37 Tasting Notes

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I really like Harney’s Amba Ceylon but when I went to order some I found it to be out of stock. I checked with a number of other vendors, with the same result. A google search turned up Single Origen Teas in Texas and they had some in stock. I ordered 2 – 2 oz packets and it is as good as the Harney’s Amba Ceylon.

It is a very wonderful tea with a really deep smell and flavor. It is light enough to be drunk without cream or sugar, my normal way of drinking it. But often I’ll add some sugar if I drink it in the afternoon. It is an excellent and very unique tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
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Glad to hear you enjoy it! Amba is a tricky estate due to its small size It has maybe 6 acres in production. A private buyer buys up all of the dry season production; so come August/September everyone’s Amba is usually running low! I tend to stock up right before the dry season hits just to be prepared.

We should be stocking Amba’s Chai blend with spices all grown either on the estate or right next to it. Next time you order (and if we have it in stock!) mention it on your order form (or send us an e-mail) and I’ll pass on a sample so you can try some. :)

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95
drank Darjeeling by Mark T. Wendell
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OMG: This morning I realized that I only have enough of this one for two more cups. Gotta order more or I will go into withdrawal. ;-)

Always a great morning cup. Love it!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling by Mark T. Wendell
37 tasting notes

When I look on my tea app this is the number one tea that I drink. Whatever I drink, I always come back to this one. It is an excellent Darjeeling. I have had a number of others: more expensive but not better, some too brisk for a Darjeeling, but this one really has qualities and price that make it the one I always reach for.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86

I just got this in yesterday from Harney. I brewed up a cup this morning, 5 minutes in the steep and drank it with cream and sugar. It’s really a beautiful tea, very mellow but with a decent kick to it. I’ll have to try it tomorrow without the cream, just a little sugar and see how that is. A very nice tea.

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

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This one has been on my shelf for a while forgotten for the moment. I usually drink black tea with a little sugar and no milk or cream. I tried another tea in the morning with half and half so I decided in the afternoon to give this a try with half and half. I found that I like it a lot better that way. It reminds me of a Russian Caravan type tea. It has that Lapsang Soochong slight smoky flavor. It is very smooth and with cream and sugar it was very enjoyable.

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

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drank Amba Ceylon by Harney & Sons
37 tasting notes

I keep coming back to this one. It has a wonderful flavor that I don’t find the equal of in other Ceylons. I got the Harney catalog and was not too surprised to find it not listed in their current catalog while it is still listed online. I suspect that it is not a high volume item but I am afraid that it will disappear one day. It’s one of the nicest teas in my cupboard. I hope they continue to carry it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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97

I had a lovely cup in the late afternoon yesterday and this tea really is something special. It has deep darjeeling flavor without heavy briskness. It’s nothing like a first flush, having good body and an etherial after note of smell and taste probably from the Rose petals in the tea. Wish I had brought back a lot more of this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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96

I keep forgetting about this one. It’s such a fine tea. I feel like a old Chinese Zen poet when I drink it. ;-)

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90
drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
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I tried a batch of this one yesterday afternoon. Mary and I were both feeling the need of a mid afternoon Chai lift. I tried adding a few thin slices of fresh ginger and I took the seeds from 3 cardamom pods and crushed the seeds in a mortar and pestle and added the powder to the milk/water mixture before adding the tea. I think it really improved the tea. That being said, it is also very fine without the additions when I don’t have the time to fiddle around.

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90
drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
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I have been sort of off chai all summer but with the cooling weather, yesterday afternoon I decided to brew up some of this chai. It is as good as I remember it. I did note however that I wish it had a touch more cardamon and a touch more ginger. Cardamon is a tough one to put into a tin. Ideally it should be fresh ground as it has aromatics that decrease markedly over time. The same with ginger. Dried ginger just cannot compete with fresh ginger.

That being said I really enjoy this one a lot. I might try this afternoon crushing a cardamon pod and adding a slice of fresh ginger. In India they only add the ginger during cool weather since it is very warming. This morning the temperatures dropped significantly so maybe more ginger is the ticket.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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