Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tea Review: Royal Wedding Tea

Thirsty Thursday #28

Harney and Sons Royal Wedding Tea

Hello, everyone! Haley here! Our Monday post mentioned we'd be reviewing the Royal Wedding Tea we sipped while watching the Duke and Duchess of Sussex get married. So I thought I'd put my party clothes on again for this event. The Duchess of Cambridge wears her favorite clothes more than once why shouldn't I? (giggles) 

Usually the lighting is so strange in one of our regular reviewing areas, I convinced Xyra to try another location. You don't really need to see the kettle on the burner, right?
So, we opted for the 2 ounce tin. It's lovely!
The one side tells you about the character of the tea and rating.

"The white tea flavors are nicely married with the nuttiness of almonds and coconuts, and the sweet creaminess of vanilla."
According to the rating this is not a very brisk tea, but has nice body and bold aroma.

The other side of the tin give you the brewing instructions and ingredients.

"White tea, rose petals, blue cornflowers, marigold petals, almond flavor, coconut flavor, vanilla flavor."
Hmmm, maybe we should have read this more closely.

It's really a lovely blend.
Smells exotic, kind of tropical.
Looks nice waiting for the water.
Let's watch the leaves dance for a few minutes.

Oh, their really going now! (giggles)
[timer beeps]

Done! It does smell lovely. slightly floral and nutty.
Some of the leaves are still floating at the top.
This make a dark tea despite being a white tea.

So let's give it a try. Well, I've tried this already...(giggles)...that's why I'm doing the review. The first sip is interesting. 
There is a lot going get the bits of floral and the almond and coconut and the vanilla tries to wrap everything together. This is how the maker intends it to be enjoyed.

This second sip is with a small spoon of sugar in the raw.
This is nice. I think the molasses in the sugar unites some of the flavors and notes.

Finally, I'm going to add a touch of milk.
This is good too. The milk blends actually unites the notes even more. I get the coconut note last with the milk. Maybe my sisters would have liked it better this way. 

So here is the low down. My sisters are not fond of this blend. Maybe too much vanilla in it. Some of the notes stick out over others. I kind of like it; it is not a favorite, but I like it enough to want to try it again. Also, we tried re-steeping the leaves Saturday; this blend should really only be steeped once. The second pot was really weak. 

Overall, I think it is a unique and pleasant blend. 
If you are interested, Harney and Sons offers a "sample" size that makes a few cups. 

[Xyra aside: I opted for the tin to keep as a souvenir. This is not a favorite of mine. Not sure if it is the vanilla or something else, maybe the almond. You definitely want to drink this while it is hot; it's terrible cold and gets bitter when reheated.]

Warmest wishes to all!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with Madame Alexander or Harney and Sons. The tea reviewed was purchased with our own funds for our collection and in celebration of the May 19, 2018 royal wedding. The review is unsolicited and comprised of our own opinions, thoughts, and words. Links are provided for educational and informative purposes; no purchase is required to enjoy the post. If you are interested in trying the tea, the links will point you in the right direction.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Build: May 2018

We Really Didn't Forget

Hi! I bet you forgot or thought we forgot to build the May calendar. Nope, just took a bit longer than we thought and then we couldn't fit a photo shoot in. That really stinks when that happens. So now here it is almost Memorial Day and you're just getting to see the calendar.
Anyway, this one has a lot of people! It's a festive month. Some might call it busy. We went with food carts to fit our vehicle theme, and you have to have people at the food carts!

So over here we have Olivia and Emma with Olivia's robot delivering a beverage from Mia's cart.
The bride and groom are deciding which cart to go to and their dalmatian puppy is sniffing the bouquet.

Andrea and Emily are discussing ice cream with Stephanie. The pug puppy is hoping for a doggie dip.
Over here is the hot dog vendor. Simon and his pup are ordering lunch there.
Now, if you look at the calendar itself, 
the row colors represent the kind of May we are having in southeastern PA. Brown for freshly turned earth and mud, dark green for grass and leaves and new plants, pink for all the flowers, grey for overcast skies and rain, finally the blues and yellow of sunny skies. Oh, and the birds. You know spring is here when mornings are filled with songs you hear through your open windows.

I like the bride and groom best. 
You know, there really is a lot going on in this build. you can't quite see the spring flowers and other animals.
How about a different angle.
That way you can see some of the other flowers and the hedgehog and black kitty and catch a glimpse of bunnies. 
Simon is disappointed because the hot dog guy doesn't have sauerkraut. What do you like on your hot dog? 

Here it is from above.
This one shows the bunny tail! (giggles)
So what do you think about May? 
Do you have a favorite part? Or do you have a favorite food cart? What does it sell?

Tchau! Até mais tarde!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Royal Wedding Watchers

Getting Up Early

Grace, Haley, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie, Lea, Melody, 2 or more

Hi! Did you watch the Royal Wedding on Saturday morning? 
We did!
Got up at 4 AM.
Put on the kettle and grabbed some scones and lemon cake.
Plopped down in front of the TV.
All those pretty dresses and lovely hats made up get dressed too.
Got back to the TV just as Princes Harry and William arrived.
Here's a bit of our wedding attendance activities.

Meghan meets Prince Charles at the organ screen and he walks her the rest of the way down the aisle.
Harry and Meghan in front of the priest.
Melody is not up to snuff dress code wise. No hat.
The service was beautiful.
Xyra found both the hymns in her choir hymnal so we could sing along.
Sort of, some of the lyrics were different.
But overall...
The cellist was my favorite!
(laughing) Of course!
Then it was over and we were watching the Duke and Duchess speed off in their coach.

The whole event was fun.
A great reason to celebrate.
I loved her dress!
The page boys did a great job with her dress and train.
All those flower girls!

Did you watch the wedding live or in one of the recaps?
Did you make anything special to eat? 

Our menu included Harney and Sons Royal Wedding tea; review on that to come.
Strawberry yogurt scones and lemon cake from Starbucks.
I liked the cake much better than the scone.
Me too!


Royal Wedding
Programme PDF
Official Wedding Photos

Best wishes,