720 Tasting Notes

83
drank Bohea by Harney & Sons
720 tasting notes

This is nice! There’s a lot of frutiness going on. The first taste I get is dates and then something plum-y. There’s also a note of crusty bread. I’m not tasting the smoke which is sad. I think it would go well with the fruity notes and give the tea a bit more oomph. There’s no astrigency. In fact, this is a very smooth and mellow cup.

Not what I was expecting but definitely nice. I’m glad I picked up a sample with my last order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
720 tasting notes

I found out late last night about the recent passing of John Harney. I have enjoyed teas from Harney and Sons for years and years (Hot Cinnamon Sunset was one of the first teas I fell in love with!), and I thought I would make my morning tea another H&S favorite as my way of saying thank you to Mr. Harney.

Golden Monkey is a jewel of a tea. The leaves are beautiful. Black and gold, kind of small, and tightly twisted. Once steeped the tea is malty with a honey like sweetness and notes of caramel and cocoa. I wouldn’t describe it as a thick tea, but it does coat the mouth with a light sweetness that’s very nice. The interplay of flavors here is so enjoyable. This is one of the teas I could drink all day and enjoy every sip.

Thanks again, Mr. Harney.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Yum, golden monkey…great choice!

Veronica

This tea has spoiled me. :)

mj

Hot Cinnamon Sunset was my first H&S tea :)

boychik

Paris for me

Veronica

@mj1851 – I wish they’d change the name back to Hot Cinnamon Sunset rather than Hot Cinnamon Spice. It’s silly, but I love the first name so much more!

@boychick – Paris is the tea that hooked my daughter. She drinks it almost every day. :)

mj

@Veronica, I totally agree! It’s so much more poetic!

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100

This makes an awesome iced tea. That is all.

TheTeaFairy

I love a good “that is all” review once in a while… ;-)

Veronica

Lol. I should have followed up with: Go make this now. You’re welcome. :)

TheTeaFairy

I think I might just do that right now!!

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92

Tea of the morning. This is a really good breakfast tea. It’s smokey, malty, and sweet with a good amount of strength and body. Definitely something that’ll get me going in the morning. I also think this tea would be awesome served with bacon and eggs. [Note to self: try that out later this week.] The sweetness in the tea reminds be a little of baked grapefruit, but that could just be my brain being stuck in breakfast mode.

I can see why this tea is called December. It is a comforting, welcome home type tea. Something that would warm body and soul after being out in the cold for a while. I can see myself really enjoying this one in a different way once the cold weather sets in, but for now this is going next to my other breakfast teas so I can enjoy December all summer.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

A very enjoyable Oolong. The taste is toasty with a steady cinnamon note and bit of a mineral flavor. I’ve had four steeps of this so far, and the flavor has been consistent with each cup. I’ve been enjoying this one so much that I haven’t tried any other teas today!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

That’s one of the things I love about a good oolong. I can sit and drink it for hours, the same leaves.

Cameron B.

Ooh I’ve never heard of a cinnamon oolong… That sounds amazing.

Veronica

@Cheri – Sometimes I get bored with them and give up on the leaves before they’re truly spent. I should remember to cold steep them, but I always forget. Won’t be an issue with this tea though. :)

@ Cameron B. – This was my first cinnamon oolong. I was impressed!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I just requested a sample with yesterday’s order, now I can’t wait to spend an afternoon with it!

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84
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
720 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. I was in the mood for sweet and fruity today, and the pineapple in this is exactly what I was wanting. I also enjoy the base tea. It has a bright grassy note that’s strong enough to cut through the fruit flavor giving the tea some added interest.

Stephanie

Sounds like it’d be good iced

Veronica

It’s really good iced! I helped host a baby shower a couple of months ago and served this as one of the iced teas. I still get at least one email a week form someone asking about this tea.

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85
drank Pure Buds Black by Mandala Tea
720 tasting notes

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

Oooh, this tea reminds me of a baked sweet potatoes with honey on it. The tea is smooth with a nice hit of malt, but the sweet potato flavor really is the star. A great tea, and one I’d love to try more of at some point.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

Wow, Brenden went and upped his game. He said months ago that he switched the base tea to a higher grade lapsang. It adds longan fruit and stronger honey notes. It. Is. Amazing. I really didn’t think it was possible for me to like this tea more, but I do. Holy frickin’ yum!

The spice blend continues to impress me. It’s well balanced lending to the smoothness of the tea. The smoke flavor is strong but not harsh. In fact, it’s sweet and does a great job of blending with the spices. I keep coming back to the base tea – it’s so good! If this wasn’t already one of my favorite teas it would be now.

…and my daughter just came in and stole my cup. Time to go resteep. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Woot! :) Glad you like it more! I certainly do too! I’ve realized recently how much of a comfort tea this one is – definitely my favorite chai!

Veronica

Oh my goodness… love it. And this is definitely a comfort tea. I find it impossible to drink this and not smile.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) Me too! I’m drinking it right now, actually…brewed it strong in a french press and I’m filling up my cup as it gets low. Yummy

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95

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

I think this is the first white tea that’s made me do a double take at my mug. It’s so wonderfully summery, full of hay and honeysuckle notes with a hint of apricot right at the end. The tea has a sort of fuzzy feeling to it which I didn’t think I would like, but it works here. This is also a very refreshing tea. I’d love to try it iced. This, iced on a hot summer’s day, would be perfect. I don’t currently have a white tea in my cupboard, but I’ll likely pick up some of this with my next WPT order.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I need some more good whites. This is on my list to try.

Veronica

There’s a good bit in the tea box. Hopefully you can try it soon! :)

Cheri

I’m still a ways down on the list, so it could be a while. That’s okay. I’m mostly patient. :)

TheTeaFairy

I always have my white teas in the summer, this one is a keeper, makes an excellent cold brew, so soft and summery.

Veronica

Good to know! I’m always nervous when I cold brew something for the first time because it can bring out bitter notes in some teas. I’ll definitely try cold brewing this one (once I order it).

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95

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

First, the leaves of this tea are so pretty – long and golden, twisted tightly into place. The smell of the dry leaves is very sweet. It reminds me of homemade caramel sauce. After steeping the caramel smell is replaced by the smell of baked bread. Yum.

This tea reminds me of a good grainy bread with honey drizzled on it. There are malty and caramel notes, too, but it’s the biscuity flavor that has me swooning. I can see myself drinking a lot of this tea. Another one added to my shopping list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
MzPriss

love it!

mj

That sounds amazing! I just added it to my wish list

TeaBrat

it’s on my wish list now too, hee hee

Veronica

It’s really good! I’ve never oredered from Mandala before, but my first order is going to be awesome for me and painful to my pocketbook! :)

kimquat

One of my favorite companies! There are so many good teas. (:

Nicole

This is one of my absolute favorites from Mandala. I’m coming up on needing to make an order with them, myself. It will only be my second order but all the teas were so good with my first order that I am totally sunk at this point. :)

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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