hang out regularly. (:

keychange

So do we! She is so graceful and inviting and perfect!

Rosehips

Hooray for the Queen! (beautiful with a teaspoon of the Harney Rose Scented mixed in as well.

Shmiracles

oh man i’m gonna have to try this one soon! your delight is contagious.

keychange

Try it try it try it! Want me to send you some?
and shmiracles, so does that equal two tsp of tea? one of each? it isn’t too strong?

keychange

sorry, that question was to rosehips!

Indigobloom

Hehe I love this one. Glad there are some fellow Queen admirers around now… there was awhile there when nobody was posting about her!

keychange

We should always post about her! she deserves it!

Indigobloom

Right?! Dang I’m craving a cup now lol

keychange

Me too!!

Rosehips

I use one tsp of the queen with one of rose scented for a small pot of tea, and it turns out beautifully.

keychange

That’s good to know! I usually brew a mug at a time, so maybe i’ll do half a tsp of each an see how that goes. I have yet to try rose-scented, but I have it in my cupboard, so it won’t be long!

Rosehips

That sounds like a good ratio. I cant wait to hear what you think of this combo.

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1112 tasting notes

This morning I decided that I absolutely, positively had to have Queen Catherine with a Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese. There could be no substitutes. Nothing else would do.

Of course we had a crazy fog morning which delayed the train, then there’s the construction going on in the station delaying everything even more. It seemed that everywhere that a Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese could be procured had a line from Here to Eternity, but I could not be stopped. I was a full half hour late to work because I had, had, had to have a Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese along with Queen Catherine today!

Readers, I have just finished my Toasted Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese along with my first steep of Queen Catherine and IT WAS WORTH IT! I don’t know anything that pairs so wonderfully! The slightly smoky, bracing Queen with the garlicy, oniony Circle of Heaven and that creamy Spread of Delight playing off both?

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

On to another steep of the Queen. I only wish I had another bagel!

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

Your post made me smile. I used to live in Collingswood, and when I got stir crazy I would load my kids, the stroller and myself onto the train and walk around the city for awhile. My son was fascinated by the water towers and the high speed line. :)

gmathis

Glad to know I’m not the only one whose brain gets stuck on ONETHOUGHTONLYAND…CAN’T…UNSTICK!

KeenTeaThyme

OK, enough – I must order this Queen Catherine I hear so much about! :)

ashmanra

I understand completely!

JacquelineM

Veronica – neat! How long ago did you live in Collingswood? We moved here from Philadelphia in 2007 and like it lots. I still work in Philadelphia which is why I am always on the high speedline :) They are redoing the stations at 15th and Locust and you never know where to get in or out! The bridge was absolutely surreal in this morning’s fog – it was like a dream sequence in a movie!

JacquelineM

gmathis- I haven’t had a bagel in weeks and must have been going through bagel withdrawal. I was even talking about bagels all weekend but we were so busy in the house I didn’t have time to make them!! Next weekend I hope because now I have my husband talking about them too!!

Veronica

We lived there five years ago. We moved to Westville, so it’s not too far away. Still, I haven’t walked around downtown Collingswood in… years. Yikes! I’ll have to fix that soon.
My husband and I were going to hear the orchestra a couple of weeks ago. We took the train and pretty much everyone in our car was going to the Kimmel Center, too. None of us knew about the construction at 15th and Locust. The looks of confusion on people’s faces was pretty amusing. I’m sure my face mirrored theirs’!

JacquelineM

Veronica – I work at UArts right next to the Kimmel! It is a treat hearing the orchestra there, isn’t it!?

The downtown area in Collingswood needs a tea room!!!! :) There is a coffee shop that serves tea (Grooveground) but just a few teas.

Veronica

Small word! It is a treat hearing the orchestra at the Kimmel. It is one of my favorite places.

Collingswood does need a tea room. I know that Haddonfield has one, though I have never been. I didn’t know that the Treehouse was gone. It used to be my favorite coffee shop. It was a bit more kid friendly than Grooveground. :)

JacquelineM

I’ve been meaning to go to Haddonfield for the day! So many cute places and just two stops on the train. We did go to the British Chip Shop though!

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974 tasting notes

Tea of the morning….

It has been a while since I have had an audience with the Queen. I love the way her subtle strength nudges you into action for the day. Cocoa notes, light malt and a hint of smoke. With those kind of flavors, you would think it a hearty cup, but it is still on the light side. One of my favorite Harney blends. Happy Monday!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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oh man…. thank you so much Hesper June! Seriously…this makes me want to go place a Harney order now. I love this one even more than the florence that Hesper June was SO AMAZING about sharing (seriously folks, she’s pretty damn awesome). I’m not sure if this is exactly what i needed this morning or what but this is a damn fine mug of tea. It’s rich and smooth and chocolatey and malty and delicious! There’s another flavour going on in here too…almost like a breadier taste than the malt taste you get in say laoshan black. I don’t pick up on the “spice” notes that harney says are in this tea, or maybe it’s just that when i read the world spice my mind wanders towards things like chai. yep…i could easily move this into my morning black rotation with some of my other favorites.

Thank you again Hesper June

ashmanra

I LOVE this one! It got me through radiation like a champion coach. There is a hint of smoke to me. This tea is like Catherine herself, strong, tough, well bred, brave, and having such unadulterated love as to overlook all wounds and continue to pour out love. Sigh.

