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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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I wanted to love this one, but I don’t. Drinking it plain, I do get a bit of a vanilla after taste – but it’s not quite enough for me. Currently drinking it with two teaspoons of sugar and a dash of milk, and I actually do think it’s pretty good that way. That being said, I won’t buy tea if I know I don’t enjoy it plain…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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I have been drinking this nearly every morning as of late.
At first it was partly due to the fact it was in the front and easy to grab with my one arm.
I recently fell and tore some muscles and pulled some tendons in my left arm.
You see, I have been banned from farmwork (by my husband) and although there is some projects I have been wanting to do around the house…painting the spare bedroom or cleaning out that scary closet, don’t sound like good things to try to attempt with one arm either.
SO! I have been catching up on my reading.
I read Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (accompanied by this tea, which made me feel luxurious when she would explain the watered down tea her family could afford) after reading the book, that led me to watching Upstairs, Downstairs (I had seen some episodes growing up, but not all) which led me to watch the 2010 version, which then led Hulu to recommend Wives and Daughters.
As you can see, Queen Catherine tea is a very good choice to be drinking during all of this.
I love its gentle briskness.
I hear the tea timer calling, gonna grab my cuppa and sit down and push play.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Enjoy your “break” and catching up on some good books and tea! I hope your arm heals quickly.

Hesper June

Thank you! It feels a little better each day:)

gmathis

Not coveting your injury….but the opportunity to read, drink tea, watch videos….yum!

Hesper June

Oh, yes! Its been lovely! I was trying to remember the last time I did something so indulgent, and I believe it was back when I was in my teens and had the chicken pox’s (the 2nd time I had them, mind you!) and watched all of Anne of Green Gables:)
I am currently trying to decide which to start next, Cranford or North and South.
What a delightful conundrum!

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84

I have been living in our camper at our farm for most of this last month.
No internet.
The days sort of ran together, and somedays I did not even drink tea, it did not seem fair to the tea.
I would swig half a cup of coffee and out the door I would go.
Last night I sat down and drank a cup of herbal tea and nearly started weeping.
My soul has been thirsty.
Opened up my tea cupboard this morning and saw the Queen.
Yes, perfect tea to start my day off with.
A lot to catch up on around the house, but before I even begin, I will sit back and inhale this concoction of leaves and hot water.
I missed you tea and steepster.
Look forward to catching up with you all.
See my previous notes for more on this tea.

JustJames

my month has been like this, so caught up that i strayed from the rituals that gave me comfort…

Hesper June

Hopefully, we can get back to our rituals that give us comfort (and personally, keep me sane:)

JustJames

the pathology behind our illogical behaviour would be fascinating to study… everything falls apart and a booming voice declares: ‘abandon ye all things that offer consolation.’ how strange we are. =0)

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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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96

Last night I received my Harney & Sons order which included several Tagalongs to try. I have traditionally been a black tea consumer and my experience with green teas is limited. This morning at work, I opened up my Tagalong container and from the moment the tin was opened, I was enchanted with the aroma of the blend. Visitors to my office notice the bouquet and admired the smell too. Adding hot water to the sachet just made it better and after watching it brew a few minutes and having the first taste, I feel as though I have a garden party in my mouth. It is wonderful. Someone else mentioned lemon drop candy, and yes, I agree, there is a taste of that with the flowers mixed in. At first I simply noticed that it was citrusy and floral and the longer I drink it the more lemon I taste. It is smooth, mellow and has body to the tea. The color is a medium to light honey color. Overall, I like this very much and will definitely buy more. I am not able to discern what the floral tastes are. I may pick up a slight rose taste but there are more flowers than that. The tea blend itself is beautiful visually and has large chunks of what appear to be orange peel, even though it taste more lemony. Yes, I will definitely add more to my cupboard of this blend. It will be among my favorites.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Rose is such a love/hate scent. Most people I know and indeed most companies that produce anything with rose prefer it mild, shy, ‘this is a MODERN rose’, ’it’s not old lady-ish’, ’it’s not too overpowering’. To hell with all that. I’m a rose addict and the stronger, the better. Give me a posy, nay, a garden and I’ll be in heaven. When I heard this was quite a full-on rose tea (said in hushed, ‘I warn you’ tones), my first thought was ‘AT LONG LAST. BRING IT ON.’
This lives up to my expectations, it’s wonderfully rich and unapologetic. Fresh and heady at the same time. Oh, so good. If only I could find a perfume this brave. Thank you Jackie for such a wonderful start to the new year.

