2469 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning here, it’s a sample tea packet that I got from Harney and Sons. A simple blend of assam and darjeeling sounds good to me and the dry leaf is very floral smelling.
This is definitely malty with a floral brightness from the darjeeling. I steeped mine or 5 minutes and thought that was a bit excessive since the tea got a bit bitter and muddy. this was definitely better with milk and sugar added and that seems to be the way Stanley would have liked it, according to the Harney website. I think I will try steeping the remainder of the sample for 4 minutes next time.
Not a bad breakfast tea but I do not think it is destined to be a favorite of mine.
I bought some more of this again when I went to Trader Joe’s today because I was worried they might sell out. It is pretty hard to beat the price of this rooibos and I like it in the evening time or as an after lunch tisane. When liquid stevia is added, it becomes much more like a dessert tea. Upped the rating slightly.
Hi everyone, I hope all my Steepster buddies had a good Thanksgiving vacation!
I am back from Mendocino where the weather and the scenery were gorgeous. Fortunately for me and my credit card, I did not find any new tea shops to try. ;-)
This tea I got in bulk at Whole Foods about a week ago. I had been wanting a new dragonwell to tide me over until spring and it’s nice to only have to purchase a small amount that you want.
As far as dragonwells are concerned, this seems to be fairly average. I’m not getting an incredible amount of nuttiness but there is some. Also a nice flavor of cooked peas and corn. IMO, it is decent but not a top flight dragonwell, nice for the every day drinking.
In all the years of buying tea from Harney and Sons, I have no idea why I’ve never tried this tea. Well, that is all about to end today with the sample size I got to try.
Smells very much like cranberries in the bag, but I have to say, a bit artificial. Flavor is a bit more subtle than I thought it would be, I think that’s a good thing. The brewed cup has a faint fruity aroma and the tea itself is definitely berry with a bit of tartness. I would say there is a richness underneath, I’m not sure I would pick that out as almond if I was in a blind taste test.
It is an enjoyable cup, especially if you are looking for one to sip on plain. I like it but I’m just not sure I need a cranberry tea in my stash.
thanks Terri for a sample of this tea!
I’m always excited to try darjeeling blends and this just sounded super tasty and appealing.
This is a mellow tea with some nice floral aromas. I am not picking up on any keemun in here but the darjeeling is lending a bright and fruity note while the assam is malty and a bit winey. In contrast to the tea I had this morning, this is an easy one to sip on plain but I bet it would also take (soy) milk very well. I don’t think it needs sugar at all.
Even though Stacy describes this as a breakfast blend, it’s something I would probably drink in the afternoon. A very interesting and unique blending but I’m not sure it’s really calling out to me.
Tea of the morning here — I probably should have read the reviews before I bought a 4 oz tin. of this. I keep trying to find an African tea that I LOVE and I don’t think this will be it, although it’s a decent cuppa.
Tea liquor is dark red and the tea itself is very brisk and assertive. I am getting some winey notes as well as a definite spice flavor. I am getting a bit of malt as well but there is also some astringency in the finish. I wonder how this would be mixed with an assam, I may need to try that. This is one I will definitely need to drink with milk and sugar.
By the 2nd cup I am getting more used to the flavor, it is a very bracing and eye opening tea for the morning time. I think maybe this will grow on me over time. I definitely prefer my black teas to be a bit more on the mellow side.
Today marked an exciting day for this tea nerd because I got my red stump for life teapot from Harney and Sons (along with a few teas, of course). Here’s an image of what it looks like: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41idP2M2KPL.SY300.jpg
I broke my last regular teapot that I use for all purpose brewing; the spout got broken on the faucet when I was washing it. One of the reason I was attracted to the stump is the stumpy spout, I figured it wouldn’t get broken as easily. I fretted over my choice of colors until I decided on the red, and now I’m glad I did. It’s really cute and cheerful and 18 oz. is a nice size for one person to have about 2 cups of tea from the pot. I looooooove the new teapot! :D
As soon as I got home I wanted to make some tea. I chose this white tea to baptize the teapot. I am tired tonight but the beau and I are taking a Thanksgiving trip so I need to start packing and taking care of things. Maybe a white tea will give me a gentle lift without keeping me up all night? Let’s hope.
I haven’t had this in a while and it’s nice and gentle. I like the clean, nutty flavors but there’s also a bit of semolina or pastry like sweetness in the finish. If I was going to keep one white tea around on a permanent basis, this could be a serious contender. I don’t know why I neglect my white teas so much, they are actually quite lovely.
…now I’m off to go be productive.
Tea of the afternoon here, I forgot I even had this until I found it at work recently. It’s a nice ginger-y green with lots of cinnamon though I still am not getting much cake flavor or anything that would remind me of a coffeecake. Next time I will need to try this with some sugar to see what difference it makes. This is good for the cold weather. See previous notes for more details.