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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
765 tasting notes

Received a free sample of this with my last Harney’s order. It is a tea sachet.

On immediate smell it reminds me of iced tea, that is because I usually use Ceylon tea to make iced or cold brewed tea (when I am not using a flavoured tea or specifically designed for iced tea type tea).

It brews up a nice orange brown colour that is unique to Ceylon tea. I have never had Harney’s normal Ceylon tea, so I can’t compare to that, but I would say that I wouldn’t know I was drinking decaf except that the package said decaf.

It is difficult to describe what a Ceylon tea tastes like, except that it tastes like Ceylon tea. This was is very smooth, medium boldness. There is very, very little astringent aftertaste, which is a surprise for a Ceylon tea. To me it tastes a little malty, a little earthy, there is a very slight sweetness.

Also, because I am trialing the orange slice series, I added an orange slice. The orange added a bit of an orange peel or orange rind taste. Not so much orange juice. It makes the tea a bit more astringent. This would not be a preferred tea to add an orange slice too but is still drinkable.

I would most likely purchase this decaf tea again to make iced tea I could drink all day and still be able to sleep at night ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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