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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
277 tasting notes

Woohoo! My tea fairy came today and left me a mountain of tea in a gorgeous looking and gorgeous smelling box. Literally. The tea is from TheTeaFairy (she knows how to put together a swap, doesn’t she?) and because of her, tonight I’m totally blissful. Caribe, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata as we speak, steepster and the sweet anticipation of some pages from a good book. God, let me enjoy the simple pleasures for as long as possible!

I picked this to start tonight because it’s so damn fragrant. I have to isolate it also so I peeled the label written by TheTeaFairy and slapped it on a brand new tin. Stuffed caribe in there, ziploc and all. I have a feeling it won’t be around for long. It’s good but it is way more fragrant than flavourful.

To me it smells a lot like Kokomo green — the difference being of course than once brewed, this tea is enjoyable whereas Kokomo Green was the worst thing I ever put in my mouth. :)

I added sugar, I was afraid honey would add a new flavour to the mix and there’s already so much going on. It tastes like tropical fruit. People say guava. I’ll go with it because I know I don’t taste pineapple and it’s not coconut. There’s a gum that tastes like this. It’s not juicy fruit though.

Anyway, brews like most Harney’s black teas. Around 3 minutes, boiling, brews a dark brown colour and very aromatic. The sip is mostly base at first and then all the fruity flavours take over and leave a long lingering aftertaste. This would probably make an awesome cold brew. So so fruity. Aftertaste is amazing. I love the aftertaste more than the actual sip. I gotta find a way to make the fruit pop more. I already added sugar but it seems like the fruit is bursting to escape if you just said the magic word. Or something.

Thank you to TheTeaFairy for this great tea. A Harney order is on the horizon so you’ve given me the chance to see more of them. It will be an epic order.

Did I mention the freakin smell of this?!? It’s to die for. You have no choice but to drink it fast because the juicy ripe fruit smell can drive one NUTS!

ETA: good second steep. Less fragrant, not much change in taste. Used just a little less water for second steep (7 oz instead of 8) and left it maybe 15 seconds longer.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Dexter

TheTeaFairy is truly a tea fairy. Her packages are beautiful. :))
Glad you liked this tea – it just got bumped up the list to try.

Nxtdoor

I’m buying it for sure when February rolls around and I’m ordering Harney. You got first dibs :)

TheTeaFairy

Awww! Sorry I missed this note yesterday!! I love it note not just because you liked the tea but because of your enthusiasm, the sonata, and the book, way to go!!!!
:-)

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Dexter

TheTeaFairy is truly a tea fairy. Her packages are beautiful. :))
Glad you liked this tea – it just got bumped up the list to try.

Nxtdoor

I’m buying it for sure when February rolls around and I’m ordering Harney. You got first dibs :)

TheTeaFairy

Awww! Sorry I missed this note yesterday!! I love it note not just because you liked the tea but because of your enthusiasm, the sonata, and the book, way to go!!!!
:-)

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

Note*: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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Toronto-ish, Canada

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