JacquelineM

Have you ever tried Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose?

http://www.amazon.com/Tea-Rose-Perfumers-Workshop-Women/dp/B000C234ZY

I think of it as this tea’s perfume version! It’s so rosy (and so inexpensive!) I most like to layer it, as this essay talks about (Tea Rose is mentioned mid-way through ish) but alone it smells like a dozen roses. If I wear it alone at least two people ask me where the flowers are in the office!

P.S. Would yu like a tin of this with your next letter? :)

JacquelineM

…and am typing with a cat in my lap!

Ruby Woo Scarlett

I’ve never heard of this perfume house, I need to check it out! That essay is so informative, thank you. Have you read Perfumes: The Guide? It’s part how-to book about how to describe scents and an ecnylopaedia with the author’s ratings on every fragrance out there. The prose alone is worth the purchase (Luca Turin writes like Dorothy Parker). And here’s a link for you : http://theperfumedcourt.com she offers decants and samples of every expensive fragrance you could think of (sadly no Perfume’s Workshop, probably because a full bottle is so affordable). Your package is on its way :)

JacquelineM

I’ll have to look that book up! You would have loved Doulton here on Steepster (she hasn’t posted in quite awhile). She is a huge perfume fan too and she once sent me a large bag of samples of top notch perfumes, many of them rosy (she shared the rose love too).

I am afraid to check out the perfumed court – quaking!! :)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Oh she sounds great! I’m so tempted by the comprehensive rose sample package on The Perfumed Court.

JacquelineM

They have the Diptique and Annik Goutal scents I’ve been wanting to try for years and years. Trouble! :)

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72
drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
24 tasting notes

This is a good tasting tea and enjoyable. However,I used one sachet per 8 oz and it is rather light. The clove taste is definitely predominant. I could use a bit more cinnamon, more robust tea and more citrus in this blend. I pick up the almond flavoring as more of an aftertaste. Next time I may try two sachets instead of one and see if it gives a deeper flavor without more bitterness. It is one to steep longer, around 5 minutes. For a spicy tea, I prefer the Paromi Chai, which is more of a tisane if I remember correctly.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I ordered this tea as a Tagalong (5 sachets) from Harneys recently. Even though the reviews were encouraging on their website, when I brewed it, there was a taste that I simply did not care for in my tea. Even though it is supposed to be vanilla, that is not what I noticed. There was another taste that seemed stronger. The description mentions malty, but that would not be how I would describe it. Usually I love anything vanilla, but this is different. It is silky and smooth, but I left half the cup sitting there, not wanting more. My daughter liked it better than I did, but she isn’t exactly begging for a second cup either.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97

Some years ago, my mom received a gift basket with some Harney’s English Breakfast tea included. She gave it to me and I thought it was the smoothest EB tea, with no bitterness. This was before the internet included so much, and I searched off and on for a few years before I found a place to buy it. I have loved it since and it is still my favorite to drink in the morning while at work. It is fairly robust and I brew it about 4 to 5 minutes at the most. Now that I have found Harney’s website, I hope to try more of their teas.

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

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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I love mint. I love chocolate. I like black tea. But this… I hate it. I don’t understand why, but I really can’t stand it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Bangkok by Harney & Sons
1260 tasting notes

ARG, my tea stash went out of control recently and I’m out of nice tins again. I got 3 big ugly cookie tins that I need to modpodge pretty with crazy pink christmas paper, which I’m going to do once I’m done this tea! I believe I got this tea in a trade with Rachel Sincere, ty! This tea is in a bag.

