1003 Tasting Notes

96

Tea break! I was needing something decadent, and this chocolate-y minty goodness fit the bill. Because I was being decadent I added some sugar and cream. The result is a tea that reminds me so much of Thin Mint cookies. There is the dark chocolate note followed by a kick of mint. It’s nice to have a tea that satisfies my sweet tooth enough to keep me away from the junk food that’s lurking in my pantry. ;-)

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

This sounds really good.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1003 tasting notes

Backlogging.

This was my bedtime tea. Still my favorite decaf tea, and one of my favorite vanilla teas, too.

I loved yesterday’s tribute day. Thank you mj1851 for suggesting it. I thought it was a nice way to honor Mr. Harney. Also, after reading so many lovely tasting notes on H&S teas I’ve yet to try, I ended up placing an order for a bunch of samples. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

I love that you can oder everything as a sample with H&S!

Veronica

My samples showed up today! Plus, they added an iced tea sample and 5 wrapped tea bags. I adore good customer service. :)

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95
drank Kenya Milima by Harney & Sons
1003 tasting notes

Continuing with the tribute to Mr. Harney (a great idea from mj1851!) I decided this would be perfect with my late lunch. I made a Kenyan dish called Sukuma Wiki (braised collard greens and ground beef). I’m not sure the flavors in the food and the tea pair perfectly, but I like that they’re both from Kenya. :)

The tea is fruity with a tobacco flavor at the finish. As the tea cools there is a bit of a woody flavor – maybe some leather – and a bit of astringency. I like this one a lot. I can see the comparison to Assams, but this is unique enough that I can see myself buying a tin of it and enjoying it as an afternoon tea.

Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Never tried collard greens—do they taste spinachy or cabbagey?

Veronica

They’re a bitter green, so more like kale.

gmathis

OK, that does it…I need to expand my leafy green horizons! (I am a very late bloomer when it comes to eating vegetables.)

Veronica

Kale is awesome. I think it’s one of my favorite veggies, and I tend to put it in everything during the winter months (just ask my kids :)) I like the Sukuma Wiki with collard greens because the meat is highly seasoned, and i think the greens help balance out the spice.

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83
drank Bohea by Harney & Sons
1003 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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95
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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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
1003 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
1003 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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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- 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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