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This really is a different blend. The dry tea looks very intriguing with different colors and lengths of leaf. It has a complex aroma that includes strong black tea, grassy green tea, and premises of fruit and flower. How was it going to taste?

I got this in a sampler size from Harney & Sons and may have to invest in a full tin. Eight at the Fort develops into a very strong and delicious blend of flavors. After about half my mug, I added some sugar and milk and I think I like it better with the additions, but it’s perfectly good without them.

Harney and Sons reveals that this is “A blend of eight different teas (keemun, assam, oolong, ceylon, yunnan, darjeeling, nilgiri, and silver tips).”

I was, at first, afraid that this tea was too ambitious and that it would not work, but I should trust Harney & Sons. It works as a good strong tea that would be excellent for both morning and afternoon. And what a fantastic name!

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LENA

I think this tea is expertly blended. I was sent a sample (now gone), but I fully intend to purchase a large tin as well. It’s different…and kind of manly in my opinion. My husband even liked it!

Janefan

this sounds great. I love coconut! Glad to know the creamy/custard aspect is actually recognizable.

Janefan

^^ uh, not sure what happened there. that comment was supposed to go on TEB’s coconut custard…

__Morgana__

Good to know they were able to pull this off. I didn’t get it in my mammoth sample order because I was worried it would be a bear to figure out how to steep.

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LENA

I think this tea is expertly blended. I was sent a sample (now gone), but I fully intend to purchase a large tin as well. It’s different…and kind of manly in my opinion. My husband even liked it!

Janefan

this sounds great. I love coconut! Glad to know the creamy/custard aspect is actually recognizable.

Janefan

^^ uh, not sure what happened there. that comment was supposed to go on TEB’s coconut custard…

__Morgana__

Good to know they were able to pull this off. I didn’t get it in my mammoth sample order because I was worried it would be a bear to figure out how to steep.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”

Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

Life in Teacup:
An Xi Tie Guan Yin Grade II modern green style & also Charcoal Style

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