STEEPED: Very pale yellow tea – sweetless coconutty mellow smell.

TASTE: Okay, this is interesting in flavor. First off, very light in flavor. What I do get is creamy mouth coconut and buttery coconut fleshy taste up front. The flavor is close to real coconut. Light green flavor, barely there. Aftertaste of a little lemongrass. Not really getting the ginger. Overall I find this tea kinda savory as it is not sweet at all.

COMMENTS: I’d love to have this tea with some curry or thai food – that would be yummy! I think this tea could chill out a mouth burning with spicy food! However, it seems too light of a tea for me to enjoy whenever I want. Next time I’ll try a longer steeping and hopefully the ginger and green comes out more. In the end, I do enjoy the fun pairing with coconut and lemongrass.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Sil

soooo i totally just had time to look at your blog. i need a boomkin! sigh

Oolong Owl

hehe, I love my Boomkin, Boomy! He hangs out on my desk and moonfires everyone!

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Oh God the smell of this! I love the smell of chocolate so much. This is lovely. At first I thought it was a combo of chocolate and mint (strangely enough), the hazelnut isn’t roasted so I had trouble picking it up. After enjoying a mug full of this tea, though, I can safely say this is a match made in heaven. The sweet hazelnut complements the deep aroma of the chocolate so well and the chocolate lingers on your tongue long after a sip. I still don’t like chocolate but boy does it work well in teas. I enjoyed this best without milk and piping hot. What a treat! Thank you Jackie for this gift.

JustJames

my order is on the way…. and this is another that i did not snag. sigh….

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drank Formosa Oolong by Harney & Sons
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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97
drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
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Bonjour! Paris, decaf, by Harney & Sons is now on my shopping list after I enjoyed a sample of this delicious tea. It is very flavorful: vanilla, caramel, and citrus are the flavors I taste. Also, there is a special flavor that I don’t often taste when having a cup of decaf tea. The flavor is…tea! I love it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Janefan

I didn’t know this came in decaf! I love their Vanilla Comoro – H&S seems to know how to do decaf right!

Serenity

I have H&S Vanilla Comoro on my wish list!

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drank African Autumn by Harney & Sons
31 tasting notes

OMG, this tea is amazing. Strong spicy aroma with incredible orange notes and gorgeous dark amber color…this tea works equally well as a stand-alone tea or as a tea latte. This has earned a spot in my fave beverages to drink. If you have a Biggby near you, save your $5 and buy this tea for about $5.99 for 20 silken sachets and make your own lattes at home.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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62

Probably the oldest tea in the cupboard (+6yrs) and regifted to my mother, this tea is finally coming to it’s end. There’s only three more tea bags left!

Initially I found this guy overpowering, but I have to admit it’s grown on me, as has jasmine in general. I sort of wish I could brush my teeth with jasmine. I still would never steep it at the suggested 4min but the tea and I have made some satisfying compromises.

If there were other flavours besides jasmine they have long since faded away or been drowned out.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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When I think of nauseating, overpowering jasmine teas this is one of them.

This pretty pink tin of twenty tea bags was given to me as a birthday gift last year. It was an incredibly sweet thought and I had never seen pearls before this. The individual sachet bags are gorgeous; the leaves themselves look like delicately rolled bits of green and white cloth. At the time, the jasmine aroma reminded me of root beer.

This tea is consistent. The jasmine is exuberantly floral. Sometimes, I pick up a pleasant “salty” sweet finish. The flavours have a tendency to overwhelm and I can’t imagine following the suggested four minute steep.

Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those teas I find myself reaching for. I still have twenty tea bags. They must have given me extra because I’ve had this at least three times in the last year.. just did a count on my gifted Paris tin and, although it says “twenty sachets”, I counted twenty-one. Lucky me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Lady 0f Spaydes

I love super-jasmine. Jasmine has always beenn a good friend to me. When I was a kid and couldn’t sleep at night, i’d sneak outside and stare at the moon and I could smell jasmine from blocks away. :) Maybe it’s just me, but the more jasmine, the better!

greg

Hi guys, i’m new here. Just to react to this. I’ve tasted my first jasmine tea this morning (Oriental Jasmine, twinings). Steeped in a french press. 4/5 minutes. P
A great smell for my flat. But it is really bitter.
erhaps you’ve got some suggestions for me.
The first tea without sugar i’ve drank is Christmas Tea. With an absolute pleasure.

CrowKettle

I love the smell too; we even have a jasmine plant in the backyard! Embarrassingly however, jasmine, along with vanilla and honey, tend to make me feel faint. I’m a wimp.

Hi Greg, I’m somewhat of a tea novice as well! :) You could try reducing the steep time. If it’s a green or white jasmine tea you will also want to steep it in water just under boiling temperature. When I first started making green tea I always over-steeped it in boiling water and drank many bitter cups. Depending on the blend, white and green teas are often placed in temperatures anywhere from 72°C -93°C. Tea strength is impacted by steep time, temperature, and water/leaves ratio.

ashmanra

I hated jasmine until I tried Teavivre’s. did you know you can sign up for free samples on their website? They are generous, too, and I have yet to meet a Teavivre tea that was less than excellent.

greg

@crowkette thanks for your tips. I’ll give jasmine another chance next time :)

CrowKettle

@greg, no problem! :)
@ashmanra, I’ve been eyeing Teavivre’s website, and thier fancy tins, for a while. I’ve only heard good things and the have an extremely appealing shipping deal to boot. It will be a couple months before I can buy new tea though. I overspent myself badly.

ashmanra

@Crowkettle: I bet if you signed up for the free samples they would try to accommodate you if you request certain ones you are interested in! Then you could try now, buy later!

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88
drank Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons
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My favorite Earl Grey thus far has been Harney’s Earl Grey Supreme so I was very interested in trying Diamond Jubilee which is a skillfully blended Earl Grey with a twist. This selection has a hint of grapefruit essence, which is a wonderful addition to the black teas and citrusy Bergamot. I initially steeped it for 4 minutes, but preferred it at 3 1/2 minutes. I liked it a lot warm, but also think it would be very nice cold, and I recommend it to Earl Grey lovers.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
BoxerMama

I love this one!

Donna A

Had this again this evening. Really nice with the subtle grapefruit addition.

Donna A

Realized that I still had a little Diamond Jubilee left. Though I drink mostly unflavored black teas, this is definitely one I’ll buy again. The grapefruit notes are very appealing. Though it is different than Earl Grey, if you like Earl Grey, you should try this. There is free shipping on H&S for gifts in US today.

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72
drank Sencha by Harney & Sons
16 tasting notes

Smells a bit sweet and tastes almost sweet. It’s very light and slightly astringent.

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Well, I had a bone-head move and totally missed the sign-ups for the 12 Days Swap thingie that many of the steepsters did! BUT…I’m lucky enough to have Azzrian for a Sororitea Sister and she was awesome and sent some of this one to me! Thanks so much!

Of course my other Sororitea Sister Liberteas is SUPER AWESOME too! I LOVE my sista’s!

SIDEBAR:

I completed the Iron Chef – STEEPSTER – Chickpeas & Tea Challenge – it’s now on my blog as well as in the forums/threads!

http://blissfulyogajourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/left-overs-spinach-rice-chickpea-dish.html

I just finished my lunch and that is what was for lunch. This tea is my after-lunch tea, today!

It smells a little like Currant and a Spice. It’s pretty nice!

It’s a medium brown in color and the black tea base is a bit mellower but the currant really pops thru on top of it. This is a bit juicy bitter but in a good way and a little peppery underneath. It has a smoother finish and I like that very much!

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