2009 Tasting Notes

drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
2009 tasting notes

Ashmanra, who has patiently withstood more whining and mewling about current life conditions that any online acquaintance should ever have to do :) recognized that I need some bucking up and sent the Queen to do the honors.

This tea has backbone. I am a lover of good, stiff black teas and this is, but the subtle coffee-cocoa-smoky-floral chaser I’ve read about in many of these reviews keeps Catherine from becoming a merciless harpy. Perfect with no additives, but I can see that a little milk would tone this down nicely for afternoons.

(Is it a sign that you’ve gone completely over the edge of your saucer when you start attributing human qualities to your teas? I’m blaming on the heat!)

JacquelineM

Oh, I hope not! That would mean I went completely over the edge of my saucer ages ago ;)

ashmanra

I love Catherine with milk and sugar in the mornings, but plain in the afternoon. She is a versatile lady! Hope she helps you face the day as much as she helps me! It has been a pleasure and privilege to be your ant buddy!

teawing

It is named for the Queen for goodness sakes, what is more human than that.
I think anyone who endured an F-5 can attribute human characteristics to anything they choose. Just my 2 cents. :)

ashmanra

Indeed, teawing! By the way, did you know that autocorrect changes your moniker to teasing every time I type it?

teawing

shhhh! That is supposed to be top secret! lol!

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drank White Tea (Original) by Inko's
2009 tasting notes

Husband got a bottle of this strictly for guzzling purposes — I think we’re on day 10 or 11 of 100+ temperatures — and let me take a test swig. I have a general bias against sweetened bottled teas to begin with, but this at least doesn’t have that chemically-sweetened whang to it. Reminds me more of crystallized ginger.

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
2009 tasting notes

My maiden-voyage cup of this one today. Tried not to peek at the tea description before guessing what was creating the sweetness … I was leaning toward something flowery instead of honey. Regardless, this is a nice blend that lightens up the Assam-itude for warmer weather. A very good off-season breakfast tea.

ashmanra

Mike Harney made this for his wife, who is French, and it really does taste like the base of so many French teas. He did an excellent job on this.

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drank Lemon Drop Cooler by 52teas
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drank Lemon Drop Cooler by 52teas
2009 tasting notes

Oh, this is nice iced! I am generally not a tart tea fan; prefer flavors that don’t make my eyes water or my tongue shrivel. But the honeybush is such a nice smooth, mellow balance to the lemon zest and lemony herbs, sour isn’t an issue here. Was great after a hot and frustrating afternoon waiting to get my car inspected. (Five hour wait for a ten minute process.)

Indigobloom

eeek, I think I would need a cup of something strong to get me through that! and then maybe chamomile to calm myself ha!

gmathis

In all fairness, we weren’t sitting at the inspection place the whole time, but having to cool our heels within proximity in 100-degree weather wasn’t exactly what I had planned for the afternoon.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
2009 tasting notes

I believe it is impossible to ruin this tea. Golden cocoa. Mmmm!

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Full review of this one is up at

http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2313/tea-review-tao-of-tea-golden-monkey/

Been a while since my initial sample—I’d forgotten how good it is!

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drank Queen Mary Tea by Culinary Teas
2009 tasting notes

Following the example of many of my esteemed colleagues here, when one has a particularly challenging day ahead, one enlists the help of a Queen. Today’s challenge—traipsing up and down a three-story, two block long church campus with a troop of fourth graders. (Let Vacation Bible School begin!)

And thus, something strong and substantial and bracing was needed. I started to type “thick” but that wouldn’t be correct; this is still light enough for me to consider it a summer-appropriate tea.

ashmanra

Have you tried the other Queen, Catherine? If not, I can make a cup of that happen!

gmathis

Her Majesty and I haven’t made acquaintances yet. :)

ashmanra

Prepare to meet the Queen!

gmathis

I’ll start practicing my curtsey right away.

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drank Huckleberry by Tea Licious
2009 tasting notes

As the heat wave continues, so does my experimentation with Ozark-y fruit teas. Steeped a pot this morning and chucked it straight in the fridge to cool.

Huckleberries, so says Wikipedia, are eccentric cousins of the blueberry—scent and taste remind me of a cross between blueberries and black berries. So the flavor is strong, especially when I got a trifle generous with the amount of leaf I used. Tossed in a couple of sugar cubes and that helped immensely.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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