Sil

i totally agree ashmanra :)

gmathis

(I believe I need to do some hunting for some good Cathrine-centric historical fiction.)

Hesper June

Aw! You are too sweet:) I am so glad that you like it!

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The Queen has definitely been my go-to tea lately as she is divine plain or with milk/sugar. I decided I needed her undivided smoky attention this morning so I’m drinking it sans additions. I’m getting a lovely sweet, slightly smoked aroma this morning that I think I’ve been overlooking in my zest to quickly drink this delightful tea.

Taken plain this tea is bold, but not astringent. At the beginning of the sip, you would definitely expect there to be some bitter edge to the end of the sip, but nope, not with the Queen. I’m really loving the smoky edge to this tea this morning! I never thought I would enjoy smoky teas but I’m definitely liking them more as of late. I believe a rating increase is in order for this delicious tea!

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec
teawing

I think this will be my next H&S priority, I like the sound of it!

ashmanra

The Queen has gotten me through many a rough morning! The light smoke is perfect, and you are right – no astringency, no bitterness, just great tea.

Paul M Tracy

My first taste of this tea will be tomorrow, There have been so many great reviews that I feel like I’m behind the curve just trying it now.

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612 tasting notes

Broke down, currently on the Steepster favored “Queen Catherine and a toasted bagel” (with lox and cream cheese) diet, ha. All of this Queen Catherine love got to me. And I’m glad, because this is exactly what I needed. Was in a foul mood this afternoon, sick of everything, hungry, cold, wondering where my husband was, stressed about our plans to be on the road for 11 hours tomorrow in icy rain…this made things better. So much better. Thank you keychange for your wonderful contagious enthusiasm.

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

add capers and sliced fresh tomatoes and i’m totally on board for that snack….. okay, tomatoes negotiable, lol. been fighting that mood myself lately. good tea and lox and bagels will help…. xoxo

ifjuly

oh man JustJames, you just described my favorite sandwich in town! seriously, that’s what it is, that exactly. SO GOOD

JustJames

as always, my dear, our tastes are spot on the same! i’m debating (can;t believe it) finishing up the black lotus you sent me…. happy/sad sigh. lol,

ifjuly

dude, if you want more i can send you more! i am wildly obsessive about that tea, so i bought a TON from Stacy. would be no problem to send some more your way.

keychange

Reading this review made me smile so much! Ifjuly, I’ve always related a lot to your posts, so I’m so flattered that you found my enthusiasm re this tea contageous! And I’m so glad you and the Queen had some quality bonding time. It sounds like you needed it!!

boychik

Lox is my fav with slice of cucumber and spig of dill
This will be my breakfast tomorrow

ifjuly

keychange, it really made me feel like a whole new person, whew! and it’s neat to know someone a zillion miles away is loving the same cup of tea as me on any given day. steepster is so fun!

boychik, that sounds fantastic—i love dill (don’t have any on hand right now, mine died earlier in the season) and cucumber. now i am jealous of your breakfast!

Cavocorax

Oh capers! I haven’t had those in forever.
(And only heard of them because a character on King of the Hill made a big fuss about them!)

boychik

Drive safe
I hope you heading to some warm place. We are freezing here

ifjuly

that makes me laugh about king of the hill, Cavocorax! i wonder which character it was, i don’t remember that…

boychik, thanks! it’s cold here too, though not as cold as i keep hearing about on steepster from the canadians (: stay warm!

JustJames

it’s not too bad in BC…. =0)

Cavocorax

It was Bobby Hill. I think in that episode they were at some resort that gave out free capers and he wents nut for them.

And then I did. :)

Cavocorax

Also, I miss BC weather. I don’t have the right clothing for Ontario, but I just haven’t gone out to buy any yet.

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The Queen!
She is here for breakfast.
I have heard good things about this tea and am delighted to finally get the chance to try it myself.
Dry leaf smells slightly smoky, and even a little floral.
I brewed this for 4 mins, instead of 5.
There was almost something about the dry leaf that hinted some astringency if brewed to long.
I am enjoying smelling this tea, this is a wrap your hands around the mug and inhale kind of tea.
I smell hints of smoke and maybe a bit of chocolate.
On first sip, I was surprised to taste fruity notes.
I don’t find this tea astringent at all, in fact next time I think I will go the full 5 minutes.
I am very glad that Queen C. is here, and I just think she might be someone I invite to stay around for a good while.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

bah! I really want to try this one sometime. Sounds delish!

Hesper June

I could send you a bit, if you would like?

Sil

that would be amazing! If there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try in return I’m totally open to sending some your way. Cupboard’s up to date heh

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314 tasting notes

So on my second mug of this (using fresh new leaf—not a resteep), I used slightly less tea, lower temp and longer steeping time. Aroma of freshly baked pie crust! Taste is much sweeter and feels somehow “lighter”. Hints of caramel and molasses—with a dash of pepper. Less of that yummy malt, but still very pleasant and absolutely delicious!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

I have a sample of this I need to make!

Auggy

That sounds delicious. It seems like Harney & Sons teas have been tempting me lately. Might need to make an order. Hmm.

Stephanie

Yep! I’m rediscovering Harney & Sons. They really do make some wonderful blends.

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6770 tasting notes

This tastes exceptional this morning! I’m not picking up on the slight smoke like I did last time I had a cup of this but that’s ok…it’s DARNED good!

ashmanra

Catherine has gotten me going on many a rough morning!

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