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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
358 tasting notes

So today is the Duke/UNC game, which means it’s practically a holiday in our state. We have plans to watch the game at a local sports bar, and my fiancee has us on a strict schedule of what time we need to leave in order to get a good table. I kind of wish it was one of those lazy Saturdays where we had no plans. I’m right in the middle of rearranging the tea cupboard and found the perfect cute little tins at Michaels for $0.50, so I’m dying to get everything neatly organized. But I’m definitely not missing the biggest game of the year, so the tea organization will have to wait until tomorrow.

I generally love anything from Harney’s, so I was excited to try this sample from Alphakitty. I like most of the ingredients in this blend – lemongrass, coconut and vanilla, but ginger is so hit or miss for me. Ach, sadly this one seems very gingery. It’s definitely the strongest flavor, and I am only sensing a little of the coconut and vanilla. Those two seem to be contributing more to the creaminess of the tea, rather than the flavor. I can only detect a little of the lemongrass, and there is a strong, lingering ginger aftertaste. I don’t hate this tea, but it’s not exactly what I was expecting. I will have to try it cold brewed, like Alphakitty suggests. And hey, if Duke beats the tarholes tonight I will gladly drink this tea every game day! :)

-Dry blend has long flat green tea leaves and lemongrass.
-Dry leaves smell lightly of green tea and ginger. Tea liquor aroma is of coconut and ginger.
-Tea liquor is a clear pale greenish yellow color.
-Strong ginger flavor with a soft coconut vanilla finish. Lingering spicy ginger aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Fair tea. Very strong ginger taste that overwhelms all other flavors.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TassieTeaGirl

The whole university level sporting madness is just something we don’t get here. We don’t real.y have a high enough population for such large sporting programs at unis. If you want a sporting career, you attend the Australian institute of sport, or get drafted straight into the AFL. The whole university level sporting fanaticism thing fascinates me!

Sorry about the tea! I hope Duke won! (And yes, I know Duke is a university, but only because of One Tree Hill…)

Tabby

I’ve got a sample of this coming on Tuesday! Even if you didn’t like it much, I still might, haha. But this is a good heads-up!

ashmanra

This is one of the few teas from Harney that other people seem to love and I just can’t get into it.

Josie Jade

TassieTeaGirl, in North Carolina we have a lot of good colleges right in one area, so there’s always a lot of sports competition. I think the Duke/UNC rivalry is the biggest rivalry in all of sports in the US, though. But that may just be how it seems from my perspective :)

Tabby, I hope you like it more than I did!

Ashmanra, I’m glad I’m not the only one. I sometimes don’t mind ginger in a black tea, but with green tea it just seems to be too much spicy ginger for me.

Alphakitty

Aw, sorry you didn’t like this one! The ginger is definitely strong but I am a bit of a ginger addict haha

Josie Jade

I’m glad I got to try it, Alphakitty! I probably would’ve bought a whole tin not knowing and then been stuck with it!

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TassieTeaGirl

The whole university level sporting madness is just something we don’t get here. We don’t real.y have a high enough population for such large sporting programs at unis. If you want a sporting career, you attend the Australian institute of sport, or get drafted straight into the AFL. The whole university level sporting fanaticism thing fascinates me!

Sorry about the tea! I hope Duke won! (And yes, I know Duke is a university, but only because of One Tree Hill…)

Tabby

I’ve got a sample of this coming on Tuesday! Even if you didn’t like it much, I still might, haha. But this is a good heads-up!

ashmanra

This is one of the few teas from Harney that other people seem to love and I just can’t get into it.

Josie Jade

TassieTeaGirl, in North Carolina we have a lot of good colleges right in one area, so there’s always a lot of sports competition. I think the Duke/UNC rivalry is the biggest rivalry in all of sports in the US, though. But that may just be how it seems from my perspective :)

Tabby, I hope you like it more than I did!

Ashmanra, I’m glad I’m not the only one. I sometimes don’t mind ginger in a black tea, but with green tea it just seems to be too much spicy ginger for me.

Alphakitty

Aw, sorry you didn’t like this one! The ginger is definitely strong but I am a bit of a ginger addict haha

Josie Jade

I’m glad I got to try it, Alphakitty! I probably would’ve bought a whole tin not knowing and then been stuck with it!

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