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drank UVA Highlands by Harney & Sons
239 tasting notes

The Brown Santa Express (United Parcel Service) brought me a Christmas present early!
I like the packaging that Harney & Sons uses…a metal tin(4oz in this case) with a sealed mylar bag inside. I pour the tea from the bag into the tin for easy of use. The smell of the dry tea was fresh and earthy, without any musty or moldy hints. Very nice! It brewed up a nice, clear tan to brown, without the red tones I’m used to seeing in other Ceylon teas. The taste is mild, with no bitterness and a very slight tannin aftertaste. The “fresh” smell carried over into the tea and gives it a bit of flavor that reminds me of some high quality green teas. Overall, VERY good, this one is a keeper!

I used 2 1/2 teaspoons of tea in my 4 cup pot with water just off the boil. I steep by color, not time, so about 3 minutes is a guess. the tea is pretty finely broken, so a little goes a long way and the 2 1/2 teaspoons expanded a great deal to fill about 2/3rds of the large strainer that fits the teapot.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I remember when I discovered that there was more to tea than hot or iced. I was given a loose tea sampler (M.T.W.) and a stainless steel tea ball as a Christmas gift many years ago, by whom I cannot remember. That was the start of what will be a life-long love of fine tea. I discovered Steepster from a blog entry on the Mark. T. Wendell website…and have, from Steepster, discovered even more fine teas and vendors. Bravo!

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