Queen Catherine

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cocoa, Hay, Malt
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Caffeine
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Certification
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 g 9 oz / 252 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 1813 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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  • “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
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  • “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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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.

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Five hours of sleep. Yay. And a very long day ahead of me.
Today I need serious tea. With that in mind, I reached for this sample of Queen Catherine, which I threw into my last Harney order.
Wow. This is a complex yet gentle black, which is doing its job and then some. I get notes of chocolate and honey in the quiet depths of this tea. Very nice.
I’ve got a scoop more of this. Next time, I’m going to combine it with rose scented, as I’ve heard is a lovely combo.

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And that’s another H&S that’s finished. I had several cups and enjoyed each, but am not convinced that this is one I need to restock.

Hmm.. I don’t remember it having those sweet and smokey tones before. It sorta reminds me of Tealux’s Four Knights!

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This definitely isn’t the first time I’ve brewed up a cup of Queen Catherine, but it may very well be the first time I did so without screwing it up quite badly. This is part of a swap with Simply Jen W from probably a year ago now. Clearly, punctual tea drinking is not something I put on my resume – though I do appreciate all swaps and samples, very much so!

This time I used a teaspoon of leaves, steeped around 3 minutes and have a much more pleasant seeming cuppa. (Last time it got busy at switchboard while it was steeping and I had a 15 minute steeped disaster). This is an odd duck. It doesn’t quite smell like black tea, there is another edge to it. It smells as if it should be bitter, but the first sips yield a slightly sweet liquor. Again, it’s not quite plain black tea, there is something different here. There is no bitterness (a bonus in my book!) but there’s not really a lot of character either. As it is, I would have no porblem drinking this but I can’t imagine craving it either.

Thanks for the chance to sample, Simply Jen W!

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Continuing to go through all the amazing teas that ifjuly so generously sent me.
I took this one to work today. Not sure what I expected (I hadn’t even looked it up) and was a little surprised at how smokey it was. Smoke is ok, doesn’t bother me – just wasn’t expecting it. This was deep, malty with some subtle chocolate notes, the smoke, and a touch of astringency.
I liked it, still have enough for a couple more cups – will continue to enjoy it. Not sure I would buy a tin, but it’s a nice blend. Really glad to have gotten to try it.

ifjuly

It’s so weird, everyone’s logs for this mention the upfront smokiness and instead of that I get a sweet vanilla-y thing. o_O Taste buds are funny things!

Dexter

LOL vanilla? really? Nope would never had said that – but I agree, it’s fun to see all the difference of opinions.

ifjuly

I’ve noticed keemun in general gets described by most as smoky and most of the time to me it tastes/smells sweet, like vanilla and/or chocolate, instead. And IIRC this has a bunch of keemun in it, so!

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thank you to ifjuly for this sample….

it took me a minute to switch gears! i’ve been caught up with french apothecaries since my mammoth swap with ysaurella few months back!

i like the layers in this. there’s a sweet smoke— not a lapsang, almost a hickory dipped peach, an earthy warm tobacco, and then a crisp straightforward black. i like the fact that each layer is distinct but also mutually flattering.

thank you ifjuly! a lovely experience! i would say it’s nice to get back to basics but this really isn’t basic, lol! sneaky is a better descriptor!

very nice!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

I like it a lot. I also got H&S Rose scented and mixed it 2:1 ratio
I think ashmanra recommended this mix in older posts. Very nice combination . I can send you a sample if you want or even pick up 2 oz in store. I like small amounts;)

JustJames

small amounts are handy…. i am FINALLY getting used to not buying a ton. (though i still do that with my french teas… then hoard them in airtight containers….. and sniff them from time to time, lol)

ifjuly

i agree that it feels sort of like back to basics intro tea, yet has a bit more going on in the wings than expected given that. i have really enjoyed reading your take on teas, and how when we are on the same page you word it so well!

JustJames

we do have VERY similar tastes. i haven’t tried anything you’ve sent that i haven’t vastly enjoyed. =0) swap buddies for life!

ashmanra

I love this tea! It was at my side, encouraging me through some hard places, like when I had radiation. She was an inspiring woman and this tea is a fitting tribute to her, I think.

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The combination of work and school has been keeping me extremely busy, and because of this my tea drinking and reviewing has fallen through the cracks a little bit. But on the bright side of things, it makes every cup of tea I get to have a little more rewarding.

I picked this up along with Florence and Boston also from Harney, and I was so disappointed with those two that I’m not even going to take the time to write a review about them. This one is a basic blend but it’s very good for what it is. It’s smooth, bready and a little malty with the faintest hints of smoke and chocolate sweetness in the background. Just a nice comfort cup.

I’ve got LOTS more tea on the way. I blew the majority of my first paycheck on tea, spending about $250 altogether on teas from Butiki, Mandala, and Verdant as well as a competition tasting set from Rishi. These things are my reward, and man they’re gonna taste so sweet.

Anyway, just thought I’d pop my head back into the Steepster world for a bit, catch ya later!

Bonnie

You are going to have a great time!

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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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Mmmhmmm.
Had a cuppa this this morning to get my bum out of bed! (and to warm me up)
Delicious as always.
Sweet, malty with a touch of smoke. Truly a favourite tea of mine (aka one that I don’t feel guilty about mass consuming due to price, and taste)

Tea Sipper

Is this an older tea? I didn’t see it on Harney’s site when I looked today…

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Smooth, sweet, and smokey. Nice breakfast tea.

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thank you cteresa for sharing this blend with me.
I really appreciated it and wasn’t impressed by the high ratings because never heard about this tea before cteresa proposed to send me some. So didn’t get high expectations.

To me, it’s not so strong.Malty but not too much (thanks God it is Chinese teas, not an Assam) I get the chocolate but in a different way comparing so many teas, it’s perfectly balanced with other notes, floral & fruity.
The tea base is really perfect, no astringency in my cup, is there a keemun as part of the tea mix ?
I had this tea in the evening and had no problem to sleep, really fantastic.
A beautiful tea to get whenever I want.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec
cteresa

I liked this one very much (this and Harney´s bagged sencha, though have been underwhelmed by other very popular teas of theirs I have tried). I also sent a sample of this to Barbara which liked it as well, and we have been shocked at the shipping costs – last year shipping this and another tin and a a couple samples was about 14 dollars, right now it´s 40 dollars for a similar package and it´s not even flat rate (order 10 tins for the same price!) as is at theodor and mariage freres. Nice tea but not worth it.

A very similar IMO tea to this one is Twinings´ Prince of Wales Blend – smokier I think, but maybe my favorite (I do like smokier!(

Barbara

I’m just drinking my first cup of Prince of Wales. It’s similar but indeed a bit smokier and a bit more malty IMO. Although I’d still like to have Queen Catharine aswell, it was a good recommendation. Thanks ceteresa!

cteresa

You are welcome, glad it was a useful recommendation – I got 3 Twinings teas as staples, Prince of Wales, Lady grey and their lapsang Souchong. Neither is the very best of their type of tea but they are so very reliable and easy to find and not expensive…

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